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Using a Sober Companion for Accountability

 

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Have you been told that accountability is the key to your recovery, all the while watching hypocrisy rear its ugly head? Well, accountability is an extremely important step in recovery, but hypocrisy always runs rampant in the addictions industry and recovery community to a point where it can cripple a recovering drug addict’s growth in recovery.

So let’s begin with accountability and discuss why this is such an important step in recovery and then we will use an example of an extremely important person in the sports industry that preached accountability for four decades during his career but when it was time for him to take accountability he ran the other way. Accountability is basically owning the negative actions and consequences that go hand-in-hand with an active addiction. Taking accountability is looking inward for solutions to improving your lifestyle instead of looking outward to blame others for your misfortunes. When we are trying to get clean and sober and stay clean and sober we waste so much time blaming others instead of looking inward at the real person to blame and beginning a long tedious process towards sobriety and recovery.

The sooner we acknowledge that we are to blame for our path of destruction during our drug use, the sooner we can begin to dig ourselves out properly. We really have to watch out for hypocrisy when we are looking upward to those who have succeeded in getting clean and sober and staying clean and sober because if we are not careful, hypocrisy can lead us right back into an active addiction.

I want to use an example of a Major League Baseball coach who refused to take accountability for his actions. Coach Tony La Russa, who’s major league baseball career spanned over multiple decades, always preached accountability and was a bit of a hard nosed authoritarian when it came to following the rules and discipline. This is why the baseball community was completely shocked by the video that surfaced last week of a drunken Tony La Russa slurring while telling a local police officer that he should “know who he was” and that he was “one of those Hall of Famer guys”.

First of all, the officer did not appear to know who Tony La Russa was and was more concerned with how intoxicated this man was behind the steering wheel of an automobile. But more importantly, Tony La Russa, who was a strict authoritarian, was trying to convince the police officer to let him go and convince him that he did nothing wrong and to take his Hall of Fame status as reason to do so. Coach Tony La Russa was not in recovery and has never been in trouble with the law, however, his incident is a true example of not taking accountability for an issue that you caused that could have had a tragic ending for La Russa or an innocent driver on the roads that evening.

Had he had a sober coach, or a recovery coach or even a sober companion he would be working on accountability and staying sober. The drug and alcohol treatment industry would have held him accountable and taught him accountability.

Accountability is one of the most important pieces to getting clean and sober and staying clean and sober and we discuss accountability here at The Addictions Coach and the Addictions Academy. So whether you are a struggling drug addict or you are on the flipside and are wanting to help struggling drug addicts in recovery you can contact us here www.theaddictionsacademy.com or www.theaddictionscoach.com and we can assist you at 800 706 0318 ext 2

Why is the Addiction Treatment Success Rate Higher with a Sober Companion?

Why is the Addiction Treatment Success Rate Higher with a Sober Companion?

10/16/2020 by Chris Cobb

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I’ve been here, I’ve been there, I’ve been everywhere, man. Every time I fell off, all the king’s judges and all the king’s jails couldn’t put me together again. Neither could the drug and alcohol treatment centers, the anger management teacher who taught me how to hold my hand above my head and breath when I get mad (pretty sure the class caused me even more anger), or the crooked sober living directors who preached to me the things they were doing that I shouldn’t do. I was a 12 stepper against my own will. Even though I learned how to get to the underlying issues that seemingly caused me to destroy my life with drugs and alcohol in the first place, it was one of the most unnecessarily depressing and difficult times of my entire life. Sobriety alongside with misery made me sometimes wonder what the point of being sober even is. I was working my ass of and was still broke, I was keeping my side of the street clean but still being accused of doing the opposite. I’ve managed to roll up on almost 3 years sober so far, despite my self-proclaimed hardship that most people will probably think is just complaining (maybe it is, I’m still far from a cure). If I would have had someone to help me out when I really couldn’t deal with even my sponsor, maybe it wouldn’t have been such a bad experience for me. Even though I’ve pulled through to the point where I am away from all the ruckus and still sober, I’ve seen far too many people get kicked out of a so-called “recovery” program for not paying rent, fraternizing, staying out past curfew and so on, and the first thing they wind up doing is blaming someone else and running out to get high, drunk, in jail, or dead. So, what if there was something or someone better fitted for these transitional situations? A Sober Companion perhaps? I believe whole-heartedly that with a Sober Companion, Addiction Treatment such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, even when mental health and drug addiction coincide in a client / patient, would have a much higher success rate. Why do I feel this way? Well let’s get to it. Here are 3 reasons I just rambled to this point, but you’re still reading, so might as well finish.

 

  1. There for you no matter what:

Unlike that sponsor that dropped you because you went against their wishes and found a girlfriend or boyfriend in less than the year they “suggested”, or the sober living house owner who kicked you to the curb for eating someone else’s hamburger helper, your Sober Companion still has your back. He / she will still work with you, walk you through with their professional training and personal experience, and get you where you need to go if you don’t have a way. You have someone to talk to instead of going back out alone again.

 

  1. You don’t have to start over with everything again:

Most people including me, at one time or another, leave or get kicked out of sober living, or feel judged in an AA or NA meeting. And all they hear when they try to say something about it is “it’s your fault for taking it personally”, as if you’re supposed to be a robot with no emotions or reflexes. So now what? You feel like you have no one, even the programs put in place to help folks like you and myself have metaphorically chased you out with torches. Well I’ll tell you. Relapse. Jail. Hospitals. Institutions. Loss, death, you name it. With a Sober Companion, that one person who’s got your back no matter what, so much turmoil could be easily avoided. You’ve got someone to help you through this tough situation when it gets as tough as it can get. Someone to lift you up and motivate you, to teach you your self-worth. So you don’t have to go back to drinking and drugs. You don’t have to go back to jail, you don’t have to lose it all again.

 

 

  1. Proper Planning:

Say all the above happens and you feel cornered, lost. This is where having a Sober Companion can save your life, by having many tools at your disposal, despite the tools and resources that have been taken away from you over ridiculous circumstances. Get with your Sober Companion and make a plan. Even if it’s taking baby steps, like going to a meeting, and moving forward from there. Your Sober Companion has been where you are, found what worked for them, and made it through. Now you have someone to pull you up right when you feel at your lowest. Make a plan, find a new way. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You’ve got a Sober Companion by your side to help you through it all.

 

If you are in need of a stress free, non-judgmental experience on your road to recovery, I highly recommend a Sober Companion. If you’d like to learn how to become a Sober Companion and help others overcome struggles similar to your own in past addictions, contact Dr. Cali Estes (The Addictions Coach) and The Addictions Academy at 800.706.0318 ext. 2, or visit their website – http://theaddictionsacademy.com

 

4 Attributes to Possess in Order to Create an Incredible Recovery Coaching Practice

4 Attributes to Possess in Order to Create an Incredible Recovery Coaching Practice

 

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So you’ve made it. You’re a Recovery Coach, and you have quite the roster of clients rolling. But what makes you stand out from the rest? The other addictions coaches / counselors? There are two things you need to be great at in order to stand out: coaching, and business. Many coaches fall short with the former or latter. Here are 4 ways to get and give the most from your Recovery Coaching Practice.

 

 

 

1. Internet / Social Media Presence:
When potential clients see that you are official, they are more likely to reach out. Social Media is one of the largest and most accessible forms of communication and promotion for businesses these days. Not only social media, but a website of your own that showcases your talents, your work, your professionalism and experience.

2. Credentials:
With today’s vast amount of Recovery Coaches and access to alternatives to traditional treatments, those seeking recovery from any addiction have more choices than ever before. With the available National Certifications from The Addictions Academy, as well as State Certifications and alternative disciplines and educational pathways such as Intervention, Anger Management and Family Recovery Coaching, you are more marketable.

3. Networking:
Surround yourself with individuals of great merit, and spread the word about your skill. Let them know you are taking referrals. Contact those who work with similar clientele: Mental health therapists, doctors, treatment centers, legal support specialists, detoxes, and others, including other coaches alike. A good contact refers back and forth, and you will build gradual credibility. Build a referral base and keep your lines of communication with them open.

4. A Coach of Your Own:
A Recovery Coach comes to know what is best for their client, so they must know what’s best for themselves. A coach of their own. It is vitally important that you have someone on your side to bounce ideas for marketing, business and clinical supervision to handle the challenges that arise with some clients. Teamwork at its best, and more proof that everyone can utilize a coach in virtually every aspect of life.

At The Addictions Academy we can assist you with all that is mentioned above. We are the only National Provider of Addictions Coaching classes, including the International Master Addiction Coach Certification that encompasses ten (10) different types of addictions: drug and alcohol, gambling and gaming, food addictions, and more! This includes 25 hours of supervision and full marketing program. We can mentor you, assist you with marketing, website development and becoming the best Addiction Coach you can be. www.TheAddictionsAcademy.com or call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext. 2

13 Self Care Ideas That Actually Heal Your Mind and Soul.

Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in Women’s Day 13 Self Care Ideas That Actually Heal Your Mind and Soul. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process.  Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.

The words self-care are flung around like an easy concept similar to get better sleep or stress management.  But, we are often left wondering what is self-care anyway?  Often mental health providers provide a vision of self-care to their clients that is commercialized or unattainable.  Who has time, or money to get weekly massages anyway?

To take things a step further, in this time of COVID-19 the traditional, more commercialized ideas of self-care have become difficult to schedule or halted altogether.  Rethinking the definition of what it means to provided self-care has become a challenge when the commercialization of what we think it means is no longer available the way it once was.  But, if we stick to the price tags of massages, pedicures, and hair we leave out the vast majority of the population as well as virtually alienate men in the discussion.

So, what is self-care then?  In this news feature, Dr. Teralyn discusses the importance of defining self-care in terms that are not commercialized or expensive.  Head over to read about this important discussion. Read more.

10 tips to get the most out of virtual workout classes.

Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in MSN about how you can get the most out of your online exercise class this year During COVID-19. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process.  Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.

As the pandemic lumbers on we are finding ourselves trying to get more creative about our exercise routines.  This is particularly true because the rates of anxiety and depression continue to increase posing the next mental health pandemic.  Exercise is a great way to get those feel-good chemicals flowing to combat stress and mental health problems.

Perhaps you don’t want to go to the gym or there might not be a gym near you to go to.  However, the exercise industry has stepped up and created tons of opportunities for virtual live classes. Though these classes aren’t exactly the same as when you would go in person, they are striving to be energetic and collaborative with group members.

If you want to step into the virtual world of exercise it is important to create a space within your home that is for this reason.  It doesn’t have to be a room, it could just be a corner.  Also, make sure that you mentally prepare yourself and put it on your calendar like a business appointment.  Dr. Teralyn discusses the importance of exercise and virtual opportunities for exercise in this MSN article. Read more.

Eating Excess Sugar Is Worse for You During COVID-19.

Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in Healthline about how Eating Excess Sugar Is Worse for You During COVID-19. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process.  Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.

Sugar is largely one of the most addictive substances on the planet.  The amount of sugar consumed in a day, let alone in a year is alarming.  Sugar consumption leads to an array of health-related issues including, but not limited to, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  But, most people don’t realize that sugar is also implicated in mental health issues as well.  Not only does the amount of sugar you consume have a relationship with whether or not you will experience a mood disorder, but it also exacerbates pre-existing mental health issues.

In a pandemic such as COVID-19, we have been isolated from our friends, family, and even work life.  Stress is at an all-time high. What we know is that we like to reach for things that bring us comfort and unfortunately, sugar is one of those things.  As highlighted in the article:

  • During stressful times, sugar can bring comfort.
  • Sugar affects neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with underlying health conditions, including metabolic syndrome, are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19.

What should you do about sugar consumption? Read more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Might Be the Absolute Worst This Year.

Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in Yahoo Life about how seasonal affective disorder will be at an all-time high this year During COVID-19. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process.  Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.

Many people have heard of seasonal affective disorder, but don’t really realize the profound impact it might have on your emotional health.  The seasonal affective disorder is a constellation of emotional symptoms that occur during seasonal changes.  Typically the season that is most prominently recognized as a SAD season is fall to winter.

You might experience low energy, problems sleeping, fatigue, depression, sadness, irritability, and more.  SAD may indicate a disruption in brain health particularly serotonin-related issues.  It could also indicate a vitamin D or other nutrient cofactor deficiency.  Brain health is an important piece to SAD recovery and can be helped in a number of different ways.  Nutrition, brain health, and exercise are Dr. Teralyn’s top ways to fight SAD.  She continues to discuss ways to combat SAD in the remainder of the article. Read more.

TV Shows Are Giving Us A Bigger Dose Of Our 2020 Reality

Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in HuffPost about how watching television shows can impact your emotional health During COVID-19. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process.  Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.

As we search to find entertainment at home, television producers have begun to create shows that are unfolding the crisis of the pandemic almost in real-time.  So much so that we are left to wonder if it is healthy to continuously re-live the stress and trauma around the pandemic almost daily while watching television.

What we know is that many people across the globe have been struggling emotionally with the constant loss, grief, and even trauma that the pandemic has created.  But, it is important to understand how the replaying of this trauma can impact mental health on a more substantial scale.

For the most part, television shows can provide a much-needed escape from reality.  You sit down in front of another ‘person’s’ life and can momentarily wash away your own troubles of the day.  However, something has changed within Hollywood and now we are peering in on our own lives, in a surreal sort of way which could lead to a re-traumatization of what is really happening or even a sense of hypervigilance repeating our own traumas. Read more.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Your Child Has an Addiction Problem

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Your Child Has an Addiction Problem

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There is nothing that parents wouldn’t do for their children, and perhaps no other instance is this saying put to the test better than when the latter are faced with addiction or substance abuse problems. As a parent, you may feel shocked or surprised at discovering that your child is deep into drugs or alcohol. You may also feel ashamed and concerned about your family’s reputation in society or in your community. Finally, you may feel guilt and self-pity, and reprimand yourself for allowing such a situation to happen.

All of these are normal reactions to finding out that your teenager is into substance abuse, because it is a serious and life-altering situation indeed. However, this is also the time for you to keep your wits together and to act in the best interest of your child. Keep in mind that it is difficult enough for an individual to struggle under addiction, so you need utmost care in dealing with the situation and to extend the right kind of help. Here are 5 things that you shouldn’t do when your child has an addiction problem:

Don’t blame or shame. “How could you do this?” or “How did this happen?” is an immediate thought of any person toward a loved one who has fallen into addiction or substance abuse. While this may be a normal reaction of anyone trying to make sense of the situation, it is not helpful to the individual undergoing the addiction as it will make negative feelings worse. Keep in mind that substance abuse is usually already kept a secret by the individual with substance use disorder because they are aware of the detrimental impact the situation may have on their families.

Placing blame on the person or inducing guilt simply pushes them farther away from loved ones and from the potential help that they may provide. Rather than alienating them, this is a time to reassure the individual that they are loved, respected, and acknowledged despite what they have done. A person experiencing an addiction problem requires validation of their self-worth.

Don’t take the cudgels. On the other hand, as a parent, you may feel the instinct to protect your child at all costs. This may also be unhelpful as it shields them from the repercussions of their actions. While it may be difficult for you to see your child suffer, it is important that they don’t just go scot-free. Facing the consequences of addiction and the lawless activities that it may engender teaches the child responsibility and accountability. Keeping your child in a bubble simply keeps them out of touch with reality and unaware of the negative effects of their actions. In turn, it may even encourage the addictive behavior because they don’t see anything wrong with it.

Don’t call the shots. Another instinct of parents is to act on behalf of their child or to force them into doing what they think is right. Most of the time, this struggle is evident in the process of placing the individual into rehab. As the saying goes, you may lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. The challenge in having an individual undergo rehab is to be able to illustrate the benefits and the positive outcome of the experience. Offer rehab as an opportunity to get better. Coercing the person may only make them comply to please everyone but not internalize the process for long-term recovery. This places them at risk of relapse later on. Engaging your child in a dialogue is important to communicate love and concern, while at the same time offering rehab as a valuable chance to turn their life around. A person with substance use disorder is more likely to resist or rebel in a situation where they feel they are not being heard or respected.

Don’t be a know-it-all. Part of being careful not to exert unnecessary pressure upon your child is not to act as if you know everything. Addiction is a complex health and mental condition that requires a lot of knowledge and understanding. That is why the first step you should do to support someone in sobriety is to seek professional help. Medical and healthcare experts are in the best position to deal with the situation and to guide you on the proper steps toward the recovery of your child. Don’t assume things or act on speculation.

Don’t be impatient. Above all, give your child time to recover. Impatience about the progress of their recovery only reinforces feelings of guilt or shame, and it may even serve as an obstacle to recovery. In fact, full recovery from addiction or substance abuse is a whole different journey in itself. Resisting temptation and going against relapse will be a long-term struggle. You need to express your continuing support for your child on this life-long challenge.

There may be a lot of well-meaning friends or loved ones who will give you unsolicited advice, but make sure to go only with those that are in line with proven techniques and protocols. If you truly care for the welfare of your child, always think twice before reacting and know the right things to say and do that will not further worsen the situation.

Parents, family members, and loved ones of a child suffering with an addiction, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  Our elite team is here for YOU!  Check out all we offer at The Addictions Coach or call us today, at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1

Reviews of The Addictions Academy and Reviews of Dr. Cali Estes

Reviews of The Addictions Academy and Dr. Cali Estes teaching classes for addiction studies, including recovery coaching, intervention, counselor, and more. Thank you to the University of Texas Health (UT Health ) for inviting me as guest faculty for our case management training class. It was a pleasure to be a guest as faculty for the psychiatry and psychology departments. I appreciate The Addictions Academy reviews from Aaron and the class below. It was great as a faculty member to step in and have a great, fun class.

“I love teaching when I have a fun class that wants to learn and can be very interactive. My passion is teaching clinicians and therapists new ways of thinking and how to optimize their time and strengths in their profession,” Dr. Cali Estes said. “I have taught large groups and small groups of therapists and others around the globe and teaching for University of Texas health was a lot of fun”.

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The Addictions Academy Reviews:

“Your case management training had a lot of great information and the class seemed to like it as well. We will have you back for future classes.”

Thank you,

Aaron Anaya – Project Coordinator, Sr.

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