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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.

    Jona Xiao | From Gambling Addiction and Bulimia to Successful Actor & Stand-Up Comedian.

    Jona Xiao | From Gambling Addiction and Bulimia to Successful Actor & Stand-Up Comedian.

    Jona Xiao was born in China but grew up in the United States, specifically St. Louis, Missouri.  Her father was 1 of 5 people to receive a scholarship to Cornell University, which led to them relocating to the US permanently.  This where she eventually coined her comedic phrase “Made in China, Raised in The U.S.”  She experienced a lot of racial inequality while growing up, this would shape the way she perceived society at a young age.  She starting learning English as young as 5 years old, and this led to her having nightmares about speaking English in front of her class.
    She would fight a ton with her dad, she and he were very smart and stubborn and they would constantly butt heads.  One of the things she experienced early on was the color “yellow” and the derogatory meaning behind it for Asian Americans.  She found herself repulsed by the color, which she says now was a subconscious reaction to racism at the time.  She also remembers getting beat up at school.
    As she got older in High School, she would face these racial inequalities head-on.  She became involved in the leadership roles in her school, seeking to make a difference.  She wanted to change the world but realized that it started with analyzing herself and her own environment more closely.  This was a shock at first but led to more openness and understanding with her peers.
    Next was college, where she developed an eating disorder, bulimia, that coincided with a new addiction to poker.  She was going through depression and body image issues.  She would constantly degrade herself and her body parts, for being too big or too small.  She got to the point where she had $200 left to her name and contemplated selling her car and riding her bike to the casino, so she could continue her gambling addiction.  She lost her friends, her money, and her respect. 
    She tried going through a 12-step program but was unsuccessful.  But while she was there, she learned of another lady who had a friend that was gambling for 30 hours straight and actually died at the table.  She thought that could’ve been her & this turned out to be a major wake-up call for her to change her life.  She embraced NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) as a form of psychotherapy, to help her deal with these issues. 
    Now she stars in the Disney Plus epic “Raya The Last Dragon”, which is Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess.  She also has an upcoming starring role in the Starz channel drama “Hightown”.  She is also a stand-up comedian, active in women’s flag football, and an advocate for gambling and eating disorders.
    This is Jona Xiao in her own words on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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    • 55 min
    Jaime Bennington & Austin Gold – Director & Lead Actor in The New Film “A Chant”, Which Shines A Light On Mental Health, Anxiety and Depression

    Jaime Bennington & Austin Gold – Director & Lead Actor in The New Film “A Chant”, Which Shines A Light On Mental Health, Anxiety and Depression

    Jaime Bennington is the son of Chester Bennington, the lead singer from Linkin Park that lost his life in 2017.  His parents were actually never married, they were high school sweethearts.  Jaime didn’t even meet his dad until 8 years old.  His dad was on the road with Linkin Park, and there was a major disconnection there in his early upbringing.
    Many members of Jaime’s family were addicted in many ways.  He dealt with family members that abused meth, alcohol, and other hard drugs.  He saw how it was affecting his family, and wanted to make sure he never went down that path.  Jaime wasn’t upset at his father for committing suicide specifically, but rather he was more upset at how his father treated their family while he was here.  This led to his own further understanding of his traumas.  In combination with this, he was experiencing backlash from Linkin Park fans that were pulling him in different directions.
    As he got older, he learned that he was non-diagnosed with personality disorder, and this was a result of childhood traumas.  He realized that addiction was genetic in his family, and he tried to purposely avoid them.  When he would smoke marijuana, his anxiety would increase tenfold.  It would get to the point of actual seizures, which he initially thought was from the marijuana, but it turns out in his case, the seizures were psychologically induced.  This led to more panic attacks, as he became aware of them.
    This is when Jaime started to explore his mental issues as well as his anxiety problems.  When he turned 24, he learned he had depression & anxiety, as a result of repressed childhood traumas that were never properly dealt with.  Even now in his adult life, he has problems controlling the volume of his voice when talking with others, his intensity is through the roof.  In his own words, he’s self-described as “An 11 and then a 0, there’s no in-between”.
    With his new movie “A Chant” he didn’t want to exploit or fetishize mental illness.  His goal was to portray it as it really is, with all of its ugliness and truth.  Jaime met his lead actor Austin Gold in 2018 and immediately had a great connection.  Austin appreciated Jaime’s candor and way of not holding anything back, with no filter.  This led to a mutual understanding and shared enthusiasm for the subject of mental health with this film.
    Jaime wants to carve out his own path in life & not live in the shadow of his father’s legacy.  He wants to help other kids that are going through the same things he was, and this film was a way of communicating that goal.  He wants people to know that what he’s going through is not unique, whether he had a famous father or not.  He hopes his newfound vulnerability and openness will lead to more conversations to remove the stigmas of mental health.
    This is Jamie Bennington with Austin Gold in their own words on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Austin D’Amond | Devil Driver Drummer, From Adolescent Substance Abuser to Successful Sober Lifestyle Entrepreneur

    Austin D’Amond | Devil Driver Drummer, From Adolescent Substance Abuser to Successful Sober Lifestyle Entrepreneur

    Austin D’Amond grew up in a mixed household, with his mom, dad & stepdad all in the same house.  Eventually his mother left, and was left to his own devices.  By the age of 12, he was already having run ins with the cops, he was drinking heavily and having parties every night already in his early teenage years.
    This was about the time he tried taking his music passion and skills to the next level.  He started out playing drums at the age of 9, and before he knew it, it was his new focus for his abundance of energy.  His dad was very into heavy metal, and would make unique mix tapes that would inspire him to play music.  He joined his high school marching band and took it to the next level.
    As he got older, he learned how to get away with things, sneak around and do things he wasn’t supposed to.  It gave him a rush & would try to top himself each time.  He would develop a skill and habit for lying that would continue into his adult life.  This was also the time that drug & alcohol usage started to ramp up, and he started doing speed.  Before he knew it, it was full blown amphetamine addiction.
    At this time, his music career was also taking off, he was going on tour, playing huge stadiums & living the rock star life.  He would stay up for 2 or 3 days and still play shows.  When he would come home from the road, the thrill and the high was gone, so he would go and hide and escape his responsibilities.  He would drink and use drugs even harder to numb his pain.  This led to problems in his personal life that he eventually had to confront and deal with.
    In July of 2017, his drinking and speed usage was out of control.  He got an ultimatum from his girlfriend that she was going to tell his bandmates what was really going on.  She called the cops on him for a wellness check after being away for a while.  When the cops showed up, it turned out to be his breaking point & decided to get fully sober.  He went on a camping trip with his friends that made him realize his issues.  He then embraced the program and rules of Alcoholic Anonymous and started to see results.
    He realized that he could use his fame, his knowledge and experiences to help others going through what he went through.  He wants to help others working at an inpatient centers and rehab facilities. Now to keep occupied during the pandemic, he’s found a new job working for Amazon, driving a delivery truck.  He says this keeps him busy as he waits to hit the road again with Devil Driver as soon as possible.
    This is Austin D’Amond in his own words on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Butch Patrick | From Alcoholic & Partying Child Star of The Munsters to Motivational Speaker & Recovery Advocate

    Butch Patrick | From Alcoholic & Partying Child Star of The Munsters to Motivational Speaker & Recovery Advocate

    Beginning his professional acting career at the age of seven, Butch Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966. His uncle John was a horse supplier to Hollywood Studios, and his cousin was Zorro's stunt double. This was his connection to get started in the industry. His mother & father were warm & loving, social drinkers. Typical 50's entertaining family, with light weekend partying at the house. This atmosphere would eventually spark his partying lifestyle that would take over his adolescent years.
    Eventually, his parents divorced and didn't have the father figure he needed for the discipline and structure in his life. He wanted to act temporarily to raise money for what he thought he really wanted to do in life, which was race cars. He didn't consider himself an actor, but acting just as a way of making side money. He felt he was one of the rare young Hollywood actors that actually had a pretty regular life with regular friends, and the Hollywood stuff was just a job to him.
    When he turned 16, he got his driver's license, and he was swept up in the 60's counter-culture & drug exploration. He hosted huge lavish parties that had the elite of Hollywood in attendance practically every week. He explained that no one ever told the Hollywood stars, child stars & musicians "NO!" when they were drinking and partying in excess. This quickly spiraled out of control into heavy drug and alcohol abuse. There was a point where he didn't even want acting gigs at all, he just wanted to go to the beach, race cars & do drugs. Eventually, he used so much that he had to turn into a dealer to offset his habit. He would get a rush flying under the radar with his partying lifestyle, it would justify his way of living to himself.
    There was a point where it all came crashing down, around the age of 40 he realized that he was not only hurting himself but hurting others. He thought about the fact that he was drinking himself to death, thinking of an exit plan, which could have led to suicide. Eventually, he went into treatment at 57 years old. One week in Southern California, he found himself at Oasis Treatment Center. He was convinced by one of the senior counselors to get completely sober and to use his celebrity to reach a wider audience, to tell his story, and change other lives for the better. He liked the fraternity atmosphere of his recovery group, he never went into the military, and this was the structure and camaraderie that he craved.
    He found out during his recovery that he had Prostate Cancer. To which he said at first, "Well, at least I'll die sober". Eventually, he was able to treat & beat it, and now is a motivational speaker & recovery counselor for Oasis Treatment Center in Southern California. He credits their "90" day program" which included meditation, informational meetings, yoga, and more... which he found much more informative and effective instead of the typical "30" day program. Currently, He works with his local Boys & Girls Club to keep kids informed and inspire them. He is a public motivational speaker, speaking to all types of crowds, telling his story & sharing what worked for him. Now he wants to spread the word about taking the first initial step successfully, which he says is the hardest part of the recovery process. He hopes he can bring as much attention as he can with his celebrity status to reach more people to start their roads to recovery.
    This is Butch Patrick in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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    • 59 min
    Joshua Shea | From Alcoholic, Porn Addict & Bi-Polar Control Freak to Author, Trauma Coach & Pornography Addiction Counselor

    Joshua Shea | From Alcoholic, Porn Addict & Bi-Polar Control Freak to Author, Trauma Coach & Pornography Addiction Counselor

    Porn addiction is the “Addiction No One Talks About” and Joshua Shea is here to knock that door down & bring to light the addiction that stays in the shadows of everyday life.
    Growing up, his family was very conservative and at 7 years old he was sexually and mentally abused by a babysitter.  At age 12, he started drinking and watching hard-core pornography after an older cousin introduced it to him one day.  Then at 14, he got drunk for the first-time sneaking champagne at a wedding.
    In his teenage years, he started drinking & watching porn heavily, and eventually, it consumed his life.  He was able to go to a mom & pop style video store and rent a couple of adult films every day & buy his beer at the local mini-mart.  Every day, multiple times a day, it would eventually distort his reality of what a healthy relationship is supposed to be.  It would distort the way he saw women, and how he interacted with his own wife & kids.
    There was a point where it all came crashing down, and he knew he needed to get help.  In March of 2014, the Main State Police came to his door.  After being off his bi-polar medication for some time, he was caught in a sting operation where one of the women he was watching was an underage female.  This was the reality check that he needed, and during that ride in the back of the cop car, he says it was almost like a therapy session.  He says those officers basically saved his life.  He served 6 months in jail.
    Looking back now, he says he lost his 20’s and most of his 30’s due to his addictions to porn & alcohol.  With porn, the addiction for him was that no one says “no” and this idea would make him feel empowered.  They wouldn’t tell him to take out the trash or that he did badly at work that week.  He was disconnected from reality, from his own wife and kids & was not involved in their lives the way he should have been.
    During his research into his own addiction, he found that it was really difficult to find comprehensive and accurate information on pornography addiction, so he decided to write his own self-help book.  Something came to him & said, “You need to tell your story”.  Dealing with this issue & recovering for over 6 years, he knew he had the knowledge & experience that would educate people going through porn addiction.
    Not only men, but women would reach out to him about “Betrayal Trauma” and dealing with other side effects of someone else’s addiction, that are the unintended victims of pornography addicts.  He also makes the point that 1 in 3 young adults under the age of 30 think they watch too much porn, which is a real problem that needs to be addressed without stigma.
    Now Joshua is a successful author, counselor, and certified “Betrayal Trauma Coach” to help people going through this taboo type of addiction.  He finds the best way to get through to an addict of porn, is to go through the wife or girlfriend first, and then when shame is out of the picture, they are receptive to change.  He makes the point that he is not anti-pornography, but rather truly educating people the same way we do with drug & alcohol counseling.
    This is Joshua Shea in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Kevin Derek | Director of “More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story” Trauma Survivor and Inspiration

    Kevin Derek | Director of “More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story” Trauma Survivor and Inspiration

    Growing up as the son of Iranian immigrants, Kevin Derek faced adversity with racism and prejudice growing up.  He saw parallels in his own life story, that tied in with the story of his new documentary “More Than Miyagi”, which tells the life story of Pat Morita.
    As an Iranian-American, Kevin saw parallels in his own life, dealing with racism being Iranian, being beaten up as a kid, and having racial slurs spray-painted on his garage… he saw himself in the character of Daniel LaRusso (as played by Ralph Macchio) in “The Karate Kid”.  He even had his own mentor Fumio Demorua (The Real Miyagi), like Mr. Miyagi, through martial arts he developed coping mechanisms and discipline to deal with his trauma.  That film was hugely influential on him, which led him to this documentary.
    During his research for this film, he found out that Pat dealt with the same racism during the ’40s & ’50s into his professional career.  This was the main inspiration for Kevin to tell the story of how they just both wanted to be successful American citizens and overcoming the many types of obstacles in their way.
    With Pat Morita, he wanted to tell his whole life story, starting with how he was diagnosed with then incurable tuberculosis.  He was in a full-body cast, confined to a sanitarium from the ages of 2 to 11.  Right after his recovery in 1941, World War 2 is in full force, and the FBI came to his families’ home and took them to an internment camp.  His father would make bootleg sake in the internment camps, and Pat started drinking at 12 years old, which started his early alcoholism in his life. 
    Pat was constantly teased and had overcome racism on daily basis as a Japanese-American, making it tough to start his professional acting career.  He didn’t start acting until his 30’s, and at first, got roles mainly as minority-based smaller characters, it was tough for people of color or of another national original to get leading roles in films or TV.  His drinking made its way to the set of movies and TV, causing problems in his career.  Eventually, Pat’s alcoholism led to his death at age 73.
    Kevin Derek tells this story, with parallels to his own life story in the fantastic new documentary “More Than Miyagi”, which has a rare 100% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes.
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Customer Reviews

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54 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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