Need for a safer lifestyle when overcoming addiction

Dan Cronin, Substance Abuse Expert, shares advice for parents on the importance that creating a safer lifestyle has when helping your child overcome addiction
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Need for a safer lifestyle when overcoming addiction

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I think the most important thing to take a look at is lifestyle. It's really about a lifestyle. If you are hanging out with people who are getting loaded, there is a pretty good chance you are going to get loaded. If you're hanging out with people that are skipping school, there is a pretty good chance you are not going to go to school. It's really important, if you are going to get somebody into a sober lifestyle, that they start to change other areas of their life. We really believe that this is really about a lifestyle change. It's not about the drugs and alcohol. If you take away the drugs and the alcohol, then you need to make a lifestyle change because if not, you are going to go back to that. It's very important to change behaviors. It's very important to get people on to -- That's why 12 step programs help, because it's their peers. It's kids their own age that are making better choices for themselves. If you put yourself in position, you are, sooner or later, going to have problems.

Dan Cronin, Substance Abuse Expert, shares advice for parents on the importance that creating a safer lifestyle has when helping your child overcome addiction

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Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS

Substance Abuse Expert

Dan Cronin has been a Substance Abuse Expert, a leading figure in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Intervention, Alternative Sentencing and Case Management for over 20 years. His organizations, Dan Cronin Consulting and A.I.R., provide Alcohol and Drug Abuse Care Management throughout North America and the world, for individuals, corporations and organizations including the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, where he is the Director of their Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Programs.

As a licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS), Dan works closely with medical professionals in all aspects of addiction medicine. As part of Dan Cronin Consulting, Dan has teamed with renowned psychiatrist Dr. M. David Lewis, M.D., whose 30 years of experience has established him as a leading medical expert in the field. He also works with Dr. Brian F. Shaw, Ph.D., one of the top clinical psychologists in North America and co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With them he has developed a specific model for Case Management that treats clients suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Working with his key executive Mellie Walker and the rest of his team at Dan Cronin Consulting, he’s implemented this substance rehab model nationwide and it is now used as a template in many referral agencies around the country.

Dan is also founder and director of AIR Alternatives, launched in 1997 to assist individuals and companies with Alternative Sentencing, including in-custody assessments, transportation and court follow-ups. AIR contracts with the courts throughout Los Angeles County, specializing addiction treatment center placement for individuals who face legal consequences due to addiction. Other members of the AIR team include DeAnne Soriano, Director of Operations, who has 10 years of experience and functions as direct liaison to the courts and Anthony Melillo, Assessment Specialist and transport coordinator with the firm for the last five years.

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