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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 ...
 
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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 inequ…
 
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. Man…
 
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…
 
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 i…
 
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 por…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 i…
 
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 a…
 
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. Eventua…
 
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 …
 
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 f…
 
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…
 
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 a…
 
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 su…
 
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 the…
 
Actor and standup comedian Sean Kanan is well known for his role as the bully Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid Part III, and Sam Steven on Studio City available on Amazon. Sean was heavily bullied as a child which started him on his journey towards Martial Arts. In learning Karate, he was positively challenged mentally, and emotionally in ways that he…
 
International Bestselling Author Kathrin Hutson has been writing Dark Fantasy and Sci-Fi since 2000. Kathrin had a very challenging upbringing, with her parents divorcing around the age of ten. Kathrin states she doesn’t recall much before the age of 10, at which point she began her interest in writing as a means to escape the confusions of life. N…
 
Mike Sorrentino also is known as The Situation, star of the MTV reality show The Jersey Shore says finding fame came with drawbacks from being in the public eye and often the villain of the Jersey Shore. Mike begun a battle with substance abuse along with excessive debt, he faced prison time that led to his sobriety and rebuilding his life. We disc…
 
Actress Stephanie Czajkowski (Check-house-key just FYI) a true example of Knockin’ Doorz Down and the never quit attitude of turning your greatest adversities into your greatest advantages. Stephanie may not be a household name but you've probably seen her in your living room without even realizing it. Over the years, Stephanie has had small roles …
 
Caitlyn Jenner is a profound voice for many people struggling with gender identity, gender dysphoria, an accomplished athlete, and a down-to-earth parent of 10 children - Burton Jenner, Cassandra Jenner Marino, Brandon Jenner, Brody Jenner, Kendell Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Ro…
 
Craig Mabbit, lead singer of Escape the Fate has achieved Rock ‘N’ Roll stardom, but it wasn't an easy road. Being the son of a Military father who was mentally and emotionally abusive, Craig ran away from his troubled home many times. Craig found a connection with an older crowd taking his first drink at the age of 14, this was the negative path h…
 
Tom Farley is the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. Tom shares hilarious and relatable stories of his childhood, where his brother got a lot of his famous bits from (Paul McCartney) and how he finally found sobriety from support groups. In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bes…
 
In 1991, Edward Furlong began his film career as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a role that earned him an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and a Saturn Award for best young actor. With a troubled family background, even with his newfound fame, he always felt like he never quite fit in. Despite achieving career success at a you…
 
Despite a rough start, being sent to live in foster homes at age 6 after both of her parents lost their minds to drugs, Dashama excelled in her studies & was an award-winning athlete, writer & scholar both in lower school & college. With her own struggles of substance use and sexual trauma that lead her to arrests, expulsion and a life-threatening …
 
Leah Messer the Teen Mom 2-star has lived quite a full life. She shares her story candidly about her struggles with opioid addiction, her failed marriages, contemplating suicide and a secret abortion that she told MTV viewers was actually a miscarriage, and how it led to writing her memoir, Hope, Grace & Faith. Leah touches on codependent relations…
 
Edy Nathan MA, LCSWR is a licensed therapist, AASECT certified sex therapist, hypnotherapist, and certified EMDR practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. She has degrees from New York University and Fordham University, with post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy. In her NEW book, It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-…
 
Amanda Lyberg is the lead singer of Eva Under Fire. She shares her story of having her parents both being addicted to heroin. Sadly her father died from his addiction, and her mother has been able to find sobriety. Amanda also speaks on how much of an honor it has been to bring a message of hope in recovery through her music. Amanda also discusses …
 
Bridget Smith is the director of the gripping and emotive tale, SNO BABIES. She speaks on how making the film changed her perception of addiction and the hope behind the recovery process. The film depicts the grim realities of addiction and its effects on a middle-class suburban town. Kristen and Hannah are best friends–smart, likable, and college-…
 
Flindt Andersen and Darren Redmond of Parents and Addicts in Need. Flindt is the Founder and President of Parents & Addicts in Need (PAIN) and Darren is the Executive Director. Flindt's first experience with drugs was experimenting with alcohol at age 13. This progressed to illegal drugs thru high school and college and later led to his 20 year bat…
 
Amanda Webster stood on the ledge of a hotel room balcony in October of 2018. Then a song came on from her favorite band Linkin Park, and at that moment she made a pact to turn her life around for her and her son. Hear her uplifting story of change as she shares how she felt that she never fit in. Early in life, she began self-medicating to deal wi…
 
Morgan Rose, drummer of the hard rock band Sevendust. Hear and uplifting story of change as Morgan shares the beginnings of his substance abuse, insecurities about his drumming skills, and how life on the road away from his children and growing success led him down the rabbit hole of self-medicating. Morgan also opens up about the health scare that…
 
The inspirational story of Matt Ganem, from being a troubled youth, experimenting with alcohol and drugs at a young age. Hear how Matt was on the verge of death, constant trouble with the law, and losing friends to drug use. Leading Matt to a life of recovery, finding his voice through poetry and music as well as becoming a dedicated father of two.…
 
(Disclaimer: Acts of gun violence discussed) Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson shares her story of a shy seventeen-year-old living with her family in Littleton, Colorado. Hear how she found herself at Columbine High School and survived that tragic day on April 20, 1999, when two teenaged gunmen entered the school and initiated a bloodbath that would shock t…
 
The Nature Boy Ric Flair. His exploits and stellar career are legendary. Ric gives details left out of his ESPN 30 for 30. He opens up about losing his son Reid to addiction, how it affected his family, and the pain he felt from the loss that led to severe alcohol abuse and his hospitalization. How the love of his wife Wendy saved his life and some…
 
Andy Buckley, best known for his portrayal as David Wallace on The Office. Hear how he spent his 20's lost as a young actor making a career move and became a financial investor. How did his return to acting come about? What has the support of his wife meant to him as a man and his career? Also stories from the set of The Office and other celebritie…
 
Chris Jensen, from seeing both parents addicted to various substances. His own struggles with addiction, childhood trauma, and how he found light in sobriety and healing his past. A loving husband and father who leads the youth in sobriety and overcoming adversity. Hear this insightful conversation, this is Chris Jensen in his own words on Knockin'…
 
Lamar Odom, from losing his mother at the age of 12 to cancer, the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, and the impact it has had on his sobriety in battling his cocaine addiction. How does Lamar live in the present, what lifestyle changes has he made to become a better man, father, and partner in his relationship? Will we see the #7 on the basketball co…
 
Carmen Electra, from losing her mom and sister within weeks of one another, to relationships within the Public eye. Hear Carmen's story of facing the challenges of fame, codependent relationships, including those that struggled with addiction. The men she's loved such as Dennis Rodman, how she got her stage name from Prince and their relationship, …
 
The inspirational story of Megan Leach, from a family background of addiction, while coming from a well off family. Hear how at just the age of 12 she began abusing alcohol and was led down the path of opioid addiction. Leading to an eventual arrest, serving time to eventual recovery. Megan shares her darkest times and how she came through them and…
 
Luke Wollet, from NFL prospect and college football, stand out. Hear how an injury on the field led him down the path of addiction. Also Luke reveals that he had a gambling addiction at the age of 14. He shares his darkest time and how he came through them and is living a purposeful life, helping others achieve sobriety while working closely with B…
 
Carlos Vieira and his wife Aysia, join the Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast, to discuss "Racing and the Birth of 51FIFTY" a chapter from his autobiography. Hear how trying something Carlos always wanted to do, with set backs, wrecked race cars and more. To finishing his first race and eventually winning! The love and support of his wife and close friend…
 
After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. Tony coached Women’s Elite Pro, Brooke Crain, to a 4th place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil…
 
On this week’s episode of Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast, meet Childhood addiction, Marine Corp Vet to Family man and thriving fabricator Chris Opinski Also, hosts Jason and Mikey discuss H.A.L.T- Hunger, Anger, Lonely and Tired, and how it can help you seek and maintain sobriety. For more information https://www.simplerecovery.com/organization-skills…
 
On this week’s episode of Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast, meet David Siegal, a former US Marine who shares his experience of not only losing fellow soldiers but two of his own children while on duty. Learn how he found the strength to succeed as a family man, Powerlifter, and became the owner of Mammoth Power Company all while struggling with the adve…
 
Scott Stapp, former lead singer of Creed! Learn how he dealt with his mental health and addiction issues while balancing fame and the celebrity lifestyle and his personal mission to help others overcome adversity through his music! We discuss his new album "The Space Between The Shadows" and how sobriety played a major role in the lyrical message. …
 
Frank has thought about killing himself more times than he can count. Depression and suicide run in the family. He’s turned a lifelong battle with depression into a powerful message to spread amongst a variety of audiences. His mission as a Suicide Prevention and Public Speaker and Trainer is to share his insights on mental and emotional health wit…
 
Elizabeth Sherman- from depression and an unhealthy body weight to inspiring woman to think of themselves and health and wellness differently forever. Hear how her mothers passing from cancer, lead her on a journey to overcome depression and an unhealthy lifestyle to becoming a guide to help others, lose weight, look great and feel healthy forever!…
 
Jason Patton of the Fire Dept Chronicles, A fun look at FD and EMS life, having some laughs and relieving some stress of on the job traumas. As well as his love for coffee and how he helped start the Fire Dept Coffee company. https://www.facebook.com/firedepartmentchronicles/ https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/ This May, Knockin' Doorz Down will join t…
 
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