Recovery Coaching – The Missing Abracadabra Piece
As a person in recovery today, I live for experiences that bring me peace of mind on a daily basis. It’s what I do. I have found that it is what delivers everything else I am grateful for in my life.
I have experienced this peacefulness on a quiet day with a dusty book, maybe some serenity from writing a song on a faded guitar, or the fulfillment of working on a puzzle spread across a scratched up and imperfect kitchen table. My brain has always been fascinated with creating something that previously was not whole, and working on completing it.
So imagine the frustration of trying to write a song with missing guitar strings or lack the motivation to finish your art yourself.
Imagine entire chapters being ripped out of a novel in the middle of the plot. Bummer.
Imagine constructing a thousand piece puzzle only to find out that you only have 907 pieces to work with. Something is missing.
There are times in our recovery that we may discover that we don’t feel quite whole. Something is not quite right, but we don’t always have the capacity to see what is missing ourselves. Sure, most days we tell ourselves that we feel fine, but what if recovery is so much better than just feeling fine?
This is where Recovery Coaching can come into play.
We are human. Let’s face it, being human can be a very awkward experience no matter what stage of recovery we find ourselves in. People in recovery, including myself, have creativity, passions, motivation, and talents that are invisible to us just waiting to be unlocked. As recovery people, we are hard on ourselves sometimes. Many of us have been told we are worthless, or not good enough to do something we are passionate about, so sometimes we don’t even bother to try. If we are honest we find that some of those people that told us that includes ourselves. My goal in coaching is to unblock the invisible, and discover the hidden doubts we didn’t even know was holding us back.
I recently partnered with Ammon Foundation to pilot a program coaching a select few of their Empowerment Coaches and Scholarship Awardees. I always thought Ammon Foundation just gave financial support to people in recovery that were continuing their education. Pardon my ignorance, but to me, that’s the only thing I thought they were known for. After attending their leadership summit in New Jersey I was pleased that there was so much more to them as an organization, as they are also dedicated to providing community workshops that focus on their four pillars of recovery which are continued education, stable employment, adequate health care, and safe housing. Authentic and genuine recovery support to give people stability. Awesome.
Adding the pilot coaching program as a compliment to the community work Ammon already does, in my opinion, is a game changer. The Recovery Coaching pilot program is about delivering that stability in a very direct way through one on one coaching sessions.
I have a core belief that inspires the work I am currently doing with the Ammon Foundation. That core belief is that recovery coaching is still the missing piece that quite honestly picks up the slack from a failed health system, the part of recovery treatment centers don’t touch once patients leave the facility, and the void left by what someone in recovery may not find in mutual support group meetings.
Recovery is not just about staying away from a drink or drug. There are so many aspects in our lives whether it is emotional health, physical wellness, spiritual practice, or self-care that we in recovery often don’t make priorities in our recovery. Sometimes we feel like there is no avenue to share what is really happening with us. Recovery Coaching is the sharing people in recovery need to discover those missing puzzle pieces or extra guitar strings to finish the songs we want to complete.
Recovery Coaching is all sorts of Abracadabra to me. Abracadabra translates to “I create as I speak”, and Ammon Foundation is allowing people the avenue to share so that they can keep their commitment as an organization to those they serve.
That commitment is that they are dedicated in seeing your recovery thrive.
The coaching program will be expanded in 2019 for Ammon Recovery Scholars and Ammon Empowerment Workshop Participants. If you fall into one of those categories and you are interested in one on one coaching sessions, take a second to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those in general public, connect to your local RCO or Recovery network and learn about peer recovery coaching in your community.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaron Kucharski has been a recovery coach and trainer of coaches since 2011, has over 15 years in recovery, and is partnering with Ammon Foundation on the Recovery Thrives Coaching Program.
He is a recovery advocate that has organized on the local, state, and national level for over a decade. His advocacy continues to focus on community, direct service, and public policy solutions.
The Ammon Foundation Scholarship provides life skills workshops to individuals in early recovery, and also assists people in addiction recovery for at least 6 months to complete their GED/High School Equivalency, Various Training Programs, Vocational Education, or a 2- or 4- year degree, in any area. To read more and determine if you are eligible, as well as to apply, please visit our website.