“How One Person Can Change The World.”
Interview series with Stanley Bronstein on SuperChangeYourLife.com
Cali Estes, Founder of The Addictions Coach and The Addictions Academy was Stan’s guest on Tuesday, to talk about how she is shaking up the addictions recovery field. In the interview, Cali discusses what motivated her early on, and confesses that the addictions field was not where she saw herself working. (Hint: Think more along the lines of Clarice Starling in Silence of The Lambs).
Cali talks about her approach with clients as a combination of psychotherapy and coaching. Essentially, determine the root cause of the problem, process it, and then move on. Cali doesn’t dwell on the past with her clients, rather focuses on the present actions they need to take to change the behavior. Therapy shouldn’t take years to see a behavior change according to Cali, and actually tells her clients to “Fire me after six months. If there is no change after six months, I haven’t done my job.”
At the heart of the conversation is what Cali is doing differently in this industry. She makes clear her view that Addiction IS NOT a Disease, rather a coping mechanism for a multitude of other issues a person may be dealing with at the time an addiction starts. Rather than give it up to god, she feels the addict needs to take accountability, decide that they no longer like the way they feel, and determine what they are prepared to do to change the pattern. “Addicts need to be addicted to something and 12 step programs create dependency on the meetings.” Cali’s approach is Harm Reduction. No labels, no shame. The client simply says “I have a bad habit that I want to fix.” They have already made the decision on their own to change their behavior, and Cali guides them step-by-step. Each day they reduce the amount they use and then talk about how they are feeling. Rather quickly they will see results, and Cali teaches them to see that they won’t need to grab that bottle of wine or take those pills, because they will have the tools to cope with the emotional triggers in a much healthier way.
Cali is redefining the term therapy. Recovery coaching is about the whole person and not just the addiction. Cali is an innovator in the field and has created a certification program to teach others how to do what she does. She is approved by NAADAC and has taught courses all over the country. Whether you’re a person looking to “break a bad habit” or a professional looking for a cutting edge certification that will help you stand out in the field, Cali can get you where you want to go. Visit www.theaddictionscoach.com and www.theaddictionsacademy.com