Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing your library’s essential reference September 2016 17 About the author Camilla Crichton-Stuart is a recovery coach, relationship systems coach and life coach. Listen to Camilla on YouTube Recovery Plus e-mag will be updated to link you to the author’s indepth presentation at Recovery Plus Workplace wellbeing – just click the logo below after the event Click for presentation Click "Addicts in recovery are among the most responsive and well-suited to coaching, because they already have 'buy in' to make changes," Camilla Crichton-Stuart reveals. values, we naturally lead a life that is authentic and fulfilling. Doing this work with a coach gives our clients a template and a mechanism towards supporting them to lead an authentic life. As anyone with even a cursory knowledge about addiction knows, chronic low self-esteem and often cripplingly poor self-belief are major features of the illness. A coach sees their client, reflects back what they see in their client and, along with numerous other tools and tactics, aids in building their self-esteem and self-belief. The point is the enormous value coaches already inherently have in their toolkit to be able to support anyone with an addiction in living a life free from that disorder, to be in recovery. I am passionate about dispelling the myth that addiction is a red flag in the coaching profession. Addicts in recovery are among the most responsive and well-suited to coaching, because they already have ‘buy-in’ to want to make changes to their thinking and behaviours, to be the best they can be. As recovering addicts, we are all striving to do our best and be good people, and to live a life we can feel good and proud of. Life coaching supports this. And to people trained in ORSC (systemic coaching), let me say that those working with addiction – with an individual or in groups, whether teams, whole companies, government bodies, families, couples – are uniquely qualified to bring exquisite awareness to these systems. Once the system has awareness, it is better placed to know how to help itself. I am keen to bridge the gap between the two worlds of addiction recovery and coaching. We have so much to offer each other. About 75% of addicts in this country are in employment, which means they will cross paths with executive coaches, business coaches, and many other coaching niches. As coaches, we have plenty of skills to be of use to these individuals and systems they inhabit or work within. Moreover, the addiction treatment community offers so many resources for coaches to refer said clients to. I would love to see these worlds/communities more integrated, or become familiar with each other, and to experience what each has to offer the other. Join us at the Recovery Plus conference in London on 3 November, for coaches and corporates... I'd love to see you.
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