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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!

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English

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760-994-4990 x43


Episodes

Rachel Quast: Surviving Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating and Finding a Relationship with God after Breaking Free from 39 Years of Spiritual Trauma

8/3/2021
Rachel Quast is a Master's level counselor, author, national speaker, and counseling group leader. Surviving anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and spiritual and family trauma paved the path for her career in counseling. Rachel specializes in eating disorders, emotional eating, relationship struggles, issues with faith and spirituality, and depression and anxiety. Because of her life experience, she has a heart to help others through their healing journey. She is the founder of SHED...

Duration:01:18:17

Episode Short Featuring Mike McAllister from Season 2 Episode 39

7/27/2021
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week you'll hear short clips from Mike McAllister's story which was originally shared in Season 2 Episode 39. You'll hear Mike discuss feeling like his skin was too tight as a child. He'll share a crazy story of how is dad got him out of a place for troubled youth, and you'll hear how Mike finally reached a place where he could be...

Duration:00:14:59

Episode Short Featuring Jodie Sweetin from Season 2 Episode 57

7/20/2021
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re sharing clips from Jodie Sweetin who melted our hearts and made us laugh for eight years as cherub-faced, goody-two-shoes middle child Stephanie Tanner. In this episode short, we share clips covering everything from her childhood anxiety, to self-sabotage, to adoption, to what her sobriety journey has entailed thus...

Duration:00:19:13

Episode Short Featuring Ashley Loeb Blassingame from Season 1 Episode 1

7/13/2021
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re going all the way back to the beginning by featuring our very own Ashley Loeb Blassingame. You’ll hear three clips from Season 1 Episode 1 including why Ashley calls cocaine the drug of more, how a meth induced hallucination turned into a beautiful story of restoring relationships after finding recovery, and how Ashley...

Duration:00:14:41

ATE: Reviewing E106 Don Cummins, E107 Lyon Herron, E109 Titus Gardner, & E110 Alison Haase

7/8/2021
Producer Christiana Kimmich is back for this After the Episode. CK and Ashley Jo review clips from the stories of Don Cummins, Lyon Herron, Titus Gardner, and Alison Haase. E106 | Don Cummins Don Cummins is a bank robber turned bank software developer. At a young age, he witnessed the tragic suicide of a family friend. Throughout this ATE, CK and AJB review the story Don shared and discuss ways to navigate difficult conversations - especially as parents. E107 | Lyon Herron Lyon Herron is...

Duration:00:58:19

Alison Haase: Author of ‘The Addict in Aisle 7’ Discusses the Pitfalls of Her Addiction to Drugs, Alcohol, Work, Food, & People Pleasing

7/6/2021
Alison is an author, athlete, and recovery advocate. Her success comes from rising above the ashes and pitfalls of addictions which included drugs, alcohol, work, food, and people pleasing. This inspired her to take hold of her own journey and quit using external validation to fill her deep wounded soul. Using fitness, 12 steps, community, hard work, and accountability as her catalysts for change, she has since maintained nearly two decades of sobriety. Alison wrote her first book, ‘The...

Duration:01:26:30

Titus Gardner: From Drug Dealer to Corporate Vice President, Recovering Out Loud

6/29/2021
Titus Gardner was born in Portchester, NY and raised by a man who he later found out was not his biological father. This news devastated Titus and he found himself in the throes of an identity crisis. Later in life, when he was a teenager, both of his parents were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, a disease that ultimately ended both of their lives. Following the death of his parents, Titus found himself on the streets as a high level drug dealer who 'always had a place to stay.' Alcohol became his...

Duration:01:34:16

Ask the Expert: Dr. Louise Stanger - 2019 Interventionist of the Year Discusses Helping Families Navigate Challenges in Recovery

6/24/2021
Dr. Louise Stanger focuses on strength-based solutions and invitational change. As the 2019 Interventionist of the year, she is not only an Ivy League Award winner but also an educated social worker, author, internationally renowned clinician, and speaker on mental health, addiction, process disorders, and chronic pain. She has performed thousands of family interventions throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to her years of experience, Dr. Louise is a published author whose...

Duration:01:16:19

Lyon Herron: A Lifelong Battle with a Rare Disease & the Positive Mindset that Has Captured the Hearts & Minds of a Community

6/22/2021
Lyon Herron is a fifth generation Angeleno whose family first came to LA in the late 1800’s. At the young age of 7, Lyon was diagnosed with Gardner Syndrome, an extremely rare disease that puts individuals at high risk for developing colorectal cancer and desmoid tumors. Lyon was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and embarked on a healing journey that included a variety of conventional and alternative treatment methods. He has had countless surgeries, including the removal of a six pound...

Duration:02:04:07

Rivkah Reyes: 'School of Rock' Child Star Discusses All Things Sobriety, Gender Fluidity, Pronouns, & the Recent Loss of a Cast Member

6/17/2021
Our Pride month bonus episode features School of Rock child star Rivkah Reyes. Rivkah Reyes (they/them) is a Filipina-Jewish actor, writer, musician, comedian and self-acceptance warrior from Chicago. Riv has been performing since the age of 4 and made their film debut as Katie in the beloved film School of Rock in 2003. Since then, Riv has performed in plays, sketch revues, TV, and film all over the country. They currently reside in Los Angeles and spend their days writing and hosting a...

Duration:01:15:33

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