15 Feb Working One-on-One with a Mentor
One of the biggest problems when people try to get sober is that they try to do it on their own. In addition to support groups, there are many types of mentors and leaders you can work with individually. Remember that you don’t have to do it on your own. Find someone to support you!
Spiritual advising is one that many people often forget about. A spiritual advisor is someone with some training and spirituality who works with individuals who want guidance from a spiritual standpoint. You can find Christian advisors, Buddhist advisors, yogic advisors, psychic advisors, and many more types. You can visit The Online Medium to connect with a spiritual advisor easily.
Therapists are another type of mentor you can work with. In individual therapy, you have the opportunity to work with someone who has extensive education, training, and practice in working with those struggling with addiction. A therapeutic relationship can give you an opportunity to be honest about your experience, dive a little more deeply, and begin to unravel the causes and reasons for your drug abuse.
Recovery coaching is another great option. A recovery coach is essentially a life coach who works with those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. With a recovery coach, or sober coach, you will create plans, address problems, and get advice. Coaching tends to be more pragmatic and direction-oriented than therapy, with less focus on the depths and what’s going on down underneath the service. Coaching can help you with many of the issues you face on a daily basis.
Mentors and Sponsors
Finally, we have the sponsor or mentor relationship. This is crucial. In twelve-step programs, they call it a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who is an addict like you, but has been able to go through the stepwork and stay sober. Together, you work the steps and learn from one another. This one is great because it is like a peer.
Outside of AA, there are also mentorship relationships. For example, I attend Refuge Recovery, one of many alternatives to twelve-step meetings. Refuge Recovery has a sponsorship program exactly like twelve-step meetings, but it’s called mentorship.