About Us

LifeSkills Authorities is a company uniquely designed to help fight the disease of addiction.   We help both the chemically dependent individual and those affected by their disease.   A common misconception is that a 28-day treatment program alone is the key to “fixing” addiction.  However, addiction is a chronic disease.  At LifeSkills Authorities, we provide the addicted individual a comprehensive holistic approach, which complements their chemical dependency treatment program, to properly treat this disease.

LifeSkills Authorities believes that a dramatically improved quality of life for our clients is essential for long-term recovery and goes beyond just abstinence. We strive to have solutions for the addicted individual’s loved ones, should they choose to participate in the recovery program. LifeSkills Authorities is a guide along the recovery journey.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, call us now to learn more about how we can help.   We apply proven strategies to bring forth a solution, including what we have found to be the most effective form of intervention.  We maintain a long-term relationship starting with regular contact while the client is engaged in a treatment program.  Upon discharge, LifeSkills Authorities becomes a crucial part of continued recovery for our clients when the holistic recovery coaching relationship begins.  We address stress management, fitness, nutrition, and many other key areas that help the addicted individual during their return to career and family lives. 

If you are concerned about someone who may be experiencing issues with chemical dependency, please contact us now to learn more about how we can help.

Michael Plahn, MA
Founder and Program Director

Michael Plahn is the Founder and Program Director of LifeSkills Authorities, a business dedicated to empowering people to change their lives. He is responsible for program development, clinical areas of the practice, and overall business operations. Michael holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a trained ARISE Interventionist and is also certified as a Family Meeting Approach Interventionist. To read more about Michael’s personal recovery journey click here.

Michael has a vast array of experience pertinent to a well-rounded recovery process. With executive experience as a young entrepreneur in running a multi-million dollar small business, Michael started and operated his own successful Life Coaching business specializing in stress management, health and fitness, and work-life balance. Michael is completing post-graduate work in Personal and Executive Coaching with the prestigious College of Executive Coaching in Pismo Beach, California. Michael is a Level II certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Exercise Coach through theworld-renowned CHEK Institute based in San Diego, California. He also holds credentials through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Michael continues his thirst for knowledge and alternative ways to help the Addicted Individual thrive in today’s complex and stress filled world. Click here to email Michael.

Sarah Wilde
Blog Contributor

Sarah Wilde is a blog contributor for LifeSkills Authorities.  She  holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Sarah is passionate about the addiction recovery field.  She cherishes the opportunity to use the internet to help people find the treatment they need in order for them to embark upon positive change in their lives, and in the lives of their loved ones.  Click here to email Sarah.

Click here to learn why the LifeSkills Authorities protocol has been called “the most comprehensive approach to addiction treatment I have ever seen” by Dr. Shantelle Whitehead, Clinical Psychologist.

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