Scottish Football Association Coach in Trouble For Gambling

 

Scottish Football Association Coach in Trouble For Gambling

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While thinking of life’s major addictions like drugs and alcohol we sometimes forget of some of the other addictions that can ruin our lives just as much as drugs and alcohol. Other addictions such as sex, internet, social media and gambling addiction. And this was definitely on display as Scottish Football (Soccer) Association Coach Brian Rice broke the association’s rules on gambling.

He had been gambling heavy from 2015-2019 and the association handed down a 10 game suspension for his actions. Wow, ten games. That is NOT a lot compared to what American athletes and coaches have been handed down over time for gambling. Take Pete Rose, aka Charlie Hustle, for example. Pete Rose was the face of Major League Baseball for 2 decades while playing for and coaching for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.

Rose was a SURE BET for the Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame once he retired until very disturbing facts surfaced about Pete Rose. His gambling and much worse, his gambling on his own team. I’m sure I don’t have to go into much detail explaining to you what a huge problem Rose created by betting on his own team. Now you have to wonder, did he “throw” some of the games he played in or coached in to even out a debt or to cash in on a big bet? And by “throwing” a game in which he played or coached in I mean losing the game on purpose to win money.

Pete rose single-handedly destroyed the integrity of major-league baseball, his team and himself. It would appear that Scottish Soccer Coach Brian Rice didn’t let it get that far or maybe he was stopped before it got that far. Or now that I think about it, maybe he just didn’t get caught!

So as you can see, some of the less popular addictions, such as gambling, can have the same devastating consequences and outcome as drugs and alcohol addiction.  Gambling addiction can ruin someone financially. Gambling addiction can cause a person to shut down and alienate themselves while they immerse their life into the every day action of gambling. Winning and losing while gambling can have the same physiological affect on the brain as using drugs and alcohol. Winning a large sum of money while gambling can release the same endorphins and dopamine that drugs release. Gambling addiction can have the same psychological grasp on the brain that drugs do.  How many times have we heard a gambling addict say,” just one more game”, “I can win my money back” or “please lend me $100 so I can win my money back”? Sound familiar?  It does to me. It sounds just like the words that came out of my mouth when gambling.

—Brad (recovering gambling addict)

 

We here at The Addictions Coach specialize in helping those addicted to gambling or any other addiction at that. We have the addictions industry’s top nationally certified professional recovery coaches. They are highly-skilled and trained to help you or your loved one get clean and sober and stay clean and sober. You can contact us at our company website at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or by calling 1-800-706-0318. You can also click on the following link below to read the story about the Scottish soccer coach who almost lost his career over his gambling addiction.

Chris Foerster of the NFL did it, you too can Rebuild your Career and your Life with a Recovery Coach!

 

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I am sure that we all love a feel-good story, right? Well, if we have any shred of decency in our soul, then we love to hear about people getting a second chance after they completely messed up their professional and personal lives through using drugs, alcohol or any basic addiction. And this couldn’t be any more fitting than with the story of ex Miami Dolphins Coach, Chris Foerster.

For those of you unaware of the story, Chris Foerster was the Offensive Line Coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2017. Being completely impaired and under the influence of cocaine, Mr. Foerster videoed himself snorting cocaine and asking a female acquaintance to join him by letting him snort more cocaine off of her backside! This FaceTime video fell into the hands of his employer, the Miami Dolphins, and it blew up all over social media. In the video he seems to mock his employer by stating that he was “about to go into a meeting with coaches and players”. This angered the league and the Miami Dolphins, and Chris Foerster ended up losing his high six-figure job over his addiction.

For a lot of people, this is where the story and the addiction would begin to head in a complete downward spiral while his proverbial wheels would begin to come off his entire life.  But not for Chris Foerster.  Chris began to reach out immediately upon his firing to get the help of a nationally certified professional recovery coach and he began taking the steps that the league placed in front of him to not only regain his employment, but his integrity and sobriety.

Chris was turned down from many different teams that wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. He excepted that and moved on and kept searching for an opportunity, no matter how big or how small, so that he could begin rebuilding his professional career that had been taken from him due to his poor decision making skills.  After being turned down by many NFL teams, the San Francisco 49ers and their coaching staff, agreed to give Chris Foerster his second chance.

He not only repaid them being a great hire by staying sober and being professional, but he helped get the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl.  Yes, in less than two calendar years, Chris Foerster went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs and has been able to remain clean and sober to this day.

This is a prime example of someone who came so close to losing it all but was able to reach out and ask for help from a nationally certified professional recovery coach and then do the groundwork that was laid in front of him to get clean and sober and stay clean and sober.

We here at The Addictions Coach have assisted many professional athletes and coaches who let addiction derail them from their life long dreams. Our top nationally certified professional recovery coaches are the highest skilled coaches in the industry today and are here to assist you with all your addiction related needs. You can contact us through our company website at NFLsobercoach.com or call our elite team at 1.800.706.0318 ext 2

Recovery Speakers podcast hosts Dr. Cali Estes to discuss all she does in the addictions field.

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Recovery Speakers podcast hosted Dr. Cali Estes to discuss her work in the addiction space, how she has helped countless individuals with her signature Sober on Demand program and how she is the founder of the largest addiction studies academy in the globe, The Addictions Academy.
This is the Seventh Episode of the Recovery Speakers Podcast. On this episode, Krissi interviews Dr. Cali Estes. They discuss all of the great work that Cali is doing in the recovery field! Have a listen to learn more about Cali and also check her out at https://theaddictionscoach.com/dr-cali-estes/

Dr. Cali and Tim Estes are guests on Nod Squad to discuss addiction, rehab, and I Married A Junkie.

 

Nod Squad

Join Dr. Cali Estes and her husband, Tim Estes as they hop on the Nod Squad to discuss addiction, rehab and all things, I Married a Junkie related.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2vutz-d0e8ca?utm_campaign=u_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=u_share

Tim & Dr. Cali Estes come on to talk about their best selling book “I Married a Junkie,” the specific tools she practices for her recovering clients and the importance of diet & exercise when targeting specific dug addictions. More information about Dr. Cali Estes can be found at caliestes.com/ and to inquire about the services she offers please check out theaddictionscoach.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions From The Methadone Clinic: Addiction Does Not Care Who You Are

 

So recently, I have started this informative and slightly entertaining blog called “Confessions From The Methadone Clinic”.

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Yes, I am a recovering heroin addict, and yes, I go to a methadone clinic every morning to dose, so that I don’t go into opiate withdrawal or use heroin…or both.  For those of you who have never been inside a methadone clinic, you may have a vividly wild imaginative idea of what it would look like inside those walls. You may envision complete chaos. Or you may envision scenes from Zombieland, as hundreds of creatures minutes from death stagger to their dosing window.

Well, as a daily visitor to the methadone clinic, I can tell you that it’s very different than those descriptions. Granted, today I did have a wild-eyed homeless man, covered in dirt , sit beside me begging for a smoke. I politely told him that I didn’t smoke and that if he couldn’t afford his own smokes he should probably consider quitting. But besides the dirty, homeless man, the methadone clinic is full of normal people.

People that you would never know are opiate addicts. At my clinic there is a nurse. She confided in me that she is close to retirement and worried that her retirement and pension could be negatively affected if they find out about the clinic due to her access to pain medication throughout the years. There is a school teacher at our clinic who doses before she goes to school to teach children. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Should we applaud her for seeking help or “down” her for being around our children under the influence of an opiate?

I see two young college kids, obviously a couple, coming in together before class every morning. This shows me that sometimes a couple who used together can make it work by getting sober together. I see a very wealthy business owner who drives his $65K corvette to the clinic every day. He obviously has done well in life! We even have a general manager from a local grocery chain who doses each morning before he goes and runs a large store with a staff of over 100 people that he is generally responsible for.

All of these people from the dirty homeless man to the wealthy business owner with the corvette are basically the same person for those few minutes that we stare at the number board waiting for our number to be called to the dosing window. We all are exactly the same, as we need that morning dose to be able to function on a daily basis. So as you can see, addiction does not discriminate at all. It doesn’t care what you look like, where you came from, what you do for a living, or how much money you have.

—John

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We here at The Addictions Coach specialize in all addiction and recovery-based self-help methods and programs. We can have a nationally certified professional sober coach at you front door within 24 hours of you calling us at 1-800-706-0318. You can also check out our company website at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

The Top 4 Ways That Pets Help in Recovery 

 

The Top 4 Ways That Pets Help in Recovery
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We are definitely in the age of the service animal. Think about how many times you have seen a dog on an airplane. Back in the day we would mostly see blind people with a guide dog,  but now service animals come everywhere with us.  This brings me to the important path pet or animal companionship offers during our Recovery from our addictions.  So let’s look at the Top 4 ways in which pets help in our recovery from our addictions.

 

 

1) To Teach Us Discipline–  this is almost like a reverse psychology type of thing. As we discipline our pets and teach them right from wrong, we also embed into our psychological make up how important it is to be disciplined.  Teaching discipline, preaching discipline and being disciplined ourselves is the key to achieving all the goals we set out to achieve in life.

2) To Teach is Commitment– during our drug usage and many years of making horrible decisions, one key factor to our failure is due to our lack of commitment. Once we commit to taking responsibility for our pet it is a commitment with a lot riding on it. The life of an innocent and loving animal hangs in the balance of our commitment to always caring for and loving this animal. Soon after taking on our new pet, we will learn the value of commitment and it will stay with us through our sober life.
3) To Teach Us Responsibility– this next value is one that is especially true with those of us recovering from addiction that do not have children.  And this would be the value of responsibility. Taking on the responsibility of another life, whether it is a human or an animal is a big step and a sign that our lives as recovering drug addicts are starting to take shape and be productive.  Our pets look up to us for food, shelter, companionship and love!
4) To Teach Us How To Love– and all of these above bring us to the final value in bringing on a pet during our recovery from addiction and that is learning how to love and allowing our self to be loved. A majority of people don’t look at this as a two edged sword and think that it’s all about giving love.  However, it is just as important to learn how to be loved or except love in a healthy manner. Giving and excepting love from a pet definitely teaches us the value of love and companionship.
 So as you can see, bringing a pet into our life while we are recovering from our addictions is very valuable. However, we should not try to do this too soon, as we need to make sure that we are not putting the life of an innocent animal at risk because we aren’t ready ourselves to take on the responsibility. We here at  The Addictions Coach highly recommended and support the use of pets to further our recovery and teach us things about ourselves that me might not learn without the love of a pet. Please contact Us at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call us at 1-800-706-0318
To get information on all of our Recovery-based self-help programs and techniques to aid you and your journey towards a sober life! Contact us today!

The Addiction Podcast Welcomes Guests, Dr. Cali Estes and Tim Estes

 

estesJoin Dr. Cali Estes and husband, drummer Tim Estes, as they discuss Tim’s slide into the heroin abyss. You can also read more on them in the #1 Best Selling book, I Married a Junkie.

Dr. Cali Estes- I Married A Junkie- And Here is Our Story Today

Tim is now clean and sober with the help of Cali, and both are giving back to people in need. Here is their story.

ABC 10 Reports- To Save One Life: How to tackle food addiction

 

Join ABC Channel 10 in Ft. Lauderdale as they interview Dr. Cali Estes  and her student, Don Prince on food addiction. Not sure if you have a food addiction? Listen in and see if these criteria apply to you.

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To Save One Life: How to tackle food addiction

https://www.local10.com/health/2020/01/09/to-save-one-life-how-to-tackle-food-addiction/

 

Excerpt from article:

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – An increasing number of studies suggest food has highly addictive qualities that are just difficult to overcome. The need for food is a basic requirement for human survival, but it can also be abused.

Don Prince said that for years he has struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food. Addiction is a progressive condition when untreated.

“I just took for granted the health portion of my life,” Prince said. “It was more about having a stack of Oreo cookies with a glass of milk at 10 o’clock at night while I am watching TV in bed. I would justify the cookies … When you are bored, you stick your hand in the bag of Oreos and that’s when food addiction occurs.”

Dr. Cali Estes, a psychologist who specializes in addiction, is among the experts who believe sugar and flour, much like heroin and cocaine, activate dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain, and can affect those who are more susceptible to addiction.

Estes said the foods trigger pleasure sensors that prompt feelings of satisfaction. Similarly to drugs and alcohol, Estes said some people use these foods to suppress emotions.

“It’s a numbing out effect,” Estes said. “It’s a short window while you are eating it, or thinking about it, but it’s enough seratonin dopamine to make you happy for a short period.”

Transferring Our Drug Addiction Over To Junk Food Addiction

 

Join us February 6-7, 2020 to become a Nationally Certified Food Addictions Coach, if you are passionate about helping others steer clear of this overlooked transfer addiction! 

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You may be familiar with the addiction and recovery related word called “transferring”. Transferring is when we trade one addiction for another addiction. Some trade a heroin addiction for a cocaine addiction. Some trade a meth addiction for a sex addiction, etc.  There is one  transfer that gets overlooked a majority of the time, and that is when we transfer a drug addiction for a food addiction, or primarily a junk food addiction. I’m not quite sure why this transfer of unhealthy and deadly addictions gets overlooked as much as it does. Maybe it’s because food is obviously a legal substance and it’s a substance that is needed to survive. And when you combine these two circumstances it makes it easy for us as a society to overlook the addiction of food and junk food. Let’s look at some of the reasons why junk food can be, and is so addictive.

Eating unhealthy foods can be just as deadly as heroin, cocaine, meth or any deadly illegal substance. Let’s face it, most unhealthy foods are used as feel good foods to numb the same pain that we numb with illegal substances. Not to mention the fact that junk foods can lead to poor health, which in turn, can have the same devastating consequences on our bodies as drug addiction can. So here are a few reasons that junk food is an addiction that a lot of drug addicts transfer over to once they seem to have their actual drug addiction under control.

1. JUNK FOOD SERVES AS A COPING MECHANISM-just like any illegal addictive drug, junk food, or comfort food, can serve as a major coping mechanism which can develop into an addictive habit much like heroin, cocaine, and meth.
2. SWEETS HAVE ALMOST THE SAME CHEMICAL MAKE UP AS HEROIN-have you ever noticed that opiate addicts crave sugar? Heroin “pings” the brain much like heroin and other opiates due to its similar chemical make up.
3. JUNK FOOD RELEASES THE SAME ENDORPHINS AS OTHER DRUGS– certain junk foods and “feel good” food triggers the brain to release our natural feel good endorphins, the same as other drugs.
4. FOOD IS LEGAL AND A NECESSITY FOR US TO SURVIVE-one of the main reasons the transfer over to junk food addiction from drug addiction is so common is the fact that food is legal and a required substance that, we as humans, need in order to survive.
So as you can see it would be EASY to overlook the fact that food addiction is so commonly transferred over to from drug addiction. But it can also be just as deadly as a drug addiction. If you are transferring from a drug addiction over to a junk food addiction and need help please contact us here at The Addictions Coach  http://www.theaddictionscoach.con or by calling 1-800-706-0318. We are here waiting for you to reach out and ask us for help!

 

Five Things Parents Do Wrong In Dealing With Addict Children

 

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Every parent’s worst nightmare is to find out that your child is addicted to drugs or alcohol. This scenario would rank right up there with losing a child to tragedy and death. Parents are human and we all handle problems in our lives differently. Some parents bury their head in the sand and pretend like nothing is wrong, while other parents overbearingly try to handle the problem themselves without any training, skill or knowledge about addiction and recovery.

In the addiction industry and recovery community, there are highly-skilled professional coaches that are well-equipped to help parents with their addicted children and keep them from trying to do the job themselves. A job that they are not qualified to do.  Think about it like this, if you went to school to become an elementary school teacher you aren’t going to drive to the local airport and apply for a job as an airplane mechanic. You aren’t trained to repair airplanes. You aren’t skilled and you aren’t qualified to repair airplanes. You were trained to teach elementary school children and you need to leave the airplane repairs to those who are trained to do so. The same goes for recovery from addiction. Many people think they are skilled and qualified to help those suffering from addiction, but only those who have been carefully trained and are skilled in recovery-based methods need to be giving advice on recovery and helping those suffering from addiction. In this blog we are going to discuss the top five things that parents do wrong when dealing with their addicted children.

1. PARENTS BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND–  many parents turn the other way and bury their heads in the sand when they find out that their child is addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many parents find it too painful to deal with or they just don’t know how to deal with having an addictive child. So they turn a blind eye and act as if it’s not happening in hopes that it will fix itself. Of course, it never fixes itself.
2. PARENTS BLAME THEMSELVES-A lot of times we find that parents of addicted children blame themselves for their child’s addiction.  They start playing the “What if” game. “What if” I caused this mess. “What if” my parenting methods led to their addiction. This is definitely a counter productive way to help.
3. PARENTS BLAME THE CHILD– now let’s make one thing clear here.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with holding your child accountable for his or her actions during his or her addiction. And there is nothing wrong with keeping your child honest during his or her recovery. However, constantly placing the blame for your child’s addiction on them will only cause adverse reactions and hinder the recovery process.
4. PARENTS BECOME HELICOPTER PARENTS DURING THEIR CHILD’S ADDICTION– in a lot of cases, parents become helicopter parents during their child’s addiction. By this I mean that the parent steps in and tries to fix everything by stepping over their child’s personal boundary and doing everything for the child instead of allowing the child to work through his or her own issues that led to the addiction in the first place.
5. PARENTS BECOME EXPERT SOBER COACHES–  I am obviously being sarcastic here. Most parents deem themselves expert professional sober coaches overnight once they find out their child is addicted to drugs and alcohol. The parent may have had zero training in addiction and recovery-based methods, but they claim to hold the golden key to recovery. Usually this results in misguided information and  methods that only do the addicted child more harm. Please leave the sober coaching to the professionals!
 So as you can see, there are many different ways in which parents fail their addicted children and we need to be better educated and put our addicted children in the hands of highly-skilled and trained professional coaches. So if your child is dealing with a deadly addiction or you know someone who is please contact The Addictions Coach at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or by calling 1.800.706.0318 ext 1.