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I Love Being Sober
Tim Westbrook, CEO of Camelback Recovery, interviews people in recovery about their sobriety journey.
2 days ago
Interventions Start With Love and Compassion
Joe Capela reveals his personal history with drug and alcohol addiction that led to a $400/day cocaine habit, and how an intervention saved his life. Joe now helps other families intervene in their loved one’s lives and offers them a solution from a place of love and compassion, instead of blame and frustration, that helps them get their lives and relationships back on track. * Tim tells the story of Robert and his brother who struggled with addiction, asking the question about whether it was right to kick his brother out of his house and stop being an enabler. * Joe was in denial regarding his addiction and it took a family intervention to get him into recovery. He wasn’t happy initially but a few days into treatment he realized the intervention saved his life. * Setting boundaries is easy, keeping those boundaries is the challenge. When families hire Joe to intervene, it’s as much for the family and helping them establish boundaries and make a shift in the family dynamic. * Joe grew up in California and looking back on his childhood he always believed his family didn’t have an addiction problem, even though he exhibited that behaviour early on. * Even after graduating, getting married and having kids, Joe still enjoyed the party life. He recalls the moment he first tried cocaine was the beginning of the end. What started as a once a month cocaine habit eventually became a $400 a day habit. * Joe never realized that he had a drug problem, he thought he had a marriage and a financial problem. When he was in treatment he realized that those problems were actually a direct result of his drug problem. * Joe entered into an outpatient problem in 1986 where he managed to complete the one-year program, but not while clean and sober. Three years later Joe was intervened on again and went into a residential program at that point. He’s been clean and sober since. * They started by chipping away at his denial and helping Joe realize the extent of his cocaine and alcohol addiction. * One of the initial motivations of starting treatment was for Joe to save his marriage, but on the 26th day of the program, his wife informed him that she was filing for divorce. That day was when Joe tried to leave and finally understood the meaning of surrendering. Surrendering to the process and being willing to take suggestions is the reason that Joe is clean and sober today. * Many people that get clean want to work in the field and help other people recover as well. For Joe, he felt the call after getting sober and decided to quit working in the automotive industry to go back to school and train to work in a treatment facility. Joe set a 5-year goal for himself and managed to work in the same center he recovered in at the two-year mark. * He has since worked at several treatment centers around the world. When Joe got started there weren’t very many interventionists in the world and he never intended to be one. When he went to work with the County he started exploring the interventionist path and fell in love with it. * The time to call an interventionist is when you recognize there is a problem. If you have someone who has relapsed or failed treatments, that’s when it makes sense to bring in a professional to help facilitate the process. * Joe’s approach to intervening is from a place of love and concern, with no shaming or blaming involved. * By the time a family gives Joe a call, they have already tried intervening on their own. They’ve set boundaries but they couldn’t keep them because the family dynamic is usually too close. The trouble is there is a window of opportunity early on and waiting to call an interventionist can cause you to miss that window. * When it comes to interventionists, your best bet is to find someone who has experience with the work. * A common fear for families is that if they set a boundary the person they are trying to help will kill themselves, and while that is a risk the addict is already killing themselves. By setting the boundary you are at least giving the addict a chance. * Joe is trained in multiple models of intervention and it really depends on the family dynamics that determine how he goes about working with people. Joe also brings in the family to help deal with their own issues because addiction is a family disease. * It’s crucial for the family to go out and find their own support. Most people don’t understand mental health disorders or how to deal with them. * Joe is available to the family up to six months after an intervention and will travel to wherever in the country he needs to be to make sure they get the best results. Joe tries to keep everyone involved engaged for as long as possible because it dramatically increases the odds of success. Mentioned in this Episode: CapelaInterventions.com
Oct 21, 2020
What If You’re Not Broken? Exploring Conscious Recovery
Tim Westbrook and TJ Woodward dive into the power of Conscious Recovery and explore the root causes of addiction. Learn about TJ’s journey in recovery and the powerful spiritual principles he uses to help people change their false beliefs and embrace their infinite potential, instead of viewing themselves as broken people that need to be “fixed”. * Tim wouldn’t know what his life would look like in the midst of the pandemic if he weren’t clean and sober. Addiction, suicide, and mental illness is up by 600% and fewer people are coming into recovery. * White collar workers are working from home while still continuing to drink, which means that they aren’t getting into the trouble they normally would and their addiction is getting worse without it being obvious. * The impact of the shelter in place policies has created a secondary effect on people and we probably won’t know until this time next year what level the impact is. * Being sober is the very foundation for the success that TJ Woodward has enjoyed in his life. * Many people have asked TJ how he can know whether he still has a problem with addiction when he got sober at the age of 20. His answer is that he loves his life and being sober so much so having a drink wouldn’t enhance his life in any way so it’s not even a question for him. * When your life is so good, it’s not worth the risk of having one drink and going down that path. As long as you continue being grateful and stay connected to other people in recovery, you will know that that life is not what you want. * An extensive clinical study revealed that people who had higher levels of anxiety about Covid had higher levels of anxiety before Covid. We don’t change our habits based on what we don’t want, we change our habits based on what we do want. Recovery becomes about “what life do I want?” * Whatever you put energy into grows, so if you put energy into what you don’t want, you’re putting it into the wrong place. * TJ grew up in the 90’s and recalls coming into the world pretty happy, but that quickly changed into fear and wrongness which changed his worldview. He shut down at an early age, feeling damaged and broken until he discovered drugs and alcohol. * One of the narratives that we hear in recovery is that someone has to hit bottom before embracing recovery. For TJ that meant feeling empty and grasping for something or someone just to feel better or feel less. * At the age of 13,TJ started experimenting with drugs and alcohol, but he didn’t realize it was a problem until a couple years later. We don’t call drinking or using drugs an addiction as long as it’s working, we call it “fun.” * There was no intervention for TJ. The last year of his addiction was particularly damaging internally and his sense of emptiness and disconnection pushed him further. Luckily for TJ, he had a sober friend who planted the seed in his mind that led him to his own recovery. * Abusing drugs and alcohol isoften an attempt to fill a sense of emptiness, but it never works. For TJ, what he was really missing was a sense of spiritual wholeness. * Relapse is often accepted as part of recovery. TJ was so disconnected that once he discovered recovery he was willing to do whatever it takes. * At the time TJ got sober in 1986, the idea of treatment was becoming widespread for the first time. In the beginning, TJ didn’t know that he would be working to help others in recovery, he was in his late 30’s when he went back to school and focused on spiritual counselling, which he now brings to the people he helps. * There was no classic addiction in TJ’s family. There is a common narrative that addiction is passed on and if the addiction isn’t present in your family, maybe you don’t actually have a problem. The issue is that addiction takes many forms and doesn’t always manifest as drug or alcohol abuse. * TJ took on the generational trauma from his parents and internalized it. * Most of the treatment in recovery focuses on symptoms and behaviors. Mental health and addiction were considered separate and unrelated. TJ came into the field with a spiritual approach of reconnecting people with their wholeness in the form of Conscious Recovery. * One of the practices that has been very powerful for TJ is listening to his inner wisdom. The idea for writing his Conscious Recovery book came to TJ during meditation. * TJ loves the 12-Step program but his path took him in a different direction. Conscious Recovery is not an alternative to the 12-Step program, it’s an additional tool in the toolbox. The 12 Steps are the foundation for the recovery of millions of people. * Being with a community of supportive people that helps you connect with others as well as yourself is the goal, whatever form that happens to take. * There are more opportunities now to connect in different ways than ever before. * TJ’s life changed dramatically early on in recovery after meeting a particular woman who opened his eyes to the story of his recovery. Instead of trying to figure out what’s broken about someone, Conscious Recovery focuses on the infinite potential of what that person is capable of. * Personality isn’t permanent, we are changing all the time and we can choose the language we use to describe ourselves and our future. * The power of “I am…” is really important. Your “I am…” statements shape how you think of your identity and move you in ways that you may not realize. Recovery is about changing the narrative that you tell yourself. * In the Western medical model, we look at symptoms and try to eliminate them. The issue is that the Western approach doesn’t always deal with the root cause. The issue with the DSM is that it often puts people into a category that may not be the right one. It’s not necessarily bad, but a diagnosis can sometimes keep people trapped in a belief about themself that is not necessarily permanent. * The root causes of mental disorders are often some unexamined trauma, and just dealing with the symptoms is like putting a bandaid on a bleeding wound. * If we only treat symptoms and behaviors, nothing really changes. The seeds you plant in your unconscious grow into fully formed beliefs. Healing your core false beliefs is the path you need to pursue. * Your beliefs about yourself also determine who you attract into your life. If you believe you are unworthy, you will choose an unworthy life. You will choose relationships that confirm your core false belief. * When TJ was five years old he decided he was stupid. The healing work involved going deep and embracing the emotions of the past and understanding how and where that seed was planted. * It takes time to heal. Don’t rush the process but focus on dealing with the root cause as early on as possible. One of the things that treatment practitioners can do right now is start to recognize that they can address root causes much earlier. * Conscious Recovery says underneath all your addictive behavior is a whole, imperfect person. The wisdom is within you. It’s not the counsellor, sponsor, or therapist’s job to fix you because you are not actually broken. * The person who has relapsed multiple times is carrying a great deal of shame about themselves. * If we start to explore anxiety as a strategy than a condition, we can start to explore what it’s managing. * If you really want to be clean and sober, take the time to explore what is happening within you and think about what communities you want to connect with to accelerate your recovery. Mentioned in this Episode: consciousrecovery.com
Oct 14, 2020
Recovery Beyond the 12-Step Program
In this powerful interview, Dr. Georgia Fourlas talks about her personal story of addiction and recovery, and why it’s so easy for intelligent people to deceive themselves. Learn about the root causes of addiction, what resources are available to you if you’re struggling with staying sober, and why living in consultation is vital to your long-term recovery. * Everyone knows someone who has been part of a 12-step program but has been unable to stay sober. Chances are those people are struggling with other issues that they haven’t dealt with. * As great as the 12-step program is, some people just need more help. * Fourlas tells the story of how she got her Masters degree at the age of 23 while using drugs and alcohol to deal with the challenges of life, and how she fell into a pit of addiction after graduating. It wasn’t until she was exposed to long-term treatment that she finally found a solution. * Fourlas knew she had a problem in high school, but she assumed the issue was the people she was friends with. It was always external things that she attributed her issues to and it wasn’t until the long-term treatment and intensive therapy that she saw things differently. * For people who walk away from the program, you will keep finding lower and lower bottoms until you either get recovery or you die. Unfortunately, Tim and Dr. Georgia have seen many people die from their addictions over the years. * For Dr. Fourlas, long-term use required long-term treatment. She had convinced herself that she was a smart person that could think her way out of her addiction, but she was wrong. * All the short term treatment options weren’t enough for Dr. Fourlas. It wasn’t until she was in a therapeutic community for several months that she saw real lasting results. * To expect to be cured in 30 to 60 days is unrealistic. When someone is in treatment, they’re in a bubble and protected from the triggers of everyday life. Going back into their old environment and expecting to live a healthy lifestyle is not realistic. * Many people in the world use drugs to deal with trauma from their childhood or adult relationships. Not everyone suffers from addiction but for those who do, 30 days is not enough to deal with those deep seated issues. * You need a healthy lifestyle, friends, behaviours, and habits to stick with long-term * Fourlas’s realization that she needed help came when she was working with her therapist. She realized that she was intelligent enough to deceive herself, and therapy helped her break through those barriers. Just being away from her old life long enough helped her to see more clearly as well. * After her long-term treatment, Dr. Fourlas understood that she couldn’t just jump back into her old life, which is why she ended up going into a recovery house. * You have to stay in the program until you don’t want to leave. The ones who are the most honest with themselves and understand that they may not be ready yet are closer to being ready than the people who think they’ve got a handle on everything. * The key ingredients to a successful recovery are abstinence and connection. You need to be connected with people that are going to be honest with you. Having a healthy purpose and spiritual life is important as well. * Introspection is also vital. You need to be able to look inside and see what you’re responsible for. People can be victimized and still take responsibility for addressing the issues and trauma that happened to them. Being a perpetual victim will not lead to healing your pain. * Closure from other people is a fantasy. You can’t control others and if you look for healing from people who have victimized you in the past you’re setting yourself up for failure. * In the era of Covid-19, anxiety, depression, suicide, and many other issues are on the rise. Distance from family has caused increased suffering and fear as well. The two most profound things though are loss of our normal lives and the overwhelming prevalence of the virus. For some people, the lack of human touch is a major problem that is taking its toll. * If you have alcoholic tendencies, being stuck at home makes it much more likely to exacerbate the problem. Without a focus, people are falling into their addiction when they otherwise wouldn’t have. * Addiction manifests in a number of forms including drinking, smoking, drugs, pornography, social media, gaming, and more. The problem isn’t the substance, it’s the compulsive behaviours and the underlying issues that cause them. * You have to learn how to open up and connect with other people to get closer to recovery. When you repress your emotions and needs, that’s when you get depressed and feel guilty or ashamed, but you also have to be careful not to take hostages regarding your emotional needs. * Learning healthy boundaries requires work. You need to be able to deal with your childhood trauma, which can be a challenge, because many people don’t realize what qualifies as trauma. * Healthy boundaries are as important as staying in recovery. How else would someone be able to say no to the person pressuring them to have a drink? Without boundaries you will find yourself in relapse and being stepped on. * When it comes to social media, it’s hard to know what healthy boundaries look like because they’re different for each person. For Dr. Fourlas that means avoiding politics and religion, and staying out of arguments. Social media is the best example of the world with a lack of boundaries. * Fourlas runs several different types of workshops at the Meadows, which are five-day deep dives into one of the areas that are causing people issues in recovery. They usually serve as a foundation for avoiding further addictions or launching you over the obstacles that you might find in recovery. Survivors is a key program that many people have gone through years into their recovery that they’ve found very helpful. * One of the best assignments that Dr. Fourlas had ever received from her therapist were two questions: “If you’re so smart, why do you act so stupid? And if you’re so right, why have things gone so wrong for you?” It made her look honestly at her life and her behaviour. * We can usually convince ourselves of anything. We need to live in consultation in order to succeed in recovery, with people who know how to guide us through our issues and understand addiction. * Dr. Fourlas’s morning routine involves getting up earlier than she needs to to give herself time to get ready, looking at the news through comedy, cuddling her cat, and some light motivational or funny videos. She knows that if she rushes in the morning, the rest of the day is much harder.
Oct 7, 2020
The Ambassador of Hope on Why Understanding Risk is Crucial to Staying Sober
Andre Norman, the incredible and inspiring Ambassador of Hope talks about his journey from violent convict to Harvard fellow, and how he now travels the world empowering people to seek the help they need to build better lives. Andre talks about his struggles with anger and violence, the epiphany that changed the course of his life, and why change is available for everyone. * Andre Norman’s early experiences prepared him for a life of crime and violence, culminating in being sentenced to over 100 years in prison. It was during a two-year stint in solitary confinement that Andre had an epiphany that changed his life. After serving 14 years behind bars, Andre is now known as the Ambassador of Hope and helps empower other people to turn their life around. * Andre was born and raised in Boston with a single mother who struggled to provide for him. By the end of high school, Andre was a part of a gang and found himself in prison. * Andre tells people that he went to prison because he quit on all the opportunities he had available to him, not because he was black, or came from the inner city, or the son of a single mom. * In the first six years of his sentence, Andre convinced himself that he was doing well. He convinced himself all the negative aspects of his life, including being a gang leader and locked up in solitary prison, were good things. He rationalized and justified his whole existence until it all came crashing down when he realized he was the king of nowhere. * Once he decided he didn’t want to be where he was anymore, he had to face the truth about who he was and what he had to do to change. * Andre wrote down who he was and started working on the list one area at a time. Andre got his GED, he went to anger management and started working on his relationships. It took him eight more years of doing the work to get out of prison after serving 14 years total. * Andre didn’t do drugs or drink but he went to every program they had available. It was a friend that eventually brought him to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and that’s where he learned how to take accountability and apply the 12 Steps to his anger issues. * Alcoholic behaviour can take many forms, for Andre it was anger. * Addiction is created from pain, and when you have pain you look for release. Fighting and attacking people was how Andre dealt with his pain. * Pain doesn’t always come from someone being a bully or violent, it can be as simple as a misunderstanding and not realizing how the other person feels about something you’ve done. * Andre’s last fist fight was in 1991. Once Andre decided that fighting was no longer how he wanted to live he had to figure out another way to communicate and develop better habits. The other initial step was realizing that bad thoughts don’t make you a bad person. * Separating thoughts from actions and taking a few seconds to respond instead of reacting violently is how Andre slowly changed his life. * When you’re in jail, the only thing you see is failure. That’s why it’s so important to show up in person and show that if you can make it, they can too. * Andre’s nickname, The Ambassador of Hope, came organically from helping people all over the world. Andre travels around the world to deliver a message of hope to people who need it. * Andre was awarded a fellowship by a Harvard professor as part of his efforts to help heal tensions in Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed. * The US has a racial addiction. At some point, the country needs to acknowledge that they have a black/white problem and start working towards fixing it and implementing a solution, instead of focusing on the problem. * The instant you say there is no risk, it quadruples the odds of something bad happening because you are no longer guarding against potential problems. * When you believe that you can’t relapse, you are putting yourself at risk. When you acknowledge that risk is real you do something about it. When you say risk doesn’t exist, you do nothing about it and make yourself susceptible to anything that can go wrong, and something usually does go wrong. * Most people don’t understand the long term consequences of their actions. * At age 17, Andre had a chance to be a Junior Counsellor for a foreign exchange student but because he didn’t understand the opportunity he lost it. Understanding the opportunities that are in front of you is very important. Get educated because opportunities are coming at you at a thousand miles an hour, but if we can’t recognize them they will go by without us. You have to get out of your comfort zone to grow. * Andre learned to ask for help for the negative habits he had, but he didn’t realize until much later that you can ask for help on the good things as well. * Learn the action steps that can rebuild your life and those action steps can take you someplace great. Mentioned in this Episode: andrenorman.com
Aug 13, 2020
Sex, Money, and Sobriety
Walter spent 18 years as a financial educator teaching at many prestigious universities, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, ASU, DePaul, TCU, UNLV, University of San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and Tecnológico de Monterrey. In 2003 he started his own investment firm. In 2013, he paid a $10,000,000 "Dumb Tax" and lost his firm—the consequence of reliance on others without a full understanding of the issues and risk associated with a transaction. He is committed to communicating and teaching the many lessons he and others have learned in the quest for happiness—keeping wealth without losing oneself or the people they care about.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 5, 2020
THIS is How You Get Off the Addiction Rollercoaster
In this episode with Tim Westbrook MS and Dr. Louise Stanger discuss what should you do when a loved one is in active addiction, what should you look for in a behavioral health treatment center (they are not all the same?), and more. Her new book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions: A Collective Strategy, is the first academic book in the U.S. about the intervention process. She will be teaching the first 12-week University Course in the U.S. on Intervention for The University of Wisconsin Winter, 2020. Her new book (Surprise) will be out in this Fall 2020 as well. Stay tuned. Dr Louise welcomes hearing from you and learning about you. You can reach her at 619-507-1699 and DrStanger@allaboutinterventions.com
1 hr 19 min
Aug 4, 2020
The Top Leader in Substance Use Disorders Talks About the Human Condition
Is it important to understand the human condition for proper placement in treatment/pain recovery/mental health programs? Take the guesswork out of placement by completing a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation. Learn more in this episode of I Love Being Sober with host Tim Westbrook, MS and Dr. James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S. For more than 29 years, Dr. Flowers has been one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of mental health, chronic pain, and substance use disorders. Dr. Flowers has dedicated his career to his passion, designing multidisciplinary treatment programs and clinical protocols to help individuals suffering from substance use disorders, mental health issues and chronic pain. Dr. Flowers is a lifelong distance runner with more than 28 marathons to his credit. He has competed in several ultra-marathons, including 70 and 100-mile races. In addition, Dr. Flowers is a pilot.
Aug 3, 2020
Sober Mom Journey: Not Always Easy But Worth It!
Moms (and dads) in recovery or seeking recovery, you won't want to miss this as Amanda Marino talks about being a sober parent, being a sober parent during the COVID 19 pandemic, and the impact of COVID 19 on addiction.
Jul 31, 2020
Why is Technology-Assisted Care the Care You Want with Mark Rohde, PhD
What is DNA-based drug testing and why would you use it? Does brain imagery have a role to play in diagnosis and treatment? In this episode of I Love Being Sober, Mark Rohde PhD, Chief Clinical Officer for True Mobile Health and Tim Westbrook MS discuss these topics and more.
Jul 27, 2020
Fuel Well: How to Boost Food and Nutrition for Recovery
In this episode of I Love Being Sober, Kristen Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Health and Tim Westbrook, MS discusses the importance of food and nutrition to the recovery process. Kristin is the lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. A bestselling author, experienced presenter, and award-winning dietitian. Kristin is a sought-after national speaker on a variety of nutrition and wellness-related topics, appearing on the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. Oz Show. She has also contributed to national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Costco Connection, Self, Women’s Health, TODAY.com, The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and she is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter,” and in December 2017, her show The New Rules of Food aired nationally on PBS.
Jul 10, 2020
The Importance of Case Management for Long Term Success with Rick Baney
What is the value and importance of Case Management to long term recovery success? Why is family support and coaching crucial to the Case Management process? How has the COVID 19 pandemic impacted people suffering from addiction and mental illness? Answers to these questions and more during this episode of I Love Being Sober podcast with Rick Baney and host Tim Westbrook.
Jul 10, 2020
Addiction Treatment vs Personal Recovery: Is there a difference?
Is working in addiction treatment the same as working in recovery? Is working as a treatment professional the same as working a personal program of recovery? The line between addiction treatment and recovery is often blurred, and many individuals in recovery who also work in addiction treatment often confuse the public when speaking with folks seeking help for a loved one. Learn more in this episode of I Love Being Sober with Rick Hubbard and Tim Westbrook, MS.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 30, 2020
How to Treat a Sex Addict
Why is intensive treatment effective in treating sex addiction? Why is team treatment more effective than individual treatment? What should you look for in a therapist? How can you best use therapy? Is sober living appropriate for a sex addict and why? Listen to this interview to learn the answers to these questions. Find out more about PCS Intensive and Dr. Marcus Earle at https://pcsintensive.com/ #soberliving #recovery #scottsdale #sober #sobriety #luxury #choosingasoberlivinghome #camelbackrecovery"
Jun 26, 2020
LIVE - Meeting Makers Club An Online Recovery Addiction Platform
In this episode of I Love Being Sober, Tim Westbrook interviews Antonio Sanders, the creator of the Meeting Makers Club. The Meeting Makers Club is an online platform for people in recovery to hold meetings virtually. Antonio was married with 2 small children. His drinking had been escalating for 20 years. A marriage counselor asked him about his drinking and if he would be willing to attend an AA meeting. Faced with the decision between going to an AA meeting or having another man raise his kids... he went to his first AA meeting in February 2010. That was 10 years ago, and he hasn't had a drink since. He wouldn't be sober today if it wasn't for the meetings and the sober people that helped him. He imagines that if he had gone to that first meeting and no one was there, or the facility was closed, he doesn't know if he would've had the courage to go back. That's why he set out to build the Meeting Makers Club. So there will always be someone there when anyone is ready to recover. K…
Jun 24, 2020
Why should you consider hiring an interventionist?
What is intervention? Why do an intervention? What are the myths and realities of intervention? What does it take to be an interventionist? In this episode, Tim interviews Carey Davidson as they discuss these questions. Carey Davidson is an Internationally Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Board Registered Intervention Specialist, Certified Arise Interventionist, and a Certified Intervention Professional. Carey is not only the owner and founder of InterventionASAP but was also co-owner of a premiere concierge-style recovery firm offering a multitude of clinically therapeutic support services for high profile clientele. Check out Carey Davison here: https://interventionasap.com/ Or Call His Toll-Free Number: 888-405-3121 This podcast is supported by Camelback Recovery Visit CamelbackRecovery.com to find more information regarding Luxury Sober Living Homes and Recovery Coaching Specialists. To get the Consumer’s Awareness Guide to Choosing a Sober Living Home visit this li…
Jun 22, 2020
There Are Many Different Forms of Treatment, But What Works? - Michael Walsh
Addiction treatment is a broad field with many approaches. The specific treatment that people receive varies on a case by case basis, but are there any tried and true methods? In this episode, Michael Walsh and Tim Westbrook dive into that discussion. Michael E Walsh MS, MCAP, CIP is a Masters Level Addiction Professional, Interventionist, Coach, and Treatment Industry Consultant with over 20 years of professional experience. He is the former President and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, he managed the Association of Intervention Specialists and was Liaison to ASAM for the treatment Industry. He is a current C4 Recovery Solutions and Florida Alliance of Recovery Board Member. Mr. Walsh has spoken nationally and Internationally on Addictive Disorders and has testified as an Expert Witness. Call Michael: 561-346-2005 Visit his website: https://mwinterventions.com/
1 hr 10 min
Jun 18, 2020
Live Recording - A Simple Way to Increase Admissions by 50%
In this episode, recorded live with on Facebook, Tim talks with Glenn Hadley who is the Director of Foundations Recovery Network events, and talk about how an alumni program can make a dramatic difference in boosting admissions and helping residents or clients for years after they graduate. Check out Foundations here: https://www.foundationsrecoverynetwork.com/
Jun 17, 2020
Dr. Michel Sucher - Why is Treatment Important for a Person Struggling With Addiction
Dr. Michel Sucher graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1972 and has practiced medicine in AZ since 1974. Initially an emergency physician at what is now Honor Health in Scottsdale and addiction medicine for the past 30+ years. He has served most recently as Chief Medical Officer of Community Bridges, Inc. Currently, he is the Executive Medical Director of Meadows Behavioral Health. His experience encompasses virtually all areas of addiction medicine including outpatient, medical detoxification, inpatient, and residential treatment. He has also worked in the area of physician health for most regulatory healthcare boards in AZ. To contact Dr. Michel Sucher call 480-990-3111
1 hr 1 min
Jun 15, 2020
Scars of Addiction with Matt Miller
Matt Miller is a gnarly dude. After suffering a horrific fall and being left for dead with his father on top of Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba mountain, the third highest peak in North America, Matt Miller, and his dad survived to live another day. Unfortunately, the fight for his life did not end there. After battling addiction for years, he finally found his groove in sobriety. Listen to this podcast to discover how such a man lives day to day, in love with being sober. Website - https://klaritylifestylecompany.com/ Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Phone - 602-732-1144
1 hr 9 min
Jun 10, 2020
Why People in Early Recovery will Benefit Greatly from Recovery Recovery Coaching - Melissa Killeen
In this episode, Melissa Killeen dives deep into recovery coaching to answer the following questions: What is a recovery coach? Why should a person want one? Why does a therapist want their client to have a recovery coach? How does a recovery coach benefit the treatment that an individual receives? How does a recovery coach help a sober living resident? Website - http://www.mkrecoverycoaching.com/ Email - KilleenMelissa@Gmail.com Buy the Book - https://www.amazon.com/Recovery-Coaching-Guide-People-Addictions/dp/1490968164
Jun 8, 2020
How to Wipe Your Criminal Record Clean with Robert Gruler
Robert F. Gruler is the founding partner of R&R Law Group, a criminal defense law firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Robert and his team have helped thousands of people facing criminal charges, many stemming directly from substance abuse related issues. Robert is actively involved in the 12-steps, providing workshops focused on substance abuse-related crimes and providing help to those suffering from addiction in clearing their criminal records. For more information on Robert's workshops, please visit Clean Slate Sobriety. Robert's new book, "Beginning to Winning: How to Fight your Case and Succeed in the Criminal Justice System" is available now on Amazon. Robert is also on the Board of Directors at a local non-profit, EricsHouse.org, and organization dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one to drugs, alcohol, suicide or tragic death. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/RandRLawAZ Twitter - @RobertGrulerEsq https://twitter.com/RobertGrulerEsq
1 hr 2 min
Jun 2, 2020
How to Transform Your Lifestyle to Maintain Long-term Sobriety - Donny Starkins
Donny’s yoga journey started in 2005 by searching for pain relief after seven operations on his left knee and an addiction to pain killers. Fast forward to today, Donny has many years of sobriety and has become one of the dynamic leaders in his industry. He is a professional speaker, teacher and coach leading classes, workshops and seminars all across the world. Donny is an ambassador for lululemon and works directly on their Mindfulosphy Team as both a yoga/meditation teacher and personal development coach. In addition, he is the official yoga instructor for the Phoenix Suns and educates other professional athletes in the ways of yoga and mindfulness. With an emphasis on mindfulness, he challenges each student/client to explore the things getting in the way of their purpose. His calm, focused instruction and peaceful energy makes even the most difficult scenarios possible to work through. Donny’s teaching creates an overall connected, grounded and inspired experience for all level…
May 29, 2020
Defeating Substance Abuse After Two Decades - Shane Watson
Shane Watson is a Prevention Specialist and Public Information Officer for the Scottsdale-based nonprofit notMYkid. During his time with the organization he's performed over 500 speaking engagements throughout the U.S., facilitated an early intervention program for teens, and done over 100 local and national media appearances for notMYkid. As a prevention professional, a parent, and a person in long term recovery, his goal is to use his personal and professional knowledge and experience to help others maintain their mental and behavioral health. Tune in to this episode to find out how he overcame two decades of substance abuse to where he is at now. Contact: email@example.com or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxi89BfmiiB5OYWS-RFNA
1 hr 3 min
May 27, 2020
CEO of True Mobile Health and Co-Founder of notMYkid - Steve Moak
After a long-term struggle with alcohol and drugs, Steve Moak now has a passion for recovery, expertise in marketing, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need of recovery. Steve Moak is the CEO and Co-Founder of True Mobile Health and a founding part of notMYkid, a local nonprofit that provides an array of youth and family service programs. Steve has been an active member in the recovery community in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona and maintains service work throughout the state. Steve was also an invited speaker at the Young Presidents Organization international conference in Scotland with Board Certified Addiction Specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://ww…
May 25, 2020
Intervention Star Ken Seely on Breaking Free From Denial
Kenneth Raymond Seeley is an interventionist and author. He is best known for his appearances on the A&E reality show, Intervention. Certified as a CIP, CCMI-M, RAS, CATC, Seeley himself has been sober since July 14, 1989. Since then, he has worked full-time in the business of recovery. He is the author of Face It and Fix It: A Three-Step Plan to Break Free from Denial and Discover the Life You Deserve. Contact: email@example.com or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxi89BfmiiB5OYWS-RFNA
May 22, 2020
Peer Recovery Coaching - Peter Brunzelle
Peter Brunzelle is the Executive of WisHope in Wisconsin. WisHope is a community-based recovery organization providing resources, recovery housing, addiction treatment, peer recovery coaching, training, and education. Peter is passionate about Peer Recovery Coaching and is excited to share information about the training and support that goes into developing a Peer Recovery Coach. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxi89BfmiiB5OYWS-RFNA
May 19, 2020
Deep Recovery is More than Abstinence - Jim Kreitler
In this episode of I Love Being Sober, Tim Westbrook talks with Jim Kreitler about the 12 step process and deep recovery as opposed to abstinence from substances. Jim is the retired CEO of Calvary Healing Center, a local addiction treatment facility in operation for over 50 years. He has a Masters in Addiction Counseling and was licensed as a therapist. But maybe, more importantly, Jim has been sober since 1998 after inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient treatment and a lifetime commitment to 12 Step recovery. And he totally agrees with the statement "I Love Being Sober!" Contact: email@example.com or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxi89BfmiiB5OYWS-RFNA
May 12, 2020
Saving Children from Addiction - Mike Speakman
Mike is a licensed substance abuse counselor and family education life coach. In his private practice, Mike helps parents save their children from addiction. His knowledge and passion comes from his own recovery in 1978 and his successful career of helping other addicts and alcoholics in residential treatment centers since 1988. Mike is also the founder of PAL, Parents of Addicted Loved-ones, a support group of parents helping parents and he is the author of The Four Seasons of Recovery for Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts. His book is designed to guide parents through the predictable (but often unknown) stages that addicts and alcoholics go through to finally achieve a successful life-long recovery. Mike is a 76 year resident of Arizona. He lives with his wife Karen in Phoenix and they have two grown children and 3 grandchildren. Episode overview: The structure of hopelessness, how to know when an addict is really ready to do the work of recovery, the 4 T's of a quality Recovery Pr…
1 hr 7 min
May 8, 2020
Jeff Thomas - Head of Recovery Support Services
In this first episode of I Love Being Sober, the CEO of Camelback Recovery and host of ILBS interviews Jeff Thomas. Jeff is one of the new heads of Recovery Support Services at Camelback Recovery and has an awesome story to share. Check it out in this episode. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-466-9880 Website: www.CamelbackRecovery.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamelbackRecovery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camelbackrecovery/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/camelback-recovery YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxi89BfmiiB5OYWS-RFNA