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Why is the Addiction Treatment Success Rate Higher with a Sober Companion?

Why is the Addiction Treatment Success Rate Higher with a Sober Companion?

10/16/2020 by Chris Cobb

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I’ve been here, I’ve been there, I’ve been everywhere, man. Every time I fell off, all the king’s judges and all the king’s jails couldn’t put me together again. Neither could the drug and alcohol treatment centers, the anger management teacher who taught me how to hold my hand above my head and breath when I get mad (pretty sure the class caused me even more anger), or the crooked sober living directors who preached to me the things they were doing that I shouldn’t do. I was a 12 stepper against my own will. Even though I learned how to get to the underlying issues that seemingly caused me to destroy my life with drugs and alcohol in the first place, it was one of the most unnecessarily depressing and difficult times of my entire life. Sobriety alongside with misery made me sometimes wonder what the point of being sober even is. I was working my ass of and was still broke, I was keeping my side of the street clean but still being accused of doing the opposite. I’ve managed to roll up on almost 3 years sober so far, despite my self-proclaimed hardship that most people will probably think is just complaining (maybe it is, I’m still far from a cure). If I would have had someone to help me out when I really couldn’t deal with even my sponsor, maybe it wouldn’t have been such a bad experience for me. Even though I’ve pulled through to the point where I am away from all the ruckus and still sober, I’ve seen far too many people get kicked out of a so-called “recovery” program for not paying rent, fraternizing, staying out past curfew and so on, and the first thing they wind up doing is blaming someone else and running out to get high, drunk, in jail, or dead. So, what if there was something or someone better fitted for these transitional situations? A Sober Companion perhaps? I believe whole-heartedly that with a Sober Companion, Addiction Treatment such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, even when mental health and drug addiction coincide in a client / patient, would have a much higher success rate. Why do I feel this way? Well let’s get to it. Here are 3 reasons I just rambled to this point, but you’re still reading, so might as well finish.

 

  1. There for you no matter what:

Unlike that sponsor that dropped you because you went against their wishes and found a girlfriend or boyfriend in less than the year they “suggested”, or the sober living house owner who kicked you to the curb for eating someone else’s hamburger helper, your Sober Companion still has your back. He / she will still work with you, walk you through with their professional training and personal experience, and get you where you need to go if you don’t have a way. You have someone to talk to instead of going back out alone again.

 

  1. You don’t have to start over with everything again:

Most people including me, at one time or another, leave or get kicked out of sober living, or feel judged in an AA or NA meeting. And all they hear when they try to say something about it is “it’s your fault for taking it personally”, as if you’re supposed to be a robot with no emotions or reflexes. So now what? You feel like you have no one, even the programs put in place to help folks like you and myself have metaphorically chased you out with torches. Well I’ll tell you. Relapse. Jail. Hospitals. Institutions. Loss, death, you name it. With a Sober Companion, that one person who’s got your back no matter what, so much turmoil could be easily avoided. You’ve got someone to help you through this tough situation when it gets as tough as it can get. Someone to lift you up and motivate you, to teach you your self-worth. So you don’t have to go back to drinking and drugs. You don’t have to go back to jail, you don’t have to lose it all again.

 

 

  1. Proper Planning:

Say all the above happens and you feel cornered, lost. This is where having a Sober Companion can save your life, by having many tools at your disposal, despite the tools and resources that have been taken away from you over ridiculous circumstances. Get with your Sober Companion and make a plan. Even if it’s taking baby steps, like going to a meeting, and moving forward from there. Your Sober Companion has been where you are, found what worked for them, and made it through. Now you have someone to pull you up right when you feel at your lowest. Make a plan, find a new way. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You’ve got a Sober Companion by your side to help you through it all.

 

If you are in need of a stress free, non-judgmental experience on your road to recovery, I highly recommend a Sober Companion. If you’d like to learn how to become a Sober Companion and help others overcome struggles similar to your own in past addictions, contact Dr. Cali Estes (The Addictions Coach) and The Addictions Academy at 800.706.0318 ext. 2, or visit their website – http://theaddictionsacademy.com

 

How do you find the best training to become a sober companion?

How do you find the best training to become a sober companion?

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You need to be certified, insured, and bonded. A sober companion and safe transport person should have lived experience, at least 3 to 5 years sobriety, and 36 hours of classroom education plus mentorship from a Master Coach. The Addictions Academy can help you achieve that, and get clients.

As a Certified Sober Companion, your main focus is to stay with a client for a period of time. This could include living with them in their home, traveling with them on business, and traveling with them on their vacations. The main duties of a sober companion include teaching the client how to have a productive and sober lifestyle or a semi-sober lifestyle. There’s specific training that will teach you how to work with a client and get the best results. The Certified Sober Companion and Safe Transport class at The Addictions Academy is very in-depth and covers everything you need to know about how to properly work with a client legally, ethically, and safely. We cover how much to charge, what legal things you need such as insurance and bonding. We even cover in class how to handle yourself in difficult situations.

In our sober companion and safe transport class, we also cover how to market to specific clients, how to close a deal, and how to overdeliver. The misnomer is that everyone in recovery can be a sober companion. Well, while most people in the 12 step program can assist with other 12 step clients and 12 step calls, that does not mean they make a good safe support safe transport, or sober companion. You need to be trained, educated, certified, insured, and bonded. In today’s world, you need to protect yourself and clients will ask you for your credentials and for a copy of your insurance and bonding paperwork.

Do you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the other sober companions? Yes, you do! You want to offer a higher quality service. When you pair our sober companion and safe transport certification with the ability to provide our supplement line at ProRecoveryRx.com to help the client heal from the damage of drugs and alcohol he will set yourself apart as a higher caliber sober companion. In addition to the class, we also offer two different ways to consume information from the class. You can watch the video self-study, or hop into an online, interactive virtual classroom. Both of these come with FREE 30 day listing at our recovery coach locator. Access to a job board, two different Facebook networking groups that are the largest online, are included. Our signature inclusion into your training is the 10 weeks of Coach and Sober Companion Mentorship from a seasoned master coach and sober companion.

We also have a marketing class available that will teach you how to market to your clients, what materials you need to do that, how to network, and more. In terms of value for price, we have the highest value in the addictions industry space. See more value options below and click on the website at The Addictions Academy call 1-800-706-0318 extension 2 to get registered.– Click HERE for the class. Click HERE for reviews. Click HERE for Pro RecoveryRx supplement line.

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What you will learn in this Training:

Ethics versus moral issues
Legal Side of Companions and Transport
Registering your vehicle for safety
Sober Coaching verses Sober Companions
How to market and position yourself for lucrative clients
Daily schedules and routines with clients
Purpose of the 12 step model in companion work
How to secure and build a treatment team
How to set value for services
Active vs passive listening skills
Designing an Action Plan
Harm Reduction including MAT Services
Mental Health Issues
Safety Concerns
Other addictions besides drugs and alcohol: gaming, gambling, sex, etc
Addressing job/educational issues
Understanding family dynamics and how it affects your client
Creating a positive support team

The stakes are high with A LOT of sober companions and transport agencies available. It is time to get trained and certified by the largest online and in-person training company in the world. Call Today 800 706 0318 ext 2

The news says drinking is on the rise due to COVID-19. Are clients able to find you?

 

COVID-19 has increased drinking by 55%, according to Fox News. Why don’t you have a full book of clients?

If you are a Recovery Coach, Interventionist, Sober Companion, or anyone that works in the addiction treatment industry you need clients.  You need steady clients that pay you what you’re worth. Don’t read any further if you want to work for free, because this information is not for you.

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At The Addictions Academy, we want you to succeed as a recovery coach, certified interventionist, a sober companion or addiction treatment professional. We know that there are plenty of clients looking for trained, educated addiction professionals but if you are not on a directory, they can not find you! Posting on Facebook is cute, but it only reaches so far. You need a site that is catered to your specialty (there are really none out there), and search engine optimized, to offer you the ability to get clients.

If you trained under Judy Landau (Arise Interventions), CCAR (CART) as a peer coach or even Ken Seeley (BRI interventions), you need a place to be found. We even offer CAN-AM interventionists in Canada to place their information on The Recovery Coach locater site.

We offer video options, hours, direct calls, bio, reviews and more. You need to up your SEO game and you need to get featured as a top interventionist, certified peer recovery coach, certified life coach or certified professional recovery coach.

This is the directory for you. Check it out below and for less than one day at Starbucks you can have a full month of exposure. Limited time option 30 days FREE

https://recoverycoachlocator.com/

 

BOGO SPECIAL ENDS TONIGHT: Ask the Expert on our featured class at The Addictions Academy

 

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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

www.theaddictionsacademy.com

Follow this link to view full details on this training program.  Register for the APR 2-3 class at the bottom of the page.

https://theaddictionsacademy.com/therapy-professionals/recovery-courses-and-certificate-programs/nationally-certified-sober-companion-and-safe-transport/

Mobile Rehab to include Sober Companions and Sober Coaches

The Addictions Coach expands mobile rehab to include Sober Companions and Sober Coaches

The Addictions Coach announced that they are expanding their services to include not only therapy and mobile drug and alcohol rehabilitation services but also Sober Coaches and Sober Companions.  At The Addictions Coach they offer traditional one hour talk therapy sessions, 7 day intensive rehab ‘tune ups’ , where they bring the idea of drug treatment direct to the client at the client’s home or location and most recently they are offering Sober Coaches and Sober Companions to stay with the client 24/7 and assist the client in remaining sober and learning new life skills.

Traditional rehab centers offer a 28 day stay followed by therapy, if the client will attend the sessions.  What about the other 23 hours in the day? The Addictions Coach has found a solution for that and has sober companions and sober coaches on hand to assist the client in remaining drug and alcohol free in their daily work and life environment.

“Having Cali Estes come into our home for 7 days and help our son learn how to deal with his addiction has been amazing,” Nancy F said.  “She was on hand to answer all of our questions, included us in the process, and then also gave us a sober companion that stayed with our son for the next 30 days and assisted him in learning how to function sober in the world. They really changed our perception of how to deal with our son’s behaviors.”

Cali’s multidimensional approach focuses on the underlying cause of the addiction and she approaches each client in an original manner. Unlike traditional rehabilitation centers that convince the addict that they have a disease that is incurable and they must attend meetings, recite prayers and follow steps, Cali tailors her program to fit the client. By realizing that each client is unique and their pattern of addiction is unique with a root cause, Cali is able to address the addiction at the core and assist the addict in making the necessary changes and positive steps in their life.

“I tried three different rehabs in a one year period,” Michael J said. “Each time I left I was smoking crack within 24 hours. I didn’t’ know what to do, so I called Cali and she came over and worked with me, at home.  She also sent over a sober companion to stay with me 24/7 and he was amazing. He showed me how to work out and go have fun without crack. It had been so long that I didn’t know how to have fun anymore.  I highly recommend them to everyone.”

At The Addictions Coach, they have sober coaches and sober companions from all over the nation that are skilled in assisting clients in learning how to have happy, productive lifestyles free from alcohol and drugs. Both male and female sober coaches and companions are available and most have suffered some form of addiction. All of the sober coaches and sober companions at The Addictions Coach utilize fitness and nutrition as a way to combat stressors and assist the client in remaining sober.

“I wanted to combine my skill in addictions with a full program that actually helps people stay sober,” Cali Estes said. “If a client does not come back to me because they are doing well, then I know that I am doing my job properly and that is our goal here.  We are not a one size fits all program or a one stop shop.  We do not do groups or require that you attend meetings or get a sponsor.  What we actually do is help you get sober, stay sober, and get through all the issues that are really challenging you in the first place.  We remove those and teach you how to handle life stressors without all the drugs and alcohol.”

The Addictions Coach is based out of Miami Florida but services clients in all of South Florida, New York City and Los Angeles.

Cali Estes

786 709 0479

EPIC FAIL: Demi Lovato Manipulated Her Sober Coach And Abused Drugs While Together

Demi Lovato “could not go 1 hour without cocaine and manipulated her sober companion so she could use while they were there”.  REALLY?  well that is an EPIC FAIL.  So she has tons of money and can hire a sober companion, great!  But it did not work because her sober companion lacks the TOOLS to help her stay sober. What does that mean?  It means she needs a Certified Recovery Coach to help her understand the WHY behind the drug use, not just follow her around and tell her not to use. As Recovery Coaches and Sober Coaches our JOB is to stop the manipulation, the lying and get the client on TRACK. it is what we do AT THE ADDICTIONS ACADEMY. We get to the bottom of things and we get the job done. It is not easy and sometimes it is not a pretty job, but it is rewarding to be a Certified Recovery Coach to someone.  www.caliestes.com and www.theaddictionscoach.com/ — check us out.

See article below:

Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her past drug issues, revealing she used to smuggle cocaine onto planes because she could not go an hour without a fix.

The singer, who spent time in rehab in 2010 and 2011, admits she used her manipulation skills to make sure she always had her drugs of choice nearby — even when she was living with a sober companion.

Lovato tells “Access Hollywood Live,” “I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that’s something that I did in my disease; I manipulated everyone around me. With my drug use, I could hide it. … I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I’d bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class went to sleep and just do it right there, or I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. I had a sober companion, somebody that was watching me 24/7 and living with me and I was able to hide it from them as well.”  Lovato now insists she’s clean and sober, and she’s thriving as a singer and a judge on “The X Factor.”

SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK & ROLL…OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are upon us, and so is drinking, drugging, and acting crazy.   Dinner at Aunt Edna’s where she talks non-stop about her personal life.  Another family member drinking and passing out in the mashed potatoes.  OR its the dreaded holiday party where the alcohol flows and everyone is getting frisky with each other, only to regret it in the morning.

So what is a person to do?

HIRE A SOBER COACH OR SOBER COMPANION!

They can help get you through the holiday stress!  We offer sessions via phone (hourly), in person, or 12 and 24 hour blocks of time to get you through the event.  We can coach you remotely, and be available to you as the needs arise.  We can even go to the event with you and assist you in getting through it.  Holiday parties, weddings, etc. are our specialty.

Click on our  ‘sober companions’ link to see our staff