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Live from Vancouver's Infamous Downtown Eastside, a block away from North America's first safe injection site. Join us live every Thursday for Talk Recovery Radio 100.5 FM. We bring addiction and recovery issues to the airways every Thursday on Vancouver Co-op Radio.

Talk Recovery Radio Giuseppe Ganci

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Live from Vancouver's Infamous Downtown Eastside, a block away from North America's first safe injection site. Join us live every Thursday for Talk Recovery Radio 100.5 FM. We bring addiction and recovery issues to the airways every Thursday on Vancouver Co-op Radio.

    Addiction Recovery Theatre

    Addiction Recovery Theatre

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode - Thursday June 1st. 2023 @ 12pm PST This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome some of the cast from "Visions" a play about addiction and recovery. “Visions” is a powerful play on substance abuse and recovery. The play depicts bottoms from the use and abuse of substances, the “awakening” or realization of the problem and coming into treatment and Twelve Step programs. Joining us on the show will be Andrew, Nate and Bob for the full hour. Be sure to catch the full interview LIVE on Talk Recovery 's Facebook page at 12-1pm PST. Show will be played on CO-OP Radio 100.5fm the next week.
    “Visions” The Play On Addiction and Recovery “Visions” is a powerful play on substance abuse and recovery. The play depicts bottoms from the use and abuse of substances, the “awakening” or realization of the problem and coming into treatment and Twelve Step programs.
    “Visions” has reached tens of thousands of people. The “Visions” troupe performs where few actors would ever dare, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, shelters, youth houses and correction centers. The cast and crew set up amidst the cafeterias, beds and conference rooms of treatment centers using the powerful medium of theater to educate about drug/alcohol addiction and show that recovery is possible. In the wake of the play the cast and crew of “Visions” are witnessing men and women, many who are caught in the wake of addiction, weeping after the performances, for they are given a renewed sense of hope. These special performances are usually “closed” to protect the anonymity of the clients. When the opportunity arises and we are able to acquire a large area with a stage for a performance, the clients are bused in from various rehabilitation centers and shelters and treated to a free night of theater, coffee and cake. It is not unusual to bring in four to five hundred people to witness a “Visions” show. If we can’t come to them, we bring them to us.
    The play has also been presented to churches, schools and those at risk. It has been shown to educators and open to communities. There is rarely a fee to see the play, except to raise money for charitable organizations, and any donations received are used to bring the play to those who have nothing. to continue our work in the prevention field a not for profit organization, Visions Recovery Inc was formed in 1993 dedicated to substance abuse prevention and recovery education.
    Visions Social Media
    Website | Facebook

    • 53 min
    People Helping People

    People Helping People

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode - Thursday April 20th @ 12pm PST This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome two guests, first on the show is Kevin Kraussler, a person in recovery who is a registered clinical counsellor at Skylark Counselling Clinic, he is going to share how he helps people who struggle with addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, depression and anxiety. Second on the show Franky shares his personal story of being a gay man in recovery who is settling in Canada from Mexico. Franky will talk about his journey in recovery and what he does to enjoy his life in recovery. Join us for the full hour from 12-1pm PST on Talk Recovery Radio Facebook page.
    Guest one
    Kevin Kraussler Born and raised in Vancouver’s lower mainland, Kevin Kraussler is a compassionate and experienced Registered Clinical Counsellor at Skylark Counselling Clinic. He completed his Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Adler University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of British Columbia.
    Kevin's approach to therapy is client-centered and tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. He has a wide range of experience helping clients with a variety of issues, including addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, depression and anxiety. As a person in recovery, Kevin brings a unique perspective to his work and incorporates his personal experience with addiction to complement his professional training.
    If you're looking for a therapist who is both empathetic and knowledgeable, Kevin can provide you with the guidance and support you need to overcome life's challenges.
    Why Choose Skylark Counselling? Our team has been handpicked as the best trauma therapists throughout the Lower Mainland. We work together to ensure you receive the latest in psychological research, counselling techniques, and transparent care. We define trauma as any life circumstances that have negatively changed the way you see the world. We are the people you can talk to about anything.
    Skylark Social Media
    Website | Facebook |Instagram
    Guest 2
    Franklin's Personal Story Franklin is a person in long term recovery who moved to Canada from Mexico. He is part of the LGBT community in Vancouver and is very entusiastic in the recovery community helping with many events as a volunteer. Hear Franky's story live this week on Talk Recovery.

    • 56 min
    Gems - Meditations on Addiction and Recovery

    Gems - Meditations on Addiction and Recovery

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode - Thursday March 30th @12pm PST
    This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome Andy C a person in long term recovery and author of multiple books joins us to talk about Meditation and Addiction Recovery. Catch the whole show on our Facebook page LIVE from 12-1pm PST.
    About Andy
    My name is Andy C., and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since November 3rd, 1977. I am sponsored, have sponsees, am involved in service work and use the Steps. In keeping with our traditions and principles of anonymity, I have not published my last name. But I am eager to engage with you. Send me a note by clicking on the ‘message’ button below. I will get back to you as soon as I can. You know you are in AA when you don’t know the last names of all your best friends. There can be too much anonymity. The apocryphal story of the guy showing up at the hospital admission desk asking for “Big Mike from the Monday night meeting” is a story that shows the problem with too much anonymity. We are not a secret society; we are an anonymous society. So, feel free to contact me. I will reply.
    Andy's Books
    “Gems: Meditations on Addiction and Recovery”
    Where did these GEMS come from? When I am listening to fellow alcoholics share at Meetings, I take notes. Not transcriptions, just notes of things that catch my attention. By jotting a reminder, I can later recall the thought. One night, my sponsor asked me, “what do you do with your notes?” “I keep them and reread them, often the next morning during my morning quiet time,” I replied. “They bring to mind the wisdom and humor that I heard. I meditate on the comments and see the insights that I missed. I feel grateful all over again… then I throw them away.” “You should write your thoughts down and share them,” he said, “you might have some fun and it might do some good.” So I started writing my meditations. In the beginning, I only shared them with my sponsees, who passed the notes to their sponsees, and then others in the Program. A couple of the recipients, involved in treatment centers with newsletters, reposted them in their newsletters and websites. They seemed to attract attention, so I started a website the4thdimension.ca and posted them online. One day I thought, “maybe a book is a good idea.” 
    “More Gems: A Second Volume of Meditations on Addiction and Recovery”
    My wife and I were walking together. I glanced at my watch as we walked along the boardwalk and took note of the time. Two steps later, she asked, “what time is it?” I could not remember; I had just looked at my watch, noted the time, but I could not recall it when asked. I had to look again. Memory is strange. I look at my watch and immediately forget the time. I hear shares at AA meetings and admire the insights, but they slip from my mind. Likewise, wisdom seen in AA conversations evaporates within minutes. These books, GEMS and More GEMS, catch and retain AA shares at meetings and thoughts that come up in conversations. We can recall the wit and wisdom and feel the love of AA meetings and conversations. Each of these GEMS is an AA share or thought among people recovering or recovered from a seemingly hopeless condition of mind and body. They are worth remembering. 
    “Still More Gems: 12 Step Shares, Notes and Thoughts”
    Discover the power of recovery and spiritual growth through Still More GEMS: 12-Step Meeting Shares, Notes and Thoughts. Written by alcoholic old-timer Andy C., this helpful guide provides readers with a collection of meditations on recovery in the 12-Step Recovery Community. Deepen Recovery with Still More GEMS, 12-Step Shares, Notes and Thoughts This powerful collection of reflections and insights offers a unique look at the spiritual growth that happens in 12-step programs together with ways to support and foster it. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone in recovery.

    • 58 min
    How safe really is Vancouver?

    How safe really is Vancouver?

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode - Thursday March 23rd @ 12pm PST This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome John Clerides, a business owner downtown Vancouver who advocates that the city needs to be safer for members of the community as well as business owners. John has been a business owner for decades in the downtown core and says it has never been as bad as it has been recently when it comes to safety. You can catch the whole interview on Facebook live from 12-1pm PST on Talk Recovery Radio's Facebook page.
    About John John was the first president of the Davie Village BIA, when it ran from Burrard to Jervis Street only. The budget was $40,000 a year so we had to save in order to spend money on capital improvements. Now it is called the West End BIA with a full time ED and a larger budget.
    John is an advocate for safety in Vancouver "we all have right to walk down any street in Vancouver, like we use to, without the fear of getting attacked & helping those who need help"
    John’s daughter started a Facebook group called “Vancouver Break-Ins & Crime Collective” the group purpose is the following.
    “This page aims to support small businesses and citizens alike who have experienced and/or witnessed break-ins and criminal activity in the city of Vancouver.”
    John's Social media
    Facebook | Twitter 
    Media Attention Below are some articles that John has been interviewed for as a business owner in Vancouver
    ‘Worst I have ever seen it’: Vancouver business owner says city not taking crime seriously.
    Windows smashed, storefronts vandalized in Vancouver's West End overnight
    Vancouver vandalism the 'worst ever seen' by West End shop owner
    Mayor claims Vancouver is one of the world’s safest cities, but is he right?

    • 54 min
    “Flight With Weighted Wings”

    “Flight With Weighted Wings”

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode – Thursday February 16th @ 12pm PST This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome Johanna O'Flaherty, Johanna, is a psychologist, author, consultant and keynote speaker. She is the former CEO of Central Recovery Treatment (CRT) and Vice President of Treatment Services at the Betty Ford Center. Currently, Johanna spends much of her time traveling and speaking to audiences throughout the behavioral health industry about generational trauma. Catch the full hour interview with Johanna on our Facebook page Talk Recovery Radio or next week on 100.5fm.
    About Johanna Dr. Johanna O’ Flaherty, PhD, is an expert in crisis management from a psychological perspective, and a renowned expert in the field of trauma, addiction and recovery. She was the Vice President of Treatment Services at the Betty Ford Center from 2006 to 2013, before serving as CEO of the Las Vegas Recovery Center, Senior Fellow of Clinical Services, from 2013 to 2016. She is an Advanced Level Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and a Certified Trainer for Critical Incident Crisis Debriefing Programs. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. In addition, Dr. O’Flaherty adds her 40 years of personal recovery to her long list of accomplishments.
    Dr. O’ Flaherty developed and implemented Crisis Response Programs for Pan American World Airlines, TWA Airlines, and has facilitated the training of Crisis Response Teams for several other airlines as well. In her role as Corporate Manager of Pan American Airways’ Management of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s), she was responsible for the oversight of bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of the 1988 Lockerbie disaster.
    This experience led her to become a pioneer in the aviation industry, organizing, training, and responding to aviation disasters, and facilitating trauma processing, grief counseling, and critical incident stress debriefing. In 1988, she also founded an educational program for chemically dependent women in Calcutta, India through Catholic Charities. In 1996, she provided counseling services to the family members of 230 individuals who perished in New York on TWA Flight 800, the third-deadliest aviation accident in US history. In 2000, she received the FBI’s “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” award. In 2001, Dr. O’Flaherty was again called to New York to assist with counseling airline employees and facilitating the Crisis Response training for the New York City Transit Authority after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. She has conducted critical incident response training for the FBI and first responders.
    At the time of this writing, Dr. O’Flaherty is providing counseling to the first and last responders of the October 1, 2017, massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, at which 58 people were killed and another 546 injured. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the US and has reignited the debate over gun laws. She is the author of two previous books: “The Correlation Between Trauma and Addiction” (2014) and “Daddy Goes to Meetings” (2015). She maintains a consulting practice and an active schedule as a keynote speaker in crisis management and addiction.
    Dr. O’Flaherty has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN as well as several podcasts as an expert in her field.
    Dr. O’Flaherty lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Johanna's Social media and Website
    Facebook | LinkedIn | Website
    Johanna's Book My intention in writing this book is to share with you the story of my own trauma and the difficult, often circuitous and self-destructive path I took to acceptance, forgiveness, and love. First, tenuously, acceptance of those who had hurt me. Acceptance, in time, unfolded into forgiveness. The longer, harder path was to learn to love myself: it can

    • 58 min
    Tattooing and Addiction Recovery

    Tattooing and Addiction Recovery

    Talk Recovery Radio Next Episode – Thursday Feb 2nd, 2023 @ 12pm PST
    This week on Talk Recovery Radio we welcome two tattoo artists in recovery from addiction, Dre Gail and Riley Maten. They will both share their stories of recovery and talk about how they got into tattooing and how it has effected their recovery journey. Babydoll tattoos has been around since 2017 and has grown to a fully equipped multi artist shop in 2022. Catch it all on our Facebook page Thursday at 12pm. The show will be replayed on radio at 12pm PST on Thursday February 9th, 2023.
    Dre Gail - BabyDoll Tattoos Owner
    Babydoll Tattoos, as a business, originated with Dré acting as a one woman show and slowly building her brand over the first few years.  In 2017, she built and licensed her first shop in a simple office space (with a sink of course).  From there, in 2020, miraculously post lock-down, Dré expanded the studio and moved it into a location where multiple artists could work.  Finally, in January of 2022, Babydoll Tattoos recognized their opportunity to achieve their five-year goal of opening a storefront, fully-equipped, multi artist shop. Meet Dré Gail aka Babydoll of Babydoll Tattoos. After a long relationship with art, Babydoll Tattoos was born out of a simple desire - to tattoo one’s knuckles.
    Dré had a love for the movie Sucker Punch and identified with the character, Babydoll’s, descent into dreamy fight scenes at times of discomfort. While exploring appearance modification, Dré wanted to tattoo “baby” and “doll” on her knuckles but her resumé at the time did not accommodate such tattoos. Wanting to maintain employment, and with her qualifications thus far landing mainly in the corporate professional world - she decided to build her own empire that suited her own wants and needs and to spread that empowerment to others. She created a job that would allow her the flexibility to express her creativity in a financially beneficial way. On a deeper level, after struggling with severe body dysmorphia and a feeling of displeasure within her own skin, Dré changed the means by which she tried to take control of her body. Rather than starving, belittling and hating - she embraced it with art. Treating her body as a partner and an expression of her experiences was therapeutic and a love for tattoos began.
    Her dream grew and she transferred her artistic education, corporate experience, and empathic nature, to tattooing. Babydoll Tattoos intends to offer all clients an opportunity to embrace their bodies and physical appearances in which ever way they choose and coach them through the process. Tattoos are a personal and often spiritual experience and as an artist, Dré respects and appreciates her involvement in such an intimate experience. The client’s comfort and individual needs are put first and foremost by our skilled artist and she holds her artists to the same standards, hunting out employees who share her values and can embrace the shop philosophy.
    Riley's Vision
    It all begins with an idea. Maybe you want to launch a business. Maybe you want to turn a hobby into something more. Or maybe you have a creative project to share with the world. Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference. Don’t worry about sounding professional. Sound like you. There are over 1.5 billion websites out there, but your story is what’s going to separate this one from the rest. If you read the words back and don’t hear your own voice in your head, that’s a good sign you still have more work to do.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Tareck33 ,

Can’t get enough

Those two!!! Wonderful hosts, keeping up conversations and bringing different angles on things, insiders stuff and research stuff also. I can’t get enough of G&D and their illustrious (or not so much) guests. Discussions topics always ‘a propos’ and always enlightening. Solid podcast. I recommend.

AshleyANewWest ,

Cutting edge

Thank you for a refreshing look at solutions to addiction . Never alone is something we say in recovery but sharing experience strength and hope is how we know it’s true . Thank you for shining a light and being a voice and giving voices to people who are relevant in recovery . Let’s do more !

kaneda2222 ,

Always entertaining

These guys always have great guests on the show -- they keep it fresh and entertaining -- always new viewpoints. Keep it up guys!

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