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From Darkness to Life contains the real stories of courageous individuals who have found their way out of the darkness caused by mental health challenges and substance abuse. If the following episode resonates with you and you yourself or someone you love needs help, please reach out to Our Collective Journey on the web at "http://ourcollectivejourney.ca" or on facebook at "Our Collective Journey."

From Darkness to Life Our Collective Journey

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

From Darkness to Life contains the real stories of courageous individuals who have found their way out of the darkness caused by mental health challenges and substance abuse. If the following episode resonates with you and you yourself or someone you love needs help, please reach out to Our Collective Journey on the web at "http://ourcollectivejourney.ca" or on facebook at "Our Collective Journey."

    S02E40 - Season 2: That's a Wrap!

    S02E40 - Season 2: That's a Wrap!

    The end of Season 2 is here. Ryan, Rick. and Brian McGrath recap this season along with all things OCJ from the last year.
    The three of them touch on topics including:
    🔹 the current state of OCJ
    🔹 recovery coaching
    🔹 the recovery conference (SARRCon) that OCJ is hosting in November 2022
    🔹 what a community connector is
    🔹 Recover Capital in the individual and the community
    OCJ is so grateful for the support of all the listeners! “From Darkness to Life” continuously proves to be a motivation catalyst towards change for many individuals.
    Please Like, Follow and Share the show. You never know who it may help!

    Find us at:
    www.ourcollectivejourney.ca
    help@ourcollectivejourney.ca
    FB: @ourcollectivejourney3
    IG: @ourcollectivejourney

    SARRCon: www.SARRCon.ca
    FB: @sarrcon
    IG: @_sarrcon

    If you’re interested in learning more about Recovery Coaching, visit ORCA @
    www.optimalrecovery.ca.

    You are not alone!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S02E39 - The Other Side with Lauren and Jamie

    S02E39 - The Other Side with Lauren and Jamie

    Rick flies solo today as he welcomes the ladies from “The Other Side” to the show. Lauren and Jamie have very interesting stories involving addiction. One is an alcoholic in recovery and the other is a wife of an alcoholic. Together these ladies have turned their experiences into tools to help others in need.

    The three of them touch on topics including:
    🔹 women in recovery
    🔹 impact of alcoholism on the spouse among many others!

    👀 You can find Lauren and Jamie on Instagram - @theotherside1.1

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S02E38 - Brian McGrath Reframes the Box

    S02E38 - Brian McGrath Reframes the Box

    Amber and Ryan welcome Brian to the show again. Brian is one of the founders of Optimal Recovery Coaching Associates (ORCA) located in White Rock, BC and is also in long term recovery. With years of experience in the area of recovery, Brian brings a wealth of information to the show.
    The three of them touch on topics including:
    🔹recovery coaching
    🔹spirituality
    🔹putting YOURSELF in a box
    If you’re interested in learning more about Recovery Coaching, visit ORCA @
    www.optimalrecovery.ca.

    🎧 Listen now on our website:
    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast
    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts!

    If you or someone you know needs support with their recovery, contact OCJ today.

    • 57 min
    S02E37 - A Candid Conversation with MLA Michaela Frey

    S02E37 - A Candid Conversation with MLA Michaela Frey

    This week Rick and Ryan welcome a huge supporter of OCJ, MLA for the Brooks/Medicine Hat region Michaela Frey.
    A lot of people cringe when they hear from a politician, but many politicians are more than their title.
    Michaela openly shares from her personal experience with mental health along with who was there to support her when she needed.
    Throughout the episode, her passion for helping others becomes very clear as she describes instances where she’s utilized OCJ for individuals she’s crossed paths with.
    Additional areas covered:
    🔹 new approaches to long existing problems
    🔹 the importance of collaboration
    🔹 the support OCJ has from the Government of Alberta
    Among many others…
    Thank you Michaela for your time and ongoing support! Please tune into this very important episode.

     🎧 Listen now on our website:
    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast
    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts!

    If you or someone you know needs support with their recovery, contact OCJ today. Don't wait.

    • 53 min
    S02E36 - A Holistic Journey of Healing and Helping Others

    S02E36 - A Holistic Journey of Healing and Helping Others

    Friend of OCJ, Pastor Dave Maneschyn joins Ryan to welcome this week’s guest Claire Rae.
    Claire is a Lifestyle Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, Entrepreneur, Author, and Recovery Advocate living in Invermere, BC.
    Claire shares parts of her early experiences in life and how addiction has stolen three very close people from her. She discloses how that impacted her and the changes she made along the way due to those life altering events.
    Since finding her purpose, she has been on a journey of helping others heal and better their lives in one way or another! Claire’s excitement and passion is very evident as she speaks about how crazy faith has driven her to continue helping so many.
    Topics include:
    🔹 the many forms of addiction
    🔹 the importance of faith
    🔹 addiction’s impact on the family
    🔹 holistic healing for everyone impacted
    🔹 purpose, connection, community
    Among many others!

    Check out Claire’s website:
    https://clairerae.com
    Instagram: @clairemrae

    #recoveryispossible #recoveryworks #addictionrecovery #mentalhealthmatters

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S02E35 - Formerly Incarcerated, Formerly Homeless, Recovering Addict: San Franciscan Tom Wolf

    S02E35 - Formerly Incarcerated, Formerly Homeless, Recovering Addict: San Franciscan Tom Wolf

    By the time our guest Tom Wolf first encountered San Francisco Police Officer Rob Gilson, his addiction was spinning out of control. He was sitting in his car in the midst of a 10-day bender in the city's drug-ridden Tenderloin district. Wolf believes that without Gilson's compassion, he would most likely be dead by now.
    Tom takes us through his journey from blue collar, family man into addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. Tom shares openly about his experiences along the way and what saved his life.
    Now in recovery, Tom uses his voice as a recovery advocate not only in San Fransisco but across the country.
    Check out Tom’s website at
    https://www.tomwolf.org.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

guitar playn ,

Awesome

When I first came into recovery I listened to speaker tapes, this says a little bit about my age, all the time which helped a lot. This podcast is awesome with all the different stories to give people connection and hope.
Great job!!!!

Wheeler Walker C ,

One of my faves

Love the talks you all have. Very inspiring and educational as someone who hasn’t had addiction struggles, to learn about those who have. I definitely have a different outlook thanks to this podcast.

LandonHarvey ,

Real talk

The work that OCJ is doing is changing the stigmatization of addiction and mental health. Rick, Ryan and Daymo are great to listen to and the topics are absolutely relatable. The addition of Dennis and Amber is welcoming and makes the podcast that much more interesting. I look forward to it and can’t wait to see this thing blow up. Thanks guys for keeping Medicine Hat close to me.

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