Even the most basic of treatments that surround addiction and recovery include an important aftercare plan for the safety of the individual and the security of long-term stabilization. Together We Can implements “mid-term” review throughout a client’s treatment stay and a detailed, comprehensive aftercare plan that may involve Second-Stage Housing, a return to work agreement, Volunteering, or often a combination of a number of different tried-and-proven techniques that allow a client to maintain their recovery. People generally see aftercare and the relapse prevention plans in the most traditional of ways, but there are other, less commonly known ways of guiding a person through recovery such as being involved with a recovery coach.
TWC affiliate and personal Recovery Coach Michael Walsh visited our facility this week to speak to our staff and clients about the services he offers in the Lower Mainland. His personal endeavour, Addiction Recovery Services, specializes in working with a client using both distance-based and practical hands-on approaches to problems that deal with their personal recovery from addiction or compulsive behavior.
“I typically work with men and women transitioning out of treatment and I am a big believer of ‘taking treatment home with you.’ I work with them over the phone, text, e-mail, private social media pages and in-person when someone feels they require extra guidance or support. I make clear that by the end of the conversation we will have found not only goals but attainable solutions to the problems at hand. I work with what the clients want to accomplish by the end of the session.”
– Michael Walsh
Both long-term and short-term goals are important to continuously grow in the recovery process, and a recovery coach empowers the client with the power to utilize ways to take control of their lives using healthy confidence and essential boundary setting. This may seem quite broad, but only because the services offered can range from anything involving family to work to trips around the world. With over twelve years in recovery from addiction himself, Walsh understands the different perspectives required to tackle any and all coaching experiences.
In pop culture, Hollywood celebrity Robert Downey Jr. has publicly thanked his own “sober companion” in regards to the support and services he received while on set filming. Many Hollywood contracts, due to the high-risk glamorous lifestyle and the addiction that can plague a star, even require known professionals to accompany or meet with stars on a regular basis to ensure they’re keeping their recovery in mind when working. The television series, Elementary depicts “Watson” as a female sober companion to a modern day Sherlock Holmes, for example. Michael Walsh believes that this service should be non-exclusive in society as addiction neither discriminates nor sets its own known rules, although this means there is also a universal amount of effort involved in both the client and the recovery coach.
“Addiction Recovery Coaching is motivational in nature, but a client shouldn’t expect the coach to do the work for them. The coach asks the right questions and helps construct a plan, while the client sets goals and decides what’s most important to them.”
– Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh has more information about his services here on his website, while any other questions or comments can be directed to TWC through our phone number, social media, or website.