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What is a Sober Companion? A Sober Companion can be a person in long-term recovery or a certified recovery coach that is able to expand services to offer hourly work with a client. They can live in 24/7 or accompany the client to a specific event. All sober companions should be certified, background checked, bonded and insured.
What does a Sober Companion do? A Sober Companion’s job is to help their clients stay sober for a length of time. This can be for a few hours at an event like a wedding, work event, or a specific thing like travel for work. A certified sober companion can help a client go to meetings, go to the gym and set up an exercise routine, go grocery shopping and prepare healthy meals and more. A sober companion can be a sounding board and offer strengths-based support when a client is feeling down or wanting to drink or use drugs.
Sober Companions can interrupt bad behaviors and redirect to better solutions. All sober companions should be bonded, insured and certified. They should complete a training program and understand boundaries, social ques, confidentiality and Duty to Warn, along with HIPAA.
What does a Certified Sober Companion not do? Sober Companions will not offer therapy, counseling, or clean your house and babysit. They are there to help you learn how to be sober and live a sober lifestyle or to learn to use moderately. Sober Companions can drive you to and from appointments, but they are not chauffeurs and will function as much more for you.
Is there a training program for sober companions? Yes! The Addictions Academy has created a course for Nationally Certified Sober Companion that is 36 hours and includes ethics and legal information that every sober companion should know to be offering services.
If you register for the class this week, we will give you a free class as part of the buy 1 get 1 special of online learning at home. When the lockdown and social distancing is over, we believe there will be an increase and demand for addiction services in the field and now is the time to get trained and be ready to lend a helping hand. Let us help you get your career going now. Call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 2
Follow this link to view full details on this training program. Register for the APR 2-3 class at the bottom of the page.