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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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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, an…
 
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…
 
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 j…
 
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 deve…
 
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, t…
 
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 ind…
 
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, M…
 
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 a…
 
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 th…
 
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 Farle…
 
Victoria Abel is a therapist, chef, and certified addiction nutritionist. She began her work in 1994 within inpatient treatment, being trained as a therapist working with trauma, family systems, and all types of addiction. During this time, Victoria received her first Master’s degree in counseling. Being raised in a holistic family, Victoria was re…
 
Markisha Dryden’s story is one that truly shows that we do recover. Being born to parents who struggled with substance abuse, Markisha was the youngest of three kids raised primarily by her grandmother. After being introduced to crystal meth by a boyfriend, her story includes having multiple children, jail, check fraud, abuse, multiple cases with c…
 
Dr. Jason ZW Powers is the creator of the Positive Recovery© approach to treating addiction and serves as Chief Medical Officer of Positive Recovery Centers. Dr. Jason has a private addiction medicine practice in Houston, Texas, works as an interventionist, and is a published author of When the Servant Becomes the Master (2nd Edition) - the a A-to-…
 
Samantha & Nicole Senia are a dynamic, passionate mother daughter duo supporting each other in sobriety. Samantha is a born entrepreneur. When her marriage fell apart, she drowned herself in chardonnay until she was no longer functioning. With sheer grit, she joined the road to recovery and started a new empire out of her garage, determined to teac…
 
Stephen Donnelly’s memoir, A Saint and a Sinner, details the rise and fall of a beloved Catholic priest living two lives. Having been enticed by a lifestyle that involved drinking and drugging in his 20’s, it may seem odd that Stephen entered seminary to become a priest in his 30’s. But at the age of 42, Stephen was ordained as a Roman Catholic pri…
 
Teri Homan is an award-winning filmmaker and solo piano composer who received her bachelor of arts in social work in 1991 and holds a master’s degree in IT Management. She identifies as a lesbian, is twice divorced, and has two children. Teri is known for her compassion and sense of humor and considers herself a life-warrior who manages three diffe…
 
Kristin Arden is the lead clinician at Mindbloom, a mental health and wellbeing company on a mission to help people expand their human potential. Mindbloom offers science-backed treatments for anxiety and depression through guided ketamine therapy. Kristin is a proponent for alternative forms of treatment such as psychedelic medicine. She is a boar…
 
Charlie Gray is a mid-30’s, white, gay man living in Midwest America. For years he suffered as a high-functioning alcoholic experiencing chronic relapse. On July 8, 2020, Charlie entered sobriety and began penning his memoir as part of his healing process - At Least I'm Not The Frog: A Zany Memoir of Alcoholism & Recovery. His book begins shortly a…
 
Vanessa Hurr is an award-winning editorial portrait Photographer and resident Corporate Development guru for Lionrock Recovery. Her journey from entrepreneur to Lionrock teammate began in March of 2020 when a world-wide pandemic put a quick halt to her life as a photographer in the live events industry. Within weeks of coming onboard the Lionrock t…
 
As the drummer for the Canadian rock band Bonds of Mara and the cult cartoon and band, Sons of Butcher, Daryl Ralph is a musician. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Daryl had early aspirations of being a rockstar. At the age of 19, he moved out west, settling in White Rock, Kelowna and Vancouver, BC. The intent was for Daryl to embed his roots …
 
Dr. Nicole Labor is an addiction specialist who attended and graduated medical school in Erie Pennsylvania at the Lake Erie College of osteopathic medicine. Following graduation and residency she completed a fellowship in addiction medicine through Geisinger in northeastern Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the medical director at OneEighty, a …
 
Archie Messersmith-Bunting is known as 'The Feelings Guy.’ He is a mental wellness professional speaker who helps people discover how leading with their feelings can improve their quality of life and save the lives of those they come in contact with. Archie’s passion stems from his personal life experience. He was adopted at a young age and grew up…
 
Joshua Shea is a pornography addiction expert, certified betrayal trauma coach, and the author of three books about pornography addiction, including He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and Former Addict Answer Your Questions. Since 2018, Joshua has given more interviews about pornography addiction and betrayal trauma than anybody in the world. D…
 
Rachel Quast is a Master's level counselor, author, national speaker, and counseling group leader. Surviving anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and spiritual and family trauma paved the path for her career in counseling. Rachel specializes in eating disorders, emotional eating, relationship struggles, issues with faith and spirituality, and depressio…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week you'll hear short clips from Mike McAllister's story which was originally shared in Season 2 Episode 39. You'll hear Mike discuss feeling like his skin was too tight as a child. He'll shar…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re sharing clips from Jodie Sweetin who melted our hearts and made us laugh for eight years as cherub-faced, goody-two-shoes middle child Stephanie Tanner. In this episode short, we sh…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re going all the way back to the beginning by featuring our very own Ashley Loeb Blassingame. You’ll hear three clips from Season 1 Episode 1 including why Ashley calls cocaine the dru…
 
Producer Christiana Kimmich is back for this After the Episode. CK and Ashley Jo review clips from the stories of Don Cummins, Lyon Herron, Titus Gardner, and Alison Haase. E106 | Don Cummins Don Cummins is a bank robber turned bank software developer. At a young age, he witnessed the tragic suicide of a family friend. Throughout this ATE, CK and A…
 
Alison is an author, athlete, and recovery advocate. Her success comes from rising above the ashes and pitfalls of addictions which included drugs, alcohol, work, food, and people pleasing. This inspired her to take hold of her own journey and quit using external validation to fill her deep wounded soul. Using fitness, 12 steps, community, hard wor…
 
Titus Gardner was born in Portchester, NY and raised by a man who he later found out was not his biological father. This news devastated Titus and he found himself in the throes of an identity crisis. Later in life, when he was a teenager, both of his parents were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, a disease that ultimately ended both of their lives. Followi…
 
Dr. Louise Stanger focuses on strength-based solutions and invitational change. As the 2019 Interventionist of the year, she is not only an Ivy League Award winner but also an educated social worker, author, internationally renowned clinician, and speaker on mental health, addiction, process disorders, and chronic pain. She has performed thousands …
 
Lyon Herron is a fifth generation Angeleno whose family first came to LA in the late 1800’s. At the young age of 7, Lyon was diagnosed with Gardner Syndrome, an extremely rare disease that puts individuals at high risk for developing colorectal cancer and desmoid tumors. Lyon was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and embarked on a healing journey…
 
Our Pride month bonus episode features School of Rock child star Rivkah Reyes. Rivkah Reyes (they/them) is a Filipina-Jewish actor, writer, musician, comedian and self-acceptance warrior from Chicago. Riv has been performing since the age of 4 and made their film debut as Katie in the beloved film School of Rock in 2003. Since then, Riv has perform…
 
Don Cummins is an author, transformational speaker, and coach. Don suffered for decades with the effects of trauma and addiction. These issues resulted in homelessness, damaged relationships, depression and anxiety, and unemployability. Don was repeatedly committed to mental health institutions and experienced extreme incarceration and isolation, h…
 
Join Ashley and Ashley as they review clips from the stories of Stuart O'Neill, Andre Roberts, Lucas Crigler, and Keith Smith and share the latest news and research on the topics discussed. Throughout their review they cover everything from suicidal ideation to wanting to be accepted as your authentic self. E100 | Stuart O'Neill Stuart O'Neill, aut…
 
Hailing from the Bahamas, Keith Smith likes to think of himself as a citizen of the world. His smile, charisma, and energy are contagious. But as a child, Keith experienced a point in time where he lost his smile. From the age of 8 to 12, Keith was molested by his cousin. Eventually, he turned to alcohol as a way to numb his feelings. One day, afte…
 
Lucas is an advertising Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup in New York City. Throughout his career he’s worked on brands such as The New York Lottery, Hornitos Tequila, TGIFriday’s, Vibram FiveFingers, Mike and Ike candies, Honda, and Mastercard. His work has earned Clio Awards, Gold Lion Awards, One Show Pencils, and was even nominated for a C…
 
Kristin Casey is a writer and recovered alcoholic and addict. Her memoir Rock Monster, My Life with Joe Walsh documents their tumultuous six-year relationship and drug-fueled, train wreck breakup. She’s survived numerous addictions, clinical depression, a suicide attempt, the panhandle of Texas, and seventeen years of Catholicism. Her writing has a…
 
Andre Roberts is a personal trainer and tennis instructor who resides in Beverly Hills, CA. He originally shared his story in Season 2 as a bonus episode where he discussed having a segregated childhood and being a black man in today’s America. If you haven’t already listened to his story, make sure you check it out. Today, we invited Andre back fo…
 
Raised in Melbourne Australia, Stuart O’Neill’s mostly self-employed life has provided its fair share of highs and lows. Stuart’s life story easily resonates with others. In the 1980’s Stuart became an Australian Surf Lifesaver. Saving lives is a passion that he still fulfills to this day. His desire to save lives now includes his book Just One Rea…
 
Join Ashley (ALB), Christiana (CK), and Ashley Jo (AJB) as they review clips from the stories of Mike Govoni, Craig Pothier, Adam Fout, and Charles M Henderson Jr. Throughout their review, they cover everything from childhood trauma to how to live authentically in recovery. In Episode 94, Mike Govoni discusses what it was like being taken from his …
 
Growing up in Tuckahoe, New York, Charles M. Henderson Jr. went from being a teenage heroin addict and high school dropout, to becoming a Harvard graduate with an MBA in general management. His life experience inspired him to work as a change agent serving as the Executive Director, Co-Founder, Educator, and Executive Coach for Heroin to Harvard, a…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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-es…
 
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. Episode Disclaimer This episode cov…
 
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 reco…
 
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 …
 
As the 2nd of four girls born to a conservative Christian family in a small town in Iowa, Ashley Jo'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 par…
 
Join Ashley, Christiana, and Ashley Jo for this bonus After the Episode where they unpack all of the details shared by the Loeb sisters. They'll cover everything from making amends and restoring relationships to using personal experience to help others. In this special episode, Ashley Loeb Blassingame shares how she has restored her relationship wi…
 
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