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Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don't shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation!

Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don't shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation!

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Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don't shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation!

Language:

English

Contact:

760-994-4990 x43


Episodes

Special Bonus After the Episode for the Loeb Sisters: Restoring Relationships, the One-Size-Fits-All Mentality Surrounding Addiction, & More

4/8/2021
Join Ashley, Christiana, and Ashley Jo for this bonus After the Episode where they unpack all of the details shared by the Loeb sisters. They'll cover everything from making amends and restoring relationships to using personal experience to help others. In this special episode, Ashley Loeb Blassingame shares how she has restored her relationship with Marina through a living amends and discusses some of the repercussions still felt in her relationships today after 15 years of long-term...

Duration:01:21:59

The Loeb Sisters: A Tell-All on Growing Up with a Sibling Struggling with Substance Use Disorder

4/6/2021
In this special episode, Ashley Loeb Blassingame sits down with her sisters Victoria (Tory) and Marina to discuss what it was like growing up with a sibling struggling with substance use disorder. This is a 'no holds barred' episode where Marina and Tory tell-all and share intimate details about growing up with Ashley. They discuss participating in family therapy sessions, watching Ashley overcome her addiction, and seeing her discover what she was meant to do in life by helping others in...

Duration:02:32:14

Welcome to Season 3!

3/30/2021
Welcome to Season 3 of The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast! Ashley Loeb Blassingame and Christiana Kimmich are back at recording, and they’ve been joined by the team’s new Production Coordinator, Ashley Jo Brewer. Throughout the Season 3 Intro, they’ll discuss all of the exciting things coming up including lots of laughter about bad hair, where are they now, special guests, and important topics being covered on the show. You’ll also hear Ashley Loeb Blassingame share where she went...

Duration:01:07:17

It's A Wrap!! Season 2 Wrap-Up with Ashley & Christiana

2/16/2021
It's a wrap on Season 2!! Join Ashley & Christiana for a nostalgic look-back on all the guests and happenings of Season 2 on The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. From changing our podcast branding and music to figuring out how to survive and thrive during the pandemic and everything 2020 brought, Ashley & Christiana talk about all the behind-the-scenes happenings throughout this last season. Tune in to hear the podcast stats since it's start in February 2020 when we went live, along...

Duration:00:58:36

Episode Short featuring Kendra Allen from Episode #35

2/9/2021
Episode Short for Kendra Allen's Episode (#35): Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"! In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season. For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Kendra Allen's episode (#35). You'll hear Kendra talk about how helpful Al-Anon has been in her recovery journey, and how she has learned to set proper boundaries and learn to stop being the...

Duration:00:12:29

Episode Short featuring Chuck O from Episode #73

2/2/2021
Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"! In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season. For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Chuck O's episode (#73). You'll hear Chuck talk about his experience right after his relapse, and how his family helped him transition once and for all off his MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), which is something he thought would never...

Duration:00:13:05

Episode Short featuring Caroline Strawson from Episode #54

1/28/2021
Episode Short for Caroline Strawson's Episode (#54): Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"! In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season. For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Caroline Strawson's episode (#54). You'll hear Caroline talk about her journey to self-healing, and how realizing that she could "rescue herself" was one of the greatest and most...

Duration:00:16:47

Episode Short featuring Andre Roberts' Special Episode

1/26/2021
Episode Short for Andre Roberts' Special Bonus Episode: Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"! In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season. For this first featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Andre Roberts' Special Bonus Episode in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. You'll hear Andre talk about an incredible connection he made while in rehab, and how the power of...

Duration:00:22:32

Norman Curtiss: “I Got Caught Diverting Adderall from my Retail Pharmacy”

1/12/2021
Norman Curtiss has been a practicing pharmacist for about 8 years. He grew up always playing sports as a child and throughout high school. Norman struggled with substance use disorder with either alcohol, Adderall or both throughout most of his 20's and early 30's. His journey to recovery started with a phone call to Lionrock. That was June 2, 2018, and he has been sober from alcohol since that day. His addiction to Adderall continued until July of 2019 when he was arrested for diverting...

Duration:01:32:37

Pete Caraher: A Stay-At-Home-Dad’s Struggle for Identity and Sobriety

1/5/2021
Pete Caraher is a stay-at-home-dad of two boys - one a senior in college and the other in a high school transition program for special needs kids. After years of working to support his family, he and his wife decided to do the untraditional role reversal for 22+ years (him staying at home, her working to support the family). Pete struggled to find his new identity as a stay-at-home-dad, and his drinking progressed for years until he was confronted with losing his family forever. Pete and...

Duration:01:40:03

Bonus Episode: Holiday/2020 Wrap-Up Episode

12/22/2020
Bonus Episode: It's the holidays FINALLY the end of 2020!! Join Ashley and Christiana as they talk about what 2020 meant to them, say how they're ushering in the holidays and list resources to help support sobriety and recovery through this season. Subscribe to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify Stitcher | iHeart | TuneIn | Overcast | SoundCloud Resourced Mentioned: Holiday Fellowship MarathonNational Suicide Prevention Hotline -...

Duration:00:23:15

Brock Bevell: A Former Undercover Police Officer Fights His Way Back From Addiction

12/15/2020
Brock Bevell is a well-regarded family man with 7 children, six daughters and one son. He is a retired Police Officer who was run over on duty and ultimately retired from the injuries. The injuries caused him to endure numerous knee surgeries and constant rehabilitation. To deal with the pain, he was prescribed opioids. After months and months of therapy, the department and doctors made the determination that his injuries would prevent him from doing the job effectively and could place...

Duration:01:35:55

After the Episode Combo for #'s 85 & 86: Walking Out 'One Day At A Time', Endurance for What Matters and Living In Authenticity

12/10/2020
ATE for Episode #'s 85 & 86: Today brings another exciting After the Episode! Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap two more guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about Danielle Gregorich and Kevin Barhydt's stories, along with discussing what it looks like to walk out the recovery mantra 'One Day At A Time' and finding endurance for the...

Duration:01:15:17

Kevin Barhydt: Abandoned At Birth - An Adoptee’s Story of Hope and Healing from A Life of Abuse and Addiction

12/8/2020
Kevin Barhydt is a YouTube creator, and the author of Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother. His YouTube channel creates a safe space for survirors of addiction, abandonment, adoption and child sexual abuse, and to explore the healing process. Abandoned by his mother at birth, Kevin was enveloped in a labyrinth of adoption, addiction, and child sexual abuse. By age 20, a shell of the boy he once was, Kevin succumbed completely to a suicidal lifestyle of drug dealing and prostitution. At 45, after...

Duration:01:23:39

After the Episode Combo for #'s 82 & 83: "Only the Brave" + Brendan's Story & Resources for Combatting Suicidal Ideation

12/3/2020
ATE for Episode #'s 82 & 83: Today is an exciting After the Episode with a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT in the beginning! Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap two more guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about Brendan McDonough's incredible story that was relived through the hit movie "Only the Brave", along with discussing the realities and...

Duration:00:50:42

Danielle Gregorich: How A Stroke Saved Her Life

12/1/2020
Danielle Gregorich is an Arizona native, an Air Force wife and a sober Mom of two amazing children. She is a multiple suicide attempt survivor, a kidney cancer survivor and a stroke survivor. In short, she is a living miracle! Danielle started writing about her sobriety daily. She wrote raw and authentically about her struggles with sobriety, marriage and motherhood. Writing quickly became therapeutic and played a crucial role in her first years of sobriety. Her writing culminated in her...

Duration:01:27:46

Christina Kimbrough: “I Got Sober During A Pandemic”

11/24/2020
Christina Kimbrough was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a childhood survivor of abuse, and grew up in a very strict evangelical Christian environment with no tv, radio or any sources of media. She struggled with anxiety as long as she could remember, but didn’t pick up a drink until she was about 21 years old. Once she started, her drinking started progressing very quickly. After being diagnosed with a panic disorder at 25, her anxiety dovetailed into suicidal ideations, and she...

Duration:01:15:31

Brendan McDonough: The Lone Survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Shares His Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story

11/17/2020
Brendan was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of elite hotshot firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their superintendent, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the crew, and seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off....

Duration:01:47:22

ATE for #'s 79 & 80 | After the Episode Combo: The Amazing Power and Bond in the Recovery Community, and Dealing with the Process of Grief and Loss

11/12/2020
ATE for Episode #'s 79 & 80: Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap two guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about the amazing power and bond that exists within the recovery community, along with dealing with processing grief and loss and how healing can come from the process. Subscribe to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast Apple...

Duration:00:52:45

Randy: Sex, Love & Punk Rock - Melting Away the Facade in Recovery

11/10/2020
A native of Orange County, California, Randy grew up surfing, skateboarding and slam dancing. After his parents divorce, the heavy weight of anxiety and uncertainty fell and started increasing. At the age of 13, he gravitated toward the kids who were drinking and smoking pot - feeling the instant release from his constant anxiety. Having grown up with an alcoholic father, he thought it was the norm to drink daily. That same pattern of drinking settled onto him, and set him on a path of fear,...

Duration:01:31:23