Life coaching is a controversial topic when it comes to recovery. Some people argue that a life coach is not a true professional, and is essentially acting like a “paid sponsor.”
These criticisms are unfounded based on what a life coach actually does for you.
The purpose of the life coach is not to give professional advice or even necessarily therapeutic counseling. Instead, the life coach is there to unlock your creative potential from within and challenge you to rise to your full potential.
A life coach is not someone who walks you through detox. In fact, the life coach isn’t really all that helpful for stage one recovery at all (when you are first getting clean and sober). Instead, the life coach can really be beneficial to you when you are entering stage 2 recovery (when you are living holistic principles in long term recovery).
In essence, the life coach is most useful in helping you to make the transition into long term sobriety. Their role is to push you to pursue personal growth on a number of different levels and to make genuine growth and progress in your recovery.
Life coaching is different from sponsorship in that sponsorship is basically restricted to spiritual growth, whereas life coaching takes a much broader approach in pushing for growth in a variety of areas. In this way life coaching can be a very powerful tool for recovery.
A sponsor gets you sober, but a life coach keeps you sober.
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