How Alternative Addiction Treatment Can Help You
Often when entering the general discussion of addiction treatment and its alternatives, it can be difficult to take in the reality of each approach. Sure, you can guess, estimate, presume or make logical assumptions, but it’s worth looking into the actual story of what a person in recovery would go through.
(This scenario and its characters are entirely hypothetical.)
For example, let’s take the story of a mother of three. This mother’s name is Jenna, and currently, she’s being run ragged. First, there are responsibilities of motherhood; Waking up early to make sure her kids have breakfast ready before school, driving them there, driving them back afterward, and making lunch and dinner, a busy day already but this isn’t even mentioning her work situation.
She’s a single parent, and all income comes straight from her. Before any eyebrows raise – this isn’t an uncommon scenario. In fact, about one in every three children in America lives in homes that are going through this exact thing. Jenna’s days are wrought with responsibility and expectation. She has three kids to worry about, so she has multiple jobs to keep up as comfortable a lifestyle as possible. It isn’t extravagant, but it’s enough to make sure everyone is content.
A full-time job is an obligation in scenarios like these. Benefits, consistent income, and promotion opportunities, it’s a given. However, as is often the case, a second or third job is necessary as well, as living costs (especially with children) may exceed income. The stresses of work and motherhood with virtually no room or time to relax understandably push her to exhaustion.
Why Alternative Addiction Treatment is perfect in this scenario!
In this scenario, Jenna doesn’t have many options, unfortunately. She can’t “relax” without putting aside her duties, she can’t make more time in the day, and her tension is only bound to rise and rise. So, as would happen to many other people, she’s pushed to addictive substances to cope. Specifically, alcohol. It could be just a glass of wine a night, maybe some beer or champagne if she’d felt it, but over time her tolerance grows. That coping mechanism naturally evolves into dependence, and before long, it’s a full-blown addiction.
Her children begin to worry, and rightfully so. Alcohol can make people unpredictable, slower to react, and dull one’s rationale. Her responsibilities begin to slack, and even those at work begin to notice. Maybe a hangover a few too many mornings or she sneaks a drink into the workplace to cope with the stress. One day, her coworkers finally decide to talk to her about it.
Anyone could notice how hard Jenna was working for the sake of her family. Her responsibilities were incredibly difficult to manage! She wasn’t the “bad guy” here, she just got pushed to some ugly vices. They implore her to get some help. Reluctantly, Jenna thinks it over.
Now, in this scenario, many people would assume the best option for Jenna is to check herself into rehab. Everyone who has a problem with addiction has to go to rehab. That’s what they say in every movie or book or TV show that covers addiction. However, thinking it through, rehab perhaps wouldn’t be the best option for Jenna and – perhaps more notably – her family.
Rehab comes with an expectation to stay for the full 30-day inpatient treatment. Thirty days away from home, thirty days without an income, and thirty days without a mother home. She could leave early, but that wouldn’t be offering the full extent of the treatment. If she wasn’t going to get better, what was the point of going at all? She needed an alternative that could work for her lifestyle. This is where some vital alternatives to traditional addiction treatment can come into play.
Jenna does some research into alternatives and discovers some of the strongest options out there. Sober coaches, life coaches, sober companions – all individuals who work with the client to help them through the recovery process without necessary inpatient treatment. However, while she can search “sober companion Los Angeles” and find a few dozen in the area, she decides the best course of action is to find a reliable organization. She searches for a bit longer, scrolling through names and organizations, before finally stumbling upon one she feels comfortable with; “The Addiction Coach”.
Founded by Cali Estes, this organization was run by some of the best of the best. If Jenna wanted to find the best sober coaches, the best recovery coaches, the best sober companions – this could be the place. They wear their flexibility and effectiveness as a badge of honor, able to act discretely and just about anywhere their clients may need them. The process would be simple enough. If Jenna called, she could get to work with Cali and her team to immediately work on her recovery.
The experience is entirely focused on Jenna. Rather than push her into a group or offer some copy-and-paste jargon, they listen to her experience and address each issue directly. If she needed a remote appointment with a sober coach, it could be easily arranged. There are hundreds of coaches at their disposal ready willing and able to address each issue as best as they can. (A sober coach is a person in long-term recovery that is certified, bonded, and insured and is able to help other people find that path to not using drugs and alcohol.)
If she were to need to take a work trip or be at a function at work, she could have a sober companion to keep her company! The Addictions Coach team goes out of its way to ensure each client meshes well with their chosen sober companions, with extensive training and personality matching processes as well. (A sober companion will help you overcome triggers, install coping skills, assist with budget/finance, daily living duties, and even help with anxiety, depression, mental health issues, and eating disorders.)
With these resources and more, Jenna recovers quickly. Before long she’s able to take control of her life again and stay on top of things. Cali and her team make it a point to ensure that each client can stand on their own two feet after treatment, not just rely on their services. This helps them stand above the rest, and makes The Addiction Coach a fantastic resource for anyone looking for an effective alternative to traditional treatment if it just doesn’t work for you!