I wanted to take a second to tell you a little about who is passing along the information you are reading.
My name is Chad.
I was born almost 43 years ago in a little town in northern Colorado. Since that moment I have traveled across the entire country (living from West Palm Beach FL, to San Diego CA and well over 60 other places in between). I have also spent some time out of country as well.
I served in the U.S. Navy, and was a civilian contractor for the U.S. Army as well. I have a resume that reads like a short novel, however personal training has been a consistent on that resume for more than 20 yeas now (holly crap where does time go?).
I turned my attention to helping people in recovery over 5 years ago now, and what I found was a blessing and a curse. You see I was trying to get OUT of the fitness and nutrition field. However, what I soon found was that fitness and nutrition is actually a very important part of addiction recovery. So much for getting away from it, ha ha. However, it also helps that I have more than two decades of experience with helping people: get/stay/re motivated, set short term/long term goals, harm reduction, choosing healthier options, changing life styles, and so on.
I have been a competitive body builder in the past. I still train on a regular basis but its more just to stay in shape now, than compete. I go to school full time for psychology. And I spend any 'free time' with my lovely wife and playful chocolate lab "Kismet" (which means 'fate' or 'lady luck').
I offer the opportunity to ask any other questions you might have at this time. Feel free to leave them in the comments or send them in the form of emails.
Recovery happens in the 'heart' not in the mind. Most everyone I talk to 'knows' what they SHOULD be doing, but is not applying those ideas or concepts. My hopes is that as trust builds you start to 'believe' in your heart ... as that is where the magic happens!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!