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!
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!
Ben Moroski is an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-nominated writer and actor. His plays have garnered numerous Los Angeles theatre awards and nominations. His first L.A.-produced play, This Vicious Minute, recounted his years-long battle with self-injury after being raised in a cult. Upcoming acting roles include the forthcoming short films Admitted and Discharge (which he also wrote and produced), both of which shed light on the current state of the American mental health care system and the vulnerable people it affects.
Alyssa Rocco is on a mission to create positive change in the world. She is currently a Senior Life Coach at Handel Group, which she discovered seven years ago after finding a deep desire to change her career. After one session with a coach at Handel Group, she quickly discovered what was missing - she wasn't living true to her own dreams; she wasn’t happy, and she didn’t know how to become happy. This realization inspired a journey: Alyssa changed careers and became a coach. She learned how to date honestly, transformed the dynamic in her family, navigated addiction, and confronted how to create and maintain great relationships in her life. Her analytical mindset and process-oriented nature led to her work in the Media Division, and most recently, to build, test, and launch Inner.U, Handel Group’s first digital course. Alyssa grew up in Boston and she received her Bachelor’s degree in communication, film and technical writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Psychology. She is certified in process improvement techniques and six sigma practices. She is also a dancer and practices 5 Rhythms dance.
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 #47 (Amy Dresner), and Episode #48 (Jay Shifman). 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!
Jay Shifman is passionate about issues of Addiction and Mental Health. A Speaker, Writer, Consultant, Coach and Advocate, Jay lives intentionally around seeing the realization of his dream; to end the stigma around issues of Addiction and Mental Health. Jay works with individuals and organizations to make real change in how they approach, act on and talk about Mental health and Addiction. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Jay is ten years in recovery and lives with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Nell, on Daniel Island, South Carolina. You can learn more at his website, www.JayShifman.com. Jay is currently writing a book, Profiles in Change, that focuses on the untold stories of people doing new, unique and interesting work aimed at the issues of the Addiction and Mental Health epidemic we currently find ourselves in that grew out of his tri-weekly posts on LinkedIn and my website.
NOTE: This episode contains explicit language. [Adapted from Amy's book bio] Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps, and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiendish addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did. Smart and charming, with Daddy's money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together. But on Christmas Eve 2011 all of that changed when, high on Oxycontin, she stupidly "brandished" a bread knife on her husband and was promptly arrested for "felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon." Within months, she found herself in the psych ward--and then penniless, divorced, and looking at 240 hours of court-ordered community service. For two years, assigned to a Hollywood Boulevard "chain gang," she swept up syringes (and worse) as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting over in her forties.
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 #44 (Noa Shaw), and Episode #45 (Kerry Andre). Tune in to hear their usual antics along with a deep dive into some important themes and aspects covered in each of these episodes!
Kerry Andre grew up in the rural farming town of Williston, North Dakota. With alcoholism and her father’s opiate use running rampant in her family, Kerry’s exposure to addiction started young. After a series of traumatic events, she turned to alcohol to numb her pain and found herself in a downward spiral that lasted over a decade. 3 kids, numerous broken relationships and 4 DUI’s later - Kerry finally got the help she needed to start on her recovery journey, and she just so happened to find it with Lionrock! She is now living a life in sobriety that she is proud of, and has the love and support of an incredible partner.
NOTE: This episode contains explicit language. Born in 1963 in the Bronx, Noa moved with his family multiple times before finally settling in Connecticut at age 14. By this time, he had already been drinking for four years. And he had already attended 9 different schools, many of which he was kicked out of. Despite the unwavering love of his family, Noa never felt comfortable in his own skin — he never fit in with the other kids and always felt inadequate when he compared himself to everyone around him. After multiple fights, blackouts, car crashes, violence, dead friends, suicide attempts, family tears, failed marriages, empty bank accounts, failed stints in rehab, and brushes with the law, Noa finally found himself asking for help and wanting to change. While life has not been a straight path from the bottom, Noa has worked for decades on creating and sustaining a beautiful and rewarding life filled with love, career satisfaction and overall contentment. Noa learned early in his sobriety that perhaps one of his greatest innate gifts was his ability to connect with and inspire others to improve their lives. The ability to help other people is the single greatest asset he has had in helping himself stay sober, stay content and stay in the light. Noa — now a cult favorite instructor at SoulCycle — will help you find what he describes as “Mental Wealth.”
Due to popular demand, we're back to our old format from last year! Our "After the Episodes" will start coming out every other Thursday again, and Ashley & Christiana will review two episodes at a time. This week, the ladies review and cover topics from Episode #41 (Bambi Brown), and Episode #42 (Renée Siegel). Tune in to hear their usual antics along with a deep dive into some important themes and aspects covered in each of these episodes!
Originally educated as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, Renée Siegel has worked in the therapeutic field for 41 years. She is the daughter and spouse of family members impacted by addiction. Her father was addicted to drugs, and she later married a man who had a devastating addiction to gambling. Renée understands firsthand the impact that addiction has on the family, and she shares incredibly intimate details of her story around what it means to recover from the effects of a spouse’s gambling addiction that took everything she owned and more. In private practice now, Renée uses a pivotal tool she discovered many years ago called the Enneagram. After using it with hundreds of people impacted by addiction, it is clear to her that it increases self-awareness and tolerance, reduces shame, and applies to all stages of recovery.