The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don't shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation!

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May 20, 2022 31 min

Ashley Loeb Blassingame has been clean and sober for 16 years, she's a drug and alcohol counselor, interventionist, and the co-founder of a telehealth company called Lionrock Recovery that provides substance use disorder treatment.

In this Q and A episode she talks with producer Scott Drochelman about how to wade into the sober dating world with intention and authenticity while avoiding some of the mistakes from her own dating e...

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After Will's mom passed away in 2017, a lifetime of suppressed memories and events came flooding back in. 

What felt like a normal childhood with humble beginnings began to change. Suddenly he was seeing everything iin vivid detail, defending his mother during an attempted sexual assault, witnessing russian roulette at the kitchen table or being around for a long list of traumatic events.

Will turned to food to deal with the trau...

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Pej was born in Germany but raised in Salt Lake City where he always felt different due to his skin color and nationality. In his youth he was bullied and encountered verbal, physical, and mental abuse within his home. Pej began experimenting with alcohol at six years old and experienced his first black out at the age of twelve.

At seventeen Pej was hung over, driving his friends to school when he had a fatal car accident causing th...

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Ashley Loeb Blassingame has been clean and sober for 16 years, she's a drug and alcohol counselor, interventionist, and the co-founder of a telehealth company called Lionrock Recovery that provides substance use disorder treatment. In this Q and A session she talks with producer Scott Drochelman about the challenges in caring for a loved one who is addicted to something. Folks are asked to lead with empathy, but they also have ...

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Michelle’s passion for maternal mental health emerged after becoming a mother. Alcohol became a coping tool, eventually resulting in severe alcohol use disorder. 

As an educated professional working in the addiction field, she never imagined she would find herself struggling to find a healthy relationship with alcohol. 

Sitting on the bathroom floor, bawling her eyes out, she had a moment where she wondered how she let her undiagnose...

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Dr. Michele Perron is a Clinical Supervisor, a private international addiction coach, counselor, speaker, and the author of “Tools for Life". She has worked in the field of addiction for over 15 years. Her experience includes working with groups and individuals in the critical stages of detox to high intensity inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, extended care, after care, adolescent care, Medication Assisted Treatment,...

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Ashley Loeb Blassingame has been clean and sober for 16 years, she's a drug and alcohol counselor, interventionist, and the co-founder of a telehealth company called Lionrock Recovery that provides substance use disorder treatment. In this Q and A session she talks with producer Scott Drochelman about the moment she realized she was addicted, how to recognize the signs, and your first steps if you suspect you might be addicted ...

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Sarah Campos was born in Arizona and raised in Southern California. She graduated from ASU with a BS in Business. A hairdresser by trade, she now runs a full time e-commerce business online that supports clean living and wellness. She is the mother to Jaxon, Alesa and Ford.

When tragedy struck her family in the form of the death of her 8 year old son, it sent her drinking into a destructive spiral. Numbing the pain of the loss she e...

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Mescal was born in England and moved to Santa Monica at age 8 in the height of the Dogtown Era. Mescal grew up surrounded by skate and surf culture and also gang and drug culture. All this leading to him becoming, as he describes it, “a troubled, poor, latchkey kid of the 80s”

Mescal got sober in his twenties but 18 years later found his sobriety threatened when past trauma and unresolved mental health issues could no longer be cont...

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April 5, 2022 18 min

Ashley Loeb Blassingame and new producer Scott Drochelman discuss what's new for Season 4 and check in on Ashley's Recovery Journey.

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    December 7, 2021 32 min

    It's so hard to believe that we are already at the end of Season 3! This season we produced 52 episodes, introduced our Ask the Expert, and met so many amazing people. Tune in to hear Ashley Loeb Blassingame and Ashley Jo recollect the exciting moments from Season 3, review the top 10 episodes of Season 3, review the top 10 episodes of all-time, and share some exciting announcements about what's happening between now and Se...

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    Born at only 3lbs 6oz in 1962, Lesa Thomas was sent home to die but the universe had a different plan. Unfortunately, this plan didn’t mean that Lisa’s life would be easy as she experienced severe childhood neglect and trauma. As a result, Lisa feels almost no pain. She eventually turned to alcohol to cope, but found Lionrock Recovery in early 2020. 

    Today she lives in Texas with her spouse whom she has been with for more than 33 ye...

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    Leanette was born into an addicted family. Her father was a severe alcoholic and her mother struggled with drug use. When her parents' lives became overrun with drugs and alcohol, Leanette decided to leave. She was only 13 years old. 

    She dropped out of school in the eight grade and began couch surfing to make ends meet. She spent much of her life just trying to figure out how to live a normal life.

    Eventually, she joined the Job...

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    In early 2019, Christiana was tapped to co-create The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. With a background not only as a marketer and project manager, but as a professional dancer and songwriter, she knew she would cut recordings and set up processes, so that’s where she started.

    Over the last two (almost three) years Christiana and I have developed the show you know and love today. It has been an incredible journey. In a bonus ...

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    Wilderness Therapy with Evoke’s Executive Clinical Director

    Dr. Brad Reedy is the Owner & Executive Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs where wilderness therapy is provided. He has a BS in Family Science and an MS and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

    Dr. Reedy’s research and clinical experience includes parenting issues, family trauma, treatment with sexual abuse victims, domestically violent offenders, adults/adolesc...

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    In this special episode, Ashley Loeb Blassingame sits down with her mother, Hillary Clayson Loeb, to understand a mother’s perspective on addiction. They discuss everything from how Hillary felt when Ashley would disappear, to what it was like attending family therapy sessions,  and why people are so uncomfortable talking about addiction, to how individuals can support family members of those who struggle with SUD. 

    Hillary’s recoll...

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    Mary Beth O’Connor is a retired Administrative Law Judge who has been clean and sober for 27 years. Substance use disorder is only part of her story as she is also in recovery from abuse and trauma. Mary Beth currently serves as the Director and Secretary for She Recovers Foundation and is a Director for LifeRing Secular Recovery.

    In August 2020, Mary Beth had an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, I Beat Addiction without G...

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    Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer and speaker. She is the author of the memoir, I Am Yours, and the forthcoming dystopian novel, Paramita. She is the creator and lead writer of the TV show Snap. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thailand, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her rescue chihuahua, Fia the Fierce. You can find her @reemazaman and www.reemazaman.com.

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    Arlina Allen is a speaker, life coach, and host of Sobriety: The One Day at a Time Recovery Podcast. She has been free from drugs and alcohol for more than 27 years and originally shared her story in Season 2, Episode 71 of The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

    She’s joining us again today for an Ask the Expert where we discuss the power of the mind. In 2020 Arlina began learning about hypnotherapy. Today she dives into the co...

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    Tom Farley is a marketing and communications consultant, non-profit executive, and recovery advocate.  He was the Founder and President of The Chris Farley Foundation, named for his younger brother, the late actor and comedian who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, The Chris Farley Show, a biography which received national media attention and wide critical acclai...

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