Setting New Standards in Peer Recovery

ADR Life Solutions at the FADAA Convention | What Makes Us Different

ADR Life Solutions continues to be recognized as a youth peer recovery resource combating addiction. 

In case you missed it: ADR Life Solutions has been busy in recent months being involved in helping to set new standards for peer recovery, and also engage in the greater dialogue of addiction recovery in South Florida. Here are some of the recents events ADR Life Solutions has participated in:

2016 FADAA Annual Conference – August 10-12th, 2016

Alec Rosen, Founder of ADR Life Solutions, speaking on youth peer recovery

Alec Rosen at the 2016 FADAA Conference

For the second year in a row, ADR Life Solutions was invited to take part in the annual Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association’s (FADAA) Annual Conference, held August 10th-12th in Orlando. In conjunction with the Florida Council for Community Mental Health (FCCMH), the annual Florida Behavioral Health Conference brings together leaders in the addiction treatment field from all over the state to discuss the issues that are most pressing to the addiction recovery community. This year’s conference was titled: Florida’s Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference, with the theme of this year’s conference being “Providing Value In Challenging Times.” Alec Rosen of ADR Life Solutions was asked to speak on two separate occasions during the conference. The first speaking engagement was as part of a panel dedicated to communication, young people, and peer recovery entitled: “Great Conversations Give Great Results: Chat with Young People About Effective Substance Abuse Treatment.” Alec again appeared Thursday to take part in the public unveiling of a new video presentation sponsored by the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC).

FCB Subject Matter Expert – October 11th, 2016

ADR Life Solutions’ founder Alec Rosen was tapped by the Florida Certification Board / New York Certification Association to travel to the state capital of Tallahassee and take part in the creation of a new certification endorsement. Alec was brought in as a SME (Subject Matter Expert) due to his experience as a recovery coach with a focus on young people in recovery. As a SME for the Florida Certification Board, Alec was asked to contribute his insight as part of developing a new Youth Peer Specialist Endorsement, an additional designation within the Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS). The Youth Peer Specialist Endorsement adds an another level of certification and training specific to peer recovery as it relates to young people struggling with drugs or alcohol addiction. With the state of Florida and the country at large in the grip of an opioid epidemic, with the majority of those dying from drug overdoses being young people,  having specialized certifications and endorsements is more important than ever to help provide recovery solutions for those suffering.

West Palm Beach ROSC Summit – November 17th, 2016

Alec Rosen of ADR Life Solutions discussing peer recovery of care systems at the Hanley

Alec Rosen with FAU CRC president Daly Reardon at The Hanley Center

Alec was back talking recovery solutions in the month of November, after being asked to be on a panel at the esteemed Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, as part of a presentation and discussion of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC). The event was sponsored by the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and Magellan Complete Care. Joined by others in recovery and those working on both the clinical and executive side of the addiction treatment field, Alec shared with the audience in attendance part of his personal journey in recovery. The ROSC approach to treating drug addiction and alcoholism is to establish and integrate systems of care through meaningful partnerships and shared decision-making between individuals and communities. Recovery Oriented Systems of Care is a paradigm shift from the older medical model of treatment, instead emphasizing a value-driven approach, as well as networks of Clinical and Non-Clinical services and supports.

As always, we at ADR Life Solutions are honored to be able to add to the greater conversation  about how we as a community can tackle addiction. At ADR, we believe this includes integrating recovery coaching and peer support with other models in order to get the best result.

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Navigating the World of Life Coaching

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It is a generally pretty good assumption that most people want to improve their lives. Get back in the gym, lose ten pounds, get back into a hobby you once had – we all have something. Sometimes these desired improvements are a little more existential, broad, and hard to pinpoint – “I feel trapped in life, but I don’t know what else to do…” and so forth.

It would therefore seem pretty natural that some people, especially with big or little existential problems, would want to turn to someone with training and experience to help them. Someone like a life coach. The trouble is that for motivated individuals, navigating the world of professional coaching, or even knowing what you’re looking for in a coach, can be confusing and difficult. People who could honestly benefit from coaching don’t know that they need it, and others who may not be the right candidates for coaching are dead-set on it as the only way to fix some vague, undefined problem within themselves.

At ADR Life Solutions, we understand that coaching is an overwhelming and sometimes poorly illuminated area of the self-improvement world. With that, we’ve provided a few pointers to help you choose a good life coach for your needs:

1) Know Definitively What You Want to Work On

Life coaching sometimes gets a bad rap, as a group of people selling nebulous dreams to other people with nebulous problems. This detracts from the actual good many life coaches do, providing solution-focused techniques to their clients, in terms of changing habits, identifying negative thinking patterns, and a lot more.

Problems can arise when life coaching candidates come into a coaching scenario or relationship with unrealistic expectations. The best advice we can give is to have something concrete in mind when you embark on coaching. This will help you, as the client, figure out what coach or coaching module is right for you.  It will also help the coach you choose create a specific and targeted game plan for what you actually need. Things like smoking cessation, developing better interpersonal work skills, or maintaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol through recovery coaching are all good examples or finite, realistic objectives in life coaching.

2) Find Someone Who Speaks Your Language

One of the downsides of the life coaching industry is that it carries with it a ton of jargon and terminology that may sound impressive, but may also leave you scratching your head. Do not commit to a life coach because they just “NLP-ed you.” Some of the less reputable life coaches use this flowery language to look good to prospective clients, rather than to actually coach or instruct.

Communication and rapport are two of the most important aspects of having a successful life-coaching experience. Find someone who you can honestly and effectively communicate with. Part of what makes life coaching an effective alternative to group therapy models is that it’s 1-on-1 and more grounded than theoretical.

3) Accreditations Are Great, but Aren’t Everything

Life coaching, being a much newer movement in self-improvement than psychology or process therapy, does not have the same certification criteria as those more established systems. As a result, there are a lot of non-governmental accrediting bodies out there that provide training and certifications for coaches. Some of these organizations are legitimate and work with other non-profit accrediting bodies in the greater realm of mental health and addiction treatment, and they have years of proven track records. Others, however, are much less legitimate.

The key here is to do your due diligence when looking for a life, recovery, or family coach. Just because an individual has a slew of acronyms behind his or her name, does not necessarily mean they are a great coach, or more importantly, right for you. A coach may have a certification in addiction coaching, for example, but may lack either the personal experience or years of work in the field to make them truly effective in coaching substance abuse recovery. Every coaching track requires a different approach, and that knowledge doesn’t always come from a classroom.

ADR Life Solutions Life Coaching | (561) 829-7322

The process of finding the right coach can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. At ADR Life Solutions, we are here to answer any questions you may have, and we want to make sure you are armed with the proper facts. Give us a call today, or fill out our contact form here, and someone will contact you to help. ADR Life Solutions offers both in-person coaching throughout the Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Deerfield Beach area, as well as long-distance services throughout the United States.