Active, Sober and Well

I love the old song by the band, Faces entitled, Ooh La La. The song laments, “I wish I knew what I know now, when I was younger, I wish I knew what I know now, when I was stronger.” Relax and listen–and I’ll be surprised if you don’t agree it’s a toe tapper and a nostalgic reminder for all of us:

“Ooh La La” by Faces

I never thought I’d be contributing to magazines entitled, Active Over 50 much less articles discussing addiction–when I was younger either. But..Ooh la la and how lucky can a guy get?

I was privileged recently to talk about addiction recovery and wellness, and what has made it last–for me–via this article in the online and print magazine, Here’s the article:

Pretty Lucky Guy

Dr. Herby Bell is a Recovery and Wellness Coach and owner of Recovery Health Care, an integrated approach to wellness and addiction recovery in Saratoga, California. For more information please call 650 474 9411 or Email:  Connect with me online too:  Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin

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  • Excellent advice here, Herby and you are so right, advice that works for anyone who wants to stay well and live actively in their later years. That is wonderful that you are contributing to Active Over 50. With your surfing, nutrition and tending to all the other parts of your life, you are the perfect role model for graceful aging. Active Over 50 is new to me, so I will definitely have to check it out.
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  • Love that song, Herby – the Faces version. I’m sure you know this, but Rod Stewart didn’t handle the lead vocals – it was Ronnie Wood.

    Congrats for being invited to write that piece – they couldn’t have chosen a better guy. Much wisdom along the way, huh Herby?! As you know, we’re hanging at the same age and have a very similar past. But it all comes down to what we’re doing about ourselves and circumstances now. Interesting – I’m writing as I sit next to my 90-year-old father’s hospital bed, he being sound asleep. I’m thinking we’ll get him over the hump and out of here. But I’ll tell ya’ he’s lived a “well” life. Stuff to ponder just seems to appear – hmmm.

    Always appreciate your perspective, Herby. Thank You…
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  • Yep. It’s important and a lot healthier to stay sober.
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  • Jordan says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s very important in recovery to stay aware of all areas of your health, physically and mentally. All of these are key to becoming happier and healthier.
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  • John Sanders says:

    Hi Dr. Bell, I hope you are well. We miss Sober Conversations! Are you on sabbatical? Best wishes!

    • HerbyBell says:


      I am well. I have taken on a full-time clinical position, but DO look forward to more SC conversations. Thank you for your thoughtful note and well wishes and best of health to you and yours./Herby

    • HerbyBell says:

      Yes…Well! and my apologies, SC is on sabbatical, but I’ll Be BahhK! Thank you for the kindness.

  • Kat says:

    I like your mantra “long-term addiction recovery is equal to long-term wellness practices”. Addiction-free life is so much healthier. My dad died at age 55 because he was an alcoholic and had many health issues caused by his drinking. He couldn’t overcome his addiction.
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    • HerbyBell says:


      I share your experience with my Dad dying of addiction at a young age too. Here’s to what our Dads taught us about the importance of getting and staying well, just for today. Best of health to you and yours.
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  • Thank you for the useful tips Herby, at the rehab I work with we spend a considerable amount of time on the physical aspect as well as eating good real food. Another aspect that we do is taking people out to enjoy life, not just stay sober.
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    • HerbyBell says:

      Hey Wade,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I so agree and it seems to me, “staying sober” is just a euphemism for getting and staying well. And in order to do that we must give our genes the essential nutrients they are accustomed to: Eating, moving, thinking, feeling and sleeping well. Only two reasons we GET sick in my estimation and that’s toxicity and deficiency. Let’s get our hunter-gatherer mojo on and get out there to find out what will bring on purity and sufficiency, yeah? And LOVE your ability to bring people back whence they came: NATURE.

      There is no way to wellness, wellness IS the way and thank you for saying this in such an eloquent way, Wade.

  • Andy Reed says:

    I started drinking at a very young age and it took me a very long time and some drastic events to make me realise that i had a problem. When I took that first step to getting better I felt happy again, but I relapsed 4 times, however I’m happy to say I’m 9 years sober. So don’t worry if you relapse! It’s okay it happens, but never stop trying. At a young age I left home and I missed my parents so much, but I always got the chance to visit them and with every visit I felt a little less attached every time. Until eventually I did not miss them anymore. I will always love them, but I became independent. And the same is true for alcohol! I hope this helped someone! I got better at and I highly highly recommend it!

  • You laid a great advice here Dr. Bell. IMHO, maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not just affect your physical wellness but also your mental wellness.
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    • HerbyBell says:

      Hey Jasmine,

      Thank you for the kind words and I totally concur, we are minds, bodies and spirits who work best when our lifestyles honor them all. Thank YOU for the good work you are doing in the world!/Herby

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