Jump aboard for the ride of your life
Hi, I'm Bob Francis, LICDC-CS. Welcome to my web site. For the past 30 years I have been involved with alcoholics/addicts in Cleveland. I got sober where it all started and began working in Recovery centers soon after that date. I began doing DVD's for the industry several years ago. Some of them are available on this site.
Recovery in Las Vegas
I go to Las Vegas several times a year. I usually talk on PANELS at Treatment Centers. The Panels are set up and tracked at Las Vegas AA Central Office under H&I. These Panels are usually 3 active members of AA with good 12 Step Recovery. The Panels go to the Treatment Centers and speak for several hours to client’s from “SOBER HOUSES” around Las Vegas. The Treatment Centers rent an Office in an Office Building. The space is leased to the Treatment Center and they have some individual counseling and Panels each day. The clients reside in the Sober Houses, Detox Centers, VA, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, & Hospitals, to name a few. There are 20 or more Sober Houses around the Las Vegas area, and their clients are all involved with the Treatment Centers. Male and Female Houses and other venues. Clients work some and use the money they make to pay for their rent in the Sober House, or do work at the house to cover their rent. Usually 3 to 6 clients in a house. The Treatment Centers have leased Vans they use to transport clients to the Treatment Centers, daily, for the Panel Groups.
The Panel Groups are AA/NA 12 Step Recovery oriented. The Panels talk for several hours to the clients, about their experience, strength, and hope, with an hour in the end for the clients to ask questions, and the Panels I have been on; they ask a lot of pertinent questions about recovery. Every Sober House and other entities go to these every day, seven days a week. The Treatment Centers are claiming they are getting good results over the past several years, and use AA/NA Philosophy, like was done years ago. Some of these clients remain in the Sober House for additional time and get their Recovery on better footing. Some return home and some stay out west.
The cost for the Treatment is paid by Health Insurance. No Medicare/Medicaid or any other Government funding is used. Most of these clients come from eastern states and are transported out to Las Vegas by the Insurance Companies. It seems some of these Insurance Companies like the old way better. Several of these Centers are using my Videos and would like if I was there and could use me daily. I’m retired and don’t want to move west, but I will continue to help them when I’m in Las Vegas multiple times a year. I have seen and support the advantage of “old style AA”! I wonder why they can’t do that back east.
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My newest DVD's are produced and are available NOW.
The titles are:
TRIGGERS- a positive part of recovery
ANGER MANAGEMENT- The same as Driver's Education
My newest DVD is complete and available:
It is "The Living Steps-10,11,&12",and was done at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc.
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The Elevator to Recovery is
OUT OF ORDER!
PLEASE TAKE THE STEPS!
I produce and sell DVD's for the Recovery and Community Corrections Industries. I also am open to educate and present my ideas of old time 12-step AA recovery. I am currently fininshing up my first book, on recovery principles, "Ol' Drunk Bob", and looking for Publishers. Let me know if you can help!
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MY FEELINGS ON "THE TREATMENT INDUSTRY" AS IT IS IN 2016
I STARTED WORKING IN THE TREATMENT INDUSTRY IN 1986. I WAS A SOBER MEMBER OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOR ONE YEAR.
My AA Sponsor and some old-timers, in Cleveland, told me I was going to School to get educated and go to work in The Alcoholism/Drug Addiction Treatment Field. I said, "No Way!". They said, "this is not a discussion". I went to school and got Degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling. I first went to work in a Detox. Then I went to a Treatment Center and a Community Corrections Center. I have run Inpatient Programs, IOP Programs, Community Corrections Programs, NIOP Programs, Detox Units, Half-way Houses, and I recently retired.
Now I want to talk about the current state of this Industry. My favorite Dr. Bob quote, is from 1948. He said, "Don't let the professionals screw this up!" My personal opinion is they have.
Around 10 years ago, the industry started to change. They went from calling the people we help, Patients and Client's, to CUSTOMERS. The Alcohol and Drug Addiction board, in Cleveland, Ohio was put under The Mental Health Board. In 2010 the big change was looking at treating Mental Health, instead of Addiction. The DSM 5 is phasing out Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. I was asked several years ago to STOP using Alcoholics Anonymous as the basis for treating alcoholics-addicts. Assessment went for diagnoising Alcoholism and Drug Addiction to diagnoising mental health. These "customers", then saw a Doctor, who prescribed medication for the mental health diagnosis. Hence, now a customer who sees the Doctor on a regular basis. I call that "sought through Prayer and Medication". It has turned into a BUSINESS, and I understand their priorities. They want to make a living.
I was always taught and have taught new Counselors who have studied under me, we need to lose customers to AA and NA. I did a short video a while back, titled: "Ask your Counselor How many client's has he/she LOST?" I have always wanted to lose my client's to AA & NA and back to the mainstream of life. That is true addiction success in the Treatment Field! The shift ( and I see the reason) is to get these CUSTOMERS to "keep coming back" to the Professionals who are now managing the persons life through medication, instead of the 75 years of successful 12 Step Recovery!
I am FINALLY retired! Retirement is good and I get to work inside of AA doing what I have done for over 30 years. Helping people to help themselves. I still see a lot of my clients over the years, that have 25 years, 20 years, 15 years, 10 years, 5 years, of continuous sobriety, and that is a reward that cannot be matched in Dollars!