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  • Writer's pictureErik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Who doesn't like some alone time from time to time? It's needed and can recharge us, but there is a fine line between some "quiet time" and isolation.


Are you caught in the struggle and resorting to isolation? You're not alone in your seclusion, as many others have been in this space and/or are currently slipping into the trap of isolation.

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Let's look at what is going on physiologically when someone drifts into prolonged isolation from healthy human relationships and interactions. When we isolate ourselves, several stress hormones are released in our body.


These stress hormones include:


1. Cortisol: This is the primary stress hormone, which increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose, and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Chronic social isolation can lead to prolonged elevated levels of cortisol.


2. Adrenaline (Epinephrine): Released by the adrenal glands, adrenaline increases heart rate, blood pressure, and energy supplies. It's part of the body's "fight-or-flight" response.


3. Norepinephrine: Also produced by the adrenal glands, norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and affects brain areas where attention and responding actions are controlled. It also increases heart rate and blood sugar levels.


It's safe to say that isolation increases our stress levels, and, "Chronic stress is linked to six leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide, according to the American Psychological Association."


Now, let's look at what is going on physiologically when someone stays connected and maintains healthy human relationships and interactions.

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 When we are connected in relationships and experience social bonding, several "feel-good" chemicals are released in our bodies. These chemicals promote feelings of happiness, well-being, and emotional connection.


They include:


1. Oxytocin: Often referred to as the "love hormone" or "bonding hormone," oxytocin is released during physical touch, such as hugging, and during social bonding activities. It promotes feelings of trust, empathy, and bonding.


2. Dopamine: This neurotransmitter is associated with the brain's reward and pleasure centers. It is released during positive social interactions, leading to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.


3. Serotonin: This neurotransmitter contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. Social interactions and positive relationships can boost serotonin levels, enhancing mood and emotional stability.


4. Endorphins: These are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators. Endorphins are released during activities such as laughter, exercise, and social bonding, leading to feelings of euphoria and reduced stress.


Maintaining positive social connections and relationships is crucial for mental health and prolonged recovery, as these chemicals play a significant role in reducing stress, enhancing mood, and promoting overall well-being.


Do you want to get unstuck and out of isolation?

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  • Writer's pictureErik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

In a world where addiction and substance abuse are running rampant, finding effective solutions to help individuals on their path to recovery has become of extreme importance. Sober coaching, a relatively new but highly effective approach, has gained traction and success for its ability to provide the necessary support, guidance, and accountability that individuals in recovery desperately need. In this blog, we will explore the reasons why sober coaching works and why it has become a valuable tool in the journey to sobriety.

1. Personalized Support

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One of the primary reasons why sober coaching works is its focus on providing personalized support and guidance. Every individual's journey through addiction and recovery is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. At Recovering Reality we work closely with our clients to develop customized plans tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. By addressing the unique challenges and triggers that you are facing, we provide a level of support that is hard to achieve through a one-size-fits-all approach.

2. Continuous Accountability

Accountability is a fundamental aspect of recovery. At Recovering Reality we offer continuous accountability, ensuring that our clients stay on track and make progress in their journey toward healthy and sustainable recovery. This accountability extends beyond our one-on-one sessions. We stay in touch throughout the week, in between sessions, providing support when it's needed most. This constant presence can be a game-changer for someone struggling with addiction, as it lessens the likelihood of relapse and keeps our clients focused on their goals.

3. Building Healthy Habits

Recovery is not just about abstaining from substances; it's much more than that. Our coaching helps our clients build a new, healthy way of life. Sober coaching plays a pivotal role in helping individuals establish and maintain healthy habits, and our coaches assist our clients in setting goals related to physical health, mental well-being, faith, and relationships. We guide our clients in creating routines and structures that promote connection to God, sobriety, and overall well-being. By building these positive habits, our sober coaches help our clients replace old, destructive patterns with new, constructive ones.

4. Emotional Support

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Addiction often goes hand in hand with emotional turmoil, past traumas, and mental health challenges. At Recovering Reality our sober coaches are well-equipped to offer emotional support to our clients. We help our clients process their emotions, deal with underlying issues, surrender to God, and provide a safe and non-judgmental space for open conversations. This emotional support is invaluable in helping our clients navigate the emotional ups and downs that can accompany recovery.

5. Relapse Prevention

Preventing relapse is a top priority in the recovery process, our coaches work diligently to identify potential triggers and warning signs that may lead to relapse. By addressing these factors early on, we help our clients develop coping strategies and techniques to avoid falling back into destructive behavior. With a strong emphasis on relapse prevention, sober coaching significantly reduces the risk of returning to substance use.

6. Real-Life Application

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Our sober coaches operate in the real world, outside the confines of a treatment facility. We provide clients with the tools and skills they need to navigate daily life while maintaining sobriety. Clients practice their newfound coping strategies, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities under the guidance of their coach. This real-life application has helped us guide hundreds and hundreds of clients into resilience, confidence, and long-lasting recovery.


At Recovering Reality, our sober coaching is a highly effective approach to addiction recovery for several reasons. It provides personalized support, continuous accountability, and emotional support, all while focusing on building healthy habits and preventing relapse. By addressing the individual needs and challenges of each client, Recovering Reality Sober Coaching offers a holistic approach to recovery that increases the likelihood of long-term success. If you or someone you know is on the path to recovery, we would love to see if we're a good fit for your journey.


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  • Writer's pictureErik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

In 1935 the Federal Government erected the first Drug Treatment Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The Narcotic Farm was purposed to treat and find a cure for addicts, primarily heroin addicts. Many patients came from prison and shortly thereafter more followed that willingly checked themselves in. “For years the Farm was the world’s foremost center of addiction research,” stated Sam Quinones in his must-read book titled Dreamland.

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Sadly the success rate never climbed over 10%.

Even today with decades of research most treatment centers don’t rise above a single-digit success rate, although their bank accounts soar far higher than single digits. Tens of thousands of dollars for a 30-day stay is the norm. The world of drug and alcohol treatment centers rakes in tens of billions on a yearly basis.

Strangely, 1935 also produced a powerful movement of recovery right up the road from Lexington, Kentucky. 1935 was the inception of a new international movement called Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob, an Akron Surgeon, started an effective movement under the spiritual guidance of Episcopal Minister Dr. Samuel Shoemaker.

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Based upon 12 biblical principles and alcoholics helping alcoholics the early years of AA produced a proven track record of well over 50% of people that took the program seriously achieving long-term or even permanent sobriety. Although hard to document, it is safe to say that AA is now producing more of a single-digit percentage of success rate in the present day.

I find it no small coincidence that in the same year, and most likely oblivious of each others’ birthing, The Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and Alcoholics Anonymous, in Akron, Ohio, (a morning drive from each other) set out to bring a solution to the deadly addiction issues that plagued the land nearly a century ago.

Approaching a century later this same region of our beautiful nation boasts the worst statistics for drug overdose rates in our country’s short history.

When it comes to addiction it seems the Midwest has had a quicksand-like underworld of addiction issues for years and years. This dark reality of addiction has simultaneously been growing alongside a desperate hope for a movement of recovery, and the two have been active for decades right alongside each other. Sadly the efforts for recovery have yet to turn a corner on a real solution.

But I can tell you another movement is rising. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers are helping, but they are not producing big results. AA’s approach of alcoholics helping other alcoholics still caught in the “grip of the grape” is helping, but is not bringing the results it once boasted.

This rising new movement is about YOU and I.

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Whether you are personally fighting the beast of addiction or not, this movement hinges on the average citizen claiming some responsibility and engaging in the fight. You can help your neighbor, and you can pray in faith. You can reach out and let the addict and alcoholic know they are loved and we haven’t written them off to suffer in isolation and dreaded darkness.

It’s you and I that hold the power to help our nation turn the corner on this issue. It’s the love and power of God working through all of us as we intentionally involve ourselves in the mess that rests around us. It’s our helping hand and believing heart that is stirring a generation of people into action.

One day at a time. One person at a time. We can shift the course of history and walk with the addicted soul into freedom, wholeness, and purpose. God wants this more than you and I combined, and as we ask for His help we can rest assured knowing it is here.

God wants to use you and me to be His hands and feet that love our struggling communities into His healing arms.

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