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Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month with Ben Brafman of Destination Hope

Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month with Ben Brafman of Destination Hope

September 11, 2013

September is designated as Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month. On this episode of eHealth Radio and the Mental Health Channel, we have Behavioral health expert Ben Brafman, the founder and CEO of Destination Hope, a full-service mental health and substance abuse treatment facility located in Fort Lauderdale, FL with gender specific treatment.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Ben Brafman discuss the following:

  • September is the 24th annual National Recovery Month, but for those suffering from addiction even those who have been in recovery a long time, each month is recovery month. What is the significance of having a national recovery month and do you think recovery month has made an impact on substance abuse education and treatment over the last 24 years?
  • This year's Recovery Month theme is Pathways to Wellness, highlighting the importance of mental, physical, and emotional well-being as part of the recovery process. This is something you've been focused on throughout your career and something that you have made a tenet of your treatment programs. Why is overall wellness such an important part of substance abuse and mental health recovery?  What can be done to improve an individual's overall wellness while in rehab?
  • One of the things we keep seeing in behavioral health research is the value of family, friends, and community members throughout the recovery journey. How can family members help loved ones suffering from addiction improve their wellness and overall health?
  • On that note, your center, Destination Hope offers intensive family counseling weekends. Why did you start holding these family weekends? What impact have you seen from these weekends
  • In the past 24 years how do you think the behavioral health field has changed? What do you see happening in the future?

Duration: 16:19

Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, is the Clinical Director, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  With more than two decades of hands-on experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction, Ben is a leading authority on substance abuse, addiction and treatment protocols.  A licensed behavioral health counselor and certified addiction professional, Ben has grown into an industry expert, educating both healthcare and public audiences on issues in the field of addiction.

In 2007, Ben founded Destination Hope, a new model in full service addiction recovery. Combining his experience as an addiction tech, behavioral health counselor and clinical director, Ben developed treatment protocols that focused on individualized treatment, versus an all in one approach.  His unique approach, to treat an individual as a whole instead of a set of symptoms by addressing the psychological, physical and emotional issues related to substance abuse set a new standard in addiction treatment.  Destination Hope was an immediate success, and today has expanded into multiple treatment programs including separate female and male treatment programs.

Ben has experience serving clients and leading therapy programs at a variety of residential, clinical and outpatient behavioral health programs.  Ben is a Member of the Mental Health Association, the Broward County Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol and a member of the Dual Diagnosis Association.  He is a nationally certified counselor, a certified addiction professional, a licensed mental health counselor and an anger management specialist.  Ben has served as an expert witness in DUI/drug cases.

As a behavioral health counselor, Ben is dedicated to helping those beyond the treatment facility.  He is an active volunteer with Community Friends Association, and co-founder of Southern Lights A.I.D.S. project.  Ben has been awarded community service commendations from the Salvation Army – 1990’s Community Service Person of the Year and the Spirit of the Community Award in 2000.

Ben Brafman holds a BA from Syracuse University and a MA from Barry University in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy. He and his wife live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their three wonderful children.   He has completed three marathons and is training for a triathlon.




Book Your Care, the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare

Book Your Care, the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare

August 3, 2013

Dan Reynolds, the Vice President of a Southern California-based startup Book Your Care which is the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare joins eHealth Radio and the Technology and Health Care Channels. Book Your Care is focused specifically on the substance abuse and eating disorder industry to help consumers make the best choice on their path to wellness.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dan Reynolds discuss the following:

  • Substance abuse treatment is a $30 Billion a year industry yet consumers seem to have very little to work with when deciding on the best treatment and facility. Was filling this hole the main motivation for launching BookYourCare?
  •  How does BookYourCare get the information you provide to consumers seeking treatment?
  • What kind of insight can be gained from an unbiased review of a facility?
  • What are a few of the most important questions someone needs to ask when speaking with a treatment facility representative?
  • Are there red flags that people should look out for when considering a treatment facility?
  • Having been around so many treatment facilities, what are the factors that make some better than others? 
  • BookYourCare is the first digital healthcare marketplace where consumers can actually bid on treatment. How does this work?
  • What is the long-term goal of BookYourCare?


Until now, people seeking substance abuse treatment options have had one of two avenues available to determine the best choice for care. Either through the marketing claims of the facility itself or by word of mouth. BookYourCare is the first and only service dedicated to providing consumers with the real information they need to make an informed decision. We wouldn’t buy a new car without checking out the safety reports delivered by an unbiased agency and we shouldn’t make potentially life-saving decisions without having as much information as possible either.

Duration: 19:50

Dan Reynolds, Vice President of, has served in a variety of capacities in the substance abuse treatment industry for more than 15 years and worked closely with thousands of patients and their families in psychiatric, adolescent and substance abuse treatment facilities. Based in Los Angeles, Dan oversees the Book Your Care review and analysis process and is committed to providing the most factual and pertinent information possible to those seeking addiction treatment.


ReboundBrooklyn, an treatment program specializing in addiction

ReboundBrooklyn, an treatment program specializing in addiction

June 6, 2013


Joe Schrank, the Founder of ReboundBrooklyn, an innovative treatment program specializing in addiction joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Info Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Joe Schrank discuss the following:

  • Does rehab work?
  • Should marijuana be legalized?
  • Is total abstinence necessary for recovery?
  • How do process addictions such as (food, sex, gambling) relate to substance abuse?
  • Is Chris Christie a food addict?


Joe Schrank has spent his life in and around active alcoholism. After stabilizing his own post-undergrad depression and alcoholism, he returned to school and studied clinical social work at Iona College and the University of Illinois. Following a tenure at Promises in Malibu, CA, Joe established the first sober living facility in New York City, Loft 107. Frustrated with the lack of media attention on the recovery community, Joe then founded with Maer Roshan.

Most recently, Joe founded ReboundBrooklyn, an innovative treatment program, with Dr. Scott Bienenfeld, a prominent psychiatrist specializing in addiction. His hobbies include obsessing over the Yankees, overheating, and avoiding human contact. He's been intoxicant free for sixteen years.


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

The Addictions Coach, Cali Estes

The Addictions Coach, Cali Estes

March 17, 2013


Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, is a Psychotherapist, addictions coach, life coach and wellness coach. She specializes in stress, anxiety and lifestyle management and joins eHealth Radio and the Stress Management Channel.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Cali Estes discuss the following:

  • Explain to our listeners what you do and how you help others in the field of health and wellness.
  • I see you specialize in stress and anxiety.  Are people reaching for drugs to cope with those issues or more alternative methods?  How do you approach those topics with your clients?
  • You travel to LA, NYC and Miami for clients. You also skype and work with clients via phone. How is this new way of working with clients beneficial to them and is it growing?
  • Your approach is very different. Please explain how you focus on the 'underlying cause' of the problems people face and how you assist them in achieving their goals and moving in a positive direction.
  • What tips can you give our listeners on how to make the most of their day and how to handle issues that arise in their lives?


With over 18 years’ experience as a Therapist, Life Coach and Wellness Coach, Cali Estes is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Cali has been featured on NBC Universal News for her work with Addictions and published in several journals and books with her work on ADD and Relationships. Cali’s multidimensional approach focuses on getting to the underlying cause of the problem and working in the present to combat the issues by creating a safe and secure environment for her clients to learn and grow and tackle life challenges. Her unique background blend of psychotherapy, life coaching and wellness coaching allows the client to get to the underlying cause of their issues quicker, safer and produce results faster.

In addition to being a prominent therapist and coach, Cali Estes has presented at National conferences and is currently a CADAAC supported Master Trainer/Teacher. She has presented nationally and internationally and is a sought after Sober Coach and Life Coach to Actors, Musicians, CEO's, Doctors, Sports Figures and Attorneys that need 100% Confidentiality when dealing with life issues.

Cali Estes is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

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MediciNova Inc., developing treatments for conditions ranging from asthma to drug addiction

MediciNova Inc., developing treatments for conditions ranging from asthma to drug addiction

September 7, 2012


Michael Coffee is Chief Business Officer at MediciNova Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring and developing treatments for conditions with unmet needs, ranging from asthma to drug addiction joins eHealth Radio and the Asthma Information Channel.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Michael Coffee discuss the following:

  • Your company is working on a treatment called MN-221 for severe, or advanced exacerbations of asthma. Why is severe asthma still an unmet need?
  • How much money does an average asthma-related hospital stay cost?
  • When is an advanced ex-acerbation of asthma most likely to occur, and who is most likely to suffer from this?
  • Can MN-221 work in patients with advanced COPD?
  • Meth addiction is a very serious public health problem. Can you explain how the other compound you are working on, ibudilast, might help prevent relapses in meth users?


Michael Coffee is Chief Business Officer of MediciNova.  He previously was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2009 to February 2010.  From February 2005 to May 2009, Mr. Coffee was Chief Business Officer of Avigen, Inc., which was acquired by MediciNova in December 2009.

Prior to joining Avigen, Mr. Coffee co-founded the Alekta Group, LLC, a consulting firm, in 2004 to provide a comprehensive range of pharmaceutical development consulting services to emerging pharmaceutical companies.

From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Coffee served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the U.S. drug development and marketing subsidiary of Amarin Corporation PLC. Mr. Coffee also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Elan Pharmaceuticals, North America from 1998 to 2001 and held marketing and executive management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer, of Athena Neurosciences, Inc. between 1991 and 1998.

Mr. Coffee received a B.S. in biology from Siena College and an Advanced Management degree from Amos Tuck School of Business.


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Addicted to Love with Dr. Karen E. Herrick

Addicted to Love with Dr. Karen E. Herrick

June 23, 2012


ADDICTED TO LOVE? Because you come from an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Home! Today we are with Dr. Karen E. Herrick who has shared clinical expertise for 24 years in her private practice and by lecturing throughout the United States on dysfunctional and addictive homes.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Karen E. Herrick discuss the following:

  • Why do people coming from these homes have problems in relationships?
  • Is it true that some people tend to fantasize about the other p?
  • erson before they really get to “know” them?
  • Do love addicts tend to have compulsions and if so what kind?
  • How do they come out of these patterns from their families?
  • Suppose there is one person in this love relationship who won’t admit their part in the problems of the relationship?


Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD, LCSW, LMSW, CADC, has shared her clinical expertise for twenty-four years in her private practice by lecturing throughout the United States on dysfunctional and addictive homes, dissociation, grief and loss.  Karen was ordained in 1995.  Her ministry is to be actively involved in Spiritual Psychology specifically in naming spiritual experiences.  Her book You’re Not Finished Yet is available through, and on Kindle.  She is available for private therapy in her office, on Skype and FaceTime.  She can be reached at and 732 530-8513.



Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

ModeraXL created to help overcome addictions

ModeraXL created to help overcome addictions

June 20, 2012


Eric Lapp, one of the principal owners of Medical Support Solutions, LLC, the parent company of ModeraXL, also owns the Raleigh House for Hope addiction care centers in Denver, Colorado and joins eHealth Radio's Addiction Prevention Channel. Eric has dedicated his life to assisting people with the process of recovery from substance abuse without the use of pharmaceutical drugs by addressing the bio chemistry needs naturally.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Eric Lapp discuss the following:

  • Can you tell me a little about your background and how this led to the creation of ModeraXL?
  • What is ModeraXL and how does it work?
  • What is the rate of success that you have seen with ModeraXL?
  • What are some things you are doing to help others who have struggled with addiction to overcome their addiction?
  • Where can listeners go to purchase ModeraXL for themselves or a loved one?


ModeraXL is an all-natural powder created to help overcome addictions ranging from cigarettes to alcohol to more severe drug addictions. It has been specially formulated with amino acids to provide nourishment to the brain with nutrients commonly lacking during the addiction period. ModeraXL is unique in that it targets the brain directly, leaving the addict feeling better and diminishing cravings within days. Cofounder Eric Lapp was in rehab 14 times before finally being introduced to a treatment similar to ModeraXL. Now Lapp owns the Raleigh House, a treatment center. By using ModeraXL in patients’ recovery, they are seeing a 75% success rate. This is much higher than traditional treatment centers, who typically only see a 25% success rate.