Coaching vs. Counseling: What is the Difference?
Concierge Addiction Treatment
Top 5 Reasons Clients Hire a Sober Companion
As the heroin epidemic and other drug addictions continue to rise in the US, treatment programs continue to adapt and advance. With many programs stepping away from the traditional “28-Day Inpatient Program.” Many people are hiring something called a sober companion to help them stay sober. Sober OnDemand has plenty of trained and experienced sober companions that specialize in around the clock care. A sober companion is someone who is hired by someone in early recovery to stay with them for an agreed upon amount of time. This can be 1 day – 3 months or longer if needed. The sober companion’s job is to help the client to remain sober. Offering coaching techniques that can help the client to adapt to everyday living sober, from the comfort of their lives. Here are the Top 5 Reason to Hire a Sober Companion.
- Around the Clock Care – Sober companions can be hired to spend as much time as needed with the client. Some clients will hire a sober companion to spend 24-hours a day with them, in order to help them remain sober. Sober companions will take them to work, go shopping and to the gym with them, and even family functions. The sober companion will utilize recovery coaching skills to help the client create a life without substance use.
- Implement the tools learned from the Recovery Coach or Mental Health Professional – The Sober companion can help the client in real time to begin utilizing their recovery tools in the real-world. The companion will be able to critique the client on a daily basis to help the client begin to practice these coping mechanisms and tools throughout their lives. The client will begin to see the benefits of this quickly as the sober companion eases triggers and cravings by being present and devoted to the client.
- Integrated Family Experiences – The sober companion will be present in all parts of the client’s life. The sober companion will become familiar with the family and will be able to utilize their knowledge and experience of the client to best help them remain sober. The sober companion will be able to also facilitate family work, helping the client to address difficult conversations and situations to alleviate some stress from the newly sober client.
- Tigger Management in Real-Time – Newly sober persons are usually bombarded with triggers and cravings. A lot of times newly sober people are alone and don’t have the ability to speak about these triggers with someone who can devote sometimes hours to talk them out of using. Sober companions are there to ensure that the client can work through these triggers without using. Sober companions will use their knowledge and training to ensure that the client identifies where the trigger is coming from, and will help to provide tools to prevent the trigger from returning in the future.
- Alternative to 12-Step Programs – Let’s face it, not everyone wants to get sober the “AA Way.” Sober companionship can help a client to find recovery outside of the traditional avenue of 12-step recovery. By utilizing new habits and structure, the client is able to create a life of recovery that is not the cookie-cutter way we are so used to seeing in the addiction treatment industry.
Sober companionship is becoming a leading avenue to recovery for many people across the world. Celebrities utilize sober companionship while working, people utilize companionship in the gym, grocery shopping and weddings. Having this concierge addiction treatment service creates space for the client to begin to live a healthy and happy life outside of traditional treatment norms!
Call our elite team to find the Sober companion that is a perfect match for you or your loved one. We are here to help at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1; or visiting the Sober on Demand website.
Top 5 Hidden Addictions You Need to Know About Today
Addictions are all around us. They can be hidden from view and come in many different forms. In today’s society, many people turn to addictions to cope with stress and anxiety. The word addiction often brings to mind drugs and alcohol, but there are many other types of addictions that people don’t always recognize.
Sometimes these addictions are obvious, but other times they can be more difficult to spot because of the socially acceptable nature of the addiction, such as eating too much or spending too much time on social media.
In this blog post, we will talk about five hidden addictions that you may not realize you have!
Alcohol addiction is the most common addiction in society today. Alcoholism often starts off as a social activity and then can progress into something more serious.
On average, alcoholics use 80% of their income on alcohol. The inability to stop drinking when they want could lead them to black out or having withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and shaking. Over time, alcoholics can lose their jobs, homes, family members, and friends.
To prevent alcohol addiction, set limits for yourself and stick to them. Apart from this, people who drink should not go to sleep in a drunken state, leading to alcohol withdrawal. You should also drink in moderation and not drink every day to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
Internet/Games (Tik Tok)
Social media platforms such as TikTok have become increasingly popular due to how easy it is for users of all ages to upload videos on a daily basis. However, for some people, these social platforms can lead them down a dark path of addiction. A recent study found that almost 50% of internet users admit they have difficulty limiting the time spent on the internet.
The dangers of this form of addiction are that users may become so engrossed in uploading videos and watching others, leading to severe neglect from family or work obligations.
People may also become addicted to video games. More often than not, the addiction starts out innocently enough with one or two hours of video games a day. However, this can quickly escalate into many more hours spent playing online video games every night and neglecting friends, family, work obligations and even sleep.
To prevent these addictions, simply limit the amount of time you spend on it each day and make sure you engage with other people offline as well.
Food & Sugar
The addiction to food and sugar is a form that most people are familiar with. Those who eat more than their body needs may find themselves feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable if they go without eating for too long.
Sugar addiction, for instance, is an addiction that is not typically talked about. Sugar can become addictive when overconsumed, and most of the time, it’s found in junk food that’s high in sugar, fat, and salt.
The dangers of this type of addiction are related to weight gain as well as diabetes risk due to high blood glucose levels. Similar to other addictions, moderation is vital in order to avoid adverse health consequences.
Making sure you have a healthy balance of food and sugar will help prevent addiction without giving up your favorite foods altogether, which can be difficult for some people to do when they’re addicted.
Another type of addiction not typically talked about is diet pills. Diet pills can be a common addiction as they’re easy to access and provide quick results for those looking to lose weight quickly.
Unfortunately, social media has also played a role in this addiction as many people are drawn to the quick weight loss results they see in advertisements. The social media aesthetic has also made people more insecure and therefore more prone to diet pill addiction as it is the only way they feel that they can keep up with others.
People think of themselves and their weight negatively, which leads them to take drastic measures like binge eating or taking diet pills to lose pounds quickly. As a result, the body goes into starvation mode because there’s not enough nutrition. Hence, people are becoming more and more interested in taking diet pills to lose weight without working on their lifestyle.
This type of addiction is extremely dangerous, with serious side effects such as heart problems and death due to dehydration. Anyone addicted should consult their doctor before taking any more diet pills or stopping altogether.
Sex & Love Addictions
Many people assume that addiction always involves drugs or alcohol. However, you may not know that sex and love addiction are also quite common. It involves an overwhelming need for sexual activity or feeling loved. People affected by these addictions often feel shame and are reluctant to seek help.
Sex addiction, in particular, can involve excessive use of porn, many sexual partners, excessive masturbation, going to prostitutes, and having affairs even while committed. On the other hand, love addiction is displayed by an unhealthy attachment and makes it difficult to maintain healthy relationships.
Many different types of addictions can affect a person’s life. If you think you’re addicted to something, don’t be afraid to find help and talk about it with someone who can understand your addiction. The important thing is not giving up on yourself and continuing to fight for sobriety. Be strong! Reach out to our elite team at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1 or visit us at Sober on Demand
REVIEWS of The Addictions Academy. Ready to see actual reviews of students?
Here they are. We pride ourselves on having the best-certified recovery coaches, life coaches, and certified interventionists.
The Addictions Academy faculty have been featured on NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, MSN, People Magazine, and more) is the premier addiction and career school to help people overcome mental health and addiction disorders. We offer live on-site class options all over the country or at your addiction treatment facility. We also specialize in virtual online learning platforms that we have been running since 2013. At The Addictions Academy, we have over 30 in-depth classes, fully accredited, and recognized internationally. We are accepted in 25 countries and translated into 5 different languages. Our most sought after classes include Certified Recovery Coach I, II, Certified Intervention Professional, and Certified Addictions Counselor Training. With over 15,000 people trained to date, we are the largest addiction education school in the globe. At The Addictions Academy, we also assist treatment centers in training their staff in call center training, AMA block training, ethics, Utilization Review Management, Billing and Collections, and how to run their facility more efficiently.
This was so awesome! Thank you so much for this information and great presentation.
Nancy Tone, Case Manager
RASU, Southcentral Foundation
Rural Anchorage Service Unit
Good Evening Dr. Estes,
I would like to personally thank you for the opportunity of having a great training event. Despite some connectivity issues, everything went well. The teleconferencing option worked out great for our remote villages.
The content and the tempo of the course were perfect. You were able to fit a large amount of information in a short amount of time. Everyone enjoyed the course and you kept everyone engaged, which doesn’t happen too often. Great job on that!
Keep up the great work and I look forward to another training session in the future. Have a great evening and thanks again for the opportunity.
Nicolas R. Gueco III
North Slope Borough Police Department
The training was good. I’m glad we had so much participation from our volunteers and others from the community.
Emergency Medical Services Officer
Capital City Fire / Rescue
820 Glacier Avenue
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Thank you so much for this opportunity! If you have more training opportunities please let me know. I love learning from the best! Have a great day!
Lindsey Durrett, BHT
She is really good. She trained me a few years ago.
James C Sweasy II
Amazing training, great information
Eric O Campbell
She was really amazing
Great job guys! Cali Estes and James C. Sweasy II two of the people in our industry who aren’t afraid to set real standards in our industry that were not created by the “old guard “ lol. Keep killing it guys, bringing real hope to the suffering
CEO Recovery First Interventions