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Do I Need A Professional Mentor?

Do I Need A Professional Mentor?

One of the most powerful parts of being in a recovery community like a 12-step organization is finding a sponsor with whose story of alcoholism and recovery you can identify. They say in recovery circles that you should look for someone who has “what you want” as a result of their recovery. Professionals in recovery need to keep an especially watchful eye open in choosing someone to trust and be guided by. Few can understand the plight of alcoholism better than someone who has lived with alcoholism. However, only few can understand the pressure of being a professional, having a practice, or a sought after career, in addition to recovering from alcoholism.

Mentorship is an important component of recovery for professionals. Having someone to speak to, confide in, and seek guidance from is a critical pillar of support following treatment. At the Center for Professional Recovery, we carefully match our clients to mentors in their fields. We look for well rounded individuals who have successfully returned to their practices and found success in their sobriety. Mentors should:

 

  • Help set goals: Working with a care team will ensure that a professional is setting smart, attainable goals for returning to and progressing in a career. Mentors help their mentees set goals through conversation and engagement. Having the personal experience adds to a mentor’s ability to aid their mentee in creating their own goals and accomplishing them.
  • Make time: Being a professional is busy. Being a professional in recovery comes with a whole extra layer of life which can create extra busyness. Mentors need to have the availability and willingness to commit time to the professional they are mentoring.
  • Answer questions: There is  no such thing as a “stupid” question when it comes to the matter of recovery because the matter of recovery is a matter of life and death. Mentors have to be flexible and without judgment when it comes to every question the professional they are mentoring might have.
  • Offer feedback and insight: One of the essential responsibilities of a mentor is to be honest and transparent, though tactful and compassionate. Feedback and insight are important for a professional to receive. In recovery, professionals are open to learning because they have realized some of their best ideas are actually some of their worst ideas. Feedback helps professionals gain perspective changes, insight, and knowledge they might not have received anywhere else, from anyone else.

 

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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