Can Heroin Be Used Responsibly?

So from the title of my blog today, some of you, if not all of you, may think I’ve lost my mind!

But what if I told you that there is a nationally acclaimed Columbia professor who has spent over 30 years researching illegal drugs and the effects they have on our bodies. What if I also told you that this very same professor has been micro-dosing heroin for an extended period of time and has successfully remained a productive and highly successful college professor while using heroin.

heroin harm reductionI would like you to meet renowned Columbia professor, Carl Hart. Professor Hart has quite a few books on the bestseller list, including his latest book about using heroin responsibly and doing so in a safe and productive manner. Yes, I said using heroin in a safe and productive manner!

OK so let’s start from the beginning. Professor Hart started off over 30 years ago to prove that drugs are bad. This would make sense since the professor is specialized in neuroscience. But after his studies, his opinion went from the fact that drugs are bad to the fact that drugs are fine for him personally and that he wished they were available to us all in a legal sense.

The professor has used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin and he claims that all of these illegal drugs, especially heroin, are just as important in his everyday life as sex, eating, and other enjoyable hobbies. His latest book titled “Drugs for Grown-Ups” talks about being able to use illegal drugs, especially heroin, and a safe and productive manner. This would also be known as micro-dosing or Harm Reduction.

We offer this class. You can learn to become a Certified Harm Reduction expert. You can assist others in being able to reduce harm or lessen their issues with drugs and alcohol.

Harm reduction (or harm minimization) is a scope of general public health policies intended to lessen the unsafe results connected with different human practices, both lawful and illicit. Harm reduction strategies are utilized to oversee practices, for example, recreational drug use and sexual activities in various settings that range from services through to geographical districts. This class will include discussion and education on clean needle programs and safe injection sites, Medically Assisted treatments and Opioid Use Disorder protocols (MAT) like Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol. Included in this class is also discussion and education on Cannabis and medical Marijuana, controlled drinking, porn/sex reduction (prostitution/HIV/sex workers), food and sugar addiction, gambling and gaming and more.

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The Addictions Academy Reviews by drug and alcohol treatment centers

The Addictions Academy Reviews by drug and alcohol treatment centers

We at The Addictions Academy love to get reviews from happy clients and customers. Since we train drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, state institutions, and even individuals, we want to make sure we provide top-tier and top-quality training.  Mental health therapists, addictions counselors, behavioral health techs and EMS, EMT and first responders can all benefit from our variety of classes. Nurses and Doctors come to us for continuing education units and cutting-edge training. Dr. Cali Estes, our Founder, is known as ‘The Celebrity Addictions Coach’ and she and her team have now trained over 15,000 students in less than 10 years. TAA is accepted, accredited, and well known in 25 countries and has been translated into 5 languages.

Let me start by saying Thank you AGAIN !!!
Your personality is amazing and it is a GIFT that you have “real life” experience with (husbands) addition.

Have an AMAZING week

Martha Burgess | Staff Assistant II
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services


Thank You so much for the information today. Great presentation!!! Trisha Kellogg
Serenity Lodge, Lake Arrowhead California

Thank you again for coming, The team was super pumped after you left. You definitely made a huge impact on all of us.

Bethany, Clinical Director
serenity Lodge
Lake Arrowhead California

How did a firefighter get a homicide rap after drinking one night? Well….did you know?

How did a firefighter get a homicide rap after drinking one night? Well….did you know?

The Relationship Between Addiction and Emergency Responders

emergencyEmergency responders are first on the scene of some of the most dangerous and demanding situations, providing immediate care, support, and medical assistance to survivors in the aftermath of a crime or disaster. These heroic duties are essential to society; however, they can be very strenuous and emotionally draining to those in the profession. The constant exposure to devastation, life-threatening situations, and physical strain of working long hours under stressful conditions can negatively impact overall mental health. Consequently, there is a tragically close relationship between addiction and emergency responders.

The term “emergency responders” includes police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services such as paramedics and EMTs. These industry professionals are exposed to situations that many people would not be able to emotionally bear, increasing the risk of the development of mental health disorders. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of first responders develop behavioral health conditions during their time of service, including: depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite the importance of mental health in the profession, there is an undeniable cultural stigma concerning mental healthcare treatment. Fear of being seen as weak or not up to the job of a first responder keeps many from seeking help and can lead suffering individuals to turn to substance abuse as a means of relief.

Firefighters spend their days braving burning and collapsing buildings to save civilian lives. Firefighters are subject to many of the same traumatic psychological risks as police officers but are at the additional physical risk of severe burns, smoke inhalation, lung damage, and other on-the-job injuries. The long 24-hour shifts and traumatic calls lead countless firefighters to develop mental health conditions such as post-traumatic-stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and depression. Many individuals struggling with these issues then turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of symptom relief. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that up to 29% of firefighters engage in alcohol abuse and as many as 10% of firefighters may be currently abusing prescription drugs.

Rates of binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption are higher among firefighters than the general population. Similar to police officers, there are multiple social factors contributing to the high rates of hazardous alcohol consumption among firefighters, including acts of camaraderie, peer support, and “fire-station culture.” A number of firefighters additionally report using alcohol as a means of managing the stress of emergency calls and for “winding down.” Aside from seeking support from friends and family, alcohol use was reported as the second leading coping strategy of firefighters in a 2017 survey.

Thankfully, The Addictions Academy has a class to help stop addiction in first responders.

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NBC News Reports: The Addictions Academy Slated as First Responder Addiction Education Trainer for Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Addictions Academy Slated as First Responder Addiction Education Trainer for Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Dr. Cali Estes Founder of The Addictions Academy confirmed they have been chosen to deliver their First Responder Addictions and Mental Health Education training to Alaska’s First Responder organizations by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to help combat the opioid crisis. The training is an activity outlined in Alaska’s National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

First Responder

The Addictions Academy Addictions Training for First Responders is key to assisting the general population. This is a hands-on training designed especially for the Police Officer, EMT, Firefighter, or crisis worker. This detailed training covers how opiates and opioids became prevalent in the USA and how to address and combat the problem. The training uses a three-pronged approach; first, educating the First Responder on how to deal with mental health and addiction in their communities and with the general public, then how to recognize addiction and mental health issues in coworkers and teams and lastly, how to recognize mental health and addiction issues within yourself. The comprehensive course also trains professionals on Medically Assisted Therapies (MAT), HIV, and more.

This is the first-ever training that targets and explains addiction and how to assist in the solution of solving the epidemic that is currently rampant. In a crisis environment, it is difficult for the addicted individual to see the negative patterns of their behavior and how they not only affect their family but also their community. Addicted individuals become non-productive members of society and sometimes very destructive when it comes to crime, (burglary, drug sales, trafficking, etc) and the goal of any community is to triage and redirect and rehabilitate the person to not only help themselves and their families but the community as a whole.

“If you have ever wanted to know more about mental health and addictions to drugs like heroin, morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, oxycodone, and Fentanyl, this is the class for you,” Dr. Estes said.

She continued, “We are honored to help Alaska and their First Responders to gain a better understanding of addictions and give them some tools to effectively address the challenges it poses in their communities.”

The Addictions Academy First Responder Addiction Education training takes an in-depth look at opiates and how professionals can successfully assist their clients and patients in getting sober and handling the fallout from use. The course covers what mental health disorders are (DSM 5), and how to deal with the chronically addicted and mentally ill that are encountered so often in first responder work. The training also covers what street drugs are currently available and which ones are life-threatening and what countermeasures are available for overdose and awareness.

This special edition of addiction and mental health training is designed specifically for police officers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters and other crisis workers. This interactive course consists of 21 topics including: what addiction is and what it is not, identifying currently available street drugs, which drugs are life-threatening, assessing community supports, countermeasures that are available for overdose and awareness, post-acute withdrawal techniques, defense mechanisms, relapse prevention, and family dynamics.

In a crisis environment, it is difficult for an addicted individual to see the negative patterns of their behavior, how the addiction affects their lives and the lives of family members and their community. The goal of any community is to triage, redirect and rehabilitate the person to not only help themselves and their families but the community as a whole.

“This is a prime opportunity for first responder organizations to offer this specialized, no-cost, online training to their workers,” said DOLWD Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter. “Awareness and education are our best strategies to combat the statewide opioid crisis.”

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CBS News Reports: TAA Welcomes Vance Johnson As New Christian Addiction Recovery Coaching Program Director

The Addictions Academy Partners With Former Denver Broncos Receiver Vance Johnson As Their New Christian Addiction Recovery Coaching Program Director

Founder Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, announced The Addictions Academy is proud to reveal a recent partnership with acclaimed Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson to head up their Christian Addiction Recovery Coaching Program.

Vance JohnsonDr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach and Founder of The Addictions Academy recently announced they have partnered with a new coordinator to lead their Christian Recovery Coaching Program. Vance Johnson is the program head for Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy’s Christian Addiction Coaching and Family Recovery Certification offering. In total, there will be four Christian-based Coaching Certification programs: Recovery Coach, Family Coach, Intervention and Sex Addiction.

Vance Johnson is a former Denver Broncos, NFL wide receiver with a 10-year career that included three Super Bowl appearances. After growing up around addiction and domestic violence, he struggled with mental health, addictions like substance abuse, gambling, and many others throughout his career. In 2009 his life came to a halt when he used himself and fell into a coma. Four years later Vance miraculously overcame his drug, alcohol, and other addictions and has devoted his life to telling his story by sharing Hope with others.

Vance is currently an ambassador of 14 mental health and recovery centers around the United States, and he is an author releasing his first book “Uncovered.” He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Maury Povich Show, the NFL Network, and recently Wendy Williams. He has been focusing on his full-time ministry as a keynote speaker and educating at churches, addiction/recovery centers, and at organized related events across the country.

Mr. Johnson said, “It’s my passion and purpose to inspire those who have found themselves powerlessly broken and looking for a breakthrough. I’m proud to teach the Christian Coaching classes at The Addictions Academy.”

Estes said, “Vance has an extraordinary approach to helping those who struggle with addiction and their families. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on our team.”

The Addictions Academy’s Christian Recovery Coach Certification Program (for both the addict and the family) is the only one on the market that crosses boundaries between Addiction and theological study. In course, the basic theories of addiction from a Christian point of view, and an understanding of how to develop an effective model of Christian Recovery Coaching are provided to assist clients in making effective changes in all areas of their lives.

Christian Recovery Coaching is a vital new helping field that is growing. Participants learn to effectively communicate with their clients, develop the core skills of building rapport, proactive listening, and other foundational techniques. Students also build an effective toolbox for Recovery Coaching. Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards in Recovery Coaching, specifically from the Christian Coaching point of view are also taught.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted many of the increased challenges the United States has faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Titled ‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic, the article focuses on how substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.

“Several studies have shown that binge drinking has increased during the pandemic, and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a “concerning acceleration” of opioid-related overdoses last year,” the article pointed out.

Dr. Estes reflected, “We’ve seen a rise in substance abuse because of isolation issues, relationship challenges, and financial stress. A Christ-centered approach to recovery can be the perfect combination of community and quality support,” Estes said.

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