As the FOX23 website says, "Fox 23 talks to expert about substance abuse among teens."

Scott discussed the insidious nature of fentanyl's potency and how 80% of illegal drugs that are seized contain fentanyl.  He also discusses how frequently kids may go to parties and unwittingly take something that can end their lives.

He has this advice for parents, "Parents really need to be listening right now in a way they have not previously."

Scott's book, The Opioid Epidemic is also discussed.

Watch the entire segment here.


Confidential Recovery founder and CEO Scott H. Silverman appeared on the America Trends news broadcast to discuss more about the addiction epidemic in the United States.


He talked about his 37 years of recovery, shared his wisdom and insights that has helped him to facilitate the sobriety of hundreds of others. He also talked about the dangers of marijuana, which is more potent than ever before, and of course, the "plane crash per day" of opiate overdoses in the United States.


Watch the entire segment here:


Scott H. Silverman Offers Advice to Parents to Keep Their Kids Safe as Overdose Crisis Continues

With opioid overdoses at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever to talk to your kids about drugs as they head back to school. Scott H. Silverman recently appeared on Fox 2 Detroit to reach out to parents and share his message.  View the entire segment here.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week, there were 93,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020, a nearly 30 percent increase from the previous year and the largest single-year increase ever recorded. In San Diego, opioid overdoses have risen 400 percent as drugs become cheaper, more available and more potent.

Addiction expert, crisis coach and family navigator Scott H. Silverman warns parents that now is the time to talk to their children about drugs and addiction. “A lot of the overdose increase is because of counterfeit medication issues, where kids are at parties or with friends taking what they think are prescription drugs that are actually laced with fentanyl, a highly potent and deadly drug,” says Silverman.

Especially as young people go off to college and or return to high school this fall, there are enormous risks as kids find themselves in potentially dangerous positions. Mitigating those risks begins in the home with parents offering information, open discussion and lots of listening.

“This crisis is something that we as individuals within our family structure have to deal with and start to talk to our children and really encourage them to think before they act,” Silverman says. “There’s a reason kids are making these un-informed decisions, and we can change that, we can empower them.”

Silverman suggests several key steps to get the dialogue going:

  1. Start talking to children early on about the risks of drugs and addiction before they begin to face peer pressure or before they find themselves in risky situations
  2. Keep the conversations informal – and plan to tackle the subject several times, using the news or something on TV as a starting point. Talk over dinner or on the drive to school so that kids don’t feel they are being lectured.
  3. Build a relationship with your child so they know you will listen and support them no matter what the situation. Be empathetic and supportive.
  4. Let your kids know that if they find themselves in trouble, you are there to help and that solutions exist. Let them know you’re on their side.

Silverman offers more tips on what parents can do to prevent addiction and empower their children in his new book, The Opioid Epidemic: What You Don’t Know Will Destroy Your Family and Your Life. The book includes tips on what parents can do to prevent addiction and help their children get the tools they need to avoid the increasing level of risk involving drug consumption in the United States today.

Named a CNN Hero for his efforts to battle the opioid crisis, Silverman is CEO of Confidential Recovery, an intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery program in San Diego. Now sober for more than 35 years, Silverman uses his own experiences with addiction and depression to help others overcome their issues. “At the end of the day, I’ve lived it and I understand it,” Silverman says.

Alcohol addiction is one of the most prevalent types of addiction in the world. Alcohol is both physically and mentally addicting. One of the most common consequences of binge drinking and alcohol abuse is legal trouble. For many people, this trouble comes in the form of a DUI or Driving Under the Influence, arrest.

What is DUI?

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, a law in California that enforces a legal Blood Alcohol Limit as .08 or lower. Anyone who fails a sobriety test can also be prosecuted for DUI. California is one of the strictest states when it comes to DUI laws.

If you are twice the legal alcohol limit (.16), then there are additional penalties. You can be charged with Aggravated DUI, on the premise that you knew it was reckless to drive so intoxicatedly. You can also have other criminal charges if there was a minor in the car, or if your DUI is a second or third offense. (Unfortunately, it is common for a person who has an alcohol use disorder to have multiple DUI convictions.)

How DUIs Work in California

DUI’s are a serious criminal charge in California. In many cases, a judge will give you the benefit of the doubt and treat you kindly when it’s your first offense. You’ll usually be sentenced to alcohol education classes for three, six, or nine months. During this time, you may have your driver’s license suspended or restricted. You may also have to attend AA meetings as well.

If you had other charges added on, such as drug possession, or Aggravated DUI, you could expect a harsher sentence.

After your first DUI, the court tends to see you as a repeat offender. Your driver’s license may be suspended for a longer period of time. For multiple DUIs, you will face more restrictions, and the classes may be as long as eighteen months.

Many people with drunk driving charges end up on probation or parole and in jail or on house arrest. You may avoid jail time by agreeing to use an ankle monitor or a device called SCRAM that can monitor an offender for alcohol use.

Getting Help After a DUI

Judges tend to be helpful when a person who has a substance abuse problem agrees to get help. DUI’s are usually signs of something serious going on in a person’s life, whether it’s alcohol addiction or self-medicating a mental health disorder. Willingness to admit you know that you’ve got a problem shows you’re ready to take the first step in recovery.

If you’re charged with a DUI, let your attorney know you’re willing to go to treatment.  If you and the judge can come up with a treatment plan, you might avoid or reduce incarceration time. (On the other hand, if you show no remorse or refuse to admit that there’s a problem, you’ll often face a harsher sentence. )

We’re Ready When You Are

Alcohol addiction doesn’t hurt just the person who is drinking. It’s a family disease, too. We’re here for you to get the help you need! It takes a lot of strength to admit you don’t have all the answers, but the good news is you don’t have to face this problem alone.

We here to help executives, military veterans, and anyone else in the San Diego area who needs comfortable, discreet, and confidential support getting sober. Our clients receive confidential, long-term addiction treatment that supports sustainable recovery. Call us at 619-452-1200.

In honor of Recovery Month, we are recognizing Dr. Charlie Nelson.

Scott has this to say about Charlie Nelson: "If you call Charlie for help, he will find a way. If he can't help you with your problem, he will connect you with someone who will."

Dr. Charlie Nelson has over 45 years of experience in the mental health field including working with some well-known television shows.

Charlie helps individuals, couples, and families and has been recognized by other professionals for being a warm, ethical, and practical therapist. He's both a Psychologist & Marriage and a Family Therapist. Having practiced since 1973, Charlie is incredibly skillful at navigating interpersonal relationships. He published the first book with the word 'codependency' in the title and is frequently referred clients by other clinicians to help with codependency, marriage, and co-parenting issues.

In honor of Recovery Month 2020, we wanted to recognize Dr. Charlie Nelson for his dedication and excellence at helping people recover.

To read Dr. Nelson's profile on Psychology Today and contact him, click here.

Listen to Charlie on Scott H. Silverman's happy hour podcast below:

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Coming here has been one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. The staff are angels sent from heaven, and therapy here is like no other I have received. IOP includes multiple different approaches that focus on all aspects of life- mind, body, and spirit. I feel so connected, supported, and encouraged by both staff and other group members. This place is truly amazing – C. 9/1/20

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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

San Diego's CNN HeroScott H Silverman has been recognized as one of the CNN Heroes, an award that has been bestowed upon less than 800 individuals globally since the award's inception in 2007.


From CNN's Official Website: Scott Silverman once came close to jumping out of a 44th-floor window. Today, he helps others turn around their lives through his nonprofit Second Chance program in San Diego, California.


Watch the video about Scott from Voices of Hope to see how Scott has turned his challenges with mental health and substance addiction completely around and dedicated his life pulling others out of the grasps of addiction and hopelessness.


Watch the full segment here.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our daily lives. If you are looking for ways to quit drugs and become sober the organization confidential recovery is a great place to visit.

Crisis coach, Scott Silverman, joined Good Morning San Diego to share some advice:

1. First and foremost. Please Ask for Help.
2. Know there is Hope and Help
3. Your family wants you to get Help.
4. Our community offers many resources.
5. Trying to get sober on your own is very, very difficult I will tell you why.

1. Asking for help
2. Accessing Treatment
3. Options to get help
4. Addiction is a Family Disease
5. There is hope and help. I am an example of that

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