Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches

Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches

Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches

A recovery coach is a professionally trained individual who will be able to offer support in your recovery, share advice, help you make plans for the future, and hold you accountable for taking action. Recovery coaching will help you develop personal goals and make plans to attain them. A recovery coach will develop a coaching plan that is designed to empower you as an individual to achieve your greatest aspirations.

A recovery coach is there for emotional support (love, caring and concern), informational support (provision of health and wellness information and help in acquiring new skills), and instrumental support (concrete assistance in task accomplishment like filling out applications, providing child care, and transportation to support-group meetings.)

Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches: Boundaries

Setting boundaries is an important part of the ethical guidelines for recovery coaches.  A recovery coach is not a sponsor, a therapist, a nurse, or a priest. They should not engage in any activity that would normally be undertaken by one of these people.  For example, a recovery coach should not take you through the steps, diagnose you with a psychological or medical disorder, or promote a particular religion. Setting and maintaining these boundaries is an important part of recovery coaching.

Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches: Confidentiality

One of the ethical guidelines for recovery coaches is confidentiality. While working with a client or at any time after, confidential information should never be disclosed to outsiders except with the client’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal and state law. A recovery coach must never use or permit others to use a client’s information for the purpose of making a profit or for furthering a private interest.

Ethical Guidelines for Recovery Coaches: Personal Conflicts

A recovery coach should not have a client who is a close family member, close friends, or business acquaintance. Nor should a recovery coach take part in any treatment plan for someone who is a close family member, close friend, or business acquaintance. Also, it is in violation of the ethical guidelines of recovery coaches to start up a personal relationship with their client, especially a sexual relationship. Friendships may develop within the context of recovery coaching, but there is one thing that distinguishes the recovery coach relationship from other social relationships, and that is the service dimension of that relationship. This means that recovery coaching relationships are not fully reciprocal, whereas friendships are. The focus should be on the needs of the person being coached.

Ethical Guidelines For Recovery Coaches: Conflict of interest

Recovery coaches tend to be involved in the outside recovery community as well. They may have friends in recovery that their client also knows. They may own a sober house in the area. In these cases, it is important to identify and avoid conflicts of interest. For example, if a client tells a recovery coach something about someone the recovery coach knows personally, they should keep the confidentiality of the client. A recovery coach also shouldn’t refer clients to an outside business venture.