51 episodes

Curated exclusively for Rock and Recovery™, musician and recovery advocate Marc Lee Shannon reveals the tactics, routines, and habits of musicians, business leaders, and world-class performers on their personal recovery journey. Marc provides his guests a safe space to share their stories and how they are not just surviving but thriving in recovery. For more information, visit rockandrecovery.com

Recovery Talks: The Podcast rockandrecovery.com/Akron, OH

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Curated exclusively for Rock and Recovery™, musician and recovery advocate Marc Lee Shannon reveals the tactics, routines, and habits of musicians, business leaders, and world-class performers on their personal recovery journey. Marc provides his guests a safe space to share their stories and how they are not just surviving but thriving in recovery. For more information, visit rockandrecovery.com

    The Waiting, The Wearing-Through, and the Willingness

    The Waiting, The Wearing-Through, and the Willingness

    Just the memories and a microphone. No safety-net. Nothing to fall back on. Just like that decision to finally ask for help, sometimes the realization that the time has come and it is now can only be arrived at by oneself.
     
    In this explosive, gripping episode, Marc rides solo. He recounts his story, where he migrated from the successful corporate-executive lifestyle to the alcoholic and addict who had no other recourse but to mutter those three critical words: please help me.
     
    "My durability had worn through."
     
    Follow Marc's captivating journey, from sought-after L.A. session-guitarist to high-earning corporate sales leader to cherished friend and musical colleague for Michael Stanley and The Resonators. Throughout these different chapters, Marc reflects on the role that drugs and alcohol played, how they dominated his life, how his addiction nearly toppled everything, and how one important event finally provided the impetus to stop the madness.
     
    This is a spellbinding episode with no details spared, and it's a riveting reminder that, as Marc says, "When you get out of the way, the right stuff comes through.”

    • 32 min
    Just a Dad from Akron

    Just a Dad from Akron

    "Be the change that you want to be."
     
    It was a seemingly simple decision to change schools that moved the momentum of a young person's life trajectory. It would be easier, he thought. Closer to home. That fateful choice would take his early adult life off course into a world complete with bewildering delusions, bad decisions, and a big bend in the road. 
     
    Kenny Lambert is one of the reasons this podcast exists. And while his story is no more or less important than any other journey that we have featured on this podcast, it does seem simply perfect that this Kenmore native represents the 50th episode—living proof that recovery is possible. 
     
    Kenny Lambert explains to Marc in gritty, authentic realism and in no uncertain terms that substance use disorder had its grip on his life and that his life was descending in flames. In fact, at one point, Kenny Lambert pleaded with the Divine: "If you're really God, put me in jail."
     
    How does a person who is seemingly at Death's doorstep arrive at becoming both a dedicated father and a successful businessperson? Kenny's ongoing journey is a case study in moving from crash-and-burn to redemption. It's a profile featuring someone who could not have gone any lower than the bottom and eventually worked his way into sobriety and a re-imagined version of himself. He created a business that supports artists and those in the day-to-day work of supporting sobriety and positive change in his community. He is Just a Dad from Akron
     
    https://justadadfromakron.com/
     
    This is a breathtaking story, and it's a perfect one for this 50th episode.
     

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    • 31 min
    When It’s Time For the Hard Conversation

    When It’s Time For the Hard Conversation

    It's the front line of tomorrow's America, and being on the front lines can be tiring and messy. It can be lonely yet crowded and chaotic. The front lines in the life of a middle-school student are like a minefield. The students confront, dodge, fix, and try to understand the obstacles placed in their daily lives on the edge of being an adult yet with a child's life experiences. Never really knowing how it impacts them and what the future implications might be down the road.

    Enter the middle-school counselor James Shannon. In this frank episode, James talks about the myriad of issues that confront our next generation and how he helps them navigate the choppy waters of early teenage adolescence. James also reminds adults that while the problems experienced by middle-school students may not seem critical, they are of paramount importance to the student, and those problems can be life-altering events.

    Marc and James also discuss some warning signs where anxiety and depression can trigger more complex situations and how family and mentors can be on the lookout for them. This practical, sometimes severe, and nuts-and-bolts discussion can impact anyone connected to a young person's challenging, rewarding, and tumultuous life.

     

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    • 30 min
    A Hobby Turned To a Habit

    A Hobby Turned To a Habit

    “I just wanted to feel better. I didn’t want to feel bad.”

    These words from Summit County Domestic Relations Court Magistrate Cheryl Wear make it challenging to understand how someone brought up in a well-to-do, loving, well-adjusted Christian home, who never experienced a drop of alcohol, could arrive at this place. A place where simply aspiring to drink until you blackout meant successful relief.

    Marc welcomes Attorney Cheryl Wear as she speaks at length about her journey. It is an experience that includes the downward spiral of substance abuse, disrupted family events, lost jobs, and finally being exiled from her husband and children. At the moment of  ‘rock bottom,’ she knew that her previous conception of an alcoholic ‘being some toothless guy who lived under a bridge’ was false, erroneous, and now completely altered. 

    In this episode, Cheryl chronicles her climb out of the hole. She reflects on her re-connection to the importance of Christianity in her life. She vividly explains how her strength allowed her to finally find a new relationship with her children. And she confirms the fact that this disease called ‘alcoholism’ can sink its fangs into anyone and anybody. It’s a powerful episode and a unique story of redemption. 

     

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    • 34 min
    Rise Up: A Story of An Adult Child of Alcoholics

    Rise Up: A Story of An Adult Child of Alcoholics

    In childhood, Crissy Youngblood was surrounded by grown-ups who struggled and suffered from alcoholism and drug abuse. She is a survivor of the consequences of what is known now as a Mental and Physical Heath Disorder. Born to a mother who was only 16 and later died from complications of her disease, Crissy realized early on that her world lacked healthy boundaries. Her relationships with relatives and friends were absorbed in a life that was not like her friends at school and, later, sometimes included very inappropriate attention from men with the wrong intentions. 

    But strength and perseverance have a way of polishing a shining star with a kind soul, helping them to find courage, to dig deep, and to rise. After becoming a mother herself, Crissy found an alternative path, from what was her childhood to her reality. She dedicated herself to breaking the chain of trauma and committed her life to achieve through adversity.

    She never gave up.  Today, she has overcome and has a family life, a working farm, and a life with a partner with whom she walks together along the path of sobriety.

    Join Marc as he shares Crissy's fantastic journey from pain and despair to hope and a future. Discover how Crissy found an exhilarating strength that we may not know we possess.

     

    • 40 min
    Unicorns and Polka-Dots: A Song of Hope

    Unicorns and Polka-Dots: A Song of Hope

    At 24 years of age, most young people have moved in a career direction. Some have even chosen marriage. A few are giving birth and starting families. Some, like Brianna Brady, will get to choose none of them. Losing one's life to substance-use disorder can rob families of so many things.

    In this breathtaking and stark episode on both substance-use disorder and grief, Marc sits down with Joe Brady, Brianna's father. Joe talks at length about Brianna's three-year battle. But more than just sharing the details of yet another victim of substance use, Joe shares wisdom and a powerful message for those who sometimes get left out in the cold: the family members and friends who do their best to help their loved ones navigate their addiction in the hopes of overcoming it, and the arduous task that presents itself to them.

    This episode documents a critical life lesson and, in a way, a future challenge for others: the outcome of your loved one is, by and large, beyond your control, and that result rests, ultimately, with the person experiencing substance-use disorder.

    Marc and Joe speak directly to those on the front lines of waging the battle for their loved ones in this open and insightful episode through insight, honesty, frankness, and even' song.’

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

DL508 ,

Rewarding recovery stories!

You don’t have to be in recovery or know someone who is to enjoy this. The content is compelling and the stories are inspirational. During tumultuous times like these during the Covid pandemic, we all need encouragement and motivation to keep us going on the right path. Marc and his guests do exactly just that. He’s a great host and I’m looking forward to more episodes.

LV Trojan ,

12 steps to a great podcast met and exceeded

Marc comes off as a really smart guy with rewarding insight and knowledge not just about music and recovery, but life in general. His down-to-earth personality also makes him likable and easy to listen to. It feels like you’re just hanging out with some friends listening to stories and life experiences.

Akron! ,

Recovery Rocks!

Congratulations MLS and Matt Anthony - you are both doing great work. Keep
It going!

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