A Sober Companion can assist you in your new journey to sobriety post inpatient rehab or in lieu of addiction treatment. We come to you 24/7 or for less time as needed and can accompany you for safe transport to an event like a wedding, business meeting, family event, or any stressful requirement you have and help you remain sober for a lifetime or one day. We can provide case management services, recovery coaching, life coaching, and more within the sober companion services that you need. We can assist with any mental health issues like ADD, anxiety, depression, even eating disorders, and addiction issues.
Our sober companions are certified, bonded, and insured and are highly educated with a minimum of 5 years of sobriety. Most of our sober companions and sobriety coaches have had previous careers in management, as CEO’s, doctors, executives, actors, NBA players, NFL players, teachers, even successful business owners. What makes us different is that we personality match you with the correct sober companion. We want to make sure you will be successful and feel comfortable with the person you will be working with. Not only do we take the time to make sure you get the right person, but we have also from over 1000 certified, insured, bonded, and trained sober companions for you to choose from. We can even provide multiple bios/photos and set up Zoom calls for you to interview your sober companion before you choose the best fit.
If you are ready for the next step in your journey of life we are here to help you. Call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1 for a 100% confidential and private consultation on how we can be of service to you and your family.
All credentialed sober companions, certified sober coaches, and safe transport, with oversight & guidance, and recovery coaching services, are available nationwide (and world-wide with 48-hour notice). Most services are initially headquartered and arranged out of our main hubs in Miami, FL, Manhattan, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, Austin, TX, and Philadelphia, PA. ALL services can be provided on a 24/7 basis and for extended periods of time if needed. While most clinical and expanded support & concierge services are usually readily available, some unique concierge-type services may require slight advanced notice.
ALL sober companion clients also have the option to receive daily, weekly, or otherwise scheduled one-to-one therapy sessions with Dr. Cali Estes, based entirely around the individual needs of the client.
What Does a Sober Companion Actually do?
A sober companion has many functions, from helping you get groceries and food shopping (without the alcohol stop), to going to the gym with you and helping you get back on the healthy lifestyle track, to going to meetings (if you chose, not a requirement), help with triggers, coping skills, managing relationships, managing finances and more. A sober companion’s goal is to help you stay sober for a minimum period of time while you reintegrate into life with your newfound sobriety. Most clients that are leaving inpatient treatment chose to have a sober companion or sober buddy with them for a few weeks as they reintegrate into their new sober lifestyle.
A sober companion can be a short term or long-term relationship. Most sober companions work with you for 2 weeks to 30 days, but there are some sober companions that are with their clients for a year or more. It depends on what your goals and plans are. If you are only going to a high-stress event, like a wedding this weekend, and want extra support so you don’t drink, you might hire that sober companion for one day or two days to stay with you through the high-risk event.
Here are a few more detailed items that our Certified Sober Companions can provide for you:
- The transition from inpatient treatment back into the ‘the real world’
- Provide situational guidance and strength-based supports in real-time
- Assist with decision-making and coping skills to deal with those decisions
- Assist with identifying and resolving triggers & euphoric recalls
- Require strict oversight and reporting for critical-type events, i.e., on-set/on-location, sporting events (or in between events), corporate-related travel, etc.
- Provide closely monitored companion services, whether traveling or stationary (with or without reporting)
- Provide drug and alcohol monitoring and testing
- Provide effective and “realistic” solutions for stress, anxiety, anger, triggers, fear and more
- Provide recovery-related guidance, such as 12-Step or non-12-Step related information, SMART Recovery information, etc.
- Assist with an addiction-related intervention and provide total travel accompaniment to medical detox and/or residential addiction treatment
- Assistance with life skills, budgeting, finances, goal-setting, goal-attainment, mapping & planning (realistically), etc.
- Provide transportation (with or without oversight) to recovery and non-recovery related tasks/appointments
- Assist with job interview prep, resume assistance, basic skills training, etc.
- Assist with any type of travel assistance, guidance, and oversight such as moving, travel for a job or other purposes, vacation, etc.
- Health guidance such as holistic services, nutrition & diet, personal training & fitness, healthy culinary and more
- Specific mental health-related oversight or guidance: substance abuse, eating disorders, gambling or sex/porn addiction, dual-diagnosis, etc.
- Specializing within a specific field of therapy, such as Trauma and PTSD, MFT (Marriage & Family Therapist), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and others
- AND MUCH MORE…
They go by different names: Sober Companions, Travel Companions or Accompaniment, Sober Escorts, Recovery Assistants, Recovery Coaches or Sober Coaches, Addiction Coaches, and so on. These are individuals (and professionals) that have gone through numerous forms of addiction recovery training, and truly understand and can relate to addictive tendencies, cravings, behaviors, common manipulation tactics, and more. Our Sober Companions, Recovery Coaches, and Sobriety Coaches have undergone rigorous training, have achieved National Certification. All of our sober companions are Nationally Certified Sober Companions (NCSC) and Nationally Certified Recovery Coches, (NCRC-II). Many hold degrees and additional certifications and training, all are professionally insured…we are not your typical “just-out-of-rehab-last-year sober companion” who can’t keep a job and decides to become a recovery coach!
Our scope of sober companion, guidance, oversight, and travel accompaniment services is far more than that which is often referred to as sober-sitting. Our certified sober companions at sober on demand, are unique in that, we are always taking a broad look ahead, and with vast expertise assessing the many variables and contingencies that may await given the specifics of this situation. With that in mind, the client (and family) are assured that the recovery & addiction professionals here are benchmarks for excellence industry-wide. Simply put, we raised the bar on the gold standard of addiction and mental health treatment.
Do I Need a Sober Companion? Most people that are just coming out of an inpatient facility can benefit from a 24/7 sober companion service that lives with them in their home for a period of time, usually 3-6 months. You can also hire a sober companion to drive you or accompany you to a high-risk event like a wedding, concert, meeting, or work function. If you have drug or alcohol tendencies and want extra support or even suffer from anxiety, an eating disorder or you are struggling to reintegrate into life, you can benefit from a sober companion.
What is a Sober Companion? An individual that has 5 years of sobriety, is bonded, insured, and certified. They can live in with you 24/7 and accompany you to events, work, gym, grocery, meetings, outings, and more and help you stay sober as you re-enter your life and the workforce. They can also accompany you as a sober escort to an event like a wedding, business meeting, or short term event where a high-risk situation like drugs, alcohol, or sex will be present. A sober companion will help you overcome triggers, install coping skills, assist with budget/finance, daily living duties, and even help with anxiety, depression, mental health issues, and eating disorders.
What is the difference between a Sober Companion and a Therapist? A sober companion is with you in person in your space (home, office, hotel) and for a specific length of time, usually 24 hours to 3 plus months, and can travel with you nationally and internationally. A therapist will meet you in their office for 1 hour at a time to discuss your issues or work by phone or the internet. Therapists are licensed and sober companions are nationally certified, insured, and bonded.
What is the difference between a sober companion and a sponsor? A 12 step sponsor is a peer that offers free, peer-driven support. A sober companion is a trained, certified, insured, and bonded professional individual that will assist from a professional standpoint and offer guidance, life skills, trigger management and assist with other duties. Sponsors have no real formal training other than having experienced an addiction, whereas certified sober companions have the lived experience as well both also have formal and professional training.
Do you need to be certified to be a sober companion? While there is no state or federal guideline, you should have 5 years of sobriety, be bonded, and insured with experience. The Addictions Academy has offered the first national certification and credential as a certified sober companion.