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Healing Stories: Addiction. Opiate Overdose. The Four Keys To Turn the Epidemic Around

Healing Stories: Opiate Overdose. The Four Keys To Turn the Epidemic Around

Over 125 people die every day in the US from opiate overdose. From heroin to prescription drugs like vicodin, oxycodone, roxycodone and more. The tragedy continues in a country that has the resources to turn this problem around.

For the past 28 years, number one best-selling author, counselor, life coach and holistic addiction recovery coach David Essel has helped many people addicted to opiates turn the corner to lead a drug free existence. Is it easy? No, but it is worth the effort’s that David talks about below.

The four key ingredients to turn the opiate addiction tragedies around…

” Over 25 years ago I started to work as a holistic addiction recovery coach in the world of addiction and recovery. From alcohol, to street drugs, to prescription drugs, to food, sex, spending and so much more. But the one drug that is the most brutally difficult to watch someone go through withdrawl from has to be without a doubt opiates.

I have had multiple clients sit in my office, or let me repeat that, lay on the floor in my office during our sessions for the first 30 minutes in a fetal position, shaking, sweating and experiencing dry heaves.

It is been so sad to watch them for 30 straight minutes in this extreme state of pain, then to slowly rise, sit on the couch and do their best to begin the session of the day. It’s not easy for them, nor has it been easy for me to watch them riddled in pain.

But on the flipside, I have helped many many of these addicts get totally clean, and stay clean, through the points below that I think are crucial if we want to try to turn this epidemic around.

But first, how did we get in the situation to begin with? What has really caused this incredible addiction to opiates in our society? In the August 4 2017 edition of USA today, Dr. Marty Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, claimed that physicians are the root cause of this addiction to opiates.

Interesting isn’t it? That one of the leading physicians in America will call his profession out as the major cause of opiate addiction. And how is that?

In his own words he talks about over prescribing, in his practice, opioid prescriptions for a number of years. “Take C-sections. One of the most common operations paid for by Medicaid tax dollars. Some doctors appropriately prescribe 5 to 10 opioid tablets after the procedure, in combination with non opioid meds as recommended by the American Pain Society. While other doctors are still doing what I did for years. Give every patient a bottle of 30 to 60 highly addictive opioid tablets. We need to take away the matches not put out the fires.”  That is from one of our leading doctors in society today.

So here are four keys I think we really need to look at in order to turn this epidemic around:

Number one. Medications and supplements to help in the withdrawal process. In the image I painted above, watching someone go through days upon days of intense withdrawl symptoms due to opiate addiction, we have found that there’s a variety of products available some medical, some over the counter, to help individuals go through, and work through the withdrawal phase.

The most well-known is the pharmaceutical called Suboxone, which must be prescribed by a physician, and if done correctly, can help decrease the cravings for the opiates as well as decrease the withdrawl symptoms my clients go through.

But there’s a catch. In my experience, I’ve seen way too many clients come in who are addicted to Suboxone. The doctors, whether they knew it or not, are having these individuals on long term use of Suboxone which in my professional opinion is uncalled for. Not necessary. But when they come in, and they’ve been on Suboxone for three, four, or five years… They start to feel both emotionally and physically dependent upon the drug. They’re afraid if they go off it they will not only experience withdrawal but they will start craving again the opiates that they been trying to get away from.

My advice? I think physicians should be responsible in the prescribing of Suboxone, because it does work, but only for a 3 to 6 month period of time where they should be working with their clients weaning them off this very strong pharmaceutical drug.

The other supplements that we use in my practice, since I am not a physician, would be the amino acid DLPA, or DL – phenylalanine, Tyrosine as well as the herbal supplement Kratom.

In our practice we have seen the combination use of these supplements, have helped people to decrease their mental and physical cravings for opiates, and begin to see that they can lead a life without these highly addictive and destructive drugs.

One of my clients, a 30 year on and off opiate addict, could not believe the power of DLPA. He mentioned to me many times during our months of working together that  he never thought he would be able to walk away from these powerful drugs but the supplement DLPA, which affects mood and pain regulation, is the answer he had been looking for.

But the supplements are not miracle workers. They are just one of the many steps we can take to help clients get off the opiate addiction cycle.

Number two. In my practice, the number one cause of all types of addiction, is the fact that we don’t know how to deal with emotions in society today. So let’s take someone who had surgery, they were prescribed opiates for their recovery, but then they found that not only did the opiate take away their pain, but it took away boredom, anxiety, nervousness, and even depression after surgery.

So once they are “healed”, and they no longer have access to their own prescription, withdrawl sets in. But, if they had learned as we teach in our holistic addiction recovery program, how to deal with the emotions of boredom, anxiety, stress from all areas of life, and they were weaned off the opiates appropriately with Suboxone, DLPA etc.… We give them a much better chance of learning how to live life drug-free.

Number three. Medical and emotional support versus law enforcement. A recent article, September 24, New York Times, described the incredible powerful response the country of Portugal has had in dealing with opiate addiction and overdose. Once they decriminalized opiates and cocaine use, and instead put their health department system in charge of dealing with opiate addicts, the number of overdose deaths dropped dramatically in this country. We need to follow their lead. We don’t need more policeman on the street. We don’t need more incarceration. We need a very viable approach to mental health and addiction withdrawal through our health departments not through law enforcement.

Number four. Education. This is a tough one. Most of the addicts I’ve worked with had no idea what they were heading into when they started playing around with opiates. There is not one addict I’ve ever worked with who said they knew at some point they’d be injecting heroin in their arms. There needs to be a greater amount of education, once again by our health department, in our school systems, and universities. Not just warning about the dangers of opiate use, but educating people on the correct use of opiates for pain relief.

And this goes for doctors as well. With the quote above out of USA today, I think every doctor in America needs to take an educational course on opiates, looking at the number of prescribed pills per health challenge, and making sure that they’re not writing prescriptions to keep patients happy, but writing prescriptions in order to keep people from being addicted.

In our holistic addiction recovery program we also teach people how to keep their blood sugar levels normalize through diet, so that they don’t hit the bottoms, lack of energy where they reach out for opiates to lift their moods. We also go over spiritual practices, emotional practices, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, exercise to release endorphins in the brain so that these individuals have a chance to become healthy, and free of addiction for the rest of their life.

One of my clients wives called me several weeks ago after her husband had been clean through our program from his opiate addiction for four months. She was almost crying on the phone. She thanked me for bringing her husband back. Someone she had not “seen” in 20 years. To me, working as hard as we do on education, and holistic addiction recovery approaches, this call made it all worthwhile.”

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Healing Stories: From Alcoholism to Full Sobriety

Healing Stories: Is Sobriety for Everyone?

Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. Statements like these are a 100% fabrication of the truth.

For the past 24 years, counselor, life coach and number one best-selling author David Essel has seen hundreds of individuals, who were told that they would never get sober for life, accomplish exactly that goal. And you can too .

One of his most powerful stories that he tells at lectures is the recovery of a client named Harvey. Harvey came to David on his knees, rock bottom for the one hundredth time.

He had been told by various professionals that it really wasn’t his fault that he was an alcoholic. He had the genetic link which meant he was doomed for life. They tried to tell him that there were various medications he could take to help cut his cravings but that at the level he had been drinking for as long as he had been drinking the opportunity for sobriety was almost nil.

There are even professional organizations, who’s intention it is to help people get sober, that will pass the same absolute lies that the professionals told Harvey… In meetings they would tell him that once you’re an alcoholic you always are. That even if he got sober the cravings will probably never go away.

He came in to David’s office with a small hope that maybe his life could be better. He had lost several marriages due to his drinking. He would drink on the job and then come home and finish a complete bottle of vodka almost every night.

He was asleep by nine and up at six to put another hard day of work in. Throughout the day be thinking about the relief he would feel once he was back home and able to “relax and drink myself to sleep”.

He surrounded himself with friends that drank almost as much as he did. As we looked back at his family history, which was filled with alcoholics, he believed the naysayers who had told him that he would be an alcoholic for life. Until he met David.

“I remember the first day Harvey came in. He was dejected yes. He had lost almost all hope. But he was willing to commit 90 straight days to work in our program with holistic addiction recovery. When he went to leave the first day he turned and said to me that I had not mentioned anything about drinking. Was it OK if he drink that night? I turned and looked and said what do you think is the best move for you? He started laughing as he left the room yelling behind him that he shouldn’t be paying for a program of recovery and then go home and drink. I thought now there’s a wise man.”

The first few weeks were not easy. His cravings were intense. David put him on a series of amino acid supplementation to help with the cravings. He introduced Harvey to the world of relaxation techniques, CDs on meditation, emotional journaling techniques for him to access the feelings of fear that arise when someone is not going to have their best friend, alcohol, with them throughout the day.

Harvey reported to David every day of the week. He shared with David and  his feelings, boredom, restlessness, anxiety, depression and anger that he couldn’t have just one or two drinks to relax.

David had asked him to do a brief past history of how many times he had tried to drink moderately… Only to fall back into the black pit of alcoholism.

In his own writing for the first time in 30 years, Harvey had sketched out the 1000 times that he had tried to be a moderate drinker that had never worked .

At the end of the third month he was a fully changed man, someone even he didn’t recognize. He was falling asleep without a drink. He was waking up at 4 AM to take walks around the neighborhood with his dog. He was energized. He was more social. He was excited about living a brand-new life.

Two of his former wives actually got back in touch with him when they found out he had stopped drinking, to support him in his sobriety . He found, and quite the surprise to himself, that there were a lot of people even in his neighborhood who were sober. Some had never drank at all, who were an absolute blast to be around.

At work he was instantly recognized for his new level of energy and commitment. He received a promotion without even asking for it.

When he came back in to see David after being on his own for about six months, even David said he barely recognized him. The puffiness in his face, the dark circles underneath his eyes, his poor body language had all radically changed .

Harvey’s attitude has improved dramatically, simply by removing alcohol from his life.

For the past 30+ years he had not gone a day without drinking… And here he was 180 days later without a drop of alcohol and finding a new breath of life.

“Harvey has found to be true what so many people struggle with. A sober life can be dynamic, filled with passion, joy and fun. And you do not have to believe the nonsense that the struggle will continue for the rest of your life. When you apply yourself to a full, deep level of holistic addiction recovery, the struggle ends. Inner peace remains. And a new lift on life is evident.” Essel says.

If you need help, reach out to David today at http://davidessel.com/holistic-addiction-recovery/

 

ALCOHOLISM…HANGOVER? COULD WE STILL BE “SOCIAL DRINKERS”?

Hangover? We have just left the world of social drinking.

Alcoholism…

For more than 20 years, I was a highly functioning alcoholic. A serious alcoholic, but highly functioning.

Even though I helped other people get sober and, traveled the world as an international speaker, was on national radio and TV and was writing books… there is no doubt that I was an alcoholic.

If you find yourself one day a week one day a month one day every six months waking up with a hangover we have to tell the truth…A hangover is the result of consuming more alcohol than your body can possibly handle. Alcohol is a poison. In small amounts it’s not detrimental, but we’re talking like one drink per day…for women. For men? No more than two drinks per day.

And even though those are guidelines, there are some women and men that if they have one or two drinks they wake up the next day feeling fatigued. Not themselves.

Others like myself, when I was at the height of my drinking, I could drink easily a bottle to two bottles of wine a night, wake up in the morning shake it off, or so I thought I was, and work really hard for 10 or 12 hours every day.

But I was fooling myself. I was in complete denial. I was justifying and rationalizing my addiction. Do you do the same thing?

For me, being a very successful businessman, meant drinking with business associates. It meant going out to bars to seal deals. It meant going to parties after I just got off stage to fit in with everyone else.

About 33% of Americans struggle with alcohol. Many struggle in silence. They become isolated drinkers. Others struggle in public. They are involved in society, looking for any opportunity as an excuse to drink with others.

Some of you who read this post will be pissed off. Why is David Essel writing about alcoholism, and saying that I might be an alcoholic just because I had a hangover on New Year’s Day?

Very few people who have hangovers only have them once a year. So we get really good with denial. Really good with justifying the amount we drink and what we drink.

I have helped thousands of men and women get sober, some who were bartenders or waiters and waitresses…and they went back to work in the environment where alcohol flows freely every day.

The number one step that we have to take is to get out of denial. And that’s a big damn step to take. No one wants to be without alcohol, if you use it as a social lubricant, as a way to relax, as a way to go to sleep, as a way to deal with boredom, or anger, or insecurity.

I used to use alcohol for every reason imaginable to man. Every statement in the above paragraph, was open territory for me to have that first glass of wine. As the years moved on I loved to drink in solitude. After my very last counseling and coaching session at 8 PM, I would walk in the door and immediately open that first bottle of wine. I deserved it. I work hard. I make a lot of money, I should be able to do whatever the hell I want.

Great attitude right? Total denial.

Let me repeat this because for many of us it sucks to hear it, even though it’s true. Whenever we wake up feeling tired, or with a hangover after night of drinking, we are no longer a social drinker. We are either in the stages of dependency or alcoholism.

Whether you are dependent upon alcohol or a full blown alcoholic, which has nothing to do with how much money you make, how many kids you have, how long you been married, or what your astrological sign is… If you need alcohol to relax or to deal with emotions in life you are an alcoholic.

The great news? If people like myself can recover and be totally recovered from alcohol you can as well.

I don’t believe in the statement that once you’re in alcoholic you’re an alcoholic for life. What a bunch of crap. Oh my god there’s so many statements from the 40s 50s and 60s that people still spout over and over and over again that have no validity. If you want to fully recover from alcohol you can. You’re not an alcoholic for life. Drop that crap right outside your door and kick it to the curb.

On the other hand, if you’re tired of being tired, or tired of getting into arguments with your partner, or tired of having to have a drink before you go to the party or out to dinner. Or if you’re tired in general, and you don’t make it to the gym, maybe you’ve gained weight, maybe you’re impatient, contact me.

I don’t judge anyone. My work in this world is to help people to reach their highest potential in life. For me and millions of other people like me, musicians, rock stars, actresses, actors, sports stars, and every day people sobriety is not only possible it’s freaking amazing!

There is no better time than right now to get sober. Make 2017 the Year of Sobriety. Your attitude will improve. Your health will improve. Believe it or not your sleep will improve. Your relationships will improve. Your confidence will improve. Your self-esteem will improve. You will begin to become the very best version of yourself that you ever imagined possible.

I know it because I’m living proof myself as well as with 1000 other people that I’ve helped get sober. Some of whom you can even read their short stories on my website.

Don’t delay. Don’t wait. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends, your career, your health, relationships.

You are worth it. Prove it.

Love David

If you want help, text my office at 941.266.7676 or visit my website and read about the programs we have. Sobriety is a gift that you give yourself. You are worth it.

FAMILIES WITH LOVED ONES STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS

ADDICTIONS: FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOVED ONES STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS. DO THIS.

IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR PARTNER WHO STRUGGLES WITH AN ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL, FOOD, SMOKING, DRUGS OR SPENDING , PLEASE WATCH THIS SUPER SHORT VIDEO.

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SHOCKING TRUTH! DAVID ESSEL GIVES US THE REAL CAUSE OF ALL ADDICTIONS

SHOCKING TRUTH! DAVID ESSEL GIVES US THE REAL CAUSE OF ALL ADDICTIONS

90 million Americans struggle with Alcohol. 60 million Americans smoke. David Essel gives us the shocking truth behind the cause of all addictions.

The cause of Addiction, has nothing to do with genetics or allergies or anything like that at all.

Watch this super short video right now!

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The MOTHER of all addictions? Right here.

Yes, the cause, the reason for all addictions, on this very short video.

 

Depression, suicide, addiction = co-dependency?

This video will shock a lot of people.

Robin Williams. David Essel. And millions of others suffer from co-dependency, which easily is one of the most powerful  causes of our spiral down in life.

Watch the video to see what I mean.

Love David, contact me if you need help, 941 266 7676

Depression, Suicide, Robin Williams, and you, me.

Suicide… Suicide………….. Like millions of other people…… I walk to the brink of suicide in 1990…… The pain was so intense of living life, of addiction, that I knew there was no other way out.… I bought the materials, pick the day,…… I was living in this amazing Beachhouse directly on the water, it seems to everyone that I have life By the balls…… Actually it was the other way around…… My depression, clinical deep outrageous depression, had me by the balls. I was screaming for help, all inside.…… No one could ever understand. No one would ever understand…… By looking at my outside world, the home, the car, the girlfriends….The Travel…… Both national and international put me on the edge of recognition….the national television segment in New York City, while I lived in Florida, brought great awareness to my work. ….My passion for helping others, could not make up for the void inside that was impossible to fill …… On the day it was to happen, I don’t know why I didn’t do it… It was planned… The execution was here…. and instead for some reason, I called out for help. The hardest call in the world…… Dialing that number of a psychiatrist screaming into his assistants phone…… That I don’t care that he’s booked for three months I have to be in his office today…. how do I find him? The damn phone book. I picked the name and called…… I do not judge anyone who takes their life, because I don’t know the bigger picture. None of us do…. since that time I’ve worked with thousands of people in deep clinical depression…… Severe emotional disorders…… Outrageous addictions…… And all I can say is I sit with them in peace,…… And I understand pain…… As Robin leaves us, he’s never gone. He will continue to inspire for the rest of eternity. And maybe, just maybe, the notoriety that depression and the whole world of mental health will receive from his passing, will open new eyes to other people that are about to do the same thing today. Or tomorrow. Or the next tomorrow. And just maybe this is God’s blessing. I don’t know this for sure, but I do believe it for sure. I love you, if you’re struggling contact me or anyone else to get help. I will sit and be present with you. Just like the thousands of other professionals in this world to do this. You are more loved than you could ever imagine. David.