Wahler’s Wellness Continued

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Reaping What We Sow

Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

After the successful Super Bowl party that we hosted with TPAS back in February, I got a chance to sit down with the TPAS committee to talk about the conference in September that we are all looking forward to. During what was supposed to be just a run-of-the-mill meeting, I couldn’t help but think just… [Read More...]

#Buzzkill

Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

At first, I just shook my head. Then, I realized that there was more to this than just a story that was about to go viral… I heard a segment on the Howard Stern Show where they were talking about a girl who was recently arrested while on probation for a DUI. After she went… [Read More...]

A Night with a Kennedy

Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Every Thursday throughout the month, Northbound alumni holds different activities. We will do things like host round table meetings, celebrate birthdays/occasions, have open talk sessions, or invite speakers to join our group. This past Thursday, we hosted Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who came to share his own battles with addiction with us. The great thing about… [Read More...]

Flying High (Naturally)

Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  It’s no secret that one of the many things I live for is pure excitement. It was only a few months ago that I went shark diving, and just this past weekend, I scratched one more adventure off my bucket list. I got to fly in a Blue Angel fighter jet. It didn’t get… [Read More...]

Thinking Backwards

Posted March 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I didn’t wake up one day saying, “Today’s the day I will become an alcoholic.” I didn’t want to make the choices I made when I was drinking. I didn’t want to pay an outrageous amount of money for numerous stints in treatment. And most of all, I didn’t want to hurt those people around… [Read More...]

Weighing In: The Weed War

Posted March 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

One of my best friends has been an avid pot smoker for years, but he hasn’t been the stereotypical stoner. Instead, he has stayed productive and kept himself involved in activities like surfing and snowboarding. I grew up with this friend, and even though I am never around him when he smokes, I know when… [Read More...]

It’s the Little Things…

Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Now that I am sober, I can see that even the smallest things that I do can turn out to be something wonderful for someone else. If I was never clean, some things might have never happened – possibly even a wedding reception that I just attended.   Both Mandy (who I mentioned in last… [Read More...]

A Mind Blowing Experience

Posted March 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

One of the greatest benefits of my job is that I get to work with some pretty amazing people. This past week, Mike Neatherton, the President and CEO of Northbound, and I rode our motorcycles out to the Betty Ford Center to see our other co-worker, Mandy, speak about synthetic drugs. I thought her presentation… [Read More...]

Don’t Nominate Me, Neknominate

Posted February 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Since I have struggled with addiction on a personal level, there isn’t much that shocks me in terms of how people use both drugs and alcohol. Before I got sober, I would use to excess and do so in a number of ways. However, when I heard about this most recent “game” people worldwide have… [Read More...]

Same Painting, Different Colors

Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me. Not only have I been able to share my experiences and insight on HLN when Justin Bieber made headlines a few weeks ago, but I have also been able to highlight the importance of treatment and a sustained recovery in light of the death of… [Read More...]

A Super (Bowl) Success

Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

After spending a month prepping for our big Super Bowl Alumni event, I found myself sick early Saturday morning. I had the flu and was in no shape to make it to the event! I was so bummed, especially because I was looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone who would be coming (and I… [Read More...]

Super Bowl Sunday at Northbound

Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

I am super excited about the Super Bowl this year, and not just because I love football, but because we are throwing a big party at Northbound for recovering users from all across the country. Northbound and I have partnered up with TPAS, an organization that works to keep alumni from all different programs connected… [Read More...]

Suit Up and Show Up

Posted January 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I used to think that as long as I made a ton of money, that my life would be perfectly fulfilled (those thoughts were also tied to my time spent drinking and drugging). Now that I have put that part of my life in the past and moved forward, I don’t even remotely feel the… [Read More...]

A Constant Transformation

Posted January 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

When I first started at Northbound, I was new to recovery. I started getting more involved in other things outside of my advocacy, and now, I am the Alumni and Client Services manager for Northbound. I went from being an advocate to working directly with recovering individuals to help them develop natural highs (amongst other… [Read More...]

Holding Onto Gratitude

Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

2013 has been an amazing year filled with lots of firsts, especially in terms of getting married and sharing my life with my wife Ashley. As both she and I approached the holiday season, we knew it was going to be very different from our past celebrations because we were going to spend them with… [Read More...]

A Very Wahler Christmas

Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

Even though the holidays haven’t always been easy for me in the past, each and every year they get better and better. This year, I can’t wait to dive in to all the festivities with my wife and our families, but first, I get to take some time to give back to my community, which… [Read More...]

Service is Key

Posted December 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

For me, service has always played a key role in my recovery. So many people in recovery get caught up in self and they get stuck in their head — even me. When I’m in my head and can’t get out, one of the many things that I do is go be of service to… [Read More...]

Holiday Surprises

Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

This thanksgiving was the first major holiday that my wife Ashley and I spent together. So, we made plans to go up to Tahoe with her family to celebrate the day, but before we made the drive up, I had a surprise in store for her first. One thing I truly admire about my wife… [Read More...]

Healing From a Head Cold with Dr. Harry

Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

This week I got plagued with a nasty head cold, but being sick gave me an opportunity to kick back and broaden my horizons in the treatment business while I got better. Dr. Harry Haroutunian, a good friend of mine and a respected colleague in the industry, just released a book called Being Sober. So,… [Read More...]