Life Coaching is designed for people who are in active 12-step recovery. I believe in the 12-step disease concept of addiction and recovery. This approach to growth is for alcoholics, addicts, food addicts, compulsive overeaters, gamblers, codependents, people in ACOA, and any other 12-step program I didn’t list here.
Life Coaching is for you if you have integrated your recovery program into your being. Integrating your recovery program into your being means this:
You stopped using your addictive substance and behaviors. You regularly attend 12-step meetings where you have a sponsor and sponsor others. You’ve worked all 12 steps of recovery and regularly do service. You are no longer focused on stopping your destructive behavior. You live your life in a manner that supports you staying stopped.
And now you feel an inner nudge to do more. Be more. Dream big. I believe this is the result of actively working a recovery program. You are more centered in your being and your deeper desires are calling to you. As a spiritual person, I believe that is your Higher Power calling your name. Life coaching is designed specifically to work with you to realize those dreams.
Perhaps you wonder where you are going in your life. How you are related to the grand scheme of things. Maybe you have fantasies of developing a business, entering a new profession, improving your relationships. You are now in recovery and you want a fuller life. Life coaching can help you reach for the stars and succeed.
I personally began my career in 1975 with a 6-month paraprofessional course for recovering addicts and alcoholics. One day I decided that I wanted more out of my life. That I was more than my recovery. My dreams were calling me. My Higher Power was nudging me to go and be who I really am in this world. To accomplish what I was put on this earth to achieve.
I have many decades of personal life, paraprofessional, and professional education, as well as experience in the field of addictions. I believe in the power of 12-step recovery and never pursued offering psychological services for the treatment of addictions. I did, however, offer therapy services to people in recovery who wanted help with a psychological problem.
I learned something vital from my clients. Those people who actively worked a program for their addiction also worked their program on their psychological problems. When compared to my non-addict clients, they worked on and solved their problems at a rate 50% to 100% faster.
They’d talk to me about something serious that was bothering them, go home and work their program on what they learned in therapy. They’d write about it and share it with their sponsor. Talk to their recovery network about it. Share in a meeting. And by their next appointment, they were ready to move on to something else.
Life coaching is not therapy. It’s not 12-step sponsorship. The power difference is real. Therapists are authority figures. Sponsors are usually people who are ahead of you in the recovery process and show you how to work a program. Life coaching involves a coaching conversation of equals where you are the authority on you.
I think of life coaching as the next step toward becoming more fully who you are. Life coaching is the same. You start with a wish, a hope, and a dream. You bring it to your coach. You take charge, work on your plan, go home, take appropriate actions, and work your program on it.
Recovery Coaching is for people who are in early stage recovery. Post-Recovery Coaching is for people a bit further along needing to remain addiction free. Psychotherapy is for people who have a diagnosable mental disorder in addition to their need for 12-step recovery.
Life Coaching is for people whose dreams are calling them. Life coaching works for people who live a 12-Step recovery life.
It’s for you if you want more out of your life. You can do this. And you can do this well. Your program has equipped you to do so. I’d sure like to witness your accomplishments.
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