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Ep. 61 - Josh McBride - His Legitimate Need for Pain Management Led to His Addiction

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Release Date: 04/04/2019

Ep. 89 - Three Steps You Can Do to End Your Addiction show art Ep. 89 - Three Steps You Can Do to End Your Addiction

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My wife and I brought a beautiful baby girl, Winnie Margaret Conrad, into the world two weeks ago! -- I’m going to give you three things you can do to end your addiction. Whether you’re addicted to drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, consistently following these three steps can get you out of your addiction and onto your road of recovery. These three steps are so easy to do, normies do this every day: Get Busy - the saying “idle hands make the devil’s workshop” applies to #1. Don’t sit around and let time pass you by. Doing the same thing day in and day out, without purpose, is not...

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Ep. 88 - “The bottle cost me everything” -Steven show art Ep. 88 - “The bottle cost me everything” -Steven

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I hope that Steven's message today will give you the ability to go out and get help with your addiction. Listen in on his message of hope. Steven decided to come onto the show today to share his message of hard work and determination when coming off drug addiction. His early life, as a child living with his mother, gave Steven his first exposure to drug use and addiction. This was a radical difference from the structured and disciplined military life he led when he was under his father’s care. At eight years old, his aunt gave him his first joint, and his uncle gave him his first beer that...

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Ep. 87 - Gormy Goes Keto shares about his Food Addiction and how he has regained his life back show art Ep. 87 - Gormy Goes Keto shares about his Food Addiction and how he has regained his life back

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Gormy is an Instagram influencer @gormy_goes_keto. He has a history of food addiction, starting as a child. At his heaviest, he weighed 540 pounds. He built a life that supported and enabled his food addiction and focused his world around food. As long as he could access food, he didn’t care about his health issues, reduced mobility, or an unhealthy lifestyle. Gormy realized, after not being able to find work, that he needed to change and get into better shape. He developed habits such as “sneak eating,” how he would only lose weight to please his parents, and how Gormy didn’t have any...

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Ep. 86 - Brandon Lilly - A Conversation About Internal Healing, Finding Ourselves and Our Purpose and Helping Others show art Ep. 86 - Brandon Lilly - A Conversation About Internal Healing, Finding Ourselves and Our Purpose and Helping Others

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Brandon Lilly is a strength coach and top ranked powerlifter. He was ranked as one of the strongest powerlifters of all time lifting over 2000 pounds in multiple classes. His Cube Method has also helped other men do the same and has helped women total over 1000 pounds. After a devastating knee injury that required Brandon to have 17 surgeries, he ended up in bed with time for reflection. During this time, he realized that his powerlifting had become an obsession, and he had let most other aspects of his life fall by the wayside. Addiction can take many forms, and it doesn’t have to only...

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Ep. 85 - Three Steps to Ensure Long Term Recovery show art Ep. 85 - Three Steps to Ensure Long Term Recovery

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Getting sober and being sober is great, but how can you ensure that you’re going to have sustainable long-term sobriety and recovery? For those who struggle with relapse and can't string together any substantial clean time, it becomes like a repetitive hamster wheel that they feel like they can't get off of. I’m on my ninth year of sobriety. For me, as time goes by, it’s easier to stay sober. This doesn’t mean I don’t have those low points that can make staying sober a challenge. It just means that I’ve found ways to help stay sober. Today, I'm going to discuss some techniques that...

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Ep. 84 - SMART Recovery - Our Thoughts and Knowledge on It. Most Important, DO SOMETHING! show art Ep. 84 - SMART Recovery - Our Thoughts and Knowledge on It. Most Important, DO SOMETHING!

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We've been getting a lot of comments and questions about SMART Recovery. So today, Tom and Ben discuss SMART Recovery along with why it's important to do some type of treatment and get the help you need. You really just have to pick something, and then you have to do it. Ben has attended a SMART Recovery meeting. He shares the acronym for SMART goals, and his opinion of the program. We also talk about how important it is to stick with whatever program you choose to get the results that will benefit you for your entire life.  Show Notes: [03:49] Ben is an AA 12-Step guy through and...

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Ep. 83 - Can I CURE My Addiction? show art Ep. 83 - Can I CURE My Addiction?

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People often say, why don't you just stop using? It's obvious what it's doing to your life and the lives of those around you. If curing addiction where that easy, everyone would do it and addiction issues wouldn’t be an issue. We all know that addiction is an issue and has a strong hold on many. This episode goes into the reasons why it's impossible to just cure addiction. We talk about how humans are programmed for pleasure, how drinking initially feels good, how it can turn into something that is almost impossible to stop, and more. People have a lot of different opinions about this topic....

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Ep. 82 - Hannah Marks - Founder of WhereHab show art Ep. 82 - Hannah Marks - Founder of WhereHab

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Hannah Marks is someone who Tom has known for seven years, and they have both been sober ever since. Hannah and Tom talk about Hannah’s journey to addiction and sobriety. Her story is a little different, because she started drinking when she was 11 and got sober at 17 years old. Hannah shares how her gateway drug was trauma, and how she started drinking after the death of her father.  Hannah is also the founder of an advocacy website called Wherehab. This site helps people explore treatment options without a sales pitch. It doesn’t operate on leads. The focus is just to help educate...

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Ep. 81 - Joel shares his Experience, Strength and Hope.  And how legal consequences helped get him sober show art Ep. 81 - Joel shares his Experience, Strength and Hope. And how legal consequences helped get him sober

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Ben's cousin Joel H. is here today to talk with Tom and Ben about his story of addiction, what he went through, getting sober, and staying sober. Joel is four years older than Ben and was super influential on Ben when they were growing up. Ben also shares how important it was for him to see Joel go through the process.  Ben was born with one hand, but that didn’t deter him from playing all of the sports especially karate. His mom also encouraged him to be social and surrounded him with friends. Like many of us, Joel drank as a teen. His addiction issues didn’t really flare up until he...

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Ep. 80 - Dakota Shares His Story- How and Why He Decided to Get Sober show art Ep. 80 - Dakota Shares His Story- How and Why He Decided to Get Sober

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A lot of people make an effort to get clean and sober for the wrong reasons. They are doing it for a family member or a loved one. To have success, the addict needs to be committed and want to do it for themselves. In today’s episode, Tom talks to Dakota. Dakota is someone who Tom has known for the past year. They talk about how he ended up addicted and how he ended up in South Florida.  Dakota openly shares his story and how he got introduced to weed when he was 10. It didn’t take long before he moved on to other things and ended up with a full blown problem. Tom and Dakota talk...

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Josh McBride now works at Coastal Detox after his own experience with recovery. Josh’s journey is different from many people’s. He was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at an early age, and eventually his pain management led him to addiction and moving to street drugs. Passing out in his car, led him to a 75-day stay in jail without any drugs or medication.

Josh shares his journey with Tom and Ben. He talks about how he didn’t have a lot of resources and had to turn to county and free resources. He also talks about the mind shift he had that convinced him to finally take recovery seriously. His story is unique and his perspective is inspirational. This is a wonderful conversation about how to think about recovery and how to find a way to accomplish it.

Show Notes

  • [02:49] Josh is originally from Orlando.
  • [03:00] At a young age, Josh was diagnosed with crohn's disease. He began using pain meds to control the symptoms of his disease.
  • [03:44] Eventually, he became chemically dependent and struggled with addiction for at least 10 years.
  • [04:45] In his early twenties, he accepted that he wasn't going to live long and just wanted to stay comfortable with this medication.
  • [05:01] Unfortunately, the pain pills led to heroin and in 2011, a police officer found him hunched over in his car.
  • [06:17] He went to pill mills and got pills.
  • [08:53] He ended up selling his prescription drugs and buying street drugs. He overdosed, convinced the doctor in the hospital to give him oxy, and when he was released he shot up in his car.
  • [11:42] People who overdose are medically discharged within an hour. There are gaps. People need to get into treatment after overdosing.
  • [14:08] Josh's experience getting clean is different from the average person's.
  • [14:55] In 2011, when Josh was arrested, he was put in a county jail that had a lot of different rules. He began a cold turkey detox. He was there 75 days. His mom asked the jail to keep him for two more days until a Monday, so he could go straight into a Faith Farm work program.
  • [19:21] He was released on the Saturday, and he walked five miles to a county detox program. They kept him safe for two days, and then his mom took him to Faith Farm.
  • [21:17] He was at Faith Farm for almost two years.
  • [24:18] He had to put in a lot of work with his Christian based recovery. He took feedback even when he didn't believe in it.
  • [27:35] Josh works at Coastal Detox, and it's a great facility.
  • [28:02] People need to be under supervision when they are coming off of drugs. There is also a psychological factor. Coastal offers an interdisciplinary approach, plus all of the client's needs are taken care of.
  • [30:03] Couples need to be split up to be treated in a healthy way.
  • [30:23] There are resources out there for people who don't have good insurance coverage.
  • [33:58] There are many ways for people to get clean. There are different paths. Pay attention to what is available to you. You just need a little motivation and be willing to ask for help when you feel discouraged.

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