What Were You Thinking

Eric McCoy


Eric McCoy, C.A.T.C II, is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor who has been working in the substance abuse industry for over 17 years, Author of Pain, Failure, and Misery are the Stepping Stones to Success, and Host of High While Clean Podcast. He has acquired an ability to reach people through unique tactics that don’t fall into the normal scope of treatment. Based in Los Angeles County, California, he has been in successful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction for over 7 years. He has a powerful story describing how he relapsed having 11 years clean but miraculously was able to return with a vengeance.

As a 6 time convicted felon who was facing 15 years in prison in 2001, Eric has impressed upon a conviction that, "no matter where you have been or what you have done, you can do anything you want if you are willing to fight for it.”

Eric’s personal experiences, healing, and sobriety are what inspired him to become a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. In 2002, he began school while a live-in house manager at a residential treatment facility. He became a counselor for a residential treatment facility in 2005. In 2006, Eric became a C.A.T.C II, Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. He was promoted to Program Director of that same program in 2008.

Eric opened the doors to Serenity Life Counseling in 2009 and led the facility as Executive Director and Clinical Director. His determination, ambition, and perseverance enabled him to work his way into the court system, get clearance into the jails as well as with the same department who actually arrested him all those times back in 2001 and 2002. Eric decided to leave this facility in 2012.

He has worked with Warren Boyd, who is known as the interventionist and addiction specialist to the Hollywood stars and Bob Forrest, who is perhaps best known as the straight talking, tell it like it is counselor on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

The ensuing years ignited a fire inside of Eric as he began to compose his autobiography and self-help book, Pain, Failure, and Misery are the Stepping Stones to Success in 2018. His profound knowledge and expertise on substance use disorder and how he works with others has always been guided by his deep compassion and understanding. That same year, he began teaching at a college.

Eric now focuses on education as he is an instructor at a New Creation College for people working to become counselors. His emphasis is to create an environment for people to learn tools of healing themselves by focusing on the experts that are working with them. Eric is working to give a voice to those that have died from a drug overdose and advocating for those still suffering by sharing his story of pain and how he was able to use his suffering to achieve success he never imagined.

Today, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing the guitar and singing, and, of course, getting “High While Clean,” and yes…this is possible for you as well.

Paxton Dickerson


A tour de force in the recovery community, Paxton Dickerson turns tough subject matter into inspirational journeys of hope and motivation. Through his raw sensibilities sparked by the profound wisdom of experience and spot-on comedic timing, he shares his own tumultuous path to recovery. With magnetic abilities to share, educate, and transform lives, he captivates and moves his diverse audiences to action. He talks. People listen. And with that, Mechanics of Recovery was born.


Like many, Paxton’s tumble to the bottom forced him to face himself along with the inherent truths of his addiction before the climb to a fulfilling life could begin. The son of a professor and professional ballet dancer, one might expect his path was perfectly paved for success as a teacher and performer. Indeed it was, but not before stumbling through the deceptive allures of his disease. While in the throes of addiction, his fast and furious lifestyle throttled him into some colorful places like the entertainment industry where he hosted a TV rap show, and then ultimately led him into the illicit infamy of owning an escort service. That world gave him the golden ticket to ride high… all the time.


Although still unwilling to embrace a life of sobriety, the roots of character instilled by his parents tugged at him. So after being hand-selected to study on scholarship, Paxton attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs’ Diplomacy and Policy Program. Subsequently, he was licensed as a specialist on conflict resolution through the Rochester Task Force Against Violence in conjunction with the Rochester New York Police Department. The toils of living a double life eventually ensnared him when a concerned relative, upon learning of Paxton’s dangerous and criminal activities, made the life-saving decision to send him to treatment for substance abuse. There, his blurry past began to crystalize and the epiphany arrived. He’d been showing up to life, as most high functioning addicts do, but clearly wasn’t tuned in. Present for his father’s final deathbed words, he remorsefully realized he hadn’t heard a thing__ words he should have cherished and carried with him for the rest of his life.


Now in recovery since 2001, Paxton has dedicated 18 years to nurturing his own sobriety and paying it forward by sharing his experience, strength and hope with others stricken with the disease of addiction. Today, he advocates a successful design for living through the innovative and powerful principles that lie at the core of his company, Mechanics of Recovery. He is now a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) and Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), vocations he sought after previous experiences as a detox technician, drug and alcohol counselor, head clinician and eventually executive director of world-renowned Oasis Treatment Center. In addition to his accreditations, Paxton’s accomplishments include the 2018 Orange County Mental Health Association Community Service Award, extensive work in Alcoholics Anonymous, and Freemasonry. As a steward of knowledge on addiction, Paxton embraces his true passion: sharing his wealth of information in a unique manner that ignites passion and action in others. 

Mechanics of Recovery is his brainchild, an innovative and successful multi-pronged approach to long-term freedom from addiction. For nearly 20 years, he has passionately engaged both professionals and young adults through psycho-educational seminars and lectures on over 100 powerful topics. Paxton’s unique marriage of personal and clinical experiences makes him a credible and highly sought after authority on subjects such as relapse prevention, identification of distorted thinking coupled with maladaptive behaviors, spirituality, emotional healing and life skills.

Other facets of his work include inspirational and informative online videos, live motivational speaking engagements, one-on-one coaching sessions, mentoring services, and seasoned outside consulting for a multitude of addiction treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. Always looking for more ways to help those struggling with addiction, his eventual goal is to open a wellness institute dedicated to long-term recovery that encompasses all his services.

The infamy of Paxton Dickerson’s drug addiction, dysfunction and criminal activity serves as a constant reminder that intent without action is futile. However, commitment, hard work, and a solid toolbox lead to the real golden ticket… a fulfilling life of happiness, joy, freedom and long-term recovery, a place where perfection resides in the acceptance of imperfection and effort.

Show Time: 
Thursday 7:00PM - 7:59PM
Show Description: 

“What were you thinking,” is an open discussion on topics related to seeing the world differently, thinking for ourselves, and self-improvement within substance abuse and mental illness. With real current news within the world, we will make you laugh, cry, and help you open your minds to ideas of becoming the real you. We are raw, honest, and nonjudgmental individuals seeking your insight and perspectives. We want to know what you were thinking.