Recovery Is Possible

Recovery Is Possible

Michael has seen first-hand the devastating effects of addiction on the public, his profession, and himself. Michael began his career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After eight years, he became a Corrections Officer, Washington DC Police Officer, and then FBI Agent. In 2010, Michael became an instructor at the FBI Academy. In 2013, he created a course titled “Leading At-Risk Employees” geared toward Police Executives to help them understand alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, suicide, and domestic violence as it relates to policies and procedures for their agencies worldwide. In 2019, Michael retired from the FBI but his passion for helping others continued. He is currently working on a Master’s in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Pulling from his personal and professional experience, Michael shares his thoughts on this sensitive, complex, and controversial subject.

Episodes

July 31, 2021 65 min

In this episode I discuss "Getting Right Sized In Recovery" with retired firefighter Ric Jorge of Palm Beach County Fire/Rescue. Ric discusses his amazing story of experience, strength, and hope and gives us some great insight into what successful recovery looks like, and which pitfalls to avoid.

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In this episode I discuss the use of imagery in recovery. Coming from a military and police background, I always found the use of symbols during milestones and celebrations helpful. Learn how I used this concept as a tool to help me, and maybe you will find it will help you too.

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In this episode I discuss one of the many tools you can use to help your recovery. The acronym HALT has long been used to remind ourselves of things to avoid in order to increase the chances of preventing relapse.

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In this episode I interview KL Wells of VoicesInCourage. KL's mission for helping families and parents of addicted loved ones inspired her to launch VoicesInCourage, a community that provides instrumental resources for individuals who need to heal, connect and grow during the most challenging times.

https://voicesincourage.com/

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June 27, 2021 16 min

People come to recovery looking for solutions to their problems. After they arrive, they often hear "pearls of wisdom" and solutions that are tried and true for millions of people. Often, after being presented the solution, clients will say "Yeah, but...and then go on to explain how their plan is better. In this episode we discuss how your plan got you into treatment in the first place, and offer some suggestions on how...

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As Director of "Shatterproof," Dr. Sachi Ananda, Ph.D., LMHC, MCAP, is responsible for providing clinical direction to FHE Health's specialized treatment program for first responders. In this interview we discuss some of the innovative work FHE Health is doing such as neurorehabilitation and EMDR and how these modalities help in the recovery process.

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People who are well educated and outwardly successful sometimes struggle with recovery because of their success. In this episode I discuss why this is a problem, and I offer a solution for those that are willing to put their egos aside.

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Many people just do not have the willingness to listen to others and learn how they achieved sobriety. Ego, our perceived intellect, and stubbornness get in the way. In this episode we discuss this topic, as well as the importance of getting active and committed to meetings.

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In this episode I discuss how we can build a bridge between Law Enforcement and our Communities to help heal wounds with Julie Yocca of Movement Forward, Inc. Recovery from addiction is in everyone's best interest, and we talk about how we can work to address this common goal by recognizing the humanity in one another, and learn where we can work together to heal and move forward. We can recover from addiction as individuals, b...

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In this episode I speak with Capt. Renee' Peterson of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. I had the pleasure of meeting Capt. Peterson while in Florida visiting FHE. Capt. Peterson oversees the Neighborhood Support Team where she works with community stakeholders, unifying efforts to meet their needs. Capt. Peterson is also working to improve wellness programs for officers to help them become the best public servants they ...

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In this episode I discuss questions I received from people who are in treatment. There is a lot of work people must do early in recovery, but people need to be patient as well. Progress rather than perfection is this week's concept.

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My guest describes what she went through during her husband's active addiction, how she came to accept that addiction is a disease, and what she did to better care for herself and her family.

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Suicide is a very difficult topic, but today's episode addresses the issue head on. This powerful interview gives you the thought process and solution from someone who has been there. Dustin Hawkins is a Chaplain and Fireman with the Indian River County, Florida Fire and Rescue. He gives us a front row seat to this issue, and shares with us his powerful story.

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Early sobriety can be negatively affected by people, places, things, and situations. A listener asked what was meant by this because they hear this phrase quite a bit at recovery meetings. In this episode I explain what this phrase means and give practical ideas to help one stay sober.

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Brendan McDonough is the lone survivor of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy in 2013. Today he is a public speaker and works with numerous non-profits for veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services. Brendan joined the “Granite Mountain Hotshots” in Prescott, AZ after being a hopeless heroin addict when Superintendent Eric Marsh decided to take a chance on him. Ultimately, Brendan became the lone survivor of ...

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Some people feel that taking medication is cheating in a recovery program. In this episode I answer this question from a listener.

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The steps to sobriety differ for each person. In this episode, I answer several questions from a listener and walk through what worked for me: What was your turning point to get sober? What was your thought process prior to a relapse? What motivates you to keep trying and to not pick up the first drink?

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We must take care of all aspects of our life when it comes to wellness. This includes our spiritual development. This is certainly true for people in recovery, but is true for everyone no matter what their profession. Chaplain Dan Vickey discusses the importance of spirituality in a wellness program with me, and the importance of programs like the Post Critical Incident Seminars.

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The issue of suicide is receiving a lot of attention lately. This has been a tough year for everyone, but especially for our First Responders. This fascinating conversation with EMS Captain and Chaplain Jeremy Hurd helps us put this issue into perspective, and lets us know there is help for those who are suffering.

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Dave Sinclair is an author and Transformational Journey Support Coach. He recently authored a book titled “Numb? Break Old Habits, Escape The Rat Race. Live Your Ideal Life.” This was a fascinating interview, and I know you will not only learn a great deal about life in recovery, but have fun as well! To find out more, go to davesinclair.ca.

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