Addiction & Recovery


Fight the New Drug is a group of “passionate and innovative problem-solvers who want to make a difference in the world… [their] mission is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography…using only science, facts, and personal accounts”.
For anyone who has struggled with porn/sex addiction or has been effected by a loved one’s addiction, then you know first hand the devastating impact of it. Compulsive/addictive pornography use truly robs an individual and their partners of one of life’s most beautiful experiences…honest, genuine, and faithful love.
Join other fighters around the world and share the message that “Porn Kills Love”. Fight the New Drug is offering 15% off everything in their store through today!!! Use the code: 15FIGHTERGEAR. FIGHT THE NEW DRUG
Also, if you are struggling with porn and/or sex addiction, many have found sexual sobriety through therapy as well as support through the following group:  
If you are the loved one/partner of someone struggling with porn and/or sex addiction, I would be happy to connect with you and discuss how I can support you along your recovery journey. In addition, you too can find healing through the following support group:

Center for Discovery

Years ago I worked at Center for Discovery in LA and thankfully, I still have the opportunity to keep in touch with their San Diego team!

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with Cassie Gaub, San Diego’s clinical outreach representative, who helps connect clients with the right program and support they need.  She is warm, friendly, and like CFD, passionate about personal growth and recovery!

Center for Discovery provides “residential treatment for women with eating disorders, teens with eating disorders, teens with mental health disorders, and teens with substance abuse issues”. For more information, feel free to contact their admissions team, 866.480.3475 or check out their website:

Center for Discovery

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Cirque Lodge hosts an Addiction Professionals Lunch

So grateful for Eial from Cirque Lodge for hosting such an incredible lunch today and bringing together some of the best professionals in the addiction field!

I am ever so grateful for being a part of community that is deeply passionate about bringing hope and healing to those affected by and/or struggling with addiction.

Each of us provides a different level of care with unique specialties. For more information, feel free to check out the websites below:

Cirque Lodge- Eial Fishman (Drug & Alcohol Rehab)

Chris Bennett Interventions- Chris Bennett, Jennifer Tarzia, Tom Dearborn (Interventions & Follow Up Care)

True Life Center for Wellbeing- Elissa Frazao (Drug, Alcohol, and Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program)

Dr. Mary Spease- (Outpatient: Drug/Alcohol Addiction, Loved ones affected by another’s substance/alcohol use or sexually compulsive behaviors)

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New Cost Effective IOP at True Life Center for Wellbeing

I am so honored and humbled to have been asked to lead True Life’s brand new IOP groups beginning May 15th!!!

Dr. Krista Roybal (founder of True Life) is one of the most talented psychiatrists I have had the pleasure of working with and her passion and vision for providing recovery is truly unique. Her knowledge of the complexity of addiction has resulted in True Life’s holistic approach and integrative care.

The IOP groups will continue to honor what True Life is known for and my psycho-educational/relapse prevention based groups will be preceded by clients participation in yoga, nutrition, fitness, and acupuncture.

A lot of thought and compassion has been poured into the development of this new program including mindfulness of finances. This will be an astonishingly affordable path for support and provided by a truly dedicated, compassionate, and talented team.

If you or anyone you know might benefit from such a program, please contact Elissa Frazao at 858.202.1822.

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During a session last week, a client and I began exploring her previous relationship with a HigherPower/God and how she lost that connection. As we talked about how she drifted from this source of support, she shared all the ways in which life had increasingly become more difficult to navigate, emotions seemed insurmountable, unhealthy dynamics in her marriage intensified, and she felt so alone.  However, we started to talk about the benefit of this type of relationship and the love and support that is waiting for her. She discussed her beliefs and desire to reconnect and ways to recultivate this relationship that was once a larger part of her life.

The very next session I asked her how her past week had been and she said, “I’ve been thanking you almost everyday” as she was so grateful I had initiated the conversation about her spiritual beliefs. What happened next was so incredible and heart warming to witness…her face lit up as she shared that she has been more intentional about staying in communication with her Higher Power and started to experience peace, clarity, and a greater ability to acknowledge and work through core triggers.

This is just a small reminder of the power of believing in something bigger than ourselves and the beauty of knowing we are not alone…EVER. There is something greater working for us and through us if we can get out of our own way.

There is no need to try and will your way through difficulties, there is always support available if you look up, reach out to a friend or family member, listen to your own intuition, are working with professionals, etc. Your Higher Power is ready and willing to give you what you need when you need it, if you can believe you are worth receiving it.

Recovery: Casa Palmera & Dr. Mary Spease

Had a wonderful lunch last week with Ernie Georggin from Casa Palmera. So thankful to know someone dedicated to connecting those in need with recovery. Our conversation was another reminder of how impactful and healing the support of a recovery community can be.

If you are ready to take that leap of faith and ask for help, you can view Casa Palmera’s website here:

If you are the loved one of an addict/alcoholic, your heart most likely needs healing too. You are not alone and healing is possible. Feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss how to best support you in this journey:


San Diego Student Recovery Invites You to Dinner & an AA Meeting

San Diego Student Recovery cordially invites you to attend their dinner and AA meeting this Saturday, March 21st at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm on the second floor of the main lobby followed by an AA meeting that will be held from 7-8:15pm in the theater on the third floor.

This is an open invitation and all are welcome to come join! If you have any questions, feel free to check out SDSR’s website and contact the founder, Concetta Mantinan.

San Diego Student Recovery


San Diego Student Recovery: AA Storytime

San Diego Student Recovery provides supportive living as well as individual and group therapy for students attending USD and UCSD who are newly in recovery. They are located in beautiful La Jolla at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex.

Concetta Mantinan, the founder of SDSR, has created a fantastic new tradition called “A.A. Storytime”. Every Saturday evening she hosts a dinner prepared by her talented chef/husband followed by a speaker meeting comprised of two 30 minute speakers. Last weekend marked the beginning of this incredible event and it was supported by so many including The Grounds Recovery.

If you’d like to attend, please see the flier for more details including the address!


Bayside Marin at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

This evening I attended a wonderful event hosted by Bayside Marin and was able to spend some time with Christina Hammet from Sierra Tucson, Chris Bennett from Chris Bennett Interventions, Concetta Mantinan from San Diego Student Recovery, Kay White from Villa Kali Ma, Sean Firtel from West Coast Recovery Centers, Bill Lane from Bill Lane & Associates, McKenzie Phillips from Pasadena Recovery Center, and many more incredible professionals in the addiction field.

It is such an honor to be in the presence of so many individuals who are dedicated to helping others and truly understand the value of recovery and how it can change people’s lives in ways one never thought imaginable.

For more information about any of these clinicians/programs, please feel free to view their website:

Bayside Marin

Sierra Tucson

Chris Bennett Interventions

San Diego Student Recovery

Villa Kali Ma

West Coast Recovery Centers

Bill Lane & Associates

Pasadena Recovery Center


Independent Contractor for Julieann Myers’ Center for Healthy Change:

Julieann and I have known one another for some time now and I have always admired and respected her, not only as a therapist but as a person. Throughout the past year, we have been exploring ways to work together and collaborate in our passion for helping others.

Recently, I have joined her lovely practice (Center for Healthy Change) as an independent contractor. I feel so blessed to be a part of the team as they have all be so welcoming! I’m looking forward to supporting her practice and serving new clients!

If you would like to know more about Center for Healthy Change and/or what services I will be providing, please feel free to view our website:

Center for Healthy Change

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