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Heroin or Hellcat?

Heroin or Hellcat?

Hellcat

So recently I bought a Hellcat. Yes, the 707 Horsepower Dodge Challenger with the cat on the side. You now, the kind you crank up and it purrs like a kitten, that one. The one that every 21-year-old guy wants to race up the highway at 3 am doing 190 and not get arrested, that one.

It is bright green with the big black hood and the 707 on the side. The Hellcat even has red eyes.

So why is this important? Well, the money my husband spent on heroin, we redirected to buy a Hellcat. See, my husband had a $120 a day habit. A day, not a week, not month, A DAY.

A FUCKING $120 a day habit.

$120 a day X 365 days is $43,800 a year. A full-time job and pay.

That is almost the price of a Hellcat. Well, a used Hellcat, a limited-edition, 2015 Hellcat.

So, when the option is heroin or Hellcat, I chose the Hellcat. I know an addict is an addict and will always have addictive tendencies. I would rather see him racing up 95 than snorting heroin laced with fentanyl and overdosing, like he did 3 times. I would rather see him get a speeding ticket than have to pick him up at the ER again wondering if he was going to die next time. I would rather have a huge 707 HP monster in my driveway than wonder if he nodded out and got the BMW stolen again.

See, I prefer the Hellcat to the Heroin addiction. As a spouse of a recovering addict, it is hard to watch your loved one battle addiction and fail. You are there hoping they make it out alive, praying, wishing, hoping and when they do, you celebrate the wins.

How do you get your loved one to that point? Well after I wrote, I married a Junkie, and lived the nightmare, I can help you. As I was building my private practice of helping people conquer their addictions, my husband had found his. I helped him navigate the way out and have fun doing it.

Sober is fun.

Hellcats are fun

Heroin is not fun

How can I help you? I offer many ways to help you get your Hellcat and release your Heroin. My specialty is my sober on demand service where I bring the addiction treatment concept to your doorstep.

  Addiction is NOT your problem; it is your solution to a problem.

 

From our Sober on Demand Program:

Our unique one on one custom concierge coaching approach is what we are highly sought out and known for. Dr. Cali Estes oversees all aspects of the Action Plan protocols and will make sure your experience is comfortable, enlightening, and productive in the time you spend with her and her team. The program can be from 3 to 10 days plus, and consists of a mobile lifestyle enrichment program that covers substance use and substance misuse, triggers, coping skills, passion and purpose in life, relationship goals, career goals, and learning how to live a happy and productive life.  This concept is proprietary and completely tailored to your unique and individual needs. 100% private, 100% Confidential. We get results and have an A list of satisfied clients. If traditional addiction treatment centers did NOT work for you, this program is completely different. No groups, no 30 day required stays, we meet you exactly where you are. We can come to your home, hotel, tour bus, etc and help you get through life and tackle the stressors and issues that hold you back from your full potential. and Dr. Cali Estes and her team are prepared to provide and an additional sober companion or sober coach for 30 days to 6 months post-Sober on Demand Experience.

Read more here and let me help you get that HELLCAT.

Message In A Bottle

 

Message in a Bottle

6/25/2020 by Chris Cobb

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You ever wish you could go back in time with the knowledge and wisdom you have now, to change your path? To manipulate choices and events to twist yourself into a better version of you? Well, I have wished this very thing many times before. The reality is, you cannot change the past. It is no longer in existence. But what if you could somehow tell the younger, innocent version of yourself what to do, what not to do, and of the consequences of the lifestyle your not so innocent self has chosen… What if you could write your past self a letter? What would this letter read?

This is actually a tough one for me. Even though I have had a fairly tough ride from childhood to where I am today, I feel as though all the difficult trials have made me the person I am today. I don’t really know if I’d want to change that: but then again, I have been a pretty rotten human being in the past, while in my active alcoholism. From DWI to battery charges, to being homeless in big, unfamiliar cities, having my jaw shattered in an altercation gone horribly wrong, and driving drunk with my own son in my car… Those things, I certainly would have never known if I’d never taken that first drink.

 So yeah, maybe I would go back and grab myself by the arms and say “listen up!” The first thing I would tell myself would be not to drink alcohol, obviously. I would talk about all the things I have lost, or given away as a result of my poor life choices. My own business, houses, cars, relationships, friends, respect… I’ve had people tell me they hate me over the person I had become. I’ve been arrested 12 times, under the influence of alcohol. I slept under bridges, on bus stop benches, in bushes and abandoned buildings. I’ve come close to the brink of death multiple times, some of those times being an attempt by my own hand.

Even without drinking, I’ve done and said things I wish I hadn’t; pain that could have been easily avoided by the biting of my tongue. Now that I know how to handle situations in a proper manner: if I had known how to all along, how different would life be for me today? Would I be grateful for the small things? Would I be battling depression and anxiety? Where would I live? Would I have a squeaky clean record, a million dollar home and a Lambo? Who knows. I guess realistically if I am finally proud of who I have eventually become, and happy with the direction my life is now heading, the most important thing to tell myself would be “Keep your mouth shut, your head up, and your hands to yourself, no matter what. What anyone thinks of you is not your business, just keep your side of the street clean and keep moving FORWARD. No matter how discouraged you may feel, don’t ever stop working towards your goals.”

Overall, life can be quite unpredictable, and regardless of our past, it’s never too late for change. The best advice I can give, just keep doing the next right thing.

How do you keep it in place? You hire a coach of course! We at The Addictions Coach offer recovery coaching, life coaching, food addiction coaching and even intense alternatives to treatment.  Learn more here or call 1.800.706.0318 ext 1

 

What do you think when you hear the word “Addict” or “Alcoholic”?

 

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What do you think when you hear the word “Addict” or “Alcoholic”? Do you think up words such as “Drunk”? Or “Junkie”? Or even “Homeless, Lower Class, or Bad upbringing? Well I’m here to tell you this: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction affect ALL social classes, ALL races, ALL walks of life.

Millionaire Benjamin Chen is living proof that no one is invincible to the consequences of this disease known as addiction. Mr. Chen destroyed his $750,000 Porsche Mirage GT supercar while driving high on drugs through the abandoned streets of downtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, smashing into a van of bystanders and hitting multiple parked cars. He tried to drive away, but luckily didn’t make it very far. All this, under the influence of drugs. I’m sure that even if you haven’t destroyed a three-quarter million dollar car, if you are suffering or have suffered addiction, or know someone who has: You or someone you know has lost things in their life due to their addiction or alcoholism.

I personally have never had much, but have managed to lose everything that I did have while in my active alcoholism. Several arrests, loss of jobs, vehicles, relationships, a house, and more. I have been in multiple recovery / sober living facilities, drug and alcohol classes, anger management, jail, and so on. I am lucky not to be a statistic at this point. More than 67,300 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. Not to mention over 80,000 alcohol-related deaths each year in the U.S. “Regular” people like you and me, homeless populations, even celebrities and CEOs. So whatever walk of life you live, if you’ve hit rock bottom before, you should know there are solutions. What I want to mention today is Sober on Demand: A New Alternative in Alcohol Addiction Recovery.

Sober on Demand is a unique 3-10+ day program. The duration of the program itself depends on the client’s needs and what we find during our discovery session. Our Sober on Demand program is where we here at The Addictions Coach bring the treatment to you. We would send in our best addiction recovery professionals to present you with our program and the alternatives, if you choose not to participate. After agreeing to start your new sober lifestyle we start with a discovery session to learn about you individually, so that we can pair you with the perfect sober coach. The coach then personalizes a program that gives the individual the best chance for success.You can find more information and get started HERE.  or call the elite team at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1

 

 

 

 

Interview with a Millionaire

Interview With A Millionaire: Meet The CEO Of The Addictions Academy & The Addictions Coach – Dr. Cali Estes

Ever wonder what it is like to work with millionaire clients?  Where does the inspiration come from to help people with addiction issues?  What happens when clients are hard to work with? read more below on our sober on-demand service and concierge medicine service where we bring the rehab concept to the client.

https://www.starcentralmagazine.com/entrepreneurship/2020/06/10/cali-este/

Cocktails and Curfew: Relapsing on alcohol in the pandemic

Cocktails and Curfew: relapsing on alcohol in the pandemic

3 Things That Could Lead an Alcoholic into Relapse During the Pandemic / Lockdown

6/4/2020 by Chris Cobb

I’m sure you have seen someplace or another that many people in recovery are relapsing as stay at home orders have been put in place across the country. If you have a support group, a sponsor, and attend meetings, you have probably heard that the only thing that can cause you to relapse is you. This is true, you are your ultimate decision-maker. But we also need support, we need human contact, and we need to be heard, and to listen to someone else. There are many factors, especially for those new to sobriety that can throw us off our square, and the negative mindset we have had most of our lives starts sneaking in on us. Here are three of those factors that I, myself have personally dealt with during this hard time, and how I have been coping. I hope this can help at least one person out there.

#1: Isolation – Isolation can take a huge toll on our minds, on our emotions. When we have already dealt with a great change in our lives, especially, such as beginning our sobriety journey and staying away from people, places, and things that are toxic to us. Then we get into meetings, find a sponsor, and meet a multitude of people who we find are so much like ourselves, where we fit in. Now we suddenly find ourselves unable to meet our own expectations of a routine we have found to finally work for us. Whether it be a recovery program, working out at the gym, or even our job. The best thing I have found that I can do is to keep in contact with my circle of support, whether it be via phone call, text, social media messaging, email, etc… It’s something to get used to, but the support is there. Even if I can’t attend my meetings in person, I have managed to find online AA meetings via zoom and skype. This surprisingly helped me more than I expected it to. Just being heard, and hearing others’ struggles and solutions, having someone to talk to has given me a feeling of stability, that no matter what, there are others that are always willing to help me out when I am down. Even reading or thinking to myself things I have learned throughout my recovery have somewhat kept me in check when I need it the most. If you are reading this, you have a way to find support if you do not already have it. Get in touch with someone who you can talk to about solutions to your everyday problems. Go outside and do some yard work, or just to get some fresh air. Do not isolate yourself in your room. Isolation has personally been very bad for my mental well-being, as with others, I’m certain. This is why we have to take action and stay out of the dark corners of our minds, the loneliness or anxieties that have led us to seemingly “lose” purpose and drink in the past.  

#2: Problems with Relationships – This is another big one for many, including myself. I am currently in the longest-lasting relationship I have been in with someone since the first time I took a liking to sobriety, back in 2015. It is still difficult for many of us to deal with relationships, no matter how happy we are with this other person. Many have worked through a 12-Step program, learned to make amends, take self-inventory, and admit when we are wrong. Some couples are either out of work due to this pandemic, or both working from home. This can weigh heavily on relationships when it feels like there is no space to even begin to miss one another’s company. It can cause arguments, resentments, and ultimately destroy a relationship. This is where our circle of support can also help. When two people are upset with one another, there sometimes is a lack of communication because both parties feel attacked by the other. If we have a meeting, or a sponsor we can talk it out with, however, someone who is not there to judge, but to listen, and help point us in the right direction towards a solution of some kind, it can help us have some bit of serenity and peace of mind. We sometimes begin to forget what we have become grateful for once we have it. Accountability partners outside can be of great help to keep us in check. We have to remember, we must accept things we cannot change, so we must find a way to give our partners space, privacy, and support, rather than more stress than they already have on their plate. We must be selfless, and remember where our negative thinking and actions have landed us so many times in the past. AA is the only thing that has helped me become the person I am today, and the only reason a relationship that could last is even possible. So personally, getting back in touch with my fellows in recovery is the best help I can advise for myself, and anyone else that is struggling to keep peace of mind and stay sober when dealing with issues whether they are brought on by someone else, or in my case, myself. Just remember. It’s not about you. You’re not the only one struggling. 

#3: Fear of The Unknown – One of the biggest character defects I have always lived with is insecurity, fear. Whether it be work or financial, relationships, or any other what-ifs… In a time like this, it is a true test of our willpower and personal stability. We may fear that we will either lose our jobs, or we already have been laid off, and fear that our job may not come back. We also tend to feed off of the information we see on television, even misinformation, or fear-mongering we stumble upon throughout social media. We can feel hopeless as if we are going to lose our homes, our relationships due to financial and stressful situations. We can even fear going back into a meeting once the ‘lockdown’ is over with. I remember the feeling I had in my very first meeting, and actually have this uneasy feeling myself about walking back in the doors after a good amount of time.  The best thing we can do in this situation is to focus on plausible solutions, rather than focusing on our problems. If we only think negatively, only think about what is going wrong, we are not finding a way for it to get better. Most problems don’t go away on their own, without action. When we don’t know what the future holds for us, in ANY situation, we must take life one day at a time. We seek to support, someone to talk to, or even support our friends, or significant others, ask them what we can do to help make their day an okay or even great one. Again, we become selfless, rather than self-centered. I have found that thinking of others more than myself has led to better results in the majority of times. I am struggling with this like anyone else who is remotely similar to me. If you really look back at times things have been made worse when you tried doing things your own way, you can put it in perspective. Think of how the other person may see this situation by imagining that you are them, and they are you. We cannot allow fear to overtake our lives. Insecurities most of the time are without any true evidence that our fearful, negative thoughts could come true unless we make them. I have been told many times that everything you want in life is on the other side of fear. This makes perfect sense, seeing how I have always missed out on opportunities for a happy life and mental well-being, simply because I was so afraid of what could happen, that I acted in illogical ways and ended up losing those things I wanted so badly. Just remember this – F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real. Learn to accept everything for how it is, rather than attempting to manipulate the world to work the way you want it to. Go with the flow and see where it takes you, cease fighting everything and everyone. Most of this for me is still very difficult to follow, but I have found it to work more often than not. Practicing principles of this nature can go a long way. 

In closing, I hope this can be helpful to an extent of any degree. We are all in this together, so hang tight.  

Will isolation increase mental health issues? Yes. Human connection, outdoors, exercise, and health-related activities reduce mental illness. During the lockdown, suicide has increased and so has the need for depression and anxiety medications, which are in short supply.

Has COVID-19 led to increased drinking? According to the CDC, alcohol drinking is up 55% from before the lockdown and shelter in place measures started since liquor stores were kept own as an essential business during the pandemic.  They predict that increased drinking and the need for addiction treatment will only increase as we open the country back up.

Does isolation cause alcoholism? It may not cause it, but it will play a major part in the consumption process. The opposite of addiction is connection and when you are not connected, sad, depressed, and lonely you drink. Alcohol causes the CNS system to suppress even more causing more depression and causing more drinking.

Will drinking destroy my relationship? Excessive drinking will destroy your relationships and ultimately your life if you can not get it under control. You can get a DUI, kill someone, or yourself if you are not careful and you can ruin your career as well.

Need help? The Addictions Coach and Dr. Cali Estes can help you. Call today. 1.800.706.0318 ext 2

Alcohol worked for me…..Until It Didn’t

Alcohol Worked For Me… Until It Didn’t

6/3/2020 by Chris Cobb

 

“If I knew then what I know now” is an understatement. If I had known the consequences of my unfortunate actions over the years before I took that first drink, my life would be completely different. I was 13 years old the first time I became drunk. And somehow, I was able to down a 12 pack of beer. I was blackout drunk. It was an acquired taste, but it didn’t take long before I started sneaking alcohol more often than not. I started to notice something. The anxiety I felt around other people, the fear of judgement, self consciousness, all went away when I was drinking. I was able to hang with the big dogs, the ‘cool kids’. I was eventually one of the high school kids going to frat parties. Whoever got the most hammered was the topic of the week, and I was in the spotlight more than a couple times. I was cool.

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

Fast forward, I’m 20 years old, my first arrest. I was driving 90 in a 30mph zone, residential area. I somehow wind up in the middle of the street, handcuffed, surrounded by 5 police vehicles, my car half-way on the street, the front half on the sidewalk. Operating While Intoxicated, endangering a person (I had tried to run over a pedestrian for shouting at me). I got a slap on the wrist, community service and 90 days suspension on my license. 6 months later, I’m arrested again, this time charged with minor consumption, public intoxication, and resisting law enforcement. See, when I was sober, I was timid, quiet. When I was drunk, I was “confident”, I thought I was invincible, that I could fight. More community service, drug and alcohol classes. I had no desire to quit drinking. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

So I’m 20, it’s 2006, and my girlfriend at this time leaves for a rehab in Florida. Me being the superhero I think I am, fly to Florida shortly after. My suspicions quickly turned to reality. She did not really have a friend who would let me crash at their place. In fact, she had run from rehab, been to jail, and now in a women’s halfway house in Tampa. I’m homeless. So the first thing to do, get a job. Two days later I’m at the top of my game with an $8 an hour job in Tampa where an efficiency apartment would have cost me a $2400 deposit. So I play it smart. I get food stamps. Here I am. Homeless, $8 an hour, and food stamps. I sleep under highways, on bus stop benches, sometimes pass out drunk on the bus, other times in an abandoned building or alleyway. Either way, I’ve “got this”. 3 months later I go to work, drunk off my ass, just to get my $240 paycheck and buy a greyhound bus ticket to what better place to be an actor than Hollywood, California. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

Needless to say: I did not get an actor role of any kind. I didn’t even get an audition. They don’t feed me in California like they did in Florida. But I had a whopping $120 for food (I mean alcohol). Friendly people in California, they bought me quite a few drinks. Fast forward. After about 9 months of homelessness, I decide I need to go back to Indiana to drink, L.A. is too dangerous. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

Now we’re in 2009, back in Indiana. The reasons for drinking have moved from feeling cool and getting along with groups of people, to feeling better than sober reality seemed to allow.  I’m drinking alone most of the time, mad at the world for all my problems. Staying with my step dad, drinking with him, fighting with him when doing so. My pregnant girlfriend leaves me, so I get another one, one who likes to drink. This was one who also had nearly the same anger issues as me. 2009 became my first arrest for domestic battery. I found no blame in myself, it was her, and it was the alcohol. So this time around, I take anger management classes, more community service, more drug and alcohol classes. This time, the only desire I finally had to quit, was the fear of going back to jail. It wasn’t enough. I hadn’t lost enough yet. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

I have broken up with the girlfriend, and decided to work things out with the mother of my unborn child. February 11th, 2010. My son is born, shortly after, lifelined to a children’s hospital almost 2 hours away. Soon to find out, he has a life threatening heart disease where only one side of his heart has developed. He has his first open heart surgery at one week old. We live in the hospital for a good 2 months, no drinking of course. We finally were able to take him home in April. I didn’t drink for another whopping 30 days. Next thing I know, I’m back to a 30-pack of cheap beer every night, plus whatever bottle of whiskey or vodka is handy. By January of 2011, I’m back in jail for another domestic battery, against the mother of my child. I was completely unaware what had happened, I didn’t even know I was in the drunk tank until I opened my eyes. When I asked what I did, all I could make is foxhole prayers that I get out of this mess yet again. I only spent about 30 days behind bars before I could bond out for $2500. My conditions were of course, community service, and this time, Batterer’s Intervention classes. My son had undergone his third, and hopefully final open heart surgery at this point. Still, no desire to drink for the right reasons.

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

My son’s mother gets back with me, she was quite naive, so was I. Besides, I had take classes, I told her I would quit drinking so that it doesn’t happen again. I go another 30 days or so before I present the idea of each of us having a glass of wine with our nice dinner date. So we do so. Everything goes great, so 2 days later, I bring home a box of cheap wine, it’s not booze, ye know, it’s wine. Half my share of the box later, I decide I am doing fine, that I can drink without getting violent. I do actually. I have my own “business” running. I’m building and repairing computers, and working from home programming and designing mobile games and apps, because I’m so smart and all. Well, I’m not violent anymore, but also not too friendly with employers when I’m drinking. Which at this point, I was able to drink at work, since work was home. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

Fast forward to August of 2015. My step-uncle dies of a heart attack, I start getting angry at the world again. Here I am in jail again, for battery. This time, she doesn’t get back with me. I am court ordered to 90 days in a sober living environment. I end up staying for 2 years, because they had given me a job and this time, I wanted to quit drinking. I had given everything that I cared about away. My house, car, son’s mother, time with my son, respect from my family, friends, I had nothing but a laptop and a bag of clothes. But this time, I COULD do it for myself right? 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

2 years later, I am running this sober living facility. The director had left, the board decided to appoint me, the director’s executive assistant, as new director. This lasted a good 6 months before I left for a higher paying job as I.T. administrator at a medical products store. I didn’t know much about the 12 steps or sponsorship, I didn’t need them. 2 weeks into the new job, I feel like with 2 years of sobriety and over a decade of lessons learned, I can be a normal drinker, just like my co-workers sitting around the same table as me at a local pub and grill. 

Alcohol worked for me….until it didn’t….

2 weeks into the new job, I’m sicker than ever. I had no idea this was a progressive illness, mental or physical; Whatever it may be. Finally, after about a year, I get arrested for public intox, disorderly conduct, and lose my I.T. job. So into another sober living facility I go, this time without court order, on my own. I am finally sick and tired of losing, and of having to start from scratch. Again, with a bag of clothes and a laptop, I begin to rebuild my life. This time with a program, and with good reason. My sobriety date is May 20th, 2018, and 2 years later, I no longer have the desire to destroy my life with that first drink, with the notion that I can ever control my drinking. 

Alcohol never worked for me…..

What will you do for your sobriety? Will you get help?

The Addictions Coach staff is waiting to help you.

 

 

How cycling improves Mental Health

cycling and mental health

Cycling Improves mental Health

5 ways cycling can help improve your mental health 

 

All exercise is good for your mental health but there is nothing quite like getting out on a bike and into the open air to feel a sense of clarity. With recent events having a major impact on everyone’s mental health, people are turning to exercise as a way to tackle those inner demons. If you’re looking for an approach that doesn’t just challenge you physically, but actually involves getting out into the great wide open and working through different physical and emotional elements, cycling could be the one to beat them all. But how can cycling improve your mental health?

 

It Gets You Outdoors

If you’re looking for a distinct advantage over those that have been stuck indoors doing their squats and press-ups, going outdoors helps you to feel energized and revitalised in a completely different way to those gym bunnies. Going outdoors has been shown to reduce feelings of anger and tension. It’s also the perfect way to go somewhere for the day away from all of your troubles. Pack up your cycling water bottle and a few supplies, and it’s possible to escape your worries in the short-term while also getting adequate Vitamin D, and being out in the air oxygenates your blood.

 

The Social Aspects Of Cycling And Their Impacts On Happiness

Social activities are shown to be beneficial to everyone’s mental health. While team sports have been shown to be the best approach for improving mental health, riding a bike comes close behind. If you can go riding in a group of friends and turn it into a team sport, you’re on to a winner! On the other hand, riding with your family in the open air helps everyone to spend quality time together.

 

Aerobic Exercise And Its Effects On Anxiety

Naturally, riding a bike is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise. But aerobic exercise has been shown to significantly reduce feelings of anxiety. If you are someone who feels the tension in every area of your life getting on the bike could stop this anxiety from spiralling into a panic attack. While any type of aerobic exercise works wonders, the advantage of getting on a bike is that rather than running, which is a high impact sport, riding a bike is easier on your joints.

 

It Is A Massive Stress Buster

It’s easy to say we all suffer from stress in various aspects of our lives. When we look at getting fit as a stress buster, many people take to the gym. But riding a bike on a regular basis is a stress buster all in itself. Because cycling in the long term can be cheaper than a gym membership this can minimize financial stress, but also getting on your bike for thirty minutes each day has been shown to improve positive outlook by flooding your body with endorphins. As a natural by-product of feeling less stressed, you have more focus, improve memory, and clarity which can help you to feel positive in other areas of your life.

 

You Can Fit It Into Your Daily Life

Many of us feel that we’re not able to make time for working out. One of the great ways that getting a bike can help your mental health is that you don’t need to add an extra duty into your life. We feel that we’ve got so many things to do and not enough time to do it in; riding a bike is one of the easy ways to incorporate exercise into a daily routine without disrupting your life. If you dread that daily commute to the office, swapping it for a bike ride will reduce your feeling of stress while making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle. When it becomes a daily habit this will improve your well-being in so many different ways. When we incorporate riding a bike into our daily practice, we’re adding an extra piece of structure that can help us to retain a sense of control over the anxious components of our lives.

 

Exercise has the power to improve our happiness and right now as many people are working on improving their mental health or are looking for ways to feel good in a troubling time, getting on your bike every day can reduce stress. In turn, the exercise will not just flood your body with endorphins, but it can help you to sleep better. For those people who are feeling stress and anxiety, the solution is simple; get on your bike! 

Guest Post By Alex Bristol of

Dr. Cali Estes and the scam

 

cali estes and the scam

Dr. Cali Estes

As a coach, therapist and a PHD with clinical psychology I pride myself on understanding and reading human behavior. After 25 years of experience in the field I would like to think that I would not get scammed by another coach or a therapist.  I would really like to think that I can read people and when a coach comes highly recommended, I should trust that recommendation. I am Dr. Cali Estes after all with 10 years of education and body language training.

Right?

Well, Dr. Cali Estes got scammed.

And it wasn’t like I was shopping on Wish and spent $20 bucks on a dress that came 4 sizes too small. Not that kind of a scam. More like I spent $20,000 and flew to California to meet a highly sought after business coach that is supposed to be the top of his game and I got scammed.  But let me back up…

I was trolling Youtube one day and I saw this coach that had alot to do with the Chicken Soup for the Soul guys, remember them?  Well he is credited for much of their success and also a lot of the new funnel guys, marketers and the like. So I asked around, I did my due diligence. I even googled him. Now THE GOOGLE (as my mother calls it, like it is some huge OZ being in the sky that knows everything) returned no real results. No reviews, well no negative reviews.  I thought that was odd because even my company, The Addictions Academy, is reviewed (we have over 500 positive reviews and the same 3 trolls that are hawking to make a negative review), point is we have reviews. He really didn’t.

Red flag 1…its a scam my brain said. BUT he came recommended…disregard.

So I asked around my inner circle. AND no one had anything bad to say. Lots of videos, he made a lot of money for a lot of people, his wife left him because he worked too much that was it. Nothing fraudulent, nothing that said scam run!!!

So I called him and signed up and paid 20K upfront.

oh yeah BY WIRE Transfer…RED Flag # 2, SCAM my brain said. Disregard again.

I got scammed. Dr. Cali Estes got scammed.

He took my money and pushed my meting date back to the date he was literally leaving the country for 4 months. He was tired, and did not give me anything we discussed. I asked for the deliverables and was handed a few laminate sheets, stuff he taught for free in his videos.

I was sitting in the airport, now over $26,000 in, with hotel and airfare and stunned. I got scammed, I got conned. This guy was a fraud. He could not offer me anything I paid for.

Then it got worse…

The he ghosted for two weeks–no return calls, no return emails.

I got scammed.

and when I asked for a refund…..

wait for it….

He gaslit me.

Hard.

Sent a nasty email that I was the issue he couldn’t work with me and refused a refund. Now mind you, he had not even done 10% of what I paid for and he was going to keep my money. AND should I sue him he would ruin me…

I got scammed.

Hard

By a famous coach that promised the world and delivered nothing.

That was 5 months ago and I am still amazed that I didn’t listen to my gut and read the signs. If someone has NO negative reviews at all, they must not be good at their job because they will piss at least one person off if they are at any level of success. I have 3 that hawk me on the daily..never met any of them or even talked to them but in the mental health and addiction world you attract the crazies and the bigger you get the louder the crazies get. Making fake names, emails and posting and reposting. That means I am successful.

I am successful.

I am very successful

Let that sink in.

 

 

 

 

The Addictions Academy Review and Review of Dr. Cali Estes

The Addictions Academy Review

Review of Dr. Cali Estes.

Listen to Kelly Reiss as she reviews The Addictions Academy class Nationally Certified Intervention Professional class (36-hour program). In this review of The Addictions Academy is important for our students to see that we have successful clients that are able to work after the training and also help others get and stay sober. When choosing a school to receive education, you can read the descriptions, the class information and talk to an admissions coordinator, but you need to actually see the review from the student with your own eyes.

In this review of Dr. Cali Estes, Kelly discussed her relationship, her sober living facility, and how she is using her education to propel her company forward, as a result of her training with Dr. Cali Estes, Kelly is able to offer more services and help more clients get treatment.  Kelly was elated with Dr. Cali Estes level of knowledge, ability to educate in a fun and enjoyable manner, and the ability to be connected to a family of like-minded people. Kelly describes The Addictions Academy classes as ‘enjoyable, powerful and entertaining’.

In The Addictions Academy review, Kelly discusses how she is now connected to the job board, network groups and the recovery coach locator to receive more clients. You can find more on the class HERE

If you want a great education, unparalleled wealth of knowledge and way to expand your education base, listen to The Addictions Academy review and the review of Dr. Cali Estes today.

 

Relapse and Overdose During the Pandemic. Why Reaching Out is More Important than Ever!

 

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Most of us knew that there would be negative consequences and circumstances surrounding addiction and relapse during this coronavirus pandemic and the mandatory lockdowns. Most of us, especially addiction professionals, knew that people would use drugs or relapse out of fear during this pandemic. We knew that people would use drugs or relapse out of boredom during this pandemic. And a lot of us were aware that people would use drugs and relapse due to anxiety caused by this pandemic.

So, as the first wave of lockdowns began to be lifted state by state, we are beginning to see the carnage left behind for those of us battling with addiction. Addicts are requesting addiction-related help at an alarmingly high rate as these lockdowns are lifted. Nationally Certified Professional Recovery Coaches are finally being asked to come back into homes to help those battling addiction.

But for some the help never came. The 21-year-old son of music Superstar, Melissa Etheridge, died from an opioid overdose during these lockdowns. 21-year-old Beckett Cypher, who has battled opioid addiction for multiple years of his short life, was found dead in his home last week. What could we have done differently to help this talented young man? Just because most businesses have been forced to shut things down during this pandemic, does not mean that the addiction is going to shut down and lock its doors. As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite. Most recovering drug addicts found it much harder to remain sober during this pandemic and its lockdowns.

The recovery community also lost one of its own as recovery coach and Recovery ambassador James Gooding relapsed during these lockdowns, after years of sobriety, he was found dead. James was someone who took his place in the recovery community profoundly serious and thrived while helping others achieve sobriety. He will be greatly missed as a person, coach and Recovery ambassador. Mr. Gooding’s relapse should show you that no one is untouchable when it comes to relapse.

As you can see we really need to be on high alert as these lockdowns are lifted and people began to insert themselves back into everyday life. This pandemic and these lockdowns have caused a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in people’s lives. This is a recipe for relapse when it comes to recovering drug addicts. So please contact us here at The Addictions Coach if you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction or the thought of relapse caused by this pandemic or these lockdowns. Our website is Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction and you can call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1