What is addiction to social media?

What is addiction to social media?

Addiction to social media has naturally skyrocketed in recent years due to people of all ages having smart phones. Social media addiction is when someone loses control of their life due to excessive time spent on social media.  Different types of social media addiction include addiction to Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Snapchat, Twitter and other types of webpages. Social media addiction includes the need to take excessive selfies, post various photos, tag yourself around locations and also an addiction to to “likes” and “shares.”

Checking Facebook and other social media sites multiple times a day will cause undress stress and frustration. When you realize that you have less likes and shares than expected, this can lead to low self-esteem, and anxiety. Constantly checking to see how much fun others are having can lead to depression and even isolation.

What is addiction to social media, though? Everyone uses it. Everyone interacts on the internet and communicates using social media. The reach to have human connection has been satisfied by the immediate gratification of utilization social media.  True addiction to social media lies when you can not put it down or turn it off and you actually get angry or sad when you are not able to access it.

All these things may seem harmless, but in the younger generation, internet presence is very important. Everything is done online today. This makes recovery from social media addiction exceptionally difficult. For typical addictions, complete abstinence is the recommendation. That obviously won’t work for internet and social media addiction.

Dr. Cali Estes is a leading expert on social media addiction and ways to overcome it. She works with her clients to teach them how to break free from the smartphones that are “glued” to their hands.

Harm reduction is the recommended solution to social media and internet addiction. What that means is that someone who suffers from social media addiction obviously can’t live their life with no cell phone. However, they can limit the amount of time they spend each day. Through harm reduction, people who struggle can find the reprieve they are looking for, and still enjoy the benefits of the internet. That be said, a coach is absolutely beneficial in this type of situation. With positive encouragement from a coach, one can transition into healthy internet usage. For more information on overcoming internet addiction, or if you think you may need a coach or a therapist, visit theaddictionscoach.com.

Anxiety Is A Contributing Factor To Addiction In Pro Athletes. Dr. Cali Estes Discusses on ESPN Philadelphia

Anxiety Is A Contributing Factor To Addiction In Pro Athletes. Dr. Cali Estes Discusses on ESPN Philadelphia



It is well known that Dr. Cali Estes, founder and creator of The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach  1-800-706-0318, has worked with pro athletes in all of the major pro sports. There are many different reasons and factors that play into why these pro athletes become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

They seem to have it all. They have fame, money and a great career but some seem to throw it all away.

One of the biggest reasons that seems to throw these pro athletes into the cycle of addiction is anxiety. They deal with the anxiety to perform at a high level at all times. They deal with financial anxiety after usually taking on way more than they are prepared to take on after getting their first contracts. Dr. Estes has zeroed in on these anxieties and so has ESPN Radio 610 out of Philadelphia.

ESPN invited Dr. Estes on their show last month to discuss these contributing factors to pro athlete’s addiction caused by anxiety. This interview was huge for Dr. Estes as she returned back to her home area of Philadelphia for the first time professionally.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the “Big 3” contributing factors in addiction so you will enjoy the following interview between Dr. Estes and ESPN RADIO PHILADELPHIA as they lay out the path these young pro athletes take as they try to deal with anxiety and their careers. Keep in mind that Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Coach have the best certified sober coaches. certified top interventionists and certified life coaches in the addictions industry to help work with these pro athletes to get their careers back on track or even save their careers if they have gotten to that point.

Call us today if you are a pro athlete struggling with anxiety or if you know of one who needs the help. Please watch the following interview between Dr. Cali Estes and ESPN RADIO 610 PHILADELPHIA.  Performance Anxiety – 610 ESPN

Can addiction be treated successfully?

Can addiction be treated successfully?

There are many different ways to treat addiction. The most traditional include inpatient rehab settings based on abstinence. These styles of treatment include inpatient residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and Intensive Outpoint (IOP). These settings are designed to remove the client from the natural habitat and give them some sobriety breaks from their addiction. Recently, these styles of treatment have come under scrutiny for cost and failure rates. The missing link with addiction being treated successfully is the aftercare and longevity of accountability piece of treatment. In patient treatment does not simulate real life and professionals are finding that people can do treatment well but not handle life’s issues well.

So, can addiction be treated successfully? If inpatient is failing, what is working? Well, different styles of treatment have started cropping up to treat addiction successfully with different levels of success. Individual therapy with recovery coaching seems to have a longer lasting impact in dealing with life scenarios and life goals. Assisting clients with discovering their true potential and what is causing the underlying issues can assist with successful treatment of addiction.

Adding brain health supplements that increase serotonin and dopamine will improve how a client feels (these are the happy chemicals) and reduce cravings which will organically reduce drugs and alcohol addictions. Restoring the body to health is also important and can include nutrition and fitness advice and exercise programs. Learning how food can be medicine is key to recovering from addictions.

Can addiction be treated successfully if the client does not want complete abstinence? Yes, clients can use medically assisted therapies (MAT) such as Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol to reduce cravings and increase brain functions. These can be managed, monitored and adjusted according to how well the client is doing in recovery.

How Serious is Technology Addiction? Dr. Cali Estes Discusses this Topic on KTLA.


How Serious is Technology Addiction? Dr. Cali Estes Discusses this Topic on KTLA.


Dr. Cali Estes, founder of The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach   1-800-706-0318, spent her Spring and Summer months bouncing between Miami and Los Angeles to appear on KTLA to discuss the many different faces of addiction itself and the deadly cycle of addiction.

One of the most fascinating topics she brought to our attention was our addiction to our smartphones.  Below is the link to Dr. Estes’ tv interview with KTLA in Los Angeles, to give you a glimpse of smartphone and technology addiction. And YES, people are hiring addiction coach specialists to help them moderate their smartphone usage in a constructive manner instead of a destructive manner.

People are just now starting to realize how the effects of social media play a role in our smartphone addiction. Dr. Estes discussed how families actually used top certified interventionists to help moderate their children’s smartphone usage much like a family drug intervention. Smartphone usage and social media usage ping the brain much like drugs and alcohol and we can become just as addicted to our phones as we can become addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, and gambling to name a few.

This news segment with Dr. Estes and KTLA dives into the topic of cross addiction with smartphones, technology and social media much like cross addiction with heroin, cocaine or alcohol. So we urge you to take a few minutes and watch this very informative video at the link below and watch as Dr. Estes explains how people of all ages are becoming addicted to their smartphones, social media and technology.

Also, if you know anyone who can’t function without their smartphone call us today as we here at The Addictions Coach are the best in the addictions industry in helping those who “can’t put the phone down’. Or maybe it is you yourself who can’t put it down! Whatever the case may be we are here to help! Please watch the following link as we dive right in to smartphone addiction.


Dr. Cali Estes is interviewed on the Self-Care Soother Podcast to discuss how we are becoming a nation of addicts to more than just drugs


Dr. Cali Estes is interviewed on the Self-Care Soother Podcast to discuss addiction, and how we are becoming a nation of addicts that are addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, technology, food and more.


Suzanne Falter The Self-Care Soother Podcast
“My interview with Cali Estes, an L.A.-based addiction coach, was eye opening. Because, yes, we really are becoming a nation of addicts. The numbers are all there. And they are sobering.

Whether it’s tech addiction, alcoholism, food addiction, or an addiction to shopping, we have succumbed to a lot of learned behaviors in 2018 that are just plain unhealthy. So our self-care depends on having a balanced, real conversation about this. 

Hence my desire to speak with Cali.” 


  • What addicts in our society are really addicted to  
  • Are we an addictive culture? 
  • The impact of satisfying our need for instant gratification 
  • Signs you could be addicted to social media 
  • Why our kids want to text more than talk 
  • How to know if you’re a tech addict 
  • Some ways to ease addictive behaviors around tech 
  • Tips for raising kids in a more healthy, balanced way 
  • Are there more addicts than ever? 

Dr. Cali Estes, NFL Sober Coach is LIVE on Air with 610 ESPN’s The Sunday School

Dr. Cali Estes, NFL Sober Coach is LIVE on Air with 610 ESPN’s The Sunday School

ESPNDr. Cali Estes is LIVE on 610 ESPN’s The Sunday School discussing performance anxiety.  A team of experts are on the broadcast discussing different aspects of life where performance anxiety may present itself, whether it’s due to school, sports, sex, etc.

Dr. Cali, the NFL Sober Coach, discusses what she’s seeing with pro athletes and the ways they are dealing with performance anxiety.

Click on the link to listen to the full podcast:


Dr. Cali Estes is featured in Insider Magazine, discussing how to support a partner in their sobriety

Dr. Cali Estes is featured in Insider Magazine, discussing how to support a partner in their sobriety


Join Insider Magazine as they interview Dr Cali Estes on what is needed to support a loved one that is trying to actively pursue sobriety.

9 ways to support a partner who is working on their sobriety


When someone you love is working on their sobriety, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to support your partner while still maintaining a healthy relationship with them in a way that helps them on their journey.

Here are some ways you can help to support your partner as they work on their sobriety — even if you’re not sober yourself.

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How Parents Can Help Their Teenagers Deal With Today’s Mental Health Issues. Guest post written by Stan Popovich


How Parents Can Help Their Teenagers Deal With Today’s Mental Health Issues

By: Stan Popovich

Being a teenager can be scary and stressful nowadays.  Many teenagers deal with the pressures of fitting in and saying “No” to drugs and alcohol. In addition, teenagers can be victims of bullying which can lead to depression and suicide. Many teenagers may suffer from depression, loneliness, or struggle with some undiagnosed mental health disorder such as Bipolar Disorder.

As a concerned parent, there are ways on how to help your teenager overcome these fear related issues.

 Here are six suggestions a parent should follow in helping their teens overcome the pressures of being a teenager in today’s stressful environment.

1. Talk To your teenager on a regular basis.One of the most important things a parent can do is to talk to their teenager about the current issues that they may be dealing with. Get into the habit of talking to your teen once a week about how they are doing.  Do not be a nag and bother your teenager with endless questions.  Two way communication with your teenager on a regular basis is very important in helping your teenager overcome their everyday issues.

2. Education is Key. Both parents and your teenager should schedule a one or two hour session with a mental health counselor to learn about how to deal with today’s mental health issues. The parents should be educated on the issues of bullying, suicide, addiction, and depression and should be knowledgeable on the signs a regular teen may show if they are dealing with these issues. Knowing what signs to look for when someone is struggling with bullying, depression, and other mental health issues can help prevent things from getting worse.

The teenager should be aware the options they can use to get the necessary help that is available if they experience and of these mental health issues. Every teen should be aware of the resources that are out there to help them and they should be aware of where to go for help. Remind your teenager that they are not alone and make sure they know how to get help for their problems.

3. Watch Out For Any Red Flags. Do Not Assume Anything. If you notice any changes in your teenager’s moods or behavior, do something about it by discussing these changes with your son or daughter. Do not assume that your teenager is going through some kind of phase or they will snap out of it. Talk to your teenager about your concerns and try to get to the bottom of why your teenager is acting differently than normal.

4. How To Encourage Your Teenager To Talk To You. Many teenagers are reluctant to talk to their parents about bullying, drugs and alcohol, and other related issues because they are afraid their parents will get angry and take it out on them. Some teenagers may think their parents may not care or that their parents won’t be able to understand their situation. With this in mind, encourage your teenager that they can come and talk to you about anything that is bothering them and that you won’t get angry or upset. Try to establish a sense of trust with your teenager and encourage them to come to you when they are struggling. 

5. Learn From Other Parents. It doesn’t hurt to talk to other parents and find out what they do to encourage their teenagers to talk with them. If you have trouble getting your teenager to open up to you, a parent can get advice from another parent or a professional to find out what they can do to improve. A parent can also ask their teenager and see what he or she has to say.  Regardless of what your teenager may tell you, do not get upset and start arguing with them. Listen to what your teenager has to say, and try to follow their advice.

6. See Things From Your Teenager’s Perspective. Many parents engage their teenagers from an adult’s perspective. Although this may be helpful, there are times that you need to talk to your teenager on their terms. Try to see things from your teenager’s perspective when dealing with their problems. Put yourself in their shoes and get an idea of what they may be going through.  If you have trouble relating to your teenager, talk to a school counselor or another professional who can give you some insights on what its like to be a teenager. Once you see things from your teenager’s perspective, you will be better able to get your teenager to open up to you.




Stan is the author of a popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear.” Stan’s book has received over 400 book reviews and offers a lot of free mental health advice on his website. For more information and some more helpful advice, visit Stan’s website at www.managingfear.com








Dr. Cali Estes featured on The Native Society, sharing insights into both her professional and personal life.





Join Dr. Cali Estes on The Native Society a Global Thought Leadership platform as she discusses her coaching methods, addiction services, and how she got started in the addiction industry.






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What do I do best?

I motivate people.  I work in the corporate sector with clients that have drug and alcohol problems. They can make millions of dollars, but can’t stop drinking. I work in the music sector with guys who have played to sold-out arenas but can’t stop putting a needle in their arm.  I help them with whatever barrier they can’t seen to break through, and are are stuck.  I have a model that I use for helping people go from stuck to successful.

What makes me the best version of myself?

My tenacity, my entrepreneurship, and my no-nonsense attitude.  In some relationships those traits could be considered problematic, but I have a ‘forging ahead’ and ‘let’s get it done’ attitude and I put myself out there whether people like me or not and I make things happen.  My tagline is “your opinion of me is none of my business”.

What are my aspirations?

When I was 14 years old, I had four goals on my bucket list.  I wanted to make one million dollars, by a car off the showroom floor, get a house by the beach, and find a real man.  I was able to achieve all four of those by the age of 35, lost them all and had to start over.  My aspirations now are to travel the world, have a good time and help as many people as I can.  My long-term goal is to open a no-kill shelter, and a treatment center and detox center that is free to anyone who cannot afford it.

My Biggest Success?

I have had six companies. My fourth one being a 4.1 million dollar company in its third year. I started that company sitting on my living room floor, using my Walmart computer, and turning over a plastic bin to use as a desk. My biggest successes are my companies.  The fact that I can take nothing and make it into something, help a lot of people and reach a lot of people, is a huge success.

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Dr. Cali Estes Discusses Reinventing Rehab for Real Life in Authority Magazine.



Female Disruptors: Dr. Cali Estes is reinventing rehab for real life

Erika Ashley | Award-winning success coach

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Cali Estes, the Celebrity Addictions Coach, founder of The Addictions Academy, and best selling author of “I Married a Junkie.” She is known as the disrupter in the Addictions Industry for having taken the rehab process out of the actual rehab setting.  Interview on  Authority magazine…