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!
Kevin Barhydt: Abandoned At Birth - An Adoptee’s Story of Hope and Healing from A Life of Abuse and Addiction
Eileen could have never imagined how her life would change in the course of one wintery night. Authorities confirmed that the plane her husband was piloting on his way home to celebrate Christmas with the family had crashed, and he had not survived. With three young children and an entire lifetime ahead of her, Eileen’s journey through the valleys of grief and the peaks of hope brought her to a place that is nothing short of miraculous. Author, speaker, yogi, and philanthropist, Eileen Robertson Hamra, shares her experiences in her first book, Time to Fly, available now through City Point Press and Simon and Schuster. Along the way Eileen discovered that keeping promises to those that have left this world is a lifelong act, and honoring one love does not mean foregoing the freedom and love that is found in reopening your heart, trusting in new love and expanding your definition of family.
ATE for #'s 76 & 77 | After the Episode Combo: Covering Compulsive Shopping & Insight for Family Members with Loved Ones Fighting Addiction
Chris Paulson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over fifteen years of experience working within the field of behavioral health. He holds a masters degree in clinical psychology and has a wealth of clinical experience and expertise, having previously served as a clinical director, clinical supervisor, director of admissions, program director, etc at a number of behavioral health organizations ranging from the non profit to the private sector. Chris has been sober for over sixteen years, and much of his personal experience has helped shape his belief systems surrounding the effective treatment of substance use disorders. In 2018 Chris helped start and co-found a detoxification and residential treatment program in Washington state called Discover Recovery. To a large extent, this recent endeavor has been the culmination of collective experience borrowed from his previous work experiences. His life has not been idyllic, as he has had to overcome a significant amount of personal adversity, however, his ability to weather these proverbial storms has reinforced his belief in the process of healing and the ability to persevere. Chris has appeared on national television as an expert on addictive disorders, was previously a keynote speaker for the University of California's Collegiate Recovery Conference, and continues to strive to be a voice of compassion and humanism within the world of addiction.
Betsy Ames is the owner of Mindful Style. She's a Closet Curator turned Social Worker and is currently working toward earning her clinical license to become an addiction focused therapist. She's also a recovering compulsive shopper and alcoholic. She currently teaches others sustainable and mindful shopping practices and decluttering tips. She walks her talk and practices what she teaches. You can find out more about her by going to mindfulstyle.com/meet-betsy.
ATE for #'s 71, 72, 73 & 74 | After the Episode Combo: Sobriety At All Stages, MAT & The Beauty and Unity of Recovery
Daniil Khorunzhiy AKA, Russian Danny, was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to Los Angeles, CA when he was a wee young lad. He hit the ground running and found himself immersed in the LA culture of crime, graffiti and drugs. After several close calls with death and bouts in the notorious LA County Jail—Russian Danny turned the page and started a new chapter in his life. He now produces and hosts a successful podcast called It’s All Bad, and is pursuing a career in acting and film making. He also volunteers with several organizations that focus on giving back to the streets he grew up in.
ATE for #'s 68 & 69 | After the Episode Combo: Adoption & Substance Use, and Advice on How to Relate with Someone Who Is Struggling
Born and raised in Mesa, AZ, Chuck O couldn’t explain why he kept getting into trouble as a young kid. After his 70th separate felony, he became a ward of the state at the young age of 13. After living in a home with other convicted felons until 18, Chuck went on tour with the Grateful Dead where his drinking and substance use picked up significantly. After an arduous journey with substance use that left him hopelessly addicted to heroin, Chuck turned to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help him transition off heroin through the use of methadone. Chuck found the 12-step program while on medication-assisted treatment. In this episode, he talks about breaking the stigma of being sober on MAT, and openly shares his story of relapse after years of recovery and how he and his family dealt with it and helped him find recovery again and ultimately do a blind detox off Suboxone.
As far as addiction is concerned, Preston found it difficult to accept the fact that he was a drug addict and alcoholic. He would think, “What do you mean you think I might have a problem? I’m just doing what everyone else is doing. I show up to work everyday, I pay my own bills, and I’m never sloppy or the one causing trouble. I really think I’m just unlucky.” If it wasn’t for four arrests in three years, Preston might still be fighting a battle today. His sobriety date is September 10, 2001, just one month after his 21st birthday. Today, Preston’s entire life revolves around being an advocate for counseling, therapy and support groups like AA, NA, Alanon, ACA and NAMI. He does outreach for a mental health and addiction hospital, and he hosts a podcast called The High Cost of Anonymity, along with being a regular speaker, trainer and a coach. Preston believes the solution to normalizing mental health and addiction is by making coaching, counseling and other mental health and addiction supports as common as going to the gym, hiring a personal trainer or going to a group fitness class. Preston is one amazing dude, and we had such a blast getting to know him! We hope you enjoy this awesome and informative episode!
Arlina Allen is a Certified Life and Recovery Coach, Teacher, and Host of the award winning recovery podcast, The ODAAT Chat Podcast. She has been free of addiction from drugs and alcohol for more than 26 years and has dedicated her life to helping others do the same. She has been married for 20 years and is a mother of two. Arlina is a lifelong seeker of truth and she shares lessons learned in her writings and podcast. Ashley and Arlina became besties through the course of this interview, and we really hope you enjoy their connection, along with Arlina's incredible story!
Whitney grew up outside of Atlanta, GA and was adopted at birth along with her younger sister Hayden. Her struggle with an eating disorder surfaced in middle school, around the same time her sister's struggle with substance use began. Whitney shares her sister's painful and tumultuous path through addiction, which ultimately led to her unfair and untimely death at the young age of 19. She shares amazing insight into taking steps forward after incredible loss and grief, and shares the truth about adoption and how families can navigate that journey successfully. Whitney is a single mom to her amazing son, and they both share a deep love for animals. You can contact Whitney on Instagram at @the.boho.homestead
Bonus Episode: National Online Recovery Day
Brandon Crockett is a 32 year sober father, husband, brother, and son. He began his business career in 2010 in the world of entertainment when he produced the indie-comedy feature film 'CornerStore' in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. On the heels of his success with producing several short and feature length films in Michigan, Brandon fulfilled his dream of moving to Los Angeles and opening a music studio in 2013. After 5 years running the studio Brandon sold the business in order to have more time at home with his wife and new born son. Today he primarily works in real estate investments but did recently release a music project titled '2004: A Trap Odyssey' under the name Nigel Donovan. Brandon sights sobriety as being the top priority in his life stating that when he puts his sobriety first that all of the other things seem to work themselves out.
ATE for Episode #'s 62, 63, 65 & 66: Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap four different guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about the importance of honoring personal rights and freedoms, the surprising (and not talked about) link between sugar and hormones - particularly in women, and making the life you want in sobriety regardless of what you were taught in your upbringing.