Sober companions, or sober coaches, are individuals in recovery who assist someone struggling with addiction who is trying to get or stay sober. Sober companions are mentors or guides. They are not a friend, therapist, or 12-step program sponsor. They are not personal assistants, doing the client’s bidding. The main role of a sober companion is to encourage clients to make healthy choices, doing so by example.
HOW LONG WILL YOU NEED A SOBER COACH?
Sober coaching in Toronto or across Canada through Sangfroid Intervention may last anywhere from a few hours to a year or more. In these jobs, sober companions may live with the client in their home or do 12-hour shifts (8 am – 8 pm, for example), to help an individual learn how to live a sober life in their community. These jobs usually start with a full sweep of the home, to remove any drugs or alcohol from the residence. Then, the client’s day is structured around all the activities that need to be accomplished: from grocery shopping and exercise to work and sober support that might include: psychotherapy, outpatient programming, or 12-step meetings.
Jobs vary in length, but two weeks to a month is common.
Another short-term sober companion job has the sober companion travel with an individual for a particular event, such as a family reunion or a business meeting. These kinds of stressful events can cause relapse for individuals new in recovery. A sober companion helps an individual remain grounded and sobriety focused during the event and provides emotional support and encouragement in the high-stress situation.
Other sober companions support people who are not in a position to go to treatment for addiction or mental health problems. These tend to be longer-term assignments where companions will live in or travel with a client for months or a year. Clients who choose this service might be on tour with a band, on-location shooting a TV show for film, or living in a remote area where there is little support for a sober lifestyle. In these cases, professionals providing sober coaching in Toronto and nationwide will generally work as part of a team, consulting with psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychotherapists, and others to help an individual maintain a focus on recovery.