Bridging the gap between drug and alcohol treatment and living in
So you’re fresh out of rehab. How do you stay sober long enough to shoot that movie and fulfill your
celebrity commitments? A live-in Personal Recovery Assistant is exactly what is needed for a recovering alcoholic. And now — this Hollywood “must have” is a certified profession available to every recovering alcoholic or addict.
August 29, 2008
Bringing awareness of drug and alcohol addiction issues to the forefront with programs like Dr Drew Pinsky’s Celebrity Rehab, A & E Television Network’s shows Intervention and The Cleaner, there has recently been several articles and media attention on high profile celebrities struggling with the consequences of drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating disorders and various other addictions. Many of these celebrities are photographed and profiled hanging out with a “sober buddy, sober babysitter” or so called “minder.” This awareness is sparking a lot of curiosity of, ‘who is this “stranger” lurking in the shadows on the set, in a business meeting or hanging out at family functions?’ These “strangers” are often being referred to as an associate, assistant, friend or family member but before we give up the secret of what this person does it is important to know why this person is there. To quote one client, “this person is here to help be a barrier between me and the dragon of my disease: addiction.”
The concept of peer-mentoring a recovering alcoholic or addict has been around for a long time with the Alcoholics Anonymous role of a sponsor; a recovering alcoholic or addict that volunteers to help fellow addicts get through tough times. The world wide exposure and evolution of this concept has brought a lot of attention to “the stranger”, developing the need to create a professional supervised support service that is not sponsorship nor in- home therapy. Hired Power Transitional Recovery Services, a professional service for recovering alcoholics and addicts located in both California and New York, identified that regardless which mode of treatment utilized to treat the addict, there is a transition period that takes place when addicts return home or on the road and attempt to maintain a sober lifestyle. It is a known fact that during the transition, a recovering alcoholic is most vulnerable to relapse and are relapsing at an
alarming rate. There is a significant need to “bridge the gap” extending treatment by means of intensive support into the homes and lives of a recovering alcoholic or addict.
For Hired Power Transitional Recovery Services “the stranger” is a Certified Personal Recovery Assistant whose role is to
guide support and mentor a recovering alcoholic or addict on utilizing newly learned skills to become self sustaining in their own recovery process. Hired Power realized the potential criticism and discomfort associated with providing a Certified Personal Recovery Assistant. Criticism such as: “Why should someone pay for a mentor? How can we trust a stranger? Living with someone and maintaining a professional therapeutic relationship is not possible.” Hired Power Transitional Recovery Services
answers these issues by providing a professional, supervised team approach. This team brings more than just a professional in the home, it creates a foundation of recovery in the daily living environment and the community of the individual. Creating a certification process requiring addiction recovery experience, education, extensive background checks, and daily supervision,
staff must be carefully screened and prepared, states Nanette Zumwalt owner and CEO of Hired Power Transitional Recovery Services. Hired Power is the only professional service provider to establish this certification creating the highest standards during
the most vulnerable times in the recovery process.
Hired Power Certified Personal Recovery Assistants recognize the severity of the disease of alcoholism, drug addiction and eating disorders, bringing a daily awareness to recovering alcoholics that lives are at stake.
“I have worked with Hired Power extensively in collaboration with Clearview Treatment Programs’ individualized outpatient program. I am always impressed with their effectiveness and professionalism.”
“Thanks again for being there for us and guiding us through some rough waters. Your kindness and genuine concern deeply touched my soul and we are all grateful our paths crossed when they did. You are a truly gifted professional, keep on doing what you do so well.”
“I just want to thank Hired Power for the PRA. He was a perfect match and I can’t say enough…. He was intensely committed. This is the first time I have been clean in over 30 years. Thank you again.”
“I don’t look at you (Hired Power) as hiring a service, I look at you as saving my life.” (referring to his ability to stay sober after returning home).