In recovery from addiction, testing and other research in addictionology reveals that it takes approximately 3 years for the right hemisphere to recover and to be able to get “the bigger picture,” and approximately 2 more years for the left hemisphere to gain a sense of direction with this larger, more accurate view of life. An addage from the rooms of recovery is that it takes 3 years to get your marbles back and 2 years to know what to do with them is supported by the research. However, it is always this further recovery of the right hemisphere “larger picture” and the executive functions, particularly of the left frontal lobe, that dominates healthy, forward moving, long term recovery.
Armed with this knowledge and understanding of the brain, the NeuroPositive Recovery Coach™ is a role that aims primarily at two areas but is not limited to them. They are post rehabilitation stabilizing and long term recovery.
There is an enormously significant gap between finishing a rehab/recovery program and the absence of a bridge to continued recovery after this usually very limited rehabilitation experience. This gap needs to be filled by coaches specifically trained in securing people from rehab into a stable, continued recovery program at home.
Many rehabilitation centers, even the more costly ones, have not provided sufficient attention to this crucial and significant transition back home and back to the community. The release from the cocoon of the rehab back to the environment of the addict is one of the most difficult and tenuous steps in recovery, and often the initial trigger of short-lived recovery and relapse.
Longer term recovery is the second ignored area of the necessity for deeper and more pervasive sobriety and personal growth. Relapse and suicide rates by those with longer terms of recovery is significant, and needs to be addressed as an opportunity for a new kind of growth that original 12 step programs did not anticipate. Life after long term recovery is a significant health concern, overlooked by the attention given to the overwhelming need for initial recovery from addiction.
Long term recovery has special concerns and needs that can be addressed in ways that provide a more optimal and secure life-long recovery program. Relapse in long term recovery is an especially sensitive and difficult issue that presents a particular area of concern for effective interventions of continued deepening growth, health, well-being and optimal living.
Simply put, there is too much downspiraling and depression in those with long term recovery from 8-10 years and upward. Many are not significantly integrated into a larger community of connectedness.
There are those for whom the culture of the“recovery community”is too narrow and insufficient to meet their needs, and they can too easily isolate and live in loneliness. The NeuroPositive Recovery Coach™ is trained to recognize and coach issues in meaning making and a sense of personal significance, leading to a vision for life that is more connected to others.
Long term issues with addiction and recovery oftentimes deal with subtle and not-so subtle tendencies toward isolation that go easily unnoticed by those with longer periods of sobriety, who slip through the cracks by growing older. Those with longer term sobriety can go easily unnoticed when the focus of attention and purpose is always given to the “newcomer.” Many of those in longer term recovery are successful in finding their place as mentors and sponsors and delight in telling their stories again and again, but just as many tire of hearing these stories and do not find their place over time fading into the shadows of living that could be more full of the promises of recovery from addiction were a NeuroPositive Recovery Coach™ available to them.
This training also includes the introduction of ANI’s NeuroPositive™ 12 step model that is not intended to replace but rather to augment existing 12 step addiction programs. It is the NeuroPositive UpSpiraLife™ (Up Spiral Life) 12 Step Group. This group provides support and expansion to persons with long term recovery. The UpSpiraLife group encourages and guides participation in the wider community and in emotional fitness and the optimally well-lived life. The NeuroPositive Recovery Coach™ both participates in and is trained as a group coach in and with this model.
30 weeks of live training via GoToMeeting* will provide the initial learning to become a NeuroPositive Recovery Coach. The curriculum includes 10 Brain Modules, 5 Brain/Biology Modules and 10 modules of State of Mind Management (SOMM)™
25 weeks of UpSpiraLife Group™ Training (group coach training) via GoToMeeting* in an actual UpSpiraLife training group.
Live training sessions are 60 minutes in length with an optional 30 minute Q & A with the instructor following the live session. You are in class once a week for the Course Curriculum and once a week for group training. (minimum of 2 hours per week)
*GoToMeeting is a free downloadable connection from Citrix Communications and works with your computer.
$2995.00, $500.00 rebate for pre-registration..
Licensed NeuroPositive Coaches (NPC) receive free continuing education after Course requirements are completed. The Applied Neuroscience Institute is the only Coach Training Institute that gives its program graduates free on-going continuing education in both cutting-edge neuroscience research and in marketing in our Zipline Continuing Education Program. Licensed coaches also receive free call-in support.