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... when you need help for yourself or a loved one with alcoholism or addiction issues.
Are you or a family member or in recovery and struggling with any of the following effects of addiction?
- Grief and loss
- Frustration and anger
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feeling lost or deep sadness
- Depression or Despair
If any of the above apply, consider letting me help you!
My "Clean and Sober Services" include:
- Recovery Coaching
- Family support
- Critical Conversation
- Emotional Resilience Training
- Mentoring for Relapse Prevention
- Clean and Sober Travel / Work / Special Event Companion
33 Years Clean
(and yes, that includes "Sober")
I'm Zander Townend, and I've lived a roller-coaster life: from military school, to when I was a down-and-out, depressed and suicidal, living-on-the-street addict.
Then in 1982, I started my journey of recovery. It took me two years to go from using every day to being able to claim a "Clean and Sober date" in June of 1984. That's when I started working on learning how to "Live Clean" - which is more than "just" not using.
I've always had a passion for helping others, and this led me to pursue training in many different techniques and modalities (in addition to my "natural nerdiness"). I started working as an Alcohol and Addictions counsellor* in 1990, and since then I added study, practice and teaching of Acupressure, Oriental Medicine, Meditation, and Medical Qigong Therapy.
In 2015, I developed and started teaching a unique training and coaching program to help people develop and apply their Emotional Intelligence. I've now adapted and refined that program to the needs of the Recovery Community, especially for those in Advanced Recovery (folks with 4 years or more).
My mission and purpose is to help anyone seeking freedom from the causes and impacts of addiction, for themselves or their family members.
There are many "roads to recovery". While I'm deeply associated and familiar with 12 Step programs, I'm also mindful that they aren't for everyone. Some people need different tools, different techniques, and different perspectives.
If you have been or you are struggling with getting sober, or clean, or "making the program work"; if you want to break free from addiction (in any form), and live a truly vibrant, vital, and healthier life - then I'm here to help.
* I'm Canadian, so you'll notice I spell words like "counsellor" the Canadian way
Too often, we felt and thought that we've had to do it all alone - that it's not safe or possible for us to ask for, or receive, the kind of help we really need.
We lived inside loneliness,
hopelessness and despair...
Now, it's time to make a better choice.
When I first met Zander at a business training course, I wasn't particularly looking for training or a new coach in that moment. However, after an initial conversation with him, I could recognize Zander's authenticity and integrity as a teacher, and the wide range of training and tools he could bring to bear that could be transformational for me. I had a few areas where I was feeling particularly stuck and his course promised to address them.
His capacity to listen, guide, and inspire, drawing from his own personal experiences and skill, kept our meetings full of vitality, even when I was skeptical and challenging at times.
Working with Zander not only delivered a new set of skills and self-awareness for me. It was a transformational combination along with my commitment to experiment, and I was able to break through to a new level in a few key areas as I had hoped.
I highly recommend Zander's course for those willing to roll up their sleeves, keep an open mind, jump in and actually have fun while learning incredibly valuable life skills.
To be heard, I think, is a rare gift in life. Not simply listened to, but truly heard and considered.
Often in our work together I’ve found myself uncertain as to what I’m trying to say, or of what’s truly bothering me.
This is, I think, when Alexander is at his best. A blend of exacting questions and insightful metaphor pulls the issue into focus and what follows is always an opportunity to explore myself more deeply - safely and without fear of judgement.
His guidance has had a profound influence in my journey of self discovery, revealing to me, finally, the true potential I hold within.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Zander’s method is his ‘whole person” approach to problem solving and treatment. Zander uses a wide repertoire of techniques, a number of which I was totally unfamiliar with and very skeptical of in the beginning.
As a chronic disbeliever, on more than one occasion I had to reconcile my skepticism with the positive results I achieved following our sessions. In the end, I developed not so much a faith in the specific methods and techniques which he used as much as a total and unwavering faith in Zander as a practitioner.
Zander, has given me a new lease on life.
One short year ago, I was emotionally despairing, in constant pain; chaos reigned both internally and externally. I had such complex health and mental health issues that other professionals had given up. Though I had made many heroic efforts over fifteen years, I had finally arrived at the sad conclusion that nothing worthwhile in life was attainable—for me.
From our first meeting, Zander offered me validation and tools. He encouraged me to believe that there was a way out of the misery. He never gave up on me, even when I gave up on myself. Patiently, consistently, generously, Zander worked with me in beginning a healing journey which I didn't yet quite believe was possible.
With gentle skill, Zander was able to be flexible as I rapidly changed tracks, which was often at first. I became able to laugh about what a slippery, reluctant, albeit hungry, student I was — Zander never judged, only guided me back to my highest self.
Zander taught me daily practices which have changed my life for the better and which increasingly serve me. Today, I am functioning (almost unbelievably) well, enjoying life, painfree. And I am sometimes even happy for no reason!
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