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Most people struggling with substance abuse find it most difficult to stay sober when they're alone. For a fee, some people can buy themselves constant company. For chronic relapsers, high-profile patients, or addicts with money to burn, they function as a stopgap between rehab and real life. They have emerged as an alternative to the traditional rehabs or as an extension to conventional treatment.
Demi Lovato is on crutches after taking quite the tumble at her home last week. Last February, Lovato opened up about having a roommate and "recovery companion." Those close to Lovato are proud of the former Disney star, who underwent treatment for cutting, anorexia, bulimia and bipolar disorder two years ago.
Nanette Zumwalt on Answers for the Family with Allen Cardoza.
YOU'VE been there before: pounding headache, gurgly belly, even your knees hurt. Why, oh why, didn't someone stop you from having that last Maker's Mark? Honestly, your fellow revelers are not exactly a font of common sense, which is why you just might hire yourself a sober companion.
And since 2002 Nanette Zumwalt, CEO and president of California-based Hired Power, has been providing “personal recovery assistants” to the well-heeled in need of help. She charges upward of $850 for round-the-clock monitoring of clients, often people who are transitioning from their homes to a treatment center or from a treatment center (or jail) back to their homes.
Nanette Zumwalt CADC, BRI II, Owner and CEO of Hired Power a bi-coastal company says, her Certified Personal Recovery Assistant (CPRA) Program is the next step treatment option “Bringing Recovery Home” building the bridge to lasting recovery.
Nanette Zumwalt is the new owner/president/CEO of Hired Power, an addiction industry liaison used by leaders in the entertainment management industry and by corporate executives, whether it is a therapist in a local town, an intervention, residential treatment option or individual daily support such as a Personal Recovery Assistant.
Enter Hired Power, Inc. Headquartered in Seal Beach, Calif., the organization furnishes personal recovery assistants who help mediate between recovering artists and professionals and their networks of physicians, therapists and outreach groups. By acting as the "eyes and ears" of the recovery program, these assistants help keep the process on track.
Zumwalt’s company, Hired Power, is a leader in the field of placing professionals and personal recovery assistants in a situation to treat addiction, eating disorders and mental health problems.
Nanette Zumwalt, the director of private staffing at Hired Power, an exclusive treatment support firm located in Seal Beach, California, elaborated on the concept. “A personal recovery assistant is a well trained professional assistant hired specifically to work behind the scenes discreetly with a client to help them navigate the problems specific to any life situation from which they are recovering, or any issue for which they need direct personal support.
Nanette Zumwalt, former National Director of Community Relations for CEDU Education, announced she has accepted a position as Director of Private Staffing for Hired Power, Inc.
One company, Sober Champions of Los Angeles, is launching a British operation next month. Hollywood sober buddies tend to be former or aspiring actors who can blend in at parties and restaurants. "It can also help if they have had their own problems in the past," said Nanette Zumwalt, of Hired Power.
"Anybody who’s returning to their life after rehab needs added structure and support in that transitioning phase," said Nanette Zumwalt, owner of Hired Power, a company in Huntington Beach, Calif., that in four years has grown to 70 companions, from 10, working in 15 states.
"Anybody who's returning to their life after rehab needs added structure and support in that transitioning phase," said Nanette Zumwalt, owner of Hired Power, a California company that employs 70 sober companions in 15 states."
Jillian, a recovering addict from Vermont, had just completed a residential treatment program at an exclusive facility in California — her third such facility in as many years. Once again having completed an exceptional private program, she was excited yet anxious about leaving. Thousands of miles from home and without the structure provided her in a residential setting, she was found unconscious in a California beach town hotel room within days of discharge, barely surviving another relapse.
We are very proud and pleased to announce the opening of our East Coast Office in New York and the addition of Amy Burns to our leadership team. Amy, a native New Yorker, will be leading our Development and Care Management office on the East Coast. Amy's professional career includes over 13 years of business and finance experience as a Vice President of a major investment bank. She comes to us with extensive experience and expertise in care management.
Thanks again for being there for us and guiding us through some rough waters. Your kindness and genuine concern deeply touched my soul and we are all grateful our paths crossed when they did. You are a truly gifted professional, keep on doing what you do so well.
Thank you for your support. Having someone with me when I went home to talk with my family was more important than I ever imagined. I couldn’t have done it alone.
Returning home to the same situations, the same friends, job and lifestyle were my biggest fears. Having a PRA with me changed all that. I was able to leave my house, go to work, meetings and family outings with the support I needed. Thank you for helping me get my life back.
Client, Atlanta, Georgia
Hired Power has been the only consistency my niece has had throughout this treatment process. Thank you
Family Member, New York
I just want to thank Hired Power for the PRA. He was a perfect match and I can’t say enough…. He was intensely committed. This is the first time I have been clean in over 30 years. Thank you again
Client, Los Angeles