People Magazine: Can Cough Syrup Cause Murder? Dr. Cali Estes discusses.
Dr Cali Estes featured in People magazine discussing Triple C and the potential to commit murder on these drugs. AKA cough medicine. Read here.
People Magazine: Can Cough Syrup Cause Murder? Dr. Cali Estes discusses.
Dr Cali Estes featured in People magazine discussing Triple C and the potential to commit murder on these drugs. AKA cough medicine. Read here.
Addicts and their families look for help on the internet and this has made Google one of the largest referral sources for treating a disease that affects millions of Americans. But ad-driven searches have not always led patients to the best care.
But ad-driven searches have not always led patients to the best care.
September 19, 2017 /AuthorityNewsNetwork/ —
Drug addiction is rampant in the United States, and the business of rehab centers to treat the problem is booming. And when drug addicts and their families look for help, they often search on Google.
But prosecutors and mental health advocates have warned that in many cases, an online search will lead addicts to click on ads for rehab centers that are ill-equipped to help them or even endangering their lives.
Google acknowledged the problem this week and started restricting ads that come up when someone searches for addiction treatment on its site. “We found a number of misleading experiences among rehabilitation treatment centers that led to our decision,” Google spokeswoman Elisa Greene said in a statement on Thursday.
The restrictions will limit a common marketing tool used by the $35 billion addiction treatment business, affecting thousands of operators.
Treatment centers often rely on Google searches to attract patients from across the country. Their marketing strategy regularly includes buying an ad that will show up if someone searches for phrases like “drug treatment” or “alcohol rehab center.”
Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach and Founder of The Addictions Academy responded to the change, “This is powerful, Google is helping to clean up the addiction industry. The days of paid AdWords and Body Brokering are coming to an end, and fast.”
Google’s restrictions were applauded by health care officials, who have been calling for more ethical and medically based treatment.
“People don’t always know what good treatment is,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was surgeon general in the Obama Administration and published a report last year that warned of the nation’s addiction crisis. “I am glad Google took steps to prevent the spread of these false ads.”
But what about the legitimate centers that are caught in the crosshairs? Ad-driven searches, according to advocates and law enforcement officials, have not always led addicts and their families to the best care. In some cases, they have found that patients are being deceived, which Google acknowledged.
Explaining the need for more focus on referrals instead of purchased ads, Estes said, “This is an opportunity for treatment centers to train their staff on ethical patient referral and intake systems. This can help assure the addict and their families that they are receiving qualified help.”
Families and addicts seeking help are not always aware they are clicking on an ad when searching for assistance through the Google site.
Despite the rapid growth in the number of addiction cases, the treatment industry is a messy blend of upstart businesses and a few well-known providers.
What constitutes treatment is also all over the map, and unlike other serious illnesses where a physician would refer the patient for treatment, addicts and their families are left to look for help on the internet.
This has allowed Google to become one of the largest referral sources for treating a disease that affects millions. And the businesses, either legitimate or not, willing to the pay the most for ads are the ones most likely to appear on a search.
“Valid, authentic treatment centers and other reputable addiction recovery professionals need to find ways to help each other with quality, genuine referral systems,” says Dr. Estes.
“We’ve been training legit centers with our Call Center and Admissions course for some time, which focuses highly on the use of referral plans. It’s the best way for everyone to get the quality care they need.”
Learn more about alternative and effective referral strategies by visiting The Addictions Academy at https://theaddictionsacademy.com or calling them at (800) 706-0318.
Master These Body Language Techniques to Increase Confidence and Success
Dr. Cali Estes’ teaches her clients to – “Move From Stuck to SUCCESS”! Dr. Estes specializes in helping you get ‘unstuck’ and move forward with the goals and dreams you have in Life. 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 to focus on unleashing your potential, unlocking your passion and discovering your purpose in Life. Unlocking your stuck points in both personal and business matters will create the ability to let happiness and life success flow. Learn more here or call 1.800.706.0318 to talk with Dr. Estes today!
by Áine Cain, Business Insider Writer
Mirroring — aligning your body to match the position of whoever you’re speaking to — can be a tough skill to master. But doing it shows admiration and agreement, says Rosemary Haefner, the chief human-resources officer at CareerBuilder.
It can be hard to do this subtly, without looking like you’re mimicking or mocking someone, but it’s a good trick to employ if you’re trying to make a good impression.
Not everyone walks with confidence. Some of us shuffle through life with a slumping, awkward gait.
And it can be tough to change the way we walk. But if you take some steps to improve it, you can help to ensure that people don’t make snap judgments about your confidence, attractiveness, and trustworthiness, according to Scientific American.
It’s all in the eyes.
People with a shaky gaze often come across as anxious, distracted, or dishonest. It can be tough to master the skill of maintaining eye contact, since it’s an uncomfortable and unnatural thing for some people. But it’s a practice that can help you immensely in life.
Luckily, there are some simple techniques for maintaining better eye contact if you feel your stare isn’t cutting it.
In “How To Talk To Anyone,” the author and communication expert Leil Lowndes advises you should “pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner’s with sticky, warm taffy.”
Once you master this trick, you’ll immediately see an improvement in your face-to-face communications with others.
It’s hard to know what to do with your hands sometimes, especially if you’re a somewhat nervous person.
As a result, you might take to compulsively jamming them in your pockets or crossing your arms. Those moves are understandable, but they also project a somewhat negative image.
As Business Insider previously reported, it’s important to keep your hands visible, lest you look like you’re hiding something.
Invite people in and allow them to trust you by using more open body language. Avoid positions that make you appear defensive — even if that’s how you’re feeling.
Some people are just a bit twitchy — always drumming their fingers, tapping their feet, or twirling their hair. Some people are almost unnaturally still. The problem is that others may mistake that for dishonesty or fear.
That might be common knowledge, but Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst and an expert on body language who has worked with the FBI on unmasking signals of deception, previously told Business Insider that you should also watch out for people who are not moving at all.
“This may be a sign of the primitive neurological ‘fight,’ rather than the ‘flight,’ response, as the body positions and readies itself for possible confrontation,” Glass said. “When you speak and engage in normal conversation, it is natural to move your body around in subtle, relaxed, and, for the most part, unconscious movements. So if you observe a rigid, catatonic stance devoid of movement, it is often a huge warning sign that something is off.”
If you can strike a balance between swaying and stiffness, you’ll be able to make a better impression with others.
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Looking Yourself in the Mirror….How Guilt Contributes To Relapse
Well here you are on the other end of your drug or alcohol addiction.
I’m talking about the GOOD end.
The end where you are alive and not using anymore. So you made it, right?
Not so fast, my friend.
This is where the work really begins to keep you from relapsing and using drugs or alcohol again. There are all kinds of triggers that could influence you to pick up again. It could be stress, a tragic event, a death close to you. But, one of the most influential triggers that contribute heavily to relapse, is GUILT.
When we are using drugs or alcohol we are experts at “forgetting” all the hurt and destruction we caused while working hard to stay HIGH or DRUNK. We easily turn our heads from our family members crying, or friends hurting, or spouses walking away from relationships while we are using, because the drug takes us away and shields us from the negativity that we caused. The drugs or alcohol were always there to keep us occupied and keep us from looking ourselves in the mirror.
One of the most dangerous parts of getting clean and sober is the first few times we have to look ourselves in the mirror, completely clean and sober. We will suddenly remember all the pain we caused, the people we hurt and the relationships we destroyed. We might remember hurting our own children by letting them down and there will be no drugs or alcohol to “get you through” the pain. This is where we lose a lot of newly clean and sober people because the guilt is too much. They aren’t able to look themselves in the mirror.
People need to realize that this is the time where you need your support system the most. For twelve-steppers, you need to use your sponsors. And for those in treatment or using sober coaches, this is the time where you need your coaches and counselors to help you look into your mirror. The pain is a “warning sign” or a “reminder” to tell you that the situation that you are thinking through wasn’t the correct thing to do. It wasn’t the healthy way to act. And it was destructive to you and your life. Talking about your guilt can only help you work through your issues and make you stronger day by day.
It is IMPERATIVE that we all LOOK OURSELVES IN THE MIRROR when we clean up, but it’s just as IMPORTANT that we don’t do this alone. If you are new in your recovery and feelings of guilt are seemingly too much to bear, please contact us here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call us at 1-800-706-0318. You’ve come too far to throw it all away!
Suppose you are a C- Level Business Executive, a new company owner, or just trying to climb the ladder. In short, you aspire to be the best in your industry, but you are STUCK and not moving in the direction of 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.
Dr. Cali Estes gets to the root cause of ambivalence and ‘stuck points’. She will assist you in moving forward in a productive and excited manner. Ultimately, you will learn how to overcome perceived pressures such as time constraints, anxiety, responsibilities, etc. This will open up new channels of growth in personal matters, relationships and business. Imagine waking up excited to tackle a new day, while having ideas flowing, to create a successful life and business environment of your own.
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The Addictions Coach: Who uses more illegal drugs while driving….UBER drivers or taxi/limo divers?
When you get into a cab, limo, carpool or Uber, does it ever cross your mind whether your driver is impaired by illegal drugs? Are you safe when you get into one of these vehicles? Is there a chance your driver could nod out on Heroin with you in the back seat and unable to stop the vehicle?
These are probably questions that rarely cross your mind, if ever. Well, after these latest studies maybe they should be on your mind. If I asked you right now which form of transportation would you feel safer in, a taxi/limo or a rideshare type of transportation like carpools or Uber, what would your answer be? And why? Let’s dive into some of these latest studies and get to the bottom of which form of transportation gets high behind the wheel. The results might startle you!
Let’s first look at taxi/limo drivers. In 2016 Norton Medical performed 8830 random drug tests on a field of taxi drivers. Only 13 drivers tested positive for opiates. This is a rate of .0013% of all taxi drivers. So this is saying 1 in 644 taxi drivers are using heroin before you get into their car. I don’t know about you but I like those odds! Next, Norton Medical performed random drug screens on 1003 limo drivers. Only 5 Limo drivers tested positive for opiates which is .005% and 1 in 200 Limo drivers are using heroin or other opiates before you get into their elegant vehicles! So when it comes to the STATE REGULATED Taxi and Limo drivers their records are extremely good when it comes to random drug screening and every single one of the drivers who tested positive lost their jobs and license to drive and transport passengers for good. THEY ARE NOT GIVEN ANY LENIENCY OR SECOND CHANCES.
So now let’s look at the Uber drivers. We all know that Uber is the new big thing when it comes to convenient reliable transportation! We all LOVE Uber because we just push a button on our phone and “PRESTO” a nice car is there ready to take us to our destination. These cars we can choose and they are a far cry from the “stinky” smoke-filled yellow cans with the meter on the dash clicking dollar for dollar every few feet, it seems like. And Uber seems so safe with the whole “no cash” policy and we all know ahead of time how much our ride cost. But with all this positive feedback and convenience there is a dark side. And this dark side has the potential to be deadly under the wrong circumstances.
When Norton Medical tested Uber drivers the results were SHOCKING! Just in California alone Uber has over 160,000 drivers and none of them have to comply with the PUC regulations, state laws or national compliances that the taxi/limo drivers have to. These drug screens showed that 1 in 7 Uber drivers tested positive for heroin or opiates. That’s an alarming amount! So if you have taken Uber seven times with different drivers each time, statistics show that one of those drivers was high on heroin or opiates of some kind.
The only real prerequisite to becoming an Uber driver is that your car is 10 years old or newer. That’s it. So we have a bunch of new, pretty cars being driven by people high on heroin or other opiates! The trucking industry used to have loose laws and restrictions until too many fatal accidents caused change. So should we wait until an Uber driver nods out at an intersection with a family in the back? Or wait until an Uber driver nods out and slams into a concrete wall with your grandmother in the back seat, before we act? We need to act now! If you are an Uber driver with a drug problem or know of someone, please contact us here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction for help. You can also call us at 1-800-706-0318
We may have thought it was stressful during those many years of using drugs and alcohol. To us, it was stressful figuring out how we were going to scrape up our dope money for the day. Maybe it seemed stressful figuring out how we were going to get to our dope man. And don’t forget how stressful it may have seemed keeping all those lies in order and flowing correctly.
Well, if you thought that was stressful wait until “real, everyday life” punches you right in the face. For most of us it really wasn’t all that stressful during our drugging and drinking days. Usually we were putting our bills on someone else’s shoulders. Most times we were “flopping”on someone’s couch. For a lot of us, we had family members that we used as ATMs. So, we really didn’t experience a whole lot of real life stress like paying bills, putting clothes on our children’s backs or being there physically and emotionally for our spouses or loved ones. Even in the beginning phases of recovery it is relatively stress free because we are in a cozy rehab with food and shelter given to us.
Once we are done with rehab and it’s time to put our “big boy/girl” pants on it can be a recipe for disaster or relapse. It can be stressful or overwhelming for those of us new in recovery, to pay rent, utilities, child support, etc. Finances bring a lot of stress on all of us in life, so those in recovery have to manage finances very carefully.
For those of us in recovery with families, the every day stress of running a family can be overwhelming so we need to be careful with what we take on early in recovery. We don’t need to be Super Dad, Super Mom or Super Spouse right off the bat. Staying clean and sober is the most important thing in life for you.
Remember, stress is normal in life and we all experience it. We used to pick up drugs or alcohol when stressed in our using days but now we need to deal with stress in healthy ways. Exercise is a great stress relief. Find a gym and start a workout program. Exercise with your spouse or play sports with your children. Sex is also very healthy for stress. Reconnect with your spouse physically. Yoga is also a wonderful tool for stress and there are yoga studios on every corner it seems. These are just a few of the healthy tools that we can use for stress and these just scratch the surface, but one thing is for sure, if we don’t deal with our stress it will deal with us!
—Rob P. Baltimore, MD
We here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction have life skill classes and stress management classes to help deal with stress so please contact us or call us at 1-800-706-0318
ANGER….A Major Stumbling Block
There are so many stumbling blocks these days that contribute to struggling addicts using again. Sometimes they are tangible or materialistic and sometimes they are our actual emotions. One of the most destructive emotional stumbling blocks is ANGER.
Anger can be bred from one or a combination of issues such as hate, hurt, ego and insecurity to name a few and can be incredibly BLINDING to the struggling addict during problem solving issues. Someone on the verge of drinking or drugging again might never find their way to a solution to their problem or problems because anger keeps them from seeing the path around the issues and to the solution.
Anger is also extremely destructive because it festers in a person and keeps them STUCK on “the little things” that in the grand scheme of things don’t and won’t help solve the issue or issues that are causing the stress that has the addict on the verge of relapse.
Let’s “role play” for a minute or two here. Eric is a young man who is married to his soul mate, Lisa, and they have been together for a decade and know each other inside and out. Eric brings some baggage into the marriage with drug use and Lisa brings some baggage into the marriage with extreme anger issues. Whenever the two “disagree”, Anger is the dominant emotion that takes over the situation from start to finish and a solution is never reached even though it’s “right there” for the couple to see and use productively.
Angers brings yelling, name calling, and anxiety. Anger actually brings and causes MORE hurt than what the couple had to begin with when the disagreement started. Like we talked about in the beginning, Anger is usually rooted in hurt from past negative experiences so it’s extremely hard to refrain from being angry or participating in angry outbursts. It takes a ton of work and discipline to stay focused on the solutions to our problems rather than reach back into all of our anger and hate to temporarily “make ourselves feel justified or right” or, on the other hand, make our partner feel shame and hurt in a potential disagreement.
One of the biggest DOWNFALLS we here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction see with angry couples letting anger dictate the outcome of their disagreements is that they as individuals need to do more LISTENING and less TALKING when the other person is hurting. Listening really is a SKILL and more people need to master this skill. Please call us here at 1-800-706-0318 if you are struggling with anger management issues or know someone who is.
Drug Addicted Doctors On The Rise
We seem to put all the trust in the world into our family physicians and doctors. A lot of times we trust them with life or death situations with our physical well-being. What if I told you that an alarming number of doctors and physicians are drug addicts themselves, and to make matters worse, they are actually practicing medicine and operating on us while high on illegal drugs.
It is becoming more apparent that doctors are prone to drug and alcohol abuse. It is estimated that 8% to 10% of our general population is addicted to drugs, while 10% to 15% of our doctors or physicians are addicted to drugs. This is definitely alarming.
Much has been written and shared about physician burnout, depression and anxiety. Doctors are more than twice as likely as us to commit suicide because of the high stress and long hours that are now being worked. It is natural for us to reach for relief when stressed and its no different for doctors and physicians. And by the results of recent studies it is much easier for these doctors because they can easily get prescription medication.
Some studies show as much as 65% of all doctors abuse prescription medication. Now the most alarming side of this is that as a doctor or physician slips further and further into addiction they rarely seek help in fear of losing their jobs and financial security. Also doctors who abuse drugs are looked at more like they are committing a crime than abusing prescription drugs. This is another reason that they stay deep in the shadows of addiction. The sad part of this is that doctors do have a Health Network that helps doctors struggling with addiction and it is proven that when doctors do concede and enter rehab programs, they excel. They excel to a point of 60% to 75% success rate which is extremely high in the recovery world.
If you are a doctor or physician who is struggling with addiction or know someone who is please contact us at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction or call us at 1-800-706-0318
A Success Story as NASCAR driver gets reinstated after suspension for Heroin use.
This story is a few years old but it’s a “feelgood” story worth repeating. It’s a story that shows that hard work and dedication to a good solid program can help you overcome the odds and regain what drugs have taken from you.
Sometimes we take in and process the information when it’s a high-profile athlete or sports figure and that is exactly what this story involves. NASCAR driver Aaron Fike had it all. Aaron was moving up the ranks and driving well in both cars and trucks. He had a beautiful girlfriend and was on the fast track to becoming a household name in the NASCAR world, but it all came crashing down in one single afternoon.
In 2007, only seven days after finishing 5th in a major race in Memphis, Tennessee, Fike and his girlfriend were caught and arrested in an Ohio amusement park parking lot and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Four days later Fike was banned from NASCAR and forbidden to participate in any NASCAR event with no date set to be reinstated. This was a devastating blow to Fike but everyone understood just why NASCAR had to take this stance. NASCAR could not risk letting someone drive a car or truck at incredibly high rates of speed that could be high on heroin. This could not only put Fike in danger but this could also put other drivers, pit crews and even fans at risk as well.
After many years NASCAR announced that Fike could be reinstated and drive in NASCAR races again. They approved Fike’s “ROAD TO RECOVERY” program and acknowledged that he had successfully completed the program. Fike dedicated five years of his life into getting “well” and making sure that there were no more slip ups and that heroin was a thing of the past. At first no companies picked Fike back up to drive for them even though he had been reinstated by NASCAR. Fike may have volunteered too much information when he admitted to ESPN MAGAZINE that he often drove races while high on heroin. This didn’t sit well with car owners and they weren’t ready to take a chance on him. One thing that Fike’s honesty did do was change the testing policy by NASCAR for its drivers and this new policy netted four NASCAR drivers who were driving under the influence. They were also suspended and had to go down the same road as Fike.
A little later down the road Fike raced again in the NASCAR truck series but he never regained his stock car prestige, but he did regain his sobriety and regained his life. We here at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction work hand in hand with NASCAR drivers with drug or alcohol issues so don’t hesitate to call if your career is in jeopardy!
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