COVID-19 has stressed out a lot of relationships. Many people have had a lot to deal with. For many of us, our relationships look different this year. Recent economic hardships strain some families. Financial woes, medical worries, care taking responsibilities, and other social problems ushered in by the pandemic have left many people beyond stressed. It's no surprise that more people seem to be using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress. But is your substance use harming your relationship?

Substance Use as a Coping Skill

For many people, substance use has become a coping skill to deal with the pandemic's worries and stresses. Sadly, this isn't a sustainable coping method. People who use drugs and alcohol to cope eventually develop a tolerance for the substance. This means they need more of the drug to get the same effects. Usually, there will be a withdrawal effect if a person addicted to a drug can't get a certain amount of it every day.

If you're using drugs or alcohol as a coping skill, you probably know it's not healthy. You may have tried to limit how much you use or quit altogether. If this sounds like you, you may have a substance use disorder (SUD). It's a treatable condition that is associated with addiction and sometimes other mental health disorders. The good news is that recovery is possible, and you don't have to do it alone.

When You're Using Substances, You're Not Fully Present

Even if you feel that you're playing the right roles in your relationships, substance use and addiction harm relationships. While you're not responsible for your substance use disorder (SUD), you are responsible for your recovery.

Being fully both physically present and emotionally present in both your romantic and family relationships is essential. This is especially true during times of struggle. Your family and loved ones want to be able to rely on you. People need to connect with other people. Using substances tunes others out especially loved ones and can make them feel more isolated and afraid for your welfare.

You may have family members who make sacrifices to enable you or children affected by your substance use. Your family members may worry about you. Or you may leave responsibilities to others while you're getting high. People who use substances are also more at-risk for COVID-19 complications in addition to the risk of overdose and health problems. Addiction isn't a fun disease; it's progressive and can be fatal.

We are Here to Help if SUD is an Issue in Your Relationship

If you or a loved one struggles with substance use, we're here to help you get the help you need. Addiction is a family disease that affects everyone. We're here to help you get back on your feet and make a recovery plan.

We want to help you reclaim your life and have more fulfilling personal relationships.

Not sure where to start or what help is available? We're here to guide you. Get in touch at 619-452-1200 to learn more about how we can help.

In today's issue of La Jolla Light, Scott H. Silverman discusses the prevalence and seriousness of addiction. The article, entitled "People in Your Neighborhood," finds him once again addressing stigma, and the barrier it poses to treatment, saying:

The stigma of getting help, asking for help, the false pride. ‘I need help’ are the three hardest words.

The article also share some background on Scott and discusses his upcoming book, The Opioid Epidemic.

Read the full article on La Jolla Light here.



SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A lot has changed for people in recovery as the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person meetings and access to treatment.

Crisis coach, Scott Silverman, joined Good Morning San Diego to give an update on what has changed during the COVID-19 for people in Recovery.

Silverman discussed changes to access to treatment, attending recovery meetings. Silverman also said that there has been an increase in Alcohol Consumption During and overdoses during the pandemic.

Watch the video below:

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A lot has changed for people in recovery as the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person meetings and access to treatment.

Crisis coach, Scott Silverman, joined Good Morning San Diego to give an update on what has changed during the COVID-19 for people in Recovery.

Silverman discussed changes to access to treatment, attending recovery meetings. Silverman also said that there has been an increase in Alcohol Consumption During and overdoses during the pandemic.

Watch the video below:

Are you interested in being able to do something you believe you cannot do? Many of us feel that way about being able to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs. Would you believe that a horse can help you go from thinking you can’t to believing you can?

Equine therapy helps our clients feel less stressed, strengthen their recovery, and find hope for their future. Since horses are innately in-tune with the feelings of people around them, this can be used to establish emotional coping techniques and is one of the main goals that make equine therapy so helpful to our clients.

Meet Jake LeClair, Recovery Coach and Equine Therapy Facilitator

Recovery Coach Jake LeClair offers equine therapy to our clients at Confidential Recovery. Jake’s story of going from cocaine to cowboy demonstrates that recovery is possible.

Today, he is thriving beyond his wildest dreams - yet it hasn't always been this way. For over ten years Jake struggled to find inner peace through substance abuse, which eventually led him to develop a substance use disorder.

Once he had had enough of the hangovers and emptiness, he found recovery required prioritizing his sobriety before anything - including relationships or money. With 33 years of experience around horses himself, Jake now helps our clients find their balance amidst the chaos of their life and this has given Jake a sense of purpose. The alchemy he offers with his trusted horses wouldn't be possible if Jake hadn't been through the 'school of hard knocks' himself.

Personalized Outpatient Treatment at Confidential Recovery

Establishing a suitable plan for addiction treatment needs to be customized to each person. Not
everyone will respond to the same plan of recovery. Keeping programs malleable and options
plentiful is important in establishing a recovery path.

Equine therapy is just one of these options at Confidential Recovery. Since it is integrated into our client’s overall treatment plans, the work you do with the horses enhances the rest of your programming.

More About Equine Therapy

Equine therapy comes with unique benefits that set it apart from other forms of mental health and addiction treatment.

If you feel you are struggling with substance use and want to gain a foothold to no longer struggle and begin to live free of your challenges, the horses will help you find peace from the noise and pressures of life. You will learn to apply the lessons learned from your time with the horses to the rest of your life in order to be more present and peaceful regardless of where you go and what you face.

Equine therapy is a lot more than petting horses. There is a purposeful reason for choosing certain horses to do this work, and equine therapy is skillfully practiced at Confidential Recovery. Equine therapy uses horses as a stand-in for teaching many life skills. While it requires physical action and movement, the rewards include being in tune with one’s own emotions and body language. This therapy can even be used to build trust, helping to restore damaged family connections.

Built on evidence-based recovery coaching models that are integrated into the equine activities, people find themselves feeling more hopeful and clear about their life without needing to use substances any longer.

Through working with the horses, our clients can develop more resilient, competent, and confident lives. While challenging, we have a code of kindness and 'challenge by choice' in this program, letting each person decide what level of involvement they choose to engage in with the horses.

Hear Jake LeClair on Scott H. Silverman's Happy Hour Podcast

Hear Recovery Coach Jake share his story of experience, strength, and hope on Scott's podcast.

For More Information

For more information about equine therapy and anything else about treatment at our center, call 619-452-1200.

"Do what you have always done and you will get what you have always gotten." 

- Scott H. Silverman, President & Founder of Confidential Recovery and well-known San Diego interventionist.

Scott H. Silverman at TEDx San Diego: America's Finest City

In 2011, Confidential Recovery CEO Scott H. Silverman was asked to share his experience, strength, and hope with the audience at TEDx San Diego.

From TEDx:

Scott is both locally and nationally recognized as a leader in the field of workforce development.

He has received numerous awards and honors including recently being named "CNN Hero of the Week" and the City of San Diego honored him by selecting February 19 as "Scott H. Silverman Day" for his contributions to the community.

He is the President and Founder of Second Chance, a human services agency that is committed to breaking the cycle of unemployment, poverty, and homelessness by offering job readiness training, employment placement assistance, mental health counseling, case management, and affordable housing referrals to people who desire to change their lives. Over the past 15 years Second Chance has assisted more than 24,000 economically disadvantaged and homeless persons in San Diego gain employment and leave poverty, gang affiliations, and crime.

Watch Scott's TEDx Speech

Addiction and recovery affects 100% of people.Confidential recovery on podcast

Scott Silverman, Crisis Coach, Care Navigator, CNN Hero and TED Talk Speaker shares his powerful life story with Dr. Beach, including his long period in the throes of addiction and depression, reaching rock-bottom, and almost ending his life. With 35 years of sobriety, Scott describes his life’s mission to help others, their families, and loved ones who are also hurting and desperate. You can't afford to miss the compelling messages and practical advice in this inspirational podcast episode!

Scott Silverman, The "Crisis Coach and CEO of Confidential Recovery returned to KUSA last week to discuss what the experience of being in recovery is like during this unique COVID-19 era and the requirement to 'shelter in place.'

My name is Scott H Silverman, and I help families navigate crisis situations. This podcast addresses these issues.

If an addiction situation with a loved one has started to spiral, possibly becoming dangerous or threatening, it’s time to seek help.

Visit (and follow) on the Facebook Page where all the podcasts are announced and archived.

Scott is interviewed on the "In a City Like Yours" podcast, which is featuring recovery related guests for National Recovery Month.

From "In a City Podcast:"

On this, the second episode in honor of September being the National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, I chat with Scott, who has over thirty years sobriety under his belt. Join us as we discuss his recovery story and how the world of recovery has changed due to the opioid epidemic. Scott's addiction story and subsequent work in addiction recovery move from tragic to triumphant. It is a testimony to free will and knowing when you are at rock bottom and ready for change.

Click below to listen or visit the podcast site here.

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