Dr. Cali Estes discusses Chris Cornell and Suicide. Musicians, Drugs, and Mental health


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Dr. Cali Estes discusses Chris Cornell and suicide.  Musicians, Drugs and Mental health  

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NFL Sober Coach: Painkillers and The NFL



A retired NFL offensive lineman who we will call Kyle remembers the plane rides home when he first came into the NFL, those hours spent folding his 6-foot-5 frame into an airline seat after a Sunday afternoon full of violent collisions with other 300-pound men. An offensive lineman for eight years with the Saints, Rams and Chiefs who retired after the 2007 season, Turley said it was commonplace to find comfort in the form of two Miller Lites. But the real relief, Turley said, would come when members of the Saints’ medical staff routinely handed out the prescription painkiller Vicodin on the flights home. The trainers and the doctors used to go down the aisle and say, ‘Who needs what?”  Kyle said that if you had something hurting and needed a painkiller to take the edge off so you could sleep that night, they made sure you had it.
A scientific study conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that retired NFL players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate of more than four times that of the general population. The study, co-funded by ESPN and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provides new evidence to suggest the roots of that misuse can be traced to the misuse of painkillers during players’ NFL careers. The research findings were published Jan. 28 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a peer-reviewed, scientific journal. When asked about their prescription painkiller use while playing in the NFL, 52 percent of the retired players surveyed said they used prescription pain medication. Of those users, 71 percent admitted misusing the drugs during their playing days and, of that same group, 63 percent said they obtained the pills from a non-medical source: a teammate, coach, trainer, family member, dealer or the Internet. “It tells me that there has to be more evaluation, more monitoring,” said Linda Cottler, a professor of epidemiology in Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry, who directed the research. “That’s a problem, I think, that only 37 percent got [prescription pain medications] exclusively from a doctor.”  Kyle, who now leads a country and rock-infused band, said pain medication was new to him when he arrived in the NFL.  “I never took a Vicodin in college, ever,” he said. “I didn’t even know what Vicodin was until I got to the NFL.”
Under pressure to perform on Sundays, Turley said, players routinely numb their NFL injuries with prescription painkillers and risk long-term debilitating injuries.
“I know guys that have bought thousands of pills,” Turley said. “Tons of guys would take Vicodin before a game.” Kyle said one physician outside the NFL’s network of doctors — he would not identify the individual by name — once offered to sell him a bag of 10,000 Vicodin. The going rate, Turley recalled, was $3 per pill. He said he didn’t make the purchase. “Everybody has a guy,” Turley said.
The NFL has had a few high-profile cases involving painkillers. In April 2008, New England Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur was pulled over for speeding in Whitestown, N.Y., while driving back to his home in Massachusetts.  The officer noted in a police report that Kaczur appeared “extremely nervous.” The officer said he found a “Ziploc baggie” in the center console, containing four pills, later discovered to be the prescription painkiller Percocet. When he continued searching  the officer found another “Ziploc baggie” in Kaczur’s sweatshirt pocket containing 202 OxyContin pills, according to the report. Kaczur was cited for criminal possession of a controlled substance and speeding. According to court documents, Kaczur told police he’d obtained the pills from a man named “Danny,” whom he met at a Boston-area bar months earlier. At that time, Kaczur was coming off a career year. He’d started 15 games at right tackle the previous season and was part of a Patriots offensive line that allowed just 21 sacks, the fewest for the franchise in 30 years. Faced with an embarrassing criminal case involving illegally obtained prescription painkillers, Kaczur cut a deal, offering to wear a recording device to help investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration arrest his dealer, “Danny,” in exchange for a lighter penalty. “Danny” was Daniel Ekasala. According to a DEA report, Kaczur met Ekasala in November 2007. For nearly six months, according to court documents, Kaczur purchased “approximately one hundred 80mg OxyContin pills every three or four days from [Ekasala].” In a sentencing memorandum he filed as part of the federal court case, Ekasala’s Boston-based attorney, Bernard Grossberg, wrote: “The Confidential Source [Kaczur] befriended the defendant [Ekasala] and implored him to furnish Oxycodone with the explanation that it was widely used in the NFL and that players, especially interior linemen, needed the painkillers in order to endure the injuries they suffered and in order to continue to play.” Kaczur, who finished this past NFL season on injured reserve due to a back injury, declined to comment to ESPN, as did the Patriots. Ekasala, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 42 months in prison, declined to comment to ESPN for this report when reached at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, N.J.
In March 2009, former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Sam Rayburn sent two men into separate pharmacies in his hometown of Chickasha, Okla., with prescriptions Rayburn had stolen from a doctor’s office and forged. When a suspicious pharmacist called police, Rayburn was arrested on two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud. He faced 20 years in prison if convicted. Rayburn, who pleaded guilty, spoke in detail to “Outside the Lines” about his painkiller addiction, which he said stemmed from NFL-related injuries and at its peak involved consuming more than 100 Percocet pills a day. He avoided prison time by going to court-ordered drug counseling and by submitting to 18 months of drug tests. “I think if I would have given it another two or three months, it probably would have killed me,” Rayburn said of his addiction. “I don’t have any doubts whatsoever that it would have turned into a death situation, because I didn’t see any way of slowing down.”
Last May, former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was arrested by Redondo Beach, Calif., police and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. Police say Ellison was found in his car in the middle of the afternoon with 100 Vicodin, which he allegedly obtained without a prescription. He was released on a $10,000 bond and has since pleaded not guilty. His case is pending. Ellison and his agent, Jerome Stanley, both declined to comment to ESPN, but Stanley did tell The San Diego Union-Tribune that Ellison “thought it was a good idea to get enough pain killers to last the season. They were for him to use because of his knee surgery.”  In a prepared statement, the Chargers said no one on the team’s medical staff ever provided Vicodin to Ellison.
So as you can see, it is story after story after story and arrest after arrest. The names change but the story and the path remain extremely familiar. What needs to be done in the NFL to fix this epidemic? Some NFL players are asking for the league to stop punishing players for using marijuana for pain. Is this a solution? We here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction would love to hear what you think! Also, if you know of anyone who is struggling with any addiction call us at 1-800-706-0318 for help.

The Addictions Coach: Portugal…16 years later, has Decriminalization of Drugs Worked?

Portugal…16 years later, has decriminalization of drugs worked?


In the year 2001, the country of Portugal decriminalized all drugs. This means that getting caught with heroin, cocaine, weed, pills, etc. was still illegal, but the punishment was only a fine or maybe some community service work. The idea behind this move was to take away the “criminal” stigma associated with drug addicts and give them purpose in life.

Let’s take a minute and look at some of the statistics from this country since the year that the decriminalization was implemented and then let you, the public, express your thoughts on how you feel about decriminalization itself and how you feel about the job the country of Portugal did on this matter.

One of the first stats that jumps out at us is that since 2001 and the decriminalization there is now only 3 overdose deaths per every 1 million residents. Comparable in other countries like the 10.2 per million in The Netherlands to the 44.6 per million in the UK. It goes all the way up to 126.3 per million in Estonia and the world average is 17.6 per million. So you can see that Portugal is way under the world average and on the extremely low side of the scale.

Here is a stat that really rings loud for us here in the U.S. The use of synthetic drugs such as bath salts is almost non-existent and it is the lowest in the world. There is no synthetic drug problem in Portugal. This is a direct result of people not even considering these fake drugs because the real thing is easily accessible all over the country. We here in the U.S. know first hand just how dangerous these synthetic drugs can be.

And the third major stat that jumps out at us is that HIV infections are the second lowest in the world. Second only to Romania. This is a direct result of the lack of sharing dirty needles. People can get clean needles wherever and whenever they want. There is absolutely no need to use a dirty needle. Now, just think of the positive outcomes that the lack of a disease like HIV has on the healthcare system in Portugal. That is a different discussion for a different time.

Of course like everything in life, there are pros and cons to this situation. We here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction stay open-minded to these different situations and would love to hear your thoughts on the decriminalization that took place in Portugal and the direct results that have taken place since. Also, if you know of someone who is struggling with any addiction, contact us here at 1-800-706-0318

Don’t Miss a Thing! Here is the Schedule of Sessions for THE ADDICTION BREAKTHROUGH SUMMIT

Don’t Miss a Thing!  Here is  the Schedule of Sessions for THE ADDICTION BREAKTHROUGH SUMMIT!

Schedule of Sessions

Here’s a quick look at our presentation schedule:

Tuesday, May 23

  • Dr. Cali Estes on Patient Brokering
  • Wes Geer on Music Strategies in Recovery
  • Dr. Melody Smith on Hypnosis
  • Randy Grimes on Athletes in Addiction & Family Recovery Success
  • Peggy Sweeney on Grief and PTSD

Wednesday, May 24

  • Dr. Doug Weiss on Sex & Love Addiction
  • Scott Strode on Sober, Active Communities
  • Dr. Vera Tarman on Sugar Addiction & Treatment
  • Dr. Arthur Trotzky on Online Group Therapy
  • Amanda Ingram on Animal Assisted Treatment
  • Dani La Barrie on Customized Clinical Programming

Thursday, May 25

  • Dr. Robb Kelly on How to Achieve a 98.5% Success Rate
  • Holland Haiis on Screen Addiction & Staying Connected
  • Mark G. Astor on Legal Issues in Recovery
  • ChristineRenee on Reiki & Meditation Healing
  • Don Prince on PTSD & Recovery Coaching for First Responders

Special: Facebook Live Session with Dr. Cali Estes & James Healy – 8:00 pm EST

Friday, May 26

  • Katie Donovan on Family & Parent Recovery Strategies
  • Paul Churchill on Recovery Podcasting & Online Communities
  • Sunshine Heldstab on Limiting Beliefs & Shifting The Mindset
  • Grant Hanson on Recovery Unplugged & Therapy with Music
  • Deb Perkins on Sober Living & Transition Houses

Saturday, May 27

  • Dr. Dawson Chuch on Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Boris Schaak on Sober Fitness
  • Ginger Berkelhamer on Relationships in Recovery
  • Rob Lohman on Intervention & Sober Coaching
  • Dylan Lundgren on Experience Facilitation & Holistic Treatment

As you can see, we’re going to cover a wealth of fascinating topics with some incredible speakers.

Each interview will be available for 48 hours.


Dr. Cali Estes Helps You Move From Stuck to Success with Business Success Coaching

Business Success Coaching

So you started your dream business but your confidence is faltering, or maybe fear is holding you back from even starting that business! Dr. Cali Estes is here to help you move from Stuck to 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.

Do you know what ‘keys’ you need to achieve success? Do you know how to ‘unlock’ the bliss and success you crave? Dr. Cali Estes will assist you in opening up new doors and pathways to success. She will assist you in creating the positive mindset necessary to focus on money making, happiness, bliss and emotional freedom. Unlocking your stuck points in both personal and business matters will create the ability to let happiness and business success flow.

Learn more about the Business Success Coaching program

The Addictions Coach Asks: Are You Addicted to Social Media?


Are You Addicted to Social Media?

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It’s 2017.  You and just about every person that you know has Facebook.  About half the people you know have Instagram, and about 20 percent of the people you know have Twitter.  Social media has been the number one source of communication worldwide for years.  Being able to talk to someone on the other side of the world instantly is truly an incredible asset to our society, however, as with most things, it can be addicting.  Here are 5 signs you are addicted to social media.

  1. Missing out on conversations with people around you. Whether it’s a family gathering, dinner with friends, or during an important business meeting, if you find yourself escaping reality for a short amount of time, using Facebook or other social media sites to do it, you might be addicted to social media.
  2. Staying up too late. Do you stay up way past your intended bed time to scroll through your news feed? This can be sign of social media addiction as well.
  3. Using social media while driving. If you use your cell phone to scroll on social media while you are driving, there may be a problem. You may be addicted to social media.
  4. You post just to get “likes”.  People who may be addicted to social media are obsessed with the amount of likes their posts accumulate. They post for attention, whether it be good or bad. They view attention as social standing, and thrive on it.
  5. The need to check your phone. If you feel compelled to check your phone and notifications constantly, there can be an addiction.

With all the new forms of social media being created every day, and people being connected more, it’s no surprise that people can develop an addiction to it. It can cause unmanageability in the work place, and at home. The obsession can cause someone to miss out on everyday occurrences and interactions with those around them.  It can cause you to miss an important detail at work, and make you lose focus. It can cost you money!

Living for likes, and the disengagement of personal interaction is a very real problem. To combat this, start slow.. commit to turn your phone off for certain periods of time throughout the day. Leave your phone in another room at dinner, or leave it in your desk at work. Instead of saying hello to someone over the internet, call that person and make plans to meet up and go for lunch.

Social media addiction is creating a generation of isolated people. Break the cycle! Commit to your friendships and personal interactions. Before you know it, you’ll move away from social media and find yourself in fulfilling relationships.

Visit The Addictions Coach or call 1.800.706.0318 to speak with a member of our elite team.

The Addictions Coach, Dr. Cali Estes and Bombproof Recovery Radio host, James Healy Present: The Addiction Breakthrough Summit!


The Addiction Breakthrough Summit Free Online Conference to Help Substance Abusers and Their Families Find a Successful Path to Freedom

The host of the Bombproof Recovery Radio Podcast, James Healy and Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, have gathered a group of experts who outline little-known ways addicts, alcoholics, and their families can take advantage of effective strategies.

Dr. Estes’ and Healy’s online conference, The Addiction Breakthrough Summit, is  May 23-27, 2017.

The Summit, available at no charge, is designed to help addicts, alcoholics, and others find a successful path to sobriety while restoring relationships and healthy lives.

The Addiction Breakthrough Summit will feature several luminaries in the world of Addiction Recovery treatment. These experts often utilize cutting-edge strategies to achieve high levels of success with their clients and patients.

“With so many people being affected by addiction in some way, we feel compelled to share our experience and knowledge. We also wanted to give a voice to the many world-class professionals who are successfully helping those in need, often with fresh and nontraditional methods.”

“If you don’t personally know someone who has been touched by addiction in some way, you’re likely living under a rock,” said Healy, the host of the popular podcast, Bombproof Recovery Radio.

Recently, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a first-of-its-kind report calling for “a cultural shift in how we think about addiction.”

“For far too long, too many in our country have viewed addiction as a moral failing,” Murthy said in the report. “It is a chronic illness that we must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.”

The report comes at a time of great concern about addiction and uncertainty about how the Trump administration will respond to it. Drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as a cause of death, in a surge driven by the opioid epidemic.

Prescription painkillers have killed more than 200,000 people since 1999 and their abuse has led to a resurgence in heroin addiction.

Even more alarming, with the focus on the astounding impacts of prescription painkiller and heroin addiction nationwide, the fact that alcohol related deaths are on the rise has slipped through the cracks.

A story in the Washington Post stated, “Alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data.”

Last year, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.

In 2014, there were 9.6 deaths from these alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people, an increase of 37 percent since 2002. This tally of alcohol-induced fatalities excludes deaths from drunk driving, other accidents, and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol.

If those numbers were included the annual toll of deaths directly or indirectly caused by alcohol would be closer to 90,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Cali Estes heads The Addictions Coach which is the nation’s premier recovery/sober and life coaching firm for addiction and mental health treatment.

She is also the founder of The Addictions Academy where she and her experienced faculty teach pioneering treatment techniques to other professionals.

Dr. Estes said, “We are hearing about this daily, celebrities and “Average Joe’s” are dying at astounding rates from something that is completely avoidable.”

“People can’t always get to treatment for a variety of reasons – finances, work, family, pets or school can often get in the way. So if we can save one life with the free Addiction Breakthrough Summit, we feel we have succeeded.”

For more information and to register for The Addiction Breakthrough Summit, please visit: http://addictionbreakthrough.com or call 406-414-6442.

For more information on Dr. Cali Estes, please visit https://theaddictionscoach.com and for information on James Healy and Bombproof Recovery, head to http://bombproofrecovery.com

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Dr. Cali Estes is a featured guest on The Cannabist TV Show

The Cannabist

Dr. Cali Estes is a featured guest on The Cannabist TV Show, discussing opiate addiction and how to combat the withdraw using Cannabis products.

Watch the show as Dr. Estes discusses:

•  Using cannabis in treating opioid dependence; concerns about potentially trading one addiction for another.

•  Marijuana use in American professional sports — only the NHL doesn’t test for THC — helping athletes recover in the off season with CBD and THC products alike.


Dr. Cali Estes: Ask the Expert! 4 Ways a Recovery Coach Can Benefit You!


Dr. Cali Estes: Ask the Expert! 4 Ways a Recovery Coach Can Benefit You!

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With the addiction epidemic running rampant throughout the country, people are beginning to exhaust their options for treatment and recovery. Most families that struggle with addiction believe their only option is in-patient treatment, but they lack the resources or information to expand their knowledge of how addiction can be overcome. Unfortunately, not many people know what a recovery coach is, or what they can do for you and your family. When looking for a recovery coach it is important to know what to look for, and how to choose the right one. Here are 4 ways a recovery coach can benefit you.

  1. Great Aftercare Solution. Most families that have an addict have sent their loved one to a treatment facility, only to have them come back out and continue using. Most treatment centers lack proper aftercare planning. Which means they discharge a client without giving them a good foundation after they return home. recovery coaches come to you, and are available when needed. They aren’t restricted by a clinical setting and can show you through their experience, how to recover.
  2. Proactive approach. The difference between a clinician/counselor/therapist and a recovery coach is recovery coaches meet the client where they are, and work towards a healthy future. A clinician/counselor/therapist primarily focuses on trauma and the past. Recovery coaches work great in conjunction with clinical services, but they also can be great resources on their own. Through action planning, and positive reinforcement, recovery coaches are an effective tool in helping someone into long-term recovery.
  3. Trying something different. Have you or your loved one tried treatment centers and IOP’s more than once with limited or no success? A recovery coach may be a good fit. Recovery Coaches are trained to show their clients a new perspective on recovery and a recovering way of life. They work diligently with their clients to help them transition into a completely new way of life. They can be an essential tool, when it seems that other resources aren’t working.
  4. Works on your terms. A recovery coach will “meet you where you are.” What that means is, a recovery coach isn’t restricted by a clinical setting. They can meet you at certain locations, at your home, or even go to events with you. Recovery Coaches use their personal experience, plus professional training to teach their clients a successful way to recover.

The field of Recovery Coaching has grown in recent years. With the traditional model of addiction treatment showing to become less effective, having a recovery coach can be an incredible resource for families who need them. They are very flexible when it comes to your schedule and it’s an affordable alternative to expensive treatment centers. If you or a loved one is in need of a Certified Recovery Coach, you can call The Addictions Coach at 1-800-706-0318, or visit our website at www.theaddictionscoach.com. Our coaches are leading in the country, and can help you or your loved one find recovery.

The Addictions Coach: What is The Blue Whale Suicide Challenge, Is it Making its Way Around the World?


What is the Blue Whale suicide challenge, how many deaths has the game been linked to in Russia and is it now in the UK?

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Tragic schoolgirl Yulia Konstantinova, 15, posted this picture of a blue whale on Instagram shortly before jumping to her death

excerpt from article By Gemma Mullin, published in The Sun


Cops fear vulnerable youngsters are being swayed to take their own lives through sick social media accounts.

BLUE Whale is a twisted suicide challenge that appears to goad vulnerable teens into killing themselves.

The dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 teen deaths in Russia and police in the UK have now started warning parents about the challenge.
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