Back when we first founded The Clearing – a non 12 Step Dual Diagnosis inpatient addiction treatment center – we thought that our Program was mainly for people with substance abuse issues.

However, it also does wonders for individuals with significant mental and emotional health issues and no history of substance abuse.

As such, we like to call ourselves the “how you do it” guys. We’re on the ground, in the field, helping our Participants work through their issues every single day.

So often when someone is struggling, well-meaning people make statements such as, “You just need to love yourself,” or, “What you need to do is to let go of your judgments.”

And the person who is having a hard time thinks, Well, that would be nice, but how do I do that? What are the practical steps? No one ever taught me this stuff!

This column is our way of sharing what most people never learned in school: how to work with underlying mental and emotional issues and fully heal from addiction.

About Joe Koelzer

Joe KoelzerJoe Koelzer is a co-founder and CEO of The Clearing. He has years of counseling experience and a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

After observing how depression and substance abuse impacted his wife Betsy’s life, Joe realized how broken our current system is for addiction and related mental health treatment.

He witnessed firsthand how an evidence-based approach coupled with Spiritual Psychology saved Betsy and enabled her to gain control of her life.

In co-founding The Clearing, Joe realized his dream of creating and sharing this innovative approach with others in a structured clinical setting.

 

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