The Addictions Coach: Depression and the Holidays


Depression and the Holidays

So here we are. It’s that time of year again. The holidays are right around the corner. The most wonderful time of the year right? For some, yes, for others, not so much.

This is the time of year when depression is at an all-time high. Even people who think they are content or happy in life, seem to be stricken with depression. But why is that? What is it about this time of year that makes people feel depressed?

Well there are a majority of factors, one of which is setting up unrealistic expectations of a perfect holiday season. A lot of people get the pre-conceived notion of the perfect family, sitting around the fire and Christmas tree, opening gifts and laughing, all while snow falls peacefully outside, vision in their head. And with all the social media, TV, and shopping adds further reinforcing that, I think when those expectations fall short, we become unhappy or feel that we have failed.

Another factor is trying to do too much, in a short amount of time. The holidays are an extremely hectic time of year. Work parties, traveling, Christmas shopping and all the stresses that come along with that, and trying to plan holiday events. All these things can begin to weigh heavily on people, thus dragging them down.

Now along with trying to do too much, comes not taking care of yourself. Sometimes people get too involved in all the preparations, shopping, and parties, that they simply forget to take care of themselves. Not eating right, over indulging in alcohol, not getting proper sleep, and stress, all help in people feeling depressed.

One more contributing factor is an un-healthy family life, or the remembrance of a personal loss.

Sometimes, none of that is the cause, and feeling depressed can occur just by a simple change of the season. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. This disorder is most commonly associated with “the winter blues”, and it afflicts about 5% of Americans, according to The Mayo Clinic.

So what are some things you can do to help combat the stresses of the holidays and prevent the holiday blues? It’s very simple. Don’t take on more than you can handle, either in your work or personal life. Continue to eat right and exercise. Try not to over indulge in alcohol, and lastly, get plenty of rest.

The better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of your friends and family over the holidays.

Call The Addictions Coach at 1.800.706.0318 and talk to the team about the symptoms of SAD and depression.  We are here to help you.

Black Friday Aggression


Black Friday…


Oh Black Friday. That magical time of year that brings out the best in people. If you can’t tell, I am going extremely heavy on the sarcasm right now. It seems like every year, the mad dash to save a couple bucks becomes increasingly perilous, which is exactly why I don’t dare leave the house.

Every year we see the news reports of all out brawls in stores, people waiting in line in tents for days on end, traffic accidents everywhere, stores extending their hours, and just an all-out disregard for other people, ironically enough, the day after we give thanks for all that we are grateful for.

Now I’m mainly going to focus on the fighting and aggression aspects of this phenomena, because it simply fascinates me. What causes these people to go into these fits of rage and act like spoiled little brats and throw temper tantrums like 2 year olds when they don’t get what they want, when they want it?

I recently read a study done by Arizona State University, who found that just LOOKING at a type of ad, could induce or provoke aggression. They found that by using words like “limited quantities”, for example, that this would trigger the survivalist mechanism in our brains. Kind of like a fighting for the last scrap of food scenario. Which, to me, makes absolute sense. We as a society are consumers, and we love to consume luxury items, such as TV’s, game systems, jewelry, clothing, cars, and other things of that nature. And when what we want to consume is extremely limited, we go into survival mode, and do what we must to procure what we need to survive.

Another theory on this aggression is the TIMING of the sales. Some stores won’t start the sale till midnight, or extremely early in the morning. Now we have all seen the mile-long lines of people camping out in front of stores, to get that amazing deal. Some people will do this for days, or even weeks! And with that comes sleep deprivation, and the theory here is that when people are sleep deprived, their cognitive and decision-making levels are extremely low, as are their moods. Now if you take all these people, and cram them into a department store, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Also we have the “mob mentality” factor. People are followers by nature. Especially in high stress situations. This also happens in these black Friday brawls. All it takes is one “bad seed” to start misbehaving, especially in a large, stressed out shopping crowd, and all of a sudden, you’ve got an all-out riot on your hands.

These are just a few of the examples that lead to the Black Friday nonsense we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing, sadly, and trust me, there are many, many more. These factors seem to be the most common ones though. At any rate, it even further solidifies my decision to do my shopping online.

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What Habits Can Business Professionals Learn from Successful Sports Teams?

What Habits Can Business Professionals Learn from Successful Sports Teams? 


Suppose you are a C-Level Business Executive, a new company owner, or just trying to climb the ladder. In short, you aspire to be the best in your industry, but you are STUCK and not moving in the direction of SUCCESS.

You need to break through the barriers holding you back mentally, and get to the next level. This process involves learning how to unlock your Key to ‘Success’ and finding your ‘Inner Voice’. You will learn how to eliminate feelings of being defeated and/or deflated by life’s daily endeavors.

Dr. Cali Estes specializes in helping her clients get ‘unstuck’, move forward and achieve both goals/dreams in business and personal matters.

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4 Habits of Highly Successful Sports Teams (And How to Bring Them Into Your Office)
Work ethic isn’t the only lesson we can learn from pro athletes and their teams.
Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from pro athletes. Hustle, grit, determination–the whole wide world of sports is full of lessons that can help you build a stronger business. Here are four big ones.

Provide Hyper-Personalized Onboarding

Giving employees the support they need to do outstanding work from day one not only sets the tone for your workplace, it can also prevent costly mistakes.

Injuries are expected in the NFL, but the 2000 Patriots noticed their roster was chock-full of hamstring injuries. So the Patriots made a preseason program where every player was given a personalized “pre-hab” program that addressed their risk factors. As a result, the Patriots lowered their incidence of hamstring injury by 90%.

By identifying your employees’ flatsides and providing support early on, you can create a “prehab” program to help them reach their full potential. Maybe your company’s creative hires struggle with presentations, or maybe your entry-level hires make data entry mistakes.

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Suboxone…… Toll or Trap? An Addict’s Perspective


Suboxone……Toll or Trap?  An Addict’s Perspective

Heroin addicts who are hopelessly deep in their addiction are told that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That “light” comes in the form of Suboxone. Doctors are prescribing this “maintenance” drug by the masses.

Some of the doctors are telling addicts that there is a very slim chance of them living opiate free and that they are better off alive on Suboxone than dead on heroin. There are a few holes in this theory and maybe even some financial motivation for these doctors to keep pushing this theory. The most important fact to keep in mind is that a 7 day detox wont kill you, no matter how close you feel to death. It just wont.

The first three days will be pure hell. Days 4 and 5 wont be pretty either but they will be twice as good as the first 3 days. By day 6 someone in detox will start to feel alive again and by day 7 you are back on track to being yourself again. So  why take the risk of Suboxone? Some will say that they need Suboxone to create separation between their last heroin dose and the present day. Well that’s fine and dandy, but what happens when the day comes that your prescription to Suboxone runs out and you begin that detox?

It usually takes Suboxone 72 hours to begin to be flushed by the body so the aches, pains, upset stomach and other symptoms come roaring back. What then? Usually, we go back to heroin to stop the pain. Then we are back to square one. So wouldn’t just buckling down from day 1 and deaing with a week of hell with a definite end be better than this potential trap that usually leads right back to heroin? I think so.

Now, just to let you in on some financial motivation for these doctors and manufacturers to keep pushing this flawed theory. Suboxone sales annually are averaging 1.5 billion dollars. 1.5 BILLION dollars. That’s insane! And more than enough motivation to keep you thinking that you can’t stay clean without it. I tell you all of this from experience. I have tried to kick heroin for 4 years. I have detoxed many times with some of the worst symptoms you can imagine… but it didnt kill me. The last time I detoxed I got a script for Suboxone and quit taking it after a few doses. I felt what it was doing. I knew what I was setting myself up for in the future. So I toughed it out.

And guess who the first person to call my phone was? Not my heroin dealer…Not my coke dealer, but my Suboxone doctor trying to get me to come back for a follow up visit and to give me another 30 day supply of Suboxone…NO THANKS!

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Surviving and Staying Strong. Poems by Jay Butler of Seven Day Confession

Surviving and Staying Strong 


The Darkness that hunts me is the reason I write

The struggle is the reason I fight

I allowed my morals, and what I stand for get out of sight

Lost in the world and I can’t find my way home

No brothers or sisters, so I’m fighting this battle all alone

It’s sad that women are battling breast cancer

Young girls have to find out two years later

that she and the baby she is carrying have AIDS,

Praying every day that it’s not

Too late for my soul to be saved

The darkness that hunts me is the reason I write

The struggle is the reason I fight.


For the women who work two jobs,  raising two or three kids on their own. Getting disrespected by men on daily, but find the strength to keep moving on.

For the women who took beatings and are victims to violence, because a man could not keep them silent.

For the women who fought for their voice to be heard and for the young girls to be free and not live like a slave and made you realize if you don’t stand up and rise your only destiny is in the grave.

This is for the women who are considered big, but still kept their self-respect and kept their self-esteem high, stood up for what they believe in and were not scared to die.

This is for the women.


Jay Butler


jay-butlerMy name is Jay Butler. I was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 1984.  Two years after graduating from Spring High School I was homeless, ever since then I have been struggling to survive.

I have been homeless on and off for 16 years. Through my struggle, I noticed my gift for writing.  My unique gift has touched and is able to change lives around the globe. I realized writing was a gift, when I was going through my hardships in life. I lived in a crack house in Denver, and one of the smokers told me, let me take you somewhere, you can be in a different scenery, for a couple of hours. This place I went was teaching teenagers how to be creative and productive.

One day while I was there, this lady approached me and said, “Are you going to get on stage to do spoken word?” My response was, “I don’t know how to write poetry, I don’t understand it.” Her reply was, “Do you know how to tell the truth?”  I said, “Yes, that’s easy.”  She said, “That’s all poetry is, just telling the truth.”

I have been writing ever since. When she said that to me, it was like it turned a light on inside me, and sparked a talent that I never knew I had.

The smoker was a guide that led me to that place so I can receive my gift. And as I reflect on that day, I see God working through all people.  It’s amazing, how He opened my eyes.  I see people in a different perspective.  I see their character, not their situation.   That’s why I’m interested in helping people who are going through addiction.  Not all people who are on drugs are bad, that’s not who they really are. They just need the dope, pills, or alcohol to cope.  See when you judge, you make it that much harder for them to stay sober, so we should help the child not talk about the child.  Practice love and patience. Let’s help the ones crying for help, the families who lost their loved one to addiction, and the ones who died to stay sober.

(832)919-9466  Jay


If you or someone you love is suffering with addiction, call 1.800.706.0318 or visit The Addictions Coach for help.

Boris Schaak of Sober Fitness Discusses Emotional Nutrition

Boris Schaak of Sober Fitness Discusses Emotional Nutrition



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Emotional Nutrition

Addictive substances include junk food and are the psychological equivalent of drugs and alcohol. They provide a short-term bit of pleasure that mask long-term negative effects on the body. They fill a need: if you’re emotional, junk food will “mask” that pain. But when you “sober up”, your need for emotional nutrition – is still there.

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Are YOU Ready?

2017 Dates are Set.  Registration is OPEN! First Addiction Camp is March 8-10.  

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A three-day expedition harnessing the power of music in sobriety rolled into an amazing Addiction Camp…

Addiction Camp provides many key tools shown to greatly enhance one’s stability and level of passion in life and in sobriety, among which are:

  • Instrumental lessons designed around the client’s passions, likes, etc.
  • Providing in-studio sessions designed to enhance the experience
  • Experience Angel’s proprietary learning method for musical instruments
  • Private therapy sessions with Dr. Cali Estes throughout the week
  • Yoga on the Beach
  • Drum Circles to facilitate growth
  • Local lodging with added meal & nutrition services
  • Daily spiritual and holistic support services designed to address the client’s individual needs
  • And so much more!

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The Addictions Coach, Dr. Cali Estes teams up with Vance Johnson, former Denver Bronco, and Rob Lohman of Lifted from the Rut to offer cutting edge training.

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Navigating The World of Addiction Event hits Littleton Colorado

The Addictions Coach, Dr. Cali Estes teams up with Vance Johnson of the Denver Broncos, and Rob Lohman of Lifted from the Rut to offer cutting edge training.

DENVERNov. 12, 2016PRLog — Dr. Cali Estes, of The Addictions Coach, has teamed up with Rob Lohman, Lifted From The Rut, for the Navigate the World of Addiction Event. This event will take place Monday, December 5th, at the Waterstone Community Church, located at 5890 South Alkire Street, Littleton, Colorado, 80127. Dr. Estes will be offering six CEU’s for the 9-5 portion of the event. You must register for this event.

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The Addictions Coach features: “I Can’t Adult”; a Failure to Launch Story on Stop Frying Your Brain

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The Addictions Coach features: “I Can’t Adult”; a Failure to Launch Story on Stop Frying Your Brain

We all know the classic example of the 30-something living in mom & dad’s basement and working at the local pizza parlor, or the 28-year old college drop-out who’s thrown in the towel on the prospect of education and success. We call it Failure-to-Launch Syndrome, and it is a surprisingly common condition especially among the Millennial Population. They seem lost, not quite sure of whom they are or what they want to do in life. They lack direction, ambition and purpose. As a parent you are probably stressed and feel helpless in how to help them. Dr. Cali Estes specializes in this behavior.

Dr. Cali Estes gets to the root cause of the ambivalence and the ‘stuck points’ to assist her clients in moving forward with their lives in a productive, happy and excited manner. It is not just about the ability to create a life for themselves, but the ability to create a life that has meaning, joy and fulfillment. Wouldn’t you enjoy seeing your loved one wake up every morning excited and ready to jump into the day? Dr. Estes instills self-empowerment to her clients, which inevitably leads them towards goal achievement.   Visit to learn for about failure to launch.

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Dr. Cali Estes on My Recovery Radio Discusses Energy Drinks and Vices in Recovery


Dr. Cali Estes on My Recovery Radio Discusses Energy Drinks and Vices in Recovery



Listen to Dr. Cali Estes on My Recovery Radio with Kent Paul, as she discusses energy drinks and how vices in recovery can become another addiction.