20 Sep Why Should I Consider Having a Recovery Companion?
In Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs, the first “step” is to admit that a life in the sole pursuit of alcohol and other drugs has become unmanageable. It describes those who have fallen into its trap as powerless on their own to make changes. For this reason, and for the overall difficulty of the task, it is well known that recovery is done best when in the context of a caring and supportive recovery community.
This explains why it is important to get connected, and sooner rather than later, but still may leave you wondering why it’s necessary to enlist the support of a recovery companion. The path towards recovery is riddled with potential missteps, trigger situations, and temptations. In the midst of daily life, recovery companions offer stability to help you to work through these difficulties in-the-moment without becoming overwhelmed, or waiting a week to talk it out with your therapist. And truly, the first step in seeking treatment, detox, can be a difficult enough state to manage, physically and emotionally, without the added worries of testing the limits of a newly established community support system, or family member that can be quite triggering.
Thus, we consider one of the most important members of our client’s treatment team to be their recovery companion, who remains especially vital to our treatment-at-home model and connecting them with appropriate aftercare.
What Can A Recovery Companion Do For Me?
Recovery Companions are specially trained to provide intensive support to any individual seeking sobriety, in addition to being a valuable resource in recreating your life: through building confidence and settling into a routine that works for you. Unlike full-time caretakers, it is the job of a recovery companion to gradually work to decrease dependence upon them, by providing less direction and offering more room for independence. They do not bear the weight of responsibility for your decisions but do provide that often-needed push in the right direction.
Because our home detox services bring treatment to you –treatment that involves careful medical monitoring– many of our clients benefit from the support of a recovery companion to walk with them through their daily tasks, provide support and guidance, and keep them accountable to daily and weekly treatment goals. The recovery companion’s unique role as a part of the treatment team is to help link clients to recovery resources in the community, establish daily routines, help get them to and from meetings, and provide in-the-moment support to help clients enact the skills they learn throughout the week. They bring the learning from meetings and from therapy sessions into real life and provide a model for how to go through life while in recovery.
Is a Recovery Companion Right for Me?
Whether you are ready to take the step to detox your life and your system from alcohol and other drugs, or if you are at another crossroads in your journey, a recovery companion can provide that peace of mind you may be looking for, for yourself or someone you love.
Some key times to consider enlisting the services of a recovery companion may be:
- Between detox and admission at a treatment center
- When participating in an intensive outpatient (IOP) or other non-residential treatment
- When graduating from residential treatment
- When traveling for work or without a support system
- When experiencing major life change (e.g. job change, or relocation)
At MD Home Detox, we believe in the power of a recovery companion to help you successfully detox, and transition into the next phase of your recovery journey. We know the importance of each member of our treatment team, and the necessity of that helping hand or listening ear when in the midst of the process. Read on to learn about how our case managers can help you get connected to the resources you need, or give us a call to get started with our treatment team.