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Knockin' Doorz Down is about those who have turned their greatest adversities into their greatest advantages. Features celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times in their lives and how they were able to break through and live a purposeful life inspiring others to be their best selves. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, mental health, or other areas of trauma, you're not alone. Hear how those that have been there, broken through, and started Knockin’ Doorz Down. Hosted by Jason LaChance with a background of family addiction, alcoholism, family trauma, divorce, financial struggles, and depression. Cohost Mikey Nawrocki struggled with substance abuse issues, along with anxiety, depression, and financial struggles. If you're looking for weekly inspiration, and motivation to push through those challenging times, subscribe now. New episodes Thursday's, Knockin’ Doorz Down.

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Knockin' Doorz Down is about those who have turned their greatest adversities into their greatest advantages. Features celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times in their lives and how they were able to break through and live a purposeful life inspiring others to be their best selves. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, mental health, or other areas of trauma, you're not alone. Hear how those that have been there, broken through, and started Knockin’ Doorz Down. Hosted by Jason LaChance with a background of family addiction, alcoholism, family trauma, divorce, financial struggles, and depression. Cohost Mikey Nawrocki struggled with substance abuse issues, along with anxiety, depression, and financial struggles. If you're looking for weekly inspiration, and motivation to push through those challenging times, subscribe now. New episodes Thursday's, Knockin’ Doorz Down.

    Charlie Sheen | Part 2 of his Revealing Interview: Discussing His HIV Diagnosis, His Sobriety, Stories from the Sets of Some of His Biggest Films, And Being the Best Dad He Can Be

    Charlie Sheen | Part 2 of his Revealing Interview: Discussing His HIV Diagnosis, His Sobriety, Stories from the Sets of Some of His Biggest Films, And Being the Best Dad He Can Be

    Charlie Sheen discusses the advancements in technology for HIV treatment and research.  Charlie details how the new treatment is actually equivalent to treating diabetes, and he’s slowly winning the fight.  He had to experiment with a couple combinations of medicine to eventually find out what is right for his body and symptoms.


    He describes the painful process of going through a spinal tap treatment, to get a clear diagnosis of what he was battling.  There was a moment where Charlie felt like “Why Me?” “Can I Go on?”, but then he took a step back and realized it’s not something like an in-operable brain tumor, it could be treated. 


    His mom was there for him during the process, which made it easier to get through.  As a kid growing up, Charlie talks about how much his mom was forgiving, loving and always understanding of what Charlie was going through.  This bond has lasted throughout his life, and insists that it still stronger than ever.


    One of the toughest things Charlie had to deal with during his HIV diagnosis, was the legal requirement to contact your friends, ex’s & family members to let them know about your diagnosis, to make sure that they haven’t been infected themselves.  It was a tough thing to do, and humbled him throughout the process.


    Post-sobriety and post-diagnosis, Charlie talks about interacting with his family with a fresh mindset and new attitude.  It was refreshing for him to not have any hinderances or things that were distracting him from being the best father he could be.


    Some of the memories of the lowest moments in Charlie’s drug using days, are the things that keeps him sober these days.  He keeps the memories close, as a constant reminder to himself to stay sane, contribute, and be available for the people he cares about the most.


    Currently, Charlie is loving the family life.  He recently surprised his 16-year-old daughter with a new car.  Hear about his daily battles with his kids and how providing the best environment for them, regardless of his marital issues, is his #1 priority. It’s a tough balance to discipline the kids while co-parenting, but Charlie has some tips to share.  Also, hear what album & movie Charlie chooses to be stuck on an island with.


    This is Charlie Sheen in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down.


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    Dr. Adam Hill MD | From Alcoholic to Author & Advocate for Depression & Addiction in the Medical Community

    Dr. Adam Hill MD | From Alcoholic to Author & Advocate for Depression & Addiction in the Medical Community

    Dr. Adam Hill grew up on a small Indiana farm, with hardworking parents, his father was a counselor that worked with students with mental health issues. Adam saw this at a young age and credits this as influencing his professional arc to eventually join the medical field. His childhood had lots of bullying, with mental and physical abuse that he didn’t start dealing with until his late 20’s. He was an all-state tennis player, ran track & did very well in school. But on the inside, he was very fragile and broken. He started drinking at the age of 14, and enjoyed the numbing of his pain and fitting in with society. He noticed that while his friends were having a couple of beers, he would finish off a whole case. He didn’t realize how bad it was getting until medical school. Even in medical school, binge drinking was very popular. During his medical school at Duke & Butler Universities, he started to experience the high pressure & stressful environment that came with his profession, and it started to take its toll on his physical and mental health. Depression became a major part of his life, with sleep deprivation and anxiety making it worse. During his residency, is when he really started to notice. This led to depression in his case, and eventually to a more developed form of alcoholism. When he started his residency & practice as a doctor, his drinking really got worse. He started drinking every day. He would use alcohol to cope with tragedy, death & trauma that he would experience every day in his profession. He points out that this situation is not unique to the medical profession, but military, police & EMT communities. When he was battling addiction, he felt that he was inadequate in his profession, by not performing the level of care that he knew he was capable of doing, and the drinking was preventing him from doing so. His wife eventually had to give him the stern intervention that he needed to get help. He realized it wasn’t himself that had the problem necessarily, but the environment he was in that was making it worse. During his addiction & alcoholism, Adam lost 5 colleagues and doctors to suicide. These were doctors and professionals that he worked with every day, and Adam saw this as an opportunity to bring this to light in his community, in hopes of saving more lives. There is a stigma attached to medical professionals, where they feel like they can’t report their problems in fear of repercussions or punishment. Adam points out that we have to do a better job of taking care of our caregivers as a society. Professions with long hours, lack of sleep, and lack of personal care really need to have the attention and focus to make sure they are taking care of themselves. This is one of his main points of focus now, as he tries to help them deal with these issues. Now he is the author of the book “A Long Walk in The Woods”, where he talks about suicide, depression, and drug use in the medical field. He makes the point that we need to realize these professionals are people as well, and they are not immune from the problems we all experience. He also points out that we need to have more community resources to combat mental health at its core and remove the stigma associated with it. He says he wanted to get all of this out of his head, and hopes that it reaches the people that need to hear a message of hope. This is Dr. Adam Hill in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down.


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    Chris Herren | From Basketball Prodigy to Full-Blown Drug Addict to Recovery Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Founder of The Herren Project & Herren Wellness

    Chris Herren | From Basketball Prodigy to Full-Blown Drug Addict to Recovery Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Founder of The Herren Project & Herren Wellness

    Chris’s love of basketball was forced on him in his childhood.  It was a very competitive household.  His brother was s very successful basketball star in high school, and Chris found himself following in his footsteps.  His father was an alcoholic, and Chris feels he inherited this troublesome trait.


    Chris Herren had a storied career in basketball.  He loved the culture of basketball & performing, but he didn’t truly see this as a passion in his life. In his senior year, Herren was named the Boston Globe and Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was named to the McDonald's All-America Team.  He went to Boston College in 1994, where he failed multiple drug tests for marijuana & cocaine, which led to him being kicked out of college and the team.  He then transferred to Fresno State under coach Jerry Tarkanian.  Chris says that the first four years at Fresno State were his career-defining years.  He was at his best during that time but eventually fell back into his old habits.


    When Herren made it to the NBA, he eventually made his way back to Boston to play for the Celtics.  This is when his drug use hit its peak.  He also started to increase his painkiller use with pills like OxyContin, Vicodin & Percocet.  During playing abroad in Italy, he tried heroin for the first time.  He would play for NBA teams abroad in places like Iran, where the punishment for heroin usage and sale is death, and yet he would still take that risk to get high.


    He says looking back now that he was actually in worse shape during the season because the money he was getting paid at the time all went to drug use.   It hit a new low for Chris in 2007, he was charged with possession of heroin in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts.  A year later, Herren overdosed on heroin and crashed into a utility pole. According to paramedics, he was allegedly dead for thirty seconds.  A lot of people in Chris’ life at this point tried to get Chris some help, including fellow NBA player & Golden State Warrior Chris Mullen & his family, who got Chris into his first treatment center.


    When you go to Chris Herren’s house, you won’t see and memorabilia from his time in the NBA.  He is only proud of his time with Fresno State because he feels that this was the most passionate & level-headed he was playing basketball, in his entire career.  He says here that this was the only time of his career that he’s proud of to this day.  After his recovery, he started a program called Hoop Dreams, where he has, so far, taught over 1000 kids basketball.


    After founding Hoop Dreams, he wrote a book in 2011 called ‘Basketball Junkie: A Memoir’.  In 2012, It was turned into a documentary called “Unguarded” and nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.  Chris Herren now devotes his time to the Herren Project.  He opened Herren Wellness, with one location in Virginia, one in Massachusetts, that specializes in health and wellness, and recovery for addicts.  They have placed over 5,000 people into treatment, 27 family online support groups a week.  The program requires honesty, transparentness, and the ability to not break from the routine.  A very inclusive approach that includes the whole dynamic of family & friends of the person in recovery.


    He describes the involvement of their therapists, life coaches, and other medical staff when they are accepting a new addict for treatment.  According to Chris, they are very involved in the recovery process, more so than similar programs.  This is his new passion and new drive in his life & hopes to reach & help as many people as possible. 


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    Denise Richards | Maintaining Mental Health Through Divorce, Success and the Pandemic, While Bringing Her Family Closer Together in the Process

    Denise Richards | Maintaining Mental Health Through Divorce, Success and the Pandemic, While Bringing Her Family Closer Together in the Process

    Denise Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, to Joni & Irv Richards.  She had a typical middle-class upbringing, as a child, she was the "only girl on the baseball team".  When Richards was 15 years old, her family moved to Oceanside, California. After her high school graduation, she began working as a female model and traveled to cities such as Paris, New York, and Tokyo to do photoshoots and commercials


    Denise got her first job in the acting world on ‘Doogie Howser MD’ & ‘Saved by The Bell’.  It was a struggle for her to get traction on the movies she was auditioning for, but her big break came in 1996 with ‘Starship Troopers’.  The budget was so large for the special effects that it opened the door for smaller actors like her to get starring roles.


    After this, it was the big break in her career she needed to get bigger roles.  Next was ‘Wild Things’ with Neve Campbell, and then as the nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in the James Bond film ‘The World Is Not Enough.’  Around this time, she got huge guest appearances on major TV shows like Friends, Spin City, and Two and A Half Men.  This is where she met Charlie Sheen.


    Denise married Charlie Sheen in 2002.  She had 2 children with him, Sam & Lola Rose.  Their marriage was short-lived, and full of problems, as she filed for divorce in 2006.  She also had a restraining order against Charlie at the time.  One of Denise’s many claims that Charlie was abusive, mentally and physically, including direct threats to her life.  With her kids, Denise made sure that they were not privy to any of the fighting and discord during their divorce. 


    In May of 2010, Sheen surrendered legal custody of Sam and Lola to Richards. They previously had joint legal custody of their daughters. Richards got sole legal custody, given Sheen's "marital turmoil, sobriety issues, and criminal problems" and he did not put up a fight about it.  This was the beginning of the healing part of Charlie & Denise’s relationship.


    Hear her story about how she was able to overcome and move on from an abusive relationship & make her family and herself stronger in the process.  Hear the difficulty of being a single parent & trying to get her life back on track.  In June 2011, Richards adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni Richards, as a single parent.  She picked her middle name Joni in honor of her late mother.  Now her kids are 16 and 17, and she feels like they have a stronger bond as a family than ever.


    Now Denise is working on new projects including Glow and Darkness and Paper Empire.  Denise is also starring once again on the latest season of Real Housewives on A&E as well as The Bold & The Beautiful.  She met her current husband Aaron Phypers on the set of The Bold & The Beautiful, they have been happily married since 2018.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Gary Busey | From Cocaine Addiction & Severe Head Trauma to Sober Author, Actor & Musician.

    Gary Busey | From Cocaine Addiction & Severe Head Trauma to Sober Author, Actor & Musician.

    Gary was born in Goose Creek, Texas to a middle-class military family. He became active in football, where he got a college scholarship to Oklahoma State University.  He became interested in acting and eventually starring in small roles, and exploring his love of music on recordings for musicians such as Leon Russell.


    His first major role in his acting career was Kris Kristofferson’s manager in the blockbuster “A Star Is Born”.  But his big breakthrough was playing the iconic Buddy Holly, in “The Buddy Holly Story”, where he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  Since then, Gary has been acting for 51 years, starred in over 170 films, and has been playing music since 1962.


    Along with his newfound fame, came excessive partying and drug use.  Gary abused cocaine heavily, which led to overdoses and some of the lowest points of his life.


    On December 4, 1988, Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured, and he suffered permanent brain damage.  His road to recovery was tough.  Eventually, Gary needed help.  In 1996, Busey publicly announced that he was a Christian.  Busey cites the motorcycle accident, as well as a 1995 cocaine overdose, as events that strengthened his religious faith.


    During the filming of the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008, Busey was referred to a psychiatrist on the show, Charles Sophy.  Sophy suspected that Busey's brain injury has had a greater effect on him than realized. He described it as essentially weakening his mental "filters" and causing him to speak and act impulsively. 


    In writing his book “Buseyisms”, Gary was recorded using a tape recorder, just saying what was on his mind, and what phrases worked for him in positive ways.  For example, his ‘Buseyism’ for the word ‘Sober’ is “Son of A Bitch Everything’s Real” He says the best way to stay sober is to get out of your own way.


    Gary also shares some stories from some of his most famous roles and films, including Point Break, Rookie of The Year, Lethal Weapon, Under Seige & more.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Guy Felicella | From Homeless Heroin Addict Living on the Streets of Vancouver to TEDx Talk Motivational Speaker Working with Vancouver Coastal Health.

    Guy Felicella | From Homeless Heroin Addict Living on the Streets of Vancouver to TEDx Talk Motivational Speaker Working with Vancouver Coastal Health.

    In his youth, Guy Felicella had a typical upbringing with a middle-class family.  He wasn’t diagnosed in school at the time but was diagnosed later in life with ADHD and a mild comprehension disorder.  To compound this, he also suffered verbal abuse from his family and classmates.  This is when he started using drugs at the age of 12 years old, and says now that if he didn’t at the time, he probably would have ended his life.


    Guy’s problematic addiction started 20 years ago, where he found himself involved with gangs, living on the streets of Vancouver, sleeping on cardboard, and moving from vacant houses and doorways to stay warm.  He would find himself in prison serving 35 days and coming out still in the detox process.  He says in prison they would give you valium for alcoholism, but nothing but Gatorade and Tylenol for heroin addiction.  He hopes this can be addressed because, for him & other heroin addicts, it creates more addicts without the proper treatment.  After in & out of prison and relapsing multiple times, he had the realization that the same drugs that he thought saved his life, were now the drugs that were ending his life.  He had a tough time coming to terms with that fact but eventually got to the point of wanting to start the recovery process.


    With his own addiction, Guy relapsed multiple times.  It was not a quick and easy path for his recovery.  He realized instead of beating himself up about relapsing, he would encourage himself to get back up & try it again, until something worked.  This led to his interest & exploration of Harm Reduction.  Guy says that Harm Reduction is an approach where you meet with the addict in controlled environments, and allow access to safe alternatives to the illicit drugs they are currently using.  He says this was instrumental in his own recovery process, keeping him alive long enough to find his own path to recovery.


    Besides this, Guy needed to focus on the underlying trauma that was at the root of his drug use.  He says we focus too much on judging and treating drug addiction instead of investigating and healing our past traumas.  EMDR therapy was really instrumental in his recovery.  It is a rapid eye movement therapy, to repair the coping skills in your mind to deal with past traumas.  These traumas are the roots of drug use, so if people can focus there first, the healing process should be more effective & better all around.  This was the key to his lasting recovery and wants to share what he’s learned with as many people as he can.


    Currently, Guy is involved with the Protentional Overdose Emergency Response Center, Vancouver Coastal Health, the B.C. Center on Substance Use, and has his own company where he speaks with high school students, college students & more, focusing on Harm Reduction & Recovery Initiatives.  He now has a Wife of 8 years and three beautiful kids.  His biggest passion is speaking with youth, even on TEDx Talk stages, relating to them on a personal level that he hopes will change their lives for the better.


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

ScotchJ ,

Very entertaining

This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to! Jason & Mikey are awesome! Smart, funny, emotional, informing! Keep knocking doors down!

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Great concept and interesting guests

The concept of this podcast is wonderful. It is inspirational and informative. The guests are all diverse and have good stories to tell. Jason is a great host who keeps the conversation going and asks really great questions. His input is intelligent and moves the conversation a forward.

Mikey, the other host, makes it’s hard to listen to. He often interjects with comments that disrupt the flow of the conversation. I think finding a cohost as eloquent and personable as Jason would make the podcast easier to listen to.

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