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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

Contact:

760-994-4990 x43


Episodes

Lesbian & Recovering Gambling Addict Discusses Battle Against Clinical Depression

9/14/2021
Teri Homan is an award-winning filmmaker and solo piano composer who received her bachelor of arts in social work in 1991 and holds a master’s degree in IT Management. She identifies as a lesbian, is twice divorced, and has two children. Teri is known for her compassion and sense of humor and considers herself a life-warrior who manages three different, but intertwined recovery journeys - childhood and adolescent trauma, mental illness, and gambling. Teri’s battle with mental illness is a...

Duration:01:05:36

The Science of Ketamine for Depression with Mindbloom’s Lead Clinician

9/9/2021
Kristin Arden is the lead clinician at Mindbloom, a mental health and wellbeing company on a mission to help people expand their human potential. Mindbloom offers science-backed treatments for anxiety and depression through guided ketamine therapy. Kristin is a proponent for alternative forms of treatment such as psychedelic medicine. She is a board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 15 years of experience working in mental health. She spent nearly a decade in the California state hospital...

Duration:01:05:36

How Penning a Memoir Helped a Gay Man Find Recovery After Attending 54 Rehab Facilities

9/7/2021
Charlie Gray is a mid-30’s, white, gay man living in Midwest America. For years he suffered as a high-functioning alcoholic experiencing chronic relapse. On July 8, 2020, Charlie entered sobriety and began penning his memoir as part of his healing process - At Least I'm Not The Frog: A Zany Memoir of Alcoholism & Recovery. His book begins shortly after he graduated from Drury University at the age of twenty-two, bright-eyed, hopeful, and eager to become an Academy-Award winning actor. At...

Duration:01:21:12

Vanessa Hurr: Walking Through Grief & Loss After Losing a Brother to an Overdose During a Global Pandemic - A Tribute for International Overdose Awareness Day

8/31/2021
Vanessa Hurr is an award-winning editorial portrait Photographer and resident Corporate Development guru for Lionrock Recovery. Her journey from entrepreneur to Lionrock teammate began in March of 2020 when a world-wide pandemic put a quick halt to her life as a photographer in the live events industry. Within weeks of coming onboard the Lionrock team to assist with an unprecedented influx of Americans seeking substance treatment, she lost her big brother, Matt, to an overdose in April of...

Duration:01:06:19

Daryl Ralph: Bonds of Mara Drummer Discusses All Things Music & Recovery

8/24/2021
As the drummer for the Canadian rock band Bonds of Mara and the cult cartoon and band, Sons of Butcher, Daryl Ralph is a musician. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Daryl had early aspirations of being a rockstar. At the age of 19, he moved out west, settling in White Rock, Kelowna and Vancouver, BC. The intent was for Daryl to embed his roots in his music career, but instead became heavily rooted in addiction. Unable to support himself and his addiction, Daryl returned to Ontario where...

Duration:01:19:32

Ask the Expert: Dr. Nicole Labor - Is Addiction a Disease? Hear the Answer Plus More From an Addiction Specialist

8/19/2021
Dr. Nicole Labor is an addiction specialist who attended and graduated medical school in Erie Pennsylvania at the Lake Erie College of osteopathic medicine. Following graduation and residency she completed a fellowship in addiction medicine through Geisinger in northeastern Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the medical director at OneEighty, a treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency and behavioral health services in Wooster, OH. She’s also the director...

Duration:01:26:17

Archie Messersmith-Bunting: The Southern Baptist Who Could Not Drink, Drug, or Pray the Gay & Mental Illness Away

8/17/2021
Archie Messersmith-Bunting is known as 'The Feelings Guy.’ He is a mental wellness professional speaker who helps people discover how leading with their feelings can improve their quality of life and save the lives of those they come in contact with. Archie’s passion stems from his personal life experience. He was adopted at a young age and grew up in a religious setting where ‘pray the gay away’ was the cultural norm. In fact, he spent much of his high school and college careers trying to...

Duration:01:11:40

Joshua Shea: Let’s Talk About Porn Addiction - Pornography Addiction Expert & Author Sheds Light on Recovering From a 24-Year Porn Addiction

8/10/2021
Joshua Shea is a pornography addiction expert, certified betrayal trauma coach, and the author of three books about pornography addiction, including He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and Former Addict Answer Your Questions. Since 2018, Joshua has given more interviews about pornography addiction and betrayal trauma than anybody in the world. During his interviews he does not portray an anti-porn message but rather promotes the ideas that porn addiction spans all demographics and those...

Duration:01:46:40

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