Day in the life of
Addictions Coach – Dr. Cali Estes, PhD, MCAP, MAC, ICADC
I deal specifically with celebrities, NFL, and more high profile clients.
My Typical Day
My typical day is unlike probably anyone else you’re gonna get a response for. I specialize in traveling to the client so usually, I wake up have a cuppa coffee throw some clothes on, and head to whatever hotel that my client is staying at. I usually meet with them in the morning for about two hours to talk about goalsetting and do some coaching with them. Sometimes we will have breakfast together and then the personal trainer will meet them to work out or they will get a massage. I meet them again for another three hours of deep dive to figure out the reason while they’re using drugs and alcohol and get to the bottom of it and solve it.
Some of my key responsibilities are to figure out why the clients using drugs and alcohol to cope and give them new coping mechanisms and strategies once they are fully detoxed with our detox nurse and ready to re-integrate back into their home life. I travel a lot so that can be a pro or a con for my job function as a lot of therapists and life coaches like to stay home and work by telehealth I actually work in person in their home environment. Since I work with celebrities, NFL executives, and NBA I travel frequently with the client and end up in their home environment and their personal space. This allows me to do deeper work with them because I see them in their home environment and I’m able to see in a lifetime when they have triggers and issues arise.
The main pros to my job are that I can travel at my leisure, I can set my own schedule, which basically means on a Tuesday at 2 PM I can be hanging out at my hot tub and not working a 9-to-5 job. I get to meet new and interesting and fun people, and I can tack on a vacation day in the front or back end of my work schedule in a different city or country.
The cons of my job are that sometimes my traveling schedule can be grueling and I don’t get much time off. For example, I just did eight days straight with a private intensive client 5 to 7 hours a day with no break and then went right into teaching to back to back seminars, and hopping on a plane to go to California for another six days. What’s the reverse side of that is that if I work 15 or 20 days out of this month I could literally take off the entire next month financially. Because I’m working so intensely and traveling I can condense 60 days of work into 20 or even less than that to be able to pay the bills. Another con would be limited family time, however, I did marry a touring drummer so we both do travel a lot and it works well for our relationship. For the average person that’s family-oriented that wants to have dinner every night, this may not be the ideal job situation but because I don’t have any kids traveling it’s not a problem. I actually think it works to my advantage with my relationship with my husband and I both being big personalities and needing to constantly be entertained with different things it seems to work well.
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselors
counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.