Recovery does not end with the completion of a treatment program. In fact, we encourage our clients to think of treatment as the very beginning of their recovery — sobriety is a lifestyle rather than a one-time achievement, and it requires a lifetime of healthy choices to keep addiction in check. A short-term treatment program is designed to give you the tools you need to make the right decisions for the rest of your life, but it is up to you to use them.
Sometimes, maintaining your sobriety will feel easy. As you adjust to your substance-free lifestyle, you will find happiness and fulfillment that motivates you to make healthy choices. But other times, you will be tempted to turn back to drugs or alcohol. A stressful week at work, unexpected bad news, an upcoming family or social event or any number of other personal triggers can bring back the cravings that you have worked hard to reduce. These cravings can most often be managed through self-care methods like attending your local support groups, checking in with your therapist or taking some quiet time for yourself at home.
But what can you do if you feel vulnerable to relapse when your usual support system is not available to you? Traveling presents a challenge for many people in recovery, not only because it can be stressful to be away from home but also because the destination typically includes high-pressure situations. Flying home for the holidays, for example, presents a common trigger of worrying about family expectations while staying in an unfamiliar and possibly enabling environment. Or, traveling for work may include the pressure to “let loose” with your coworkers who do not know that you are in recovery. In times like these, a professional sober escort can be the mobile support that you need to safely get through your time away from home.
Sober escorts are certified recovery professionals — we often call them personal recovery assistants or PRAs — who are specifically trained to travel with Hired Power clients. They are equipped and qualified to handle all aspects of your day-to-day recovery on the road: medication management, drug or alcohol testing, connecting you with local resources like providers or support groups, serving as a confidant and sober companion, and more. These services are also intended simply to get you safely from Point A to Point B and back, ensuring that transportation and accommodations are arranged for and assisting with preparing a recovery-conscious itinerary.
The services that a sober escort provides are tailored to each client. If you have a co-occurring disorder like depression or anxiety, for example, a sober escort can ensure you have access to any forms of treatment you use to manage your symptoms. If you are going to be attending events with alcohol or seeing people who still use substances, your sober escort can be at your side to help you stay accountable. If you want to continue with particular aspects of your regular relapse prevention routine, they can help you with items such as finding a local 12 Step meeting or arranging virtual appointments with your therapist.
While our sober escorts’ first goal is prevention, they are also trained to handle emergencies in the event of a relapse or related concern. They can ensure that you get the medical attention that you need right away and can help transport you safely to an appropriate treatment center in the area or closer to home.
Since sober escort services are highly customizable, Hired Power proudly provides sober escorts for a wide range of clients. No matter where you are on your journey of recovery, a sober escort can be of assistance during transitions and other times of vulnerability. Some examples of individuals who may be a good fit for a sober escort include clients who are:
Sober escorts can be scheduled for the entirety or part of your trip, depending on your needs. No request is too long or too far — when you need our sober escort services, we are here to provide them. Hired Power also provides similar Safe Passage services for clients who are traveling for care transitions, such as leaving a treatment center to travel home or moving from home, the hospital or court to treatment.
Our sober escorts are highly qualified individuals with the certifications and experience necessary to provide sober escort services. They are Certified Personal Recovery Assistants who have been carefully vetted through background checks and trained to take on every possible complication in supporting a client. Each sober escort has personal experience with substance abuse and recovery so they can personally empathize with each client’s worries and concerns; we require a minimum of five years sober to ensure they are well-established in their recovery and fully equipped to guide you along the right path.
We work with several independently contracted sober escorts across the country so that we can provide these services to clients in many geographic areas. We also do our best to pair our clients with sober escorts who are a strong personality match, though all of our escorts are personable, respectful, open-minded and compassionate and enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life.
Hired Power provides a full continuum of recovery management care. Our Sober Escort Services can be offered as part of a suite of services or on a standalone basis. Sober Escort Services are often utilized by clients who are in later stages of recovery. Some have completed a detox and treatment program and have transitioned into independent life, but want an added level of support as they continue to become comfortable in their sobriety. Others are more well-established in a substance-free lifestyle, but know that traveling — or their destination — is a point of vulnerability and choose to enlist extra help in the form of a sober escort.
Hired Power offers a variety of similar sober companion services designed for specific clients. Our Personal Recovery Assistants are intended to serve as day-to-day companions, while our Safe Passage services that target care transitions. We also provide other types of recovery care management, including:
If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction and in need of guidance, or is in recovery and is seeking professional direction and oversight, Hired Power is here to help. We know that navigating the world of recovery can feel overwhelming and confusing, and the responsibility of ensuring that the right care is received and is effective is often a burden on an individual or their family members. Let us remove this burden and allow you to focus on your healing — call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about what we do. Our helpful staff is available at 800-910-9299 or can be reached via our online form below.
“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).