Treatment: Thinking Outside the Box
April 25, 2017
Hosted by Ross Remien
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Ross has long believed that treatment can only be as good as the people working in the field. Today he is joined by John Joseph- a colleague, friend and someone who has seen virtually every facet of the treatment industry over his 20+ years of sobriety. John will share his personal journey to recovery in addition to chatting with Ross about what he thinks is missing from treatment today, and some "outside the box" ideas about improving the quality of treatment moving forward.
The Power to Create Yourself
Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
The Power to Create Yourself shares the most effective ways to reach your end goal. Through realizing the truth and lies behind our limitations and boundaries, we can all learn what it means to truly create ourselves and manifest our potential. Ross is not a doctor or scholar with a stack of degrees. Rather, he’s a regular guy who had his life stolen by drugs and was left to figure out a way to get from points A to B at the age of thirty. Ten years later he’s still a “boots on the ground” guy, sharing the strategies, beliefs and attitudes that led him to not only sobriety, but personal success. Ross, along with guests ranging from entrepreneurs to spiritual gurus, covers things like the importance of knowing what you stand for vs. what you don’t, seeking the true essence of your character and busting through road blocks, both real and perceived. The show also discusses the facilities and programs that exist to treat addiction, and how to reap the greatest benefits.
Ross Remien is a counselor, experienced life coach, engaging speaker and the founder of Rebos Treatment Center. Ross’ journey from a crippling 17 year drug addiction to recovery ultimately became an inspiring success story. Growing up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Ross was the youngest of four children. His family was well-established in the world of big business, and most of the Remien children found their niche and thrived in the business world. Ross found himself struggling early on to find his place on a pedestal that didn’t feel big enough for everyone. Ross searched for himself and, in time, substance abuse became his identity. Eventually, he went through multiple programs and felt like he was endlessly pushing a rock up a hill, never seeing the other side. It was during treatment that a therapist asked him when would he finally start to create himself? It was a defining moment, and Ross then went on to become a CDC, counseling a diverse clientele. Over the next four years, it became clear to him that there was a failure to sufficiently treat the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs behind addiction. From that, Ross’ vision for Rebos was born and he developed a program using the business philosophies he absorbed early in life, translating them to a lifestyle philosophy that allows building of spiritual wealth. Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog, and loves hunting and fishing in Wisconsin, where his heart has lived since childhood.
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Chandra is a young woman, currently in addiction treatment. She will share with Ross the events and life choices that lead her to addiction, then to seek treatment. Deciding to get help is a very personal decision, and Chandra bravely lets listeners behind the curtain into her journey to recovery. View Guest page
Stephanie is a young woman in early sobriety, currently in treatment in California. View Guest page
Angel is a young man in early sobriety, currently in treatment. He is willing to share his journey in hopes of gaining more insight himself, while also hoping to inspire others to get help if they need it. View Guest page
"Emily" is a young woman in early sobriety, and currently in an addiction treatment program. By sharing her story, she helps others to understand how making real changes is possible with the right help around you. View Guest page
"Jess" is a young woman, newly sober, in treatment for the first time. She bravely gives listeners a candid look at the traumatic and unbelievable events that led her to seek not only sobriety, but a new life for herself. View Guest page
"Julie" is a young woman, currently in treatment and somewhat new to sobriety. She is willing to share her journey in the hopes that others can relate and find their path to success as well! View Guest page
Kaylie is a 23 year old woman with 32 days sobriety, currently in treatment for substance addiction. View Guest page
Santiago is a young man, currently in treatment working to overcome substance abuse and learning to live a sober, happy, fulfilling life. View Guest page
Sean is a young man in early sobriety, currently in addiction treatment. View Guest page
"Weston" is a man currently in addiction treatment, working to acquire the tools to change the direction of his future. View Guest page
"Will" is a young man currently in treatment for substance abuse. View Guest page
"Benjamin" is a young man in early sobriety, currently in addiction treatment in Southern California. View Guest page
Allen Berger, PH.D.
Dr. Berger is a talented psychotherapist and popular recovery author who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, the important topic of emotional sobriety, integrating modern psychotherapy and the 12 Steps, and the psychological forces operating in the Twelve Steps. His most recent book is a sequel to the popular 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery and is titled 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at www.abphd.com. View Guest page
Fabian is a young man with 8 months sobriety, who is currently working a program to overcome both love and substance addictions. He's a dynamic guest with past experience in real estate, social media and entrepreneurship coaching. He currently juggles fatherhood, his own recovery, and a new career path. Fabian is sure to inspire anyone looking to flip to the next chapter in their life! View Guest page
Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Dr. Ciaramicoli has been the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org and is also in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Ciaramicoli has appeared on CNN, CNNfn, Fox News Boston, Comcast TV, New England Cable News, Good Morning America Weekend, The O’Reilly Report, and other shows. His newest book, The Stress Solution, is his eighth title. Dr. Ciaramicoli lives in a suburb of Boston with his wife of 35 years. View Guest page
William has been a Spiritual Counselor in private practice since 1997 and a member of Los Angeles’ sober community since 1996. William has a BA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is a founding member of New Crime Productions, where he worked as a designer and actor. William is also a member of LA’s acclaimed theater company The Actors’ Gang and an award-winning director.
William has been mentored in the art of spiritual development by Bill Burns since 1996 and is a founding member of Mr. Burns’ Personal Responsibility Organization, which is a multi-media company dedicated to spiritual growth through the development of self-trust. View Guest page
Drew is a young man currently in addiction treatment. He is new to sobriety and willing to open up candidly about his experience and perceptions around learning to live a sober and happy life. View Guest page
Dylan is a client in early recovery, willing to open up and share with listeners about his personal journey to sobriety and the often unseen aspects of treatment. View Guest page
Belinda Farrell, author of the book Find Your Friggin’ Joy, graduated with a BA in Spanish and English from the University of California at Berkeley and is trained in hypnotherapy, past life regression, NLP, Hawaiian chanting, and ancient Hawaiian healing (Huna). Belinda trained with Anthony Robbins (author of Unlimited Power) and has effectively used these skills in her own life. She has completed 18 firewalks. When Belinda was forty-eight, she collapsed with herniated discs and spinal nerve damage. Threatened with paralysis by her medical doctors if she didn’t have surgery, Belinda instead chose to apply the ancient Hawaiian healing practices she had been learning the previous three years, which are covered in this book. Her back completely healed, including childhood scoliosis. For fifteen years she has been sharing these healing practices with others, offering Reconnective Healing and Huna classes and taking clients to Hawaii to teach Huna and swim with wild spinner dolphins. View Guest page
Andy has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida and has begun course work for both a master’s degree in finance as well as an MBA. He has worked in the treatment field for approximately 10 years in South Florida with a two-year break working for an investment firm in Tampa, FL. He returned to the treatment field to consult for facilities and help establish a third party billing company created to serve treatment facilities and private practices. In his work there he was not only a consultant for various treatment centers throughout the country but also a liaison for facilities in order to get them properly licensed and credentialed, as well negotiate and obtain in network contracts with insurance companies.
Andy’s passion for this industry comes from overcoming his own battle with addiction. He understands what clients are going through and what they need to maintain a successful recovery. View Guest page
Julia Gindi is a California State certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Addiction Specialist. She has been working in the addiction field for 8 years starting out in an acute detox and recovery program at a major Southern California Hospital, co-owning and managing sober livings, and developing her private practice.
Julia is the founder of Sober House Calls, a unique and innovated program bringing the professional into the homes of the addict and assisting them and their families through the journey of recovery. Julia’s specialties range from building strong healthy boundaries, family dynamics, conflict resolution, and coping skills for a happy balanced life.
When Julia is not working at Rebos IOP she is busy raising her amazing children. View Guest page
Audrey Hope is a light, a daring Transformational Healer and TV Performer on a mission to bring hope to the world.
A multi-talented force in the Entertainment Industry and Healing Arts, Audrey has been honored for her revolutionary work as Intuitive Soul Healer, Talk Show Host, Addiction Expert, Producer and Actress. Audrey is a "Healer to the Stars", serving for 8 years as Director/Counselor of Spirituality, at one of the most prestigious Rehab Centers in Malibu. View Guest page
Jay has been working in recovery for over two years now. He works closely with clients to help provide a positive living atmosphere by instilling discipline, integrity, respect, and self- confidence in them; all things he has learned through his own journey with addiction and his carrier and passion of being a mixed martial arts fighter. Jay is very passionate about his job and believes that is what makes him connect so well with the clients. He has a holistic approach to recovery, and tries to encourage the clients to eat better, exercise and find and pursue a passion, as well as attend some sort of recovery based program like AA. View Guest page
John is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor who knows what it takes to create a new self-image and start a life in recovery. He has been formally working in treatment for over 3 years, but his passion for helping and motivating others came when he got sober more than 20 years ago. John works as the Director of Social Services at a treatment center in Los Angeles. View Guest page
Praveen Kambam, M.D.
Dr. Kambam is a psychiatric consultant for Rebos. He is a physician who holds an impressive four board certifications in the following specialties: addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and general psychiatry. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. Kambam completed his undergraduate education at Emory University and earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.
Dr. Kambam completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System and subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Kambam was then trained in forensic psychiatry by preeminent forensic psychiatrist Phillip J. Resnick, M.D., at Case Western Reserve University. View Guest page
Larry is a client in early sobriety, willing to open up and share with listeners about his personal journey to sobriety and the often unseen aspects of treatment. View Guest page
Angela Opalak serves as CEO for Veritable Billing Services. She provides clients with strategic insights and oversees the day-to-day operation of the company. During her 20-year career, she has held numerous executive level positions and has worked extensively in project management, revenue cycle, training, billing/coding and various other business roles.
Opalak came to Veritable Billing Services from HealthCare Revenue Partners in Boynton Beach, where she was the founder and chief operating officer. She started the company to provide expert insight to service providers working through the nuances of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with other government programs. Opalak has also used her skills as an educator in past positions, working as a senior instructor and corporate trainer. In addition, she has been a sought-after guest speaker, presenter and keynote speaker at healthcare events. View Guest page
Ken Seeley, CIP, CCMI-M, RAS has remained professionally and personally involved in recovery since his sobriety date of July, 14, 1989. He applies his relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm to profoundly change the lives of people who suffer from the disease of addiction – for addicts, the addict’s family, and their friends. Ken works to save lives every day as the founder of Intervention911, one of the most prominent and successful private intervention services in the country. Ken is featured on the Emmy Award Winning and 2015 Emmy Nominated A&E television series “Intervention”. He is often asked to speak on addiction, Ken was honored to present to the British Parliament on “Intervention and the Continuum of Care” to help create lasting recovery for those suffering from this disease. Ken is a Certified Intervention Professional, Board Registered Interventionist Level II, Registered Addiction Specialist, and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. View Guest page
"Sina" is a young man in early sobriety, currently in addiction treatment in Los Angeles. He is willing to open up to Ross and share the events that led him to seek help, as well as how treatment has changed his outlook on life and goals for the future. View Guest page
Erica Spiegelman is a consultant, counselor, speaker and author who has made an indelible mark in the field of addiction recovery. She has founded a multi-media health and wellness platform, providing consulting and counseling solutions for clients by providing them with tools on how to reach emotional, mental and physical freedom. She holds a Bachelors degree in Literature from the University of Arizona and a degree as a California State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADAC-I) from University of California, Los Angeles. Erica has a consulting business and works with numerous patient care centers in California, including the Living Rebos Treatment Center, Klean Treatment Center, and Passages Malibu. She is a regular contributor to online health outlets, writes for Maria Shriver, and often co-hosts a weekly radio show Klean Radio on Sirius XM. View Guest page
Betsy Spier is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. She is a graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles. In addition to working as a clinician and administrator, Betsy teaches at UCLA in the Drug and Alcohol Studies Department. She received the Disginguished Instructor Award in 2015.
In her private practice, Betsy specializes in working with adolescents and their families, and adults with mood disorders, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Betsy was involved in opening one of the first “dual diagnosis” programs in South Central LA in the mid 1990’s. The program came out of the need for specialized treatment for women who were chemically dependent and had co-occurring mental illnesses. It still provides superior services for the community. View Guest page