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The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

Summary: 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! This podcast is sponsored by Lionrock Recovery. Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling where you can get help from the privacy of your own home. For more information, visit

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  • Artist: Ashley Loeb Blassingame
  • Copyright: The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast Copyright 2019


 26 | A Doctor's Perspective on Addiction and Wellness - with Dr. Ken Starr | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:03

Dr. Ken Starr is an authority in the field of Addiction Medicine and Wellness. Since founding his clinic in 2012 after the overdose death of his brother, he has been committed to helping patients achieve lasting sobriety and improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Starr utilizes medications, supplements, traditional and non-traditional therapies that help people overcome chemical dependency and live the lives they know are possible. His current areas of interest include advancing drug and alcohol detox methods, facilitating long term recovery, IV nutritional programs for optimal health, and Men’s health programs. Dr. Starr’s passion about NAD therapy has enabled the clinic to become the most experienced provider of NAD treatments on the West Coast. He has introduced nutritional IV Infusions into the practice so all patients can affordably and comfortably work towards their wellness goals. Dr. Starr is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He takes a personal and compassionate interest in each of his patients and is easily available for patients and their families at all times.

 24.5 | After the Episode: Cults, the Desire to Belong & the Power of Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:16

Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap Episode 24 with Jen Elizabeth, along with discussing some of the important elements brought up specifically in her episode. Tune in to join the conversation on the deeper meaning of cults, the deep desire to find a sense of belonging and the incredible power of community.

 25 | Coming Out, Fighting Through Addiction and Trauma and Recovery and His Community - with Jonathan Wells | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:16

Raised in the Hill country of Texas, Jonathan has now planted his feet in the heart of Texas, Austin. He is a self-proclaimed cowboy but has ventured out in travels to become well diversified in the workplace. This has led him to various backgrounds such as corporate operations management and training, motivational speaking, and three of his own businesses. These have increased his ability to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life. Jonathan began his path to recovery in 2011. Through the guidance of his higher power, sponsor, family and fellow members of the recovery community, Jonathan understands the value of helping others and the importance of becoming an advocate for positive change in the Austin Recovery Community.

 22.5 & 23.5 | After the Episode: Finding Your Own Voice & How to Break Out of Negative Cycles Brought On By Trauma | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:57

Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap Episode 22 with Zeinah Estrada and Episode 23 with Lisa Kohn, along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about the effects of trauma, finding your own voice and what happens when someone is not raised in an optimum environment.

 24 | Shaping Her Own Recovery: A Story of Overcoming Addiction and Inter-Generational Trauma - with Jen Elizabeth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:29:35

Jen Elizabeth has dedicated her second chance at life to addiction recovery and healing from childhood traumas. She is a recognized writer, speaker, and recovery activist living in Southern California. She shares her story, the wreckage and the reckoning, as a way to keep the light on for anyone who is suffering under the darkness of shame and silence.

 23 | Growing Up In the Moonie Cult: Dysfunctional Family Recovery - with Lisa Kohn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:36

Lisa Kohn is a writer and author who was born in New Jersey, and grew up in the East Village of New York. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband of nearly twenty years and her two beautiful children. Lisa’s recent book, “To The Moon And Back: A Childhood Under the Influence” is a memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s. She now owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm and spend much of her time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting her ideas and approaches to life and to business. Lisa has been featured on Business Insider, Megyn Kelly Today, Daily Mail, Thrive Global, Marie Claire and more!

 Bonus Episode: Help for First Responders and Thin Line Recovery - with Mark Lamplugh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:02

Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester, PA, Fire Company. He is an advocate for the behavioral and mental health of firefighters and other first responders, has been involved in the creation of several responder specific treatment programs, and is recognized by the American Acadamy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Lamplugh hosts his own talk show called "Firefighter Wellness Radio,” and has published dozens of articles on responder wellness topics. He can be reached at

 20.5 & 21.5 | After the Episode: Different Types of Recovery, Finding Relief and The Courage to Share Your Own Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:08

Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap Episode 20 with Sarah Scheper and Episode 21 with Melinda Dixon. Tune in to hear more about different types of recovery, finding relief and what it actually takes in having the courage to share your own story!

 22 | Having A&E's Show "Intervention" Document the Beginnings of Your Sobriety Journey and Overcoming Other Obstacles in Recovery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:40:25

Zeinah has been working in the substance abuse field since 2011, and she shared her own recovery journey on the A&E show "Intervention". The transformation that she has made from the girl in 2011 to the woman she is today is incredible. Zeinah shares her recovery journey from losing her first husband to growing up with parents from different religious backgrounds. We are so excited that Zeinah is here with us, and we hope you enjoy this episode!

 19.5 | After the Episode: Recapping Episode 19 - Stigma, Loss, Grief and Honoring Pat Bresnahan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:44

Episode 19 with Melissa Bresnahan was such an incredibly special episode. Ashley and Christiana decided to recap Episode 19 by itself, and Melissa wrote in with some additional thoughts highlighting some deeper topics from what she originally shared.

 21 | Being the Child of an Alcoholic Parent and Finding Healing and Recovery Through ACA - with Melinda Dixon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:52

Melinda has 9 years experience working in recovery programs. She has been in admissions in both large facility dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers and addiction rehabilitation programs. She recently completed her college courses and earned her certification as an Addictions Counselor. Melinda is currently studying for the state certification test, and will continue her studies to earn her masters and become a LMHC. Melinda is also one of our esteemed colleagues at Lionrock Recovery, and we were so excited to have her on the podcast! Tune in as she shares about being a child who grew up in an alcoholic household and the effects that it has had on her life, along with ACA and how the program helped her heal from the trauma and take her life back.

 18.5 | After the Episode: Having Success in Recovery and the Awesome Power of Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:10

Host Ashley and Producer Christiana rehash the amazing content in Tank Sinatra's hilarious episode (Episode 18) and talk about the secret to his success in media along with the healing power of community in recovery and beyond!

 20 | VH1’s 'Love & Listings' Star Shares What It’s Like to Be In Hollywood and Have 9 Years of Recovery - with Sarah Scheper | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:55

Sarah Scheper is a real estate agent in Southern California, and recently got picked up as one of the stars of the hit reality series "Love & Listings" on VH1. Along with telling her amazing story of recovering from bulimia and alcoholism at a young age, Sarah brings a hilarious sense of humor along with her wit and willingness to dig deep and talk about the pressures of being in the Hollywood limelight and maintain her recovery in the midst of it all.

 16.5 & 17.5 | After the Episode: Codependency, Sexual Assault Against Males, Struggles with Weight and Taking Helpful Advice in Recovery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:29

Ashley and Christiana deep dive into big topics covered in Episodes 16 & 17 with Leo Martinez and Nicole Ory. Tune in to hear more insight into the episodes and some interesting statistics that they learned while prepping for the episode.

 19 | A Mother's Perspective on Tragically Losing A Child to an Overdose - with Melissa Bresnahan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:26:54

Melissa grew up in Long Beach, California where she earned a BA in Speech Communications/English and a MA in Educational Administration along with several California State Teaching credentials. She met her amazing husband, Dan, when she was in college and they have been married almost 40 wonderful years. They have three grown children and are the grandparents to the most adorable three year old little girl. Melissa and her family live in the beautiful central coast of California, and Melissa was a teacher and principal for almost 35 years. Melissa’s first born child, a son, died tragically in 2017 at the age of 35. After many years of struggling with addiction and four wonderful years of sobriety, her son (Pat), relapsed and died from a drug overdose. She and her family have determined to remember Pat forever in their hearts and lives by adopting their family motto “Forever A Family of Five”.


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