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Five Reasons You Need to Become a Certified Sober Companion

Five Reasons You Need to Become a Certified Sober Companion

Becoming a Certified Sober Companion is one of the most rewarding and challenging things you’ll ever do in your life. The rewards are self-evident: helping people with substance abuse problems get their lives back on track, being there for them when they need you the most, giving them hope when all seems lost.

But it’s not always easy to be a certified sober companion. You may have heard stories about what certified sober companions have to go through, such as dealing with relapses and difficult conversations that can happen between friends or family members. This blog post will discuss some of these reasons why becoming certified as a sober companion is worth it!

Being a sober companion will give you experience in therapy, counseling, and addiction treatment. 

Sober companions provide support for individuals struggling with addiction and other mental health disorders. They offer the patient much-needed guidance to help them through their recovery process, from providing a listening ear, assisting in therapy sessions, creating action based goals and working off the therapist’s treatment plans, or just spending time together as sober buddies.

These certified professionals are trained to provide wisdom and understanding of addiction and mental health and provide comfort as they lead patients through the recovery process. Hence, it’ll help you learn about addiction and mental health, which will give you experience working with therapists, counseling, and addiction treatment.

You can help people with addiction problems while also helping yourself.

Becoming a Certified Sober Companion is a great way to help people with addiction problems while also helping yourself. Each person that you work with will help you gain a deeper understanding of recovery and of yourself.

The certified person may also decide what services the client needs: some addicts don’t want to attend therapy or a rehabilitation program but may be willing to do one-on-one coaching. Certified individuals must have their own sobriety to provide these services, allowing them to stay on track.

Becoming a Sober Companion will help you find meaning in your life.

Becoming a certified sober companion is a way to give back and make a difference in the world of recovery by serving those who are trying to stay clean one day at a time.

Sober companions provide support, guidance, and encouragement during difficult times when other methods have failed. Their presence helps those who are struggling to stay clean and sober maintain their sobriety.

Sober companions serve as a constant companion who is dependable and committed to their client, providing them with an expert level of care while understanding that not every day will be smooth sailing in recovery. This allows you to contribute to society in a meaningful way while changing the lives of people who are addicted.

You will be able to work with a variety of people, in many locations.

As a certified sober companion, you will be able to work with various people, not just addicts. The field also provides certified sober companions with endless options, such as employment in private practices, hospitals, or clinics; volunteer work at various organizations; practice supervision; and becoming certified mentors themselves.

For example, certified sober companions can work in hospitals and hospices as aides or caretakers for patients dying of addiction-related illnesses. You may also find opportunities at schools – as an educator or program coordinator dedicated to educating students about the dangers of addiction. Or you may find work in government as an advocate for the rights and needs of individuals living with addiction-related issues.

The certified sober companion credential is a valuable asset to have on your resume because it shows employers that you are knowledgeable about dealing with substance use disorders from a broad perspective – not just working exclusively with those who are actively addicted.

It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself.

Becoming a Certified Sober Companion is a great way to grow. It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself, your strengths, and how you react when faced with adversity or stress. The certified sober companion designation will challenge you both mentally and physically as it teaches you the skills needed to safely provide support for others in times of need.

It’s been found that certified practitioners have lower rates of burnout and higher rates of satisfaction than non-certified practitioners. You will also learn how to prepare for and react in emergencies, develop a network of people that will back you up during hard times, and provide supportive care.

Final Thoughts

Being a sober companion is an experience that will profoundly change your life. It’s not always easy, but it can be very rewarding.

Becoming a Certified Sober Companion is the first step to helping others on their journey of recovery. If you are interested in this rewarding job, then contact us about our certification program and we can help you get started TODAY!  1.800.706.0318 ext 2  If you are in need of a Sober Companion, we can help you too!  Visit us at www.soberondemand.com

 

How do you keep clients engaged in addiction treatment, so they complete the program?

How do you keep clients engaged in addiction treatment, so they complete the program?

What You Need to Know About AMA/APA Block training

 

AMA/APA Block trainingI just spent the past two weeks traveling around the country teaching a class called AMA/APA block training for addiction treatment center staff. I trained three different treatment centers in California, one in Kentucky and one in Indiana, on how to keep people in treatment for a longer period of time. The problem with treatment centers is there is a 95% failure rate because people get irritable, restless, discontent, and leave early without actually finishing the medical and clinical programming.

Many treatment centers are not trained and equipped on how to try to keep them engaged into treatment and it causes a crisis within the milieu when somebody wants to leave. Counselors, therapists, behavioral health tech staff, and even the director of operations end up blocking the client from leaving and then end up blocking multiple clients from leaving, because they always want to leave in pairs. When this happens, it causes a disruption and causes all of the staff to stop their daily activities and duties and run to the client that wants to leave. Groups get missed, paperwork does not get done, and individual sessions get cancelled. I created this class specifically to help the staff understand terminology, tips and tricks to block the client from leaving without causing a disruption within the normal programming, while retaining the client for a longer period of time.

Since there was nothing available for training, we are the only provider of the AMA/APA block training class in the world. I have personally trained over 350 treatment centers in the past 10 years, utilizing these techniques on how to intervene correctly efficiently and easily before the client wants to leave. The key is to understanding what the issues are within the treatment center and moving certain small things around and utilizing different talking techniques and body language to understand where the client is coming from, what the issues are, and how to stop them before they get out of hand.

Here are a few tips from my training:

Tip One: Take the mood temperature of the clients on a daily basis. If you know where everyone is at mood-wise you will know what their behavior will be. We know that a feeling leads to a thought, leads to an action. If you know what the clients are feeling and thinking, and you can get a handle on that on a daily basis, you drop your AMA/APA rate significantly. This class has many different components that will teach the clinical staff, the behavioral health tech staff, and any of your leadership team, on how to provide these tools before the client decides they want to leave.

Tip Two: Use strategic open-ended questions. We tend to give directives like ‘go to group’ or ‘you need to stay because the consequences are dire”, but this doesn’t work. You need to use the 6 open ended questions to elicit real thought and change. We cover these in class.

Tip Three: Engaging groups. The amount of groups that clients encounter that are boring, antiquated and simply talk or visual is astounding. You need to engage all the senses in a group to keep clients interested and plugged in.

Tip Four: Validate your clients. Many clients feel herded like sheep from activity to activity. You need to validate their thoughts and feelings to elicit real change and completion of the treatment protocols.

Professional Value of our APA/AMA Block Training
• Learning the Proper Language to use to end the AMA/APA.
• How to build rapport with the client before during and after the intervention process.
• How to refer out and build referrals with partner Centers.
• Key Questions to ask the person to stop the AMA/APA.
• Increase Return on Investment (ROI).
• Handling the angry and obstinate client.
• Proper use of Assessment Tools.
• Service Coordination for Client Retainment.
• Objections 101.
• Reducing the AMA and APA Rate from the beginning, not just in crisis.
• Overcoming Objections to Treatment.
• Dealing with the desire to ‘just get high”.
• Handling guilt, remorse, and self-sabotaging behaviors.
• Body Language Techniques/NLP
• Stages of change
• Active vs. Passive Listening Skills

More on the class can be found HERE and you can call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 2 to book your treatment center today.

Reviews on the class HERE

Why are clients constantly not engaged in clinical addiction treatment settings and what can you do to stop them from leaving?

Why are clients constantly not engaged in clinical addiction treatment settings and what can you do to stop them from leaving?

addiction treatment

As an addiction treatment center owner or marketing professional you get tired of all the work you do to get the clients into an addiction treatment And then they leave a few days into treatment or before treatment is finished. The problem with this is compounded. First, as a treatment center that accepts insurance this affects your insurance rate, the higher the AMA/APA rate the worse your insurance premiums and reimbursements will be. Second, this affects the clients currently in treatment and when one client leaves treatment against medical advice multiple clients will leave with them. This makes your AMA/APA rate worse and causes a lot of undue stress for your addictions counselors and addiction staff.

Third, when a client decides to leave against medical advice everyone is needed to triage that client. This causes mass chaos within the addiction treatment facility and it causes your staff to be pulled in multiple directions while other clients are not given the proper services. In addition your staff can get compassion fatigue and burn out with constantly dealing with negativity of one or multiple clients leaving. A lot of the AMA APAs occur on a Friday night or Saturday or Sunday when you do not have a primary staff on duty and you have the weekend staff or the BT team. Clients generally will try to do more things they should not be doing like smoking, shopping, gambling, having sex etc. on the weekends because you’re generally have less staff and you have staff that is spread thin. In addition, usually do not have multiple addictions counselors available to triage an AMA/APA or create an AMA block.

The addictions Academy developed the only AMA/APA block training class for all of your staff that is effective. Most of our Addictions treatment centers that have taken the AMA/APA block class have reported a 30% decrease in AMA and APA is within the first 30 days. Our class is available for your entire staff which we recommend you train or individually online at a self study online video series. Below you will find a professional value of our training and you can call for group discount at 1-800-706-0318 extension 2.  You can also check out our website at www.theaddictionscademy.com

 

Professional Value of our  APA/AMA Block Training

  • Learning the Proper Language to use to end the AMA/APA.
  • How to build rapport with the client before during and after the intervention process.
  • How to refer out and build referrals with partner Centers.
  • Key Questions to ask the person to stop the AMA/APA.
  • Increase Return on Investment (ROI).
  • Handling the angry and obstinate client.
  • Proper use of Assessment Tools.
  • Service Coordination for Client Retainment.
  • Objections 101.
  • Reducing the AMA and APA Rate from the beginning, not just in crisis.
  • Overcoming Objections to Treatment.
  • Dealing with the desire to ‘just get high”.
  • Handling guilt, remorse, and self-sabotaging behaviors.
  • Body Language Techniques/NLP
  • Stages of change
  • Active vs. Passive Listening Skills