A sober coach is a specialized recovery professional who works with his or her clients on a close, personal basis. They offer guidance and support to people who need a helping hand to stay sober. Sober coaches are paid fees comparable to addiction treatment facilities. Most average around $200 an hour for one-on-one work, but can go up to $1,000 a day for 24-hour services.
Several years ago, sober coaches were almost exclusively hired to assist Hollywood celebrities struggling to stay clean. Today, however, sober coaches are utilized in virtually every part of the nation. From accompanying a client to the grocery store to shadowing a movie star on set, sober coaches can often mean the difference between relapsing and sustained sobriety.
Let’s take a look at a few successful sober coaches who have earned stellar reputations in their field:
Powers works closely with her clients and, when authorized, she also works with the client’s clinical team. Working to create a wide net of support, Powers is able to share information, personal observations, or suggestions for continued sobriety. She encourages and even helps her clients find and build a solid support group for sustained sobriety. You might have seen Powers on the A&E miniseries Relapse.
Mike Bayer is an addiction specialist living in Santa Monica, California. Mike Bayer received his bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC II) as well as a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI I). He has been a crisis consultant and interventionist for over 10 years.
As the CEO and founder of Cast Recovery Services, Bayer has worked with some of the most successful names in Hollywood. For instance, Joe Jonas hired Bayer after receiving treatment for a substance abuse problem and credits the coach for saving his life.
Bayer is known for handling crisis situations with a calm and cool demeanor, assembling specialized teams to care for clients who are considered unsuitable for inpatient treatment. He caters to the needs of executives, professionals, celebrities and other clients who require the highest level of personal attention.
Jaffe spends time working with the family, helping them recognize how addiction has affected their lives as well and to help them with their own recovery. He is able to break down the barriers to recovery and helps clients recognize the signs and triggers of relapse. He encourages each client to become rooted in his or her recovery community.
Jaffe is a native New Yorker currently based in Los Angeles, California who travels throughout the country working with clients.
Kaplan has worked as a sober coach for the better part of a decade, helping clients wherever and whenever they need him. His personal style of coaching includes no-nonsense brutal honesty and he proudly admits he’ll do what it takes to keep his clients sober. Kaplam’s fees can reach $1,000 or more a day.
As a professional sober coach, Hirschman helps her clients navigate weekly, daily, or even hourly challenges as they come up during the various phases of sobriety. She understands that, when working with adolescents, it is crucial to demonstrate she is a trustworthy ally. She excels in not only preventing relapse, but supporting a more peaceful and happy existence in sobriety.
Trained by both Brad Lamm in the Life Style method and Judith Landau in the Arise method of Intervention, Feinberg incorporates family recovery in her work, along with coaching for long-term health and healing. Feinberg also works with the families and loved ones of her clients, fostering a greater chance for lifetime change.
Help is Here: If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, we can help you find the right treatment options for your needs. Call 1-888-319-2606 Helpline Information and speak to a recovery advisor today.
Top Image Credit: Hugh Hamilton Photography/Ronnie Kaplan