The Healing Beyond Recovery Podcast is a show for people in recovery who are looking to experience deeper healing and transformation beyond the limitation of traditional paths to recovery. Our host Mike Govoni brings you conversations with leading experts in the field of trauma, addiction, recovery, spirituality, health and consciousness. Past guests include Dr. Daniel Sumrock, Medical Director and Specialist in trauma-informed treatment, Dr. Paul Epstein, Pioneer in the field of Mind/Body Medicine, Somatic Experiencing therapist Taruno Steffensen and 5 time author Kevin Griffen who wrote the best seller “One Breath At A Time” and “Buddhism And The 12 Steps.”Mike Govoni believes to shift from recovery to healing we have to address the “Whole” person and take a bio-psycho-social approach to recovery. He believes recovery is just one part of a larger whole and by addressing the whole of who we are and our lives we can experience healing. His conversations on the show with leading experts are to support the listener to see a broader perspective when it comes to recovery from addiction and the power of taking an integrative approach can have to experience deeper healing, health & wholeness. Mike Govoni has been in recovery for over 15 years and on a personal quest to experience healing beyond the story of what happened to him. Mike has had to overcome some of life’s greatest challenges including childhood trauma, addiction & chronic illness. His path to experience healing has led him from the temples of India to the jungle’s of Costa Rica working with shamans and other holistic doctors, practitioners and healers along the way. Today Mike has a thriving private practice working as a trauma-informed Integrative Holistic Recovery Coach where he supports people in taking an Integrative Holistic approach to their lives in recovery to experience transformation. He believes you can heal no matter what your story may be.
14 - Tapering Off Psych Drugs Naturally: Overcoming Anxiety/Depression & The Power of Breath w/ Dr. Jodie Skillicorn
Episode Summary: This episode is near and dear to me because I’ve personally witnessed the suffering of my clients on psychiatric drugs and wanting to come off but not knowing where to turn. After hearing Dr. Jodie speak on “The Dr. Gundry Podcast” I knew I needed to connect with her.In this episode we take a deep dive into Dr. Jodie’s world of holistic psychiatry and the proven data and research that is now available that shows us how to take a more practical effective approach to addressing mental health naturally. We discuss the importance of addressing the whole person when it comes to getting well and how the main stream medical’s failing approach to symptom based management.Dr. Jodie believes as a doctor “we need to be asking the clients different questions.” Questions that validate how the patient is feeling rather than pathologizing them with a diagnoses. To take time to listen to their symptoms and the message and means they hold as a way to get to the root cause of why they are expressing themselves in the mind/body of the person in need. She states that ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma are often at their root.Dr. Jodie shares with us from her personal toolbox of healing modalities, the tips, practices, supplements and modalities that she uses with her clients including the power of the breath to regulate autonomic nervous systems and restore the mind/body back into balance.We also discussed why Dr. Jodie believes neurotransmitters play a roll but are not the leading cause of mental health disorders and how you can address them with various supplements, diet and lifestyle changes.At end of the show Dr. Jodie shares about her book “Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body and Soul." About Dr. Jodie Skillicorn:Dr. Jodie Skillicorn is board certified Psychiatrist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine. She is the author of the book Healing Depression Without Medications: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul. Dr. Jodie’s passion is in guiding, supporting and teaching her patients self care techniques that help balance their bodies and minds, thus empowering them to take an active role in their own unique healing journeys on the road to optimal health. She believes by teaching people these skills it may also help in reducing and often eliminating the need for medications.Dr. Jodie has a private practice working out of her home in Ohio where she integrates conventional medical training with evidence-based holistic methods that include breathwork, meditation, yoga, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT),(EMDR), Mind-Body Medicine, nutrition, supplements, exercise and more. She believes strongly in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the resources, support and the importance of empowering patients to take back their health through simple, but effective lifestyle changes.Relevant links: Dr. Jodie’s Website: http://www.mindfulpsych.comGet a copy of her book: Healing Depression Without Medications: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul. https://www.jodieskillicorn.com/bookInstagram: jodieskillicorn Mike Govoni's Healing Beyond Recovery 1:1 Integrative Holistic Recovery Coaching : www.mikegovoni.comInstagram: @MikeGovoniFaceBook: @MikeGovoni23
13 - Healing Body Image: Yoga & What We're Seeking Is Already Present w/ Leila Dylla
In this episode Leila Dylla shares her experience about how yoga helped her heal from trauma and gain a new perspective of the world.
12 - Transforming Addiction: The Art of Personal Awakening & Expanded Human Capabilities w/ Dr. Mike Sapiro
In this episode Dr. Mike Sapiro shares intimately about his personal story of healing from both addiction and trauma and what it’s like to be on the other side living a conscious life and supporting others on the path of transformation. Dr. Mike shares his perspective from various lenses including the one from a meditation/dharma teacher in which he speaks about how we can experience and personally awaken to our own basic goodness; the unbroken radiant Self that is our true nature. He shares on steps to achieve this and the catalyst to what he believes makes it happen which is LOVE. Mike shares how opening up to our own self love is what makes healing and transformation possible. We also dive into the work of expanded human capabilities and opening up to the mysteries of the universe that are all around us when we quite the mind and go within. Dr. Mike also share what it was like in his early years as a Buddhist Monk and how that training permeates his life today.
11 - Awakening Your Inner Healer: Breathwork, Yoga, Meditation, Personalized Medicine, Ayurveda & More w/ Dr. Atousa Mahdavi
Summary: This episode is a deep dive into the importance of personalized medicine and how to begin the journey to take a whole mind, body, spirit approach to healing. Dr. Atousa goes deep into the philosophy of yoga and Ayurvedic/Functional Medicine and the importance of diet and lifestyle to promote healing, health and wellness. She enlightens the audience on the power of the breath and how the breath is the bridge from the unconscious to the conscious. At the end she gives the listeners a couple tips and practices that we can begin to do today to initiate the process of healing. This episode is one of my favorites to date and suggest it to anyone who is looking to physically heal from illness or who wants to simple learn to calm their mind. More about Dr. Atousa Mahdavi: Dr. Atousa Mahdavi, has been practicing holistic medicine for the last 25 years in a hands-on clinical setting, working with patients from all walks of life. Her own personal healing journey along with that of her patients and clients is a fascinating tale of discovery, learning and triumphant healing and recovery. A doctor of chiropractic and certified Functional and Ayurvedic Medicine as well as Yoga Therapy, she has a very unique combination of areas of expertise that make her methods effective long term. She has a deep longing to end human suffering from chronic ailments and is passionate about educating the public about a shift in paradigm to a wellness model of medicine from the current sick-care model of medicine. With a holistic approach and a profound understanding and knowledge of the human system and the mechanics of wellness and health, she has helped many of her patients and clients gain optimal health and well-being. She believes that long-term care involves treating the whole person physically, mentally and spiritually. Key Points: 12:05 - The moment I decided not to take the pill15:47 - Moving beyond allopathic medicine - the body as a whole 19:04 - How allopathic medicine sees you as a disease 33:54 - Every doctor needs to start with the gut 43:30 - We have more neurons in the gut than we do in the brain45:26 - Without the proper doctor there is no point of medicine 50:28 - The power of the breath51:43 - The link between death “expired” and “inspired” 58:03 - The power of the breath Relevant Links: Dr. Atousa’s Website: www.yourvitalitydoctor.com Instagram: @dratousamahdavi https://www.instagram.com/dratousamahdavi/ Facebook: @dratousamahdavi https://www.facebook.com/dratousamahdavi/ YouTube: Dr. Atousa Mahdavi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAFB8Pv6bJUu7pKKmKgFMow Mike’s LinksHealing Beyond Recovery | 1:1 Integrative Recovery CoachingWebsite: www.mikegovoni.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikegovoni/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeGovoni23/
10 - Shifting from Recovery to Recovered: Epigenetic's, Shamanism, Gut Health, Consciousness & More w/ Dean Taraborelli
Summary: In this episode Dean Taraborelli shares his personal experience with drug addiction and how at the end he didn’t care if he lived or died. But what Dean did care about was not living and bringing his life’s purpose to the world which at the time he had no idea what it was. Dean realized through attending countless rehabs and treatments centers that he knew more about treatment than many of the counselors and in that moment the insight came through that he was alive to create a new form of treatment to support people struggling with addiction to heal. Since then, Dean embarked on creating his own holistic recovery center and in the process of service to others found his own healing. Today Dean is the founder of Sanctuary at Sedona. A 30 day treatment program that treats and addresses the whole person: mind, body, soul & spirit. Dean believes highly in the science of epigenetics and by creating new healthy environments we can signal new gene expression to create a new biology. One that doesn't recognize addiction anymore. This is some cutting edge stuff and I encourage you to tune into the episode. More About Dean: Dean is the Founder of the treatment program “Sanctuary at Sedona." This beautiful place of refuge for healing sits on 22 acres of land right outside the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Dean has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; and part of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies.Key Points: 6:14: I didn’t care about dying, I cared about not living my life’s purpose11:27: When do we just be able to become a normal person and not have to identify as an alcoholic or addict 13:41: How to turn your biggest issues into your greatest assets 16:07: Most people don’t know they are in pain18:27: There is always a cause for addiction 18:53: Inflammation is the precursor to anxiety & depression 19:30: A different way to look at character defects30:41: Epigenetic's and the body’s ability to heal 35:22: Can you drink again after you are fully recovered? 42:15: Psychedelics and recovery…46:13: Why integration is one of the most important parts of healing. Relevant Links: https://www.sanctuary.netDean’s Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJEzg0Tfc4&t=7s Follow Dean on Social MediaFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/thesanctuaryatsedona/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sanctuary_at_sedona/ Follow Mike on Social Media Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikegovoni/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeGovoni23/Mike Govoni’s Website: www.mikegovoni.com
009 - Speaking Your Truth: Alternative Paths To Recovery w/ Meagan Kenney
Summary: In this episode Meg and I cover a ton of ground. Meg shares how she went from IV drug user to PhD candidate. By doing her deep work in recovery she healed past wounds to speak her truth and step into her life’s purpose to help others heal. Part of speaking her truth led Meg to create “The Addictionary Podcast,” the #2 ranked recovery podcast. Meg shares her in-depth journey of using alternative therapies and modalities to heal from addiction such as CBD, cannabis, micro-dosing, plant medicine and more. Her open heart and fiery personality make for a wonderful conversation that inspire all who listen. More about Meg: Maegan Kenney is the creator and host of The Addictionary Podcast on YouTube and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at William James College in Newton, MA. She founded the school’s Opioid Crisis and Advocacy student group and is passionate to raise awareness about the many pathways towards recovery, which is informed by her personal struggles with opioid addiction. Maegan has worked in the mental health field for over seven years and has her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is currently conducting research examining how individuals use cannabis as an exit strategy from opioid use and addiction, which will conclude in September. Maegan is motivated to use her public platform to encourage people to think outside the box, especially when it comes to their own healthcare and emphasizes the need for systems health and integration. She has been a public voice in the realm of addition, recovery, trauma, and plant medicines. She has also been featured in the U.S. News & World Report, MassINC, iHeartRadio, WBZ, Metro, and more. Key Points: 7:55 - Sharing my truth to step into my work13:20 - Stepping in my power in Recovery13:35 - Pain is the great motivator14:20 - Transforming shame to embrace my purpose18:15 - CBD to treat opioid addiction18:50 - Plant medicine and micro-dosing22:28 - Meditation in motion27:32 - Self Compassion to Self Heal47:00 - People Pleasing - Having NO boundaries56:38 - Self first is not Selfish Relevant Links: The Addictionary Podcast http://www.theaddictionarypodcast.com CannChronicles https://youtu.be/-6qDICCCz7w Cannabis as a Viable Therapy for Opioid Addiction - Dr. Yasmin Hurd https://youtu.be/Nf2xEV5gqPc
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