Addiction is a lifelong struggle. You can put the disease of addiction into remission through abstinence, but abstinence alone will never yield a happy, healthy, fulfilling life. Recovery is an ongoing process that enables one to be free from cravings, compulsions and addictive behaviors.
Treatment will get you sober, but it’s crucial to continue to work at developing and maintaining healthy coping strategies, thought processes and to overcome the default mindset that afflicts those who struggle with addiction. The reality is that no one is magically “fixed” once they complete treatment.
Sponsorship is one option that works for many in recovery; unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find a sponsor who is available, safe, healthy and willing to devote time, energy and attention towards helping someone in recovery.
Choosing the wrong sponsor can be shattering to anyone in recovery.
Unbeknownst to many of the newly sober, how many years one has in recovery is by no means an indication of how healthy, safe and sane one is. Anyone in early sobriety is exceptionally vulnerable to engaging in unhealthy relationships, and once one has been manipulated, controlled or betrayed by a sponsor, it can compromise your recovery. Even worse is having a sponsor who relapses. Few things are more devastating to a recovering addict than having their primary support system fall so hard back into the grips of addiction.
Recovery coaching gives you a qualified, certified, stable support system to carry you through all that life throws your way—it can be the difference between sustained long-term sobriety and relapse.