What do I do after treatment?

What do I do after treatment?

So you have battled through your addiction and made it through treatment. Now what? So you ask yourself, “What do I do after treatment”? This is the point of no return for some recovering addicts. This is the point where so addicts think they have everything under control and that treatment was “good enough”. This is where some recovering addicts make the mistake of a lifetime and a lot of times it has deadly consequences! Recovery maintenance is extremel0y important after treatment and who you chose to help you is just as important. There are a lot of options for recovering addicts when it comes to aftercare so you need to assess your specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses before you make a choice on who helps you stay clean and sober.
We here at The Addictions Coach has the best aftercare programs in the addictions industry. Our success rates are predominantly higher than other aftercare programs and let me take a moment to explain why. The Addictions Coach has the only structured aftercare program in real time and its called Launch Pad and Launch Pad Express. Launch Pad and Launch Pad Express focuses on the issues that keep you at your “stuck point” in life. Its good for the classic individual who can’t deal with life on life’s terms. Launch Pad helps you focus on and achieve short term and long term goals in your new sober life. Launch Pad also helps you uncover hidden goals and passions in life that create a strong purpose and need for sobriety and focus. Launch Pad also focuses on nutrition and fitness so that you get your physical body on par with your mental and psychological body.
These are just a few of the focal points of The Addiction Coach’s aftercare program called Launch Pad. So do yourself the favor of a lifetime and head over to our website at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com or call 1-800-706-0318 and get all the information you need on our Launch Pad and Launch Pad Express programs to give your life after treatment the best possible chance for success. Remember, the difference between The Addictions Coach and other programs is that we tailor your care specifically to you and your strengths and weaknesses as well as your passions in life. Contact us today!

How do I get my loved one into treatment?

How do I get my loved one into treatment?

There are a few different steps in the entire recovery process from start to finish when it comes to ending an active addiction and maintaining sobriety. There is the step where the active addict realizes that their life is completely out of control and that they need to seek professional help. Then there is the step where one decides what type of help that they think is the best fit for their level or degree of addiction. These have a clinical term, we call it “Stages of Change”. Pre-Contemplation to Contemplation to actual Action can take a while, but sometimes it is quick and we have a window of opportunity to help the addicted loved one. Sometimes this Stage of Change wheel can be manipulated by utilizing a trained and certified Interventionist. Read on to see how we can help you.
There are two types of people who enter into some type of recovery based treatment or alternative to treatment. And those two types of people are those who voluntarily admit and realize that their life has become unmanageable and seek help or then there are those who need to be convinced to seek help. This group of addicts has blinders on. This group of addicts are “dancing on glass”. Never before has a decision meant “life or death” like this one and never before has a person’s decision had higher stakes. This is why a top certified interventionist is one of the most important people you can have on your team if you are offering a recovery based service or if you are an active addict yourself who needs a little convincing to seek help.
If you want to become a top certified Interventionist yourself, head over to our website and get information on our next class which is coming up on February 21-22. There are seats still available for our online webinar so get over to http://www.theaddictionsacademy.com to get all the info you will need. Also, call us 24/7 at 1-800-706-0318. And, as always, head over to the website’s testimonial page and watch the hundreds our testimonials from those who have used The Addictions Academy to change their lives for the better.

What drug is the most addictive?

What drug is the most addictive?

Wow, this is a very “loaded’ question. All recreational drugs are addictive in one way or another, but there is one that stands alone. Before we get there let’s examine why drugs are addictive. Let’s start with cocaine. Cocaine causes a chemical euphoric release in the brain which users want to feel over and over which becomes addictive in a behavioral sense. Cocaine addicts search for that euphoric release on a regular basis which, in turn, becomes addictive and interferes with their everyday lives in a negative way. However, cocaine is far from a physically addictive drug. It is more of a psychologically addictive drug, therefore making it easier to quit or get off of. Don’t confuse this with the fact that cocaine is harmless because it is far from harmless. The chase for the euphoric rush has ruined many lives.
Next, let’s look at alcohol. Alcohol is legal so it should be the least addictive or least harmful of all the recreational drugs, right? Not so fast. Alcohol does a high rate of damage to the body as far as drugs are concerned and alcohol becomes a physically addictive drug when abused at a high level. Have you ever seen a heavy drinker get the “shakes” when they can’t get a drink? Have you ever seen an alcoholic have seizures when deprived of alcohol? Well, trust me, this happens on a regular basis when alcoholics are deprived of alcohol. Some actually can hemorrhage and have strokes, which lead to death. Alcohol also destroys internal organs.
This brings us to the most addictive drug of them all. Of course, we haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to addictive drugs in between the drugs we have just discussed and the one we are about to discuss, but the most addictive drug of them all is heroin or opiates. Heroin and all opiates bind to the body’s natural pain receptors and shut down the body’s ability to produce natural painkillers because the receptors are reading that the pain receptors are already “numbing” or “killing” the body’s pain. Because of this, when the heroin addict or opiate addict is deprived of the drug and the existing opiates leave the brain’s receptors in about 24 hours there are no natural painkillers left since the brain has told the body to stop producing the natural painkillers. Remember, because of the heroin binding to the brain’s pain receptors this has caused the brain to stop producing natural pain killers. This sends the body into complete withdrawal. The addict has severe flu-like symptoms and this pushes the addict to go to any and all means to avoid that “sickness”. This makes heroin and all opiates the most addictive drug around.
Here at The Addictions Coach we have the nation’s top certified recovery coaches and sober coaches to help you if you kick heroin or any other opiate that you may be struggling with.
Head over to our website at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com to get information on all our programs available to help you with your addiction. Also, call us 24/7 at 1-800-706-0318 and as always, head over to our testimonial page to hear from hundreds of those who have used The Addictions Coach to change their lives for the better.

Why doesn’t Addiction Treatment Work?

Why doesn’t Addiction Treatment Work?

When we talk about standard twelve-step addiction treatment we usually focus on the failure rates. We focus on the AMA’s (those that leave against medical advice). We talk about overdoses and relapse. It is becoming rare to hear positive feedback in the addictions industry today when it comes to standardized addiction treatment. Why is this you ask? Why doesn’t addiction treatment work? Why are the success rates so low and the relapse and overdose rates so high with standardized addiction treatment? One main reason is the lack of one on one contact with the addict and his or her program. Addicts are vulnerable when seeking help and a lot of the time the addict is afraid to share certain topics in front of a group of people. And these topics may be imperative in helping them get clean and sober and stay clean and sober. Also, we go back to the old reasoning that what may work for one addict may not work for another addict. So group therapy doesn’t sink into some addicts minds. “Blanket Recovery” just doesn’t work for everyone.

This is why we here at The Addictions Coach have the highest success rates and sobriety rates in the addictions industry. We have the time and resources to evaluate each individual addict and taper a pathway to sobriety that is specific to his or her needs. The Addictions Coach has the Sober on Demand program where the top certified sober coach comes to the addict instead of the addict dropping everything to check into a residential rehab facility. The sober coach designs a specific method to get the client to sobriety depending on their level of needs. The Addiction Coach also has the Launch Pad program. This program helps the recovering addict get past his or her “stuck point” in life and helps them move past addiction and on to becoming a productive member of society while staying clean and sober. Please go to our website at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com or call us at 1-800-706-0318 to get information on all the services that we offer.

The days of inpatient stays in addition treatment are starting to decrease due to failure rates of the clients to stay sober post-treatment. We must find new methods and ways to engage our young people in recovery and plug them into a successful environment. Dr. Cali Estes and her team can help with their out of the box programs and ways of thinking.

Why does NA and AA not work?

Why does NA and AA not work?

Well, where do we start? Let’s start by saying that Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous has helped many people and saved lives. However, as times change some of NA and AA’s theories and practices seem outdated to many. And what about those who don’t believe in God or a ” Higher Power” but need a good successful program to help them extinguish their cycle of addiction? Where do they turn?  In today’s world addiction needs to be handled on a case by case basis. What might work for me may not work for you! Some addictions may qualify for harm reduction methods to get a person clean and sober and this type of treatment is considered “pure blasphemy” in NA and AA circles. So, in my opinion, NA and AA has zero flexibility. Its “their way or the highway” and in the recovery community and addictions industry there is “more than one way to skin a cat”.

Addiction is deadly serious and should be treated as such and all parties involved should be opened minded to any possible treatment and alternatives to treatment that would ultimately save an addicts life, not just the treatment that NA and AA feels are “the only way to sobriety”! The Addictions Coach and the Addictions Academy treats addicts in ALL successful alternatives to treatment options and trains their students in MANY different types of addiction modalities. The Addictions Coach evaluates each individual addict and can do an alternative to treatment on both sides of the recovery spectrum. For example, Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Coach has their Sober on Demand program where they bring the alternative to treatment to the addict, instead of the addict checking in to a residential rehab facility.

The Addiction Coach sends top certified sober coaches to the client and gives a level of attention warranted by the client’s intake evaluation. It could be a recovery based plan as simple as skype sessions or it could be attention as intense as live in 24/7 around the clock recovery-based care. The reason traditional treatment centers have failed is that their entire treatment program is based on the twelve-step model of abstinence. This model is called the Minnesota Model. Dr. Estes and her team have created a unique concept and alternative to the treatment called Sober on Demand and a unique aftercare program called Launch Pad. We believe that this type of flexibility gives the addict a greater chance of getting clean and sober and staying clean and sober. Please visit our website at theaddictionscoach.com or call us at 1-800-706-0318 to get information on ALL of our treatment options available.

How do I help my Addicted child?

How do I help my Addicted child?

Every loving parent may have to find themselves asking, “How do I help my addicted child?” This is a situation we would never want to be in but it is a situation that rears its ugly head way too often. First of all, we have to make sure we are transparent with everything and that we don’t just stick our heads in the sand and pretend everything is just peachy. Once we verify and establish that there is an addiction we need to get to the bottom of “why” our child is turning to drugs and/or alcohol. Some of us parents find that our kids are suffering from low self-esteem and low self-confidence which is caused, in turn, by not having the skills and tools to be a productive member of society. Feelings of inadequacy and feelings of not producing in society are one of the leading causes of young adults turning to drugs and alcohol.

Dr. Cali Estes and her team have created a unique 30 to 45 day aftercare intensive program that runs 9 to 15 hours per week to help our addicted children, LaunchPad can be a 45 day program or a 30 day XPress program that covers 5 distinct phases of life skills that are imperative to a child  creating a healthy lifestyle. These 5 Phases are implemented with our certified, credentialed staff over the course of our program and we are with you every step of the way.  Not only do we handle the addicted child but we involve you, the family as well. It is imperative that the family knows how to help the person and what to do and not to do in certain situations.

Our LaunchPad program has zero group therapy and is customized to the client. Dr. Cali Estes and her team get to the root cause of the ambivalence and the ‘stuck points’ to assist their clients in moving forward with their lives in a productive, happy and excited manner.  Creating a fun life that has meaning is the goal. We understand that drugs and alcohol are not the problems, it is the solution to your addicted child’s problems, We get to the root cause of the issues, solve them and help your addicted child become a happy, healthy productive member of society.  From creating a positive peer group, to understanding addiction, getting a job and moving forward, we can assist.

It is not just about the ability to create a life for themselves, but the ability to create a life that has meaning, joy and fulfillment. Dr. Estes and her certified and trained team instill self-empowerment to their clients, which inevitably leads them towards goal achievement.  Launchpad is the new solution.

How can I help my drug addicted child? 

How can I help my drug addicted child?

This seems to be another million dollar question! Those of us with children know the pain associated with having a child addicted to drugs and/or alcohol or even worse, having a child die from a drug overdose. So we ask emphatically, what can we do to help our drug addicted children. First and foremost we can listen to them and the signs that they are giving us. Our kids are individuals with individual hopes, dreams and aspirations, but with those hopes and dreams also come with individual problems, issues and hurdles. We may not always see eye to eye with our kids but we always need to listen to them and hear what they say. The reason I say this is because people abuse drugs for different reasons and there is no exception here when it comes to our children. So to be able to listen to our kids and hear what they are telling us during times of need and during the early stages in the cycle of addiction could play a major positive roll in our kid’s recovery process.

In our youth and in our kids early years self-esteem is very important and self-esteem can play a major role in whether or not our kids have the mental make up to stay away from drugs and/or alcohol or whether our kids have the tools to pick themselves up IF they were to get caught up in the crazy world of addiction. The Addictions Coach has a new program called LAUNCH PAD which focuses on young adults who seem to be stuck in “no man’s land” between childhood and productive adulthood. LAUNCH PAD is a program that gives young adults the skills to get off the couch and get into society’s workforce or get into some type of education program to gain the skills and knowledge to become a productive member of society. This, in turn, gives the young adult extreme confidence to continue the fight of his or her life if he or she has become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. It all starts with confidence and The Addiction Coach and its LAUNCH PAD Program are here for you to take full advantage on! Go to our website at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com or call 1-800-706-0318 to get all the information you need to get started fixing yourself and creating you clean and sober future! Also, click on our testimonial page and watch the hundreds of ex-clients and ex-students testify as to how The Addictions Coach and its programs changed their lives for the better!!

What is an Alternative to Drug treatment?

What is an Alternative to Drug treatment?

Is your world closing in on you from the cycle of addiction? Have you finally realized that you cannot go on living this insane lifestyle? It looks like it’s time to pay the piper and clean your life up and do away with this destructive lifestyle fueled by addiction. So what is stopping you from making the best decision of your life? I can answer that for you if you give me a moment of your time. What usually stops and actively using drug addict from reaching out for help and stopping the mad distractive cycle of drug addiction is the fear of losing everything in the process. People fear that if they check into a residential drug rehabilitation facility they will lose their job, the roof over their head and, quite possibly, their loved ones. And let me tell you that that fear is real because employers are not holding jobs for their employees for 60 days or 90 days of residential drug treatment. The electric company is not going to keep your lights on while you complete drug rehabilitation. And I am right there with you, who is going to put food in your children’s stomachs while you are 90 days deep into a residential rehabilitation program?

What if I told you there is a way to keep your job, keep the lights on and keep your finances in order so that your loved ones that you are responsible for can continue to eat while you seek help. Let me turn you on to sober coaching and Sober on Demand. First of all, sober coaching is quickly becoming the treatment path of choice for recovering drug addicts. The success rate for recovering addicts who have used sober coaches is far better than those who don’t. Sober coaches come to you, in your location, instead of you throwing your hands in the air and checking in to a drug rehabilitation program. After a careful evaluation, you would be paired with the perfect top certified sober coach. From that point on the certified sober coach will accompany you to job functions, social functions and family functions all the while teaching you spur of the moment and hands-on skills to produce at the best of your ability while becoming clean and sober and staying clean and sober. A sober coach can work with you through Skype a few hours a day or through 24/7 live in treatment where the sober coach never leaves your side for a certain period of time.

This all depends on the results of your evaluation. There is also SOBER ON DEMAND which is a great alternative to traditional drug and alcohol treatment. We can do in 5-8 hours what a drug and alcohol inpatient facility can do in 30 days. Sound different? It is and it works. Sober on Demand Coaches go on movie sets, cruises, sporting events, music tours and much more! At The Addictions Coach Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction 1 -800-706-0318 we offer both certified sober coaches and Sober On Demand So call us today to get information on all of our programs that we have to offer. Also, click on the website link above and watch the hundreds of testimonial videos from those who have used The Addictions Coach to change their lives for the better.

How do I find a sober companion?

How do I find a sober companion?

We are well aware that sober companions and the art of sober companionship is new in the addictions industry and recovery community, so it might be confusing for you on how to find the right certified sober companion. The way that The Addictions Coach works when it comes to certified sober companions is that once you, the struggling addict, decides for yourself that you want to hire a sober companion, you would then set up an evaluation session with Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Coach to pair you with the perfect nationally certified sober companion.

The Addictions Coach would match you with a pool of certified sober companions that pair nicely with your own strengths, hobbies, career path, spiritual likeness and lifestyle to name a few. From this pool of certified sober companions, you, the struggling addict, would then choose the sober companion that you feel the most comfortable with to begin your daily journey to sobriety.

Not every recovery based program offers sober companion programs so you would have to find a sober companion program by searching online. Most companies have only a few to choose from, usually only one in each city. So you just get dumped with the staff they have that is closest to you. We actually take the time to give you a full clinical assessment and determine who works best with you.

The Addictions Coach, based in Miami, has the largest and most successful; sober companion program in the industry and the success rates are phenomenal with The Addictions Coach. We take the “matching” process very serious and our success rates reflect this. So my advice to you on how to find a sober companion would be to contact The Addictions Coach at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com  or call them at 1-800-706-0318 to set up your evaluation to be paired with your perfect sober companion today.

Also take a few moments and head over to our testimonial page to watch the hundreds of testimonial videos of those who have used The Addictions Coach and their nationally certified sober companions to change their lives for the better!

What is the difference between a sponsor and a recovery coach?

What is the difference between a sponsor and a recovery coach?

Let’s start with what the two have in common. A sponsor is usually part of a twelve step recovery based program and the concept is that the sponsor is there for the recovering addict in the “tough” times and the times when relapse is a strong possibility. This is also true for the recovery coach. However, the recovery coach is way more involved in the struggling addict’s day to day structure and livelihood. The concept of the twelve step sponsor was basically for there to be someone on the other end of the phone in stressful times and times when relapse is on the mind of the struggling addict. The sponsor is there to help you work through your steps and attempt to remain clean and sober.

Now for what a recovery coach does.

The recovery coach is usually right there with the struggling addict walking through the tough times with them. Recovery coaches entrench themselves in the struggling addict’s life, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, spirituality and careers to give them the skills, tools and knowledge to get through each day. One of the biggest differences in recovery coaches and sponsors is the accountability level is much higher with the coach being right there with you. Plus once you hire a professional, you get professional level services. A sponsor is a peer and a free service. Sometimes it is damaged people helping damaged people, this will only get you so far. You will need to hire a professional.

Although the traditional twelve step sponsor works for some, the modern recovery coach is seeing much higher success rates in the recovery community. At The Addictions Coach http://www.theaddictionscoach.com we have the most successful nationally certified recovery coach program in the industry today. Our success rates are unmatched throughout the addictions industry and more and more struggling addicts are getting clean and sober and staying clean and sober by using our recovery coaching programs. We tailor the program specifically to the client and walk hand in hand towards a new life of sobriety.

Call us today at 1-800-706-0318