By Aaron Emerson
If you have read any of my blogs within the last two or three weeks, you most likely know that I’ve been traveling to Midland, Michigan each weekend to undergo training to be a Recovery Coach. Well, today I am excited to write that I have completed the training.
Recovery Coaching is a state recognized model of drug and alcohol treatment that is utilized in a non-clinical manner. It is a strengths-based approach where a Recovery Coach works with individuals dealing with substance abuse issues by helping them build recovery plans and helping them find necessary resources within their respective community. Drug and alcohol treatment facilities and drug and counseling agencies across the country are hiring Recovery Coaches at a rapid pace, but Recovery Coaches can also work with individuals on their own time or start their own outreach.
As of right now, I am just putting everything in God’s hands. Whatever door he opens with my certification, that’s what I’ll do. I would love to offer Recovery Coaching services through this outreach, so I am going to be praying about that in the next couple of weeks to see how that would play out.
At the last training session, we did a lot of role playing. Our facilitators would give us scenarios and have each person play the role of a coach in a one-on-one setting. We would be observed and critiqued and it was really helpful to gain that kind of experience! We also learned a lot about motivational interviewing, a technique that can play a crucial role in working with an addict or alcoholic.
I learned a lot, got some amazing experience and have a ton of motivation to use everything to help people through my outreach. However, I want God’s direction on how exactly to carry that out and I could use a lot of prayer. I would greatly appreciate it if my readers would keep me in their thoughts and prayers during this next week or two!
In the meantime, I want to start coaching, so if you or somebody you know might be interested in this, give me a call at 517-763-5503. I hope you all have a great day and week, and I will be updating you on where I want to take this!
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