Knockin' Doorz Down

Knockin' Doorz Down

Knockin' Doorz Down is about those who have turned their greatest adversities into their greatest advantages and passions. Featuring celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times in their lives and how they were able to break through and live a purposeful life with passion, and inspiring others to be their best selves. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, mental health, or other areas of trauma, you're not alone. Hear how those that have been there, broken through and started Knockin’ Doorz Down. Hosted by Jason LaChance with a background of family addiction, alcoholism, family trauma, divorce, financial struggles, and depression. Cohost Mikey Nawrocki struggled with substance abuse issues, along with anxiety, depression, and financial struggles. If you're looking for weekly inspiration, and motivation to push through those challenging times, subscribe now. New episodes Thursday's, Knockin’ Doorz Down.

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May 6, 2021 59 min

As a kid, Darren was teased for his speech and learning disabilities. In high school, he got into trading baseball cards. He loved the statistics and having all the info on all the cards, and became the guy his friends would go to for sports info. He loved being that guy for his friends, and this gave him self-confidence. He eventually started going to trade shows and started making big money. It eventually turned into a mail-order...

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As a kid, Kelly Osbourne was part of ‘The Osbournes', one of the first reality TV shows.? Having her life on full display was normalized and this eventually led to detachment and isolation, in her teenage years.? She started drinking at the age of 13 and progressed heavily from there.

Her problems started compounding at home.? She was struggling with her identity as a young adult, being in the public eye constantly, she wouldn...

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As a kid, Randy Grimes grew up in Waco, Texas.? Football was part of everyday life in his hometown, there was a lot of pride in local sports.? Everything in his family focused around football, with loving parents and no addiction in his immediate family.? It always came easy for Randy, getting a scholarship for basically anywhere he wanted to go.

Next was college, where he chose Baylor as his alma mater. They won the Southwest Con...

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Jona Xiao was born in China but grew up in the United States, specifically St. Louis, Missouri.  Her father was 1 of 5 people to receive a scholarship to Cornell University, which led to them relocating to the US permanently.  This where she eventually coined her comedic phrase “Made in China, Raised in The U.S.”  She experienced a lot of racial inequality while growing up, this would shape the way she perceived society at a young ...

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Jaime Bennington is the son of Chester Bennington, the lead singer from Linkin Park that lost his life in 2017.  His parents were actually never married, they were high school sweethearts.  Jaime didn’t even meet his dad until 8 years old.  His dad was on the road with Linkin Park, and there was a major disconnection there in his early upbringing.

Many members of Jaime’s family were addicted in many ways.  He dealt with family mem...

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Austin D’Amond grew up in a mixed household, with his mom, dad & stepdad all in the same house.  Eventually his mother left, and was left to his own devices.  By the age of 12, he was already having run ins with the cops, he was drinking heavily and having parties every night already in his early teenage years.

This was about the time he tried taking his music passion and skills to the next level.  He started out playing drums...

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Beginning his professional acting career at the age of seven, Butch Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966. His uncle John was a horse supplier to Hollywood Studios, and his cousin was Zorro's stunt double. This was his connection to get started in the industry. His mother & father were warm & loving, social drinkers. ...

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Porn addiction is the “Addiction No One Talks About” and Joshua Shea is here to knock that door down & bring to light the addiction that stays in the shadows of everyday life.

Growing up, his family was very conservative and at 7 years old he was sexually and mentally abused by a babysitter.  At age 12, he started drinking and watching hard-core pornography after an older cousin introduced it to him one day.  Then at 14, he go...

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Growing up as the son of Iranian immigrants, Kevin Derek faced adversity with racism and prejudice growing up.  He saw parallels in his own life story, that tied in with the story of his new documentary “More Than Miyagi”, which tells the life story of Pat Morita.

As an Iranian-American, Kevin saw parallels in his own life, dealing with racism being Iranian, being beaten up as a kid, and having racial slurs spray-painted on his ga...

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Catherine Lyon started casually gambling, playing her local lottery.  She describes how easy it was to gamble, and the predatory gambling practices in her community.  She starting her addiction at video poker terminals in bars and restaurants in the early ’90s, playing bingo at church, and buying lottery tickets at the grocery store.  This started out harmless enough but eventually led to suicide attempts and financial ruin.

Wanti...

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Cody Wickliffe grew up with an alcoholic mother, going to AA meetings as early as 5 years old.  He actually enjoyed the AA environment, because it was better than his home environment.  At that age, he was already on heavy medication for ADHD, which led to him being placed in special education classes.  This led to anxiety & acting out at a very young age.

He started drinking at 13 years old, fell into the party crowd as a way...

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Alyssa describes getting bullied in school and falling into the bad crowd, using marijuana for the first time to fit in.  This led to harder drugs, like cocaine, ecstasy & eventually heroin.  Hear her story of how addiction consumed her life for 3 years, and eventually found her way out of the darkness.

In the worst of her addiction, she was living in the back of her car, down to 90 pounds, stealing and committing crimes, help...

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Gregg Champion is living up to his last name. Champion by definition is a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports. However, Gregg lives by the second definition, a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else. His cause is sobriety and supporting those who seek personal growth and prosperity.  

Gregg’s story starts normal enough until at the age of 4 and a half...

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Skinny Vinny Imperati opens up about his traumatic childhood, which began with losing his father, who was hit and killed on his motorcycle. His relationship with his mother was also tough, who suffers from a deep family history of addiction and alcoholism. 

Skinny Vinny started using marijuana and eventually selling it to generate an income. Eventually, he began to go down a dark road that led him to use the gambit of substances. ...

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Kurt Angle opens up about the road that led him to prescription medication addiction and alcoholism, and his ultimate fight: The path that he took to achieving, maintaining sobriety, and inspiring others.  

Kurt speaks on the untimely death of his father due to a work accident when he was only 16. The memories of his father's alcoholism. This wasn't Kurt's only tragic loss. His mentor and his wrestling coach, David Sch...

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Charlie Sheen opens up about the breakdown that was front and center in the public eye. "Winning" "Tigers Blood" and what was really going on in his life at that point. With long-term sobriety and a new way of life, Charlie opens up about the first time he tried a substance at the age of 10. 

Charlie shares what it was like growing up the son of a famous actor, Martin Sheen as well as the sibling of Emilio Estévez....

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Shanda Renee shares the story of the night she attempted suicide and ended up helping to save the life of a man who was shot. What drove her to the point of not wanting to live?

Growing up in an alcoholic home and with a mother who tried to present "the perfect family". Shanda was sexually abused at an early age which led her down a path of feeling disconnected from her peers. This led her down a path of codependent relati...

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Brian "Sledge" Campbell was forged by the demons that live inside his head, “The Metalhead Maniac” once turned to drugs and alcohol to quiet those voices. Bullied as an overweight child, Brian had one positive influence in his life: his father, with whom he'd sit and watch Pro Wrestling for hours. Upon his father's passing, Brian started drinking alcohol getting drunk for the first time at the age of 13. This was th...

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Bam Margera and Brandon Novak rose to fame as skateboarders in their youth along with MTV's Jackass and Viva La Bam. They share their stories of friendship dating back to their preteen years and deep love and friendship for one another. With the chaos of fame and what was seen on television and in movie theatres, the groundwork for addiction and substance abuse was being laid. 

Hear of the crazy times behind these scenes, how ...

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The hosts of the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast, Jason LaChance, and Mikey Nawrocki share their stories of adverse times, substance abuse, and how they're using their life experiences in speaking with all the guests on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast. Their mission of inspiring you the listeners by sharing real-life stories of those who have taken their greatest adversities and turned them into their greatest advantages. P...

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