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Cali Estes

 Cali Estes, Ph.D SFYB Staff Addiction Author

My name is TJ McWain and I am a police officer in Southern New Jersey.  As a police officer, I come into contact with substance abusers on a daily basis – and things that often go along with substance abuse, such as homelessness, chronic unemployment, and crimes against property.


Traditionally, law enforcement was limited in how we can handle these situations…we could give them phone numbers to call, drop them off at hospitals or shelters, or put them in jail.  Early in my career, I recognized that these methods weren’t working and that I would continuously come into contact with the same people over and over again.  Often times, I would arrest someone and have conversations with them while they were being booked.  While they all came from different races, genders, backgrounds, and economic status, their stories were all pretty much the same.  Some tried to get help and couldn’t navigate the confusing treatment system.  Some were uninsured or under-insured and couldn’t get into treatment.  Some didn’t want treatment.  Some pleaded with me to help them.  Drug addiction in New Jersey and across the country is out of control and I felt like there had to be something else out there.

While researching a way to actually help find a solution to this problem, I found The Addictions Academy and Dr. Cali Estes.  Dr. Estes was immediately drawn to my plight and, after several long conversations about what would be the most beneficial, it was decided that I would sign up for several of her courses.

I completed the training to obtain my National Certification as an Intervention Professional.  The class was absolutely perfect for my purposes and opened my eyes to the psychology of addiction.  The class was invaluable and provided me with insight on how to recognize when someone may be ready for treatment (or how to make them ready) and what resources to have ready for when that time comes.

I also completed training to obtain National Certification as a Family Recovery Coach, Relapse Prevention, and Individual Recovery Coach.  These courses reinforced some of the information I learned during the Intervention course and offered additional education on specifics related to the course titles.  Furthermore, I was able to use this training to obtain a further understanding of addiction and how to help both the substance abuser and their family work together prior to and during recovery.

I would absolutely recommend this training to all first responders and every individual who feels that they want to do more for their family, friends, community, or anyone going through struggles related to an addiction.  The courses allow you to learn from home in a comfortable setting and the instructors engage you in role-playing and other scenarios that bring the textbook to life.  At the end of your course, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge and ability to help those that need your help and, in that sense, the training is absolutely priceless.

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Cali Estes
Cali Estes, Ph.D is a highly sought after Celebrity Addiction Therapist, Life Coach, Recovery Coach and Wellness Guru that blends talk therapy with forward and positive change to assist her clients in unlocking their true potential. She has been featured in books, magazines, radio and television for her work in the addictions and therapy fields. She works with individuals, drug and alcohol treatment teams and addiction professionals looking to advance their knowledge base.

Dr. Estes has over 20 years experience working with drug, alcohol and food addictions. Her deep understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, including the behaviors and ramifications that are associated with it, place her at the top in the field of addiction therapy. Dr. Estes is an interactive, solution-focused Positive Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Her unique no-nonsense approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and life coaching combine to provide the perfect support for an addict. Dr. Estes’ background in food addictions and the emotional and physical tolls it takes on one’s psyche and physical well-being is highly unique.

Dr. Estes is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. She has been featured on top tier outs such as NBC Universal News, MSN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Max Sports and Fitness, among others for her work in Addiction Recovery and has been published in several journals and books for her work on ADD and Relationships.

Dr. Estes is a Certified Masters Level Addiction Professional. She holds a Ph.D from DSU in Psychology and Life Coaching, a Master’s Degree from WCU, and an undergraduate from PSU, International Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Therapist, Master Certified Addictions Professional, as well as 24 certifications and over 20 years of experience as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Pilates Teacher, Food Addictions Specialist and Life Coach. Her unique approach to get to the root cause of the problem with each client and relate on a humanistic level makes her desirable in this industry. Dr. Estes is more than a ‘sober coach’. She has a background in clinical and personality psychology, addictions and forensics and has been featured on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSN, and more

In addition to being a prominent Addiction Therapist and well-known Recovery Coach, Dr. Estes has presented at National Conferences and is currently a National Education Provider offering Accredited classes through her sister company, She has presented to individuals and drug and alcohol treatment facilities both national and international, and is a sought after Sober Coach and Life Coach to Actors, Musicians, CEO’s, Doctors, Sports Figures and Attorneys that need 100% Confidentiality when dealing with sensitive life issues. Dr. Estes is a clinician in the clinicians network for the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association Players Association (NBA/NBAPA).

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