Lloyd Sinnott Wellness and Recovery
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The Difference Between a Recovery Coach, Counselor and Sponsor

Many people ask me what is the difference between a Recovery Coach, Counselor and Sponsor.  Below is a chart which outlines the differences.

 

 

Characteristic

Counselor

Recovery Coach

Sponsor

Foundational Knowledge

Emphasis on formal education (theory & science); Vetted by the profession

Emphasis on experiential knowledge & training; Vetted by the community

Emphasis on experiential knowledge; Vetter by reputation within the community of recovery.

Organizational Context

Works within organizational hierarchy of treatment organization & with direct supervision

Organizational settings span treatment organizations, allied service organizations & recovery community organizations; Varied degree of supervision

Minimal hierarchy & no formal supervision

Service/Support Framework

Works within a particular organizational treatment philosophy

Works across multiple frameworks of recovery via choices of those with whom they work

Works within belief’s & practices of a particular recovery fellowship

Style of Helping

Formal, personally guarded & strategic

Variable by organizational setting but generally personal & informal

Informal, open & spontaneous

Use of Self

Self-disclosure discouraged or prohibited

Strategic use of one’s own story; Role model expectation

Strategic use of one’s own story; Role model expectation

Temporal Orientation

Considerable focus on past experience

Focus on present:  What can you do today to strengthen your recovery?

Variable by fellowship & stage of recovery of sponsee

Duration of Service/Support Relationship

Brief & ever briefer

Measured in months or years (Via sustained recovery checkups)

Variable but can span years

Role of Community in Recovery

Intrapersonal & interpersonal focus; Minimal focus on ecology of recovery

Minimal advocacy

Focus on linking to community resources & build community recovery capital;

Significant advocacy work

Intrapersonal & interpersonal focus; Minimal focus on ecology of recovery

Minimal advocacy

Documentation

Extensive & burdensome

Minimal but growing

None

Money

Works as a paid helper;  Client or third party pays for service

Works in paid or volunteer role; Service may be paid for by person being coached or a third party

Provides support only as part of one’s own service work;

No fees paid to sponsor or recovery fellowship

 

 

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Lloyd Sinnott Wellness and Recovery
 


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