Difference between the Sponsor, Recovery Coach, and Addiction Counselor
There are so many people willing to help recovering alcoholics and addicts that it may get confusing on who is supposed to help with what. The three most well-known “helpers” of recovery are the sponsor, recovery coach, and addiction counselor. So you may be wondering what is the difference between the sponsor, recovery coach, and addiction counselor?
The difference between the sponsor, recovery coach, and addiction counselor is sometimes quite apparent and sometimes it seems that they are all doing the same thing.
A sponsor is someone who is a fellow addict and alcoholic just like you. They once were hopeless and faithless and found a way out through some kind of 12 step fellowship. A sponsor is the person who will show you the ways of that 12 step fellowship; this is very different than a recovery coach and addiction counselor. A sponsor is the person who is more like your friend and will just give you the suggestions on how they handled and stayed sober the amount of time they have, they are not an authority figure or licensed therapist they are merely another addict and alcoholic for you to connect to.
A recovery coach is kind of like a cheerleader for you and your recovery. A recovery coach helps you set goals in your recovery and make life plans to help you achieve the best life you possibly can once you get sober and are remaining sober. Sometimes it is hard to get motivated and to go out and be a part of the big bad world. A recovery coach is there to tell you that it’s possible, you are worth it and that you can achieve anything.
An addiction counselor is totally different than a sponsor and a recovery coach. An addiction counselor is the person who specializes in the disease of addiction. The addiction counselor knows the road to relapses, post-acute withdrawal, the trauma issues and how they affect your behavior. An addiction counselor is there to help you figure out the things that may be holding you back from achieving sobriety or continue to set you back in your sobriety. An addiction counselor is the therapist that understands that your mind behaviorally and physically reacts and acts differently than a person’s without the disease of addiction and alcoholism. They know all the facts, logic, science and therapy that goes in behind staying sober and getting sober.
The difference between the sponsor, recovery coach, and addiction counselor may be quite apparent but they all have one thing in common and that is you. Each one of these individuals or groups of people are trying to help you achieve what they know you want more than anything in the world and that is lasting, happy, fulfilling sobriety and a wonderful life. With all three working together there is truly nothing you cannot accomplish when you have a guide, a coach, and a specialist on your side. The difference between the sponsor, recovery coach, and addiction counselor gives someone the ability to have all the people and tools they need to stay sober and happy for the rest of their lives.