Recovery and Wellness Coaching

For People Interested in a Successful, Vibrant and Sober/Wellness Lifestyle

All Paths Start with a Decison

Learn New Practices to Get and Stay Well and Productive in Your Life Again

A Blueprint for Recovery

9 Keys to Transform Your Life

Sober Lifestyle

Stories, Experiences and Discussions on the new recovery paradigm.

Learn the Blueprint for Recovery

9 Keys

  • Approach & Philosophy
  • Accountability
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Establishing Personal Goals
  • Eating Well
  • Moving Well
  • Thinking/Feeling/Sleeping Well
  • Clarifying Your Ideal Life’s Vision
  • Continued Care

Join the Conversation

We love to hear and learn from the experiences of people like you.

Please, share your thoughts,questions, comments, or concerns on any of our Social Network Pages. Recovery takes a Village; Help us grow our foundation.

All of us are directly connected to addiction whether it be personally, family or friends. SoSober Conversations Podcastber Conversations is real talk about America’s number 1 health challenge: Addiction. Join Dr.’s Herby Bell and Chris Harrison as they host interesting, provocative and hopeful conversations with addiction and wellness experts to Mom’s, Dad’s, daughters and sons of this systemic problem in our culture. Sober Conversations is about getting addiction, “out of the closet” and transforming the addiction treatment community into the entire community. Join us–all good and healthy things start with a conversation.

Recent Testimonials

“Dr. Herby Bell has fundamentally transformed my understanding of how what I eat impacts how I feel, think and move. Dr. Bell has helped me to create, implement and sustain a wellness plan that has increased my energy, balanced my mood and objectively improved my physical health. Herby provides gentle hands on healing in a warm and compassionate environment. His impassioned dedication to wellness through integrated healing engenders results that last a lifetime.”

Chris Harrison, Ph.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, past Clinical Director, The Sequoia Center, an addiction treatment facility

“Herby is intuitive, kind and offers a unique sense of humor. His focus on your well being and overall health is contagious!”

Gavin K.

"Dr. Herby is working wonders in my continued recovery! He is a very kind, caring and professional individual with a wealth of knowledge and compassion. I look forward to each visit knowing I will take away something more to better my mind, body and spirit. Thank you!"

Chris G.

“Herby is an incredible person that cares about improving people's lives. He provides calm and stability to an otherwise chaotic life.”

Perry F.

“Herby is an ultimate observer. His wisdom and expertise on a holistic lifestyle is something to be cherished. I am a better person since I met Herby. He never fails to amaze me.”

Wade B.

Recent Articles

Sins of the Fathers

By | Emotional Intelligence, Spirituality in Addiction Recovery | 8 Comments

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!” – Rumi


I had the recent privilege of attending a “Soul Retreat Gathering” hosted by The Hero’s Journey Foundation . It was held at a wonderful place called, Anubhuti Retreat Center in Novato, California.

The long weekend was fashioned after a “Soul Tavern” where in the tradition of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey work, we gathered to invest time for renewal and discovery for the next phases of our lives. A space to, “Renew intentions that bring us more fully alive and reactivate our capacity to make ourselves useful in this ordinary world.”

What made it especially meaningful for me is that my oldest son, Tyler attended with me. Our family chose names for Christmas gifts last year and I picked Ty. I thought it would be nice to do something different together and when the weekend experience came onto my radar, I secured two places in…The Tavern.

Neither Ty or I knew exactly what to expect and as was pointed out on the introductory evening by the facilitator and master storyteller, Michael Mervosh, what we expected probably would not occur and what we came for was not for our individual selves. Something else would happen.

Michael was right and what did occur, another gift of my recovery and life-time.

Intergenerational Wounds–Sins of the Fathers

My story has carried with it the trauma and the wounds of both my namesake, maternal grandfather and my father committing suicide when I was a baby and then young boy, respectively. While I don’t really think we humans completely “let go” of central themes and issues in these life times, we can lessen and soften their impacts on our here and now living through the choices we make.

Somehow as Providence would have it, I found it necessary years ago to leave my family after nearly 20 years of marriage through divorce and the confusion of my addiction. A choice I regret, but convinced at the time, the right thing to do. Ever since, and increasingly as the years pass, I have felt as if I perpetuated the sins of my fathers on to my sons via my own inner tug-of-war of abandonment and survival.

The Tavern–and Tyler–offered up a different interpretation of the story for me to consider. During the course of our work over the weekend, Tyler pointed out, “Dad, you’ve got an agenda here”, and he was right. I wanted Ty to have a way of getting at the inner struggles of what…I was projecting onto him, my own abandonment issues. I wanted to say to him again how utterly sorry I am for not having the strength and good integrated health to stay with the family, with him, his brothers and Mom and work through it.

Getting At It and the Gift of My Son

At one point Tyler was poised to leave the event provoked by my often awkward effort to “get at” the work. I have a strong tendency to bring Court Jester energy to gatherings with complete abandon, something that makes Ty and most others very uncomfortable. The combination of my largely unconscious antics, but mostly Ty’s willingness to “stay with the process and work through it” led to our breakthrough.

2015-03-15 09.52.09






The gift to me from my gentle and caring son, Tyler through The Tavern is that the sins of my fathers are not mine. Ty showed me through his graciousness and patience that I can give the “sins of the fathers” and their illusory burden back to my Dads, and while Ty may have some of his own individual work to do, he has given my sins–back to me. He made it clear that we can accept what has happened and be present with and for each other and Live for today.

While something still and always will live in me to try to protect and “save” my sons, the truth is that Tyler is his own man on his own Hero’s Journey and an admirable and accomplished journey it is.

I have eternal gratitude to the The Hero’s Journey Foundation and especially my son, Tyler who showed up in a place he wouldn’t have chosen for himself and stayed in that place until its gifts could be received with gratitude. You can’t find a better man.

I love you, Ty. Thank you, my beautiful son.