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?
DeDee Pfeiffer Big Sky Star Clean and Sober
Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer is an American film and television actress. She is best known for playing Cybill's daughter, Rachel, on the sitcom Cybill (1995-1997), Sheri on the sitcom For Your Love (1998-2002), and her film appearance as Val in The Allnighter (1987).
She is also known for guest appearances on several other 90's sitcoms such as Wings, Ellen, Seinfeld, and Friends. Most recently, she is known for playing Denise Brisbane on the ABC drama Big Sky.
Since 2020, the “Cybill” alum has been starring in David E. Kelley’s hit ABC crime drama “Big Sky,” which she describes as a “rebirth” after taking a 10-year hiatus to battle addiction issues and raise two children as a single mother.
While away from Hollywood, the actress also went back to school, earning a master’s degree in social work from UCLA.
She says leaving acting behind for a decade provided her with a reality check, as she got to work with the homeless and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Jim Carroll former United States Drug Czar
Hon. Jim Carroll has substantial experience as a legal advisor to two White House administrations, federal government agencies, and a Fortune 25 company. He counsels clients on complex and sensitive issues involving government and internal investigations, corporate ethics and compliance programs, and white collar defense.
In his 30-plus years as an attorney and a Washington insider, Jim has also built a reputation as a go-to choice for strategic business and policy counseling. In addition to his role as a Partner at Michael Best, Jim is also a principal at Michael Best Consulting LLC. Previously, Jim was a co-founder and principal of DC Consulting LLC, a consulting firm specializing in public health, pharmaceutical and substance abuse and regulatory risk involving law enforcement issues.
Earlier in his career, Jim spent a decade as in-house counsel at Ford Motor Company where for many years he was the Company’s Global Director of Compliance. Jim also served as the nation’s “Drug Czar” for three years, following his unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate.
Jim’s significant federal government and legal experience include the following:
- Starting in 2018, served for three years as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy after being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Under Jim’s leadership as the “US Drug Czar”, the U.S. saw its first year-over-year decrease in overdose deaths in 30 years.
- Served in a number of high-profile posts at the White House between 2016 to 2018, including roles as Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy White House Counsel.
- Appointed General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
- Spent 10 years as a legal advisor to the Ford Motor Company. Jim served as the automaker’s Washington Counsel and Global Director of Compliance. During Jim’s tenure there, Ford was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for three consecutive years by Ethisphere Institute. Jim was also General Counsel to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm.
- Served as Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- Served as Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President between 2002 to 2004.
- Attorney at the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy.
Selected as Assistant Ethics Counsel in the White House Office of Counsel to the President.
- Served as Attorney Advisor to the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys.
Jim began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Fairfax, VA. He went on to serve as Assistant Bar Counsel for the Virginia State Bar before transitioning his career to the federal level.
Dan Karaty If I'm Being Honest
Dan’s career started as a dancer on Broadway and on award show stages with Britney Spears. After transitioning to a choreographer, he worked with Britney Spears, NSYNC, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake and Usher.
Although he quickly became known for his work dancing and choreographing for pop music superstars, Karaty broadened his reach with powerful dancing and cutting-edge choreography in commercials and events for iPod, Best Buy, Mattel, Dance Central 2, Miller, Xbox Kinect, IKEA, and many more.
In 2005, So You Think You Can Dance debuted in the US with Dan as a judge. After three successful seasons, he took the format to Europe where he became the Simon Cowell of the Netherlands and Belgium leading judging panels for numerous talent shows. Dan, with his effortless cool brand, made his acting debut by starring in Soof, the number one film franchise in Dutch history. Despite keeping his personal life private and his effortless cool brand, Dan took the brave step of sharing with the public his lifelong struggles with anxiety and alcohol. Dan is a doting and devoted father and husband that made mistakes due to his struggles.
In addition to releasing another film and returning to the judging panel of Got Talent, in 2022 Dan is launching a podcast – If I’m Being Honest – which will strip away surface facades to deliver the real, in-depth and sometimes ugly truths of his life, and those of his courageous guests; hopefully revealing unique paths to happiness, success, recovery and redemption.
Marc Berkman Making Social Media Safe for our Kids
Marc Berkman serves as the CEO of the Organization for Social Media Safety (OFSMS), which he has grown into the world's preeminent consumer protection organization focused on social media. Under Marc's leadership, OFSMS has developed a state-of-the-art social media safety curriculum and has taught essential safety skills to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and educators across the world. Marc has also guided OFSMS' advocacy efforts leading to the passage of groundbreaking social media safety legislation like Jordan’s Law, the nation’s first law to deter social media-motivated violence. And Marc has spearheaded major partnerships between OFSMS and prestigious non-governmental organizations, including ones with DARE: International to expand access to social media safety education and with U.C.L.A. to undertake innovative social media safety research.
Previously, Marc served for over a decade as a senior advisor to members of the United States Congress and the California State Assembly. During his time as a legislative aide, he developed and helped pass into law numerous legislative initiatives to protect vulnerable children and families. Marc has been featured in notable publications like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider. He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. Marc lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, CA.
Roger Smith - From Addict to CEO - The Most Unlikely Leader
By the time Roger Smith was a teenager he was living on the streets of Santa Monica and addicted to drugs. He dropped out of high school, ran into trouble with the law, had his best friend shot right next to him while running away from a failed robbery attempt and, at one point, was so down and out and desperate for a fix in his early thirties that he walked into the Pacific Ocean expecting never to come back.
Being an entrepreneur as a young child selling comic books on the streets of New York, he was no stranger to hard work and sales. He ascended the corporate ladder to become the CEO of American Income Life Insurance Co, National Income Life Insurance Co. And Liberty National Life Insurance Co. He is also the recipient of the Yitzhak Rabin Legacy Award, Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, Healthcare For All Champion Award, Sol Stein Award, as well as numerous other awards and publications.
He is the father of 5 adult children (Nicole, Conrad, Emily, Adam, Amiah), proud grandfather of Maggie Mae, and currently resides in Florida with his wife Demi and his 2 dogs Penelope and Chrome.
Diane Stein the Anti Depressant Controversy
Diane Stein accepted a leadership role at the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) in 2015.
CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health industry watchdog whose mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health.
Since that time, she has worked to help restore human rights to the field of mental health and especially in the area of short-term emergency commitment.
An experienced speaker who received certification on the Baker Act, Florida's mental health law, through the Department of Children and Families, Diane is sought after on topics ranging from involuntary psychiatric examination and mental health rights to the dangerous side effects of psychiatric medication.
As a Newsweek Expert, Diane is regularly interviewed by journalists and investigative reporters on emergency psychiatric holds involving children and the violation of parental and child rights under these circumstances.
Medication assisted treatment
Hi. I listened to a few episodes of your show. If you’re open to it, I would love to come on and talk about my experience of being on suboxone for almost 13 years (and counting). For me; suboxone is part of my treatment and you say “you can’t stay on it for the rest of your life.” I beg to differ. I would love to discuss. Many people with diseases are on medications for their whole lives. Diabetics who take insulin. People with thyroid issues taking synthroid. Don’t discourage people from taking something that could save their life. I have handled my issues - and continue to - and I wouldn’t have been able to without the medication. Let’s be open minded - there are many ways to get and stay clean. The bottom line is we don’t want people to die.
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.