Making An Addict

Making An Addict

Making An Addict - Professionals and recovering addicts discuss addiction and recovery.... Show More

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In the season one finale of Making An Addict, D.J. talks with colleague Kristina Cook about her life in recovery and the challenges she faced growing up as a young person looking for validation, support, and love - everything she should have received freely - and how she eventually discovered her inner worth and beauty. As Kris says, "It's about attachment, for reals!" Kristina is a leading therapist in Seattle, WA. Lea... Read more

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In this week's episode, DJ talks his dear friend, Christina about what it was like to lose her father at a young age, and the neglect she suffered within her family of origin. Christina shares what it's like to be a parent while in recovery; dating in recovery as a healthier person; and not trying to control everything in her life. Christina also gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be in recovery from sex/love ad... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with Seattle therapist Danielle DeBray about emotional intimacy and addiction. In the interview, Danielle references the classic psychological experiment "Rat Park" from 1978, which demonstrated how connectivity beats addiction and she calls for our own "Chimp Park" to beat the various addictions us humans have to other people, places, and things.  Danielle is an expert on e... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with Allie Haydon, a licensed chemical dependency counselor, licensed marriage and family therapy associate, who works for Palmer Drug Abuse Program(PDAP) in Houston, Texas. Allie shares her story of alcohol and drug abuse recovery and how her experiences led her to helping youth as young as 12 years old in recovery. Allie says some people considered her a "low bottom/high functioning a... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with his friend and colleague Christian (Christy) M. Alexander, trauma therapist, about her recovery journey from alcohol and drugs and the impact her addiction has had on her health. Christy opens up about her struggles staying sober while actively working with clients in various mental health settings. With the help of her network, Christy has been able to embrace sobriety and accept the ... Read more

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In this week's episode, DJ talks with colleague Joe Class about his experience working with addicts in recovery, and his own journey of recovery. Joe's belief is every one has an addiction to something. He explains that he is a soul healer - empowering clients to get in touch with who they really are and strengthening their own sense of self. We have to heal the hurt beneath addictions. 

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In this interview, D.J. interviews his friend in recovery, Christopher DuVall, a recovering substance abuser. Chris tells D.J. about his long history of substance use dating back to the 80s; he once surrounded himself with people who were all about living the fun life and now Chris is back on track and focused on his recovery and education! 

 

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In this interview, D.J. interviews colleague, Troy L Love, author of Finding Peace: A Workbook on Healing from Loss, Neglect, Rejection, Abandonment, Betryal and Abuse. Troy talks about the attachment theory of addiction and how lack of attachment leaves people vulnerable to addiction. DJ and Troy, both sex addicts in recovery, talk about how sharing t... Read more

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In today's episode of Making An Addict, D.J. talks with Robert Cox - therapist and host of Mindful Recovery podcast - about filling our broken places with addictive substances to numb the painful experiences we encounter in life. Robert's heart stopped due to his previous drug use and abuse and he says "It scared me straight." Robert talks about the benefit of being mindful and practicing mindfulness. Robert'... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with successful entrepenuer Mitch Russo about his polysubstance use and abuse, growing up in New York City in the 1970s. Hard drugs led to intensive inpatient drug rehabilitation which saved Mitch's life. Mitch is the author of "This Invisible Organization" which is the CEO's guide to transitioning a traditional brick and mortar company into a fully virtual organization; and... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. has an intimate conversation with his partner, Alan. DJ and Alan talk openly about their individual family addiction history; Alan's older brother's addiction to drugs and subsequent death; and how D.J.'s addiction and recovery affects their relationship. 

 

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with fellow podcaster and friend in recovery, Arlina of the ODAAT(One Day at a Time) Chat podcast. Arlina Allen speaks openly about her 23 years of sobriety, as well as her years of active addiction to drugs, alcohol, and men. Arlina goes on to share about early childhood abuse; using drugs and alcohol to numb painful emotions; and what it was like living in insanity.  For Arlina, it all ca... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with Diana about what it was like growing up in a house with five other siblings; addiction being present in her life from an early age; and, what happened when she began to use alcohol and food to numb all the difficult emotions, that she never knew she could talk about. Diana also shares about her work as a suicide prevention advocate, which took her to the White House to speak on the nat... Read more

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July 24, 2017 36 min

In this week's episode, DJ talks with his best friend, Randal, whom he met in the 12-step rooms. Randal's story is unique. He was suffering with depression, substance dependence and signed himself into rehab only to learn he wasn't an "addict" in the traditional sense. Listen as Randal talks about how ancient Eastern philosophy, religion, and psychology helped him understand his "unhealthy attachment" to... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with Dr. Kay Brumbaugh, a licensed psychologist practicing in Humble, Texas. Dr. Brumbaugh shares her experience of working with adult clients suffering from various addictions. You will learn today that it's a complicated process to help clients put down all their armor and begin the recovery process. For those afflicted by the disease of addiction, the addiction has been a source of c... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with fellow therapist, Lisa Duez, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Lisa works with children and adults in her private practice. She works primarily with women in recovery. D.J. and Lisa talk about the consequences of addiction on families; clients who present due to legal system involvement; and how to educate teens about substance use and abuse. As a therapist, we sometimes just want to tell p... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with his colleague, Dak Wasson of MacP... Read more

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In this week's episode, D.J. talks with his good friend and colleague, Anne. Anne is a chemical dependency professional and licensed mental health counselor. Anne shares her deeply personal account of growing up in a dysfunctional family system and finding hard drugs to numb the deep emotional pain. Anne describes what it was like to live a "double life" - a star athlete and a drug abuser - while clinging on for dear... Read more

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In this third episode of Making an Addict, D.J. talks with Forest Benedict, sexual addiction therapist and author of Life After Lust: Stories and Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Forest highlights his own recovery journey of surviving living in a home with an alcoholic father and early exposure to pornography. Forest now helps oth... Read more

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In this episode, D.J. talks with Becca about her experience as an addict in recovery. She shares openly about her struggles with food, compulsive spending and debting. Becca relates her addictive behaviors to early childhood trauma including molestation and her father dying. 

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