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!
Michael Collins, founder of SugarAddiction.com and Board Chairman of Food Addiction Institute, has been completely sugar-free for over 30 years and has worked closely with others to help them regain lives ravaged by this addictive product. Mike has been in recovery from substance use disorder for over 34 years and can speak on recovery topics separate from sugar. He raised two children sugar-free from the womb to over six years old - when they only had sugar once a month for their entire childhood. His book, The Last Resort Sugar Detox Guide, was rated #1 in Healthy Living on Amazon.
Taking care of our mental health and finding our purpose in life. This After the Episode dives into some deeper topics covered in Steve Grant and Kyle Dean Houston's episodes (#'s 59 & 60!) from these past few weeks. Join Ashley and Christiana for this brand new ATE!
Kyle Dean Houston is a speaker, author and coach who is committed to bringing hope into the world. In the mid-1990s, Kyle Houston developed a disturbingly poetic love affair with both needles and the alchemy of creating drugs. Far removed from his small-town values, the drug underground of Kansas City was a world that turned him into first a user and then a notorious meth cook. He prayed for an overdose but instead, he got arrested. Confined to a one-man cell for 23 hours a day, he faced the reality of a 30-year sentence. When his sentence was reduced to nine years, he decided to serve his time and finally go home. Or so he thought. Kyle’s book - Patchwork Junkie - comes out this Friday, August 7th. With all the heartache and beauty of a tortured soul, Patchwork Junkie is a compelling, up-close portrait of the interior life of a young man yearning to put faith in something real. This memoir follows Kyle’s path from a powerful addiction to the violent prison world. It explores the fear of hope and the desperate pain of a mother watching her beloved child fall apart. Straddling a unique line between tragedy and humor, Kyle strikes at the core of what unites us all. Insightful and transforming, this harrowing true story is for anyone who has lost a loved one to addiction or incarceration, anyone who has lived through abuse or searched for meaning and simply aches to know they are not alone.
On a December day in 2010, Steve Grant lost his 24-year-old son, Kelly, to an overdose. Five years earlier, he lost his 21-year-old son, Christopher, in the same way. His only two boys: gone. After a downward spiral of losing his marriage, his only two children and dealing with the repercussions of such, Steve decided to take matters into his own hands and established the Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation to fight back. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to programs that treat teens and young adults who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. The Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation operates under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Greenville, but is committed to assisting worthwhile organizations nationwide. Steve’s story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Clemson University’s TigerIllustrated.com “Letters from Dabo” section - Part 10. In addition to being the Managing Director of Mass Mutual in South Carolina, he is also a recent author with his book “Don’t Forget Me - a Lifeline of hope for those touched by substance abuse and addiction”.
Spirituality, alignment, self-healing and personal growth. This After the Episode dives into some deeper topics covered in Michael G Dash and Jodie Sweetin's episodes (#'s 56 & 57!) from these past few weeks. Join Ashley and Christiana for this brand new ATE!
Jodie Sweetin melted our hearts and made us laugh for eight years as cherub-faced, goody-two-shoes middle child Stephanie Tanner. Her ups and downs seemed not so different from our own, but more than a decade after the popular television show ended, the star publicly revealed her shocking recovery from drug addiction. Even then, she kept a painful secret--one that could not be solved in thirty minutes with a hug, a stern talking-to, or a bowl of ice cream around the family table. The harrowing battle she swore she had won was really just beginning. In her deeply personal, utterly raw, and ultimately inspiring memoir - UnSweetined - Jodie speaks about the double life she led--the crippling identity crisis, the hidden anguish of juggling a regular childhood with her Hollywood life, and the vicious cycle of abuse and recovery that led to a relapse even as she wrote her book. Finally, becoming a mother gave her the determination and the courage to get sober. Hers is not a story of success or defeat, but of facing your demons, finding yourself, and telling the whole truth. Jodie's most recent work includes starring in multiple Hallmark Movie Channel movies, and Fuller House - a sequel series to the wildly popular Full House. The final season of Fuller House aired on June 2nd on Netflix. She also co-hosts a hilarious podcast - 'Never Thought I'd Say This' - with her best friend Celia Behar where they tackle the truth and taboo about parenthood. We LOVED getting to speak with Jodie, and we know you'll love hearing this interview too! :)
Michael Dash is a recovering addict and the best-selling author of Chasing The High, the Founder of FATE - (From Addict To Entrepreneur), a mentor, speaker and philanthropist. He struggled with multiple addictions throughout the course of his life, with the main one being gambling, which he was introduced to at 11 years old. Struck with an unrelenting drive to succeed in life, Michael’s addictions grew to also include work, cocaine, marijuana and adderall just to name a few. He worked harder and longer than anyone he knew and built a $5.5 million dollar a year company. After growing resentful of the very business he built, he made some intense life changes and realized that true fulfillment is helping others in relatable situations to change their lives as well. This led Michael to write Chasing The High and build F.A.T.E., a program designed for entrepreneurs and business leaders to take back control of their compulsive and addictive behaviors and step back into the leader they were born to be. Michael is insightful, hilarious and energetic, and he shares some incredible information in this tell-all interview.
After the Episode - (follow up to the Co-Founder's Interview & Caroline's story) - with Ashley & Christiana
Caroline Strawson is a multi- award winning EMDR & Rapid Transformational Therapist specializing in self-healing the trauma after narcissistic abuse. She is the author of the best-selling book Divorce Became My Superpower, and she is a leading international authority and expert in narcissistic abuse and trauma. After going through her own devastating divorce from a narcissist where she had over £70,000 of debt ($85,000) and her family home repossessed, she was diagnosed with C-PTSD and suffered with depression, anxiety and self-harm. Her personal journey to not just bounce back but bounce forward quickly turned into a personal mission to want to help others through the trauma of narcissistic abuse. Caroline is passionate about raising awareness about psychological abuse, and is helping thousands of people thrive after abuse. She holds individual therapy sessions with clients all over the world with her unique methods to rapidly heal others after narcissistic abuse healing the inner wounds associated with narcissistic abuse and trauma.
Today’s episode is very special, as Ashley gets to interview the other two Co-Founders of Lionrock Recovery - Iain Crabb and Peter Loeb. You may remember Peter from Season 1, Episode 8 where he and Ashley shared their journey together as father and daughter through Ashley's struggles in addiction. When discussing other special episodes to produce, we thought it would be fun to do an episode that talks about another story of trials to triumph - the story of Lionrock Recovery! Tune in as Ashley, Iain and Peter laugh (and almost cry) about the difficulties of being entrepreneurs, starting and building a company that is years ahead of its time, and reminisce about some of the greatest moments we’ve had together through this journey.
Jessica Buch is a model, student, volunteer and advocate, and she is also in recovery. She has been the face of Pantene, Covergirl and more. Jessica is currently an undergrad student studying pre-med at Santa Monica College, and she is planning on transferring to UCLA in 2021. She recently came out publicly as Intersex, and she is now an Intersex advocate. Diagnosed with CAIS (Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome) at a young age, Jessica’s life and upbringing relative to her body looked very different from the other kids around her, and she was taught to hide her condition for most of her life. Jessica spends her time studying, hanging out with her dogs, boyfriend, and friends, as well as volunteering with Bless It Bag, and staying active through hiking, pilates, and yoga.
Many of you may know that our very own Producer, Christiana Kimmich, is the Founder and Director of Haven Dance Company based in Orange County, CA. She and the company have been working to produce and release a dance concept video telling the story of the deep pain and struggle felt by someone stuck in the grips of addiction, and they've finally released that video this week. Join Ashley as she interviews Christiana on the background, conceptualization and behind-the-scenes of this powerful and emotional video. Click on the links below to follow Haven Dance Company and to view the video!!
Andre Roberts is a Personal Trainer and Tennis Instructor who currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was raised in a single parent household with his two siblings. He experienced ongoing trauma as a child, including sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse, and intense prejudice and racism. Andre’s experiences later served as fuel to his alcoholism and drug use as he entered high school, and later, adulthood. We are so thankful that Andre agreed to come on this podcast and not only share his story of recovery from drugs and alcohol, but also his life experiences as a black man in today's America, and how that has shaped him. As you'll hear in his story, Andre believes in the power of connecting with one person to set in motion a change for good. Andre is about to celebrate having 8 years of sobriety, and is engaged to a beautiful woman, Patty, who inspires him every day. We were SO inspired by our conversation with Andre, and we know you will be too! He is such an incredible human being, and we believe you'll walk away from this interview with more knowledge, along with feeling inspired to "find your lane" and go "all gas, no brakes" as Andre says into creating change within yourself and around you! :)
For the past 2 weeks, we have paused The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast to show support and give respect to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. We also wanted to take some time to reevaluate who our next guests would be, and we are happy to announce that our remaining guests interviews for June will be aligned with either the BLM or LGBTQ communities. We look forward to using our platform to help educate ourselves and others, and to spread awareness on these very important topics, along with showing how they align with recovery.
It's another After the Episode coming at you every other Thursday! Don't have time to listen to every guest episode on Tuesdays? Enjoy learning more about specific topics? Do you also like to laugh? Then these episodes are for you too! This week, Ashley and Christiana review and cover topics from Episode #50 (Alyssa Rocco), and Episode #51 (Ben Moroski). Tune in to hear their usual antics (including some quarantine cabin fever) along with a deep dive into some important themes and aspects covered in each of these episodes!