Most clients entering a treatment environment/ relationship do so with fear and ambivalence. The fear is fear of an alien environment, the feeling of vulnerability and lack of control, and the suspicion that they are in a place where they will not be understood and accepted… The earliest moments in the initiation of the treatment relationship must communicate the following to the client:
- You are in the right place.
- You are with others like yourself.
- We understand you and the world you come from.
- We accept who you are and who you can become.
- This is a place where magic (change) can happen.
From: Pathways from the Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery by William L. White
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Thank you for posting, Jason! When executive level professionals leave treatment, they have those same fears: loss of control, becoming vulnerable, identifying with others. But on top of those concerns is the overriding question: Can I be a successful leader AND stay in recovery? In coaching, they have the space to address this question (and others) as they arise…sorting things out in real time and in a safe space.
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