35 episodes

Welcome to the Big Z Media Podcast, Recovery Uncensored with Ty Bechel, the #1 recovery and community-based podcast in the Midwest where we focus on addiction, mental health, recovery, and community and cultural change. We sit down to discuss real stories of hope, challenges, and triumphs with real people, giving them the mic for a censor-free zone. Guests bring personal and professional testimonies, exposing their vulnerabilities to highlight struggles and change in their individual lives or in their community. Monthly episodes allow a great conversation to take place so we can all learn something new and share with one another ways to recover, lift each other up, and find health and happiness. Sponsored by Gateway Foundation.

Recovery Uncensored Big Z Media | Host: Ty Bechel

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to the Big Z Media Podcast, Recovery Uncensored with Ty Bechel, the #1 recovery and community-based podcast in the Midwest where we focus on addiction, mental health, recovery, and community and cultural change. We sit down to discuss real stories of hope, challenges, and triumphs with real people, giving them the mic for a censor-free zone. Guests bring personal and professional testimonies, exposing their vulnerabilities to highlight struggles and change in their individual lives or in their community. Monthly episodes allow a great conversation to take place so we can all learn something new and share with one another ways to recover, lift each other up, and find health and happiness. Sponsored by Gateway Foundation.

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 35: Harm Reduction - Good or Bad?

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 35: Harm Reduction - Good or Bad?

    The controversial topic of harm reduction and syringe services programs (SSPs) - needle exchange - is discussed with our guest, Jen Nagel, who may seem radical in her ideology but has a glaring passion for helping those suffering from addiction and treating her participants at her organization, The Porchlight Collective, with nothing but compassionate-filled attention and love. Parts of the discussion will leave some with the faintest of hearts to say, "WTF!", while those that are open-minded will at least listen to the methodology and goals of needle exchange programs. Jen also discusses her struggle with drug addiction, mental health, and how she finally made a decision to give recovery a serious try. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Recovery Uncensored Ep 34: His Roaring 20's

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 34: His Roaring 20's

    Jake Grant joins us to discuss his three DUI's, three years in prison, and the romantic relationship he found while in residential treatment. Struggling to stay clean and sober, he worked day in and day out to find continuous recovery and get his two children back in his custody from DCFS. A story of perseverance and resiliency, Jake shares an honest look into his life and what he had to do to find happiness and the meaning of fatherhood.

    • 43 min
    Recovery Uncensored Ep 33: Ahoy! A Navy Man's Journey to the Abyss

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 33: Ahoy! A Navy Man's Journey to the Abyss

    Jason joins us in the studio to discuss his past trauma, mental health, time in the Navy, and his near-death experience. Troubled as a child and not feeling like he fits in, our guest found a way to make himself feel sociably accepted through alcohol and later drugs. When he realized that the drugs and alcohol consumed him in darkness, he felt there was no escaping the abyss. Jason found a way to escape the treacherous waters in recovery. Join us to hear his remarkable story and a discussion about different pathways to recovery. 

    Sponsored by Gateway Foundation

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Recovery Uncensored Ep 32: Red Road to Wellbriety

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 32: Red Road to Wellbriety

    Episode 32 with host, Ty Bechel, discusses pathways to recovery. There is a lot of chatter as of late that there are only a few ways that you can recover from a substance use disorder, but we have found in our guests' testimony there are many different pathways to recovery one can take like 12-step model, science-based, Medical-Assisted Treatment, and more. In this intimate episode, we discuss a less known pathway to recovery. We read an excerpt from The Red Road to Wellbriety In The Native American Way and discuss some of the principles found in this spiritual text. 

    Sponsored by Gateway Foundation

    • 38 min
    Recovery Uncensored Ep 31: Let's Rave!

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 31: Let's Rave!

    Heather sits down with Ty, host of Recovery Uncensored, at the Big Z Media studio. She discusses growing up after the divorce of her parents and adjusting to having two homes. As tension grew between her and her father, she found comfort in attending raves, dropping ecstasy, and couch surfing. The uncertainty and chaos became a comfortable passenger for Heather until she decided to turn her life around and find recovery. 

    Sponsored by Gateway Foundation

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Recovery Uncensored Ep 30: From Disney to Dope

    Recovery Uncensored Ep 30: From Disney to Dope

    Allison stops by the Big Z Media studio and hangs out with Recovery Uncensored and drops the skinny about her remarkable story. Escaping Illinois and migrating to Florida, she entered a Disney intern program and began planting roots in the Sunshine State. After the internship, there were drug dealers, multiple jobs, and daily drug use.  Allison and I put on our tiaras and she let it all loose from going to jail to her mom taking a flight to Florida to rescue her daughter from death or prison. 

    Sponsored by Gateway Foundation

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Jcorkie1 ,

Inspiring, honest and uplifting

I absolutely admire those who are brave enough to choose recovery and speak up about their addiction story. As a human who has addiction myself, Ty’s Podcast has helped me to realize my own triggers and see the truth about my addiction through listening to the stories of others. Being new to recovery, listening to the stories of others has been very helpful for me to understand that there is community in recovery. I enjoy the topics discussed outside of the realm of addiction as well. Life gets busy and when I need inspiration or a meeting but can’t make one, I am able to listen to this podcast and it reminds me of why I am in recovery. It is certainly not a replacement for working my program but it does help if time just won’t allow me to get to a meeting. Thanks so much for doing this series and I am looking forward to hearing more about recovery for years to come!

Julia Lee

Ang@AACMidCentral ,

Realest form of speaking one’s truth!

I have been working with Ty Bechel the host for years. He is a true example of what a true community leader looks like and gives an Avenue to all around him to speak their truth. I highly recommend Recovery Uncensored in order to get a glimpse of real people in real recovery!

angelhebb ,

awesome

great and honest podcast

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