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 www.lionrockrecovery.com
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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”.
We are so excited to introduce a very special guest! Tank Sinatra (George Resch) is a prolific content creator who gained millions of followers on Instagram through meme creation and reposting hilarious content. He most recently created the website "Tank's Good News" where he only focuses on re-sharing positive, uplifting media to the general public. From selling fences in Long Island to standup comedy and a move across the country briefly to Los Angeles, Tank Sinatra shares openly about his journey to sobriety and the hold that drugs and alcohol once had on his life. Join Ashley and Tank for this incredibly entertaining interview, and enjoy getting to know this incredible guest!
We are so pleased to have interviewed another one of Lionrock's talented employees for this week's episode! Nicole has over 12 years experience working in the alcohol addiction arena. Her background ranges from offering treatment options to exemplary customer service, and an acumen for sales and connecting with others. Nicole attended the University of Phoenix and completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and a Master of Science in Psychology. She has also has earned certificates in Addiction and Health Management, as well as Family and Child Services. Nicole shares her quick wit and amazing sense of humor, along with the difficult details in her journey to sobriety. Join Ashley and Nicole as they sit down for a one of a kind interview.
We are so very excited to introduce one of our amazing Lionrock Clinical Supervisors as our esteemed guest for Episode 16! Leo Martinez has 7 years experience working as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Social Worker working with very diverse populations. He has delivered counseling services internationally with specializations in Gorski Relapse Prevention, CBT, Dual Disorders, ACT, and Multicultural Interventions. Leo earned a Masters in Social Work from California State University, East Bay, and a CADAAC Certificate in Addiction Counseling. Leo's story of taking back everything that addiction stole from him is nothing short of amazing. Tune in as Leo discusses some very difficult topics including substance abuse, sexual assault and the gut-wrenching effects of extreme trauma. **Our Sponsor:** Lionrock Recovery (http://www.lionrockrecovery.com) **Follow us here:** Podcast Website: (http://www.lionrockrecovery.com/podcast) Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/LionrockRecovery/) Twitter: (https://twitter.com/lionrockrecovry) Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/lionrockrecovery/) Questions, comments or feedback? We want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's another "After the Episode" combo! In this episode, the ladies discuss Bless It Bag (Bella Baskin's charitably-driven company), childhood attachment and the issues that come from the lack thereof, and Christiana interviews Ashley about her and Dac's discussion in Episode 15.
You are going to LOVE this very special episode! Ashley hosts her husband, Dac Blassingame, and they go in-depth about life and marriage in recovery and everything that comes along with it. Tune in to hear them speak about their lives from dating to marriage and kids, and their struggles and triumphs both in short-term and now their long-term sobriety.
Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Episodes 12 (Chris Poulos) and 13 (Flor Edwards) while drawing on personal examples and a few laughs along the way!
Bella Baskin is the 29-year-old founder & CEO of Bless it Bag. While working at WBTV as a photo consultant, she would drive by the same homeless people every day, and although she desperately wanted to help them, she feared if she gave them cash it would just be used for drugs or alcohol. As someone with a history of addiction (who is now 10 years sober) Bella did not want to contribute to the vicious cycle she personally knew could be so toxic. After going to Los Angeles’ Skid Row, talking to people who were experiencing homelessness, and asking them what would be useful alternatives to cash, she decided to create bags for men, women, and dogs, filled with essential items (including snacks, water, personal hygiene products and more) that could easily be kept in her car to pass out to those in need. She decided to call her charity Bless It Bag®, and created a website where people could purchase bags that they could keep in their car to give out to those in need. She also made an Instagram account to educate others about the problems affecting the homeless community and to let her followers know what they could do to help. We are so excited to have you hear Bella's story!