138 episodes

A podcast from one of the nation's original Recovery Community Organizations - CCAR. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope, and healing of Recovery from addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced. We invite guests from all areas of the Recovery Movement to explore the concept of recovery with us, share their stories, and have real discussions that move us toward that world which we envision.

Recovery Matters! Podcast Don Smith, Phillip Valentine, Sandy Valentine, Melvin Cabrera

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

A podcast from one of the nation's original Recovery Community Organizations - CCAR. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope, and healing of Recovery from addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced. We invite guests from all areas of the Recovery Movement to explore the concept of recovery with us, share their stories, and have real discussions that move us toward that world which we envision.

    "God Did For Me What I Couldn't Do For Myself": A Powerful Story of Addiction and Hope

    "God Did For Me What I Couldn't Do For Myself": A Powerful Story of Addiction and Hope

    In this episode of the Recovery Matters podcast, Celine recounts her struggles and ultimate surrender to addiction, a process that began with a tumultuous life marked by desperation and withdrawal symptoms. Her compelling story highlights the physical and mental challenges of finding a detox facility and the pivotal moment of divine intervention that led her to recovery. Celine also discusses her upbringing in a household affected by substance misuse, the emotional toll it took on her, and how she overcame familial and personal battles. The episode concludes with Celine reflecting on her meaningful recovery process, her ongoing relationship with her higher power, and her dedication to helping others as a recovery coach.

    00:00 Introduction and Host's Background
    00:19 Guest's Early Recovery Journey
    01:26 Struggles and Turning Points
    04:15 Desperation and Seeking Help
    06:51 Finding Hope and Support
    11:07 Temptation and Support in Recovery
    14:01 Host's Temptation Story
    15:06 Changes in Recovery Over Time
    15:21 Guest's Childhood and Upbringing
    15:28 Growing Up in West Hartford
    16:02 Life with a Tricarious Mother
    16:58 Childhood Trauma and Drug Exposure
    20:05 Struggles with Alcohol
    22:38 The Turning Point
    26:44 Rebuilding and Recovery
    32:53 Words of Encouragement

    • 35 min
    From Darkness to Light: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery

    From Darkness to Light: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery

    In this emotional episode of the Recovery Matters podcast, host TJ chats with Jason, who shares the intense and harrowing story of his struggles with addiction and his path to recovery. Jason reveals his early start with substance use at the age of 12, driven by an abusive household, and his subsequent descent into the world of drugs and criminal activity. The narrative covers his multiple incarcerations, the lows of his addiction, moments of introspection, and pivotal turning points. Jason also talks about how he found a support system through Narcotics Anonymous, rediscovered his self-worth, and eventually turned his life around. This episode serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the possibility of recovery.

    00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction
    00:30 Jason's Early Drug Use and Family Struggles
    02:41 Life on the Streets and First Encounter with Cocaine
    07:21 Living with a New Family and Deeper Involvement in Drugs
    10:50 First Trouble with the Law and Juvenile Detention
    14:16 Life in Juvenile Detention and Reinforced Addiction
    17:52 The Halfway House Experience
    18:19 A Counselor's Eye-Opening Advice
    20:01 Struggles with Relapse
    21:54 A Humbling Experience
    23:33 A Turning Point
    26:02 Starting Over
    32:28 Recovery and Rediscovery

    • 37 min
    I Didn't Think I Belonged: How Recovery Helped Me Embrace My Identity

    I Didn't Think I Belonged: How Recovery Helped Me Embrace My Identity

    In this episode of the Recovery Matters podcast, host TJ, a young person in long-term recovery, converses with Mike, who has been in recovery since March 5, 1984. Mike shares his journey, beginning with his struggles with alcohol from the age of 12, escalating during his time in the Air Force, and eventually leading to his turning point at 21. They discuss the role of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the importance of connection in recovery, and the concept of living one day at a time. Mike also opens up about his experience of coming to terms with his sexuality and the eventual acceptance from his family. Both TJ and Mike emphasize the significance of honesty, dealing with fear, and the support from peers in their recovery journeys. Mike reflects on the realization that most fears are unfounded and talks about the evolution of his personal identity while in recovery.

    00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction
    00:31 Mike's Early Struggles with Alcohol
    02:18 The Turning Point: Entering Recovery
    05:12 The Importance of Connection in Recovery
    05:29 TJ's Recovery Journey
    07:46 Identity and Recovery
    10:27 Living Authentically in Recovery
    15:40 Overcoming Fear and Shame
    18:34 Final Thoughts and Reflections

    • 20 min
    Cancer Warriors: Finding Strength in Community & Self-Care

    Cancer Warriors: Finding Strength in Community & Self-Care

    Phil discusses his diagnosis of diffuse aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and his reflections on dealing with cancer for the second time, emphasizing his attempts to put affairs in order and contemplate the significance of life and the possibility of an afterlife. Jackie shares her story of being diagnosed with leukemia at 17, undergoing a bone marrow transplant, and facing various long-term side effects and subsequent cancer diagnoses. The conversation also explores their attitudes towards treatment decisions, the importance of self-care, and the support they've received from their community. Throughout, both exhibit a strong sense of resilience, focusing on living in the present, the therapeutic value of creating art, and the idea of legacy and impact on others.

    00:00 A Heartfelt Conversation on Cancer and Resilience
    02:32 The Second Battle: Doubts and Reflections
    13:35 Navigating Treatment Choices and Embracing Uncertainty
    18:52 Exploring Faith and Spirituality Through Cancer Recovery
    22:06 Reflecting on Life's Challenges and the Journey of Recovery
    22:19 Embracing Retirement and Passing the Torch
    23:33 The Essence of Recovery and Self-Care
    27:22 Personal Growth and Future Aspirations
    34:41 The Healing Power of Community Support and Spirituality
    38:37 Navigating the Side Effects of Treatment and Embracing Change

    • 43 min
    Facing Cancer Again: A Real and Raw Conversation

    Facing Cancer Again: A Real and Raw Conversation

    In this raw and deeply personal conversation, previously recorded on 2/6/24, Sandy and Phil Valentine openly discuss Phil's cancer diagnosis and the impact it is having on their lives. As Phil is preparing to start chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin's B Cell Lymphoma, they reflect on their experiences of Phil's previous bout with cancer in 2010. Sandy expresses her struggle with seeing her partner in pain again while Phil shares his contemplation on death, revealing spiritual questions and emotional fears. The couple discusses the importance of kindness, community and maintaining a strong support system. Through it all, they highlight the importance of recovery and their faith, reiterating their determination to stay resilient against cancer.

    00:00 Introduction and Catching Up
    00:06 Reflecting on Past Experiences with Cancer
    01:35 Dealing with Emotions and Anger
    02:27 Facing a New Diagnosis: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    05:07 Understanding the Medical Process and Delays
    05:44 Navigating the Healthcare System
    07:54 Contemplating Mortality and the Afterlife
    08:44 Facing the Possibility of Death
    14:31 Dealing with Anger and Emotional Changes
    18:18 Understanding the Treatment Regimen
    18:46 The Four Quadrants of Health
    21:16 The Role of Art in Coping
    24:20 Facing Chemotherapy
    30:34 The Impact on Family
    33:00 The Power of Kindness
    34:55 Coming to Terms with the Unknown

    • 36 min
    Journey through Recovery: A Conversation with Dr. Rick Davila

    Journey through Recovery: A Conversation with Dr. Rick Davila

    Journey through Recovery: A Conversation with Dr. Rick Davila

    In this podcast episode, Dr. Rick Davila shares his personal journey with recovery from alcohol addiction which started in October 1966, when he was only seven years old. He shares about his transformative years, the importance of 12-step recovery programs and his strong emphasis on AA meetings for his recovery. Davila explains his experience of transitioning from a troubled adolescent, a military stint and his struggle with heavy alcoholism to becoming a recovery coach. Despite his struggles, he emphasizes his commitment to helping others battling with addiction. He reflects upon the evolution of alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment, and the emergence of multiple pathways to recovery beyond the traditional 12 step programs. Finally, he expresses his view on maintaining daily recovery wellness and his continued commitment to assisting others on their path to recovery.

    00:00 Introduction and Guest Presentation
    00:05 Dr. Rick Davila's Early Life and Recovery Journey
    01:13 Military Service and Struggles with Alcohol
    02:33 Discovering Alcoholics Anonymous and Recovery Culture
    04:04 The Struggles and Challenges of Early Recovery
    07:27 Transition into the Field of Helping Others
    08:14 The Impact of Ego and Power in Recovery
    10:36 Returning to the Field and Overcoming Challenges
    16:19 Maintaining Recovery and Giving Back to the Community
    16:51 Reflections on Multiple Pathways to Recovery
    20:17 Closing Remarks and Reflections

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

KJoeSon87 ,

Very informative- Thank you

I was introduced to your podcast when I took a CEU class a few months ago. Episode 91 •Jordan Goldberg, a recovery support specialist, talks harm reduction and medicated-assisted treatment• was FANTASTIC! I shared with my entire team at work. Thank you for all the work y’all do. Keep it up!

Rickdiddy ,

Insightful and Inspirational

Refreshing to hear such honesty and sincerity in their story. Very inspirational.

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