David Bohl lives to empower others. And not in the way he sees fit, but in the way that allows each individual to live his or her best way. By walking a value-centered path, he leads by example. He tries to be the best husband, father, son, brother, friend, citizen, and businessperson he can be. His life goals are centered on contributing to the lives of others using powerful, positive techniques that are firmly rooted in the pragmatic and the real.
Already heavily entwined with alcohol throughout high school, he graduated college and immediately plunged into a materialistic lifestyle. After starting as a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the work week’s adrenaline rush was as pleasurable as the weekend alcohol binges. By his thirties, he had everything he wanted–except freedom. After hitting bottom, he rebuilt…first himself, and then his life.
That process of reconstruction took him down a very different road. David earned a Masters of Addiction Studies degree and received Addiction Counseling licensing in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. He was also granted the certification of Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) by NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors). Today, he is an independent addiction and separation consultant, where he engages and empowers others as they struggle with their own or a loved one’s substance use concerns, chronic stress, separation experiences, and mental health challenges, and the issues particular to lifelong wellness. He hopes Relinquishment and Addiction: What Trauma Has to Do With It and Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth will open new channels for discussions about how to assist the under-served populations of those with developmental interruptions – separated individuals, adoptees, orphans, fostered persons, relinquished individuals, alcoholics, addicts, and their families and colleagues.
Bohl is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. David is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and Concerned United Birthparents (CUB). He is a former Board Member and Addiction and Recovery Consultant to the National Association of Adoptees and Parents (NAAP), and a member of the Advisory Board to Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support. Today, the author lives with his wife in Southeastern Wisconsin, were he practices the science of Blue Mind (that mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peace, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment) that comes from being in and around the water.