What Is A Sober Companion?

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) list substance use disorder (also known as addiction), as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by an individual compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli without regard for consequence. When an individual has habitually abused drugs and/ or alcohol, it forces his or her body to learn to function with the substance or substances present. When the same individual abruptly stops using drugs and/ or alcohol, his or her body will react, and the ensuing of this physical reaction is known as withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the individual and several contributing factors (e.g. personal health history, type of substance abused, potency of substance abused, presence of any co-morbid disorders, etc.) the severity of one’s withdrawal symptoms can seem unbearable, so much so that the individual returns to abusing substances. When an individual has stopped abusing drugs and/ or alcohol for a period of time and then begins using again it is called a relapse. Relapse is a known component of the substance abuse and/ or addiction recovery process. There are a variety of helpful resources to aid in relapse prevention, including hiring a sober companion.   

Sober Companion

The process of recovery from substance abuse and/ or addiction is riddled with triggers and temptations. A sober companion serves as a confidential, discrete guide who provides personalized, one-on-one support to his or her client. Sober companions connect with their clients to encourage and help to further motivate their client’s to maintain their sobriety. Having a sober companion to align with during trying times can help minimize one’s risk of relapse. Sober companions usually live with the client full-time, for a varied length of time. The timeframe can range from two days long to two years, and in some cases longer. There is also a wide range of fees sober companions charge for their services. The mere presence of a sober companion innately provides a client with an additional layer of accountability. A sober companion works with his or her client to establish sober, healthy and sustainable daily habits. Sober companions are able to provide a level of unwavering commitment and focused attention to helping their clients remain sober through all of life’s trials and tribulations. 

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at admissions@hhtxc.com.

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