Coaching is a partnership or agreement between a client and a coach based on mutually established goals.
The families who do best are the families who are engaged in a recovery process and are supported throughout that process.
An intervention is a technique used to encourage or direct an addict or alcoholic to agree to go to rehabilitation for his or her addiction problem.
It takes commitment and a solid support system to take control of your life once and for all. Here’s a list of trusted Recovery providers in the community to help you along the way.
Michael Herbert is an internationally recognized clinician in addiction treatment with over 25 years of experience working closely with individuals and their families. He has accumulated over 70 hours of intervention specific training and more than 125 hours, of professional coaching education through the University of Miami. He is a seasoned interventionist and an accomplished expert in addiction counseling, self-help methods, aftercare programs, and the implementation of drug abuse prevention strategies. Michael is a national speaker on topics such as addiction in families; men’s issues in recovery; wealth, power and fame in addiction. Michael speaks from experience, as he has spent over two decades on his own personal recovery journey.
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Support. Asking for support from my family and friends is very hard for me, because I worry about what people think about me. Asking for support is an act of acceptance, and it forces me to admit that I need the help. It’s critical to my #recovery and has made my life so much more[…]
Hi Michael…..I’m pleased to share how proud I feel when I see my son pursuing his career path, thinking clearly, concerned about his physical fitness, and once again being the thoughtful, caring, and loving person I knew him to be when he was a youngster. Because we came so close to what could have happened,[…]
This past year has been extremely challenging with the added responsibilities that come with being a new father and husband. Over the course of the year, my reliance upon my higher power has grown stronger than ever before and I learned how important it was for me to maintain my spiritual condition. Maintaining my spiritual[…]
As a fifty-seven year old male who at times thinks he is thirty, recently realized I’ve been here for a half century. This is in part because I don’t get to see the fullness of me, the whole physical picture that others see. Of course I get glimpses in the mirror, but never the full[…]
During the holiday season many families get together for dinner and reunions. For some the holidays are a joyful time, for others it can be too traumatic to endure. The mixture of personalities can and often does bring about a mixture of behaviors. Old memories of events brought to light can make for great conversation. Then[…]
You are reminded in some self help groups that Alcohol is a drug. Seventy percent of addicts and eighty five percent of alcoholics smoke. Wow, talk about addiction. Treatment programs talk about a holistic approach. They use a medical model, but they allow smoking. One of the excuses is “lets take care of one thing at a time”. Really?[…]
My son began smoking pot in middle school when he was fourteen. His grades started declining and he became lethargic and had no interest in anything. He got caught smoking pot in the tenth grade and was expelled. His father and myself decided to send him to a prep school. His situation got worse as he[…]
To start let’s talk about treatment and what treatment offers. Treatment offers stabilization for the addict and alcoholic in the acute phase of their recovery. Most addicts and alcoholics can stay clean and sober while in treatment. There are some exceptions, but for the most part it’s doable. Treatment programs seem to know the value of family[…]
There is a lot of misunderstanding about addiction and how families can help. Stigma and denial play an important role in blocking the recovery process. “I still have a job”, “I’m too young”, and “I’m not that bad”. Somehow the idea of being a “functional addict or alcoholic” validates the continued use. Family members buy into these misconceptions. If the[…]
Stigma around addiction remains. Society still looks down upon addicts. There are those who see addicts as the bottom of the barrel, weak willed and choosing to ruin their lives. The stigma prevents some from getting help. Others do see them selves as, inferior, worthless and hopeless. Addicts and alcoholics are not bad people. Their behavior can be bizarre,[…]
First and foremost I am a recovering addict with over 27 years clean. I am active in my recovery process working with others in recovery participating in meeting, step work, sponsorship, and service. I believe that anyone seeking recovery can get in recovery, change their life and positively change the lives of others. I work[…]
Pedir ayuda es difícil en cualquier lenguaje y en cualquier cultura. ¿Cómo sabemos cuándo necesitamos ayuda? ¿Qué tipo de ayuda necesitamos y cómo la vamos a pagar? ¿Qué van a pensar y a decir nuestras familias y amigos si pedimos ayuda? ¿Cómo vamos a ser vistos en nuestras comunidades y grupos sociales si se dan[…]
Asking for help is difficult in any language and any culture. How do we know when we need help? Who to ask for it and how to pay for it? What are our family and friends going to say if we ask for help? How are they going to feel about it? What are people[…]
To start let’s talk about treatment and what treatment offers. Treatment offers stabilization for the addict and alcoholic in the acute phase of addiction. Most addicts and alcoholics can stay clean and sober during a detox or inpatient treatment, there are some exceptions. Addiction is that “thing” takes over and even in the best conditions[…]
Joe McQ. died on Thursday, October 25, 2007. Joe was 78 years old. Most widely known within the fellowship because of his love for the big book and his partnering with Charlie P. to start and continue the Joe and Charlie Big Book Studies since 1977 that have been given all around the world. Sober[…]
My names is James C, I’m an alcoholic who happens to be of African American descent. My experience coming into alcoholics anonymous is similar to most other African Americans in that there was the fear of not being accepted and being judged on the color of my skin not the content of my character. Just[…]
One common symptom of shame is developing codependent relationships with others. When working with others in their recovery one of the first things we learn is to be comfortable in your own skin – to love yourself unconditionally. If you love yourself unconditionally then you accept all the good and bad you have to offer,[…]
With almost thirty years of recovery and twenty five years working in the addiction recovery field, I continue to evaluate barriers to recovery. What gets in the way of truly experiencing all recovery has to offer? My answer continues to be simple. Shame. It has taken me over half of my life not to view[…]
Over the past year our family has overcome many heart wrenching obstacles. It all started in June 2015. My aunt had a massive stroke. After 6 months of hospitals and long term care facilities she lost the battle to stay alive. I lost my favorite person in the world. I lost my best friend. The[…]