Sober Companion: Keeping On the Straight and Narrow

Q: What Is A Sober Companion?
A: A sober companion, also known as a sober living companion, is a clinician who provides one-on-one services 24 hours a day when an individual is unable to enter a treatment program.

On occasion, mental health and addiction treatment may not be available at the time due to the best treatment centers not having beds available. Sometimes, entering a center may not be the best treatment option at all.

An extended absence for drug and alcohol abuse treatment may jeopardize a career, family privacy, or reputation. In such cases, Drew Horowitz & Associates will provide a sober companion–an experienced clinician who will provide a very high level of personal and discrete services 24 hours a day.

These companion services are also designed for recovering addicts who find themselves in situations where additional recovery support may be needed. For example, if a person needs to travel for business, a sober companion will stay with them to assist in their recovery without taking them out of their day-to-day life.

Drew Horowitz & Associates will confidentially guide and support substance abuse clients who are in recovery, working to help them maintain their sobriety and lead a meaningful, sober life.

Sober Living Homes

Drew Horowitz & Associates maintains a residential apartment for individuals who need a safe place with around-the-clock care and support. Our two-bedroom, two-bath apartment is located near downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, and provides a custom experience for those who may not be able to immediately enroll in an alcohol or drug abuse treatment program.

Our sober companions provide one-on-one support, motivation, coping skills, and accountability to assist in long-term recovery.

Our Sober Companion program is specifically designed to assist in the following scenarios:

  • Individuals waiting for treatment center beds to become available
  • Those making travel arrangements for treatment
  • Career individuals traveling for work
  • Corporate executives
  • Entertainment professionals with a high level of public visibility
  • Politicians and government officials
  • Any circumstance requiring a high level of personal recovery support

Sober companion services are not meant to replace residential treatment or even be considered outpatient treatment. This service is to be utilized by those seeking treatment, however, who are unable to enter right away.

(Disclaimer: Sober companion services are not intended to replace residential treatment)

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    How does a sober companion remain discrete in business situations?

    A Drew Horowitz & Associates sober companion is highly experienced at conducting all interactions with discretion, privacy, and professionalism.

    A sober companion will remain at an individual’s side 24 hours a day. They will attend business meetings, events and meals for the duration of their assignment. The sober companion will naturally be present along with business associates and clients, which will warrant an introduction.

    Most often, a sober companion will be presented as a business associate, work colleague, or friend. The true purpose of the sober companion is never revealed to those they meet under any circumstances. A sober companion will never create any situation causing embarrassment. The purpose of a sober companion is to discretely support recovery and protect from relapse while an individual attends to their daily responsibilities.

    In 2018, over 67,000 people died from drug overdoses and another 88,000 people died of alcohol-related causes.

    The death toll from addiction is staggering. Statistically speaking, every drink or drug that we put into our bodies increases our risk of death by incredible numbers. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help now. There is help not just for addiction, but for the emotional and physical pain that creates that drive to keep drinking and using.

    Life gets so much better when we find help and healing for our pain. When we enter recovery, we find a new life that is better than ever before. Don’t spend another minute in the agony of addiction. Get help right now. We’re available 24/7 to take your call, text, email or chat.

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