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What is a Sober Companion? A Sober Companion can be a person in long-term recovery or a certified recovery coach that is able to expand services to offer hourly work with a client. They can live in 24/7 or accompany the client to a specific event. All sober companions should be certified, background checked, bonded and insured.
What does a Sober Companion do? A Sober Companion’s job is to help their clients stay sober for a length of time. This can be for a few hours at an event like a wedding, work event, or a specific thing like travel for work. A certified sober companion can help a client go to meetings, go to the gym and set up an exercise routine, go grocery shopping and prepare healthy meals and more. A sober companion can be a sounding board and offer strengths-based support when a client is feeling down or wanting to drink or use drugs.
Sober Companions can interrupt bad behaviors and redirect to better solutions. All sober companions should be bonded, insured and certified. They should complete a training program and understand boundaries, social ques, confidentiality and Duty to Warn, along with HIPAA.
What does a Certified Sober Companion not do? Sober Companions will not offer therapy, counseling, or clean your house and babysit. They are there to help you learn how to be sober and live a sober lifestyle or to learn to use moderately. Sober Companions can drive you to and from appointments, but they are not chauffeurs and will function as much more for you.
Is there a training program for sober companions? Yes! The Addictions Academy has created a course for Nationally Certified Sober Companion that is 36 hours and includes ethics and legal information that every sober companion should know to be offering services.
If you register for the class this week, we will give you a free class as part of the buy 1 get 1 special of online learning at home. When the lockdown and social distancing is over, we believe there will be an increase and demand for addiction services in the field and now is the time to get trained and be ready to lend a helping hand. Let us help you get your career going now. Call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 2
Follow this link to view full details on this training program. Register for the APR 2-3 class at the bottom of the page.
Recovery Coaches-Why They Can Make A Difference
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of twelve has a substance addiction. That’s almost 25 million people. Due to the isolating nature of this disease, you may feel all alone in your problem, and not know where to turn. But today, there are many options for recovery. Reaching out for help isn’t always easy, but you are worth it.
For many people, rehab is the best way to get sober and start fresh. It puts you in a safe environment and helps you develop new coping skills and healthier habits. Unfortunately, a large percentage of people leaving treatment will relapse within the first few weeks and months. This is why often an IOP program is recommended after rehab. This however is not always an option for some and others do not want to attend. So what are the alternatives. The bottom line is that relapse is a very real threat for anyone leaving treatment. So what are some viable ways that relapse can be prevented?
The Importance Of Ongoing Support
The reality is that most treatment centers fail to address the underlying causes of addiction. Not only that, but your average 28 day program is simply not long enough to undo the damage of years of habitual drug or alcohol use. Defense and coping mechanisms are powerful forces that can take months of intensive therapy to address, and cravings may persist for a long time. External and internal stressors can contribute to relapse. Once you are done with treatment, you are on your own.
For some people, 12 step programs offer the support needed to maintain sobriety, but they don’t work for everyone. What is often needed in early sobriety is an added level of support to help you work through the challenges as they come up, helping you to master the tools and strategies needed to live a life free from addiction.
How Recovery Coaching Can Help
Perhaps you have heard of recovery coaches, and perhaps not. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t just for the rich and famous. A recovery coach is someone who helps you navigate the early recovery period so that you can stay sober. They can also be useful in times of stress when you are feeling shaky and uncertain about your ability to stay sober.
Dr. Cali Estes is a recovery coach with years of experience helping people maintain their sobriety and thrive in their recovery.
“Recovery Coaches are vital in supplementing the poor aftercare that most treatment centers offer to clients. They offer a client-centered accountability that is based on professional experience.”
Treatment centers often provide “aftercare” programs for those that complete their programs. Generally, they consist of a weekly topical group, but not much more. While these groups offer some level of support and can help keep you connected to peers, they simply aren’t comprehensive enough to be of much help.
The Benefits Of Individualized Recovery Coaching
While there are many similarities among those who are addicted, people are still individuals with individual needs. Treatment programs, support groups and other programs are not geared to the individual. They are often a one-size-fits-all approach that is lacking in many areas. Recovery coaching provides that individual attention, and allows the coach to really get to know their client, and design an approach that is unique to the person.
Dr. Cali Estes combines her professional experience in clinical psychology, addiction treatment, personal coaching and wellness coaching to provide a high level of support. She states “One of the keys to the success of Recovery Coaches is that they offer confidential accountability to anyone in early sobriety. They also offer a viable alternative to anyone who is not interested in 12 step recovery.”
While 12 step meetings are great for some people, they aren’t for everyone. Recovery Coaching provides a viable alternative to other recovery services that may not have worked for you in the past.
One of the major advantages of Recovery Coaches is that they can give you support when you need it. Things come up in real life that you need solutions for in the moment. These are teaching opportunities and coaching allows you to get through these rough spots while at the same time learning coping skills and techniques that you can draw on in the future.
A Recovery Coach with a background in behavior and cognitive psychology as well as addiction treatment offers you even more. Many programs stop at treating the addiction, but this isn’t enough. Most people have other issues that are keeping them stuck in the same patterns. Underlying issues to addiction may include depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment and self-esteem issues. These are problems that don’t go away on their own. Help is needed to work through these problems so long-term healing can take place.
In addition, a Recovery Coach can help you learn how to build a lifestyle that promotes health and overall well-being. It’s not just about quitting the alcohol or drugs. While that is certainly a good start, it’s not enough. You want to live a life that you love, that feels good and that allows you to grow and thrive. You want to enjoy your life! That is where coaching comes in.
**Rose Lockinger is a passionate member of the recovery community. A rebel who found her cause, she uses blogging and social media to raise the awareness about the disease of addiction. She has visited all over North and South America. Single mom to two beautiful children she has learned parenting is without a doubt the most rewarding job in the world. Currently the Outreach Director at Stodzy Internet Marketing.
Los Angeles Sober Coach
Los Angeles Sober Coach
Chateau Marmont is where you go to party, Los Angeles Sober Coach is where you go to clean up the mess. Bad publicity can destroy your career or make it. We are here when you are destroying your career because you are out of control and now you are losing gigs, contracts, movie parts and find yourself on the slippery slope out of stardom. Ending up broke and unemployed is not an option, call us before it happens. 1.800.706.0318
Professional in LA?
We specialize in executives and professionals that HAVE to be on point in their career and lifestyles. When drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, food addictions get out of control your personal life and professional life fall apart. The stress of losing everything can make you more prone to engage in the seedy activities that relieve the stress. The cycle continues until we help you break it. Call LA Sobriety Coaches 1.800.706.0318 for Recovery Coaching, Anger Management, Sober Coaching, and more.
7 DAY drug and alcohol treatment.
We do in 7 days what you will learn ‘going away’ for 28. We can come to you on set, in your trailer, in your home or hotel, even at the day spa. We get you on the right track in 7 days. We also offer a sobriety coach, sober coach or recovery coach for additional time to assist you with all of your goals. Call us at 1.800.706.0318 to talk to one of our sober coaches today
At The Addictions Coach we offer hourly, half day and daily rates to assist you with your sober coaching and recovery coaching needs. We are nontraditional and offer methods that WORK. We are 100% CONFIDENTIAL. We can handle anger management issues, drug addiction, gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, food addiction and even sex addiction. At LA Sober Coach, we will assist you in staying sober during your event, business meeting, game, or performance. All Recovery Coaches are Nationally Certified. We bring the drug and alcohol treatment program to you.
Find us here: www.theaddictionscoach.com
Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach is NFL Sober Coach
Its that time of the year again where there is a 4 week ‘free’ window in the NFL and the players get to have some freedom. This is the time period when they get into trouble, crash cars, get DUI’s, get arrested, sneak guns into a nightclub and maybe even get arrested for sexual misconduct. This can be avoided by using an anger management or drug and alcohol sober coach.
At The Addictions Coach our specialty is assisting Professional Football Players when partying gets out of hand or anger management issues cause them to lose focus or get arrested. From Sober Companion Services to Recovery Coaching Services to Addiction Therapy, we can handle it all for the Professional Sports Player. We offer gambling addiction coaching, drug and alcohol addiction coaching, sex addiction coaching, Anger Management Coaching, and we offer it on the playing field, off the field, at home and also while the professional football player is traveling.
As a professional athlete your needs are unique.
You need your head in the game both on and off the field. You need to make sure your image is clean and untainted in the papers or you risk getting cut from the team. You read the paper and see the news of all the professional athletes that are arrested for drugs, alcohol, steroids, hiring prostitutes, gambling and of course excessive partying. You watch as other Professional Football Players get cut from the team, dropped from their sponsorships, divorced and smeared in the headlines. They are using both legal and illegal drugs, taking guns into nightclubs, having affairs, getting involved in domestic violence issues and of course gambling their paychecks away. Some professional football players may retire early to avoid the embarrassment, some end up in jail, some broke living with their parents and of course, some end up dead. Don’t let that be YOU. With all the hard work and dedication you have put into professional football, don’t throw it all away for drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and guns. Hire us before you make the decision to do something you regret. We are your Addiction Coaches. We come to you, on the field and off.
At The Addictions Coach, we specialize in pro levels athletes. We are the addiction coaches in football. We are International and can travel with you and your team as your sober coach, addictions coach, sober companion and addictions therapist. At The Addictions Coach, we cover all aspects of life coaching, addictions coaching, anger management, ADHD, drug and alcohol treatment, gambling addiction, sex addiction, as well as life issues and proper off the field/court behaviors. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, can assist you in remaining out of the negative public press and spotlights. Through our special blend of Addiction Therapy, Recovery Coaching and sports psychology we will get to the root of your issues and assist you in moving forward in a positive direction so your career and home life will flourish. We are with you, every step of the way. Playing Professional Football is a unique talent and the stressors and events that accompany the
career are unique as the sport itself. We are well versed in those stressors and can assist you in everything from gambling addiction, drug and alcohol addiction to anger management and stress and anxiety. We even offer a unique Mobile Rehab and we bring the treatment to you.
At The Addictions Coach we are 100% CONFIDENTIAL!
At The Addictions Coach, we know what you need and how fast you need it. We can help you stop that negative behavior before you ruin your career and your relationships. We specialize in Anger Management and drug and alcohol addictions. Cali Estes and her Team of Nationally Certified Recovery Coaches are 100% CONFIDENTIAL and will assist you in understanding your behaviors and how to get to the root cause of the problem quickly without tarnishing your career as a Professional Football Player. After a few sessions with Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, you will begin to notice a change within yourself and the way you view your environment. Your lifestyle will begin to change and your stress will drop along with your addictive tendencies. Your anger and aggression will fade and you will have positive coping skills and strategies both on and off and Football Field. You will be able to identify your patterns of addictive thinking and move forward towards positive change and produce personal growth.
At The Addictions Coach, we use a different approach. We do not focus on the past and break your spirit down only to build you back up like the traditional medical models and 12 step programs which focus on the things you did wrong and making amends. These types of drug and alcohol treatment programs keep you stuck in the past and spinning your wheels and ultimately end in relapse. At The Addictions Coach, we focus on the future and positive forward change in your Professional Football Career. Our Nationally Certified Recovery Coaches will teach you how to use the techniques of empowerment and positive reinforcement, to assist you in gaining control of your life and being successful without the added stress of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction or anger management issues.
If you are court ordered to treatment, or arrested for a DUI or possession of a controlled substance (narcotics) the publicity can be an ugly mess that you do not need in your Professional Football Career. Your coach and public relations team want the negative press to subside and Cali Estes and her team at The Addictions Coach can work with the court system on your behalf to lessen the blow and allow you to continue in your career.
Cali Estes was interviewed by the LA Times for an article on addiction and professional sports. Please see article here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-erskine-20140327-column.html#axzz2xgtVxL8w
We can provide 24/7 support, weekly, daily, or hourly consultations. We can travel with you to away games and we are available for you during the off-season as well. Let us help you make the most of your Professional Football Career and be there for you when you need us.
For more information call us 1.800.706.0318
For more information on Cali Estes and her staff please visit http://www.theaddictionscoach.com/
Denver, Colorado legalized weed and crime dropped. Is it really that bad of an herb?
Tax dollars are pouring in, crime is down in Denver, and few of the early concerns about social breakdown have materialized.
In the first four months, marijuana sales amounted to more than $202 million, about a third of them recreational. Taxes from recreational sales were almost $11 million.
Despite some critics’ fears of a pot-driven crime explosion, Denver police say burglaries and robberies were down by between 4 and 5 percent in the first four months of the year.
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Bad Boys and Women: Why We Want What We Shouldn’t
By Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach
Convicted Felon Jeremy Meeks, age 30 is seen by some 64,000 women that are infatuated with his mugshot on facebook and felt the need to ‘like’ is picture. No, for the record I was not one of them. What attracts women to this type of man? For centuries “nice men” have wondered what the allure to ‘a bad boy’ could be and why women are so fascinated with them. Here is why:
1. Women want to change and ‘fix’ the broken bad boy. Somehow they think that they can turn his behavior around and take him to church, reform him if you will and this gives them a sense of accomplishment and purpose in their lives.
2. Women like the allure of the underworld and having a bad boy boyfriend can make them feel alive. He does things she would never do, but can admire from afar. The thought of him committing crimes in the dark of night is exciting, until he cheats on her and she is devastated (like she never saw this coming)
3. Women want to be the Caretaker for the bad boy. They want to be able to assist him and that in turn makes them feel needed and wanted.
4. Women think because he is behind bars he is not cheating and is loyal to her. In fact, he is loyal to anyone that will send him cash for commissary, male or female.
5. Women want the guy that everyone else wants. Now others want what they have and they can show him off, like a trophy.
The interesting piece here is how this sudden rise to ‘felon fame’ will affect Jeremy Meeks and his gang-related activities. Now that he is ‘high profile’ will he become a target or will he simply carry on with his day?
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Cali Estes, Interviewed on “Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101- The Addictions Coach
This week’s show is all about choices and possibilities. How do you think rehab should go? Would being able to stay in your own environment be good or bad? How about going about your work, school, social responsibilities and being able to “bounce off” situations with a therapist/counselor when “stuff” happens, to get immediate tools to use? What about someone being by your side when you relapse or to help you help yourself not to relapse? Denise speaks with Cali Estes, founder of the Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach, about the different, creative modes of treatment she is discovering to work well with a different “twist”.
You can find Cali at her websites above or call her at 1-800 706-0318
Kids are not Smiling over “Smiles”, they are being charged with Murder.
Five Minnesota teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who authorities say was supplied with a dangerous synthetic form of LSD aka “Smiles”.
According to the Huffington Post, the five teens have been charged with third-degree murder in the death of Tara Fitzgerald. The defendants are identified as Cole Alexander Matenaer and Alexander Lee Claussen, both 19, and 17-year-olds Sydney Clair Johnson, Alistair Curtis Berg and Brian Phillip Norlander. Johnson, Berg and Norlander also face charges for the alleged sale of dangerous drugs to someone under 18, authorities said.
According to the prosecutor, the teen defendants were buying and selling a synthetic form of LSD. The drugs were allegedly supplied by Claussen to the other defendants and Norlander ultimately provided it to Fitzgerald, the prosecutor said.
Fitzgerald, a junior at Woodbury High School, was found unresponsive on January 11, after a slumber party at her home. The teen was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she was pronounced dead. The office of the Ramsey County medical examiner determined the drug that killed Fitzgerald was a synthetic form of LSD known clinically as 25i-NBOMe.
The criminal complaint states Fitzgerald and a girlfriend, who was staying overnight at her house, had each taken 25i-NBOMe. Videos found on the girls’ cellphones allegedly show them under the influence of the drug, the complaint said.
According to Pamela Capaci, the executive director of Prevention Links, an organization specializing in preventing drug abuse, 25i-NBOMe, known on the streets as “N-Bomb,” “25-Eye,” or “Smiles,” is a very dangerous hallucinogenic drug. “It’s actually one of the most deadly designer drugs on the market today,” Capaci told The Huffington Post. “The chemical compound is similar to LSD and there is a mixture of other unstable synthetic chemical compounds. “Capaci said users of the drug can experience hallucinations, erratic thoughts and behavior.
“It can raise blood pressure and people can go into seizures,” she said. “It is similar to bath salts, in that it can produce an adrenalin effect.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports 25i-NBOMe and its close relatives, like 25C-NBOMe, are responsible for at least 14 deaths in 11 states between 2012 and 2013.
Capaci said part of the problem is the drug is growing in popularity, especially with teenagers.
At The Addictions Coach we can help you with Smiles. Call us at 1.800.706.0318 or www.theaddictionscoach.com
Alcohol Addiction Or Just A Bad Decision?
Lopez passes out drunk on casino floor.
Comedian and actor George Lopez was arrested for passing out on the floor of the casino where he performed earlier that evening. Apparently, he had been drunk and decided to lay down on the floor of the casino to rest, and fell asleep. Luckily for him he was scheduled to perform again the following evening, so the casino didn’t press charges. He just spent some time sobering up in the drunk tank. Does the Saint George star have a drinking problem or was this just a bad decision after “tying one on”, as he says? I would assume the casino provided him a hotel room, at least!