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 4, 2021 80 min

Adam Fout was born to two attorneys in San Diego, CA. Although he didn’t know it at the time, Adam struggled with OCD, depression, anxiety, and binge eating from a young age. He began a ‘legal career of his own’ after a run-in with the Kansas City Bureau of Investigation while in college. Following this experience, Adam’s mental health spiraled out of control. He attempted suicide, spent time in multiple psych wards, and went to re...

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We’re excited to introduce our new series, Ask the Expert, where your host, Ashley Loeb Blassingame, exchanges views with and picks the brains of industry leading experts.?

Our first episode of the series features Dr. Adi Jaffe.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a #1 best-selling author and a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction, relationships and shame. He lectured in the UCLA Psychology department for the better part of a dec...

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Raised in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, Craig Pothier loved playing sports. Excelling at hockey and baseball gave him the confidence he needed to fit in as a child. When he transitioned from elementary school to high school, he realized that people cared more about partying than sports. He quickly discovered that alcohol gave him the self-esteem boost he needed.

At the age of 27, after moving from Canada to New York City, a t...

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Mike Govoni shared his story on The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast in Episode 94. Ashley Loeb Blassingame invited him back for a pointed discussion on psychedelic therapy.  Throughout the discussion Mike shares his experience with psychedelic therapeutics including MDMA,  ketamine, psilocybin, and ayahuasca.

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This episode covers a wide variety of topics related to psychedelic therapy. These topics are controv...

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Being raised by a single father who was a defrocked Catholic Priest, Mike Govoni’s childhood was anything but traditional. He began using opiates and other substances at a young age to mask the feelings he had associated with childhood trauma. This led him down a path of substance use and addiction until he discovered an unorthodox approach to recovery.

Now, having lived in recovery for over 16 years, Mike is passionate about helpin...

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Join Ashley, Christiana, and Ashley Jo for this bonus After the Episode where they review Ashley Jo Brewer's episode from this week. They'll cover everything from the paternity scandal she walked through to how to communicate with someone who has experienced a great loss. 

Toward the end of this episode, Ashley Jo gives some great insight into what has been helpful (and what has not) when discussing the loss of her 10-month ...

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As the 2nd of four girls born to a conservative Christian family in a small town in Iowa, Ashley Jo Brewer’s upbringing was filled with music, family and church.  She was raised to love God and live by traditional family values that carried her through to her college years, until one night, her world came crashing down.  After being drugged at a college party, everything Ashley Jo had lived for was thrown out the window.

Instead of ...

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March 30, 2021 67 min

Welcome to Season 3 of The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast!

Ashley Loeb Blassingame and Christiana Kimmich are back at recording, and they’ve been joined by the team’s new Production Coordinator, Ashley Jo Brewer. Throughout the Season 3 Intro, they’ll discuss all of the exciting things coming up including lots of laughter about bad hair, where are they now, special guests, and important topics being covered on the show. 

You’l...

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It's a wrap on Season 2!!  Join Ashley & Christiana for a nostalgic look-back on all the guests and happenings of Season 2 on The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast.  From changing our podcast branding and music to figuring out how to survive and thrive during the pandemic and everything 2020 brought, Ashley & Christiana  talk about all the behind-the-scenes happenings throughout this last season.

Tune in to hear the ...

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Episode Short for Kendra Allen's Episode (#35): 

Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"!  In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season.

For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Kendra Allen's episode (#35).  You'll hear Kendra talk about how helpful Al-Anon has been in her recovery journey,...

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Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"!  In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season.

For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Chuck O's episode (#73).  You'll hear Chuck talk about his experience right after his relapse, and how his family helped him transition once and for all off his MAT (...

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Episode Short for Caroline Strawson's Episode (#54): 

Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"!  In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season.

For this next featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Caroline Strawson's episode (#54).  You'll hear Caroline talk about her journey to self-healing, and how real...

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Episode Short for Andre Roberts' Special Bonus Episode: 

Introducing a new type of episode - the "Episode Short"!  In this bite-sized episode format, tune in to hear an audio snippet from one of our favorite episodes of the season.

For this first featured Episode Short, we are pleased to feature a snippet from Andre Roberts' Special Bonus Episode in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.  You'll hear Andre talk...

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Norman Curtiss has been a practicing pharmacist for about 8 years.  He grew up always playing sports as a child and throughout high school.  Norman struggled with substance use disorder with either alcohol, Adderall or both throughout most of his 20's and early 30's.  His journey to recovery started with a phone call to Lionrock.  That was June 2, 2018, and he has been sober from alcohol since that day.  His addiction to Ad...

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Pete Caraher is a stay-at-home-dad of two boys - one a senior in college and the other in a high school transition program for special needs kids.  After years of working to support his family, he and his wife decided to do the untraditional role reversal for 22+ years (him staying at home, her working to support the family).  Pete struggled to find his new identity as a stay-at-home-dad, and his drinking progressed for years u...

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Bonus Episode: 

It's the holidays FINALLY the end of 2020!!  Join Ashley and Christiana as they talk about what 2020 meant to them, say how they're ushering in the holidays and list resources to help support sobriety and recovery through this season.

 

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    Brock Bevell is a well-regarded family man with 7 children, six daughters and one son. He is a retired Police Officer who was run over on duty and ultimately retired from the injuries.  The injuries caused him to endure numerous knee surgeries and constant rehabilitation. To deal with the pain, he was prescribed opioids. After months and months of therapy, the department and doctors made the determination that his injuries would pr...

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    ATE for Episode #'s 85 & 86: 

    Today brings another exciting After the Episode! Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap two more guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. 

    Tune in to hear more about Danielle Gregorich and Kevin Barhydt's stories, along with discussing what it looks like to walk...

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    Kevin Barhydt is a YouTube creator, and the author of Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother. His YouTube channel creates a safe space for survirors of addiction, abandonment, adoption and child sexual abuse, and to explore the healing process.

    Abandoned by his mother at birth, Kevin was enveloped in a labyrinth of adoption, addiction, and child sexual abuse. By age 20, a shell of the boy he once was, Kevin succumbed completely to a suicidal...

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    ATE for Episode #'s 82 & 83: 

    Today is an exciting After the Episode with a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT in the beginning! Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap two more guest episodes this week (see links to their episodes below in the 'Resources' section of the show notes), along with deep diving into the important topics covered. 

    Tune in to hear more about Brendan McDonough's incredible story that was relived throug...

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