Vance Johnson is a former Denver Broncos, NFL wide receiver with a 10-year career that included three Super Bowl appearances. After growing up around addiction and domestic violence, he struggled with mental health, addictions like substance abuse, gambling, and many others throughout his career. In 2009 his life came to a halt when he used himself and fell into a coma. Four years later Vance miraculously overcame his drug, alcohol, and other addictions and has devoted his life to telling his story by sharing Hope with others.
Vance is currently an ambassador of 14 mental health and recovery centers around the United States, and he is an author releasing his first book “Uncovered.” He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Maury Povich Show, the NFL Network, and recently Wendy Williams. He has been focusing on his full-time ministry as a keynote speaker and educating at churches, addiction/recovery centers, and at organized related events across the country.
Mr. Johnson said, “It’s my passion and purpose to inspire those who have found themselves powerlessly broken and looking for a breakthrough. I’m proud to teach the Christian Coaching classes at The Addictions Academy.”
Estes said, “Vance has an extraordinary approach to helping those who struggle with addiction and their families. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on our team.”
The Addictions Academy’s Christian Recovery Coach Certification Program (for both the addict and the family) is the only one on the market that crosses boundaries between Addiction and theological study. In course, the basic theories of addiction from a Christian point of view, and an understanding of how to develop an effective model of Christian Recovery Coaching are provided to assist clients in making effective changes in all areas of their lives.
Christian Recovery Coaching is a vital new helping field that is growing. Participants learn to effectively communicate with their clients, develop the core skills of building rapport, proactive listening, and other foundational techniques. Students also build an effective toolbox for Recovery Coaching. Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards in Recovery Coaching, specifically from the Christian Coaching point of view are also taught.
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted many of the increased challenges the United States has faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Titled ‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic, the article focuses on how substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.
“Several studies have shown that binge drinking has increased during the pandemic, and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a “concerning acceleration” of opioid-related overdoses last year,” the article pointed out.
Dr. Estes reflected, “We’ve seen a rise in substance abuse because of isolation issues, relationship challenges, and financial stress. A Christ-centered approach to recovery can be the perfect combination of community and quality support,” Estes said.
The nation’s opioid crisis reached new proportions in 2020, continuing to increase from the unbelievable 70,000 deaths we saw in 2017. Overdose deaths are now higher than deaths from H.I.V, car crashes, or gun violence at their peaks.
Fox News reported, “For the first time, odds of dying from opioid overdose higher than dying from a car crash.” The story also noted that a new analysis from the National Safety Council says the odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose (1 in 96) have now surpassed the odds of dying in a car accident (1 in 103).
“I am delighted to be working with Dr. Cali Estes, and I look forward to contributing to the great work that the Academy offers,” Mr. Johnson stated.
Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy have been offering a wide-ranging assortment of advanced training for several years in an ongoing effort to counteract the growing addiction problem. The Academy has more than 30 faculty teaching over 40 courses in five different languages. Program graduates can be found in 25 countries helping address the addiction problem worldwide.
For more info on the Christian Addiction Recovery and Coaching program, go to https://theaddictionsacademy.com/therapy-professionals/recovery-courses-and-certificate-programs/christian-coach-training/.
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To learn more about Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, visit https://theaddictionscoach.com.