Wahler’s Wellness Continued

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From International Overdose Day to Recovery Month

Posted September 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I want to talk about two very important, and exciting, events coming up- International Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month. International Overdose Awareness Day is commemorated on August 31st each year. It is an iniative of The Penington Institute of Australia whose mission is to advance, “health and community safety by connecting substance use research… [Read More...]

Questions and Answers

Posted August 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

“Jason, what was the most profound piece of advice you received from Dr. Drew during Celebrity Rehab?” “I’d have to say, the most profound piece of advice Dr. Drew gave me was to surrender to the disease, drop the ego and be willing to take guidance.” To me, this was where it all started when… [Read More...]

A Powerful Partnership

Posted August 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Just recently, a student from UCLA came down to Northbound because he wanted to learn more about our program. He had bumped into one of our alumni members who had just gone through the program and was curious to see what we were all about. He ended up loving the dynamic that we offer here,… [Read More...]

From Guest to Committee Member

Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Back in April, I was invited to the PRISM Awards as a guest and was so incredibly humbled and honored to be able to attend. The PRISM Awards focus on showing recognition for people in the entertainment industry that are working to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction, recovery and treatment, as well as those who… [Read More...]

Holding Ourselves Accountable

Posted August 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

A little over a month ago, a good friend of mine relapsed. I can’t say I was exactly shocked, because I had felt this coming for some time. All of a sudden, he wasn’t attending our AA meetings as much, and pretty soon, he wasn’t coming at all. I was immediately on alert, but I… [Read More...]

Celebrating Four Years

Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

July 23rd will always be a special day to me. It is the day that four years ago, I finally got clean and sober! This year, I had been looking forward to pulling out all the stops to celebrate my “birthday”, but after such a taxing July with my grandfather passing away, I decided to… [Read More...]

Closure, Acceptance and Gratitude

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Since my Grandfather passed away, I really haven’t felt like myself. I spent a long time being sad and stuck in a fog over what happened, and I knew that if I stayed feeling that way it wasn’t going to be beneficial for me. So, last week, I went to as many AA meetings as… [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye

Posted July 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I have had plenty of challenges in my life, especially during my sobriety, but I can honestly say that the loss of my grandfather has been my biggest and most trying emotional challenge yet. As of July 2nd at 6:33pm, Grandpa passed away and my world went upside down. Everything happened so fast, that I… [Read More...]

Grandpa Wahler’s World

Posted June 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I’ve had plenty of challenges throughout my period of sobriety, but I can honestly say that the news that I just received this week has given me the biggest emotional challenge I have yet to face. My grandfather got diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and honestly, I have had a tough time trying to… [Read More...]

An Ode to Dad

Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

This past Father’s Day weekend was amazing. My wife Ashley and I split up our time between our families, visiting her parents and her grandfather, who has finally started doing much better after being sick for a little while. When we got back home, we went over to visit with my parents and grandfather, who… [Read More...]

Retreat Recap

Posted June 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Last week, I told you that I was going on a retreat in Arizona to help get my program back on track. Well, there is no other way to put this other than it was a hell of an experience! It all started when I picked up my co-worker Dave, who literally only had a… [Read More...]

Message Received

Posted June 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Arguably the most important aspect of what I do now at Northbound is continue to find new and exciting ways to raise awareness about addiction as a disease and the numerous benefits of recovery. This journey is incredibly personal to be, and I am frequently getting a chance to continue my mission to get others… [Read More...]

The Lawsuits Spread

Posted June 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Just two weeks ago, I talked about how Orange County was filing a lawsuit against some pharmaceutical companies for unethically pushing sales of painkillers and other prescription drugs. Now, I am finding out that Chicago is also filing a lawsuit against the same companies for the same reasons. Just as with the lawsuit coming out… [Read More...]

Putting Program First

Posted June 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  Putting your program first is all about being able to put your recovery first. Sometimes life gets so busy that I’ll still take some time to myself and go to AA meetings, but I’m not really there. I might be there physically, but mentally I am off wondering about what I need to get… [Read More...]

A Follow Up

Posted June 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  Last week, I shared with you that I was having some trouble keeping a steady balance in my life. While hearing from other members of my AA group and getting some encouragement from them was super helpful, I also knew that if any real changes were going to be made, it would have to… [Read More...]

Checks and Balances

Posted May 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

My wife said to me, “you’re working way too much.” She was right – I always had calls coming in, was always texting this person or that person about work, etc. She always has (and continues to) support me and my work, and I am so grateful for it. But there was no getting around… [Read More...]

Ignoring the Red Flags?

Posted May 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

When my friend first sent me a text that the FDA approved a drug that was five times more potent than OxyContin, I laughed. I thought it was a joke, but the more I read about Zohydro, the more I knew that it was no laughing matter. Once Zohydro is released, it will be the… [Read More...]

A Richter Scale of Rock Bottoms

Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I have experienced so many levels of rock bottom, but I never hit one where I desperately wanted to change on my own for myself. I didn’t have enough positive self-worth at that time to be capable of doing that. It wasn’t until I saw how many people I was affecting that it all clicked…. [Read More...]

The Prism Awards

Posted May 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

When I used to go out to an event, I would only show up to some of the biggest and best parties, and I would get hammered before I even got there. By the time I left, I would have already blacked out and not remembered anything about that night. Today, when I go to… [Read More...]