Ria’s online program lets you access coaching for alcohol addiction through an app on your smartphone
Ria Health provides comprehensive treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) from home. In addition to medications, online support groups, and app-based tools, we offer regular, weekly meetings with a licensed recovery coach.
For many of our members, these check-ins are a crucial part of their recovery, giving them the support they need to stay on track.
A recovery coach is a person who advises and supports others through the process of overcoming addiction. In some cases this can be an experienced peer, in others it can be a licensed professional. At Ria, our coaches are all fully trained and licensed in their field, providing expert, customized support to each of our members.
Recovery coaches are different from therapists—they are specifically focused on helping people overcome barriers to recovery and stick with treatment. Within that role, however, they can provide crucial behavioral and mental health support. Our members often credit our coaches with keeping their spirits up, boosting their motivation, and helping them stay committed to long-term change.
Ria’s program is covered by many major insurance plans
At Ria, our recovery coaches provide support, resources, tools, and techniques to help members reduce or quit drinking over time. Through weekly check-ins, our members have a chance to discuss their progress, setbacks, challenges, and concerns with their coach, and receive helpful support and guidance.
They also provide a consistent, friendly face through what can often be a difficult journey. Members can rely on them for moral support, and to answer any pressing questions they may have.
While Ria’s program is medication-based, we believe that most people will get their best results if they also have coaching support. Meeting with a coach gives people structure, accountability, and a human face to interact with. It also helps us tailor treatment to each person’s needs as they go along.
Each person has their own drinking patterns, and their own goals. Life also changes from week to week, bringing with it new challenges. One of the big strengths of Ria’s program is that it’s flexible, and meets members where they are. And one of the biggest ways we do this is through our coaching team.
Our coaches check in with members every week, assess their progress, and give them tools to manage the ups and downs of recovery. They also communicate with our medical team, helping us adjust treatment as necessary. They are our “boots on the ground,” helping each member get exactly what they need for lasting success.
Recovery can be a challenging process. Our coaches help members stay hopeful, and objective about their progress. If someone is doing better than they think they are, for example, our coaches can help them realize this. And if someone is experiencing setbacks, our coaches can help them identify the problem and bounce back.
As a regular presence in members’ lives, our coaches help people stay positive, and accountable to themselves.
It’s one thing to choose a treatment regimen. It’s another thing to stick with it for the months or years needed for lasting change. Weekly coaching meetings, plus daily breathalyzer readings, help keep our members on-track towards their goals.
Our coaches also help members learn techniques and daily practices, such as mindfulness, to help them stay focused on their own time.
While each person struggles with alcohol for their own reasons, it’s common for people to have stress triggers or underlying mental health challenges that motivate them to drink. Our coaches help members to identify these, and develop coping mechanisms to manage them.
Recovery coaches are not therapists. However, they can direct members to the right resources in their communities if they feel therapy would be helpful. In other words, our coaches give members an important access point for mental health support.
At Ria, we believe that recovery coaching is a crucial part of recovery from AUD. Our goal is to make this easier to access through telemedicine. After meeting with our medical team to choose a treatment plan, each of our members gets paired with a recovery coach. This professional supports them every step of the way throughout their journey—via weekly check-ins and ongoing support through our smartphone app.