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Michael has seen first-hand the devastating effects of addiction on the public, his profession, and himself. Michael began his career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After eight years, he became a Corrections Officer, Washington DC Police Officer, and then FBI Agent. In 2010, Michael became an instructor at the FBI Academy. In 2013, he created a course titled “Leading At-Risk Employees” geared toward Police Executives to help them understand alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, suicide, and domestic violence as it relates to policies and procedures for their agencies worldwide. In 2019, Michael retired from the FBI but his passion for helping others continued. He is currently working on a Master’s in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Pulling from his personal and professional experience, Michael shares his thoughts on this sensitive, complex, and controversial subject.

Michael has seen first-hand the devastating effects of addiction on the public, his profession, and himself. Michael began his career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After eight years, he became a Corrections Officer, Washington DC Police Officer, and then FBI Agent. In 2010, Michael became an instructor at the FBI Academy. In 2013, he created a course titled “Leading At-Risk Employees” geared toward Police Executives to help them understand alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, suicide, and domestic violence as it relates to policies and procedures for their agencies worldwide. In 2019, Michael retired from the FBI but his passion for helping others continued. He is currently working on a Master’s in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Pulling from his personal and professional experience, Michael shares his thoughts on this sensitive, complex, and controversial subject.

Location:

Virginia

Description:

Michael has seen first-hand the devastating effects of addiction on the public, his profession, and himself. Michael began his career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After eight years, he became a Corrections Officer, Washington DC Police Officer, and then FBI Agent. In 2010, Michael became an instructor at the FBI Academy. In 2013, he created a course titled “Leading At-Risk Employees” geared toward Police Executives to help them understand alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, suicide, and domestic violence as it relates to policies and procedures for their agencies worldwide. In 2019, Michael retired from the FBI but his passion for helping others continued. He is currently working on a Master’s in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Pulling from his personal and professional experience, Michael shares his thoughts on this sensitive, complex, and controversial subject.

Language:

English

Contact:

8176906700


Episodes

Episode 56 - What Do You Do When A Friend Suggests Not Taking Medication?

4/9/2021
Some people feel that taking medication is cheating in a recovery program. In this episode I answer this question from a listener. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 55 - Getting to the Heart of Getting Sober

4/6/2021
The steps to sobriety differ for each person. In this episode, I answer several questions from a listener and walk through what worked for me: What was your turning point to get sober? What was your thought process prior to a relapse? What motivates you to keep trying and to not pick up the first drink?

Duration:00:22:31

Episode 54 - The Spiritual Side of Wellness: Chaplain Dan Vickey, Ohio ASSIST

3/30/2021
We must take care of all aspects of our life when it comes to wellness. This includes our spiritual development. This is certainly true for people in recovery, but is true for everyone no matter what their profession. Chaplain Dan Vickey discusses the importance of spirituality in a wellness program with me, and the importance of programs like the Post Critical Incident Seminars.

Duration:00:38:45

Episode 53 - Interview with EMS Captain/Chaplain Jeremy Hurd, Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue

3/25/2021
The issue of suicide is receiving a lot of attention lately. This has been a tough year for everyone, but especially for our First Responders. This fascinating conversation with EMS Captain and Chaplain Jeremy Hurd helps us put this issue into perspective, and lets us know there is help for those who are suffering. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:00:58:17

Episode 52 - Interview with Dave Sinclair, Author and Transformational Journey Support Coach

3/23/2021
Dave Sinclair is an author and Transformational Journey Support Coach. He recently authored a book titled “Numb? Break Old Habits, Escape The Rat Race. Live Your Ideal Life.” This was a fascinating interview, and I know you will not only learn a great deal about life in recovery, but have fun as well! To find out more, go to davesinclair.ca. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:01:02:30

Episode 51 - Interview with Todd Crandell, Founder of Racing for Recovery

3/18/2021
In this episode we explore the many options people have in their recovery journey. Todd Crandell has been an inspiration through his own journey in recovery, and today he shares his vision and passion in how Racing for Recovery emphasizes diet, exercise, and wellness to help people not only get well, but stay well. To find out more, go to racingforrecovery.org.

Duration:00:41:25

Episode 50 - Do Drug Courts Work? Interview with Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.

3/16/2021
Often we do not want to get well until we have felt enough pain. But do Drug Courts work? Listen to this fascinating interview with Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr. to find out how effective courts are and the miracles that are happening in people's lives. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:00:54:05

Episode 49 - Interview with Helen Hill, LISWS

3/11/2021
Helen Hill discusses the services of the Ohio Assist Program, specifically Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Many attendees swear by this treatment, but how and why does it work? This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:00:34:48

Episode 48 - FBI National Academy Instructor Suzanna Hasnay Discusses Resiliency

3/4/2021
Resiliency is critical to wellness and dealing with all that life throws at us. In this episode I interview Suzanna Hasnay who taught with me at the FBI National Academy. Suzanna discusses how and why resiliency is important for our life, career, and recovery. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:01:09:18

Episode 47 - Interview with All Points North Lodge CEO Noah Nordheimer

3/2/2021
In this episode I speak with Noah Nordheimer, CEO of APN Lodge located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains near Vail, Colorado. APN is working to tailor programs for their clients and explore revolutionary recovery modalities such as Deep TMS and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. APN is working hard to develop programs that address issues for various groups and performs extensive follow-up with their clients. Listen in to find out how they are doing it. Find out more at apnlodge.com.

Duration:00:42:48

Episode 46 - Katrina Discusses Relapse

2/25/2021
We do not have to relapse, but if we do, we can learn many lessons. Katrina discusses what she did. This episode is sponsored by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:00:41:00

Episode 45 - Interview with Deborah Wolf

2/22/2021
Deborah Wolf was one of the first women in the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC. She discusses her life, career, and recovery from alcoholism. Deborah wrote a book about her experiences called "Center of Mass".

Duration:00:42:06

Episode 44 - Interview with Dr. Beau Nelson, FHE Health

2/18/2021
In this episode, I discuss the incredible work that FHE Health is doing for people who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues with Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Beau Nelson. FHE's work is truly cutting edge, and they apply technology and techniques that are paving a new path for treatment. If you’re trying to decide if treatment is necessary, listen in. This episode is brought to you by FHE Health. Find out more at fhehealth.com.

Duration:01:01:06

Episode 43 - Interview with Darren Loki McGarvey

2/10/2021
Darren Loki McGarvey is an author, rap artist, and broadcaster located in Glasgow, Scotland. I interview Darren about recovery, the drug death epidemic in Scotland, and what can be done to help those who are suffering from addiction. Darren is the author of the 2018 Orwell Prize winning and Sunday Times Bestselling Book, Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass. Find out more at darrenmcgarvey.com.

Duration:01:21:44

Episode 42 - Ask Yourself These Questions

2/8/2021
People ask me these questions all the time. Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict? What do you think? Let's talk about this.

Duration:00:30:11

Episode 41- Interview with Mike N.

2/1/2021
Mike N. just celebrated four years of continuous sobriety. Mike tells us what he did, and what his life is like now.

Duration:01:13:27

Episode 40 - Part II Suicide Awareness with Mark Pfetzer

1/25/2021
Suicide is a growing problem and many do not get help because of the stigma associated with Mental Health issues. There is hope, and we discuss how to help yourself and others through difficult times. Find out more at guardianinitiatives.org.

Duration:01:10:05

Episode 39 - Part I Suicide Awareness with Mark Pfetzer and Jarrod Slindee

1/19/2021
Mark and Jarrod are going to be rowing across the Atlantic to raise awareness about suicide. Let's find out how they plan to complete this feat. Find out more at guardianinitiatives.org.

Duration:00:59:16

Episode 38 - Interview with Katrina from Florida

1/13/2021
Katrina from Florida just celebrated 30 days of sobriety!!! Let's find out how she did it.

Duration:00:37:06

Episode 37 - Part II Interview with Christina Van Meter

1/11/2021
In this episode we continue Christina's experience with Virginia Tech. This episode demonstrates how parents in recovery are involved and supportive of the pursuits and desires of their children. In recovery, all things are possible and you too can be there for your children.

Duration:01:16:27