Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, exposes Xanax prescription drug abuse on NBC nightly news.
New York, New York May 23, 2012
Cali Estes exposed the hazards of over prescribing and using Xanax during her interview with Chris Glorioso of NBC Universal. Chris Glorioso interviewed Cali with her client, “Rob” about his addiction to Xanax and the inability for him to come off the drug safely. Glorioso reported that between 2004 and 2009, NYC emergency room visits increased by 50 percent.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine that is currently prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists for anxiety and General Anxiety Disorder. If taken as prescribed, the drug will lessen the systems of a panic attack and make the client feel calm and relaxed. The problem arises when the body adapts to the drug and needs more and more to produce the same relaxing results.
“I was totally addicted,” Rob said. “I was prescribed Xanax originally for anxiety and I had to keep taking more and more just to feel the original affect. It was crazy, I couldn’t get enough of the drug and I found myself stealing and buying more illegally just to feel normal again. I was using it at one point to lessen the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. I can’t believe how out of control it was. I ended up getting arrested to support my habit.”
Over 60 percent of clients at The Addictions Coach have been prescribed drugs and are having difficulties stopping the drugs. At The Addictions Coach, Cali specializes in working with clients that have a prescription drug abuse problem in addition to other drug addictions.
“Most of my clients use benzos in addition to other drugs like oxycodone, roxycodone or heroin to reduce the anxieties associated with those drugs,” Cali said. Years ago cocaine and heroin were number one drugs, now more people in Florida die in a day from those drugs then nationwide in a month. Those facts are scary.”
Cali’s multidimensional approach focuses on the underlying cause of the addiction and she approaches each client in a unique manner. Unlike traditional rehabilitation centers that convince the addict that they have a disease that is incurable and they must attend meetings, recite prayers and follow steps, Cali tailors her program to fit the client. By realizing that each client is unique and their pattern of addiction is unique with a root cause, Cali is able to address the addiction at the core and assist the addict in making the necessary changes and positive steps in their life.
“Cali has helped me enormously with my addictions to Xanax, opiates and heroin,” Rob said. “I had been to six rehabs and prison twice and could not stop. Cali has helped me by getting to the bottom of the reason that I use and she taught me new ways to learn how to cope in a normal lifestyle.”
Cali is more than a ‘sober coach’. She has a background in clinical and personality psychology, addictions and forensics. She can get to the root of the addiction quickly and work with the client in building a safe environment in which to make the changes necessary to live a productive lifestyle. Clients in addiction feel powerless, helpless and hopeless and need answers and ways to change their lives. Sometimes family and friends think that everyone should be able to have ‘just one drink’ at a function, but for some clients that is not what happens. That one drink turns them into an unmanageable individual that their family and friends cannot deal with. Taking a pill to ‘get through the day’ or ‘take the edge off’ eventually leads to a full blown addiction with the addict personality. Cali can address all these issues with both the family and the client and assist them in making the changes necessary to be happy and healthy.
“I am very intense and get to the root cause of the problem quickly,” Cali said. “A lot of clients started with honest intentions and went to the doctor for valid medical reasons, but ended up without knowing the right information or how addictive these drugs can be. I not only educate someone on the drugs but how to live without them and function without the crutch.”
Cali has consulted in 2 countries and frequently flies between South Florida, New York and Los Angeles to work with her clients. She has clients in the music industry, acting/film, modeling, CEO’s and frequent high stress jobs clients. She is available on an individual basis for clients, more intensive or for speaking engagements. She has accompanied clients to high risk situations like weddings, worked ‘on set’ of movie and film productions, worked directly with pro athletes, sat in on business meetings, been ‘on tour’ with musicians and even will work directly in the home of the client for a more intensive ‘rehab’ setting.
“I am available for individual sessions, long day sessions from 8-12 hours, weekly sessions on as a 30 day stay,” Cali said. “I handle drug, alcohol, food and assorted other addictions at the root cause and assist the client in realizing that a life free from addiction is possible.”
The Addictions Coach is based out of Miami Florida but services clients in all of South Florida, New York City and Los Angeles.