My name is Dr. Herby Bell and I’ve been a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years. My interest in chemical dependency treatment and being a certified Recovery Coach, stems from my own recovery in now my 20th year of sobriety. Addiction has affected my family in profound ways and I know that my story is all too common as we are all directly connected to addiction issues in one way or another.
My academic qualifications include being board eligible for diplomat certification by The American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders, (D.A.C.A.C.D.(c)) and I have received advanced training as an Ontological Coach through Newfield Networks and the International Coaches Federation.
My practice is exclusive to Recovery Coaching, and I am dedicated to assisting as many chemically dependent people as I can to help them experience the balanced, healthy and productive life I know is possible.
What I have found in the course of my studies and experience is that there are striking similarities with the natural, healthy lifestyles shared in chiropractic, the Paleo/Primal Lifestyles and chemical dependency recovery.
All of the above lifestyles focus on getting and staying healthy by resourcing the natural recuperative powers of the body by using best practices that are consistent with how our bodies–including our minds–perform at their best.
These practices boil down to just three things that all of us must learn to do well and hence my mantra in practice is, Move, Eat and Think Well: The Blueprint for Optimal Health.
Very often, because of a history of substance misuse, people in early recovery are experiencing the aches and pains of not having their natural brain and body chemicals–their endorphins–quite up to speed. This can be complicated by being out of shape and sedentary.
We all want to feel well and not doing so can trigger relapse. What took often many years to develop can take months to a year or two to reverse and that’s where chiropractic can really help.
Chiropractic seeks to optimize the way people move by being the all important beginning part of the process. What we know is that our ancestors moved, A LOT and shaped our current genetic requirements for daily exercise. This kind of full body, functional movement drives all of the healthy systems in the body. Brain science has revealed that when we practice a sedentary lifestyle with minimal or no movement, our whole “mind-body” suffers and this adds to the relapse phenomenon so prevalent in chemically dependent people.
I use chiropractic to speed up the natural endorphin producing process and help people to begin to understand their own bodies again–or maybe for the first time! Chiropractic does this by first getting the core of our body’s movement, the spine, to move as it was designed to move with symmetry and full range of motion.
Then, simple and practical exercises are added as individuals begin to trust their own abilities to move well and feel great. Practices are added slowly, surely and in a sustainable way. Practice makes progress and progress, not perfection.
What we know is that recovering people are very often also addicted to the Standard American Diet of roller coaster carbohydrate and processed foods highs and lows–another part of the recipe for relapse.
After many years of research and trial and error in my own life, I enthusiastically use the common sense of ancestral health principles and the Paleo Diet, which complements and aligns with the recovery lifestyle seamlessly. The Paleo Diet is widely accepted now as the most, “genetically sound” nutritional lifestyle on the planet.
Eating in this more genetically congruent, balanced way allows people to feel more “even” emotionally, while naturally returning to their optimal body weight complementing the “move well” exercise program beautifully.
80% of how are bodies look and feel has to do with the food we ingest.
Slowly but surely we move toward eating foods that don’t trigger the craving mechanism leading to relapse. Inflammation and insulin producing foods (processed and refined carbohydrates) are replaced with nutritious and recovery friendly foods like clean protein, healthy fats, (Really!) fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits.
The transitional process may take 90-days to take hold, but again, sustainable, relapse preventing practices are well worth the effort as the payoff is feeling better than ever before.
The third “leg” of stability and good health is thinking well.
Thinking well requires engagement in a regular cognitive/emotional intelligence practice for the recovering individual. I like to refer to it as, “Taking a look at how we’re taking a look at things.”
I recommend working concurrently with a mental health professional through a psychological process in the form of individual or group therapy, mindfulness and meditation practices and/or 12-Step–or a host of other meetings, formats or processes. The key is to find a “thinking well” process to practice–and practice it just like anything else you do to get better at.
Just as our mind-bodies are constantly communicating with one another, with your permission, I’ll communicate with your other health care providers in a team approach to long-term addiction management. It’s a “we” thing…
Frankly and personally, I didn’t get sober to feel lousy and lifeless and I’ve found a way, an evidenced based way to feel great in a sustainable way. I can help you to find more balance in mind, body and soul in your life by getting the life your were born to live. If you’re not healthy and staying healthy, you “can’t get there from here” without taking a new look at things. Recruiting a coach to commit to some accountability is a great place to start.
Call me at 650 474 9411 or send me a note through a secure contact form. We’ll set up a mutually agreeable time to discuss how it works. I look forward to speaking with you because all great and healthy things begin with a conversation.