Addictions Or Drug Abuse Category

Can I be Addicted to Women?

Ask the Expert:

Question: “I think I may be addicted to women. I have a girlfriend, but I can not keep myself from flirting with other women and wondering what they are like in bed. I have not cheated and do not plan on it but the thought excites me. Is there something wrong with me?”

Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach Answers: ”Recently a term coined, ‘Love Addict’ is being used rather loosely to describe someone who seems to want to attract attention of many suitors, even going as far as falling in love without even having sex with them. You need to investigate why you like the attention:

*Are you happy with your girlfriend?

* Do you like to take risks and like danger…does the trill of sneaking off to meet another woman excite you and why?

*Is it a power and control thing that you need to dominate and run the show?

*What in your past is causing you to want to do this?

*Is it insecurity that she might leave you and you need another one to take...

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Serenity Prayer: Tool for Emotional Health

The Serenity Prayer is a well known spiritual tool used in 12 Step recovery whose origins are unclear. Most attribute the prayer to the Christian (Protestant) theologian, Rheinhold Niebuhr (Karl Paul Rheinhold Niebuhr, 1892-1971). Here is a long version of Niebuhr's prayer, with some Christian context:

"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

In any event, I heard an interpretation of the Serenity Prayer, I think from a Father Martin film (remember those things on reels?), that I have used for over 36 years...

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Intervention Certification- Live in Exton, PA with The Addictions Academy!

Intervention Certification- Live in Exton, PA with The Addictions Academy!As the Northeast is finally thawing out from a brutal winter, Pennsylvania welcomes back Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach.

Join Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy Live in Exton, PA at the Holiday Inn Express April 7-9. She will be teaching a 3-day Nationally Certified Intervention Course.

As a Certified Interventionist, you hold the highest CADAAC approved intervention training and NAADAC approved intervention training on the market. Imagine helping others by offering them a secure and safe alcohol intervention or drug intervention to get their loved one into treatment. All of our courses meet state and national standards in Intervention Certification and Intervention training Course guidelines.

If you have ‘the gift’ to help people get into rehab or detox and turn their lives around, this career as a State Certified Interventionist is for you. You are probably in recovery yourself and have a tr...

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Can Feeling Unloveable as a Child Be a Setup for Addiction?

In a summary published in ScienceDaily for March 20, 2014, researchers reported that persons who abuse alcohol and other drugs may do so because of an insufficiency in the amounts of a hormone called oxytocin present in their bodies from childhood. The study was published in the international journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

Oxytocin, called the “love hormone”, is thought to be responsible for producing feelings of bonding, fellowship, and wellbeing. The hormone is involved in helping “*** humans [to be] more trusting toward one another [and may be] crucial to how [they] form and maintain romantic relationships. A handful of new studies show that oxytocin makes [individuals] more sympathetic, supportive and open with *** feelings (Scientific American).”

Research has also shown that oxytocin is involved in emotional pain, including development of anxiety and depression. “Oxytocin appears to be the reason stressful social situations, perhap...

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Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach Interviewed on

How One Person Can Change The World.” Interview series with Stanley Bronstein on

Cali Estes, Founder of The Addictions Coach and The Addictions Academy was Stan’s guest on Tuesday, to talk about how she is shaking up the addictions recovery field. In the interview, Cali discusses what motivated her early on, and confesses that the addictions field was not where she saw herself working. (Hint: Think more along the lines of Clarice Starling in Silence of The Lambs).

Cali talks about her approach with clients as a combination of psychotherapy and coaching. Essentially, determine the root cause of the problem, process it, and then move on. Cali doesn’t dwell on the past with her clients, rather focuses on the present actions they need to take to change the behavior. Therapy shouldn’t take years to see a behavior change according to Cali, and actually tells her clients to “Fi...

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What's in a Name

Along with talking about what is wrong with you, one of the common mistakes people make is giving their "vices" a name. Giving a name to something gives that "something" power. The "something" then becomes real in your subconscious mind. And this is the worst thing that can happen. It is certainly better to spend less time talking about our emotional or physical issues (unless doing so with EFT). It is better for us to meditatively ask for what is causing the issue to resolve (EFT, hypnosis , Reiki). Keep in mind, the minute we name the issue, it grows from a potentially small thing to a large issue. A good analogy would be the way that Hurricanes are named. While they are smaller tropical storms, they are never named. But once they are large enough, they are named and that is when all the damage happens. Same thing happens inside our minds-all the damage happens once we give something a name.

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Smoking Cessation in Early Recovery Need Not Be a Relapse Danger

Until recently, treatment professionals addressing disorders such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse have tended to defer treatment of nicotine addiction until after the so-called primary disorder (anxiety, depression, substance abuse) has been stabilized. The thinking was that attempting to arrest nicotine use (smoking) would distract the patient from focusing on treatment of the more immediate problem of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. In a study summarized in ScienceDaily on February 11, 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have concluded that “ ***that quitting or significantly cutting back on cigarette smoking was linked to improved mental health outcomes. Quitting altogether or reducing by half the number of cigarettes smoked daily was associated with lower risk for mood disorders like depression, as well as a lower likelihood of alcohol and drug problems.”

The lead researcher of the study “***believes the...

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Addiction Recovery In Paradise Setting: Concierge Private Villa Retreat

Cali Estes partners with Moffitt Wellness Retreat to offer:

Concierge Private Villa Retreat

Addiction Recovery In Paradise. Concierge Private Villa Retreat. At The Addictions Coach we offer Unique, One on One Addiction Therapy in a remote location with serene environment in a shorter time period than traditional drug and alcohol treatment centers.

A Private Concierge Style Retreat. We offer one on one addiction therapy, Recovery Coaching and Stress and Anxiety Management in 7-15 days instead of sitting in a rehab for 28. You will fly into a private celebrity location where you will experience a serene and comfortable environment to get to the underlying causes of your drug addiction or alcohol addiction and stress and anxiety issues. We work one on one with you, offering private addiction therapy services in an accelerated pace so you can return to your life faster and with more tools to deal with your underlying stressors. After completion of time with us you can have your own sobe...

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Addiction and the Brain

As a psychotherapist in San Jose, California, I have a lot of clients ask me what addiction does to the brain. Through all of the research done about drug addiction and its affects on the brain, one can see how drug addiction is considered a brain disease. Drug addiction is a disabling disease and can ruin a person's life. By taking drugs, a person's brain becomes rewired to tolerate high amounts of dopamine neurotransmitters, but once those high amounts of dopamine cease to exist, the person experiences withdrawal symptoms. However, there are ways drug addicts can control their drug intake by using classical conditioning techniques, which allows them to associate drugs with negative attributes.

For some time, researchers have suggested that addiction may be a brain disease. The latest research indicates that addiction disrupts brain circuitry. Studies at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National ...

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