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What is a Family Addiction Recovery Coach?

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What is a Family Addiction Recovery Coach?


Family recovery coaches – All You Need to Know!

Often when covering the topic of addiction, the addict or user is the primary focus. Now – there’s nothing wrong with that. They’ll face the most direct repercussions, it’s their addiction, and they’ll often helm the lead on recovery progress. However, most often overlooked are those who may feel the repercussions just as badly, if not worse: family.

How addiction affects the family is one of the least covered and least discussed topics in the addiction industry. There is a lack of solid training that offers a clear education to understand the family unit and how the codependent enabler plays a large role in the addiction sequence. The family is the key to unlocking the addiction mystery, as most of the family need help in deciphering and understanding addiction.

For those who may want to combat this issue, the Family recovery coach certification course may be for you. It’s one of the least offered certifications out there, but honestly one of the most needed.

How to Become a Family Recovery Coach!

Becoming a family recovery coach technically has no prerequisites. There’s no degree needed nor is training mandatory, but it’s much more advised to have something under your belt. It’s like getting ready for a big test! Sure, you technically don’t have to study, but you’d have a much worse time if you weren’t better prepared.

So – that leads us to getting certified. Being a certified family recovery coach is one of the best decisions you can make, whether it be for your own benefit or for others. It lends you more credibility, which leads to a higher success rate, which means more families are being helped. Becoming certified is as easy as going to The Addictions Academy website and taking the course. It’s hosted by the extensively trained and experienced Andre Viel and covers the ins and outs of family recovery coaching. Some lessons include the dynamic of the family system, family roles, defense mechanisms, codependency, solidifying the family unit, and so much more. A Certified Family Recovery Coach may assist with the placement of the substance use disorder client but will mostly work on codependency and enabling issues of the family. An Action-Based Family Recovery Coach will alleviate family concerns, and assist in behavioral changes and accountability.

Once the course is completed you’re offered the certification badge, access to a job board, networking, business/private practice assistance, and even hiring from within into the Addictions Coach family. These are all benefits exclusive to the Addictions Academy, and exceptional value for the price.

Why You Should Be a Family Addiction Recovery Coach?

While that’s all well and good, that only leaves the question: What’s the benefit of becoming a family recovery coach? Well – there’s the main aspect of tackling an issue mostly overlooked.

Family is undeniably linked to addiction, and –  according to a study conducted on the subject – can affect the entire family system.

“It is helpful to think of the family system as a mobile: when one part in a hanging mobile moves, this affects all parts of the mobile but in different ways, and each part adjusts to maintain a balance in the system. “

This means that both sides affect each other equally. Sometimes a family can inadvertently have a toxic effect on the user. A common example would be a father figure who wants to have a “drinking buddy” and makes his son that figure. If the son were to then try to be sober, that dynamic is on the line, even if subtly or unsaid. This isn’t even mentioning the increased chance of substance use disorder being more likely to pass on to children and others in the family, making the dynamic even more complicated.

This isn’t meant to place blame on either side. No one is to blame! The job of a Family recovery coach in these instances is to bring harmony to the family dynamic and reinforce the idea that recovery isn’t a one-person job. It takes a strong support group, attentiveness, accountability, and strength on both sides. Not only keeping the family informed and aware of any triggering behavior but also helping them set boundaries and consequences for their loved one.

Often emotion and fear are the guiding hands in these instances. Nobody knows the “right answer”, and while it’s not guaranteed success, a family recovery coach can bring them leaps and bounds closer to it. There are countless numbers of families who simply don’t get to have that opportunity, and bringing it to people who may be out of reach of their closest family recovery coach or afraid to try it can be heavenly!

How much does a Family Recovery Coach make?

Moral righteousness isn’t the only factor behind the incentive to work, though. We all need to make a living, and it’s only fair to ask; “How much does a family recovery coach make?” Well, quite honestly, the numbers vary pretty drastically depending on where you look and where you live. According to comparably.com, yearly salary can range anywhere from the low $30,000’s to a high of around $90,000, making the average around the $43,000 mark. Locations best suited for a family coach in terms of business would reportedly be Portland or Denver.

However, according to ZipRecruiter, the numbers are a bit different! The average is  about the same, but salaries seem to haver around the $30,000 – $50,000 mark.

“While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $72,000 and as low as $22,500, the majority of Family Substance Abuse Recovery Coach salaries currently range between $31,000 (25th percentile) to $51,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $63,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Family Substance Abuse Recovery Coach varies greatly (by as much as $20,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.”

Overall, the job certainly won’t make you a millionaire, but it offers a healthy income and the feeling of doing something right, which is nice!

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