ASK THE EXPERT: The Addictions Coach Answers Your Questions

QUESTION:  As an addiction professional don’t you think it is important if your client has committed a crime to make them pay for it?  As in they stole something to get high and got caught and need to go to jail to learn a lesson?  ~ submitted by Jay S. Newark, NJ

Cali Says:  Sometimes, but not all the time.  If a client will be severely penalized for a small crime, then I do not think it is necessary to go that route. For example, if a financial advisor will lose his license because he stole a few hundred dollars from a client, then no I do not think it is necessary to ruin his career over a small amount like that, unless it is a habitual behavior with no consequences.  I had a client that kept getting out of trouble with the law because his father was a judge. The client crashed several cars, stole things, burglarized homes and never had consequences, so he kept doing the behavior.  In a case like that, jail time is necessary for the person to stop the behavior and realize that they will not always be taken care of when they do something wrong. It is imperative to send a message at that point.

2013 MIAMI AWARD GOES TO….THE ADDICTIONS COACH

The Addictions Coach has been selected for the 2013 Miami Award in the Addiction Treatment Center category by the Miami Award Program.

Cali Estes’ multidimensional approach focuses on the underlying cause of the addiction and she approaches each client in a unique manner. With over 18 years’ experience as a Therapist, Life Coach, Recovery Coach, and Wellness Coach, Cali Estes is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Cali has been featured on TV and Radio, specifically: NBC Universal News, MSN Money,  Entrepreneur Magazine, Max Sports and Fitness, among others for her work with Addictions and published in several journals and books with her work on ADD and Relationships.

Each year, the Miami Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Miami area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Miami Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Miami Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Miami Award Program

The Miami Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Miami area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Miami Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Ask The Expert: option on rehab and treatment centers

What is your opinion on all these rehabs and treatment centers saying that they can cure someone or fix them, and giving their guarantee?
We at The Addictions Academy and the Addictions Coach do not believe you can cure someone or fix someone, however; we also do not believe that you have ‘an incurable disease, and that you must give up your will and surrender’, like most drug and alcohol treatment centers base their model on. We believe that each person has the power within themselves to change and to move forward in their lives. We assist them by getting to the root cause of the addiction and move forward with them from that point. We use the tools necessary to extract purpose and passion in their lives and re-learn old behavior patterns that were destructive.  Can we cure someone? No, but we can assist them with the tools to change and not make them feel shame and guilt like most programs.  We do not follow the disease concept model as we do not believe that people have an incurable disease.  For that we get a lot of flack, but only from those in the industry that still follow this antiquated model.  Our clients love us, because we are RESULTS DRIVEN. Not disease driven and our success rate speaks volumes for itself.

Son Punches Mom In The Face While Decorating The Christmas Tree

The Holidays bring out the best in people, see article below:

A Michigan man repeatedly punched his mother in the face while decorating the family Christmas tree after noticing that “there was an ornament with his brother’s name on it and that there were no ornaments with his name,” according to police.

Cops responded to a home in Casco Township late Friday night after a 911 call was placed from the residence. While nobody was on the line, a dispatcher heard “yelling and screaming in the background and a woman screaming ‘You are hurting me,’” deputies reported.

An investigation by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office determined that Lewis Atwood, 33, slugged his mother Sandra, 58, in the face “four or five times” while trimming the Christmas tree with his girlfriend and brother. Police allege that the accused assailant was drunk and became incensed after discovering that only his younger sibling’s name appeared on an ornament.

Sandra Atwood suffered a bloody nose, swollen eye, and swollen lip during the attack by her son, who had “minor injuries to his knuckles and hands that would be consistent with this type of assault,” deputies reported.

Atwood was arrested for domestic violence and booked into the county jail, where he is locked up in lieu of $5000 bond.

The Addictions Coach Adds 2013 Miami Award To List Of Acheivements

Cali Estes is a seasoned addictions coach and therapist. She has over 18 years experience working with drug, alcohol and food addictions.  She has been featured in books, magazines and television for her work in the addictions and therapy fields.

Miami Award Program Honors the Achievement

MIAMI December 11, 2013 — The Addictions Coach has been selected for the 2013 Miami Award in the Addiction Treatment Center category by the Miami Award Program.

Each year, the Miami Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Miami area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Miami Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Miami Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Miami Award Program

The Miami Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Miami area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Miami Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Miami Award Program

Will Parents Be To Blame For Many Future Drug Addicts?

ADHD Medication Could Set Your Child Up For Drug Addiction As An Adult

Many doctors and psychologists are finally starting to agree that the diagnosis of ADHD in children is “over-used” and based on “fuzzy diagnostic practices”, as stated by Harvard psychologist and world leader in child development, Jerome Kagan.  In addition, Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General  Practitioners, in 1998 stated, “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting  children on a life of drug addiction.”

How it works: A child is prescribed an approved drug to help with the ADHD or ADD.  These drugs are stimulants.  Stimulant abuse and prescription drug addiction is the most common addiction, next to alcohol.  These children get used to the feelings these drugs give them.  As they get older and stress and anxiety take on bigger roles, they turn to using drugs to cope saying that the high feels “strangely familiar”.   By the time the stressful situation is over they are left with the addiction, still needing the high to  feel normal.

Here are the black-box warnings of the side effects of many ADHD and ADD medications:
– Confusion
– Depersonalization
– Hostility
– Hallucinations
– Manic  reactions
– Suicidal ideation
– Loss of consciousness
– Delusions
– Feeling drunk
– Alcohol abuse
– Homicidal  ideation
Why would parents subject their children to drugs with such  noted dangerous side effects?  What is this setting them up for as adults?

Cleary we have lazy parents that lack the skills or time to teach their own children good behavior, and doctors that over prescribe medication instead of spending time with their patients.  (Cali Estes was featured on NBC Universal News for this exact topic of over prescription and not dealing with the underlying cause of the problem)

WE CAN HELP!

Call us at 786-709-0479. Visit us at  www.theaddictionscoach.com.  We are different, we are unique, just like you.

Heroin Addict Scammed Thousands Of Dollars, Pretended To Have Cancer

She Scammed businesses out of thousands of dollars, even having businesses and community members organizing fundraisers for her.  Unwittingly, all their funds went to her heroin addiction.   The judge has sentenced her to up to two years in a drug treatment program.  Will it be enough to get her the help she needs?  Hire a Certified Recovery Coach and be sure! 

See article below:

Brittany Ozarowski pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk County Court to a 24-count indictment charging her with grand larceny, forgery and other crime

She has admitted she was hooked on heroin when she raised thousands of dollars by falsely claiming she had cancer, prosecutors and her attorney said Wednesday.

She befriended business owners and others in her community, telling them a tale about undergoing cancer treatments, prosecutors said. Because she was a heroin addict, no one seemed to question her 80-pound appearance as she hobbled on a cane going from store to store leaving donation jars, they said.

Although Ozarowski could have faced a sentence of up to seven years in prison, Judge John Iliou said he would sentence the 21-year-old to a drug treatment program for up to two years plus an additional year’s probation. Ozarowski, who’s from Miller Place, 60 miles east of New York City, also will be required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

Executive Burnout

Are you an Executive or a Business Professional that is experiencing Burnout?  You find yourself tired all the time, rushing around but really not getting much done and dreading, simply dreading your work day, you may have Executive Burnout.  You need a break from your daily routine and the grind of the daily schedule. You need more than a latte and a hot tub soak, you need an Executive Coach.  We offer Executive Coaching that will assist you in relieving stress, goal setting and streamlining your activities. We give you, the Executive Professional a place to vent, clear your head and assist you in garnering those tasks that have become daunting. We offer encouragement and assistance and help you trim the fat off your professional and personal life to streamline efficiency in everyday tasks and everyday thinking.     Give us a call at 786.709.0479 because ‘every good coach needs a coach”   http://www.caliestes.com/

EPIC FAIL: Demi Lovato Manipulated Her Sober Coach And Abused Drugs While Together

Demi Lovato “could not go 1 hour without cocaine and manipulated her sober companion so she could use while they were there”.  REALLY?  well that is an EPIC FAIL.  So she has tons of money and can hire a sober companion, great!  But it did not work because her sober companion lacks the TOOLS to help her stay sober. What does that mean?  It means she needs a Certified Recovery Coach to help her understand the WHY behind the drug use, not just follow her around and tell her not to use. As Recovery Coaches and Sober Coaches our JOB is to stop the manipulation, the lying and get the client on TRACK. it is what we do AT THE ADDICTIONS ACADEMY. We get to the bottom of things and we get the job done. It is not easy and sometimes it is not a pretty job, but it is rewarding to be a Certified Recovery Coach to someone.  www.caliestes.com and www.theaddictionscoach.com/ — check us out.

See article below:

Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her past drug issues, revealing she used to smuggle cocaine onto planes because she could not go an hour without a fix.

The singer, who spent time in rehab in 2010 and 2011, admits she used her manipulation skills to make sure she always had her drugs of choice nearby — even when she was living with a sober companion.

Lovato tells “Access Hollywood Live,” “I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that’s something that I did in my disease; I manipulated everyone around me. With my drug use, I could hide it. … I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I’d bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class went to sleep and just do it right there, or I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. I had a sober companion, somebody that was watching me 24/7 and living with me and I was able to hide it from them as well.”  Lovato now insists she’s clean and sober, and she’s thriving as a singer and a judge on “The X Factor.”

Alcoholics Paid In Beer To Clean Streets- Goverment Says This Will Help Them Drink Less! What’s Your Opinion?

The streets of Amsterdam are being cleaned up by alcoholics that were causing trouble in the local park.   The Rainbow Foundation has decided to put these addicts to work, and pay them in beer.  The government is funding their workday with two beers when they begin work at 9 am, two beers with a hot lunch, and an additional beer along with 10 euros when they finish the day at 3:30 pm.  The Foundation stands behind this undertaking, stating that these people are being given structure and keeping them busy, which means they will ultimately drink less.  There are mixed comments from some of the men working.  One said that he leaves and uses the money to buy more beer to drink the rest of the day.  Another said that after a busy, productive day, he has no need for more alcohol.   This is quite unconventional, but will it really help with their addiction, or is the government just exploiting their addiction to get the city clean?