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Recovery Replay is a podcast powered by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. We start from the beginning and share a person's recovery journey from three different perspectives. First, there is the person in recovery. Next, a support person could be a spouse, sibling, or best friend. Lastly, there is the clinician. They will provide proper commentary, context, and teachable moments to each story.

The stories you hear will be transparent and candid. Also, on Recovery Replay, you will see that people in recovery are not a monolith. They are athletes, business professionals, college students. But they are also our neighbors, spouses, or even our children.

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Recovery Replay is a podcast powered by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. We start from the beginning and share a person's recovery journey from three different perspectives. First, there is the person in recovery. Next, a support person could be a spouse, sibling, or best friend. Lastly, there is the clinician. They will provide proper commentary, context, and teachable moments to each story.

The stories you hear will be transparent and candid. Also, on Recovery Replay, you will see that people in recovery are not a monolith. They are athletes, business professionals, college students. But they are also our neighbors, spouses, or even our children.

    Nicole Andreas: The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma (Part 2)

    Nicole Andreas: The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma (Part 2)

    In this episode of Recovery Replay, we follow the story of Nicole Andreas as she navigates through unimaginable loss, addiction, and ultimately finds her path to recovery. With valuable insights from Dr. Georgia Fourlas, Executive Director of Rio Retreat Center at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, this episode sheds light on the complexities of grief, family dynamics, and the importance of community in the recovery process.
    Nicole's journey begins with the tragic loss of her husband, Andy, in a drunk driving accident, followed by the passing of her mother just six weeks later. Overwhelmed with grief and left to raise three young boys on her own, Nicole turns to alcohol and marijuana to cope with her pain. As she struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for her children, Nicole realizes that she needs help.
    Dr. Fourlas highlights the significance of community support during times of immense loss, noting that Nicole's affluent background may have contributed to a lack of authentic connections and support during her time of need. She emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between genuine friendships and relationships based on social status or personal gain.
    As Nicole begins her recovery journey, she encounters challenges in her romantic relationships, particularly with a partner who struggles with sex addiction. Dr. Fourlas explains how individuals with addictions can often present themselves as "knights in shining armor," masking their own issues while taking advantage of someone's vulnerability.
    Through her experiences at the Meadows, Nicole learns valuable lessons about family systems, codependency, and the impact of her own upbringing on her adult life. She begins to understand and accept the complexities of her parents' personalities, acknowledging both their strengths and their shortcomings.
    Dr. Fourlas stresses the importance of addressing not only the addiction itself but also the underlying "addictiveness" that often stems from unresolved trauma and family of origin issues. She commends the Meadows' approach to treating the whole person, equipping individuals with the tools they need to maintain long-term recovery.
    As Nicole continues her recovery journey, she builds a new community based on shared values, authenticity, and personal growth. Dr. Fourlas emphasizes the significance of finding and nurturing these genuine connections, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made community-building more challenging.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Grief and loss can be overwhelming, leading to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.
    2. Affluence and fame do not protect against addiction and mental health struggles.
    3. Authentic community support is crucial during times of crisis and recovery.
    4. Individuals with addictions may present themselves as "saviors" to vulnerable people, masking their own issues.
    5. Addressing family of origin issues and unresolved trauma is essential for long-term recovery.
    6. Comprehensive treatment, like that offered at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, equips individuals with tools for sustained recovery.
    7. Building a community based on shared values and authenticity is vital for personal growth and recovery.
    8. Recovery is possible for anyone, regardless of background, with the right support and resources.
    9. Sharing personal stories of recovery offers hope and inspiration to others facing similar challenges.
    10. Behavioral health professionals, like Dr. Georgia Fourlas, provide valuable insights and guidance in the recovery process.
    This episode serves as a powerful reminder that addiction and trauma can affect individuals from all walks of life, and that recovery is possible with the right support, tools, and mindset. By sharing her story, Nicole Andreas offers hope and inspiration to those who may be struggling with similar challenges, while Dr. Georgia Fourlas provides valuable insights into the recovery process from a clinical perspective.

    • 46 min
    Nicole Andreas: The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma (Part 1)

    Nicole Andreas: The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma (Part 1)

    In this episode of Recovery Replay, powered by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, we delve into the moving story of Nicole Andreas, an adult child of alcoholism who overcame the trauma of growing up in a dysfunctional, addicted family. Nicole shares her journey from a childhood filled with creativity and love, yet marred by substance abuse and inappropriate boundaries, to her own struggles with addiction and ultimately finding healing through recovery.
     
    As a young girl in New York City, Nicole was surrounded by a world of art, culture, and parties, where her parents' love for her was interwoven with alcoholism and drug use. Jim Corrington, Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, offers valuable insights, explaining how Nicole's early experiences primed her for addiction and made it difficult for her to escape the cycle of substance abuse.
    Through Nicole's story, we explore the profound impact of parental addiction on a child's development, as well as the challenges faced by adult children of alcoholics in navigating relationships and finding their own path to healing. Nicole's journey takes her through the ups and downs of marriage, motherhood, and the devastating loss of her husband, ultimately leading her to seek help and embark on a transformative recovery journey at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
    This episode sheds light on the often-hidden world of high-functioning addiction and the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma, offering hope and inspiration to those struggling with similar experiences. With the expert commentary provided by Jim Corrington, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of addiction and the importance of seeking professional help to break free from the cycle of substance abuse and heal from the wounds of a painful past.
    Whether you are an adult child of alcoholism, someone struggling with addiction, or a professional in the behavioral health field, this episode offers valuable insights and a powerful message of hope and resilience. Nicole's story serves as a reminder that, no matter how difficult the journey may be, recovery is possible, and healing can be found through self-discovery, support, and the transformative work offered by leading treatment centers like Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Adult children of alcoholics often face unique challenges in overcoming the trauma of growing up in a dysfunctional family system marked by substance abuse and addiction.
    2. Parental substance abuse can have a profound impact on a child's development, leading to a higher risk of developing addictive behaviors and struggling with relationships in adulthood.
    3. High-functioning addiction can be difficult to recognize, as individuals may appear successful and put-together while struggling with substance abuse behind closed doors.
    4. Childhood trauma, such as exposure to inappropriate boundaries and inconsistent parenting, can have long-lasting effects on an individual's mental health and well-being.
    5. Recovery from addiction and healing from childhood wounds is possible with the right support, professional help, and a willingness to engage in the transformative work of therapy and self-discovery.
    6. Treatment centers like Meadows Behavioral Healthcare offer specialized programs and expertise to help adult children of alcoholics and those struggling with addiction to overcome their past and build a healthier future.
    7. Breaking free from the cycle of addiction often requires addressing not only substance abuse but also the underlying emotional and psychological factors that contribute to addictive behaviors.
     

    • 51 min
    Molly Batterman: Overcoming Addiction and Complex Trauma (Part 2)

    Molly Batterman: Overcoming Addiction and Complex Trauma (Part 2)

    In this powerful conclusion of Recovery Replay, we delve into the inspiring story of Molly Batterman, a young woman who battled addiction, complex trauma, and eating disorders. With insights from Dr. Stephanie Carnes, a senior fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, the episode explores the profound impact of childhood trauma on addiction and mental health.
    Molly's journey began in Nebraska, where she struggled to fit in and turned to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. As her addiction progressed, she found herself caught in a vicious cycle of drug abuse, eating disorders, and sex and love addiction. Dr. Carnes explains how complex trauma can lead to attachment issues, difficulty in regulating emotions, and a higher risk of developing addictive behaviors.
    Throughout her journey, Molly faced numerous challenges, including dangerous situations, deteriorating health, and strained family relationships. After multiple attempts at treatment, a turning point occurred when she connected with Havi Kang, a compassionate therapist at The Meadows treatment center. Havi's empathetic approach helped Molly open up and address the root causes of her addiction and trauma.
    The episode also highlights the importance of finding a supportive recovery community. Molly's involvement in a women's sponsorship family provided her with accountability, purpose, and the opportunity to help other women achieve sobriety. Dr. Carnes emphasizes the significance of attachment and connection in the healing process for individuals with complex trauma.
    Key Takeaways:
    1.Complex Trauma and Addiction: Dr. Stephanie Carnes, a senior fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, explains the significant impact of childhood trauma on the development of addiction and mental health issues. Complex trauma can lead to attachment difficulties, emotional regulation problems, and increased risk of substance abuse.
    2. The Power of Empathetic Therapy: Molly Batterman's recovery journey highlights the importance of finding a compassionate and understanding therapist. Her connection with Havi, a therapist at The Meadows treatment center, was a turning point in her healing process. Havi's empathetic approach allowed Molly to open up and address the underlying causes of her addiction and trauma.
    3. Building a Supportive Recovery Community: Molly's involvement in a women's sponsorship family emphasizes the crucial role of a supportive recovery community. Engaging with others who share similar experiences provides accountability, purpose, and the opportunity to help others achieve sobriety. Dr. Carnes stresses the importance of attachment and connection in the healing process for individuals with complex trauma.
    4. Embracing Unique Identity in Recovery: Molly's story demonstrates the significance of embracing one's unique identity in the recovery journey. By accepting herself and finding the right support system, Molly was able to transform her life and inspire others facing similar challenges. Recovery is possible when individuals learn to love and accept themselves for who they are.
    5. Hope for Lasting Recovery: Molly Batterman's journey from struggle to strength offers hope for those battling addiction, trauma, and mental health issues. Her story proves that lasting recovery is achievable, even after years of challenges. With the right treatment, support, and mindset, individuals can overcome their struggles and build fulfilling lives in recovery.
    Today, Molly is thriving in her recovery and pursuing a meaningful career in social work to help others facing similar struggles. Her story serves as a powerful reminder that recovery is possible, even after years of battling addiction and trauma. By embracing her unique identity and finding the right support system, Molly has transformed her life and now inspires others on their own paths to healing.
     
     

    • 32 min
    Molly Batterman: Overcoming Addiction and Complex Trauma (Part 1)

    Molly Batterman: Overcoming Addiction and Complex Trauma (Part 1)

    In this episode of Recovery Replay, we dive deep into the story of Molly Batterman, a survivor of complex trauma and addiction. Molly shares her journey from a shy girl growing up on a Nebraska horse farm to a young woman grappling with the devastating impact of feelings of not fitting in.
    Through Molly's raw and honest account, we explore how childhood experiences, such as feeling like an outsider, can lay the foundation for addiction later in life. Molly's story highlights the common path of many addicts - from prescription painkillers following an injury to full-blown opioid addiction and the desperate attempts of family and friends to intervene.
    The episode also features valuable insights from Dr. Stephanie Carnes, a senior fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and clinical architect at Willow House, a renowned treatment center for women. Dr. Carnes delves into the concept of complex trauma, which involves a series of traumatic events starting in childhood and continuing into adulthood. She explains how complex trauma can lead to attachment issues, difficulty regulating emotions, toxic shame, and ultimately, a higher risk for developing addictions as a coping mechanism.
    Through the lens of attachment theory, Dr. Carnes emphasizes the importance of emotional connection and support in addiction recovery. She notes that "the opposite of addiction is connection" and highlights how healthy relationships can help individuals regulate their emotions and build resilience.
    Molly's story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of recovery. Despite hitting rock bottom and nearly ending her life, Molly finds the strength to seek treatment and begin her journey to healing. Her experiences underscore the critical importance of comprehensive addiction treatment that addresses underlying trauma and mental health issues.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Childhood experiences, such as having an alcoholic parent or feeling like an outsider, can increase the risk of developing an addiction later in life.
    2. Complex trauma, involving a series of traumatic events starting in childhood and continuing into adulthood, can lead to attachment issues, difficulty regulating emotions, and a higher risk of substance abuse.
    3. Addiction often starts with prescription painkillers following an injury and can quickly escalate to full-blown opioid addiction.
    4. Family and friends may resort to desperate measures, such as interventions, to help a loved one struggling with addiction, but it's essential to maintain emotional connection and support throughout the recovery process.
    5. The opposite of addiction is connection, and healthy relationships can help individuals regulate their emotions and build resilience in recovery.
    6. Hitting rock bottom can be a turning point for those struggling with addiction, providing the gift of desperation and motivation to seek treatment.
    7. Comprehensive addiction treatment that addresses underlying trauma and mental health issues is crucial for long-term recovery.
    8. Sharing personal stories of addiction and recovery can provide hope and inspiration to others struggling with similar issues.
    9. Behavioral health professionals can deepen their understanding of the link between trauma and substance abuse by learning about the complex interplay of trauma, attachment, and addiction.
    10. Recovery is possible, and with the right support and treatment, individuals can overcome even the most devastating experiences of addiction and complex trauma.
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone impacted by addiction or complex trauma, as well as behavioral health professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of the link between trauma and substance abuse. Molly's courage in sharing her story offers hope and inspiration to those struggling with similar issues, while Dr. Carnes' expertise provides valuable insights into the complex interplay of trauma, attachment, and addiction.
     
     

    • 38 min
    Overcoming Addiction: Powerful Stories of Hope and Recovery (A Recovery Replay Special)

    Overcoming Addiction: Powerful Stories of Hope and Recovery (A Recovery Replay Special)

    In this special episode of Recovery Replay, host Dominic Lawson shares unreleased content from previous guests Deena Harless and Scott Plumb, offering deeper insights into their inspiring journeys of overcoming addiction and finding hope in recovery.
    Deena Harless opens up about her son Aaron's diagnosis with cystic fibrosis, a condition that also affects her mother. Despite the challenges, Deena's resilience and strength, cultivated through her unique family role, position her as the most capable sibling to handle this difficult situation. Director of Outpatient at The Meadows in Houston, Texas, Eyerusalem Mulatu explores how significant life changes and losses, like those experienced by Deena, can profoundly impact one's identity, coping mechanisms, and mental health, sometimes leading to substance abuse. Mulatu emphasizes the importance of processing grief and loss as an integral part of the addiction recovery process.
    Scott Plumb reflects on the life-changing camaraderie and support he found among fellow patients at Gentle Path treatment center. He likens these unbreakable bonds to those formed between soldiers in battle, highlighting the crucial role of connection in healing from addiction. Scott Davis, Executive Director of Gentle Path, elaborates on how shared painful experiences enable men in recovery to forge deep, supportive connections that promote lasting healing. Davis underscores the message of hope, affirming that no matter how painful one's story may be, recovery is possible, and joy can be found on the other side of addiction.
    Chip Plumb, Scott's brother, shares the transformative impact of recovery on their sibling relationship. As they both navigate their recovery journeys, they have developed a deeper level of communication, understanding, and unwavering support for each other.
    This episode serves as a powerful reminder that recovery from addiction is possible, even in the face of significant challenges and painful experiences. By processing grief, fostering supportive connections, and maintaining hope, individuals can overcome addiction and find renewed purpose and joy in recovery. Recovery Replay continues to provide inspiration and guidance for those in the behavioral health community, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and believing in the possibility of lasting healing.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Processing Grief and Loss in Addiction Recovery
    Significant life changes and losses can deeply impact one's mental health and lead to substance abuse. Addressing and processing grief is crucial for successful addiction recovery and overall well-being.
    2. The Power of Connection in Overcoming Addiction
     Forming deep, supportive connections with others who have shared similar experiences can be transformative in the journey to overcome addiction. Treatment centers like Gentle Path foster an environment where these bonds can develop, promoting lasting healing.
    3. Resilience and Strength in the Face of Challenges
       Deena Harless' story highlights the importance of resilience and inner strength when faced with difficult situations, such as a child's chronic illness. These qualities can be instrumental in navigating the challenges of addiction recovery.
    4. Hope and Joy in Recovery: A Message from Gentle Path
       Scott Davis, Executive Director of Gentle Path, emphasizes that no matter how painful one's story may be, there is always hope for recovery. Finding joy and purpose in life is possible on the other side of addiction.
    5. Strengthening Family Bonds Through Recovery
       Addiction recovery can have a profound impact on family relationships, as demonstrated by Scott and Chip Plumb's experiences. As siblings in recovery, they have developed a deeper understanding, communication, and support for each other.
    6. Seeking Help and Believing in Lasting Healing
       Recovery Replay serves as a reminder for those in the behavioral health community that seeking help is crucial, and believing in the

    • 14 min
    Deena Harless: Childhood Trauma to Adulthood Struggles (Part 2)

    Deena Harless: Childhood Trauma to Adulthood Struggles (Part 2)

    In the conclusion to her two-part story on the Recovery Replay podcast, Deena Harless openly shares her journey from the depths of alcohol addiction to the triumph of lasting recovery. Joining the discussion is Lori Bachman, Executive Director of Meadows Texas at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, who provides valuable insights and expert commentary on Deena's experiences.
    Deena's battle with substance abuse reached new heights after a cross-country move from Florida to Alaska, where she confronted a series of life-changing challenges. The heartbreaking loss of her mother to cystic fibrosis, combined with an unhealthy relationship and escalating work stress, fueled Deena's descent into heavy drinking and alcohol dependence.
    As her alcoholism spiraled out of control, Deena's physical and mental well-being deteriorated rapidly. Severe alcohol poisoning, multiple hospitalizations, and brushes with death served as startling wake-up calls. Despite attempts to quit drinking independently, Deena acknowledged that professional addiction treatment was her only path to survival.
    Lori Bachman emphasizes the significance of Deena's decision to seek help, noting that it is a critical step in the recovery process. She highlights the importance of addressing underlying traumas and developing healthy coping mechanisms in a supportive, therapeutic environment like Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
    With the steadfast support of friends and a dedicated therapist, Deena made the life-altering choice to enter a 40-day rehab program at Meadows Texas. During her stay, she embarked on the challenging work of confronting past traumas, acquiring essential coping skills, and establishing a solid foundation for enduring recovery.
    Embracing her newfound sobriety, Deena courageously chose to leave Alaska and embark on a new chapter in Texas. In a remarkable turn of events, she now works at the very treatment center that facilitated her own recovery, utilizing her lived experience to motivate and support others on their healing journeys.
    Lori Bachman underscores the power of Deena's story, emphasizing how her journey from addiction to recovery can serve as a beacon of hope for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and mental health issues. She stresses the importance of seeking professional help, engaging in therapy, and cultivating a robust support system to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety.
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Cross-addiction triggers and life challenges: Deena's story highlights how significant life changes, such as moving across the country, losing a loved one to chronic illness like cystic fibrosis, and toxic relationships can trigger or exacerbate alcohol addiction and substance abuse.
    2. Recognizing the need for professional addiction treatment: Deena's severe alcohol poisoning, hospitalizations, and near-death experiences emphasize the importance of seeking professional help for alcohol dependence and substance use disorders. Attempting to quit drinking alone may not be sufficient for lasting recovery.
    3. The role of therapy and coping skills in recovery: Lori Bachman stresses the significance of addressing past traumas and developing healthy coping mechanisms through therapy and support from addiction professionals at treatment centers like Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
    4. The power of a strong support system: Deena's journey underscores the crucial role of friends, family, and addiction treatment specialists in providing support and guidance throughout the recovery process and in maintaining long-term sobriety.
    5. Transforming personal experience into purpose: By sharing her story and working at the treatment center that helped her overcome addiction, Deena demonstrates how individuals in recovery can use their experiences to inspire and support others facing similar challenges.
    6. Breaking the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health: Deena's openness about her journey challenges the stigma associated with substan

    • 45 min

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