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This podcast addresses hope and recovery options for individuals, friends, family, parents and associates who have been or may be addicted to opioids, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, fentanyl, and want to overcome the addiction. There are interviews with former addicts, stories of having gone through numerous failed rehabes, parents and loved ones that describe the horrors and ultimate methods they have sought to save lives and help. Issues include the changing world of rehab, from 12 s ...
 
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Jason and Joanie talk about pharmaceutical companies recently being sued and having to fork over millions, if not billions for their part in this whole opioid epidemic plaguing the world. it's a start. And they get into the vaping controversy. The dangers just outweigh the benefits - if there are any.…
 
Grant Feasel was a starting center and long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1992. During that time he suffered multiple traumas and used alcohol and drugs to dull the pain. This eventually led to his death. This interview with his wife Cyndy tells the battle they went through for years to deal with the trauma and drugs. Cyndy has ...…
 
When Paul Fletcher was a major league baseball player for the the Phillies and Oakland Athletics, many of his teammates drank. Alcohol was readily available. But Paul got to the point where he couldn't stop. His wife and kids left him and he tried taking his own life by downing a bottle of prescription meds. But still he didn't stop drinking. F ...…
 
Lee Burns says himself that with his upbringing there was no real reason to start drugs except that at a young age he started down a road of self doubt and invalidation. He got clean, has stayed clean and is a very successful entrepreneur and public speaker. https://leeburnsgames.com/By Joanie Sigal.
 
There have been several news articles printed about how addicted mothers give birth to addicted babies. This podcast interview is from the viewpoint of the addicted baby. Kim Mathis was born addicted and lacked all of the things we count on our mothers for because her mom was an addict. However, it made her even more determined to not only surv ...…
 
We recently published an episode with Dan Zsido (former Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy) about vaping and we have gotten some very passionate feedback. We're talking about it again today on a special episode with Michael DeLeon from steeredstraight.org. Fasten your seatbelts because it's going to be a bumpy road. As mentioned, we are not talki ...…
 
Parts of Cannon's story mirror those of other recovered addicts that we've spoken to but it's also different. After going through 14 rehabs - including a wilderness rehab - and multiple felony indictments, Cannon finally found the Narconon program in Ojai California. He's not only clean and sober but helping others get that way and stay that wa ...…
 
Eric Burgess excelled at baseball. Then, due to a bad car accident, his world and his family fell apart. Starting with marijuana at a young age, he moved on to crack cocaine before he finished high school. He not only took the drugs, he sold them. He was addicted to the drugs and addicted to the lifestyle of no responsibility. Finally in August ...…
 
About 29 years ago, a public school teacher told Barbie Rivera that her 6 year old son had a mental disorder and she needed to put him on a mind altering drug - Ritalin. Barbie thought that was nutty as her son was very bright, normal and already bilingual. She started home schooling him now has her own school - called HELP Miami. Her story of ...…
 
Dan Zsido has had 15 years of narcotics investigative experience with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He established and supervised the the Strategic Diversion Task Force investigating pharmaceutical crimes, doctor shopping, fraud, trafficking and more. His current presentations and training target the dangers of “vaping”, especially in t ...…
 
Erin's story is horrific for any mom to deal with. Not only did she lose her beloved son to a heroin overdose but when she started a foundation to spread his story in the hopes of helping others, she was arrested. Here is the tragic story of a young man with a very bright future in hockey who overdosed after being prescribed opiates. Here is al ...…
 
Justin's struggle with addiction is not so different from other former addicts' stories and yet, it's different. He started on drugs, alcohol and Adderall when he was young and in school, and ended up on heroin and methamphetamine. After 10 different rehab programs, he tried a holistic route and now he is clean and sober - and happy to be alive ...…
 
Jennifer Gimenez had it all. She was a beautiful Argentinian young lady who became a model and graced the cover of all the top fashion magazines. She appeared in films with stars such as Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise. Then she found cocaine and her life spiraled out of control. Jenn has now been clean and sober for over 13 years,is helping others, ...…
 
Tim Ryan has been a huge success in business. He's made millions. But drugs and alcohol took everything away from him - his money, his companies, his marriage and even his son. How do you come back from that? With faith and a belief in himself action. A nationally renown speaker, his work was the subject of the A&E TV series “Dope Man”. and has ...…
 
There are many kinds of addiction. Our guest on this episode was addicted not only to cocaine and Adderall but also gambling. He has always been a successful entrepreneur but for him that came with the cost of addiction. Now clean and sober - largely through his own efforts, he is giving back to leaders and through raising money for charity. Th ...…
 
Pastor Michael Carter began his journey into addiction at the tender age of 6 where he saw that those who used drugs had money, power and influence. He snorted heroin at age 9 and his drug use continued from there. Finally reaching his Point of No Return in his 20s, he got clean and sober and now helps others through Victor Newman Ministries - ...…
 
Recently there was some fake news about kids smoking bed bugs. It appeared that the television station reporting same, said that it was a joke and that it really wasn't true. We don't think it's funny. There are too many horror stories about the drugs that ARE being used to make up things like this. Colorado is finding that young people are abu ...…
 
Dr. Basha Jordan has been a pastor for decades. But more importantly, he is known as The Hope Doctor. Why? He himself has been challenged and is a former addict who has been in recovery for years. So he's "been there and done" that and uses his experiences to deliver hope to individuals and loved ones trying to deal with addiction. His book "Th ...…
 
An interview with Susan Korabek, mother of Landon Korabek. Landon Korabek was a talented athlete, a bright student, and an extraordinary guitarist. He was full of life and love. His future was bright with possibilities. Landon died unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 17 from a prescription drug overdose. Sadly, there is no future now for Landon. ...…
 
Chris' story at the outset doesn't sound that different than many of the stories we've told on the podcast. What does it take for someone to reach the "point of no return"? In Chris' case it took 7 rehabs, 3 overdoses and 4 stints in jail to get there. But once he did, and arrived at Narconon Suncoast, he changed his life for good. He has been ...…
 
Jay's story is one that we haven't heard before. Prescribed psychiatric medications at a very young age, he ended up addicted to several of those as well as some street drugs. Finally, he realized he didn't have a mental disorder, he was addicted. When he spotted this, he told his psychiatrist that he wanted to get off all of the medications. H ...…
 
Joanie and Jason back in the studio and talking addiction. What is denial really? So often Jason encounters parents and loved ones of addicts who say that there's nothing they can do because the addict is in denial. First of all, there is ALWAYS something you can do. Just reach out to whoever you trust and get help for your loved one.…
 
In the past, we have interviewed Narconon graduates and related their story of addiction, treatment and sobriety. We have also interviewed members of the families of former addicts. In this episode, we have all three of those involved - Josie (former addict) and her mom (Nadja) and dad (Jim). They each have their own perspective on addiction an ...…
 
Today's episode is an interview with author Dave Chase. His latest book focuses on the Opioid Crisis. The opioid crisis is not an anomaly. Instead, it's a self-inflicted wound, driven by a catastrophically dysfunctional health care system, leading to what has become the largest public health crisis in 100 years. Fortunately, proven antidotes ex ...…
 
Diane Stein is the President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights in Florida. She adds a unique perspective on the role that psychiatric mind-altering drugs play in the addiction epidemic we face today. It's not a small role and if psychiatry has it's way, addiction will be labeled as a brain disease and treatable only with further medication ...…
 
This is the story of one unbelievably unethical doctor in West Virginia - Dr. Raj Masih - who was not only responsible for at least one death, but for 100s if not 1000s of people becoming addicted to prescription pain killers. Doctors across the country are now being arrested for this crime against humanity. Kelly worked for this doctor and her ...…
 
Bobby Newman is an interventionist with a 90% success rate of getting people into treatment. He is a former addict, so knows all the whys and wherefores that prevent the addict from getting clean and sober. Bobby has developed a series of videos to help YOU to do your own intervention and get your loved one into treatment NOW.…
 
Today's episode is an interview with Ted McGrath. Ted is a highly paid consultant, coach, motivational speaker, actor and entrepreneur. Following his struggle with addiction, Ted created a movement called The Good Enough Movement with the mission to help people realize that no matter what their circumstance or dream, they are good enough to ach ...…
 
Benjamin is from Denmark and started on drugs when he was DJing in Denmark. He is now clean and sober and wants to help spread the word to others. He goes into depth about his experiences on the Narconon program. He suggests that communication is a good first step for anyone addicted.By Joanie Sigal & Jason Good.
 
Giles has an amazing story of how he finally got out of his drug addiction and makes a point that anyone can beat it. Something can be done. This is an amazing story.By Joanie Sigal & Jason Good.
 
When we think of athletes and drugs, it's general performance enhancing drugs like steroids. However, when you are a professional athlete and your job depends on your performance, it's easy to depend on pain killers to get through the next game or the next tournament. That's what happened to former Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman and NFL playe ...…
 
This is episode 100 and Jason and I talk about how it's been and what we are looking forward to with the next 100 episodes. This is also part 3 of the interviews from the 7th Annual Southeastern US Regional Drug Prevention Summit. We interviewed recovering addict Eric Burgiss who has found a simple tool to help himself and others stay clean and ...…
 
This is part 2 of our Drug Prevention Summit interviews. In this episode we interviewed an independent consultant who is an expert on the effects or drugs and how to post the indicators of addiction; a medical doctor with a slightly different approach to addiction; and a cop who has educated more than 75000 people on drugs and addiction. Our th ...…
 
We interview onsite direct from the 7th Annual Drug Prevention Summit, put on by Drug Free America. Part I are interviews with key event speakers including industry leaders Former White House Drug Czar Robert DuPont; then Dr. Ken Finn; and finally Luke Niforatos, Senior Policy Advisor for "Smart Approaches to Marijuana". Parts II and III will b ...…
 
A few months ago we interviewed the producer and director of the feature documentary "Overdosed" which exposes how McKesson pharmaceutical distributor specifically targeted West Virginia for the distribution of billions of opioids to only a few million citizens. Recently the film premiered locally and we were able to get some great feedback fro ...…
 
Brandon Jordan was one of the founders of Kill Radio - a punk rock band. His family had a history of drug abuse, but Brandon didn't start abusing alcohol and drugs until his early 20s. Once he started to party, he went from 0 to 60 in a split second. Friends didn't want to party with him because he was so hard core. After tanking his successful ...…
 
Devin's story starts similarly to others in that he was prescribed drugs to address ADHD. Since those drugs are actually stimulants, they caused him to act out and he countered that with marijuana and other drugs. During high school he experimented with various different drugs and after 11 visits to jail and 3 rehabs, he has found path to being ...…
 
Nate's story is typical but then not so typical. Addicted to drugs at an early age, he attempted suicide several times after the death of friends close to him. In and out of jail but now clean and sober, Nate Wilson has written a book - Zero to Hero: The Tale of My Recovery from Drug Addiction and Psychosis. Nate has turned his life around and ...…
 
Angela is a graduate of Narconon and she was on the podcast last year telling her story. Her story is unlike any other and addresses those addicts who maybe just drink every day and take pills but don't need rehab. If this is you, listen to Angela's story and think again.By Joanie Sigal and Jason Good.
 
Wes Geer is a successful rock star - literally. He founded the rock band HedPE and toured with the band Korn. In 2003, Wes was addicted to methamphetamine, alcohol and pot. He is now in his 11th year of sobriety. In 2012 he founded Rock to Recovery which is a non-profit organization that allows recovering addicts, victims of abuse and troubled ...…
 
This is a replay of the interview with Kris Waite. Kris is a registered nurse and became addicted to Fentanyl while working as a surgical nurse in a hospital. Her story goes into the depths of addiction, incarceration and out the other side to redemption and a reattainment of her goals. Now she's spreading her story through her book and public ...…
 
Tyler began his addiction story at age 6 when he was put on psych drugs to combat ADD. From there he moved onto Marijuana and then hardcore drugs. Now he is clean and sober and wanting to help other addicts get to where he is today. He has a new life after having done the Narconon program.By Joanie Sigal and Jason Good.
 
Now is the time to get yourself or your loved one into treatment. There is always the New Year's resolution to get clean and sober and no matter how vehemently it is made, unless you or your loved one get treatment, the chance of it actually happening are slim to none. Get help now. Don't do nothing. If you do nothing, you will never forgive yo ...…
 
Approximately one year ago, we interviewed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on the podcast and she spoke about action she was taking from her "hat" on the opioid epidemic. Last week, she filed suit against Walgreens, CVS and various pharmaceutical companies for their part in helping to create and prolong this epidemic. We wanted to replay our ...…
 
Beating the drum once again for getting help BEFORE the holidays - addiction does NOT take a holiday. Also the Florida Attorney General - Pam Bondi - has filed a lawsuit against two of the major pharmacies and several drug companies who are responsible for a large part of the opioid epidemic. Go Pam!…
 
A few weeks ago we interviewed Michael DeLeon. Michael is a former addict, former felon and since leaving prison for the last time he has dedicated his life to educating youth and inmates about drugs and the consequences. His story is one of the most harrowing stories we've featured on the podcast. He happened to be in Florida so we invited him ...…
 
July 5th, 1992 and Lillo Brancato is a young man on Jones Beach. He is seen by a casting agent and ends up being cast in "A Bronx Tale" as Robert DeNiro's son. After being introduced to marijuana on set by a fellow cast member, he began experimenting with more and more drugs to become a heroin addict. Now, after spending 8 years in prison for r ...…
 
Since Jason is traveling, we are posting today a previous interview of Derek. We interviewed Derek very near the beginning of the podcast and this interview really brought home the reason we are doing this podcast. We want to offer help and hope to our listeners. Addiction is a horrible situation but there is hope. But you must get yourself or ...…
 
This is Emily's story and that of her mom - Linda. Emily is a recent Narconon graduate. She started on drugs at 12 or 13 - drinking and smoking marijuana. She gradually moved onto heroin. She went to two different rehabs but neither of them got to the root of her deep seated issues for which drugs became a solution. Her mother was familiar with ...…
 
This episode is an interview with two of the producers of a new feature-length documentary by Award-winning Editor Mary Sue Connolly. The film is an 80-minute documentary set in the small town of Petersburg, West Virginia, a rural community tragically impacted by the opioid epidemic in our country. Why West Virginia? Because West Virginia was s ...…
 
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