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One-on-One Sober Coaching

We don’t use labels like “alcoholic” or “addict” (unless they empower you). It’s not 12-step-based (unless you want it to be). You don’t have to go to meetings for the rest of your life. We’ll co-create a personalized plan for you to achieve your goals in recovery. There’s a path that works for you – and that’s building a life you love to live! I’ll help you find freedom from substance use.

I believe all areas of your life are either supporting your recovery or making it harder. We’ll review your relationships, environment, physical health, mental health, routines, self-care and lifestyle. We’ll build a strong plan to move forward that addresses challenges and draws on your strengths. I’ll help you navigate the many changes that occur in the process of recovery.

Recovery Expertise

This is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most common things I help clients work through:

  • Dealing with Drug or Alcohol Cravings
  • Overcoming Shame, Guilt and Regret
  • Building New Habits
  • Creating and Maintaining Boundaries
  • Having Fun Sober
  • Finding New (& Old!) Hobbies
  • Dating in Recovery
  • Building a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Self-care
  • Transfer addictions
  • Mindfulness
  • Triggers
  • Perfectionism
  • Socializing Sober

I work with people in all stages of recovery, from thinking about cutting back all the way to 1 year+ of sobriety.

Everyone has a different past, different needs, and different goals – so no two paths are alike. These are a few examples of the many ways I support clients depending on where they’re at in their recovery. It’s a roadmap with some of the possibilities. However, it’s not a rigid approach, and our work together is highly personalized – and totally confidential.

Early Recovery | Get Sober or Cut Back on Substance Use

If you’re just beginning to explore changing your relationship with substances, recovery coaching is a great place to start. It’s a compassionate, judgement-free, action-based approach. We’ll build and sustain your intrinsic motivation for change. I’ll empower you to take action between sessions and help you set your own goals.

In the first 50 days, I’ll help you build tools to deal with cravings. We’ll examine the reasons you turn to substance use, and help you find better ways to get your needs met.

Not many people go from problematic substance use to abstinence overnight. Even if abstinence is your goal, reducing your substance use is progress. I’ll help you recognize your progress and learn from any slips.

This is often the toughest part. Withdrawal symptoms can be agonizing. Our bodies are physiologically stressed out. A big part of the work here is building self-care routines and being gentle with ourselves.

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Maintaining Abstinence | Life Beyond Substances

How to Stay Sober Once You’ve Quit

Early on, we’re often motivated to stay sober by a healthy fear of substance use, and remembering all the pain it’s caused us. That’s important to keep in mind, however building a sustainable recovery requires building a new life we like better. After about 50 days, we start feeling a lot better physically. We’ll leverage the benefits of sobriety for additional motivation.

Substance use takes up a ton of our time. Between thinking about drugs (including alcohol), using them, and recovering from them, we get a whole lot of time back in our lives when we stop. This bonus time can be a double-edged sword. Without replacing substance use with enjoyable ways to spend our time, we can be left bored, and thoughts can drift back to substances. I’ll help you make this extra time the greatest gift in the world, building an enjoyable lifestyle for you.

Very few people get sober without a slip or a few. If this occurs, I’ll help you view these as data-points, rather than a “relapse”. There’s something to be learned, and reflecting on your experience in a judgement-free space helps it come to light. I help clients realize they’re not at square one if they have a slip and keep moving forward.

Long-Term Sobriety

Sobriety opens doors to self-growth that wouldn’t otherwise be there. I’m here to support you as you continue to evolve and build the life you’ve always dreamed of.

After a year in recovery, we often feel like completely different people. We’re probably more in touch with our wants and needs, and we may start making some big changes in life. I’ve helped clients plan and execute career changes, go back to school, and navigate major relationship changes. In some cases, I become a trusted advisor or business coach, drawing on my engineering and project management background.

Sober Coaching Discovery Call

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