I have fibromyalgia, and I had been addicted to Fentanyl for eight years. I can’t work so I would get my prescriptions from various doctors doing their residency at a local clinic that accepts Medicaid patients. I would see a new doctor every two to three years.
I was on my fifth doctor when the unthinkable happened. She discontinued my Fentanyl prescription, because I missed one lousy appointment. She said I violated my pain management contract and took it from me, just like that. And she didn’t even give me any methadone. I suffered the horrors of withdrawal alone in my apartment.
I had no idea what I was going to do. I couldn’t even get out of bed without my daily dose of Fentanyl. I kept the box in my nightstand so I could slap a patch on as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning. Then I would go back to sleep until it took effect. I simply could not function without it.
I had heard that a Fentanyl high was similar to that of a heroin high, but I had no idea how to get my hands on that. Eventually, I figured it out, but then I had to figure out how to pay for it. My Access card certainly wasn’t going to cover it!
Fortunately, one of the nurses at the clinic took pity on me and referred me to a 30-day rehab program that Medicaid would pay for. At the end of my stay there, those folks referred me to a Professional Recovery Coach.
A Professional Recovery Coach is a sober life coach who guides and supports you through recovery from addiction after you complete a treatment program and helps prevent relapses.
When I first got out of rehab, I was really struggling. It seemed like there were triggers to use everywhere I went. I couldn’t afford to move; I was just lucky that my employer held my job for me, but that meant going past my dealer’s house to and from work each day.
While I had the benefits of a great therapist and an awesome sponsor, I needed more help than that. My recovery coach is available 24/7, so if I have an intense craving to use at 3 in the morning, she will be there to get me through it.
She also keeps me accountable with regular drug testing, helped me find and enroll in school to train for a better job, works with me to establish goals and achieve them, and works as a liaison to bridge the gap between me and my family.
My recovery coach is a true partner in my continued sobriety, a mentor for me to emulate, a leader for me to follow, a spiritual guide in my search for the truth, and my biggest cheerleader when I accomplish a goal.
Keep in mind that she is not a doctor or therapist, so you can’t expect her to diagnose or treat your addiction. And she will not make your decisions for you, rather she will help you determine what you want to do.
She will, however, help you maintain your sobriety and rebuild your life to be productive and enjoyable. The goal of a professional recovery coach is not just to help you live a sober life, but to thrive in that life.
If you are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction and looking for a professional recovery coach who is right for you, please call Lighthouse Treatment Center today. We are happy to provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced treatment advisors. Help is available today.