Former Addiction Blog Contributors
We are grateful for and represent many perspectives in the field of addiction treatment. Following are a list of Contributors who we have worked with in the past, and who are still special to us.
About Alexandra Katehakis, MFT
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor, and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction. Please visit our website or contact (310) 843-9902 for more.
All About Recovery, located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. All About Recovery offers age- and gender-specific outpatient and IOP addiction treatment as well as sober living facilities in South Florida.
About Andrew Seaward
Andrew Seaward is the author of Some Are Sicker Than Others. Although he makes his living as a chemical engineer in the Oil & Gas industry, his true passion is telling great stories through both acting and writing. He is a member and contributor of Benjy Dobrin Studios, the Cinematic Arts of Colorado and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He has written and acted in several short and feature length films, one of which won an Award of Merit at the 2010 Indie Fest.
Armand, author of A Ladder to Above, blogger, sponsor and recovered alcoholic is a recognized and devotional leader within his recovery community. His approach to helping people is a kind and selfless one, without prejudice or judgment - drawing countless sufferers of the disease of addiction to his doorstep. Having over 25 years of sobriety, Armand writes with both wisdom and humility from his experiences. His essays can be read on laddertoabove.blogspot.com and his e-book and paperback can be bought on amazon.com.
About Behshad Sheldon
About Brad Girtz
Brad Girtz is a blogger working at Life Works Community, a residential treatment centre. He writes content about mental health, addiction and many other conditions treated at Life Works. Brad enjoys sharing news and information about the latest innovations and ideas in the field of addiction and mental health.
About Brian McAlister
As founder of the Full Recovery Wellness Center and author of Full Recovery: The Recovering Person’s Guide to Unleashing Your Inner Power, Brian McAlister is dedicated to helping recovering people achieve spiritual, personal and financial empowerment. He understands through personal experience that everything needed to live a harmonious life of progress and prosperity already exists within us. The Full Recovery program is designed to draw it out.
About Carol Weis
Carol Weis started writing poetry, essays, memoir, and children’s books when she got sober 25 years ago as a way to help herself heal. She's currently working on a memoir about her drinking years and recovery in hopes of helping others, and shares a condo with her daughter, with whom she's co-written a mother/daughter memoir, with advice from both on making it through those tough teen years. You can visit her at her website at carolweis.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
About Celeste Vaughan
Celeste Vaughan is the author of Celestial Prescriptions. She graduated from the USC College of Pharmacy and settled comfortably into her life as a pharmacist, wife, and mom of three children. After 14 years working as a pharmacist, Celeste found herself on the other side of the counter and suffered for 7 years with seizures, depression and prescription drug addiction. On September 25, 2010 God intervened in her life and changed her forever.
About Charles Somerville
Charles Somerville is the writer of The Alcoholism Guide, a website that looks at alcoholism in all its forms and the effects of alcohol abuse on mental and physical health.
About Dr. Cindy Levin, PhD
Cindy is a clinical psychologist and founder of Clarity Path, an online counseling group that uses video chat therapy to help address drinking or drug problems. Cindy's 15 years of experience include a strong research background and expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cindy focuses on fostering collaboration as the basis for her therapeutic relationships with clients.
About Clark Jones
Clark Jones is a recovering alcoholic living in Casper, Wyoming.
Clearview Treatment Programs provides highly individualized treatment programs for people with psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug addictions, and dual diagnosis. Clearview operates the Clearview Womenâ€™s Center, which is specifically designed to address the symptoms of psychiatric disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder and other disorders related to emotional regulation.
About Dan Farish
Dan Farish lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, where he works as an author, spiritual counselor and addiction recovery coach, helping others overcome their battle with addiction.To learn more, or to read free book chapters from his new book: 3 Steps To Recovery, please visit his website.
About Dan Van Helden
Daniel Van Helden is a full-time father of 7 year old son. He works full time in a customer service call center. Daniel Van Helden is an alcoholic that has been in recovery since 12/09/2009. His goal is to inform people of all walks of life about addiction, alcoholism, and recovery.
About Dana Kippel
Dana Kippel is a Client Advocate for Oceans Medical Centers driven by passion and experience. She has dedicated her life to helping others who struggle with Substance Abuse and Mental Health issues. Dana is inspired by her interactions with others, multimedia, reading, and seeing others succeed.
About Debbie Stone, LCSW
Debbie has been in the field of addiction for 20 years and represents Stepping Sober, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with recovery residence located in South Florida. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debbie is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Trauma Therapy.
About Dennis Sholler
Dennis is a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Here, Dennis is completing his research training in the Center for Addiction Research. His research interests encompass serotonin involvement in impulsive behavior as a facet of addiction susceptibility.
About Derek Simon, PhD
Derek Simon is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University researching the neuroscience of drug addiction using rodent behavioral models. Upon completing his PhD in 2012, Dr. Simon switched from endocrinology to addiction biology and he is currently researching 1) the role of learning and memory in opioid addiction and 2) the interaction between cannabinoids and opioids. He is passionate about increasing public understanding of addiction and is active in science communication and writing. Check out Derek's Addiction Blog and Twitter handle: @derekpsimonphd
About Dorothy Hayden, LCSW
Dorothy Hayden, LCSW, has been treating sex addicts and their partners for 15 years. She has been interviewed by HBO, CNN and "20/20" about cybersex and sex addiction. Author of over 25 articles and one e-book, "Total Sex Addiction Recovery - A Guide to Therapy", she is considered a thought leader in the field. While based in Manhattan, NY, she works with individuals worldwide through SKYPE.
Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D., author of Alive Again: Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, is an internationally renowned recovery expert. He is the founder and president of the prestigious The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles and he appears regularly on national TV news shows about the challenges of drug addiction. For more, visit The Hills Treatment Center.
About Dr. Jana Burson, MD
Jana Burson M.D. is board-certified in Internal medicine, and certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. After practicing primary care for many years, she became interested in the treatment of addiction. For the last six years, her practice has focused exclusively on Addiction Medicine. She has written a book about prescription pain pill addiction: "Pain Pill Addiction: Prescription for Hope." Also see Dr. Burson's blog here.
About Dr. Peter Ndege, MD
Dr. Ndege is a former Hubert H. Humphrey scholar doing work in Kenya, East Africa on opiate substitution therapy and harm reduction measures, particularly among intravenous drug users, prisoners, and commercial sex workers. He lectures at Kenya Methodist University in the Department of Health Systems Management.
About Dr. Steve Jackson, DCC
Dr. Jackson received his Doctorate in Christian Counseling from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary in 2009. He developed the Christian recovery treatment programs for Calvary Rehab Center and the Genesis Center for Recovery. He has trained and practiced Christian Counseling in all areas of drug/alcohol/gambling/sex and relationship addictions. He currently has his own web based online program called 12 Day Rehab Systems, designed for those who can work on recovery while maintaining career and family obligations. Dr. Jackson has been clean and sober since 1984. Learn more about Recovery with Dr. Steve.
About Dr. David H. Jacobs, PhD
David H. Jacobs, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in practice in San Diego, CA and an analyst/critic of contemporary psychiatry. Dr. Jacobs has been in practice for over 20 years and works primarily with clients with addictions. He is also the associate editor of The Journal of Mind and Behavior and Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry.
About Dr. Dili Gonalez, M.D.
Dr. Dili is a general surgeon practicing women's focused medicine for the past several years. She says, "I enjoy helping people live their best. Addiction is a disease that can be treated. With guidance, support, and proper treatment, people can live successful, productive lives."
Dr. Jennifer Leigh is a Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Coach and award-winning author. She works with people worldwide to prevent and to heal addictions.
About Dr. Juan Goecke, M.D.
Dr. Juan is a medical doctor and general surgeon with personal experience of substance use disorder. Of addiction, he says, "Not only can you have a new life, but you can improve it 100%. Education is the key to fighting addiction!"
About Dr. Manish Mishra MBBS
Dr. Manish serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Texas Healthcare and Diagnostic Center. He is most interested in the mechanisms of addiction, studying how substance use affects a person's perception and personality, as well as their health.
About Emma Haylett
Emma Haylett is a secret poet and a public advocate for dual diagnosis drug therapy. When she isn't trying to explain the true meaning of song lyrics, you can find her writing for Inspire Malibu.
About Ester Nicholson
Ester Nicholson, renowned vocalist for Bette Midler and Rod Stewart, author, teacher, speaker and former addict uses her own astonishing story as the core of her powerful teaching, book and new Hay House Radio Show: Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction and 12 Steps for the Rest of Us. Please visit: soulrecovery.org for more information.
About Fiona Stockard
Fiona Stockard is a writer and media specialist for Lighthouse Recovery Institute. She’s been in recovery since 2008 and finds no greater joy than helping other young women achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
About Fran Simone, PhD
Fran Simone is a Professor Emeritus from Marshall University, South Charleston Campus in West Virginia. Recently her memoir, Dark Wine Waters: a Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows was published by Central Recovery Press. She can be reached through the Dark Wine Waters website or at darkwinewaters [at] gmail.
About Francis Rivers
Francis Rivers is the single mother of an adult son who is an addict currently in recovery while he is incarcerated for drug possession. His addiction and efforts at recovery have greatly impacted her own life and taught her some difficult lessons about loving an addict child. Learn more at In a Texas Prison.
About Heather King, PhD
Heather King, Ph.D., completed her graduate studies in preclinical substance abuse research in July of 2015. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals on the effects of drug abuse on the brain and behavior, and has personal experience in addiction and recovery. She currently works at Serenity Acres, a drug and alcohol treatment center outside of Annapolis, MD.
About Ivana @ Addiction Blog
Ivana helps moderate Addiction Blog by providing helpful comments and suggestions to our readers. She is also an optimist and a dreamer. Ivana is inspired by books, travels, conversations and people and we are so grateful to have her on our team.
About Jake Sandino
Jake Sandino is a writer focused within the realm of addiction and substance abuse. He achieved his own recovery through a holistic alcohol and drug rehab approach.
About James Gallegos
James Gallegos, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a therapist at Compulsion Solutions, an outpatient counseling service specializing in the treatment of those who suffer from the results of sexually compulsive behavior. From his offices in Walnut Creek, California, James works with people from all over the world both in person and by phone.
About James F. Davis, CAS
James F. Davis, CAS is a Board Certified Interventionist and the founder of Recovery First, a prominent inpatient drug treatment center in South Florida. Mr. Davis is also the founder of a website dedicated to Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, and celebrated his 32nd year of sobriety in early 2013.
About Jason Adams
Jason Adams is an inbound marketing strategist at Lakeview Health Systems Florida alcohol addiction treatment center. He is dedicated to providing valuable content for friends, families and individuals who may be struggling with drug and alcohol related problems. Follow Jason on Twitter.
About Jillian Jesser
Jillian Jesser loves life and tries to live it to the fullest each and every day. After failing to finish two drug and alcohol detox programs in as many years, she managed to complete the program the third time and follow through with residential treatment ending her addictions for good.
About Jon Penoi, MPH, LADC
Jon Penoi is the author of Freedom From Addiction and Other Life Controlling Problems and has been a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 14 years. He earned both his B.A. in Psychology, and Master of Public Health, from Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. Jon also brings extensive experience in sober living management and served as Director of a halfway house treatment center in Lawton, OK for 4 years.
About Dr. Tamara Roth, PhD
Tamara Roth, Ph.D, is Clinical Director of women’s programming at JourneyPure's Tennessee treatment center JourneyPure At The River, and an accomplished author of “High Bottom – Letting Go of Vodka and Chardonnay” and "New Bottom – Turning the Other Cheek." Dr. Roth is a licensed professional counselor with two master's degrees from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in metaphysics from The American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is a trained neurofeedback provider, EMDR therapist, and has extensive training in dreamwork.
About Kate Youska
Kate is passionate about inspiring and helping others in recovery through yoga and blog writing. She is a certified Yoga for Recovery teacher (Y12SR) and marketing professional in Salt Lake City. She enjoys traveling, music festivals, her cat, checking out local "foodie" spots around the city. Kate works for New Roads Treatment Center and loves to inspire others through her writing and blogging
About Kate @ Addiction Blog
About Keith Bray
I am a Master Life Coach who is ICF certified and a certified addictions coach. I consider myself recovered from the effects of addiction (16 years) but still in recovery mode as it relates to personal growth. Professionally, I am university educated, a former corporate CEO and have been in the consulting business for over two decades. I'm a husband, father, grandfather, friend, uncle son, a trusted confidant and many other things but bottom line, I'm Keith. I hope that I can help SOME out there with ideas that will make you think deeply.
Kenneth Pecoraro, LCSW, LCADC, CCS has worked directly providing treatment for individuals with substance use and coexisting emotional-behavioral issues for over 20 years using a motivational, skills and strengths based, individualized client-centered perspective. The techniques explained in his method, Taking the Escalator: An Alternative to the 12 Steps, help individuals who are resistant to traditional approaches gain the tools needed for learning to increase insight and motivation for positive change.
About Kimberly Reynolds
Kimberly Reynolds is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas. She has a passion for learning new things and is currently researching and writing articles for mental health Dallas Texas practitioners. In her free time, Kimberly works towards completing her bucket list while writing about her adventures on her Bucket List Blog.
About Lena Butler
Lena Butler is a mom, health blogger and customer service representative for TestCountry. TestCountry is a San Diego based point of service diagnostic test service provider that offers a wide range of laboratory and instant testing kit solutions including drug tests, metal toxicity, DNA paternity, food and water tests and hundreds more. TestCountry's tests are easy to use and can be performed at your home or workplace.
About Liliann Reid
Liliann Reid is a recovering addict focused on helping others understand the world of drug addiction and eating disorders through her firsthand experience. She is blessed to have found sobriety through a Christian based drug rehab program.
About Lisa Espich
Lisa Espich is the author of the multi award-winning book, Soaring Above Co-Addiction: Helping your loved one get clean, while creating the life of your dreams. For additional articles, resources, and a free preview chapter of Soaring Above Co-Addiction visit her website. Her book is available at bookstores everywhere and at Twin Feather Publishing.
About Lisa Hann
Lisa Hann is a freelance writer and author of the books How to Have Fun in Recovery and 365 Ways to Have Fun Sober. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University. She has been sober since 2010 and resides in NJ with her son.
About Lyn Joon
Lyn Joon is working to raise awareness of television's impact and the possibility of life without TV.
About Maria @ Addiction Blog
Maria is interested in yoga, psychology, and healthy ways of living. She is a vegetarian and animal lover whose philosophy of life is, "There is always a way." She looks forward to hearing from you and responding to your comments.
About Marilyn Lancelot
Marilyn Lancelot is a recovering alcoholic and compulsive gambler with twenty years of recovery. She has authored three books, Gripped by Gambling , Detour, and Switching Addictions. She also publishes a newsletter on-line, Women Helping Women for recovery from gambling. This newsletter has been published for more than 10 years and is read by women and men around the world.
About Matt Sockolov
Matt Sockolov is the owner of The Easier Softer Way, a site investigating Buddhist meditation and recovery from addiction. The Easier Softer Way hosts blogs written by a variety of people, has a small shop with handmade Buddhist jewelry, and supplies multiple Daily Emails.
About Matthew Edwards
Matthew Edwards has been drug free for over 2 years. He is a reformed criminal, currently a freelance writer, a musician with 19 years experience and a marketing professional. You can view his website, dedicated to helping those with addiction problems find inspiration to overcome addiction.
About Dr. Meenakshi Subbaraman
Meenakshi Subbaraman is a postdoctoral fellow at Brown Universityâ€™s Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies. Her primary research interests include understanding how behavioral and pharmaceutical treatments for alcoholism work.
About Nachshon Zohari, LCSW
Nachshon Zohari is a licensed clinical social worker and the Program Administrator for Mental Health and Substance Treatment in a major U.S. city. His private practice includes individual, couples and family counseling; parenting classes; substance abuse education and treatment; and individual and group clinical supervision. He is an expert in the holistic practice of family focused addiction treatment.
About Nurse N Recovery
Nurse N Recovery has been an RN for 16 years. Most of those years were spent in Critical Care. 4 years ago, she became addicted to narcotics. She is now in drug addiction recovery and has developed a website to help others suffering from addiction.
About Ocean Breeze Recovery
Ocean Breeze Recovery is a full spectrum, luxury addiction and dual diagnosis treatment center located in South Florida. Our mission is To heal the broken mind, body, and spirit - one person at a time - through compassion, perseverance, and unconditional acceptance.
About Practical Recovery
Practical Recovery, in San Diego, California, offers self-empowering, non 12-step addiction treatment across all levels of care (outpatient, sober living, rehab). Treatment focuses on underlying problems, and is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of mostly doctoral level providers who collaborate with clients to create completely individualized and empirically supported treatment plans based on the client's goals, values and situation.
About Priory Group
Priory is the leading provider of behavioural care in the UK including mental healthcare, education and children’s services, adult care and older people’s care. As the UK’s leading independent provider of addiction treatment services, Priory provides professional, specialist treatment programmes for a wide range of addictive substances and behaviours.
About Problem Poker
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About Rhonda Landry
Rhonda Landry is an occupational therapist, a dedicated Christian, and the owner of Glory Gate Publishing and Ministries. She is a published author of Abyss to Abundance: From Recovery to Discovery of Who You Are as a Christian in the Kingdom of God, which was divinely-inspired following the death of her beloved husband. She is a recovering food addict and can provide profound advice from overcoming addictions and subsequent related behavior patterns.
About Richard P. Console, Jr.
Richard P. Console Jr. is the founding and managing partner of Console and Hollawell, one of the most highly regarded personal injury law firms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since 1994, he has dedicated his professional life to protecting the rights of individuals that have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other serious injury claims.
About Stan Popovich
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/
Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and has a private practice in Beverly Hills. She has worked extensively with abuse and trauma survivors privately and with the military. She also works with those suffering from gambling addiction. She is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction book, Act It Out: 25 Expressive Ways to Heal from Childhood Abuse. Her newest comedy/mystery HOT SHOT is now available on Amazon.com, Kindle, FierySeasPublishing, and Barnes and Noble.
About Stephen Scoggins
Stephen travels throughout the country teaching faith and self-understanding. His goal is to empower others to use the bricks of past failures to build a new foundation for success, reigniting a passion for life and purpose to make large steps toward a bright future. Find out more about Stephen and the Journey Principles Institute here.
About Suzi Martel
About Texas Magnum
My crime is I am an addict. I am a 22 year old man currently incarcerated for possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and for breaking the conditions of my probation for my first arrest at 19 (possession of meth). The truth is I feel amazingly free in here in my incarceration. I have no needle in my arm. I am beginning to love myself for who I am. Read more about me and my journey through recovery here: In a Texas Prison Blog
About The Addictid Blog
Addictid.com is a new blog about addiction seeking to reshape opinion and reduce stigma. It's run by a recovering addict in his late twenties who stumbles with the occasional relapse. Perhaps in time, he'll show his face. You can find him at The Addictid Blog and on his I Am Addictid Twitter handle.
About Tim Davis
Tim has an extensive background writing for television, film, radio, and other diverse forms of media including apps, blogs, and social media. His latest creation, for the Axis Recovery Community, is the character of SoberMan, a sober superhero whose mission is to spread the word via Facebook about the importance of recovery, one meme at a time.
About Tracy Smith
Tracy Smith covers topics within the drug addiction niche being a recovering addict herself. She is thankful to have found treatment for her substance abuse that helped her become sober.
About Wendy Bailey
Wendy Bailey is a writer and blogger who is interested in Adderall ADD/ADHD medications. She explores the dark side of those meds and hopes to help other parents looking for similar information.
About Young Park
Young Park is a former casual gamer and now a part-time blogger at Gaming Addicters, who became interested in video game addiction. Having played 12 straight hours of World of Warcraft, Young finally decided that it was time to let the world know that there wasn’t room for another addiction problem. To follow Young, visit his blog and follow him on Google+.