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Seattle Sober Coach: All Eyes On Colorado and Washington after 1 Year Study From Legalizing Marijuana

 Seattle Sober Coach: All Eyes On Colorado and Washington after 1 Year Study From Legalizing Marijuana

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After a one year study, the state of Colorado has released some very surprising results pertaining to the effect the legalization of marijuana has had on the state and its economy. These results have blown the naysayer’s propaganda out of the water. First of all, overdoses and drug related offenses from other illegal drugs such as Heroin, Cocaine and Pain Medication has taken a dramatic dip.

One big concern from people opposed to legalizing marijuana was the fear of traffic fatalities due to impaired driving. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as statewide traffic fatalities have steadily declined overt he past 2 years.

Now concerning violent crime, the city of Denver saw a noticeable decline in 2014 and similar decline in 2013. The state has generated a tax revenue of 48 million with the fastest growing economy in the nation. Upwards of $8 million has been allocated to fund youth education and drug prevention efforts.  And the state is enjoying economic growth and the lowest unemployment rate in years which dispels the notion that people would become lazy.

Now on to the state of Washington, where we find similar positive results. First, Washington has collected nearly $83 million in marijuana tax revenues. These revenues are funding substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, youth and adult drug education, community health care services, and academic research and evaluation on the effects of marijuana legalization in the state. Filings for low-level marijuana offenses are down 98% for adults 21 and older. All categories of marijuana law violations are down 63% and marijuana-related convictions are down 81%. The state is now saving millions of dollars in law enforcement resources that were previously used to enforce marijuana laws.

Violent crime has decreased in Washington and other crime rates have remained stable since the passage of I-502. The number of traffic fatalities remained stable in the first year that adult possession was legalized and usage among the youth of Washington has not increased. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two U.S. states – and the first two jurisdictions in the world – to approve ending marijuana prohibition and legally regulating marijuana production, distribution and sales. In the 2014 election, Alaska and Oregon followed suit, while Washington D.C. passed a more limited measure that legalized possession and home cultivation of marijuana. You can bet that similar results will come from these new states individual studies. For more information on new treatment studies and practices that use marijuana to fight opiate addiction as well as other drugs, contact us here at www.theaddictionscoach.com

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food addictionsIn Food Addiction Coaching  we will explain the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships with food, how to spot a hidden eating disorder, what the difference between dieting and lifestyle choices are and how to deal with all of them as they present in your client. We address food addictions as both part of the addictive cycle and also independent of other addictions.

For most addicts, an addiction is addiction and food is no different. They complete substance abuse treatment and then begin abusing food and foodstuffs. They may over eat, binge eat, indulge in sugar and caffeine and gain weight. At the Addictions Academy we teach you how to handle the food addiction side when the monster of drugs and alcohol is tamed. We also teach to how to handle a food addiction that is independent of other addictions.

The Addictions Academy: Ten Secrets to Becoming an Expert Interventionist!

The Addictions Academy:  Ten Secrets to Becoming an Expert Interventionist!

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An interventionist is a highly skilled, well-trained professional. To be of maximum benefit to the chemical dependency and mental health fields an interventionist must become an expert in the art of successful interventions for those still sick and suffering and their families. The Addictions Academy of Miami, Florida offers an array of courses to prepare potential interventionists to become experts in their field. The following are the Academy’s ten top secrets to becoming an expert interventionist.

  1. To be the best, you need to be trained by the best!

Let’s be honest, if you don’t care who trains you as an interventionist, it’s a crap shoot as to your success in training and skills. You should do your research and find highly skilled professionals with years of experience in the field of interventions. The best instructors are not people who read books; they are professionals who have the experience in the field that can show you the different techniques to be successful. The Addictions Academy’s instructors have many years experience in the field and have had hundreds of successful interventions using different methods and techniques.

  1. An interventionist has to be prepared before they execute.

Successful interventionists plan out their interventions. An intervention should never be rushed or spontaneous; it should be carefully planned out usually at least a week from the original call. The interventionist’s transportation, and lodging, needs to be set up, as well as the date, time, and location of the intervention.   A contract needs to be sent to the client, a deposit sent from the client, and a pre-intervention plan set up. The interventionist also needs to have a good idea of appropriate treatment facilities for the client and an escort plan to transport the client to the facility chosen. Successful interventions are well planned and thought out in advance.

  1. Don’t trust what you hear; trust what you see!

Often family members will be the initial contact with the interventionist. The family may think that they’re providing concrete facts, but more often than not, their facts are not one-hundred percent accurate. They may be enablers who have been manipulated by their addicted loved one. Perhaps the family has been lied to about the facts. The referral resource just simply may not know the facts. Even when the interventionist communicates directly with the addicted family member, they still may not get to the truth. Interventionists must trust their instincts and use all of their professional skills to make decisions on the client. Remember that body language is 55%, tones and inflections 38%, and the spoken word only 7% of trusted human communication.

  1. Interventionists don’t react on emotions.

An intervention is loaded with emotions, tears, yelling by family members, and anger. The interventionist stays professional and never reacts based on emotion. Interventionists rely on their training, experience, common sense, and wisdom. Interventions can become very heated between loved ones, prepare the family that you may ask certain people to step outside if their actions interrupt the positive flow of the interventionist’s progress. Interventionists remain professional at all times; they never get pulled into the family’s drama.

  1. Professional interventionists have to be able to understand family dynamics.

T he interventionist must be able to identify and understand the dynamics of each family unit. This information is invaluable as a tool for the interventionist’s success in handling the client and the outcome of the intervention. Most important is finding out who the enabler or enablers are in the family unit. The enabler can sabotage the whole intervention if not identified and handled. The hero in the family is another key player in the family unit. The hero will assist in the intervention with blocking the enabler. To have a successful intervention, the other players worth identifying are, the family mascot, the scapegoat, the lost child, and of course the addict or addicts. The intervention will use all this information to their advantage and even set the room up for success with a door blocker, spacers, leader, and enforcer within the family units. The Addictions Academy breaks down family dynamics in-depth during their training courses for professional intervention students.

  1. Professional interventionists must know how to identify and handle different types of clients.

All clients are not the same! Some of the basic characteristics that interventionists screen for are genetic factors, emotional stress, psychiatric problems, and unresolved issues from the client’s past. Types of clients can include the following

ANGRY DEFIANT CLIENT

RUNNER/PHYSICAL

COMBATIVE/ CLIENT

DEPRESSED CLIENT

MENTAL HEALTH CLIENT

ASPBERGERS/AUSTISTIC CLIENT

CHRONIC PAIN

PHONE/TEXTING TYPE CLIENT

CODEPENDENT CLIENT

NARCISSITIC CLIENT

EXECUTIVE CLIENT

WEALTHY CLIENT

CRIMINAL CLIENT

PHYSICAL ISSUES CLIENT

Expert interventionists must be able to master dealing with and identifying all the different types of clients and adjust their intervention process accordingly. The Addictions Academy will instruct their students on the proper procedures for handling these types of clients and role play and rehearse handling these types of clients.

  1. Plan on a smooth intervention and be ready for a rocky one.

Interventionists must be ready for the curve ball, the fastball, and the slider!  Anything can and will happen during an intervention. The interventionist must be on their toes at all times. No physical violence should be tolerated! The police may have to be called if things get out of control. They must make sure that everyone is safe. The interventionist may have to deal with denial, anger, verbal abuse, accusations, and must be prepared to follow through with consequences. The interventionist never really knows how things will go in advance. The main point is that they are ready to handle the worst possible situation and hope for smooth sailing.

  1. The interventionist must remain positive at all times.

No matter what happens, the interventionist should always remain positive and hopeful toward solution for the clients. The family has been through very hard and emotional times, they may quickly become negative. The interventionist can help set the tone and mood for the intervention by remaining positive. This should lead to a good outcome.

   9.    There are several different models of interventions.

There is a simple intervention: One person confronts addicted person Plan on a smooth intervention and be ready for a rocky one.

A Classical Intervention: educating the family, pre-intervention.

A Family System Intervention: Multiple family members addicted.

A Crisis Intervention: Stabilize the situation quickly, rehabilitation follows.

Johnson Model (Surprise Model): Often used by Interventionists.

The Arise Model: Involves the addicted person from the beginning.

The Invitational Intervention Model: Involves the whole family.

Systemic Intervention Model: Focus is on the family, highly successful with process addictions

The RAAD Intervention Model: Reading the client, assessing the situation, anticipating client needs, and directing the flow.

Depending on the situation and the client, some models are more appropriate than others for specific situations. The Addictions Academy uses the RAAD model of intervention in most cases. You will learn about all the above listed intervention models during their training.

  1. Interventions aren’t only for substance abuse and alcoholism.

Alcoholic: (Chronic, Drinks every Day.)

Alcoholic: (Binge Drinker, Does not consume every day.)

Drug addict: non shooter (pills)

Drug addict: shooter (IV Injections)

Drug addict smoker (crack, meth, pills etc)

Functioning Drug addict or alcoholic

Non addict but excessive user

Process Addictions: Sex Addict, Pathological Gambler, Eating Disorders (Behavior Addictions)

Cutting/Self Harm

Mental Health

There are many different forms of addiction that interventionists may have to confront. The Addictions Academy covers all these forms of addiction during their intervention training.

The main goal of any intervention is to get the client to seek professional help for their addiction problems, traumatic event, crisis, or other serious problem. The above listed information should be a part of any interventionist training. The Addictions Academy trains new interventionists to be the best that they can be; to become seasoned experts is the ultimate goal. For more information visit the Academy’s website at www.theaddictionsacademy.com or call 800-706-0318. Our children are dying every minute of every hour of every day from addiction. More professionals are needed to handle this terrible disease. Are you the next expert interventionist? We hope you are! “Stick with the Winners!”

 

The Addictions Academy: Relationship Coaching Training WEBINAR: September 24-25th

The Addictions Academy:  Relationship Coaching Training WEBINAR: September 24th-25th

Register Today!  Help Individuals and Couples Create and Maintain Healthy Relationships.  Limited Seating!

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Relationship, Divorce and Marriage Coaching Training

Therapists, counselors, and coaches often report that working with couples is one of the most difficult challenges. The course is designed to provide a foundation for helping with relationships issues, whether working with an individual or with a couple.

Research has shown that the quality of a person’s relationship affects their physical health, their mental health, their career success, and their substance use. Improving relationships can improve every area of life. When you help your clients build strong and healthy relationships, you are giving them the gift of better health and greater happiness in their lives.

Our program in relationship coaching will show professional coaches and counselors how to work with clients to break out of destructive relationship patterns, and develop strong and positive relationships in their lives. Many clients feel stuck, like they are doomed to repeat the same relationship patterns over and over again. In this course, you’ll get the tools and skills to help your clients change these patterns and heal the underlying emotional wounds. This approach helps clients break the cycle they’ve created for themselves.

This 12-hour Relationship Coaching course will provide you with the tools to: Determine whether a couple is suitable for coaching, or if this would be more damaging to the client. Relationship coaching can be done effectively with individuals or with couples. Coaches will learn to assess which is most beneficial for each client. Identify destructive patterns of behavior that derail relationships. Clients are often unaware of these and feel victimized when relationship patterns continue to repeat themselves. You’ll learn the skills to recognize these patterns and recognize underlying emotional needs that create destructive relationship patterns.

Many people carry unmet attachment needs into their relationships, and become frustrated that they cannot get these needs met by their partners. You’ll learn how to recognize these attachment needs and guide your client to getting them met. Empower your clients to change their relationship patterns and provide them with the tools to communicate more effectively with their partners. Package your services in a way that attracts the clients you most want to work with. Learn what it is that really attracts clients to a relationship coach, and how to target your ideal clients. This course is ideal for therapists, coaches, counselors, and addiction coaches.

The Addictions Coach: Transfer Addictions – From Drugs to Doughnuts

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For most addicts, an addiction is addiction and food is no different. They complete substance abuse treatment and then begin abusing food and foodstuffs. They may over eat, binge eat, indulge in sugar and caffeine and gain weight. We teach you how to handle the food addiction side when the monster of drugs and alcohol is tamed.   If you need help dealing with an addiction, The Addictions Coach can help!  We also teach those who want to help others with food addiction!  Visit us at www.theaddictionsacademy.com

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Excerpt from Off the Drugs, onto the Cupcakes

By ABBY ELLIN
The New York Times

“Once off the drugs, the brain craves the uber rewards of the hyperpalatables — Mint Milanos, Oreos, any sugar. An apple’s reward doesn’t cut it,” said Dr. Pamela Peeke, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and author of “The Hunger Fix.”

“So you end up with the transfer addiction,” she added. “Off the cocaine, onto the cupcakes.”

Research has found that food and drugs have similar influence on the brain’s reward center. A 2013 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that sugar, not fat, stimulates cravings.

And a widely cited study from that year found that Oreo cookies activated the nucleus accumbens, the brain’s pleasure or reward center, as much as cocaine and morphine, at least in laboratory rats.

This has an effect not only on the addict’s neural pathways, but also on the addict’s psyche and self-esteem.

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The Addictions Coach: Police Officers Turning to Drugs and Alcohol to Cope with the Stress of the Job

The Addictions Coach:  Police Officers Turning to Drugs and Alcohol to Cope with the Stress of the Job

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With all the recent national headlines bringing our attention to society beginning to turn on law enforcement officers, we are starting to see a spike in our police now turning to drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress. This is already a high stress job that requires a lot of patience and people skills to function, so this new wave of society turning against police at an all time high seems to be contributing to these same officers consuming substances that are definitely impairing their judgement and landing them in hot water.

Here locally in Miami, a recent example of this happened in Aventura. For years, Opa-locka’s police force has been ridiculed as the place where almost any officer, even one with a criminal past, could get hired. When Maj. Peter Cruz was hired in 2013, he already had a fat internal affairs file, filled with complaints ranging from perjury to conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly superimposing fellow officers’ faces on pornographic photographs he distributed to the department. Despite his history, Opa-locka Police Chief Jeffrey Key, with whom Cruz worked at the North Miami Police Department, not only hired him, but promoted him. Now, Cruz is behind bars. He was arrested before dawn Monday on charges that he crashed his city-issued pickup truck while driving under the influence in Aventura.

According to the police report, Cruz was so impaired that he kept falling down, stumbling from side to side and losing his balance after crashing his truck into a fence along a busy pedestrian thoroughfare at about 6 a.m. He refused to take a field sobriety test, and when Aventura officers told him he was still going to be criminally charged, he said “I’m f—–,’’ the report said. Cruz, 56, who was off duty, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and damage to property, according to the police report.

The report said Cruz drove through an intersection at Northeast 199th Street and West Country Club Drive, lost control and crashed into a solid wooden fence. His truck plowed across the popular exercise trail behind Aventura Mall near the Turnberry Isle resort and became perched on a bank of trees. Cruz stumbled out of his truck, and told responding officers, in slurred speech, that he was trying to turn left, but wasn’t able to complete the turn. He was alone in the silver Ford pickup and walked away from the accident unscathed. “I could detect a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath as he opened his month and spoke, along with bloodshot watery eyes and a flush face,” wrote the arresting officer, adding that Cruz “stumbled when he attempted to walk” and “nearly fell off the fence after losing his balance.” Cruz refused to take a field sobriety test, telling officers: “I ain’t doing those tests man.” During processing at the Aventura police station, Cruz stripped completely naked, and was placed in a holding cell. He urinated on himself in his sleep, the report said.

“As the facts change, then certainly there will be an evaluation of those facts,’’ said Opa-locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton, who also functions as the city’s public information officer. He added that Cruz’s arrest is the first allegation against him since he was hired in Opa-locka two years ago.
In another local incident, Miami Officer Christopher Vital was arrested after blowing by an accident scene on the McArthur Causeway in his BMW. Once Miami PD caught up to Vital they saw Cocaine and Heroin in plain view. He had a female passenger and was arrested on scene. After being placed in the back of the patrol car Vital kept smashing his head against the glass partition and told officers he was going to shoot himself as soon as he bonded out. What is different about Vital is he was a model officer and was even chosen to do a local News TV special last year about being safe while you Christmas shop.
This behavior has also reared its ugly head in North Florida. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested one of their own Thursday after detectives said a female acquaintance told them that the 11-year veteran patrol officer made some unwanted sexual advances on her and tried to give her prescription pain pills. Officer Scott Bridges was booked into jail on two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of battery. Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said the woman texted Bridges last Wednesday asking him to bring her a Coke Zero and some pain pills. She said that when Bridges showed up and gave her three pills in a bag, he sat next to her on the couch and made sexual advances.
“He showed up and had a bag with some pills which he gave to her and she didn’t take. She said as they were sitting on the couch together he made sexual advances,” Senterfitt said. “She told him to stop and he kind of forced the issue. Try to pull her pants down, a few things like that, and she said stop, which eventually he did and he left her residence.” She told investigators that after being repeatedly asked to stop as he touched her and tried to take her pants down, he eventually did stop and left. She called police, and the Integrity Unit found probable cause for the arrest. “I don’t care who it is; if they do something wrong, we’re going to investigate it. If we prove they did it, they’re going to be held accountable. That’s why he went to jail today,” Senterfitt said.
Police were still investigating where the hydrocodone and other pills that were in the bag came from. Senterfitt said Bridges is on a voluntary leave of absence without pay, and once the criminal prosecution is completed, he would face an internal review before he could be considered to be reinstated.
These 3 examples here in Florida are not to expose local police as “bad guys” , but to bring awareness that the pressure of society turning on law enforcement is having a negative affect on the officers personally. We, sober coaches, life coaches, drug/alcohol counselors have already begun the process of helping Law Enforcement officers, Military men and women and Fire Fighters by offering segregated housing for detoxing and counseling. We are surrounding them by like-minded servicemen and women who understand the daily struggles that they go through during their job duties. So I urge any and all Police, Firefighters, and Military men and women who are struggling with any addiction to contact us here at www.theaddictionscoach.com. We understand the importance of placing you with those in your profession who are struggling as well.
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Los Angeles Sober Coach: Young Athletes Being Turned into Heroin Addicts

Los Angeles Sober Coach: Young Athletes Being Turned into Heroin Addicts
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Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going somewhere. The next few years only confirmed that notion.
Roman grew to 6’6″ and 250 pounds. He made a mockery of the weight room at Eldorado High and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9. As a sophomore defensive  lineman he was honorable mention all-state in Class 5A. He also joined the basketball team his senior year, giving in to the pleadings of the coach, and was instantly the Eagles’ best player. And after high school, when he trained with the legion of MMA fighters based in Albuquerque, they encouraged him to compete as a heavyweight.  Baseball though, was always his favorite sport—”the most funnest,” as he had put it to the Albuquerque Tribune when he was 12. He once struck out all 18 batters in a Thunderbird League game. The towering righty was Eldorado High’s ace, his fastball reaching the 90s. The second starter? Ken Giles, now a flame-throwing Phillies reliever. “You’re talking about a guy with a ton of potential: size, natural ability, attitude,” Giles says. “Everyone wanted to be him, but everyone wanted to be around him, too. The first word I would  use to describe Roman is lovable.”
A foot injury his junior year didn’t derail Roman. He needed minor surgery on a small bone, but he popped some OxyContin and after a few weeks was back on the mound. His senior year Roman planned to lead Eldorado to a state title and then declare for the 2008 major league draft (the Braves had expressed the most interest in him), spurning about 20 Division I scholarship offers. Before the season, though, Roman committed one of those judgment-deprived acts for which teenagers are known. He and some friends used a stolen credit card at a mall. They got caught. The school found out. Though it was Roman’s first offense, he was kicked off the team. Humiliated, angry and depressed, Roman thought back to the numbing effect of the OxyContin. His prescription had run out, but that wasn’t much of an impediment. In the upscale Northeast Heights—more High School Musical Albuquerque than Breaking Bad Albuquerque—painkillers were competing with marijuana and alcohol as the party drug of choice. “There are pill parties,” says Roman’s younger brother, Beau. “[Pills are] so easy to get. They’re everywhere.”
Roman was soon in the grip of Oxy. He lost interest in baseball. He showed up high for graduation. JoAnn Montano and her husband, Bo, who owns a wheel-alignment and body-shop business, figured their son was just floundering—until JoAnn caught him using. She took him to an addiction center, and he was prescribed Suboxone to treat his opioid dependency.Roman, though, couldn’t fully kick his habit. Before graduation he had switched to a cheaper substance that offered the same high at a lower price: heroin.  At first Roman smoked “black” (black-tar heroin), a relatively crude version of the drug that was easy to obtain. Then he began using intravenously. But he hid his addiction well. He stayed on Suboxone, took up competitive bodybuilding and started training at an MMA gym. He had a job selling phones for Verizon. “He looked so healthy, a big, strapping guy, not like a junkie,” says Bo. “He was back doing his athletics. We thought the addiction was behind us. We didn’t know how cunning and how manipulative this drug is.”
On May 2, 2012, Roman was supposed to lift weights with his father in the morning. Roman didn’t show up, and texts to him went unanswered. His fiancée, Mikaila Lovato, couldn’t find him either.  In the evening two chaplains went to the Montanos’ house, asking for Roman’s next of kin. They said that Roman had been found slumped in the driver’s seat of his car behind a FedEx store, a syringe in his arm, the motor running. He was 22 and dead from a heroin overdose. This is just one personal story of many that are now flooding our sports teams. Heroin overdoses have tripled in the past 5 years in the sports industry and it all seems to start with the same story.  An injury leading to pain pills, the pills leading to heroin and heroin leading to overdoses and death. We are here to help at Top Rated Addiction Recovery and Sober Coaching Services Don’t let your addiction take your life.

The Addictions Coach: Employers Can Proactively Help Employees With Substance Abuse and Addictions

The Addictions Coach:  Employers Can Proactively Help Employees With Substance Abuse and Addictions.

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We have written article after article of NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB players being suspended and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars because of addictive and abusive behaviors taking control of a person’s life. We have written the same type article of a Police officer, Firefighter or Military officer losing a decorated career due to these same addictive and abusive behaviors taking the officer hostage. Every now and then we find ourselves writing on a high-ranking government official losing everything because of a long-hidden addiction. And in everyday life a mother, husband, father, son or daughter makes the paper because of an addictive behavior taking control and causing them to break the law and find themselves losing everything.

The common denominator here is that we hear of these horrible stories after the fact. We hear about the pro sports player who has lost a ton of money or the police officer who has been fired after the fact. I ask you this, could this be avoided? Could these people make better choices? The answer is YES. Of course a majority of the responsibility lies on the individual and the choices they make, but a share of the responsibility lies on the employer, government entity or pro sports team. It is proven that those employers who offer sober coaches, life coaches and counselors to their employees BEFORE an illegal act or drug relapse occurs, have predominantly less suspensions, firings and arrests. With this being said, pro sports teams seem to be the ones that are way behind in this progressive mindset. We need more progressive action with addictive tendencies to cut down on player suspensions and fines. Mandatory offseason sober coaching to high risk players needs to be instilled into all sports franchises. We need to stop this alarming trend of arrests, suspensions and relapses by influencing the behavior before it has a chance to grab the player/employee in a negative manner. Here at Top Rated Addiction Recovery and Sober Coaching Services we specialize in working with the high-profile pro sports athlete and influencing their behavior positively before it has a chance to wreck their lives.

NFL Sober Coach: 7 NFL Teams with the Most PED Abuse

NFL Sober Coach:  7 NFL Teams with the Most PED Abuse.
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The media is consistently reporting on professional sports players and the use of banned performance enhancing drugs (PEDs),  specifically in the National Football League.   Ironically, they aren’t enhancing many of the players performances and consequently leading many players to multiple game suspensions and more disconcerting, to serious drug addictions.
While the New England Patriots are being — and will continue to be — lambasted as cheaters for their controversial playoff run to a win in Super Bowl XLIX, it is important to remember that their opponents, the Seattle Seahawks, weren’t boasting the most squeaky-clean track record themselves.
The Seahawks happen to be one of the league leaders in player suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and substance abuse since 2010. Ironically, two of the suspensions for the Seahawks came from the same player, and that person now plays for the Patriots.
Here’s a look at the top seven teams in terms of number of players suspended for PEDs and substance abuse in the past five years.
In fourth place, Baltimore, St. Louis, NY Giants, and Tampa all tied with 5 suspensions on each team.
Third place goes to the Indianapolis Colts, who have 6 suspensions themselves.
In second place sits the Seattle Seahawks, with an alarming 9 suspensions.
Now, here is an interesting fact, the team with the most suspensions is the Washington Redskins with 10. What makes this so interesting is that Washington has been one of the worst teams in the NFL over the past decade.  So this shows that using these banned substances isn’t really giving the players a competitive edge. In fact, out of the above listed teams with the most suspensions, only 3 have made the playoffs recently.
This feeds the theory that PEDs are just as addictive as other drugs. Or maybe it’s safer to say that the process of becoming bigger and stronger at all costs is just as addictive as other illegal drugs. With these suspended players losing hundreds of thousands of dollars if caught, it’s safe to say that this group of players need sober coaches and can find one at www . theaddictionscoach.com.
From Sober Companion Services to Recovery Coaching Services to Addiction Therapy, we can handle it all for the Professional Sports Player or Athlete.
We offer Gambling Addiction Coaching, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Coaching, sex addiction coaching, Anger Management Coaching, and we offer it on the playing field, off the field, at home and also while the professional athlete is traveling.
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NFL Sober Coach: NFL Suspends Another Star Player For Substance Abuse

NFL Sober Coach:  NFL Suspends Another Star Player For Substance Abuse.

 From Sober Companion Services to Recovery Coaching Services to Addiction Therapy, we can handle it all for the Professional Athlete.  At The Addictions Coach, our specialty is assisting Professional Sports Players.

Your entire career can be gone in a split second. At The Addictions Coach we can help that from happening. 100% CONFIDENTIAL!  www.sportsobercoach.com  1.800.706.0318

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The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy.

Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster in time for the
Oct. 4th game against Oakland. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday’s game at Cincinnati.
Ratliff said he anticipated the suspension for a 2013 drunken-driving incident and will move on without appealing to the league.
 “There’s a lot of things I could be doing to help myself, help the team,” Ratliff said. “That’s what I’m going to focus on. This was about what, two, three years ago? That’s all behind me.”
Ratliff was given one year of probation and fined after pleading guilty to a January 2013 DWI charge after crashing a pickup truck into an 18-wheeler. He tested at a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, more than twice the legal limit, according to police. At the time, he played for the Dallas Cowboys.
Ratliff didn’t want to go into whether he thought it was a fair suspension considering the incident happened in 2013.
“We’ve been down this road with the NFL and they don’t care to hear it. So be it,” he said. “It’s tough to sit out any game for any reason. Of course, a situation like this doesn’t make it any easier.”
Coach John Fox agreed with the decision not to appeal the suspension, saying it’s better to have it over as soon as possible to eliminate the guessing game about when the penalty would be served.
“I had experience a year ago where we lost a guy the week of a game (to suspension),” Fox said. “So sometimes it doesn’t help the cause. It was going to be kind of what it was and we expected it and we’ll deal with it.”
Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection in Dallas, had 6.5 sacks last season for the Bears. He can still practice with the team until they begin preparations for the regular-season opener, but on Monday he spent much of the time watching from the side.
Rookie second-round draft pick Eddie Goldman from Florida State is next on the depth chart at nose tackle, although Fox wouldn’t necessarily commit to him as the opening day starter.
“When a door closes for somebody it opens for somebody else,” Fox said. “A lot of players are discovered through those opportunities. I can’t predict the future and I don’t want to try to.”