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! This podcast is sponsored by Lionrock Recovery. Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling where you can get help from the privacy of your own home. For more information, visit www.lionrockrecovery.com... Show More

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June 30, 2020 77 min

Today’s episode is very special, as Ashley gets to interview the other two Co-Founders of Lionrock Recovery - Iain Crabb and Peter Loeb.

You may remember Peter from Season 1, Episode 8 where he and Ashley shared their journey together as father and daughter through Ashley's struggles in addiction.  When discussing other special episodes to produce, we thought it would be fun to do an episode that talks about another story of tri...

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Jessica Buch is a model, student, volunteer and advocate, and she is also in recovery. She has been the face of Pantene, Covergirl and more. Jessica is currently an undergrad student studying pre-med at Santa Monica College, and she is planning on transferring to UCLA in 2021. 

She recently came out publicly as Intersex, and she is now an Intersex advocate. Diagnosed with CAIS (Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome) at a young ag...

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Many of you may know that our very own Producer, Christiana Kimmich, is the Founder and Director of Haven Dance Company based in Orange County, CA.  She and the company have been working to  produce and release a dance concept video telling the story of the deep pain and struggle felt by someone stuck in the grips of addiction, and they've finally released that video this week.

Join Ashley as she interviews Christiana on the bac...

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Note: the man on the left side of the episode artwork photo is Andre's Great Great Grandfather, Everett.  Andre asked us to place their photos side-by-side for his episode, as learning about Everett was a very special milestone for him in knowing his family history.  Andre not only has this picture of Everett, but also has a bill of sale for Everett from when he was a slave.

Andre Roberts is a Personal Trainer and Tennis Instruc...

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For the past 2 weeks, we have paused The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast to show support and give respect to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. We also wanted to take some time to reevaluate who our next guests would be, and we are happy to announce that our remaining guests interviews for June will be aligned with either the BLM or LGBTQ communities.
 

We look forward to using our platform to help educate ourselves and others, an...

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It's another After the Episode coming at you every other Thursday!  Don't have time to listen to every guest episode on Tuesdays?  Enjoy learning more about specific topics?  Do you also like to laugh?  Then these episodes are for you too!

This week, Ashley and Christiana review and cover topics from Episode #50 (Alyssa Rocco), and  Episode #51 (Ben Moroski). Tune in to hear their usual antics (including some quarantine cabi...

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Ben Moroski is an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-nominated writer and actor. His plays have garnered numerous Los Angeles theatre awards and nominations. His first L.A.-produced play, This Vicious Minute, recounted his years-long battle with self-injury after being raised in a cult. Upcoming acting roles include the forthcoming short films Admitted and Discharge (which he also wrote and produced), both of which shed light on the c...

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Alyssa Rocco is on a mission to create positive change in the world.  Along with living her recovery from alcoholism and an eating disorder, she is currently a Senior Life Coach at Handel Group, which she discovered seven years ago after finding a deep desire to change her career. After one session with a coach at Handel Group, she quickly discovered what was missing - she wasn't living true to her own dreams; she wasn’t happy,...

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It's another After the Episode coming at you every other Thursday!  Don't have time to listen to every guest episode on Tuesdays?  Enjoy learning more about specific topics?  Do you also like to laugh?  Then these episodes are for you too!

This week, Ashley and Christiana review and cover topics from Episode #47 (Amy Dresner), and  Episode #48 (Jay Shifman). Tune in to hear their usual antics (including some quarantine cabin...

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Jay Shifman is passionate about issues of Addiction and Mental Health. A Speaker, Writer, Consultant, Coach and Advocate, Jay lives intentionally around seeing the realization of his dream; to end the stigma around issues of Addiction and Mental Health. Jay works with individuals and organizations to make real change in how they approach, act on and talk about Mental health and Addiction. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University,...

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May 7, 2020 40 min

We know this has been a very trying time for everyone, and taking care of our mental health is more important now than ever.  Here at The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast, we wanted to create a very special episode to inspire hope in the midst of uncertainty.  

This COVID Hopecast is a collection of inspirational stories, quotes, sayings and more - read to you by some of our AMAZING guests from previous podcast episodes!

We invi...

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NOTE: This episode contains explicit language.

[Adapted from Amy's book bio] Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps, and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiendish addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did.

Smart and charming, with Da...

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It's another After the Episode coming at you every other Thursday!  Don't have time to listen to every guest episode on Tuesdays?  Enjoy learning more about specific topics?  Do you also like to laugh?  Then these episodes are for you too!

This week, Ashley and Christiana review and cover topics from Episode #44 (Noa Shaw), and  Episode #45 (Kerry Andre). Tune in to hear their usual antics along with a deep dive into some im...

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Kerry Andre grew up in the rural farming town of Williston, North Dakota.  With alcoholism and her father’s opiate use running rampant in her family, Kerry’s exposure to addiction started young.  After a series of traumatic events, she turned to alcohol to numb her pain and found herself in a downward spiral that lasted over a decade.  3 kids, numerous broken relationships and 4 DUI’s later - Kerry finally got the help she needed t...

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NOTE: This episode contains explicit language.

Born in 1963 in the Bronx, Noa moved with his family multiple times before finally settling in Connecticut at age 14.  By this time, he had already been drinking for four years. And he had already attended 9 different schools, many of which he was kicked out of.  Despite the unwavering love of his family, Noa never felt comfortable in his own skin — he never fit in with the other kids a...

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Due to popular demand, we're back to our old format from last year!   Our "After the Episodes" will start coming out every other Thursday again, and Ashley & Christiana will review two episodes at a time. 

This week, the ladies review and cover topics from Episode #41 (Bambi Brown), and  Episode #42 (Renée Siegel). Tune in to hear their usual antics along with a deep dive into some important themes and aspects covere...

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Originally educated as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, Renée Siegel has worked in the therapeutic field for 41 years. She is the daughter and spouse of family members impacted by addiction. Her father was addicted to drugs, and she later married a man who had a devastating addiction to gambling.

Renée understands firsthand the impact that addiction has on the family, and she shares incredibly intimate d...

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Bambi never imagined herself as an alcoholic or drug addict. It wasn’t until she was deep into an abusive relationship that she realized she could not stop.  Although she was introduced to sobriety at age 18, it took 8 years of relapse to finally become sober at 26 years old. 

She is a nurse and a mother of two, but it wasn’t until the birth of her first child, she experienced a true emotional bottom in sobriety . Her journey in mot...

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We're so excited to bring you another "After the Episode" for Season 2! 

Ashley & Christiana review and cover topics from Episodes #37 (Kim Jorgensen-Richard), #38 (Ashley Morgan) & 39 (Mike McAllister).  Tune in to hear their usual antics along with a deep dive into some important themes and aspects covered in each of these episodes. 

 

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In this bonus episode, Ashley and Christiana sit down for the first time in their home podcast booths to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on them and their surrounding communities, along with sharing some resources to help during this time.  As a special surprise - two tiny guests visit the podcast booth to say hi!  

Tune in to this bonus episode to laugh, learn and feel inspired to continue moving forward with hope.

 

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