TAC: Addiction Recovery Coaching vs Traditional Therapy

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We are often faced with variations of one particular question, that question being, “How is recovery or sober coaching different from the traditional drug rehab/treatment center approach, and does it typically garner higher success rates in terms of both, length as well as quality of sobriety?”  The fact of the matter is that while traditional addiction treatment approaches can provide wonderful platforms for change, they often times fall short in cases where a more personal or customized approach is warranted.

Coaching for addictions and counseling is extremely different than your typical drug rehab or therapy sessions. We take into account your entire well being – mind, body and soul – not just the addiction or mental health problem. We help you create an entire lifestyle, including health, fitness, nutrition, career and relationships.

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7 Ways Therapists Get in the Way of Therapy

Blake Griffin Edwards GoodTherapy.org

We evaluate. That’s what we do. We ask question after question after question, and when we’re not asking questions, we’re noting answers to questions we haven’t asked. We’re so curious, professionally curious. It’s a trained curiosity, and if we’re not careful, a habitual curiosity, a distractive curiosity, a harmful curiosity.

Psychologist James Hillman (1967) warned: “Curiosity awakens curiosity in the other. He then begins to look at himself as an object, to judge himself good or bad, to find faults and place blame for these faults, to develop more superego and ego at the expense of simple awareness, to see himself as a case with a label from the textbook, to consider himself as a problem rather than to feel himself as a soul.”

There is often a contradiction between my image of a person in therapy through their self-assessment of their issue and my actual experience of the person. There is also a vast gulf between the diagnosable issues as seen through the lens of psychological expertise and the essence, identity, strengths, and hopes of the person before me.

Therefore, I must cultivate space to come to know the whole person. This begs the question of what “knowing the whole person” entails. But let’s be clear: trained curiosity and assessment are not the soul of psychological change. Therapists mean well, but I know at times even I have strayed outside the bounds of helpfulness. Here are seven ways therapists sometimes irritate people in therapy and get in the way of therapy:

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