How To Help Students Cope With Addiction, As A Teacher. Guest post written by Freddie Tubbs


How To Help Students Cope With Addiction, As A Teacher


Do you have a student who is also an addict or recovering in your classroom? This can be difficult for any teacher. You want to help them, but students so rarely like to talk to their teachers.

Here are a few tips on how you could change that and help the student recover:


Build a good relationship

You can always start by being a present person in their lives. They need to feel comfortable around you to accept your help and this is where you can act. Start talking to them on occasion and don’t be pushy. If they don’t want to, they don’t have to talk to you.

You can even start talking about something completely unrelated to education or their addiction as a way to show that you are just there for them.


Be understanding

While school remains an important thing in the student who has addiction issues life, it’s not theirs or their parents’ priority. This is a very dangerous situation and the student needs all of the support that they can get.

If you are not interested in being there for them, at the very least you could help them by being understanding when they haven’t finished their work on time, learned a new lesson or you could extend the deadlines for them. Tell your coworkers to do the same. Even if you don’t do all of this, simply understand that education may not be nearly as important as keeping this student alive.


Offer a safe place

“Rather than being a person who just feels sorry for them – this is the last thing they need – be the person who will listen. Students with addiction issues are often alone and while most people sympathise with them, what they really need is someone who will empathise and just be there for them,” says Mike Bell, a mental health and psychology writer at Oxessays and Revieweal.

Don’t push them either. Pushing them will push them away from you. Let them talk to you in their own time. They are struggling with so much that they are not ready for anyone overstepping their boundaries.


Engage them in therapeutic writing

One of the best things that you could do as a teacher is allow your student who is struggling with addiction a place to vent and let go of all bad feelings. During some of your classes or after school if possible, suggest writing as a way to get better.

While this isn’t the thing that will save them, it will help them cope with their addiction. Suggest topics and prompts they can write about. Suggest some good reads as well since this can help them write better.

Here are some tools that can help you introduce writing into their lives:

  • Mywritingway and Academ advisor offer interesting writing guides that can help you get started with writing lessons with your student.
  • Academized is a freewriting tool which can help you with useful tips on how to do freewriting and how it can help your student feel better.
  • Bigassignmentsand Essay editing are writing blogs with helpful tips on both writing and helping people who are suffering from addiction.


Be a trusted person

There needs to be a lot of trust between you and your student. After you have already established a good relationship, you should build trust by allowing them to tell you things they are unable to share with anyone. Trust works both ways so it’s a good idea to tell them about some of your experiences related to their issues and help them draw conclusions from your stories. Your student will see that you trust them enough to share those stories so they will share theirs with you.

This is where the true test of trust comes in – you can’t share their stories with anyone, especially their parents, friends or anyone else in the school. Unless it’s really dangerous like them relapsing or someone bothering them, keep their secrets just for yourself. This is the only way you will retain that trust and get more insights into their world which will give you more opportunities to help them.


Set boundaries

Boundaries are really important in this case. For one, you have to let them know that if you notice any strange behavior, you will have to react, that you will have to talk to their parents if they even mention the relapse. You will have to report any problems.

These are just some examples but you can set your own rules for this situation. Just let them know what your boundaries are – but don’t scare them away.


Ask for help

“When in doubt, ask a professional. Talk to the school medical staff or their parents. Ask for help in building a relationship with the student or with helping them with education and so on. There are many people who should be in your circle if you need any assistance,” says Angela Mitt, an educator at Uktopwriters and Boomessays.


Helping a student with addiction certainly isn’t a part of your job. But if you have decided to help, this means that you care and that you are a good person. Be kind and remember just how important saving a life is.

Freddie Tubbs is a psychology writer at Australian Reviewer. He regularly takes part in online psychology events, and contributes posts to the Vault, Essayroo and Ukservicesreviewsblogs.

Bullying In The Addiction and Recovery Industry


When we think of bullying, we think of young school kids picking on innocent classmates to the point where the innocent child can no longer function regularly. Or we think of the playground bully who runs the playground through violence, while collecting weaker children’s lunch money.

The last place we would ever think that bullying and bullies exist would be in the recovery community, right? Well guess what? You would be dead wrong. Bullying is at an all time HIGH in the addictions industry and recovery community and we need to take a stand and weed these psychopathic bullies out and rid them from our recovery community where recovering addicts and those in the industry helping them should feel safe during the recovery process. 

We here at The AddictionsAcademy and TheAddictions Coach have witnessed this bullying firsthand and are committed to stopping it. We are seeing vigilante moms who feel their kids have been “wronged” while seeking drug treatment and feel they must take out the entire recovery industry. We are seeing competitors in the addictions industry illegally slandering each other to gain a financial edge over their counterparts to the point where good honest companies are suffering greatly and leaving addicts who are seeking help more confused about who is actually best for them and their recovery.

This madness has to stop! There is no place for bullying in the addictions industry and recovery community. Potential bullies need to think about what they are doing. They need to keep in mind that a lot of their actions are illegal and they could even be arrested from bullying. And those of us that are being bullied need to stand together and stand up strong to these bullies.There are many legal avenues that can be taken to stop this madness. If you are being bullied in the addictions industry and recovery community call us today at 1-800-706-0318.

UNPAUSE YOUR LIFE Podcast with guest, musician Jam Alker – Junkyard



Jam Alker – Junkyard

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My guest is the celebrated musician, Jam Alker. After touring and playing in a successful rock band, the rockstar lifestyle eventually caught up to him. Once he found heroin, Jam put his guitar down for over a decade. Eventually, after he came to the conclusion that drugs weren’t his problem, but only covering the real problem that was lying dormant, he started to make positive strides in the right direction. And his desire to play music came back.

Since then he has released a solo album, Sophrosyne. He is involved in the recovery community and continues to speak about and teach the positive properties of music. This interview with Jam is a great introduction to the subject of music for recovery purposes, as well as the life of a man who is recovering despite the desperation of hitting rock-bottom many years ago. Listen along.

A Musician First
Jam talks about how he was a musician first and foremost before he began to experiment with drugs. Music was a great outlet for expression; it did wonders for him. But as he states during the interview, “it worked until it didn’t.”

Growing up in his teens and wanting to devote his life to music, Jam had a limited understanding of what being a successful musician meant. Chasing the ‘rockstar’ persona, he admits that his addiction was always present, it was just manifesting itself in different ways: through his ego, his anger, and so forth.

To hear this segment in Jam’s own words, tune in.

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Explore Your Power Within! Dr. Cali Estes talks with the hosts of the Financial Transactions of the Future Economy Show



Dr. Cali Estes featured on the Financial Transactions of the Future Economy(TM) Show  with hosts The Our Shawn and Dali Kranzthor as they explore Using Your Power Within to Achieve Your Goals

Self-management will be a key to the future of success. How do you tap into your power to achieve those goals? What can you do to be more successful? Explore what we are seeing and what we need for the future and listen to Dr. Cali Estes, The Celebrity Addictions Coach, as she joins the conversation to discuss how to tap into your power within.


Bullying Is Rampant In The Addiction Industry



You would think that the LAST thing on the mind of those in recovery or working in the recovery industry would be BULLYING.

Love, support and human companionship is what makes sobriety and recovery work and it upsets me tremendously to tell you that bullying is at an all-time high today in the recovery community. People working in the recovery industry are attacking others in the industry for no reason. They are using social media to rip innocent and honest recovering addicts and recovery industry workers claiming to be “policing” the recovery community.

The Addictions Coach at Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction and the Addictions Academy at The Addictions Academy ® – 800-706-0318 – New York – LA – Miami have both been contacted recently by struggling recovering addicts who have relapsed due to the pressure of cyber bullies. These cyber bullies attack these struggling addicts sobriety, their programs and even their physical disabilities. It is sickening.

We have also been contacted by honest hardworking people in the recovery industry who are being attacked. Slander is at an all time high between competing recovery based companies only to hurt innocent companies and leave struggling addicts seeking help more and more confused. How sick and twisted is it that “ethical” recovery based companies will result to illegal slander to try to take a honest hardworking competitor out instead of good old fashioned hard work. I can answer that question. It’s because these recovery bullies haven’t stopped their junkie behavior. They may have stopped actively using but they still act as if they are full blown active users.

The Addictions Coach and Dr. Cali Estes are teaming up with those in the industry being bullied to start the industry’s first Anti-Bullying Task Force to weed out and expose the cyber bullies who are inflicting so much hurt and damage to the recovery community.  Please call us today at 1-800-706-0318 if your sobriety has been affected by cyber bullying or any type of bullying in the recovery community.

When It’s More Than Just A Lack Of Motivation; Helping Your Adult Child With Failure-To-Launch Syndrome

When It’s More Than Just A Lack Of Motivation; Helping Your Adult Child With Failure-To-Launch Syndrome

What do you do when your 20-something or 30-something adult child is still living with you, without contributing to any of the household chores, or expenses? They spend most of their time lying around the house, watching TV or playing video games, expecting you to continue caring for them the same way you did when they were an actual child!   What can you as parents do?  Read on to learn the best way to help your child go from dependent to self-reliant and Independent!  failure-to-launch

What Causes Failure to Launch? The answer is multifaceted and dependent on the individual client’s personal situation. Examples include but are not limited to: lack of coping skills and mechanisms, overly protective parents that tend to fix their child’s mistakes, influence from friends/peers, lack of resources and more. Dr. Cali Estes gets to the root cause of the issues, and solves the core problems, to create a new life for the Failure-to-Launch client.

“My approach to helping those struggling with Failure-to-Launch involves a process creating a new reality. A reality which is built around the client’s persona, abilities and passions. Simultaneously, I assist my client in learning accountability, maturity, patience and the ability to recognize healthy opportunities. My focus is on finding a long-term solution, using a highly integrative process, proven to be tremendously successful.”

Learn more about Failure to Launch Syndrome and how Dr. Cali Estes and her elite team can help you and your family!  Call to talk to our team today!  1.800.706.0318

Gifts of Sobriety. Guest post written by Cassidy Webb

Gifts of Sobriety

My name is Cassidy and I’m a recovered alcoholic and drug addict. To be recovered is to no longer suffer from a hopeless state of mind and body, meaning that I no longer struggle with the mental obsession to drink and drug to get through each moment of each day. This relief is more than I could’ve ever asked for.

In active addiction, I couldn’t get out of bed without putting a substance in my body. Even before the physical withdrawals set in, my mind would be obsessing over getting my next fix. I didn’t care about getting to work, paying my bills, or seeing my family because nothing was more important to me than my drugs. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t scrounge up enough mental strength to not get drunk or high.

Time and time again I would promise myself that I wouldn’t get high that day. I could never last more than an hour or two before I was mindlessly drinking or drugging once again. I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I saw others sitting at the bar, having a drink and leaving the second glass half full. It still astounds me to this day how normal people can drink half of a cocktail and throw the other half out. To me, that is wasteful. I can’t fathom wasting alcohol like that, because I am not normal. I am an addict and an alcoholic, and to me, there is always the desire for more.

Eventually, drugs and alcohol became too much for me to handle. I had lost everything in my life. I had no friends, I had nowhere safe to lay my head at night, I couldn’t maintain a job, and my family was convinced that I was going to die. I reached a point of emotional emptiness and became extremely suicidal, but couldn’t get the strength to kill myself.

I finally went to detox to clear my system of drugs and alcohol followed by three months of inpatient dual-diagnosis treatment. In treatment, I did group therapy where I learned how to build sober relationships with sober people, individual therapy where I worked through traumas of my past, and holistic therapy where I was introduced to yoga and meditation. Through the different tools and techniques I was taught in treatment, I was able to develop a sober, healthy lifestyle.

I use my relationships with sober people to learn from them. I can learn from their experience of what worked for them to keep them sober, as well as what did not. I learn from others experience so that I never have to use drugs or alcohol again. I have built these relationships on the basis of honesty and integrity. When I was in active addiction, my relationships were based on what I could get out of them. I was dishonest and manipulative, which only led me to loneliness and despair. Through genuine relationships, I have a sober support system that holds me accountable. Not only do they check up on me to make sure I am okay, but they listen and understand when I need somebody to talk to.

I have incorporated healthy habits into my lifestyle today. I regularly exercise, meditate, do yoga, and try my best to eat healthy. I didn’t care about my mental or physical health because drugs were the only thing that was important to me and I didn’t care if I lived or died. Today, I am grateful for the second chance that I have been given at life, so I take care of my mind and my body by using these healthy habits.

The biggest gifts I have experienced in sobriety is the trust and love I get to experience today. My family trusts me again, and I have the privilege of being an aunt to my two beautiful nieces. I get to be emotionally present to support my family when they struggle with health issues instead of running away to go get high. I get to help others get sober today, by telling them my story and guiding them in their journey to recovery. There is nothing more magical than watching a hopeless individual have the light come back on in their eyes and the color come back to their skin. I get to watch people recover today and live a life filled with love and joy.



Cassidy Webb is a 24 year old avid writer from South Florida.  She works for a digital marketing company that advocates spreading awareness on the disease of addiction. Her passion in life is to help others by sharing her experience, strength, and hope.

Anxiety Can Be One Of The Biggest Factors In Active Addiction


anxiety in addiction

Anxiety can be one of the biggest factors in active addiction. Our anxiety can continue to feed the deadly cycle of addiction that continues to take lives on a daily basis. What causes our anxiety? How can we overcome our anxieties to a point where they don’t dictate whether we pick up our drug of choice or have our drink of choice and start a daily cycle of usage that destroys our dreams and passions.

We here at The Addictions Coach  1-800-706-0318 specialize in recognizing and controlling our anxieties and helping you pinpoint what is feeding your anxiety. Once this is accomplished you can begin to heal and stop anxiety from feeding your addiction.

Anxiety has many faces in addiction. It can come in the form of low self-esteem or low self-confidence. It can come in the form of feeling that we don’t contribute in life. Anxiety can show its face in the form of not feeling comfortable in crowds of people. Whatever face your anxiety shows, it can be controlled and the elite team at The Addictions Coach has the tools to show you how to control your anxieties. Our professionally certified recovery coaches, top certified interventionists and certified life coaches all have the skill to help you with anxiety. Please contact us today to get control of your anxiety and begin to get a foot firmly rooted in sobriety.


UNPAUSE YOUR LIFE with guest Chellie Campbell – Financial Stress Reduction®


Chellie Campbell – Financial Stress Reduction®

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My guest, Chellie Campbell has helped countless people with her Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops and is the best-selling author of The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire, and From Worry to Wealthy.

In addition to her game-changing contributions to the financial industry, she is a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and was Los Angeles District SBA Women in Business Advocate. Chellie focuses on working with clients to provide a balance between taking a risk and being financially responsible; she promotes financial literacy for everyone.

This is just the tip of the iceberg though, listen along and soak up everything she has to say. Her advice is invaluable.


Dr. Cali Estes on KTLA: Her Story of Being Married to an Addict and the Signs You Need to Look For

Dr. Cali Estes on KTLA: Her Story of Being Married to an Addict and the Signs You Need to Look For.

5 signs your loved one could be an addict.Earlier this year Dr. Cali Estes, founder and creator of The Addictions Coach and The Addictions Academy and  1-800-706-0318, spent a lot of time traveling between L.A. and Miami joining Los Angeles’ #1 news and morning show KTLA talking about addiction and how to battle the deadly cycle of addiction.

On this video Dr. Estes and KTLA discuss the signs that you might see if your significant other is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. In fact Dr. Estes and her husband released their best selling book this year titled “I Married A Junkie” which tell their story of one of the addiction industry’s top experts and her own personal struggles as her husband battled heroin addiction. You can get a copy of this book online at or at

Dr. Estes and the KTLA crew discuss when it is time to hire a top certified interventionist to step in and help turn your spouse towards sobriety. They also discuss the importance of hiring a certified sober coach to walk step by step with your loved one to get them clean and sober and keep them clean and sober.

One of the biggest blows a solid relationship can have is when a husband or wife finds out that his or her spouse is leading a double life with drugs and alcohol. Dr. Estes, KTLA and the book “I Married A Junkie” give you the signs to watch out for, but more importantly it gives you hope that your relationship can have a happy ending as well if you do the work to battle addiction with every ounce of strength that you have. Please visit Dr. Estes’ two websites listed above to watch the hundreds of testimonial videos of those who have used Dr. Estes’ tools and skill to change their lives for the better and watch the following link from her visit with KTLA TV in Los Angeles as they discuss the signs of addiction. Here is the video link