The Value in a Sober and Mental Health Companion
The value in a sober and mental health companion’s ability to help their clients avoid risky people, places, things, and situations, resist temptation to drink or use if it manifests, and successfully transition into a new sober lifestyle, promotes viable long-term success.
In short, sober companions are put in place to help support the client’s recovery, provide accountability, ensure that commitments are met, assist with the creation of healthy peer relationships and support networks, and redirect the client when they feel triggered, emotionally dysregulated, or experience the urge to use alcohol or other mind-altering substances, or engage with risky behaviors.
Connections in Recovery’s compassionate and innovative companions coordinate care and assistance to hundreds of people struggling with addiction and mental health problems – inspiring individuals and families to face life’s challenge and achieve greater personal and economic independence.
Our qualified Companions provide personalized sober and mental health support for individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Connections in Recovery New York (CiRNY) Sober and Mental Health Companions are trained in the Create Outcomes Model—co-created by a NY Psychologist—by Jared Morgenstern, LCSW, Director of Services, and by Raven Burgos, MSW, our Assistant Director of Services.
Our Sober and Mental Health Companions insure the client is working within their recovery community (be it 12‐Step meetings, support groups, therapists, psychiatrists, medical practitioners, churches, etc.) and treatment facilities.
A Sober and Mental Health Companion provides support and accountability that recovery communities are unable to provide. A companion works at the clients own home and living environment ensuring that their treatment plans can be modified and customized, if needed, based on each individual’s needs.
Sober and Mental Health Companions are available to work with clients full or partial days/nights or extended periods of 24‐hours a day. Companions may remain with a client for a number of weeks or months at a time, based on the need of the client as determined by the treatment team working with the client.
Duties for a Sober Companion:
- General support for both addiction and co‐occurring disorder such as mental health disorders
- Provides support during the transition and transports clients into residential treatment programs, transitional/sober living homes, and returning home
- Transitioning out of residential treatment back to home or sober living
- Cleaning out home or apartment of any unsafe items, substances, and possible triggers
- Daily activities such as getting to appointments, 12‐step meetings, outpatient treatment programs, treatment team appointments, and health & fitness, etc.
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Supports the treating physician through medication management support to the client
- Assisting the client with self-reliance and healthy independence
- Time management and scheduling
- Budget planning
- Integration into local 12‐step community, support community, and wellness
- Models and teaches skills for successful independence and wellbeing
- Introductions to healthy peers
- Creation of a recovery support network
- Traveling into highly charged situations, including but not limited to, business trips, family visits, music tours, etc.