Joe Eisele’s journey started with his own addiction story. Throughout most of his teenage and adult years he struggled with drug and alcohol dependence. He personally knows the ups and downs experienced by addicts – in and out of rehab, losing jobs and relationships, and finally hitting rock bottom. It wasn’t until Joe learned about the role that his biochemical functions had to play in his addiction that he was finally able to heal his body and and move into true recovery. He then was able to pursue his passion in helping others do the same thing. Read Joe’s Success Story below.
The Need for Biochemical Repair in Sobriety
“I would like to share some of my history to help you better understand my passion for treating alcoholics and drug addicts with biochemical repair.
When I was 14 years old I started into what would become a 20-year devastating addiction to drugs and alcohol. These chemicals negatively affected every area of my life, making it very difficult to finish high school and stopped my college education in the second year.
The chemicals were becoming the most important thing in my life and eventually would destroy every important relationship including family and friends. I lost every job I ever had, and over the next 15 years I was in and out of mental hospitals, jails, and sanatoriums.
39 years ago I found myself in Colorado where I entered a 30-day inpatient program. I worked hard in this program but six months out of treatment found myself relapsed back into alcoholism, and for the next three and a half years the dread and terror of this illness returned.
I felt like an absolute failure in life going in and out of 12-step meetings but not being able to stay sober for more than a few weeks at a time. The fellowship was very supportive, but the depression, anxiety and sleepless nights would drive me back to the bottle.
I again entered treatment for 30 days thinking this time would be different but after only a few short weeks again living a nightmare of drunkenness.
Then came the bottom and an awakening to the fact that I was either going to get and stay sober or never find the answer to my depression, anxiety and sleepless nights. I got a sponsor committed to two 12-step meetings per day for the next year and this started my sobriety.
After six months of sobriety I started looking for answers to why I still did not feel normal. The first book I read was Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness by Dr. Broda Barnes. This book was about thyroid gland disturbance, and the symptoms fit me perfectly. I found a doctor to test my thyroid and found that it was not working normally. Fixing this helped lift some of the depression and sleep problems, but I also wondered what more might be out of balance.
This started my journey into biochemical repair, and over the next several years I sought help from doctors that helped me repair my adrenal glands, correct my hypoglycemia by changing my diet to eliminate sugar, caffeine, junk food and incorporate more vitamins, amino acids, and fish oil. I also started to exercise, even eventually running a marathon.
The job I have been doing for the last 34 years is working in the field of chemical dependence, and helping others come out of that dark desperate life into the freedom of sobriety.
For the past 18 years I have been using this biochemical approach to help people become more successful by eliminating depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleep problems and other symptoms that often remain if biochemical repair is not implemented.
Because of the tremendous support of 12-step meetings, and the personal investigation of biochemical repair to the body, today I have been sober for over 35 years, have a wonderful wife, three beautiful grown kids, great friends and a job I love doing.”
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“There are too many positive points to list, but here goes: loved the honesty and openness of the counselors – they all talked about their addictions, which makes me feel “normal”; the importance placed upon health with food and supplements, and exercise too; getting out of my comfort zone; and always having questions answered. Very positive environment, very motivating; I didn’t just feel like another client, I was treated with respect and was treated like you really cared about me.” “My goals were achieved as I feel great, no depression and no anti-depression pills. Learned what to eat for better nutrition, and different coping skills for sadness (feeling it), tapping, etc. Learned more about myself in 4 weeks here than 5 years of talk therapy.” “The most significant change for me was getting to know myself better, learning to love myself, and forgiving myself. And actually allowing myself to take and do what’s suggested rather than picking and choosing what “I” want to do or what I think is best for me. I didn’t know I have a fear of abandonment.” “The value of combining biochemical repair with emotional therapy is so great; more than I would have ever imagined. I can’t believe how many “aha” moments I’ve had since being here. Plus I believe (now more than ever) there’s a direct correlation between our emotions/addictions with what we put into and do to our bodies (exercise). Amazing learning!” “I have nothing negative to say; I am so completely happy and satisfied with this program. I believe that I will be able to remain sober for the rest of my life because I have more tools than just AA. Thank you. You will be highly recommended. It’s been a true pleasure.”
– Karen L.
“I can honestly say I was completely blown away by the enormous amount of knowledge and self-discovery I gained from the program here. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life and am completely off prescription drugs!!” “My whole outlook on life and how to continue to lead a new healthy, happy, spiritual, giving, accepting, and sober lifestyle. The experience here at InnerBalance has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities and happiness.” “Being a healthy oriented individual as it is (addiction aside) I found the combination was by far the most unique and beneficial form of treatment to be found anywhere. It just makes perfect sense. You need to be balanced and healthy in both the body itself and the mind in order to be able to conquer any addiction. The staff here was phenomenal as was the entire ‘once in a lifetime experience. Thank you.”
– Linda F.
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“It was great. The most life changing experience I’ve had and one I desperately needed. It was a program that I’ll continue to work and is helpful-addiction or not, seems to be the way to live life.”
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“Everything about this program has had exceptional value to me and my addiction. My peer group, counselors, information base, spiritual direction, health benefits, and the expectation of good aftercare through proper planning.”
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