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Welcome to the Rise Recover Live Podcast, hosted by Bryce Cobb III and Liz McKean and powered by The Phoenix. Every week we share stories from The Phoenix community and beyond, celebrating the resilience of people, the power of community, and the journey of recovery in every form and pathway. We hope that listeners of all backgrounds are inspired to be part of the movement to break down stigma. Together, we rise, recover and live.To connect with community, download The Phoenix App. To learn more, visit https://thephoenix.org/

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Welcome to the Rise Recover Live Podcast, hosted by Bryce Cobb III and Liz McKean and powered by The Phoenix. Every week we share stories from The Phoenix community and beyond, celebrating the resilience of people, the power of community, and the journey of recovery in every form and pathway. We hope that listeners of all backgrounds are inspired to be part of the movement to break down stigma. Together, we rise, recover and live.To connect with community, download The Phoenix App. To learn more, visit https://thephoenix.org/

    Andy Benckart: Leaning Into Extremes to Find the Middle Ground

    Andy Benckart: Leaning Into Extremes to Find the Middle Ground

    Andy Benckart (he/him) developed a love and passion for surfing from a young age. He recalls traveling throughout his childhood from his home in landlocked-Pittsburgh to coastal Long Island to surf. While the ocean was "his first addiction," he later found alcohol in high school and it became the crutch for his underlying anxiety. Surfing was the part of him that he loved so much but lost during his addiction. Now he's a sober cold water surfer and surfing has become a form of his recovery. Check out the episode to hear more of Andy's story, including:

    - What it's like to get sober as a young person, which both Bryce and Andy relate to.
    - The day Andy woke up with a moment of clarity and decided he wanted to change.
    - His first year of sobriety, and how he tried to "white knuckle" his way through recovery.
    - Knowing how to find the middle ground, and why he practices extreme self-care so that he can live an extreme life.
    - Why it's important to him to say he's been in recovery for 6 years and sober for 4 years.
    - How surfing has taught him to be authentic, present, and let go, and recovery has helped him understand this.
    - Why it's critical to find things that teach you about life and how to accept what you cannot control.
    - Andy's wisdom: fear is not the end all be all of our human experience.


    To hear more from Andy, check out his Instagram @steelcitysurfer

    Check out the Rise Recover Live episode Tips for Traveling in Recovery!

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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST
    *Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.
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    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 49 min
    Meaghan Navarro Walsh: Identity Journeys, Marriage, and Touch Trees

    Meaghan Navarro Walsh: Identity Journeys, Marriage, and Touch Trees

    #82: On this week's episode, we sat down with Meaghan Navarro Walsh (she/her) to talk about recovery, marriage, identity journeys, and much more. Meaghan is a person in long-term recovery and she also works at The Phoenix as an Onboarding Specialist, working closing with volunteers. She lives in Long Beach, California with her wife and recently celebrated her 32nd birthday. Tune into the episode to hear our conversation with Meaghan, including:

    - The emotions surrounding birthdays, and that it's ok to let yourself be excited because you are worthy of being celebrated and feeling joy.
    - Overcoming the fear that she had nothing to say that would resonate with folks. As a past guest reminded us, you deserve to take up space!
    - Her experience working at The Phoenix, and how we're all just trying to be together, have fun, and stay sober.
    - Coming to terms with her "identity journey" and learning to accept herself at what ever point she's at.
    - How being sober has been a very humbling experience and she's had to deal with new feelings and emotions, such as learning she's more introverted.
    - Learning to blossom out of the mud like a lotus flower.
    - Why it's important for her to say she's married, and the pride and gratitude this brings her.
    - Touch trees, and how lucky we are to have them.

    Check out episode #30 of the Rise Recover Live Podcast with Sophie Lyons!

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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST
    *Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.
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    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 53 min
    Kelly Miller: Navigating the World as a Veteran in Recovery

    Kelly Miller: Navigating the World as a Veteran in Recovery

    #81: In honor of Veteran's Day, we are thrilled to welcome a special guest Kelly Miller (she/her/hers) to the podcast. Kelly is the Regional Manager for The Phoenix, supporting programs and team members in 6 states across the country. She is the founder of The Movement Collaborative, a trauma-informed movement space in Livingston, MT. With a background in mindfulness and trauma, she shares her expertise by leading yoga at veteran retreats and by hosting workshops to service-care providers and educators. Kelly herself is a veteran, who served 13 years in the Montana Army National Guard, including a year-long deployment in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. Check out the episode to hear Kelly's story, including:

    - Drinking culture in the military, and how the use of alcohol for everything -- from celebrating to grieving -- was instilled in her early on.
    - Kelly's experience returning home from deployment and the huge culture shock and trauma she had to face.
    - What happened when she started to feel the symptoms of PTSD, and how she reached out to her local Veterans Affairs office who helped her realize she had a drinking problem.
    - Finding yoga and meditation, and how this helped her sleep better and ground herself in the present moment.
    - What led her to found The Movement Collaborative, bringing low-barrier mindfulness and movement opportunities to folks in her community.
    - How The Phoenix can be a resource for veterans by helping foster a sense of community and camaraderie through shared healthy experiences.

    Vist the The Movement Collaborative website and check them out on Instagram HERE.

    Use this link to find recovery meetings for veterans & first responders through Project Rebirth in The Phoenix mobile app: https://links.thephoenix.org/Project_Rebirth 

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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST
    *Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.
    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 46 min
    Rise Recover LIVE at NAADAC

    Rise Recover LIVE at NAADAC

    #80: This week we bring you a LIVE podcast recording at the 2023 Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Conference, featuring special guests Cynthia Moreno and Angela Maxwell. Cynthia, the Executive Director at NAADAC, grew up in the foster care system and has dedicated her life to helping children and families like hers. Very few people speak for the children, and it is Cynthia's vision to give kids the opportunity for a chance at life.

    Angela serves as the President of NAADAC and works as a substance use prevention professional. She is an ally who advocates for folks regardless of where they are on the continuum of recovery, and works tirelessly to support the workforce within the recovery industry.

    Check out the episode to learn more about NAADAC and to listen to our conversation with Cynthia and Angela, which includes:

    - Why it's important to advocate for our own recovery workforce.
    -  The importance of finding opportunities and spaces to just show up, especially in early recovery. Sometimes we can get intimidated thinking about the big process.
    - As providers in the community, we must look for doors to open for folks and to let people know we're here to help.
    - This line of work can be challenging and uncomfortable, but once you give into it, there is a whole new level of connection.
    - The importance of pouring into yourself so you can pour into others.

    To learn more about NAADAC, visit their website. 

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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST*Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.

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    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 47 min
    Brian Hill: Edovo, Hope & Increased Choices

    Brian Hill: Edovo, Hope & Increased Choices

    #79: This week we spoke with Brian Hill, the founder and CEO of Edovo, an organization that provides robust educational, vocational, and rehabilitative curriculums and content to incarcerated people. While growing up, Brian’s father taught classes at a prison in California and would come home and read the essays written by his pupils as bedtime stories to his kids. Brian recounts how he could feel the hope emanating out of each of those essays. Now, Brian has dedicated his life to bringing folks daily access to education and programming, so anyone who wants to take a shot at turning their life around has the tools and resources to do so. Tune into the episode to learn more about Brian and Edovo, including:
    Why criminal justice is a story of recovery, and we must offer folks more grace and recognize the complexities.Recovery is all about increasing our choices, however prisons stifle the opportunity for individuals to practice making good choices. Edovo gives folks the path to gradually show up and make decisions on a daily basis.How just like at The Phoenix, it’s imperative to look at folks as the solution, rather than the problem.Our current prison system is not a winning strategy, and fundamentally we need to decide as a country what we are trying to accomplish by imprisoning people.Giving people back their humanness, and how small steps and actions can inject a whole lot of hope into folks.How the vision of Edovo has always been to create a scalable mechanism for other organizations who are doing this type of work to get involved, like The Phoenix.To learn more about Edovo visit https://www.edovo.com/
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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST*Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.

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    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 41 min
    Cristy Smyth: Anxiety, Pink Clouds, and Letting Go

    Cristy Smyth: Anxiety, Pink Clouds, and Letting Go

    #78: This week we have the pleasure of hearing from Cristy Smyth, a queer person in long term recovery living in The Bay Area. When Cristy started her recovery journey 10 years ago, she didn't think alcohol was the problem. However, looking back on that time in her life, Cristy reflects that she couldn't "draw a sober breathe." After an intervention staged by some coworkers, Cristy went to her first meeting. Although it was not the day she got sober, it was the day the seed was planted. Tune into the episode to learn more about Cristy and her recovery story, including:

    - Her first meeting, and the moment she bravely raised her hand and the support that came after.
    - The phone list that helped her when she was in a really tough spot, and the reason she picked up the phone and called Mary.
    - Cristy's luck finding a roommate on Craigslist, who happened to have 6.5 years of sobriety and showed her how joyous and fulfilling a sober life can be.
    - Her struggle with anxiety, and how a big part of her recovery journey has been learning and relearning to let go.
    - What life looks like 10 years into this journey of sobriety, and how at times she still feels like a newcomer.

    To keep up with Cristy, follow her on Instagram @lilCristy822

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    If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis, the following resources can provide immediate help.*

    If you are experiencing a medical/mental health emergency, dial 911.
    Dial 988 for the SAMSHA Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  Available 24/7Text “HOME” to 741-741 for the NAMI Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7Dial 1-800-622-2255 to connect with a nearby treatment center & community resources through NCADD Hope Line. Available 24/7Call/text 1-844-326-5400 for The GSCA CARES Warm Line.  Answered by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists with lived experience of SUD.  Available any day of the year, 8:30am-11pm EST*Note: The resources listed are provided for informational purposes only.  This list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by The Phoenix or the Rise Recover Live Podcast.

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    Join the Phoenix community & sign up for classes with a single click by downloading The Phoenix App! In the app, you can connect with Liz, Bryce and other listeners in The Rise Recover Live Podcast Group. Let us know what you thought about today's episode, and what you'd like to hear in future shows! We can't wait to chat with you there.
    Learn more about The Phoenix, sign up for classes, or become a volunteer at https://thephoenix.org/ .

    Find us on Instagram at @riserecoverlive

    • 44 min

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