This podcast addresses hope and recovery options for individuals, friends, family, parents and associates who have been or may be addicted to opioids, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, fentanyl, and want to overcome the addiction.
There are interviews with former addicts, stories of having gone through numerous failed rehabes, parents and loved ones that describe the horrors and ultimate methods they have sought to save lives and help.
Issues include the changing world of rehab, from 12 step programs to successful and effective alternative approaches to detox, withdrawal, and education for stable life style changes for former addicts. The benefits and dangers of different types of rehab from those that have experienced it.
The "point of no return' is when the individual has come to a realization that they need and want help.
This is also for friends and family of addicts who are at their wits end and don't know what to do to help the addict. This podcast gives hope and inspiration for recovery.
Some topics include:
- Where can I get help?
- How do I know if my child or relative or friend is addicted?
- How do I get someone up to realizing they need help?
Jeffrey B. Simon - Fighting the War Against Drug Addiction in the Courts
Jeffrey B. Simon is a legal commentator and founding partner of SIMON GREENSTONE PANATIER, PC. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney’s within America and Co-Chair of the National Opioid Litigation Conference, Mr. Simon is focused on bringing crucial legal, consumer protection, and public health issues to the forefront for mainstream audiences.
Jeffrey currently serves as Chair of the Texas Opioid MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee, a group that seeks to hold drug manufacturers and other supply chain corporations responsible for their role in creating and prolonging the opioid epidemic in Texas. In 2017, he filed the state’s first opioid-related lawsuit against drug manufacturers and supply chain corporations on behalf of a governmental body. Jeffrey was one of the lead attorneys for Dallas County within the state’s first opioid trial. Jeffrey is a frequent speaker on the scope of the opioid epidemic. For the past three years Jeffrey has served as co-chair of the national Opioid Litigation Conference, bringing together medical, legal, and law enforcement experts to discuss how to reduce the social and economic harms of opioid overuse.
Jay Lind - Cocaine - Living Between the Lines
Jay Lind is a 47 year-old addict in recovery. He has lived in and around Chicago for his entire life. He is a father of two, a former high school English teacher, and author of Between the Lines: A Memoir about Addiction, Empathy, and Evolution. For years, Jay Lind lived between the lines of society’s moral and legal boundaries. But his smooth, privileged life was interrupted when his dad died and his drug addiction snowballed out of control. Between the Lines is the moving saga of Jay’s descent into addiction, his darkest choices, and his struggles in recovery, as told through short vignettes about the many people who touched his life at some of the most critical times. Jay gained perspective and strength through the guiding words of his father, the unexpected strength of his brother’s love, the heartfelt wisdom of his therapist, and the resilience of the addicts he met along the way. But he also learned from people he never thought he would know: a polygraph administrator, a humble celebrity, a veteran with PTSD, and the Assistant State's Attorney in charge of prosecuting him. If you’ve ever wondered whether the small interactions of our everyday lives truly matter, or whether a few kind words can really make a difference, Between the Lines reminds us that they do—and that they can. Bio: Jay Lind grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. After traveling the world, he came home to become an English teacher. He married a wonderful woman and they started a family. But when his father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, his occasional drug use exploded into full-blown cocaine addiction, culminating in terrible choices that threatened everyone he loved. As an addict in recovery, Jay found the strength to bounce back from his collision with rock bottom. He continues to make progress today.
Ashleigh Nowakowski - Living with an Addicted Sibling - Your Choice to Live
Ashleigh Nowakowski was born in 1984 in southeastern Wisconsin. Growing up with a sibling who struggled with substances created a home environment that was less than ideal.
Once her brother found recovery, Ashleigh, along with her parents, created Your Choice to Live Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in drug and alcohol prevention education.
For more than a decade, Ashleigh has been speaking in middle and high schools educating parents, teachers, and community members, and working with high-risk youth. Ashleigh is the voice of many who are silently living through their siblings’ addiction.
Ashleigh has a Master of Public Administration, a prevention specialist certification, and is working towards her substance abuse counselor certificate.
Liz Olszewski - Raised with Alcholohism in the Home - Now "Healing Hearts with Horses"
In 2009, Liz founded the nonprofit Horses Healing Hearts. Liz personally experienced the struggles of growing up in a turbulent alcoholic home. At the age of 24, Liz lost her mother to liver disease. During the last ten years of her mother’s life, it was the support of mentors and horses that gave her the strength and inspiration to survive. Motivated to “pay it forward” Liz created HHH to help the children standing where she once stood. In her Executive Director role, she oversees the daily operation of the charity in close collaboration with and under the guidance of the HHH Board of Directors. In May 2016, Liz was invited to testify before the Bipartisan Task force to combat the Heroin epidemic. In support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, she shared the detrimental effect of severe trauma these children may survive but then carry into adulthood. A prevention advocate, Liz urged lawmakers to create a more strategic approach providing services to ALL family members impacted by the family disease. Liz is a national subject matter expert and sought-after presenter on topics such as Children of Alcoholics/Addiction, Equine Assisted Therapy, and turning adversity into empowerment. Some of her presentations include: The ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience ) Youth Eastern Summit 2017 (the same lecture forum as renowned experts as Dr. Vincent Felitti); Drug Endangered Children’s Conference (Reno, NV 2016) and EAGALA National Conference (Kentucky 2016) (evidence based model).
Since 2009, Liz has been published in Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel almost a dozen times, as well as other periodicals such as Equestrian Living Magazine, Paradigm, Sidelines, Sober World, Are Bodega, and Wellington Magazine. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts – Communications degree from University of Dayton in 1992. She is also certified in the EAGALA Model (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) as an Equine Specialist.
Norm Wielsh - Former Cop - From Opioid Addict to Prison to Clean and Sober with Christ-Centered Healing
I was a police officer for 26 years. Sixteen of those as an undercover narcotic agent rising to the position of Commander. I experienced many traumatic incidents during my career. In 1998, I was diagnosed with an incurable neuro-muscular disease that caused the loss of feeling, mobility, and strength in my hands and feet. After 30 surgeries to stabilize my feet, I developed an addiction to opioids. I was diagnosed with work-related PTSD, then my daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness with a poor prognosis. This caused me to go into a downward spiral that I never recovered from. After a failed suicide attempt, I made a series of poor decisions that landed me in federal prison. With the probability that I was going to go to prison and may die there, I answered the calling of God. God placed people in my path to teach me the gospel. I had never believed in God, but I knew that God was calling me to minister to police officers who are suffering from trauma. While in prison, I obtained a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Counseling, a Doctorate Degree in Christian Counseling, and a Certificate as a California Registered Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Counselor. While in prison, I counseled inmates, preached God’s word, and led bible studies. God healed my daughter and healed my PTSD through the Christ-Centered Healing
process. They experienced God’s healing power and transformation through biblical principles. After just over 8 years of a 14-year sentence, I was released due to Covid-19.
I was a police academy instructor and considered an expert in police tactics, pursuit driving, narcotic enforcement, the first responder culture, and first responder PTSD. I often speak to those who are suffering from traumatic experiences and who suffer from addiction. I am working as an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor and do Pastoral Care in a men’s residential rehabilitation facility in Northern California.
I wrote the book called, Christ-Centered Healing of Trauma: Healing a Broken Heart and just finished the companion book, Christ-Centered Healing of Trauma: Study Guide, that’s perfect for church small groups. These books are on-sale now at www.ChristCenteredHealingBook.com.
Kelli Richardson Lawson - Handling Child Addiction Challenges Through Her "Sonrise Project"
Kelli Richardson Lawson is an Emmy Award-winning creative visionary and purpose-driven business leader with over 30 years of global experience in brand-building. She is the founder and CEO of JOY Collective, a Black and woman-owned marketing and creative agency based in Washington, DC. JOY was named the 6th fastest growing agency of 2019 by AdWeek and recently won the 2020 Global SABRE Award for the Best Campaign for Dove/The CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair). In 2017, her eldest son entered high school and everything felt normal. He was a 15-year old freshman with straight A’s, a host of friends, and a swimming career that brought him an invitation to attend the Olympic Training Center for a Diversity Camp. What Kelli and her husband didn’t realize is that doctors would soon diagnose their beloved son with severe depression and anxiety in the spring of 2018. Upon hearing those words, a profound sense of shock and sadness reverberated through Kelli and her husband. Unfortunately, the situation and their ability to handle it continued on a “free fall” descent. When they found out that he had been experimenting with marijuana, they tried all of the parental tactics: they fought against it and declared “no drugs in our house” and the problem persisted. We punished, removed electronics, and even took the door off of the bedroom, and the problem persisted. We had him transported to a wilderness program in North Carolina followed by a therapeutic facility in Connecticut, but the treatments failed and his issues seemed to worsen. His grades dropped severely and eventually his love of swimming wained. Throughout it all, Kelli and her husband often felt scared, helpless, and alone, despite the many wonderful therapists they called upon, but over time, they opened up and discovered that other parents in their networks faced similar struggles. Kelli is also CEO of The SonRise Project, a safe space for parents of children who struggle with mental illness or addiction challenges. The SonRise Project is dedicated to helping sons and daughters lead mentally healthy lives while providing a safe space to share and support families dealing with mental illness and addiction issues across the country. These calls are meant to be a safe space to gather, share, and learn from experts and other parents who are experiencing mental challenges and addictive behaviors with their sons and daughters. During these calls, listeners are welcome to ask questions, share thoughts or simply listen as our experts cover various topics surrounding the mental wellness of our sons, daughters, and our families as a whole. Kelli hosts weekly calls every Sunday morning for parents to share in an environment that allows growth and healing. Kelli is a graduate of Howard University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Dear Joanie, Have you contacted Ryan Hampton to discuss his participation in this case? His book Unsettled is very telling.
As a former addict of all things for 12 years, It’s definitely obvious she knows nothing about addiction.
Please know, there are no steps to get a loved one into treatment. In fact, the more family members pressure the addict, the less likely they are to get help. No one is going to want to get clean until THE ADDICT decides it’s time.
But I do like listening to others stories, I just wish the host were more educated on the subject.
Awesome content and great hosts!!