This podcast addresses hope and recovery options for individuals, friends, family, parents and associates who have been or may be addicted to opioids, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, fentanyl, and want to overcome the addiction.
There are interviews with former addicts, stories of having gone through numerous failed rehabes, parents and loved ones that describe the horrors and ultimate methods they have sought to save lives and help.
Issues include the changing world of rehab, from 12 step programs to successful and effective alternative approaches to detox, withdrawal, and education for stable life style changes for former addicts. The benefits and dangers of different types of rehab from those that have experienced it.
The "point of no return' is when the individual has come to a realization that they need and want help.
This is also for friends and family of addicts who are at their wits end and don't know what to do to help the addict. This podcast gives hope and inspiration for recovery.
Some topics include:
- Where can I get help?
- How do I know if my child or relative or friend is addicted?
- How do I get someone up to realizing they need help?
Thomas Hollywood Henderson - NFL Super Star and Recovered Addict
Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson is probably one of the most flamboyant NFL players in recent history. However, his lifestyle led him into full blown addiction. Now sober for almost 37 years, he's reaching out to help others. He is speaking in prisons, churches, AA meetings and basically, to anyone who might benefit from hearing his story.
Britt Barker - Catching the Rise
Britt Barker had a good upbringing, a stable family. But he wanted to try alcohol and drugs; and so went down the road to addiction. He was arrested a few times and went through several rehabs. Finally sober since July 2015, he is making music and has released his first solo EP - Trust under the stage name Catch the Rise. He's also helping others by counselling at the local ER in Greenville, SC.
Michelle Weidenbenner - A Mom who Let Go but Never Gave Up
There is a fine line between enabling a loved one who is an addict and giving up on them. Michelle Weidenbenner is a mom whose son is a recovering addict. She has dealt with all that means including becoming guardian of his two daughters. She did what she had to do and discovered the difference between letting go and giving up. Now she's helping other moms navigate the nightmare of addiction.
Addiction Rountable - It's Going to Take a Village
There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child - meaning that there are many different people that play a part. This podcast is a roundtable discussion with several different "experts" - all of whom are playing their part in addressing the addiction pandemic; whether it's treatment; intervention; education or just as a voice for those who often don't have their own voice. Bottom line, if we want to eliminate addiction on this planet, it's going to take each and every one of us.
Cyndy Feasel - A Widow on a Mission
Grant Feasel was a starting center and long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1992. However, due to a brain muddled by a history of repetitive trauma and symptomatic concussions, he turned to drugs and alcohol. The combination of CTE and his drinking led to his death 9 years ago. His wife, Cyndy, is on a mission to educate people about this deadly combination - brain injury and addiction.
Interview with Alex Vejar - Recent Narconon Ojai graduate
Alex had a great upbringing, but at age 13, he got drunk and from there his drinking escalated into cocaine and ultimately meth. Homeless, on the streets, living in a tent, he found a friend - Watson (a dog). His wake up call was when he lost Watson. His dad found Narconon Ojai and Alex started the program in February 2020. Now he's giving back by helping new students to the program. And he has Watson back!