21 Nov Why Get Your Loved One a Life Coach in Prison?
If you have a loved one who has been incarcerated for drug use or criminal activity, then you know how hard it is to show love without condoning their behavior. It’s heartbreaking to think that a loved one is suffering in prison with no one to help them, even though their own behavior earned them their sentence. However, there are some things that a family can do to help their loved one even while they are still incarcerated. If they were incarcerated for drugs, rehab is generally not an option. Their body has probably already gone through detox just by being in an isolated area, so rehab won’t be much help. What they do need is for someone to help them set goals and try to learn skills that will enable them to integrate back into society; this is the same with all inmates.
Hiring a life coach can help incarcerated family members get back on track once their sentence is finished. Life coaches, depending on their education and credentials, can help recovering addicts and other inmates heal from a past riddled with substance abuse or crime, or help with simple things like putting together a résumé and working on social interaction. Some life coaches are also spiritual coaches as well.
Why Life Coaches Are Sometimes More Helpful Than Psychologists For inmates and recovering addicts, it’s not uncommon for them to be hesitant about talking with a therapist. They might feel like talking won’t solve anything, or that they have nothing to talk about with a therapist. Also, many men feel uncomfortable talking with a psychiatrist because they feel that sharing intimate thoughts and feelings isn’t the way a man should communicate.
The term “life coach” was actually created to help men get the recovery assistance they need without driving them away. The word coach implies an association with sports, which makes men more likely to accept help from life coaches rather than therapists.
Also, life coaches simply aren’t the same as a psychologist. They often don’t have the same level of education – although many do – and they don’t deal with the same issues as a psychologist would. A life coach is more helpful to recovering addicts and inmates because they primarily help form positive and healthy life habits. Mainly a life coach is hired to be a “cheerleader” for their clients while assisting them with things like goal setting and consistency in their actions and words. They also give their clients information about other programs and options for their lives outside of prison.
Why Should Families be Involved in Finding a Life Coach for their Loved One?
Often prisoners don’t get to decide if they want a life coach or not. Some prison systems offer the coaching to a selection of inmates, but not to others. A life coach is never hired for an individual prisoner, unless there is someone outside the prison that is advocating for them. This is why it’s so important for families not to neglect their loved ones who have been incarcerated.
Petitioning for a loved one to be included in life skills coaching programs in prison could be the most important thing you could do for your loved one during their prison sentence. Families who try to get a life coach for their loved ones in prison will give them a better chance to actually get rehabilitated, which should be the whole point of prison.
What Happens After Prison?
Former inmates can find life coaches more easily after their prison sentence, and they are much more likely to seek one on their own if they have had prior experience working with a life coach. If inmates received coaching while in prison, then their coaches may have also recommended a twelve step program if they also struggled with substance abuse in their past. Generally, if an inmate has received life coaching, they have a better chance of succeeding in society the second time around.
Without life coaching, former inmates are more prone to fall back into old habits. Family members can try to find their loved ones a life coach after prison, but the earlier the intervention, the more likely it is to stick. This isn’t to say that life coaches won’t help after prison, but if an inmate leaves prison with no tools to build a better life, they have the possibility of relapsing either back into crime or drugs because they don’t know what else to do.
It’s an unpleasant situation when family members are incarcerated. You don’t want them to suffer because you love them, but at the same time they have committed a crime that deserves punitive action. The best way to show love is by getting them the help they need to succeed in life, so that they know you support them, but not their actions.
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