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!
#9: Kacie Margis is a survivor. From a childhood fully of bullying and an attempted sexual assault as an adult to surviving the Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas and becoming a victim of rape a year later, Kacie has overcome much adversity. In this episode, Ashley and Kacie discuss life after trauma, and they discuss the intimate details of living with PTSD.
*SPECIAL EPISODE ALERT!!* In this very special episode, Ashley sits down with Peter Loeb (her father and one of the co-founders of Lionrock Recovery), and together they hash out their story of living through and overcoming her addiction together. Peter shares intimate details of helping Ashley through her journey to recovery, and he also discusses the heartbreaking loss of his sister, Karen. Join us in this heartfelt and sobering episode that beautifully captures the love of a father for his daughter!
ATE #7.5: Ashley and Christiana bring their usual laughter and antics while they dive into summarizing Emily's story for listeners, along with a few highlighted topics including the combination of being in recovery from multiple things (eating disorder recovery, alcohol + drugs, etc.), the importance of staying sober between meetings and Ashley also shares a heartbreaking story about a friend who lost her battle.
#7: Emily McAllister is a writer, photographer and content creator. A Boston native, she now calls Southern California home, and lives with her husband and 2 daughters. Emily writes about recovery, honest motherhood and anything to do with personal development. She specializes in lifestyle, family and childbirth photography, capturing raw, candid, 'in-between' moments. Emily has been sober since September 25, 2009. She is fueled by spontaneous dance parties and copious amounts of coffee. Connect with Emily: Blog: https://chasingmcallisters.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/chasingmcallisters Instagram: http://instagram.com/emilymcallisterphotography Facebook: http://facebook.com/chasingmcallisters
ATE #6.5: Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Dave P's interview in Episode 6, but with a special surprise....Leo Martinez (one of Lionrock's Clinical Supervisors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers) joins them in the podcast booth! Tune in as Leo brings his clinical knowledge regarding trauma bonding and offers some amazing insights from a Counselor's perspective!
#6: Dave grew up in Anaheim, CA. His father left when he was 2, and they met again when he was 30. He was raised by his mother and stepfather who were “hippie bikers,” and his stepdad was often confused with ZZ Top. Dave has 24 years of sobriety after getting sober at the age of 22. HIs best friend committed suicide on the same day Dave found out he had also been sleeping with his wife. Through all of this, he did not pick up a drink or drug and has been able to build a beautiful sober life. We are so excited to have Dave here to share his story!
ATE #5.5: Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Kara Israel's interview in Episode 5. Tune in as they speak more about Cirrhosis of the liver, the stigma of discussing substance abuse at home, the importance of "doing the work" in recovery and developing coping mechanisms. Video Link - seeing everything as a gift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZKg6N10OBo More information about Cirrhosis: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351487 Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) + "Is IOP Effective?" https://www.lionrockrecovery.com/programs/online-intensive-outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment Options: https://www.lionrockrecovery.com/drug-and-alcohol-addiction-resources/substance-abuse-treatment-and-counseling-options This episode 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
#5: Kara Israel is a 37-year old Tennessee native who is living with cirrhosis of the liver and currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant. In this episode, Kara talks to Ashley about the lifestyle that drinking led her to and goes fully in-depth about her diagnosis of cirrhosis and how she is living life day to day. This episode 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
ATE #4.5: Ashley and Christiana sit down again to dive deeper into topics from Brittney Carbone's interview in Episode 4. Join the discussion as they dig deeper about the link between overeating and alcoholism, hitting bottoms in recovery, doing "the work" and the statistics and biological reasons behind blackouts. Links to Blackout Statistics: Min: 13:46 > link to blackout information: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180613-why-do-only-some-people-get-blackout-drunk Thoughts Become Things: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2016/06/15/this-is-how-your-thoughts-become-your-reality/#7a8a1f42528a Thoughts Become Things: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16150/9-habits-to-manifest-your-dreams-using-the-law-of-attraction.html Thoughts Become Things > Book: https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Spirit-Seven-Stages-Healing/dp/0609800140 This episode 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
#4: Brittney Carbone is a Santa Monica based fitness professional who is passionate about helping others make healthy living a top priority in their lives. In this episode, Ashley talks to Brittney about the factors that led her to start binge drinking and eating, and how after years of struggling, she found and was able to maintain a 65-pound weight loss through making fitness and self-care a lifestyle. Check out Brittney’s program and sign up for the Lean Lifestyle Method! Website: http://www.brittneycarbone.com/ Twitter: @brittneycarbone IG: @brittneycarbonefitness This episode 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
#3.5: Ashley and Christiana sit down and discuss hot topics from Pat D'Enbeau's interview in Episode 3. Join the discussion as they dig deeper about the biases and judgments surrounding addiction, different perceptions about trauma and what it actually feels like to have a craving from the perspective of an alcoholic. This episode 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
Pat D'Enbeau is a phenomenal human being, and the Orange County Program Manager for The Phoenix - a non-profit that advocates for a sober active community. She found recovery through treatment and inevitably through a 12-step model. Tune in to this episode to hear Pat share the story of how she found recovery after a long journey of self-discovery and a traumatic childhood event. Her humor and light-hearted yet direct delivery will draw you in and leave you better than you were before! Check out The Phoenix and find your sober active community today! Website: www.thephoenix.org FB: https://www.facebook.com/ThePhoenixOC/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/perignemoc/?hl=en This episode 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
ATE #2.5: Welcome to the our second "After the Episode" follow up! In this episode, we dive into some deep-seated topics covered in Episode 2. Join Host Ashley and Producer Christiana again as they discuss Bahan's interview and talk about the thoughts and feelings behind being a domestic violence survivor, the dangers and pitfalls of gaslighting and how alcohol is societally accepted as a "norm."
#2: Bahan McDermott is the Director of Admissions at Lionrock Recovery, and is originally from the East Coast. She will be walking us through her journey of surviving domestic violence and overcoming alcoholism, which ultimately resulted in her abuser going to prison. When this podcast recorded, she celebrated 6 years sober! And what a way to celebrate - we are so honored that she decided to sit down and share her incredible story with us.
ATE #1.5: Welcome to the very first "After the Episode" follow up! This episode follow up will give listeners the chance to dive in a little deeper with important topics and questions from the latest interviews. Join Host Ashley and Producer Christiana again as they discuss topics from Ashley's interview and talk the importance of recovery maintenance, support, the road to healing and much more!