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The Addictions Coach: Is Enzyme to Blame for Alcoholism?

The Addictions Coach: Is Enzyme to Blame for Alcoholism? 

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Enzyme malfunction may be why binge drinking can lead to alcoholism, study finds.

Science Daily

Stanford University Medical Center

A malfunctioning enzyme may be a reason that binge drinking increases the odds of alcoholism, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The scientists identified a previously unsuspected job performed by the enzyme, ALDH1a1, in mice. The discovery could help guide the development of medications that extinguish the urge to consume alcohol, said Jun Ding, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.

Ding is the senior author of the study, which will be published Oct. 2 in Science. The study’s lead author is postdoctoral scholar Jae-Ick Kim, PhD.

Alcoholism is an immense national and international health problem. More than 200 million people globally, including 18 million Americans, suffer from it. Binge drinking substantially increases the likelihood of developing alcoholism. As many as one in four American adults report having engaged in binge drinking in the past month.

Existing medications for treating alcoholism have had mixed results. Disulfiram (Antabuse) and similar substances, for example, work by inducing unpleasant side effects — including shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and throbbing headaches — if the person taking it consumes alcohol. “But these drugs don’t reduce the craving — you still feel a strong urge to drink,” Ding said.

In the new study, Ding and his associates showed that blocking ALDH1a1 activity caused mice’s consumption of and preference for alcohol to rise to levels equivalent to those observed in mice that had experienced several rounds of the equivalent of binge drinking. Restoring ALDH1a1 levels reversed this effect.

 

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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

The Addictions Coach: Which Detox is Worse? Oxy, Heroin, or Methadone

The Addictions Coach: Which Detox is Worse?  Oxy, Heroin, or Methadone.

Client, ‘John Doe’, is interviewed by Cali Estes of The Addictions Coach.   He shares his experiences with detoxing off of these three drugs, and the one he picks as the worst to detox may surprise you.  We can help you recover from your addiction, or work with you to stay clean and sober if you are in recovery.  Visit us at www.theaddictionscoach.com  or call 1.800.706.0318

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This is a first hand, personal account of an opiate user’s detox from Oxy, then Heroin and then Methadone. The most trying detox of the three may surprise you.

In 2009 John moved to Miami having never touched an opiate in his life, but after living in the pain pill capitol of Florida for over a year his curiosity got the best of him. A coworker turned him on to 15mg Roxy which rapidly turned into a habit. For the first 90 days John didn’t seem to detox when he didn’t have the pills, just a little tired. That’s when the whole game changed. Getting bored with the 15mg Roxies, John raised the bar to 30mg Roxy and within weeks increased to two 30mgs at a time.

Around mid 2010, Miami and all of South Florida really cracked down on local pill mills which led to John’s detox from Roxy. The scientific side of this is Roxy has a shorter half-life than other opiates so it leaves the body quicker so you get sick faster and it is very intense, but it is also over much quicker. With the Roxy, just getting through the first 72 hours is the key. Being a touring musician John left Miami for 5 weeks and seemed to have dodged a major bullet. So you would think.

Within 2 weeks of returning from the road, John started looking for pills again with no luck. That’s when his old dealer turned him on to Heroin which was cheaper and much more available. In John’s mind he had struck gold, a $100 a day roxy habit was now a $40 a day heroin habit. But true to form, that $40 a day heroin habit quickly turned into a $80 a day habit and then right back to $100 a day.

This usage lasted 2 years until personal and financial issues put the brakes on his party. This is where our first detox comparison comes in. John had quit Roxy cold turkey and suffered for 48 hours so he went into this situation with the same mindset. Huge mistake! At about the 24 hour mark from his last heroin dose the detox grabbed him physically and began 7 days of living  Hell. The first 48 hours of this new heroin detox immobilized John. He couldn’t get out of bed while violently throwing up and couldn’t even keep liquid down which contributed to major dehydration. Days 3 and 4 weren’t any better. Still not being able to eat, John had no energy at all. It took every ounce of will just to walk to the kitchen and bathroom. Thinking he was going to die, John suffered through the insomnia and night sweats until Day 6. Keep in mind, this detox has been much longer than the Roxy detox. Day 6 detoxing from Heroin seemed to give John some hope. Still fatigued with zero energy, John’s other physical symptoms had gone. Now it was just dealing with being tired. By Day 9 he was fine. But how soon we forget the bad part of addiction.

After 90 days of no Heroin or opiates, John found himself craving a few bags of Heroin and temptation gave in and within days he was in full blown usage again. Over the past year he knew he had to stop. He tried a few times but all the memories of the prior detox reminded him that help was needed. He could not go through that 7 day period again. After researching his options John decided to give Methadone a try and at first it worked like magic. 24 hours after his last Heroin dose John took his first dose of Methadone. Expecting the worst, John entered Day 1 with tons of anxiety but no sickness occurred. He continued the Methadone daily and there was never any sickness. Just a little lethargy, but no sickness. After 2 weeks on Methadone John felt safe to taper down and stop.

This is where our final detox comparison comes in. Keep in mind that John only used Methadone for 2 weeks. Methadone has a much longer half-life and can last upwards of 36 hours before it even begins to leave the body. This can give a false sense of security when stopping. You will detox from Methadone and it could take 3 days before you began to feel sick. This is exactly what happened to John. Day 1 and 2 after stopping Methadone showed no signs of detox. But Day 3 was a different story. Complete fatigue set in and John began to fear the worst. Day 4 and 5 was another 48 hour window of complete fatigue. By Day 6 the stomach issues were back in full force along with the night sweats. Day 7 welcomed back the insomnia and for the next week John suffered through no energy, night sweats and insomnia for a total of a 2 week detox off Methadone. Twice the time of detox off Heroin and 3 times the detox off Roxy.

Methadone is a publicly supported maintenance program to detox from other opiates. This account is from an actual opiate user and the above story is his account of each detox. There are alternative methods surfacing to detox from opiates and you can find more information about these methods at www.theaddictionscoach.com

The Addictions Coach: 7 Steps to Survive the First 7 Days of Heroin Withdrawal

The Addictions Coach: Recovery Services for the Elite in Society

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Recovery Services for the Elite in Society

The Addictions Academy and Addictions Coach of Miami, Florida know how important your reputation and your company’s brand are.  They also know how important it is for you to be at the helm, making sure things are running smoothly; business as usual.  When an Alpha like you has trouble with an addiction, there’s only one place that understands and can help!

Why is The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach the best solution?

1. We will protect your anonymity and confidentiality
2. We will come to you with the only mobile rehab in the country
3. We deal with celebrities, famous athletes, and Fortune 500 clients and know what is expected
4. Our Professional Recovery Coaches are the best in the world
5. Our coaches are willing to go with you wherever needed, on set, on tour, your call
6. You don’t need to leave the helm of your business for 30 days or more
7. You set the goals and objectives that you want to achieve
8. Our approach is totally client-driven
9. We understand that special clients have special needs
10. We have over 100 years of experience on board with our company

We know that you have deadlines to meet, quotas to fill, Boards who want answers, and clients who want results.  We understand A-list clients because we specialize in working with them.  Our coaches blend right in, when in the board room, on the golf course, in the clubhouse, on stage, or at the office.  They can escort you to major events, stay with you for periods of time, as needed, send our mobile rehab, or schedule sessions as requested.

Our clients have been professional athletes, A-listers, Rockers, and high-profile business CEOs and Owners who cannot afford to leave their teams, shows, bands, or companies for long periods of time.  Our Professional Recovery Coaches and Mobile Rehab were quick to respond and help our new clients to get back on their feet and back to their passions as soon as possible.

Addiction isn’t about using drugs. It’s about what the drug does to your life.”
― Enock Maregesi

Our highly skilled coaches will work with our clients to reach solutions.  The bottom line is, we get results!  We know that you are busy, you are under a great deal of pressure, and time is of the essence. Our coaches will create an action plan with you that works best for you and your schedule.  Like you, we’re not like all the rest; we are simply the best of the best!

If you have an addiction problem, let our recovery coaches help you get back on track.  Call us today at 1 (800) 706-0318 or visit our website at https://theaddictionscoach.com.  We look forward to working with you.

Cali Estes Ph.D

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The Ten Greatest Reasons to Hire a Professional Coach

The Ten Greatest Reasons to Hire a Professional Coach

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What is the benefit of hiring a Professional Coach in any field: Life Coach, Business Coach, Fitness Coach, Recovery Coach, Family Recovery Coach, or any other specialized coach?

I get asked this question quite often from both sides of the equation: as an instructor of Professional Master Coaches, and as a successful business woman who utilizes a Professional Coach.  I’ll share with you my top ten reasons why I believe anyone should hire a Professional Coach.

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Before I share my thoughts with you on the top ten reasons to hire a Professional Coach, I want to define what a Professional Coach is and what they do.

A Professional Coach is:

A highly trained and very skilled individual
A professional with tools to get the job done
A very motivated individual who motivates others
An ethical and responsible person
A caring people person
A very advanced cheerleader
An action-oriented problem solver
A flexible, goal-driven communication specialist
A perception and perspective changer
A blockage buster and solution finder
It’s also important to look at what Professional Coaches are not to truly understand who they really are.

A Professional Coach is not:

A banker or accountant
A therapist or counselor
A sponsor or twelve-step guide
A psychiatrist
A goal or objective setter
A date or romantic interest
A party pal
A person with a conflict of interest in relation to a client
An uneducated or untrained individual
Interested in selfish, unethical, or illegal matters
Now that I have identified what a Professional Coach is and is not, I would like to describe what a coach does.  Coaching is a results and client driven process where the coach assists the client to reach a solution.  It is a development or training process where a client receives support while working towards goals and objectives via specific action plans, where the coach utilizes core competencies, skill sets, and tools to help the client see past blockages and reach solution or meet goals.  There are many different types of coaching:

Coaching Types and Styles:

1. Business Coaching
2. Recovery Coaching
3. Christian Coaching
4. Executive Coaching
5. Life Coaching
6. Financial Coaching
7. Health and Wellness Coaching
8. Fitness coaching
9. Relationship Coaching
10. Personal coaching
11. Family recovery coaching

There are many different types and styles of coaching; the largest difference today is peer coaching and Professional Coaching.  The difference is just like it sounds, peer coaching is peer to peer often volunteer, and Professional Coaching is a highly trained and skilled individual and almost always paid for their services. Professional Coaches use a range of communication skills such as active listening, powerful questioning, paraphrasing, the natural laws of cause and effect, reading body language, tones, and inflections, observation, intuition, action planning, and other activities. Professional Coaching helps an individual to identify their capabilities and skill sets that already exist internally and put them into motion to reach solutions in all coaching fields.

Now I’ve identified what a Professional Coach is and isn’t and what they do. You have to be prepared before you execute; now you’re ready to get the information you’ve been waiting for. What are the ten greatest benefits of hiring these highly trained and skilled individuals?

  • Every problem has a solution because the problem defines the solution; there is perspective and perception problems that block most clients from getting to solutions on their own, Profession Coaches help clients get past these blocks and reach solutions.
  • We all are human, thus we all suffer from the human condition. We all have blind spots; Professional Coaches can help clients can point out areas of weakness that clients miss or don’t see.
  • We all need someone to hold us accountable. Clients can take on greater responsibility by meeting with their coach on action plans with specific time tables and follow-up.
  • A Professional Coach will help redirect the client when they are off track with their action plan. The coach is trained to be flexible; however, to keep the plan moving forward toward solution.
  • A Professional Coach is trained to bring out the very best in the client through communication skills and other coaching techniques. The client won’t just be spinning in circles, but actually, always moving forward toward solution.
  • The coach brings extra talent to the table. When the client sets the goal, then the coach and client brainstorm together to reach solution; there is twice the creativity.
  • We all need spiritual sounding boards in our lives. Even coaches need coaches! I haven’t met a highly successful person yet who doesn’t have a coach!
  • Professional Coaches celebrate all the victories with the client, no matter how big or small. A win is a win!
  • Clients can communicate with their coach in confidence and confidentiality. The coach will always be supportive and non-judgmental. The coach may suggest change; however, it will be in a positive and nurturing way.
  • Professional Coaches get results! They bring out the best in clients and expect the champion from within to show him or herself.

 

 

This really is a no brainer!  If you could achieve your goal, increase your bottom line, lose those pounds, win that championship, or at least increase your chances for success, wouldn’t you do what it takes?  Professional Coaches make all the difference!

“I’ve seen the power of Life Coaching firsthand and I know how beneficial it can be.”  Leeza Gibbons

The Addictions Academy of Miami, Florida Trains and certifies Professional coaches in several Types and Styles.  The Academy’s instructors are some of the best in the industry, current, knowledgeable, and cutting edge.

The Addictions Academy offers National Certifications and Training in Life Coaching, Recovery Coaching, Family Recovery Coaching, Gambling Addiction Coaching, Food-Addiction Coaching, Sex-Addiction Coaching, Relationship-Addiction Coaching, Fitness Coaching, International Master Addictions Coaching, and much more.
If you would like to hire a Professional Coach you can reach the Addictions Coach at 1-800-706-0318 or visit their website at https://theaddictionscoach.com.  If you are interested in training to become a coach you can contact The Addictions Academy at 800-706-0318 or visit their website at http://ww.theaddictionsacademy.com.

© 2015 Cali Estes, Ph.D

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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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New York Sober Coach: 7 Secrets of a Sober Companion

New York Sober Coach: 7 Secrets of a Sober Companion 

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7 Secrets of a Sober Companion

A sober companion is not a sponsor, a lawyer, accountant, advisor, bookie, or lover!  A sober companion is an individual, working full- time with clients in a recovery coaching role.  At times nights, weekends, extended periods, or twenty-four hours a day, travel, live in, from several weeks to months, or longer.  The relationship begins with treatment discharge, or where there is need. The client returning home from treatment, leaves a drug-free environment for a situation where they know there could be problems. A Long Term Recovery Coach or Sober Companion will provide the symbolic safety of treatment.  A Long Term Sober Companion will introduce the client to the modalities of recovery; help them deal with triggers, and help them with an action plan. A Long Term Recovery Coach or Sober Companion will help the client to make life changes and work toward solutions needed.

Secret #1: Sober companions are highly trained professionals.
Sober companions go through rigorous training learning tools, techniques, skill sets, and competencies that aid them in their work.  Granted not all companions are the same, it depends on where they were trained and their level of training.

Secret #2: Sober companions are held to very high ethical standards.
Ethics are a very important part of any sober companion’s training.  They must learn all of the requirements and set boundaries, follow rules and regulations, and expectations.  There are ten categories of ethical standards that all companions are held to:
Fraud related conduct
Safety and welfare
Professional standards
Confidentiality
Unlawful conduct
Sexual Misconduct
Exploitation of clients
Record Keeping
Cooperation with investigations
Assisting unqualified practice

Secret #3: The practice of sober companions is goal and client driven.
Although the companion can assist with the action plan, the client must set the goal.  The companion never ever sets the goal in the action plan for the client.  Once the client sets the goal the companion will help with the action and specifics with follow up and time tables of when each task must be completed for success.  Action plans lead to success.
Secret #4: If you don’t like working with a certain sober companion, you can choose a different one.
Not all people click!  Sometimes two people just don’t mesh.  If you find that your companion is a dud, or they bore you to death, simply find a different one.  A word to the warning though, if this keeps happening it may be you.  You should be happy with your companion; you will be spending a good deal of time with them.
Secret #5: Sober companions will go to special events with you and help you make it through the event sober.
Sometimes weddings, funerals, and major life events can be gigantic triggers for those in early recovery.  Sober companions will go with you to events and help guide you through all of your triggers and provide you with coping mechanisms to get through sober and safe.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a lead singer playing a gig, or the best man in your cousin’s wedding, a sober companion will dress the part, and be right there with you.
Secret #6: All sober companions are not the same.
Sober companions come from all walks of life, all different backgrounds.  Some companions are in recovery, some are not, some are religious, some are not, some are spiritual, some are funny, some are more highly educated than others, and they have many different perspectives and worldviews.  The most important factor is that you find a sober companion who is highly trained.
Secret #7: You can become a sober Companion, yes you!
Imagine that! You could train to become an excellent sober companion and help change people’s lives for the better.  The Addictions Academy of Miami, Florida trains Companions, recovery coaches, interventionists, and all kinds of recovery professionals.  You can visit their website at www.theaddictionsacademy.com or call 800-706-0318 for more information on how to become a sober companion or recovery coach.
There is no secret that these wonderful professionals are helping to change and save lives each and every day.  Aftercare is paramount to long-term recovery and coaching and companions are very important in the big picture.  The need is overwhelming, there are not enough people to help all those in need at present.  Many more coaches and companions will be needed going forward in the war on addiction.  The bottom line is that sober companions make a difference.

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©2015  Cali Estes

The Addictions Coach: Top Five Careers That Suffer From The Highest Rates of Illegal Drug Use and Alcohol Abuse.

The Addictions Coach: Top Five Careers That Suffer From The Highest Rates of Illegal Drug Use and Alcohol Abuse. 
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Different careers have different rates of drug and alcohol abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found the top five careers that suffer from the highest rates of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse. To compare, the US national average for drug and alcohol abuse and use is 8.7 percent. 
Number 5 on the list was Installation, Maintenance and Repair.  These workers usage was above the national average at 9.5 percent. Installers and maintenance people have a lot of freedom from supervision and bounce from job to job during a work day. This contributes to on the job usage. High stress and customer relations also contribute to drug and alcohol use in this profession. 
The career with the fourth highest rate of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse is Sales. Sales came in with a 10.3% usage. One main contributor to this career’s drug use is the almighty dollar being the highest of concern. Most employers will turn a blind eye to drug use as long as money is coming through the door.  Also, long hours and work weeks contribute to employees “letting loose” during and after work hours. 
Number 3 on the list is Entertainment, Sports and Media. Many people think this should be number one on the list but it is not, as this career choice is at a 12.4% usage and abuse rate. The sports industry has a high level of steroid use which counts as illegal drug use and pushes this group of professions up to number 3. And in the entertainment industry cocaine, heroin and meth are running rampant. 
Number 2 on the list is the Construction trade. The construction industry comes in at a very high 15.1 percent which is nearly two times the national average for usage and abuse.  A modern movement for a drug free workplace is attempting to lower these numbers but it is still at an alarming rate.  Alcohol and prescription pills top the list for most construction workers.
And at the top of the list…
Number 1 on the list: The granddaddy of them all! The profession with the highest rate of workers who used and abused drugs and alcohol is the Food and Restaurant industry. This career choice is at an alarming 17.4% usage and abuse. The reasons for this areThe  restaurants are less likely to perform drug tests and are very lenient on hiring people with shady backgrounds. Also, most restaurants have bars and it is very easily accessible to drink on the job. Late night hours, odd hours and a chaotic work environment contribute highly to drug and alcohol abuse in this trade.
As you can see from this article, drug and alcohol abuse does not discriminate on any type of worker in today’s workforce but there are certain circumstances which contribute to some career paths having a higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse.
 
So what do you do if you are in these trades? You hire us, of course!  We are, The Addictions Coach. Cali Estes and her team of seasoned professionals can assist you with the addictions that have destroyed your life or are currently destroying your life.   Top Rated Addiction Recovery and Sober Coaching Services 1.800.706.0318 

The Addictions Coach: FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Food Addiction Can Be Deadly! FOOD ADDICTIONS COACH Training AUG 6-7

The Addictions Coach:  FOOD FOR THOUGHT.  Food Addiction Can Be DEADLY!  FOOD ADDICTIONS COACH Training AUG 6-7

We offer help with Food Addiction and even classes to help others. www.TheAddictionsCoach.com and www.TheAddictionsAcademy.com 1.800.706.0318 ext 2.  

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 Food for Thought

Food addiction can be very deadly! We hear about substance abuse and alcoholism all the time; literally someone dies every minute from abusing these chemicals. Food addiction can be just as deadly and leads to all kinds of medical problems, obesity, depression, guilt, shame, and suicide. Living with a food addiction is like starring in a horror movie!

There are several types of food addictions, each resulting in very significant physical and emotional problems. I want to focus on three very serious food addictions here. There are those that suffer from compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder. This individual will eat very quickly and eat past the point of being uncomfortably full. This type of binging is usually followed by a period of depression and feelings of guilt and shame.

Compulsive overeaters generally don’t engage in purging behaviors, laxative use, or fasting. They will eat when they’re not hungry, obsess about food, and fantasize about secret plans to eat alone. Compulsive overeating will almost always lead to obesity and weight gain. Unable to control their food intake, these individuals often unsuccessfully diet. They may lose a few pounds in the beginning, but usually end up gaining weight in the long run. Medical complications come with the drastic changes in weight. The weight gains interfere with work, relationships, and their self-esteem. If this disease is left untreated, it can lead to serious medical conditions including heart disease, clinical depression, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, bone deterioration, stroke, kidney problems, and high cholesterol. Please note that not everyone who is obese is a compulsive overeater.

Bulimia Nervosa can be a very dangerous and devastating problem characterized by periods of binge eating followed by a vicious cycle of trying to stay thin and the compulsion to binge eat again. The individual has feelings of panic, guilt and shame. They try to regain control by vomiting, using laxatives.

Common thinking of someone suffering from Bulimia:

An all or nothing mindset.

Eating until they get or feel sick.

Fear that they can’t stop when eating.

Life is dominated by food.

Obsessive thinking about body image and weight.

Always dieting or binging.

Feelings of depression, shame and guilt.

Dishonesty with friends and family about eating habits.

Purging and taking laxatives to try to lose weight and get control back.

Very secretive about eating.

Eating monstrous amounts of food at one sitting.

Disappearing into the bathroom after meals.

The smell of vomit on person or in house.

The effects of Bulimia can be catastrophic: swelling of extremities, weakness, dizziness, ruptured stomach, acid reflux, loss of menstrual cycle, chronic sore throat, abdominal pain and bloating, eye problems, heart attack, low self-esteem, poor image, depression, and more. Note, not all individuals purge who suffer from Bulimia.

Anorexia Nervosa is a progressive disorder that can be fatal, that is characterized by a fifteen percent below average normal body weight and an extreme fear of fat. The individual feels like they’re fat even though they are very under weight. They establish control and a false sense of power by not eating. They drive out thoughts and feelings in the process and may use diuretics, enemas, extreme exercise, laxatives, purging and other behaviors to try to run from fat and create emotional control. They have a much distorted body image, a horrible fear of gaining any weight, and they refuse to maintain a healthy body weight.

Common thinking of Anorexic person:

Feels power when starving.

Their weight is their self-worth.

They feel fat even when they are skin and bone.

They are in terrible fear of gaining any weight at all.

They lie about their eating habits.

They compulsively purge, exercise, diet when they don’t feel good about themselves.

They feel out of control, lonely, insecure, depression, and fat.

They feel like they have to be perfect at everything.

They feel powerless, but can control what they eat.

They don’t have to deal with emotions.

The effects of Anorexia are life threatening! It can cause heart attack, stroke, weakness, dizziness, stomach problems, menstrual problems, death, kidney problems, and major problems of the entire body! Hair can fall out, teeth can fall out, bones become brittle and break, many, many problems.

Counselors, dieticians, doctors, psychologists, coaches, case managers, and family should all be a part of the recovery team. Food addiction affects the body, mind, and spirit of the individual. They will need to return to a healthy body weight by starting to slowly eat more food and change the way that they think about food and self. A nutritionist or dietician will teach the individual about healthy eating, proper nutrition, meal plans, and how to reach and maintain a normal and healthy weight. A counselor will help the individual to identify the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and replace them with positive ones. The counselor will also work on emotions and relationships. The doctors will address and stabilize the individual, checking for serious health conditions and hospitalize the patient if needed until they reach a less critical weight. Out-patient can be an option if the person is not in an emergency status.

The exact cause of food addiction remains a mystery! It really depends on the person and the type of food addiction. There is a significant element of emotions to all food addictions: guilt, shame, depression, and low self-esteem. Shame about body image, not fitting in, not good enough, and a need for love and validation is the theme of most food addicts. Maybe that’s why they use the term “comfort foods!” I hope this is food for thought!

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