To be successful in recovery, a complete lifestyle change is often necessary. Making change, however, can be a very difficult process, requiring a lot of desire and determination. In early recovery, seemingly trivial things can unexpectedly derail progress. Mountainside’s Recovery Coaching program provides clients with dedicated assistance from a certified recovery coach to safely move forward through this vulnerable time period. We provide clients and their families one year or more of individualized, comprehensive support in all aspects of wellness and recovery.
*regular exercise, healthy diet, wellness activities
Our Recovery Coaches work side by side with each client to establish goals most meaningful to the client. Together, they create detailed action plans to reach those goals. Each month, progress is reviewed and a new plan developed to build upon the client’s foundation for recovery.
Our coaches are easily accessible via phone and email, around the clock. Through daily texts, regular calls, and face-to-face meetings, our coaches keep a close eye on each client’s progress. The high frequency of contact enables coaches to identify early warning signs and then act quickly to tackle any problems clients face.
Families play a key partnership role in our program. Each week, coaches communicate with families to help them understand their loved one’s challenges, keep them informed of their loved one’s progress, and educate them on how to better support their loved one in recovery.
A healthy, sober lifestyle includes opportunities to have fun and meet other recovery-minded individuals. We offer a range of free and discounted admissions to a number of events throughout the year. Events include educational and wellness workshops, sports activities, adventure outings, and a cruise.
The Recovery Coaching program is goals-focused and results-oriented. Each month, we help clients measure their progress in key areas of wellness — anxiety, depression, attention, sleep and cravings — as well as assess relapse risk. Results are shared with clients and any area of concern is given extra attention.
Random Toxicology Screenings
We provide random toxicology screenings and breathalyzer tests each month to reinforce clients’ accountability for their own sobriety. Screening results, in certain circumstances, may be also be presented to court-, employer-, or school-mandated addiction treatment programs as proof of sobriety.
Connected Care Network
Clients will often require additional services from other professionals. Our coaches not only assist in finding reputable service providers but also coordinate delivery of services between all professionals — the client’s “Connected Care Network” — to ensure maximum efficacy.
There may be situations during early recovery when the physical presence of a coach proves especially beneficial in protecting sobriety. For clients requiring support for any type of event, activity, or travel, our Recovery Coaches can provide sober companionship.
Recovery Coaching FAQ
Q. Is Recovery Coaching therapy?
A. It is comprehensive, strength-based support and coaching provided by certified professionals committed to helping clients reach their recovery goals.
Q. How is this different from having a sponsor?
A. Our certified recovery coaches work full-time to help clients remain sober and overcome any life challenges that arise during early recovery. Coaches and clients work on personalized wellness plans and risk assessments ─ a sponsor does not do this. Coaches are also in constant communication with a client’s family to inform them of their loved one’s progress as well as ensure that the client is receiving the necessary support to succeed. If a client needs additional services from addiction professionals, their coach will connect them to reputable service providers to ensure that they are receiving the comprehensive assistance they need. While a coach does not take you through the 12 steps, they do encourage each client to participate in a fellowship, and often reference the 12 steps.
One of the biggest difference between Mountainside’s Recovery Coaching program and having a sponsor is that our program is supported by an experienced clinical team that is available to assist as needed.
Q. Are the Recovery Coaches in recovery?
A. All of our recovery coaches—whether they are in recovery or not—are knowledgeable about the nature of addiction and how to help clients achieve their sobriety goals. Many are indeed in recovery themselves.
Q. What does the program include?
A. Our Recovery Coaching program includes 24/7 access to your coach, weekly face-to-face meetings (available at the NYC office, Canaan Campus, or a location convenient to the client), FaceTime calls, family calls, connected care network calls, wellness plans, monthly goal development, accountability, and sober companionship.
Q. How long is the program?
A. Mountainside’s Recovery Coaching program is designed to last a year but can be tailored to meet a client’s needs.
Q. How often are my family and I able to connect with the recovery coach?
A. As much as you need to. There is a set schedule, and most sessions are completed during regular business hours, but there is 24/7 phone support in the event of an emergency.
Q. Am I able to end the program at any time?
A. If you feel the program is not meeting your needs, you will be able to stop at any time.
Q. What if I relapse?
A. Our clinical team will conduct a relapse assessment and identify the appropriate level of care you need, and provide you with referrals as necessary. Depending on the individual and the severity of their relapse, clients may be recommended to increase daily communication, seek a psychiatrist, enter sober living, participate in outpatient therapy, undergo detox, or enter a residential addiction treatment program. Because recovery coaches are in constant communication with clients, their family, and their support network, they are able to catch relapses early on.
We welcome and serve clients from all over the country. To learn more about the program and whether Recovery Coaching may be right for you or a loved one, call us today or visit us in Canaan, CT, Wilton, CT and New York City, NY.