Recovery Support Services from Beacon Confidential

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Recovery as:

“A process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support recovery:

Health— overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

Home— having a stable and safe place to live.

Purpose— conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

Community— having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.”

“Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery. The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.”

“The process of recovery is supported through relationships and social networks. This often involves family members who become the champions of their loved one’s recovery. Families of people in recovery may experience adversities that lead to increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, grief, and isolation. The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being. The support of peers and friends is also crucial in engaging and supporting individuals in recovery.”

“Recovery services and supports must be flexible. What may work for adults may be very different for youth or older adults. For example, the nature of social supports, peer mentors, and recovery coaching for adolescents is different than for adults and older adults. Supporting recovery requires that mental health and addiction services:

  • Be responsive and respectful to the health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse people and groups.
  • Actively address diversity in the delivery of services.
  • Seek to reduce health disparities in access and outcomes.”

Wikipedia offers a reasonable overview of Recovery Coaching.

David B. Bohl helps clients improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Ultimately, individuals build resilience – philosophies, strategies, and tools to develop and assimilate philosophies and methods to stabilize challenging life situations, cultivate healthy strategies for living, build supportive relationships, connect with needed professional services, and increase confidence and life satisfaction – and assertively meet any life challenges that arise.

Recovery Consultant, Counselor, and Coach David B. Bohl engages clients in a sequence of individually designed and evidence-based activities that can include:

  • Stabilizing a client’s recovery environment,
  • Connecting a client to appropriate and supportive individuals with similar goals,
  • Cultivating executive functioning skills, and/or
  • Finding fresh and innovative determinants of purpose and fulfillment.

How a Recovery Coaching Relationship with David B. Bohl can be Beneficial

Ongoing and regular coaching can assist clients in building resilience – finding stability, purpose, and fulfillment in recovery.

The following types of individuals and families can benefit from an ongoing recovery coaching relationship:

  • People deliberating whether they have a problem.
  • Persons in need of an outside perspective as to whether challenges can be or need to be managed.
  • Anyone who has heard from others that they have a problem, and desire to further investigate it and/or are trying to accept it.
  • Clients needing help brainstorming possible resources or navigating available services that will help identify and/or mitigate a challenge or challenges.
  • People resistant to professional, medical, and/or clinical relationships and/or treatment.
  • Anyone opposed to self-help group participation (including 12 Step involvement).
  • Persons attending recovery support groups, yet struggling to benefit and/or engage.
  • Clients currently engaged in a treatment and/or therapeutic relationship who need concurrent support and guidance and/or assistance in meeting the goals of their care plans.
  • Clients transitioning from a treatment and/or therapeutic environment who need ongoing support and guidance and/or assistance in meeting the goals of their continuing care plans.
  • Anyone (individuals and/or family) needing assistance building their recovery capital (defined as “the volume of internal and external assets that can be brought to bear to initiate and sustain recovery” – from William White’s Recovery Capital Scale) and/or developing their personal recovery plan.

A wide-ranging list of services from which clients benefit are listed below. These services are delivered directly by David B. Bohl and/or in collaboration with other professionals. Preliminary consultation will help determine which services are initially most appropriate. Delivery of services can be modified as the coaching relationship progresses and needs change or additional needs are identified.

Personal Recovery Plan and Recovery Capital development, initiation, and management – developing healthy lifestyle choices and personal recovery plans (including specific relapse prevention planning and/or trauma/exposure work).

Environmental Assessment and Management – investigating and monitoring the structure and safety of day-to-day living and working situations

Interpersonal and independent Living Skill Development – assistance in building permanent healthy support systems, including introductions to appropriate structures, healthy relationship development skills and coaching, specific coping skills, and boundary setting and adherence.

Executive Functioning Cultivation – goal setting and initiation/management of action plans, and encourage and nurture the capacity to self-assess and self-direct.

Time Management and Stress Mitigation – schedule planning and management, anticipating demanding times, working through challenges as they occur, and everyday mindfulness based stress reduction (including tension, trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain).

Mutual Self-Help Meeting Investigation – assistance with researching and identifying appropriate meetings, investigating gatherings for other support needs and/or during times of travel and disruption, and providing support prior to and beyond each group meeting.

Social Activities and Community Integration – determining interests and connecting individuals with appropriate resources, and supporting individuals through/at social events, including those that might present risks.

The client can be referred to the following services and be monitored throughout the coaching relationship:

  • Physical and emotional wellness
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Nutritional/dietary management
  • Therapeutic medication monitoring
  • Academic coaching
  • Vocational support
  • Work skills development
  • Aptitude testing and coaching
  • Transportation navigation
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