Junkyland is a podcast by Andy Gold, a real-life stand-up comedian and recovering heroin addict, folks. How about that.
S2 022: “Andy & Sam”
Andy and Sam pop off about a wide range of recovery-related subjects. Gratitude, spirituality and butts.
S2 021: “The Science of Getting High”
Jonathan Falconer has a podcast called “The Science of Getting High” and a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry.
He lives in New Zealand and loves to surf and do comedy.
He calls in to talk to Andy and Sam about butts.
S2 020: “The Perfect Weight”
Andy & Sam pop off about a wide array of recovery related subjects.
For instance, would Sam rather relapse or have sex with his dad.
S2 019: “Sam”
Sam is the new cohost of Junkyland! He’s a good dude who is an early recovery. Sometimes I think people who are an early recovery actually work a better program than people who have 10 years clean and offer all kinds of great insights. He’s also a funny comedian. Plus, if he relapses and overdoses, I can leverage his death to make a heartwarming tribute episode, which is always great content. It’s a win-win!
S2 018: “Brandon & Shianne”
Early in my recovery, I had resentment for anyone who’s definition of recovery wasn’t the same as my definition of recovery. After a while, it became clear that my opinions were fueled by nothing but resentment and that wasn’t helping me or anyone else. I went through hellacious withdrawals and wanted everyone else to experience the same, otherwise they didn’t deserve to call themselves “clean”.
Thankfully my opinions have evolved and the definition of recovery is becoming broader and the value of harm reduction is becoming obvious. Brandon and Shianne stop by to talk about how cannabis and pain management have helped them live improved lives that are less painful and more producive. They also talk about the backlash from some of their old friends in recovery.
Today, Brandon and Shianne run the Addicted We Stand Facebook group with 20k members. AWS serves as online resource offering support to people in recovery, as well as being a platform to have conversations about a variety of paths to recovery. The way you recover might not be the same as the way others recover – and that’s OK.
S2 017: “Randall”
Randall was the lead anchor for channel 4 news in Salt Lake City. Before ubiquitous internet news and streaming services, network television news dominated the airways. Every night, hundreds of thousands of Utahans would tune in to hear Randall’s professional, objective takes on the happenings of the times. Randall was a trusted and well-liked source of information for years and years.
He also spent decades drinking until he blacked out…every. single. night. Randall justified his alcoholism because he was making a comfortable living and was a good provider. Despite the fact that his drinking cost him four marriages and countless memories, Randall continued to drink until passing out every night for decades. Give this episode a listen to hear about Randall‘s realization that no amount of money or prestige could make up for all the destroyed memories and relationships. He could no longer deny the extreme danger of his behavior, it was time for him to begin his journey back to sanity.
Today, Randall has nine years clean and sober. He is incredibly grateful that his drinking didn’t destroy his liver or cause him permanent brain damage; he is mindful of so many other alcoholics who were not so lucky. Randall now works at the Odyssey House in Salt Lake City, using his knowledge of the media to spread awareness and education about the disease of addiction. His new job doesn’t have the glamour or celebrity recognition of his old job, but the feeling he gets being of service to people in recovery brings him more joy than being the top news anchor in Salt Lake City ever could bring him.
Andy is hilarious with just the right balance of self-deprecating humor, prepubescent-level maturity and sage wisdom. Like a hilarious tour guide (who’s seen too much), he walks you through the shenanigans waiting around every seedy corner of Junkyland.
Andy is dope cuz he’s fat