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Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing 54 September 2016 “When the work is done with integrity, it can be invaluable to both the ‘assigned person’/ addict and the client – and the whole family’s long-term upward recovery.” except when required; so, if possible, when in public keep a low profile. 5. In private, engage the client as much as they allow with the principles of recovery and spirituality. 6. This is about using the skills and knowledge of recovery and sharing experience of how to stay clean and sober. Encourage the disciplines of sobriety, including meditation, exercise, meetings, motivation, finding their mission/ vision for the future. 7. Allow the AP to feel in control of their recovery by assisting them through it. 8. Dress in a similar style and fashion to the client to blend into their world. 9. When dining out, eat with them or at a table next to them. 10. At periods of downtime, engage in sober coaching and encouragement. 11. The aim might begin as just a way of enforcing their sobriety but, with time, a sober companion can inspire the assigned person sufficiently to want it for themselves, enough to ask questions and engage with recovery. When the work is done with integrity, it can be invaluable to the AP and the client – and the whole family’s long-term upward recovery. An agreement is important when managing the expectation of the client, establishing what is expected of the sober companion(s) and keeping the AP’s focus on recovery. Due to the nature of addiction, no agreement should guarantee the AP’s permanent sobriety. Guidelines can help the sober companion to establish boundaries and remain focused. The following suggestions offer a helping hand to start building your list. 1. Chaperone the assigned person everywhere. 2. Accompany the assigned person to and from appointments with doctors and therapist, being mindful not to comment or give advice in these matters, unless trained to do so and then only if asked by the client for such advice. 3. Maintain a presence but in the shadows, allowing them to go about their business. 4. The goal is to be invisible and unnoticeable


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