As someone who worked in a treatment center setting for four years in drug, alcohol, and eating disorder settings, I witnessed a lot of wonderful changes in people’s lives and in the lives of their families. Also, I encountered some challenges that people faced while getting treatment in a group setting. Namely, I noticed it was harder to gauge one-on-one progress with each individual in their particular path of their journey while tending to others. It is also hard to know whether the family has adequate tools or learning time to adjust to the changes in their lives while only being granted short visits in a rehab, in-patient, or out-patient setting. Below are 5 advantages I have seen positively affect those who have been in, or are coming out of, treatment and their families by being a twenty-four hour a day in-home coach:

1. Individualized Treatment

As in most treatment settings, in-home coaching sets out goals and a measurable treatment plan for the client. The first step, is identifying what the client’s goals are and helping them fine tune those goals into small, sometimes flexible, yet attainable goals toward growth and change. In a treatment center setting, sometimes this can be difficult because you are attempting to oversee a number of people who are walking their own paths and are in different places in their treatment. As an in-home coach, one has the advantage of being able to put all of their attention and resources into one person’s story, hardships, goals, successes and ultimately, their avenue to a healthier and more balanced life. This may make things, like slip ups or fall backs, easier to catch and recover from. When focusing on only one person, triggers can sometimes be more easily identified.

2. Family Interaction

In a treatment setting there is sometimes minimal family interaction, which is understandable, sometimes a person has to concentrate entirely on self to walk the path back to recovery. Often times, there are visitation days for family maybe once or twice a week. While it is good to have these family check-ins, it is hard for the families to assess the whole picture of what is going on in treatment, how to communicate, or how to assimilate the person back into their family or their lives in a healthy way, once the client is out of treatment. Sometimes the families have very little knowledge of what goes on in a client’s treatment plan or what to expect and how to facilitate conversation and healthy change in a person who is newly recovering. One-on-one coaching, allows the coach to view how the family is interacting in real time, and offer some positive suggestions and perhaps, steer or guide communication in a situation that is new and can sometimes be challenging for everyone.

3. Identifying Triggers

In a treatment center, it may be hard at times to notice or identify triggers for a client right away because they are not in their natural element. They may not be acting in their usual manner because they are not surrounded by the people they normally mix with or have the same environment, familiarity, and triggers that may occur when they go home. When an in-home coach is present, it can be easier to see when a person is becoming uncomfortable because they may be getting triggered from something like an enabling family member, rules they may find too strict, a goal that may seen unreasonable or unfair, etc. When these triggers are brought to light in a timely fashion, the coach and the client can then get to work on goals and exercises to build up the client and their particular strengths and assets.

4. Holistic Approaches to Care

In a one-on-one setting I have found that it is easier to carry out therapeutic exercises when only focusing on one individual. Sometimes, it can be beneficial for the client to just get out and do a meditative walk- either with or without talking-to clear their head or refocus on solutions rather than problems. Sometimes, journaling or sharing feelings is appropriate to help distract from immediate urges to act out. Sometimes it can be beneficial to show types of self-care and reward that do not involve negative acting out, such as a spa day, a movie, a day at the park. These types of things are easy to accomplish when you have all of your attention on one client, their needs, and what relaxes them or restores them to a feeling of balance and being whole.

5. Being Engaged When it Comes to Family Matters While Staying an Unbiased 3rd Party

At times, families can get frustrated, confused or lost when dealing with a person in recovery. It is sometimes hard to identify each person’s role and how recovery is, indeed, a family affair if they so chose. People sometimes get so used to the way things are, even if they have become a bit dysfunctional, and it can be vexing when it seems to hold up progress. It is at times like these, a non-biased third party with some experience and guidance, may be able to ask some probing question or offer some suggestions that may be able to set the family on a better path of understanding and working together.

With these tools, hardwork, open-mindedness to change and a new focus on purpose and a vivaciousness for life, I have seen recovery work in people’s lives. I have witnessed new hope and growth in people that came broken or lost looking for answers. Ultimately, it has been rewarding to see people begin to feel empowered in their lives again!

If you or a family member are ready to try a different solution to help the whole family recover, call or text us at 210-502-7222 or email support @ koplingconsulting.com.