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The Healers Café

186 EpisodesProduced by Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practiWebsite

Hi, it's Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practice) and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to re… read more


How To Help Someone Enter Addiction Treatment with Joseph Devlin on The Healers Café with Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND

In this episode of The Healers Café, Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND, chats with Joseph Devlin a respected behavioral health expert and Family Addictions Specialist.


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Highlights from today's episode include:


Joseph Devlin  09:40

I have and I still do attend Alcoholics Anonymous. I'd say it saved my life. It's just going through the the 12 step process, which is a continual process, and it allowed me to take that snapshot of saying, okay, here's a blueprint for your life. How do you want to go about it? What do you want to do? How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go? That was something that I am absolutely so grateful for. Because it was something that I needed and the great thing about Alcoholics Anonymous, or any of the 12 step programs, because like Al-Anon, or Nar-Anon is another program that I really encourage families to go to. Because the very same 12 steps that the individuals and like AA or NA are going through, are the same exact ones that they are asking those who will go to Al-Anon or Nar-Anon. Because, it's giving you that idea, that ability to take that introspective look at yourself, and it gives you the community around you. Really that's what strengthens us, it's the people that we're around.

Joseph Devlin  11:39

But even when I work with an individual, is when I always say it's like looking at breaking through that pain, shame, and embarrassment caused by addiction. We call it  a substance abuse disorder, that's kind of changed within the DSM Five, the diagnosis to kind of help get away even just some of that stigmatism that that comes behind that. And honestly, that I think is one of the big pieces that happens when when you get involved in a community and I often say, "Hey, listen. Get involved with 12 step as I would highly suggest that. But, if it's your karate group, or your book group, or somebody else, get people around you who you're going to be able to open up to and break those things.

Joseph Devlin  33:51

The families that I work with, they've tried everything. They feel like they've tried everything. They feel like there's no hope, like there's nothing else that they can do that's going to make things change. That they're tired of the arguments in the house, they're tired of walking around on eggshells. They're tired of wondering, being fearful every night when they don't know when their loved one doesn't come home. And then when they are home, they're fearful that they wish just all this anxiety and craziness would stop. And I look at that, and I say, so there's two things that I say, is like that's really like that family. That's like that family addiction spiral right because so much is wrapped in there. And that's where I've kind of I've moved on. My practice is called Family Sobriety Now, because we have to look at that spiral. And we have to figure out what are those things that just keep us twisted in this, and then just kind of pull a little piece out each time. And then to build this entire family being sober.


About Joseph Devlin

Joseph Devlin, MA, CAADC, is a respected behavioral health expert with more than 20 years of experience in the specialty of Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Treatment. His passion lies in helping others achieve sobriety and live fulfilling lives. His professional experience includes: clinical director, interventionist, professor, facility director, addiction counselor, counseling supervisor, case manager, care manager, treatment facilities auditor, steward of county and state funding for treatment facilities, utilization reviewer, licensed trainer and family group decision making facilitator. His book “ A Step Out of Darkness: How to Help Someone Enter Addiction Treatment and Walk With Them Through Recovery” was the number one selling crisis management book on Amazon for three months. He also speaks to groups and sees people privately who are interested in the road to recovery. Joseph has extensive training and experience in trauma-informed care and restorative practices. He received his masters degree from The International Institute for Restorative Practice. He not only has professional experience, but he also has walked his own path of recovery for over a decade.

Core purpose/passion : Helping families who have a loved one struggling with sobriety go from chaos to having peace, calm, and stability in the family unit.

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About Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND:

Dr. Manon is a Naturopathic Doctor, the Founder of Bowen College, an International Speaker, and TEDx speaker, and the author of the Amazon best-selling books "What Patient's Don't Say if Doctors Don't Ask" and "A Healer In Every Household".


About The Healers Café:

Dr. Manon's show is the #1 show for medical practitioners and holistic healers to have heart to heart conversations about their day to day lives.

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