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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

Don Cummins: Decades-Long Incarcerated Bank Robber Gets Out, Gets Sober, and Turns It All Around

6/15/2021
Don Cummins is an author, transformational speaker, and coach. Don suffered for decades with the effects of trauma and addiction. These issues resulted in homelessness, damaged relationships, depression and anxiety, and unemployability. Don was repeatedly committed to mental health institutions and experienced extreme incarceration and isolation, having served over twenty years in prison for bank robberies. One day, Don had an awakening to his inherent goodness and value. He saw that he...

Duration:01:12:02

After the Episode: Reviewing E100 Stuart O'Neill, E101 Andre Roberts, E103 Lucas Crigler, & E104 Keith Smith

6/10/2021
Join Ashley and Ashley as they review clips from the stories of Stuart O'Neill, Andre Roberts, Lucas Crigler, and Keith Smith and share the latest news and research on the topics discussed. Throughout their review they cover everything from suicidal ideation to wanting to be accepted as your authentic self. E100 | Stuart O'Neill Stuart O'Neill, author of Just One Reason from Episode 100, has experienced suicidal ideation for most of his adult life. You'll hear a portion of his episode...

Duration:00:58:00

Keith Smith: “I don’t believe in labels, but I identify as gay.”

6/8/2021
Hailing from the Bahamas, Keith Smith likes to think of himself as a citizen of the world. His smile, charisma, and energy are contagious. But as a child, Keith experienced a point in time where he lost his smile. From the age of 8 to 12, Keith was molested by his cousin. Eventually, he turned to alcohol as a way to numb his feelings. One day, after experiencing an anxiety attack while walking through a grocery store, Keith realized he needed to get help. He enrolled in a treatment program...

Duration:01:11:50

Lucas Crigler: Trans-Man & Activist Shares His Recovery & How to Approach Sensitive Conversations

6/1/2021
Lucas is an advertising Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup in New York City. Throughout his career he’s worked on brands such as The New York Lottery, Hornitos Tequila, TGIFriday’s, Vibram FiveFingers, Mike and Ike candies, Honda, and Mastercard. His work has earned Clio Awards, Gold Lion Awards, One Show Pencils, and was even nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy. Through his instagram account (@CoolTransLuke), Lucas is a transgender activist and has been featured by companies such as...

Duration:01:34:51

Ask the Expert: Kristin Casey - Surrogate Partner, Author, & Intimacy Coach Discusses Surrogate Partner Therapy

5/27/2021
Kristin Casey is a writer and recovered alcoholic and addict. Her memoir Rock Monster, My Life with Joe Walsh documents their tumultuous six-year relationship and drug-fueled, train wreck breakup. She’s survived numerous addictions, clinical depression, a suicide attempt, the panhandle of Texas, and seventeen years of Catholicism. Her writing has appeared in The Fix, Please Kill Me, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, $pread, and elsewhere. She writes about addiction,...

Duration:01:26:59

Andre Roberts: Where Are They Now? + A Special Discussion Surrounding Racial Justice

5/25/2021
Andre Roberts is a personal trainer and tennis instructor who resides in Beverly Hills, CA. He originally shared his story in Season 2 as a bonus episode where he discussed having a segregated childhood and being a black man in today’s America. If you haven’t already listened to his story, make sure you check it out. Today, we invited Andre back for a special ‘Where Are They Now’ episode to hear how things have changed for him in the last year. Much of our conversation focuses on racial...

Duration:01:07:39

‘Just One Reason’ Author Discusses Suicidal Ideation & Depression

5/18/2021
Raised in Melbourne Australia, Stuart O’Neill’s mostly self-employed life has provided its fair share of highs and lows. Stuart’s life story easily resonates with others. In the 1980’s Stuart became an Australian Surf Lifesaver. Saving lives is a passion that he still fulfills to this day. His desire to save lives now includes his book Just One Reason. The Just One Reason suicide prevention toolkit is the product of Stuart’s out of the box thinking and willingness to help others. Stuart...

Duration:01:13:26

After the Episode: Reviewing E94 Mike Govoni, E95 Craig Pothier, E97 Adam Fout, & E98 Charles M Henderson Jr.

5/13/2021
Join Ashley (ALB), Christiana (CK), and Ashley Jo (AJB) as they review clips from the stories of Mike Govoni, Craig Pothier, Adam Fout, and Charles M Henderson Jr. Throughout their review, they cover everything from childhood trauma to how to live authentically in recovery. In Episode 94, Mike Govoni discusses what it was like being taken from his mother at a young age. The topic of not having attunement from a parent is one that sparks a lot of emotion in CK. Throughout this episode,...

Duration:00:56:02

Charles M Henderson Jr: From Heroin to Harvard - How a Young Black Boy Raised in the Projects Made It to the Most Elite University in America

5/11/2021
Growing up in Tuckahoe, New York, Charles M. Henderson Jr. went from being a teenage heroin addict and high school dropout, to becoming a Harvard graduate with an MBA in general management. His life experience inspired him to work as a change agent serving as the Executive Director, Co-Founder, Educator, and Executive Coach for Heroin to Harvard, an organization that transforms managers into leaders through active training and executive coaching. His work is anchored in research on emotional...

Duration:01:31:17

Adam Fout: How a Prayer Helped an Atheist Find Recovery from Substance Use & Binge Eating

5/4/2021
Adam Fout was born to two attorneys in San Diego, CA. Although he didn’t know it at the time, Adam struggled with OCD, depression, anxiety, and binge eating from a young age. He began a ‘legal career of his own’ after a run-in with the Kansas City Bureau of Investigation while in college. Following this experience, Adam’s mental health spiraled out of control. He attempted suicide, spent time in multiple psych wards, and went to rehab. Like many with substance use disorder, Adam struggled...

Duration:01:20:47

Ask the Expert: Dr. Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. - How the Creator of the #f*ckshame Campaign is Bringing Moderation into the Conversation About Recovery

4/29/2021
We’re excited to introduce our new series, Ask the Expert, where your host, Ashley Loeb Blassingame, exchanges views with and picks the brains of industry leading experts. Our first episode of the series features Dr. Adi Jaffe. Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a #1 best-selling author and a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction, relationships and shame. He lectured in the UCLA Psychology department for the better part of a decade and was the Executive-Director and Co-Founder of one...

Duration:01:38:03

Craig Pothier: One Canadian’s Journey with Alcoholism from a Town of 1000 to a City of Millions

4/27/2021
Raised in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, Craig Pothier loved playing sports. Excelling at hockey and baseball gave him the confidence he needed to fit in as a child. When he transitioned from elementary school to high school, he realized that people cared more about partying than sports. He quickly discovered that alcohol gave him the self-esteem boost he needed. At the age of 27, after moving from Canada to New York City, a town of millions, he found himself frequenting bars to make...

Duration:01:34:15

Mike Govoni Discusses Psychedelic Therapy

4/22/2021
Mike Govoni shared his story on The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast in Episode 94. Ashley Loeb Blassingame invited him back for a pointed discussion on psychedelic therapy. Throughout the discussion Mike shares his experience with psychedelic therapeutics including MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin, and ayahuasca. Episode Disclaimer This episode covers a wide variety of topics related to psychedelic therapy. These topics are controversial and can be difficult or triggering for some people,...

Duration:01:02:49

Mike Govoni: Son of a Defrocked Catholic Priest Finds an Unorthodox Approach to Recovery from Addiction & Childhood Trauma

4/20/2021
Being raised by a single father who was a defrocked Catholic Priest, Mike Govoni’s childhood was anything but traditional. He began using opiates and other substances at a young age to mask the feelings he had associated with childhood trauma. This led him down a path of substance use and addiction until he discovered an unorthodox approach to recovery. Now, having lived in recovery for over 16 years, Mike is passionate about helping people in recovery experience healing and transformation....

Duration:01:48:00

After the Episode for Ashley Jo's Story + Ashley's Insight on Talking to People Who Have Lost Loved Ones

4/15/2021
Join Ashley, Christiana, and Ashley Jo for this bonus After the Episode where they review Ashley Jo Brewer's episode from this week. They'll cover everything from the paternity scandal she walked through to how to communicate with someone who has experienced a great loss. Toward the end of this episode, Ashley Jo gives some great insight into what has been helpful (and what has not) when discussing the loss of her 10-month old son, Cornelius. The ladies also unpack why it's so difficult to...

Duration:01:14:15

Ashley Jo Brewer: When a Christian Girl’s World Comes Crashing Down Amidst Addiction, Grief, Loss, and a Gut-Wrenching Scandal

4/13/2021
As the 2nd of four girls born to a conservative Christian family in a small town in Iowa, Ashley Jo Brewer’s upbringing was filled with music, family and church. She was raised to love God and live by traditional family values that carried her through to her college years, until one night, her world came crashing down. After being drugged at a college party, everything Ashley Jo had lived for was thrown out the window. Instead of finding healing, she found a marriage that eventually broke...

Duration:02:05:00

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