Investing in a coach might be scary or like it is too big of a risk. The fact is, investing in a coach is truly an investment in yourself.
The return on your investment is determined by the effort you put into your own success.
My first investments into myself were addiction rehab centres. Please don’t get me wrong, rehab can be a very big part of someones recovery journey, it was with mine. But hundreds of thousands of dollars later, I was still relapsing.
The first time I hired a coach, I felt a little crazy.
I wasn’t sure if it would be the right path for me and I didn’t know if it would fix my issues. But no one knew what I needed in my recovery more than I did, and I had to trust my gut.
She changed my life.
I had the basics of recovery – a sponsor, some meetings, a couple of connections, but I was stuck in a rut.
I was living sober, but I wasn’t growing as a woman in recovery.
I didn’t know how to move forward in my life. And from being an alcoholic for so long, there were A LOT of things I didn’t know how to do such as:
- Opening a bank account
- Finding a doctor
- Planning and structuring my weeks for success
- Making time for myself
- Eating properly
- How to get my license
- Creating a resume
- Asking for help
- Dealing with my emotions
- Prioritizing the things that are important to me
- Figuring out what my goals are
- What action steps to take to get closer to those goals
- Handling triggering events
- Countering intrusive thoughts and cravings
- What work I needed to do on myself
- Realizing what my core beliefs were
- Navigating my relationships with family, friends and my partner
I learned ALL of those things, and speaking about family..
A sober coach gives support to family members, guiding them in making challenging decisions and navigating difficult conversations/emotions.
Coaches hold you accountable in a way that treatment doesn’t. It’s quite easy to hide in the shadows of 40+ people.
Knowing that it will just be you and your coach makes you prepare for every session and phone call. And you’ll know exactly what you need to do because you’ll have already agreed with your coach on what you’ll accomplish by the next meeting.
You’ll develop better habits with your time, you’ll get better traction in your sobriety and you’ll get insights that you would not otherwise get.
Lastly, the peace of mind that you receive from working with a coach is profound for many, including myself.
It doesn’t matter where you’re at, a sober coach can fit into your life.