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Episodes

Breaking Harmful Cycles Through Healing in Recovery with Marci Hopkins | The Way Out Podcast Episode 385

2/19/2024
Learn more about Marci Hopkins: Wake with Marci on WLNY-TV in New York - https://wakeupwithmarci.com/ Chaos to Clarity: Seeing The Signs and Breaking The Cycles - https://a.co/d/dotGgbA Connecting with God Meditation Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-3QQDfxwl4 Recovery Literature (Quit Lit) Recommendations: Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous - https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Daily Reflections - https://www.aa.org/daily-reflections The Secret by Rhonda Byrne - https://a.co/d/dlD4WCS The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks Best pieces of Recovery advice: You're not alone. You past doesn't define you. Tomorrow is a new day. No matter what is going on you can always restart you day. You Say by Lauren Daigle - https://youtu.be/sIaT8Jl2zpI?si=Syw6RoBjAZ4vhN_L Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:06:25

How Ali Shapiro Made a Truce With Food | The Way Out Podcast Episode 384

2/12/2024
Reach out to Ali Shapiro Holistic Nutritionist, Host of the wildly popular Podcast insatiable, Founder and Creator of Truce with Food: https://alishapiro.com/ Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendations: The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Maté - https://a.co/d/cbylXv3 Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for Our Kids (And Everyone Else We Love) – by Deborah MacNamara PhD - https://a.co/d/dfjRm9V Best piece of advice for folks struggling with food - Why does it makes sense? Trust Fall by Pink - https://youtu.be/D2KE2a5qo0g?si=U4UhyJ45QojDLgla Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga - https://youtu.be/QeWBS0JBNzQ?si=Bjdy2op3bV2YNuRk Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:29:14

A Satisfying Recovery with Jim Frawley | The Way Out Podcast Episode 383

2/5/2024
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with Founder of Bellwhether Executive Development Firm, author, podcaster, and person in long term Recovery Jim Frawley. Jim shares with us his journey to and through recovery to this point and his individual pathway which on the surface may appear to be unconventional in that Jim didn’t follow any particular pathway per se nor does Jim consider himself a member of any recovery organization or group. Despite these surface level differences to those who do follow a defined recovery pathway like the 12-Steps or SMART Recovery, as is so common among us who identify as persons in recovery, there’s far more that unites us in our shared experiences prior to Recovery and in our individual Recovery journeys. One overarching message that comes through Jim’s story is summed up in his favorite quote “It is hard to be satisfied with life, if you’re never satisfied with yourself.”. In other words, the journey starts with us and for Jim it was a process of becoming increasingly satisfied with himself so he could then create and sustain meaning and purpose in all facets of his life and ultimately experience the satisfaction of a sober life well lived so listen up. Reach out to Jim Frawley: https://www.jimfrawley.com/ Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: This Is How by Augusten Burroughs -https://a.co/d/8xbaprG Best pieces of Recovery advice: It's easier to have zero than just one. It is hard to be satisfied with life, if you’re never satisfied with yourself. Focus on what you can control. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Jim: No Hard Feelings by The Avett Brothers -https://youtu.be/tFGs7HP15d4?si=_D4mnMl-smamrGxS Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:14:00

Chad Carlsen is a Hopeaholic | The Way Out Podcast Episode 382

1/29/2024
In this edition of The Way Out I’m beyond honored to bring you my interview with person in long term recovery and host of the Hopeaholics podcast, Chad Carlsen. Chad shares his truly incredible and made for TV journey to and through Recovery with us and all about what motivated him to create and host the Hopaholics Podcast, where Chad found his true calling: Helping people suffering from addiction and mental illness to get the treatment they deserve. When his soon to be son-in-law died of fentanyl poisoning, Chad’s drive to fight the opioid epidemic redoubled. The Hopeaholics is not just a podcast. It’s a movement to conquer a nation’s fentanyl-fueled addiction crisis. The Hopeaholics promote awareness about addiction and mental health, banishing stigma in the process while providing resources to addicted individuals, people struggling with mental illness, and their loved ones. We’re convinced that you’ll be moved by Chad’s recovery journey, enlightened by the serious recovery truth he shares, and inspired by the amazing work he’s doing in the Recovery community so do be sure you listen up. Contact Chad Carlsen and learn more about Hopeaholics Podcast: https://thehopeaholics.com/ Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) recommendation: NA Basic Text - https://a.co/d/apz1AzY Best piece of Recovery advice: Don't pick up no matter what. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Chad: Not Afraid by Eminem - https://youtu.be/j5-yKhDd64s?si=p3k9NSGigGB4e29B Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:22:56

A Therapeutic Recovery with Jonathan Niziol | The Way Out Podcast Episode 381

1/23/2024
In this edition of The Way Out I’m honored to bring you my interview with certified personal trainer, model, real estate investor, and Person in long term recovery Jonathan Niziol. An additional word of caution, this episode contains subject matter that may be disturbing, including discussion of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text 988 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Jonathan shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with us with remarkable honesty and his story is proof positive of two truths we’ve demonstrated many times on this podcast. First, the only true bottom in addiction is when we stop digging, and we don’t need to hit proverbial rock bottom in order to achieve a meaningful, enduring and rewarding recovery. Second and of equal importance, there are many ways to recover, and they are all worth elevating and celebrating, like the therapeutic pathway of Recovery Jonathan followed so listen up. Contact Jonathan: https://www.jonathanniziolofficial.com/ Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: How to Win Friends & Influence by Dale Carnegie - https://a.co/d/63VR0yo Best piece of Recovery advice: Focus on the positive! Song that symbolizes Recovery to Jonathan: Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode - https://youtu.be/aGSKrC7dGcY?si=URdyZH-8i1tsNxGX Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:52:50

How Duncan Bhaskaran Brown Got Over Indulgence | The Way Out Podcast Episode 380

1/15/2024
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with Sober Coach, Podcaster, Researcher, Author, and person in long term sobriety Duncan Bhaskaran Brown. Duncan shares a bit about his journey to and through sobriety with us and a whole lot about how he helps folks reckon with their relationship with alcohol and other substances and behaviors and ultimately move through them to experience all that life can be on the other side of a life that includes problematic substance use and problematic and counterproductive behavior patterns. Duncan does a tremendous job of calling out alcohol specifically for what it is, a known carcinogen, toxin and central nervous depressant. We are not anti-alcohol crusaders here on The Way Out Podcast, rather we aim to illuminate the spectrum that substance use and abuse exists on, and elevate all of the pathways we possibly can to help you Recover and indeed discover the person and life that is waiting for you on the brighter side so listen up. Reach out to Duncan: https://www.bhaskaranbrown.com/ Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) recommendation: Real Men Quit by Duncan Bhaskaran Brown - https://www.bhaskaranbrown.com/duncan-bhaskaran-brown-books/ Best piece of Recovery advice: Self-Acceptance: Meet yourself where you are. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Duncan: Not Afraid by Eminem - https://youtu.be/j5-yKhDd64s?si=rmOG1Vmiw31vz_JG Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:34:27

How Dean Anderson Found Himself Sober | The Way Out Podcast Episode 379

1/8/2024
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with husband, father, person in long term recovery and Author of the book Finding Myself Sober, Dean Anderson. Dean shares his journey to and through Recovery to this point with us with genuine humor, humility and an unmistakable wisdom that can only come from doing the work and practicing certain recovery principles on a daily basis. Dean’s story is proof positive alcoholism and addiction doesn’t discriminate. As we demonstrate often on this podcast, having an idyllic childhood is no guarantee against developing alcohol or substance use disorder despite the high prevalence of trauma and mental health disorders among those of us who identify as persons in Recovery. Dean’s story and his book bring to light key Recovery principles that underlay the 12-Step program of Recovery that are in fact universally applicable to all of us whom are looking for a practical way to implement positive change in our lives as we progress in our individual recovery so listen up. Learn more about Finding Myself Sober by Dean S Anderson: https://a.co/d/4AZB7xz Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: The Shack by William P. Young - https://a.co/d/ck6jHtb Best piece of Recovery advice: Get in the middle of the Recovery Herd Song that symbolizes Recovery to Dean: Waiting for my real life to begin by Colin Hay - https://youtu.be/wQBHPn9sDfY?si=6bR8jy1H4s0-GK7R Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:29:03

The Cost of Living High with Greg Greene | The Way Out Podcast Episode 378

1/1/2024
In this rendition of The Way out Co-host Jason sits down with person in long term Recovery, Greg Greene. An additional word of caution, this episode contains subject matter that may be disturbing, including graphic discussion of drug use and suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text 988 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Greg shares his story with us from a very open and vulnerable place. A former IV meth user, stints in jails and prisons, and a suicide attempt survivor, he pulls no punches in his sharing, and he even got Jason to share some pretty hard stuff for anyone admit on the air. Indeed, it was a fine opportunity for a couple of men in Recovery to connect and get gut level honest about how some things affected their mental health, as well as how drugs diminished their moral code. As Jason said about this interview and I quote: “I don't know the last time I said ‘you're telling my story’ to someone so many times!” We hope you come along for the ride as we get to know Greg and see how far he has come on his recovery journey and we’re convinced you'll be glad you did so listen up. Contact Info: Greenegreg42@gmail.com Best Piece of Recovery Advice: You got two ears and one mouth for a reason. Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation: Wisdom for the Way, Large Text Leathersoft: 365 Days of Wise Words for Busy People: Swindoll, Charles R.: 9781400231782: Amazon.com: Books Song that symbolizes Recovery to Greg: Jamey Johnson - High Cost of Living - Music Video - Clifton Collins Jr. - YouTube Additional Resources: Life Recovery Ministry at Northstar | Facebook Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2024 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:26:12

Jaime Andrews on The Brink | The Way Out Podcast Episode 377

12/26/2023
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with actor, producer and author of the new Memoir The Brink, Jaime Andrews. The Brink is a tale so compelling, immersive, and captivating that it couldn’t be anything other than 100% true. This extraordinary coming of age story of one Jaime Andrews is at once hilarious and harrowing, and it will have you racing to reach the stunning climax and finale. I couldn’t help feeling like it was as if I was experiencing every moment right along with her! As absorbing as this book is, what’s even more impressive is her story’s power to connect with readers who may be having or had similar experience and feel like they’re not alone in their experience and Recovery is not only possible but absolutely worth it. The Brink is a worthwhile read in every sense of the word and this here episode is worth every bit of your time and attention so do be sure you listen up. More about Jaime Andrews: http://www.jaimeandrews.com/ Learn more about The Brink: a memoir by Jaime Andrews: https://a.co/d/1dSCjkQ More about Hypnotherapy: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/22676-hypnosis Book Recommendation: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - https://a.co/d/8jA1T7S Best piece of advice: Be kind to yourself Song that symbolizes Recovery to Jamie: Girl Least Likely To by Morrissey - https://youtu.be/EFqOpkBRLDs?si=SKwT6pRjhqQ7yR1I Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:21:47

Purpose Driven Sobriety with Kristine Koehn | The Way Out Podcast Episode 376

12/18/2023
In this edition of The Way Out, Cohost extraordinaire Jason has a tremendous interview with an amazing new podcaster, and all around great human being, Kristine Koehn from the Purpose Driven Sobriety Podcast. Kristine is hilarious and charming in her heartfelt delivery sharing her story with us. This episode oozes with recovery wisdom and spiritual truths, and the connection and chemistry Jason and Kristine share is a recipe for an enjoyable and enlightening listening experience, we know you will surely appreciate just as much as we appreciate your ears. So do be sure you listen up. Contact Kristine at purposedrivensobriety@gmail.com Resources: Purpose Driven Sobriety - Rogue Media Network Donate to Operation Sober Santa at Amazon Gift List Recovery literature (Quit-lit) reccomendation: God on a Harley: Brady, Joan: 9780671536220: Amazon.com: Books Best piece of recovery advice: " It's not about you." Song that symbolizes recovery to Kristine- Rascal Flatts - Changed (Official Video) - YouTube Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 TheWay Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:36:07

A Highly Sensitive Recovery with Halima Anderson | The Way Out Podcast Episode 375

12/11/2023
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with Sober Living Coach and person in long term recovery, Halima Anderson. Halima shares her journey to and through recovery to this point with us with an infectious humor and frankness that is both relatable and inspiring. A case in point is Halima’s willingness to share that she identifies as a Highly Sensitive Person, which based on my experience on this here podcast is not an uncommon occurrence with those of us who are in Recovery, and understanding this about ourselves can be helpful in understanding why we may feel emotions so intensely, and understand, just like with our addictions, we don’t have to be alone in that experience anymore if we don’t want to and we can in fact turn it into a real asset if we so choose. Halima is proof positive that there’s more than one way to recover and that our collective recoveries have much more common than we may realize so listen up. Contact Halima: https://www.linkedin.com/in/halimaranderson Recovery Literature (quit-lit) recommendation: This Naked Mind by Annie Grace - https://thisnakedmind.com/ Best piece of Recovery advice: Ask for help More information about the Highly Sensitive Person: https://hsperson.com/ Song that symbolizes Recovery to Halima: It's a beautiful Morning by The Rascals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykLVZR7RG_w Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:50:43

A Son's Substance Use Disorder & A Mother's Anguish with Susan Bartz Herrick | The Way Out Podcast Episode 374

12/4/2023
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m ecstatic to bring you my interview with Recovery Advocate and Author of the soon to be released book entitled Slow Dancing with the Devil: A Son's Substance Use Disorder, A Mother's Anguish, Susan Bartz Herrick. I’ve learned that often in life less is more, and this is one of those times. Susan’s message that Substance Use Disorder is not a moral failing, it’s a legitimate and diagnosable disease and Recovery is absolutely possible comes through in such powerful and enlightening fashion that anything I could say on the front end would only serve to diminish her quite salient, much needed, and incredibly well articulated message. So without further ado, Susan shares her and her son’s journey with substance use disorder and recovery, including the heartbreaking death of her Son, who was under no uncertain terms, poisoned as you’ll hear firsthand in the compelling and necessary Recovery discussion that is about to unfold before your very ears so do be sure you listen up. Learn more about Slow Dancing with the Devil: A Son's Substance Use Disorder, A Mother's Anguish: https://www.susanbartzherrick.com/ https://a.co/d/631AWX3 Best piece of Recovery advice: 3 C's You did not cause it, You cannot control it, and You cannot cure it. Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: AA Big Book - https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Song that symbolizes Recovery to Susan: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong - https://youtu.be/rBrd_3VMC3c?si=V_aHi3KmYLCtIgPA Codependency resources: https://coda.org/ https://al-anon.org/ https://www.nar-anon.org/ Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:09:34

From Addict to Advocate with Tim Lodgen | The Way Out Podcast Episode 373

11/27/2023
In this edition of The Way Out, Co-host extraordinaire Jason brings us a tremendous interview with person in long term recovery Tim Lodgen.Tim works with a number of great recovery organizations and has a story that reminds us that the disease of addiction does not discriminate! By all accounts he should have never ended up with substance use disorder. But it took him into his own personal hell and tore him all the way down. Today, Tim is an international speaker, advocating for PTSD, mental health, and addiction awareness! There’s no doubt you all will appreciate his story, as he tells it so eloquently. The vulnerability and strength come through in a powerful way and we’re so grateful that Tim took the time to share his story on this here episode that’s about to unfold before your very ears so listen up. Contact Tim on Instagram - @tlodgen Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects - Steps Six and Seven: P., Bill, Todd Weber, S., Sara: 9781592851614: Amazon.com: Books Best piece of Recovery Advice: "You don't know your true value in this world. You are worth more than you could possibly imagine!" Songs that symbolize recovery to Tim: Tom MacDonald - "Fighter" - YouTube Justin Bieber - Purpose (PURPOSE : The Movement) (Official Music Video) - YouTube Nonprofits/resources: The Overwatch Collective | 501(c)(3) Nonprofit & Podcast loveandlighttotheworld.org hopeshorizon.com Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:45:16

Recovery Brings Love & Light with Muhannah Kakish | Episode 372

11/20/2023
In this edition of The Way Out I’m honored and humbled to bring you my interview with Certified peer recovery specialist, Certified Peer specialist, forensic peer support specialist, Host of the Rise up Hour at WFNU Frogtown Radio, WRAP One facilitator, person in long term recovery, and my friend and brother in Recovery Muhannah Kakish. Muhannah sincerely, openly, and unflinchingly delivers us his journey to and through Recovery to this point and his accompanying message that Recovery from substance use disorder and compulsive gambling is possible and totally and utterly worth it. An additional word of warning, this episode contains discussions of sexual violence, self-harm and suicide. If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call or text 988. One of the most instructive elements of Muhannah’s story is his experience with compulsive gambling after being in Recovery from substance use disorder for a considerable length of time. Many of us have or may encounter a problem with another substance or behavior, whether that be a substance use disorder with any variety of substances or a behavior like problem gambling. My own recovery has been a process by which I first eliminated alcohol and other mood-altering substances, then, and not right away, I eliminated nicotine, then, and also not right away, I reckoned with my unhealthy relationship with food and the evolution will surely continue as others surface or resurface. It can be extremely difficult to address these, especially if we are in Recovery already from something else as feelings of shame can arise as we feel like we’re not being honest and authentic in our Recovery. Muhanna’s Recovery journey is proof positive there need be no shame in experiencing secondary, cooccurring, or subsequent dependencies and that when we address them as they present themselves we can experience greater freedom, greater love of ourselves and others and bask in and radiate increasingly brighter light so listen up. Contact Muhannah: Riseuphour@gmail.com Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling: https://mnapg.org/ WFNU Frogtown Radio: https://wfnu.org/ Rise up Hour: https://spinitron.com/WFNU/pl/18014248/Rise-Up-Hour-with-Muhannah-Kakish?layout=1 Mankind Project: https://mkpusa.org/ Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - https://www.aa.org/twelve-steps-twelve-traditions Best piece of Recovery advice: Forgive yourself Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own: https://youtu.be/q31tGyBJhRY?si=JkB5jTTSDEmpCd-_ Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:29:14

Alex Peacock & Nolan Wright are Purposefully Making Recovery Fun | Episode 371

11/13/2023
In this rendition of The Way Out, I’m ecstatic to bring you my interview with two persons in long term recovery and the co-founders of Recess Games, Alex Peacock and Nolan Wright. The mission of Recess Games is to pair those in the community with people in recovery who are seeking healthy avenues to have good clean fun while building a meaningful and purposeful life. The mission of Recess Games is near and dear to our hearts here at The Way Out, as we know how essential connection, community, purpose, and fun are to promoting meaningful and sustainable Recovery. Nolan and Alex each share their respective journeys to and through Recovery to this point with us in the inspirational and candid fashion, which is just the way we like roll here on The Way Out Podcast. Their respective experiences both prior to and in Recovery share much in common and perhaps most instructive is what is unique about their experiences as they entered and traversed their early Recovery. Nolan had a spectacular spiritual experience followed by a profound conviction to do whatever it takes to Recover. Alex experienced a far more gradual awakening, and in the beginning didn’t especially want to even be in Recovery, but the more distance he put between him and his last use the more he found himself changing and truly wanting Recovery. Each no less powerful and each no less meaningful than the other, both just transformational, both just as meaningful, and both proof positive that Recovery is not just possible, but unquestionably worthwhile especially if you’re having a lot of fun along the way which is unquestionably what Nolan, myself, and Alex had in the tremendous recovery discussion that’s about to unfold before your very ears so listen up. Learn more about Recess Games: https://www.recessgamesusa.com/ Nolan Wright Closing Answers: Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: AA Big Book - https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Best pieces of Recovery advice: Do not think, Recovery IS purpose. Podcast Recommendations: David Goggins Podcast | Joe Rogan Podcast Alex Peacock Closing Answers: Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: NA Workbook - https://gssana.org/books/na-step-working-guide.pdf Best pieces of Recovery advice: One day at a time, this too shall pass. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Alex: Wiki & Subjxct 5 - One More Chance (feat. Navy Blue) - https://youtu.be/SZRoRZ0oTB0?si=jA67HZshPLinHNnu Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:24:03

Navigating Family Life in Recovery with Casey Arrillaga | Episode 370

11/7/2023
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, person in long term recovery and author of several books on addiction and recovery including his newest offering, Mommy's Getting Sober: A children's picture book that also includes a caregiver's guide to talking to kids about addiction Casey Arrillaga. Casey shared his journey to and through recovery in greater depth and about his prior book on an earlier episode of The Way Out, which turned out to be a phenomenal interview so do check the show notes for a handy link to the aforementioned episode. Casey’s newest addition to his recovery literature repertoire fills two important gaps in the quit-lit space. First, it’s a children’s picture book with an accompanying caregiver’s guide that aims, as Casey so eloquently puts it, to aid families in interrupting harmful generational patterns resulting from addiction and alcoholism. Second and as impactful, is that the book aims to create empathy between the caregivers journey in Recovery and Child’s journey so each can have a better understanding of what the other is going through, and lends helpful vocabulary to articulate their respective experiences to each other. It will indeed then be no surprise that this here interview with the one and only Casey Arrillaga is is a particularly articulate discussion on the often thorny and uncharted territory that is family life in Recovery so listen up. Contact Casey and learn more about Mommy's Getting Sober: A children's picture book that also includes a caregiver's guide to talking to kids about addiction: https://www.recoverytreemedia.com/ Casey's first episode on The Way Out Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4bUTtUcvg0dA4wSTYPjJlx Recovery Literature (quit-lit) Recommendation: AA Big Book: https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Best piece of Recovery advice: Keep coming Back. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Casey: Stronger Than We Thought We Could Be by Third Door Down: https://open.spotify.com/track/1LwCaXyTHlVf89lwI3V0js?si=9c218a71a8b3443e. Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:07:29

Courtney Andersen Brings Sober Vibes | The Way Out Podcast Episode 369

10/30/2023
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with Podcast Host, Sober Coach and Author of Sober Vibes: A Guide to Thriving in Your First Three Months Without Alcohol, Courtney Andersen. Courtney shares her journey to and through Recovery to this point with us in inspiring fashion, which makes sense for a woman who hosts a recovery podcast, wrote a recovery book and started the national sober day movement. Courtney’s book fills a key gap in the quit-lit space in that it focuses on the first 90 days of sobriety, a critical time for anyone who’s beginning their sobriety journey. Her book is very much a field guide and how to manual for your first 90 days, which is all about action, and action my fellow brothers and sisters is what gets us and keeps us sober and of equal importance, well. Actions saved my life in the beginning and keeps me well today, not my brain which was sabotaging me for far too long. One action I know you’ll be glad you took is listening to this tremendous interview with the one and only Courtney Anderson so listen up. Reach out to Courtney Andersen and learn more about the Sober Vibes Podcast and the book Sober Vibes: A Guide to Thriving in Your First Three Months Without Alcohol: https://pagestreetpublishing-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2ZAyj7fCN6h3rDlEMMnHrOFTc7CHBWEEypzTT t0HQAj20HS1iAFzKOFYceDJZDQRvnKSdF43DRIry7jKOyX68HlmuPIVQjBPiOuPtP6pC4tniwRzYsvfukuDAua-oYyGIvY8C5giHNkdAS423XY8raOPdyCCWIX9mpVJ_nUEGvxUxQXU1SZKOt81c6p4embyQkbI Best piece of Recovery Advice: Advice Do what works for you. Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: Drinking: A love Affair by Caroline Knapp - https://a.co/d/4E46n1s Song that symbolizes Recovery to Courtney: Purple Rain by Prince - https://youtu.be/ryT-ltTDCko?si=_tzPU2_YyM8dA6AT Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:26:19

Michael Rebellino on his (mis)adventures and Getting Clean | The Way Out Podcast Episode 368

10/23/2023
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with engineer, husband, brother, son, Person in long term recovery, and Author of the book Clean: the (mis)adventures of an alcoholic drug addict, Michael Rebellino. Michael shares his journey to and through Recovery to this point with us in humble and honest fashion and about the aforementioned book he authored which offers readers insight into the pain and struggle that is addiction and alcoholism and hope that Recovery is not just possible, it’s absolutely worth it. Micheal’s message to readers is this: Whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone. And there is hope. There is always hope. He truly believes if his story helps even just one person see that and believe that, it’ll all be worth it. Similarly, this here interview with Michael Rebellino is worth every second of your time so listen up. Contact Michael and learn more about Clean: the (mis)adventures of an alcoholic drug addict: https://www.michaelrebellino.com/books Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Best piece of Recovery Advice: Embrace the process. Song that symbolizes Recovery to Michael: Dan Black - Symphonies ft. Kid Cudi - https://youtu.be/uWWG75lLemA?si=Z4G-N16BX7BwhoWb Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:19:55

Shadow Work in Recovery | The Way Out Podcast Episode 367

10/16/2023
In this edition of The Way Out returning contributor NickWarnke, myself and cohost Jason bring you an illuminating and instructive discussion on Shadow Work in Recovery. A quick note about the subject matter and content of this episode. Specifically, some specific memories about childhood sexual trauma were discussed. I edited out some of the most graphic content, for everyone’s protection as one of the specific memories evoked was mine and Jason shared a memory of his own. The memory I shared has been on my heart and mind of late, which is coming up in a season of significant change for your truly. Still please be advised this episode does contain some brief descriptions of sexual trauma. There’s a whole lot else in this episode including a great explainer of what Shadow Work is, why it’s helpful for us in Recovery, our personal experiences around Shadow Work in our individual recoveries, and some practical information about how to start your own Shadow Work journey so listen up. Shadow Work Resources: Healthy Love Group https://health.clevelandclinic.org/shadow-work/ Books on The Shadow and Jungian Psychology: "Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche" by Robert A. Johnson: This book provides an accessible introduction to the concept of the Shadow and practical guidance on how to work with it. "Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature" edited by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams: A compilation of essays exploring the Shadow from various perspectives, including its impact on personal growth and relationships. "Jung: A Very Short Introduction" by Anthony Stevens: A concise overview of Jung's key concepts, including the Shadow, providing a solid foundation for understanding his contributions to psychology. "Man and His Symbols" by Carl G. Jung: This is a collaborative work by Jung and others, offering insights into the symbolism of dreams and the human psyche, including the Shadow. (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:09:15

CC Lives a Choice Recovery | The Way Out Podcast Episode 366

10/9/2023
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m ecstatic to bring you my interview with person in long term recovery and loyal listener of this podcast, CC. CC shares his journey to and through Recovery to this point with us with an enthusiasm and candor that’s as relatable as it is inspiring. As most of you well know by now, we here at The Way Out Podcast are tireless advocates that all pathways to Recovery are valid and worth elevating. CC recovered through Smart Recovery, which as we learn has many parallels to the 12 Steps and indeed other recovery pathways. One of the biggest recovery truths that came out of CC’s recovery story is that in many ways we have a relationship with our substance of choice, one that in one way or another starts out at least in part beneficially. Maybe we like the way we feel when we use it better than when we don’t. Maybe it numbed emotional or physical pain or both. For some, like yours truly and certainly CC and maybe you too, the relationship turns toxic and the pain and suffering it inflicts upon us becomes increasingly greater than any benefit we are able to derive from using the substance or engaging in the addictive behavior. As instructive is CC’s mantra that we indeed have a choice not to drink today, a choice to live in recovery today, a choice to live happy, joyous and free – just like CC has chosen to do as you’ll hear first hand in the tremendous discussion that’s about to unfold before your very ears so listen up. CC's 3 Year Reddit Post: https://reddit.com/r/SMARTRecovery/s/jvK83pvOH7 Smart Recovery Subreddit: https://reddit.com/r/SMARTRecovery/s/knaJIHBdVa More information on Smart Recovery: https://www.smartrecovery.org/ Recovery Literature (quit-lit) Recommendation: Smart Recovery Handbook version 3 https://shop.smartrecovery.org/products/smart-recovery-handbook-3rd-edition-new-cover Best piece of Recovery advice: You alone can do it but you can't do it alone. Songs that symbolize Recovery to CC: Life to fix by the Record Company https://youtu.be/vAYmEhwjiKg?si=U3rAwiZJT2m10ryj Standing in the Eyes of the World by Ella https://youtu.be/2KFeUCOGZ2Y?si=BlmUeW4Q_EReCKZa Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2023 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd) --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-way-out-podcast/message

Duration:01:30:51