Project Recovery

TV personality Casey Scott has taken the first step. He is confronting his addiction. Now what? Join Casey on his journey to become a better person, one day at a time, new from KSL Podcasts. With the expert help of licensed psychologist, Dr. Matt Woolley, Casey's struggle may remind you of your own. Whether you're addicted to alcohol, drugs, social media or pornography- this podcast won't make you stop. That's up to you. But if you want help, or you want to help someone you love, subscribe for free to Project Recovery wherever you get your podcasts.

Episodes

  • November 22, 2022

    Deepening your relationship with your body awareness through body scan meditation with Dr. Matt

    In this week's episode, we replay one of our favorite episodes with Dr. Matt Woolley who dives into a couple of different ways that body scanning can help bring mindful focus towards pain points throughout our bodies before diving into a 10-minute meditation that you can use to help be more mindful throughout the day.

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  • November 15, 2022

    Cade Cooper opens up about how his children and his faith sparked his recovery

    Cade Cooper joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about growing up as a perfectionist with an "all or nothing" attitude, the impact that his mindset had on his youth when he started abusing substances, and how being introduced to pornography sent him to a dark place as a young adult.

    We also talk about Cade's experience with going on an LDS mission to Hawaii once he graduated, how the loss of his father sent him into a downward spiral of depression, and the struggles he dealt with trying to get sober.

    Lastly, Cade shares how his children taught him about God and helped him find sobriety after years of trauma.

    You can learn more about Cade and his journey by checking out his YouTube channel Gettin Your Life Back with Cade Cooper

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  • November 8, 2022

    Dr. Bryce Herrera on normalizing addiction as a human experience

    Dr. Bryce Herrera (Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW & Psychiatric Program Specialist at Huntsman Mental Health Institute) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his inspiration behind pursuing social justice, why working in addiction recovery can be so fulfilling, and his past work with treating veterans who suffer from substance abuse.

    Then we talk about the process of being admitted to Huntsman for detoxing, the most difficult and rewarding aspects of working in addiction recovery, and some of the amazing services that HMHI offers.

    To learn more about Huntsman Mental Health Institute, you can visit their website or call them at 801-583-2500.

    You can also reach out to Bryce directly at 801-558-9456 or at bryceherreralcsw@gmail.com

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  • November 1, 2022

    Brad Shreeve opens up about how driving under the influence completely saved his life from addiction

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Brad Shreeve to talk about Brad's experience with dealing with addiction in his 40s, how his introduction to opioids began his downfall into substance abuse, and the moment he started chasing the high of substances.

    Then Brad opens up about the first time he decided to go to a dealer to fuel his addiction, how being thrown in jail for driving under the influence completely changed his mindset towards his substance abuse, and what his life looks like now once he's found recovery.

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  • October 25, 2022

    Sammi Anderson on overcoming addiction and breast cancer to become a recovery advocate

    Sammi Anderson (Chief Operations Officer at Meridian Outcome Enhancements) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley in this week's episode to open up about some of the struggles that she experienced growing up with a father who was addicted to alcohol, dealing with depression at the age of thirteen, and why she feels that drugs saved her life when she was a teenager.

    Then Sammi shares her descent into addiction throughout her twenties, being in and out of the criminal system due to her drug abuse, and what pushed her to finally get the treatment she needed to get sober.

    Sammi also opens up about being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer while in recovery, the ways that her diagnosis helped reinforce her recovery, and how she's rebuilt her relationship with her father over the years.

    Lastly, we dive into what recovery looks like for Sammi after finding sobriety.

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  • October 18, 2022

    Sara Archuleta opens up about growing up with her father struggling with addiction

    In this week's episode, we're joined by Christian Smith again as well as his daughter Sara Archuleta to talk about what her family life was like growing up with a father who was struggling with addiction, learning to cope with her feelings of love and hate towards her parents while they were battling the effects of substance abuse, and how trips to county prisons became commonplace for the family.

    Sarah also shares how she and the family started to rebuild their relationship with Christian after he began his road to recovery following years of addiction, substance abuse, and lying.

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  • October 11, 2022

    How addiction and substance abuse has made an impact on Sgt. Spencer Cannon's life

    In this week's episode, we replay one of our most informative stories featuring Sgt. Spencer Cannon, who opens up about the day he pulled over one of our previous guests, Jessica Butterfield, how law enforcement is adapting to new challenges with substance abuse and addiction, and how the stigma of addiction is changing.

    Then Spencer opens up about how addiction has impacted his own family, the day he found his son drunk and passed out on the side of the road, and why the recovery community is so special to him.

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  • October 4, 2022

    Patrick Williams comes back to talk about the benefits of openly sharing your recovery journey

    Patrick Williams joins the show again to recap his addiction journey, how he's used social media to help connect with others who are living a sober lifestyle, and some of the struggles he's faced while trying to date due to the stigma surrounding addiction.

    You can find Patrick on Instagram at @ptrickwill, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/patrick.williams.1829, and on TikTok at thebachelorslife.

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  • September 27, 2022

    From full-blown addict to the The Road Drummer with Scott Schwarz

    Scott Schwarz (@TheRoadDrummer_) to talk about finding his passion for music while growing up, some of the struggles he experienced while starting his own record label in Eugene, OR, and how giving up on his dream of being successful in the music industry led him down a path of addiction.

    Then Scott opens up about the ways that his addiction began to affect his relationships, his descent into becoming a habitual liar to cope with his addiction, and his journey into recovery.

    Lastly, we dive into Scott's passion of playing live music and his transformation into being The Road Drummer.

    You can find Scott on Instagram at theroaddrummer_ or on Facebook at TheRoadDrummer8.

    You can also learn more about pharmacies in Utah that carry Naloxone rescue kits by following the link here: http://www.utahnaloxone.org/utah-pharmacies-with-naloxone-rescue-kits/

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  • September 20, 2022

    Melissa Catmull Shares Her Struggles With Battling An Eating Disorder And Opioid Addiction

    In this week's episode, Dr. Matt Woolley and Casey Scott address the comments surrounding marijuana addiction from a previous episode, as well as hear from Melissa Catmull, who struggled with an eating disorder early on in her teenage years, how it began to impact the way she viewed herself.

    Then Melissa talks about adapting to a life without an eating disorder as she began to excel in life as a parent and wife, how injuries she gained while running led to an introduction to opioids, and her descent back into an eating disorder once she tried to quit her addiction to opioids.

    Lastly, Melissa shares how she has found active recovery for her addiction and what she's doing to help incorporate self-help practices that can keep her living a healthy lifestyle — both physically and mentally.

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  • September 13, 2022

    How Cass and Paulus found clarity though breathwork to create the framework of their recovery

    This week we'll be retelling the stories of Cass and Paulus from Inner Alchemy who open up about their experiences through partying as 19-year-olds, the moment they realized they had to change their lifestyle, and buying a motorcycle and moving to Mexico to travel and gain a better understanding of how to manage their addictions.

    Then we talk about the idea of being human and how understanding that you don't have to be perfect all the time helped Cass overcome a lot of internal struggles that she was dealing with.

    Paulus also opens up about what it took for him to overcome his alcohol abuse, his introduction to meditation, and why he decided to begin working on being mindful and practicing breathwork.

    Lastly, Cass and Paulus share their work with breathwork and how it can help create clarity within ourselves.

    You can find Cass and Paulus on Facebook at Inner Alchemy Living and online at http://www.inneralchemyliving.com/home.

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  • September 6, 2022

    Catlin Lorito opens up about her descent into an addiction to marijuana during the pandemic

    Catlin Lorito joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley this week to share her recovery journey that started initially with battling depression and anxiety following the divorce of her parents, how she found comfort in being with friends with the "stoner" crowd, and her descent into chaos after she started abusing alcohol and partying. 

    We also dive into Catlin's decision to fall into heavy marijuana use once the pandemic began to take over the country to cope with the anxiety she was experiencing, how her marijuana use slowly pushed her to the brink of suicide, and her decision to pursue recovery through Pinnacle Recovery here in Utah.

    Lastly, Catlin shares how her life has changed after starting her road to recovery and the impact that Fit To Recover has had on her living a life of sobriety.

    To learn more about Fit To Recovery, you can visit their website here: https://www.fit2recover.org/

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  • August 30, 2022

    Why getting into a flow state can lead to longer focus and lasting accomplishments

    Dr. Matt Woolley is solo this week while Casey Scott is out on a business trip and we dive into inspirational stories of recovery, the nine factors associated with the state of flow, and how achieving flow can lead to deeper concentration and lasting accomplishments in and out of recovery.

    You can learn more about Faces and Voices of Recovery at https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/

    You can also find the books talked about in this week's episode below:

    Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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  • August 23, 2022

    Savannah Eley on overcoming her own demons to help our rural communities struggling with addiction

    Savannah Eley (Service Coordinator at StepOne Service Castleview Hospital) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about her experience with feeling segregated from a community that was predominantly religious growing up in Carbon County in Utah, her experience with abusing prescription medicine to help combat postpartum depression that she was experiencing following the birth of her first child, and how she and her ex-husband started losing homes and cars due to spending her money on drugs.

    Savannah also shares how her family was torn apart by drugs, some of her lowest lows throughout her addiction, and the moment that pushed her over the edge and led to her finally finding sobriety after years of abuse.

    We also dive into the work that she's doing to help provide resources for rural communities that are seeking treatment and what her sobriety looks like five years after the dark days of her addiction.

    You can learn more about Castleview by visiting their website https://www.castleviewhospital.net/ or you can go to https://www.curetheconversation.org/ to find resources in your area.

     

     

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  • August 16, 2022

    Jordan Lee on his transition from dealing drugs to living a life of recovery

    Jordan Lee (Director Of Marketing And Business Development for Deer Hollow Recovery) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share his experience with getting expelled from school in middle school for possession of drugs, selling drugs as a teenager instead of attending school, and his dark reality of being a lonely, homeless teenager addicted to hard drugs.

    Jordan also opens up about his decision to pursue recovery after struggling with addiction as a teenager, being introduced to the idea of religion, and becoming addicted to pain medication while on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    We then dive into Jordan's interactions with the Mexican drug cartel while buying and selling pain medication, the events in his life that pushed him towards a lifetime of recovery, as well as his introduction to Deer Hollow Recovery.

    To learn more about Deer Hollow Recovery you can visit deerhollowrecovery.com.

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  • August 13, 2022

    BONUS: Aubri Devashrayee raises awareness on nicotine addiction and the dangers of vaping

    In this bonus episode, Casey Scott talks with Aubri Devashrayee (Media Coordinator of Tobacco Prevention and Control Program for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services) about the dangers of tobacco and the reality that so many people face while being addicted to nicotine.

    Aubri also shares great resources that WayToQuit.org provide for those looking to quit their smoking habit, as well as why vaping has become such an addiction for our youth, and why we need to start a conversation with our children about the dangers of vaping.

    To learn more about different ways to quit smoking tobacco, you can visit Way To Quit or you can also learn more about the dangers of vaping at See Through The Vape.

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  • August 9, 2022

    Recovery is better than you could ever imagine...but it's not easy

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott is flying solo and opens up about being told "I'm proud of you" as well as sharing some messages from some of our listeners.

    He also talks about why it's important to accept that you're an addict in order to hold yourself accountable and the joy of focusing on doing the next right thing.

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  • August 2, 2022

    Yvonne Rodgers shares how an abusive partner left her disabled and demanding change

    Yvonne Rodgers joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share how a tumultuous relationship with an ex-husband created a tense atmosphere for her family throughout the years, adapting to the reality that her son had become addicted to meth, and experiencing firsthand domestic abuse that would ultimately leave her permanently disabled in her right arm.

    Yvonne also opens up about being held at gunpoint by a former husband and her mission for raising awareness surrounding domestic abuse.

    If you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or you can contact the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: Utah's confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465).

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  • July 26, 2022

    Shay Mitchell talks about finding recovery for herself and accepting the reality of being an addict

    Shay Mitchell joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share her recovery journey that started early on in her childhood with a father who suffered from addiction, how she began to develop anxiety from unaddressed traumatic experiences growing up, and the relief she felt from the moment she tried alcohol for the first time.

    Shay also opens up about how her addiction began to flourish throughout various moments in her life during her early twenties, her decision to use alcohol as a bandaid for postpartum depression following the birth of her second child, and how the COVID-19 pandemic sent her to the deepest depths into her addiction.

    We also dive into Shay's admission to the fact that she was an alcohol addict, building connections with other people living in recovery that helped support her own sobriety, and the steps that she's taking to secure recovery in her own life.

    To learn more about Shay, you can find her on Instagram @ShaySober or on the web at shaysober.com.

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  • July 19, 2022

    The impact that optimism has on recovery with Casey and Dr. Matt

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about some of our favorite episodes throughout the past couple of years, a letter that came in for Casey, and optimism's role in recovery.

    Then we dive into the three P's to defeat cognitive distortions, how optimism creates the seen for motivation and change, and the path to learning to be optimistic.

    You can find all of the resources talked about during the show below:

    Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change
    Positivity: Optimism, Resilience, Confidence and Motivation
    Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation
    Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
    Authentic Happiness

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  • July 12, 2022

    Corey Markisich and Ryan Decker share their recovery journeys and their work at Wasatch Recovery

    Corey Markisich (Executive Director of Wasatch Recovery) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about how anxiety affected his childhood, experimenting with Oxycontin in high school with his friends, and how abusing pain medication led to getting arrested for participating in a major drug ring.

    Then Ryan Decker (Marketing Director of Wasatch Recovery) joins the show to talk about his family's history with mental illness and addiction, how being introduced to weed and alcohol in high school evolved into spending $400 a day on pain medication over the course of a decade, and how addressing trauma at Wasatch Recovery turned into finding his passion for recovery.

    Lastly, we dive into how Wasatch Recovery is making an impact in the world of recovery throughout the state.

    To learn more about Corey and Ryan or Wasatch Recovery, you can visit https://wasatchrecovery.com/

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  • July 5, 2022

    Ryan Brown talks about taking his life back after addiction had taken everything from him

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Ryan Brown to talk about how Ryan's perfectionist attitude throughout his time in high school helped him avoid experimentation with substances, spending two years in Hong Kong on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and checking the boxes of creating a happy and successful future for himself.

    Then Ryan shares his introduction to substances after breaking his back while snowboarding, how his use of oxycontin began to become excessive, and his struggles with sobriety and addiction over the years.

    Lastly, we dive into Ryan's decision to finally seek permanent recovery after his addiction took away his kids and his wife, his experience with receiving so much support for his decision to seek help, and how he's giving back to Utah's recovery community.

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  • June 28, 2022

    How "keeping the plates spinning" can hinder our personal growth as we get older

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the importance of changing our behaviors to make long-lasting and positive improvements in life, and why the phrase, "Addiction does not discriminate", is such a monumental idea to understand to avoid discrimination against those who are struggling with substance abuse.

    We also dive into finding the balance of understanding how far we've come but not letting it define who we are and who we can be, as well as, finding inspiration for change by looking to others who have learned from their past and improved their lives.

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  • June 21, 2022

    Amy Harris on finding the courage to live a life of recovery — one day at a time

    Amy Harris joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about growing up in a party household, having her first alcoholic beverage as a child, and how she was introduced to the idea that alcohol could be used to calm the chaos in her life during her teenage years.

    Then Amy opens up about the struggles she experienced becoming a parent as a 17-year-old, meeting her first husband, and the decision to move to Richfield, UT, which triggered anxiety and excessive substance abuse.

    We also talk about the pain she experienced following the passing of her husband due to a plane crash, how it led her to rely on substances to cope with the hardship she was dealing with at the time, and Amy's decision to lean into the idea of being an addict.

    Lastly, Amy talks about the moment she realized that she had to commit to a life of recovery and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

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  • June 14, 2022

    Riley Loosemore shares his unforgettable journey to recovery

    Riley Loosemore (Peer Recovery Coach at USARA) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how his abusive father leaving his family as a child created a hole in his life, being introduced to substances during his high school years, and how he became a father of 3 by the age of 19.

    Riley also opens up about his introduction to crystal meth while running and gunning, spending 72 hours in jail as a murder suspect, and how running from the police in Ogden left him homeless for four years.

    Then we talk about his attempts at getting help for his addiction throughout the years, his constant struggles with substance abuse continuing to creep back into his life, and the moment that changed his life with the introduction of Valley Camp, a recreation and rehabilitation center in Utah.

    Lastly, Riley shares how he's helping others find their own road to recovery by spreading awareness of substance addiction as a Peer Recovery Coach with USARA. 

    You can also learn more about Riley and USARA at https://www.myusara.com/

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  • June 10, 2022

    How The Village Effect aims to help young teens with Bryan Hedin and Rob Eastman

    Bryan Hedin (Executive Director of Renaissance Ranch) and Rob Eastman (Eastman Fitness & Wellness) join Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley in a bonus episode this week to talk about how "The Village Effect" can provide an atmosphere that helps many families address many of the factors that could build the framework for substance abuse and addiction for teens and young teens.

    To learn more about The Village Effect you can visit their website at https://villageeffectut.com/

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  • June 7, 2022

    Bryan Hedin opens up about getting honest about his addiction in order to find recovery

    Bryan Hedin (Executive Director of Renaissance Ranch) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley this week to talk about struggling with his identity during his teenage years, his fear of not amounting to anything in life, and the relief from the anxiety that he felt after getting drunk for the first time.

    Then we dive into Bryan's transition into abusing Oxycontin daily, how he began to justify lying to others and himself following an attempted mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the events that built up resentment towards religion. 

    Bryan also shares how his substance abuse began to escalate over a decade, to the point of contemplating suicide, how he found the passion for sobriety, and how Renaissance Ranch became a pillar of recovery for him.

    To learn more about Bryan Hedin or Renaissance Ranch, you can visit their website here: https://renaissanceranch.net/

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  • May 31, 2022

    Angelique Richards on developing her identity to overcome addiction

    Angelique Richards joins the show to talk about many of the contributing factors that built up the framework for addiction including getting married young to appeal to societal expectations, dealing with extreme anxiety after losing her identity due to marriage at a young age, and the stress that came with having a daughter at such a tumultuous time.

    Then Angelique opens up about how her panic evolved into depression, becoming dependent on medication to help ease her anxiety and depression, and the harsh reality of overdosing.

    We also dive into how she began to experiment with deeper levels of substance abuse, the moment she knew she needed to seek out help for her addiction, and the empowerment that came with healing through many of the feelings that she was trying to avoid.

    Lastly, Angelique shares what she's working on now with her business, Leakd, appearing on "The Big D", an explosive dating competition series, and living an amazing life of recovery.

    You can learn more about Angelique and her business on Instagram at @leakd._ and https://www.leakd.site/.

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  • May 24, 2022

    Jared Shaw on overcoming pain pill addiction to create "Recovery Strong"

    Jared Shaw (Recovery Strong) joins the show to talk about struggling to find his identity in a big family growing up, how he learned that underage drinking would come with very serious consequences after getting ticketed for being intoxicated, and the moment he realized he could get away with abusing pain pills during his senior year.

    Jared also shares his experience with becoming addicted to Oxycontin, how it began to deteriorate what he had begun to work for as a young college student at Utah State University, and the work he put into his recovery to find sobriety for two years.

    Then we dive into Jared's eventual relapse following the passing of his grandfather, hitting rock bottom after experiencing early onset liver failure, and the inspiration behind "Recovery Strong".

    To learn more about Recovery Strong, you can visit their website here: https://recoverystrong.com/

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  • May 17, 2022

    Transforming the lives of incarcerated and returned citizens with Travis Richey

    Travis Richey (Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Motivational Speaker) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share his story of growing up with a father who was an organized crime boss and addicted to heroin, being forced to take on the role of protector within the family, and how he was being groomed to take over the family business.

    Then Travis talks about learning how to take care of himself both physically and mentally during a mission to Spokane, WA, succeeding in the financial industry, and how improper transactions got him sent to prison for two years.

    We also dive into Travis' work educating the prison community with his organization, AccomplishED Ventures, and how he's focused on making a positive change for those who have been incarcerated.

    To learn more about Travis and AccomplishED Ventures, you can visit their website here: https://www.accomplishedventures.org/

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  • May 10, 2022

    Curtis G. Marsh on what it took for him to rise above the chaos

    Curtis G. Marsh (President of Capital Growth Management Inc.) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about Curtis's upbringing in Utah and how the idea of being forced to be a perfect person laid the framework for addiction to flourish once he became successful at a very early age. 

    Curtis also opens up about beginning to abuse alcohol to fit in with his peers, compounding his alcohol abuse with drug abuse, and spending 30 days in jail in 2008.  

    We also talk about what Curtis learned from his time in jail, how it has shaped his recovery moving forward, and the power that he's found in redefining CHAOS to help empower his life to the fullest. 

    You can purchase Curtis Marsh's book Rising Above: Business Leaders Going Beyond Boundaries to Grab Success here: https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Above-Business-Leaders-Boundaries/dp/1985756013

    You can also view his Tedx talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/curtis_marsh_rise_above_the_chaos

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  • May 3, 2022

    Frank Jameson explains his state of mind that freed him from his addiction

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Frank Jameson (Executive Director - SOAR) to talk about how moving to Sun Valley, a small town in Idaho as a kid, helped shape his party persona as he got older.

    Then we talk about how moving back to California to attend USC pushed Frank's substance abuse deeper once he got out of the small-town environment. As well as, how his addiction became so overwhelming that he attempted to take his own life. 

    He also shares how the ups and downs he experienced with spending the next 5 years in and out of rehab and the lowest point of his addiction when he almost lost his foot due to drug use.

    To learn more about Frank and the work SOAR is doing for the recovery community, you can visit their website here: https://schoolofaddiction.org/

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  • April 26, 2022

    Casey Scott is coming back to TV

    Casey Scott is flying solo for this week's episode and he opens up about how his recovery has helped him give back to the recovery community, as well as the announcement that Casey is going to be coming back to TVs in the mornings for the next month.

    Tune into KSL in the mornings from 5am - 7am.

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  • April 19, 2022

    Portia Louder opens up about overcoming addicting and prison to find redemption in life

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Portia Louder to learn about her childhood growing up in a small town in southern Utah, how having a child as a teenager made a major impact on her personal development, and becoming physically addicted to pain pills in her early twenties.

    Portia also opens up about meeting the love of her life and the moment she knew that her addiction had gotten out of control after experimenting with meth.

    Then we talk about the events that led up to Portia's seven-year sentence to prison for mortgage fraud, how she was able to grasp the reality of her situation, and finding the freedom and power required to take ownership of her life.

    To learn more about Portia you can read about her life in her book which can be found on  Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Living-Louder-Compassionate-Journey-Through-ebook/dp/B09JFGPP28 or visit her website here: http://lawsunbroken.com/dev/

     

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  • April 12, 2022

    Reboot: How a drunk driver changed Sarah Frei's life forever

    As more listeners come to the podcast, we want to introduce them to stories that they might not have heard yet. That's why we want to retell a story that impacted us more than we could have ever imagined...

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sarah Frei and her dad Greg, to recount the accident on July 30, 2020, in Logan County that caused her to become paralyzed after being hit head-on by a drunk driver and how she ended up having to have her legs amputated due to the accident.

    Then she talks about how she's been able to stay so positive after the crash, the support she's received all throughout the state of Utah, and how she's been able to adapt to life following the accident.

    Lastly, Sarah opens up about how she's been able to stay so optimistic, why her family has been so important throughout the past year, and the source of her optimism.

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  • April 5, 2022

    How Al-Anon equipped Miriam S with the tools to cope with a loved one's addiction

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Miriam S. (PI Coordinator - Al-Anon) to talk about growing up with a loved one who was suffering from drug addiction, how her first experience with Al-Anon completely shocked her, and the role that faith plays in developing tools that can help keep us grounded.

    We also dive into Miriam's struggles with the shame that she felt when coping with her loved one's addiction, how Al-Anon introduced her to a community that could relate to what she was experiencing, and  the tools that she gained from Al-Anon to cope with her loved one's addiction in her life.

    You can learn more about Al-Anon and the work that they are doing in the world of recovery by visiting their website here: http://utah-alanon.org/

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  • March 29, 2022

    Leroy "Big Budha" Teo opens up about his struggles with mental health throughout the years

    Leroy "Big Budha" Teo (Utah Media Personality) joins the show to open up about how physical and emotional trauma he experienced growing up had a severe impact on his mental health, the source of his fearlessness, and the moment he attempted to take his own life after suffering from poor mental health for decades.

    Budha also talks about why he had to take a break from his career to focus on his mental health, how he was able to find himself through therapy and becoming a grandfather, and what he's learned during his sabbatical to live a beautiful life and enjoy what he's been able to do in the amazing state of Utah.

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  • March 22, 2022

    Every moment is a chance to start again with Rob Woolsey

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Rob Woolsey to share how adrenaline became his first addiction at an early age, experimenting with heavy drugs all throughout high school, and the moment he decided to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the hopes of curbing his addiction.

    Then Rob opens up about how a back injury introduced him to opioids, how it began to affect his family life and marriage, and what he learned from his first stint in rehab.

    Rob also talks about how going through a divorce sent him to the darkest depths of his addiction, how a conversation with his son planted the seeds of recovery in his mind, and the steps he had to take to finally recognize the framework of what a successful life of recovery looks like for him.

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  • March 15, 2022

    Becky Tuttle opens up about some of her darkest moments during her experience with alcohol abuse

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Becky Tuttle to talk about a horrible first night of trying alcohol when she was a teenager, her experience working with troubled youth during college, and her struggles with alcohol during her early twenties.

    Then Becky opens up about how marriage and starting a family helped her initially cut back on her alcohol use, how moving to a small town sent her further into addiction, and the moment she realized her alcohol abuse had become a problem.

    Becky also shares her lowest low during her addiction, how she was able to finally start seeking help, and some of the ways that lessons that she learned from her substance abuse have made her a better person today.

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  • March 8, 2022

    Aimee Clements-Hadfield opens about the amazing work that she is doing with Hearten House

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Aimee Clements-Hadfield (Hearten House) to talk about growing up being the pseudo-mom in a family that suffered from addiction, how she learned about disease models while attending family therapy, and when she learned about her passion for helping others. 

    Then we dive into the unfortunate passing of Aimee's brother, how managing her grief reinforced her decision to pursue a master's program in social work, and why she was originally apprehensive about becoming a therapist. 

    Aimee also shares some of the amazing work that she is currently doing with Hearten House. To learn more about Aimee or Hearten House, you can visit their website here: https://heartenhouse.com/ 

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  • February 22, 2022

    Smith Alley opens up about why it's time to stand up against bullying and harassment

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Smith Alley (the Live Life Bigger foundation) again to talk about how bullying pushed him into depression, why he decided to turn towards pornography to mask the pain of the mental health problems he was dealing with, and his perspective on how bullying has changed even during his time in school.

    Then we talk about the recent passing of Drayke Hardman due to suicide after he was bullied, how technology is shifting the impact of bullying, and all of the ways that Smith is trying to raise awareness for mental health through his Live Life Bigger foundation.

    Lastly, Smith opens up about the mental health and suicide awareness concert on June 11th at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, UT.

    To learn more about different ways to stop bullying visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/ and to find out about the work that Smith and his foundation are doing visit https://www.livelifebigger.org/

    If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  • February 15, 2022

    Randy Palmer shares how addiction has helped him find his passion for helping others

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Randy Palmer (Owner of Family Council Recovery) to talk about how a normal and consistent childhood took a turn for the worst once he began to experience anxiety attacks. Randy opens up about how a tooth surgery introduced him to Lortab and how the prescription initially helped ease his anxiety.

    Then Randy opens up about how a failed relationship pushed him even further into addiction where he would continue to navigate the world of illegal prescription medication. He shares some of his darkest moments during his addiction and what ultimately led to him seeking out recovery options.

    Lastly, Randy talks about what has led him to spend his time helping others live healthier lives.

    To learn more about Randy and Family Council Recovery, you can visit their website here: https://familycouncilrecovery.com/

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  • February 8, 2022

    Kristina Bradford opens up about how abuse and addiction has shaped her life throughout the years

    In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Kristina Bradford to talk about the struggles that she overcame as a teenager after getting kicked out of her house, how she began to abuse heavy drugs to cope with the pain she was feeling, and some of the ways that her childhood impacted her emotional connections with people in her life.

    Then Kristina opens up about experiencing emotional abuse during a previous relationship, how she found out about her partner's solicitation of prostitutes, and some of the signs to watch out for when it comes to a partner's infidelity.

    Lastly, Kristina shares a few of the simple ways we can raise awareness surrounding pornography awareness within our youth.

    To learn more about Kristina, you can check out her Instagram @KristinaJoWellness.

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  • February 1, 2022

    Sam Wellman describes how alcohol abuse became part of his daily routine

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sam Wellman (Fit To Recover) to talk about his experience with experimenting with substances during college, why getting blackout drunk became a routine for him, and how his addiction sent him down a spiral into sickness and darkness.

    Sam also shares his mindset of drinking every day until he died, why his routine got even worse once he began working at a treatment facility, and how the COVID-19 pandemic pushed him to the brink of death.

    Lastly, we dive into Sam's decision to surrender for help and what his road to recovery has looked like over the past two years.

    To learn more about Sam and Fit To Recover, you can visit their website here: https://fit2recover.org/

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  • January 25, 2022

    Debbie Nelson talks about the impact that amino acid treatment made on recovery from addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Debbie Nelson (Marketing and PR Specialist at Maple Mountain) to talk about how previous trauma in her life led her to begin abusing Adderall and alcohol to help cope with the pain, how her substance abuse ultimately started to cause her to blackout, and the signs that she received that began to help shape her recovery. 

    She also dives into how amino acid recovery introduced her to a lifestyle that could help alleviate some of the issues that contributed to her addiction, what treatment with amino acids would look like, and the ever-evolving world of recovery modalities.

    To learn more about Debbie or Maple Mountain, you can visit their website here: https://maplemountainrecovery.com/

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  • January 18, 2022

    Exploring the dark side of substance abuse with Cameron Jackson

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Cameron Jackson (Podcast Host - The Other Side of Hell) to talk about how smoking a cigarette at twelve years old introduced him to the darker side of substances, his experience with his on-and-off marijuana use, and why he justified abusing pain pills due to a back injury.

    Cameron also opens up about his descent into addiction to pain pills, how his abuse began to transition to every aspect of his life, and the moment he realized he was in trouble after trying to stop his abuse.

    Then Cameron talks about how important his older brother was when deciding to get help for his addiction, his mindset when he began going to rehab, and what he's doing to stay on the road to recovery.

    To learn more about Cameron and his podcast you can visit: https://theothersideofhellpodcast.com/

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  • January 11, 2022

    Whitney Cordova shares her journey out of addiction and the role Action Recovery Group played in her recovery

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott is joined by Whitney Cordova (Action Recovery Group) to talk about having a pretty normal childhood growing up in Ogden, UT but experimenting with alcohol at 12 years old. She also opens up about getting addicted to Oxycodone after suffering a back injury and her first experience with withdrawals after trying to get off of them. 

    Whitney also shares her descent into addiction that stemmed from her injury and how it quickly turned into her abusing heroin and other substances. 

    She also dives into what her rock bottom looked like and how a choice of either recovery or jail helped her get on the right track to recovery. Lastly, we talk about some of the amazing things that Action Recovery Group is doing to help support the recovery community.

    To learn more about Whitney and Action Recovery Group, you can visit their website here: http://actiontreatment.com/

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  • January 4, 2022

    The shocking experiences that led Casey Tucker to a life of addiction and mental illness

    In this week's episode, we revisit one of Project Recovery's most powerful episodes featuring Casey Tucker.

    Casey talks about how physical and mental abuse as a child eventually led him to hang out with the wrong crowd, taking drugs as a teenager, getting sent to a youth correctional facility, joining a gang, and getting beaten to the brink of death.

    Then he describes how his addiction had officially pushed him to the edge which ultimately led to him shooting himself in an attempt to end his life. We also dive into how he eventually got clean and what he is up to now after struggling with addiction for so long.

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  • December 28, 2021

    Being a better you in the new year

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley discuss the ways they prefer to look at change and how it relates to ourselves as the new year approaches. 

    Casey talks about being a better you instead of a new you, and Matt discusses why he doesn't like when people use the term "Broken" when referring to themselves. 

     

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  • December 21, 2021

    Stephanie Ross reveals her emotional journey to a 10-year recovery

    This week, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by guest Stephanie Ross who has been in recovery for 10 years. 

    Stephanie's story covers her upbringing that and her addiction at an early age up to and past the passing of her mother which ultimately lead to her successful transition to recovery. 

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  • December 14, 2021

    Jim Morgan opens up about spending years trying to outrun his addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jim Morgan (Action Tech at Action Recovery Group) to talk about his first experience with alcohol to try and fit in with new friends after he moved to Ogden at twelve years old, being unable to stop drinking once he started in high school, and his decision to move to Nevada to try and outrun his alcoholism.

    Then Jim opens up about the legal troubles that ultimately put him in prison for over 100 days, his transition from abusing drinking to using pain pills and heroin, and what led to him finally getting sober after contemplating suicide.

    To learn more about Jim and Action Recovery Group you can visit their website here:
    http://actiontreatment.com/

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  • December 7, 2021

    Jordan Burningham opens up about his life of addiction and Diamond Tree Recovery

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jordan Burningham (Owner/Executive Director of Diamond Tree Recovery) to talk about how his mental health began to deteriorate following a basketball injury while he was in high school, his decision to abuse pain medication to address both physical and mental trauma, and how his chemical dependency began to transition into a full-blown addiction.

    Then Jordan shares how his addiction began to spiral out of control leading him to begin abusing all different kinds of drugs, what his rock bottom looked like, and the turning point that allowed him to turn to a life of recovery.

    Jordan also talks about his decision to start Diamond Tree Recovery and how they are approaching individualized recovery.

    To learn more about Jordan and Diamond Tree Recovery, you can visit their website here: 
    https://diamondtreerecovery.com/

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  • November 30, 2021

    Casey's NC trip, mental health statistics during the pandemic, and the rise of telemedicine

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about Casey's recent trip to North Carolina, getting asked whether or not he could have a beer during his trip, and what he's learned that has helped him throughout his recovery over the past couple of years.

    Then we talked about Casey being able to get rid of his interlock device in his car that he constantly had to breathe into, some mental illness statistics that have started to come out from COVID-19, and how telemedicine has helped so many people during the pandemic.

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  • November 23, 2021

    Non-traditional options to treat mental illness with Dr. Howard Weeks

    In this week's episode, Dr. Matt Woolley is joined by Dr. Howard Weeks MD, MBA (Chief Medical Officer at Pathlight Mood and Anxiety) to talk about the relationship between psychology and psychiatry in the recovery process, how medications that typically help promote positive recovery hasn't evolved throughout the years, and the rise of ketamine to treat mental illnesses and pain.

    Then we dive into how Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used today to help treat severe mental illnesses, some of the common misconceptions behind these types of treatment options, and the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

    To learn more about Dr. Week's work with Pathlight, you can visit their website here: https://www.pathlightbh.com/

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  • November 16, 2021

    Ian Acker shares his recovery journey and the inspiration behind Fit to Recover

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Ian Hacker to talk about the inspiration behind creating Fit to Recover, why he never felt good enough growing up, and how seeing a close friend pass away in front of him created a lot of untreated trauma during his teenage years.

    Ian always dives into his experience with abusing alcohol and pain medication to cope with his anxiety and trauma, the moment he realized that he needed to make a change as he was sitting in a jail cell, and why he decided to commit to service and helping others find recovery through Fit to Recover.

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  • November 9, 2021

    How to safely attend holiday parties without putting your recovery at risk

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley open up about the dangers that pornography has on our youth, how parents can openly talk about the reality of pornography within our culture, and why we need to be better at preparing our children for the hardships that they'll face in the real world. 

    Then we talk about different ways to safely attend holiday parties while you're in recovery and how to easily get out of situations easily if you find yourself in a risky spot.

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  • November 2, 2021

    Gentry Jones on how finding her purpose in life has helped stabilize her recovery

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Gentry Jones to talk about not feeling like she belonged in fifth grade following her parent's separation, how it led to her experimenting with alcohol when she was in seventh grade, and why her abuse evolved when she began attending college.

    Then we dive into Gentry's decision to go to a recovery center after getting alcohol poisoning, how becoming a mother helped her curb her alcohol abuse, and when she realized that she had a very serious problem.

    Gentry also opens up about how turning to social media helped her tackle some of the problems that she was dealing with internally, why a lapse doesn't have to be a relapse, and how finding her purpose has helped her place in recovery.

    To learn more about Gentry and what her recovery looks like now, you can look her up on Instagram: @lifewithgentry

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  • October 26, 2021

    Tyler Gould talks about the life-changing events that helped him find sobriety

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tyler Gould to talk about his experience growing up in a traditional Utah household, getting kicked out of school for selling his ADD medication, and the events that led him to "chase the high" at fifteen years old.

    Tyler also shares his experience with moving away from his family for his actions, being introduced to even more addictive substances, and how his life began to spiral out of control due to his addiction.

    Then he dives into his decision to move to Hawaii, finding his passion for playing music, his attempts at recovery while abusing substances, and how the unfortunate passing of his sister led to him meeting his wife and allowed him to stay motivated to pursue recovery.

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  • October 19, 2021

    Dan Fosmark on abusing substances to numb physical and emotional pain

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dan Fosmark to talk about growing up in a great household with a loving family but struggling to cope with a couple of shoulder injuries that derailed his hopes of playing football. He also dives into his experience with medications during his time as a collegiate shot-putter while battling depression. 

    Then Dan opens up about dealing with physical ailments following his surgeries and using substances to help numb the pain and the mental struggles he was dealing with at the time. He also describes his experiences with rehab, the feeling of constantly falling short, and the hopelessness that came with being homeless.

    Lastly, we talk about Dan's recovery and what he's been up to since he's been sober over the past year and a half.

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  • October 12, 2021

    Chris Hill opens up about what it took to finally find recovery from years of meth abuse

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Chris Hill to talk about Chris's experience drinking alcohol at a young age, how his parent's divorce opened the floodgates for his substance abuse, and the first time he tried meth at seventeen.

    Chris also opens up about some of the struggles that he faced during his addiction to meth, the events that led up to his arrest for possession, and his experience with trying to quit his substance abuse after not being able to completely kick the addiction.

    Then Chris talks about how his worst experiences with meth, the night that almost cost him everything including his life, and his decision to finally go to Renaissance Ranch.

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  • October 7, 2021

    The Role of Faith in Recovery - A General Conference special

    In this bonus episode that originally aired on KSL Newsradio for the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last weekend, we talk about the role of faith in recovery with special guest, Todd Sylvester. 

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  • October 5, 2021

    Todd Sylvester shares how a lemonade stand helped him find the road to recovery

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Todd Sylvester to talk about how his all-or-nothing mentality began to fuel his success in high school basketball but also began to plant the desire for addiction as he began to party on the weekends. 

    Then Todd opens up about how his partying completely got out of control during his senior year, losing his scholarship because of his partying ways, and donating all of his money to a little girl at a lemonade stand changed his life forever.

    You can learn more about Todd at his website here: https://toddinspires.com/

     

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  • September 22, 2021

    Susan Peterson shares how the Sobriety Foundation is changing lives in the recovery community

    In this bonus episode, we are joined by Susan Peterson (Secretary/Treasurer - Sobriety Foundation) to talk about how addiction has impacted her family and the amazing work that the Sobriety Foundation is doing for the recovery community in Utah.

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  • September 21, 2021

    Cameron Marshall shares how addiction and heroin sabotaged his life for so long

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Cameron Marshall to talk about growing up in a small town and experimenting with Meth at the age of 12, how addiction has plagued his family since he was born, and why his relationship with his mother deteriorated due to her addiction. 

    Then he opens up about moving to St. George to live with his dad to pursue a more stable environment, continuing to party while in St. George, and the events that led him to use heroin as a 16-year-old.

    Cameron also talks about how his addiction to heroin evolved as he got older, the moment he realized that he needed to get sober, and his six-month-long experience with a Scientology-ran recovery center, only to go back to heroin years later.

    Lastly, Cameron opens up about not being able to see his daughter being born while he and his baby's mother were in jail and what finally clicked for him to find the road to recovery.

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  • September 14, 2021

    Evan Done talks about the amazing resources available right now for National Recovery Month

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Evan Done (Development Director with USARA) to talk about all of the amazing resources that USARA offers for those who are interested in recovery, what the stages of care look like for someone and some of the amazing events that USARA has planned for this month.

    To learn more about the amazing work that Evan and USARA are doing for the world of recovery, you can visit their website at: myusara.com

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  • September 7, 2021

    Overcoming addiction and finding clarity through breathwork and meditation with Cass and Paulus

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Cass and Paulus from Inner Alchemy to talk about their experiences through partying as 19-year-olds, the moment they realized they had to change their lifestyle, and buying a motorcycle and moving to Mexico to travel and gain a better understanding of how to manage their addictions.

    Then we talk about the idea of being human and how understanding that you don't have to be perfect all the time helped Cass overcome a lot of internal struggles that she was dealing with.

    Paulus also opens up about what it took for him to overcome his alcohol abuse, his introduction to meditation, and why he decided to begin working on being mindful and practicing breathwork.

    Lastly, Cass and Paulus share their work with breathwork and how it can help create clarity within ourselves.

    You can find Cass and Paulus on Facebook at Inner Alchemy Living and online at http://www.inneralchemyliving.com/home.

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  • August 31, 2021

    Danny Deaton shares the lessons that led him down a road of addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Danny Deaton (founder of Living Proof Recovery) to talk about his first time trying alcohol as a middle schooler, how he felt that he had found a feeling he'd been searching for his whole life after trying oxycontin, and how his addiction began to evolve as he grew up.

    Then Danny opens up about how his opioid use forced him to spend 28 days in rehab, why he never took rehab seriously, and how two seltzers caused him to relapse after tasting recovery.

    Danny also talks about the car accident that changed his life, why his brother and father helped him find the road to recovery, and why he decided to start Living Proof Recovery to help others find their own sobriety.

     

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  • August 24, 2021

    How the body scan meditation can promote body awareness with Dr. Matt

    In this week's episode, Dr. Matt Woolley is flying solo while Casey is out and we dive into a couple of different ways that body scanning can help bring mindful focus towards pain points throughout our bodies before diving into a 10-minute meditation that you can use to help be more mindful throughout the day.

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  • August 17, 2021

    Travis Whittaker opens up about finding his identity through recovery

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Travis Whittaker (Vice President Of Clinical Outreach at True Recovery) to talk about how playing basketball growing up filled a void in his childhood, why an injury introduced him to opioids, and how began to chase the feeling he had the first time he took an opioid.

    Then Travis opens up about the self-destructive ways that he was sabotaging himself, some of the worst times in his addiction, and what his rock-bottom looked like.

    We also dive into the process that Travis went through in order to achieve his twelve years of recovery, how his relationship with his wife and his son has evolved thanks to his sobriety, as well as his work as an interventionist.

    To learn more about Travis and his work as an interventionist you can visit the Living Recovery website here: https://livingrecoveryinterventions.com/about/

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  • August 10, 2021

    Cullen Easter talks about his desire to help raise awareness for opioid abuse through OpiCure

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Cullen Easter (President and co-Founder of OpiCure, Professional cyclist, Registered Nurse at UofU Health) to talk about finding his passion for helping others after struggling to find his place as a young adult, how he started to use alcohol to cope with life's hurdles, and how cycling helped him channel some of those emotions that pushed him to drink.

    Then Cullen talks about how recovery helped fuel his drive to co-found OpiCure.org, a foundation that raises awareness of opioid abuse, redefining best
    practices for addiction recovery, and devoting resources to affect positive change in
    the Utah community.

    To learn more about the work that Cullen is doing or to find more resources about OpiCure, you can visit their website at OpiCure.org.

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  • August 3, 2021

    Randy Burton talks about how hitting rock-bottom helped fuel his passion for MMA

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Randy Burton to talk about how his father's abandonment led him to experiment with marijuana at an early age, the decisions that led him to sell all of his possessions to pay for heroin, and how he found himself homeless and losing everything due to his addiction.

    Randy then opens up about what his rock-bottom looked like, overdosing on meth twice within 24 hours, and how honesty and connection have helped him find sobriety.

    Lastly, we talk about how MMA has helped Randy focus on understanding his spirituality and keep him focused on his own path of recovery.

     

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  • July 27, 2021

    Bo Walker talks about how coming up in the party and DJ culture became his addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Bo Walker (Program Staff at Chateau Recovery and Radio DJ) to talk about growing up in New Orleans, adapting to the party culture within the city, and how his drinking got out of control early in his radio career.

    Then Bo opens up about how the more successful he became as a radio DJ, the more his addiction began to skyrocket. He also talks about his experience in recovery, and how his work with therapy helped him address some of the contributors that forced him down the road of addiction.

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  • July 20, 2021

    Why our thoughts impact behaviors on a deeper level than you would think

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt take some time to catch up and talk about Casey's vacation in Mexico, some of the teaching opportunities that Casey ran into while in Mexico when it comes to recovery, how our thoughts can directly affect our behaviors, and some of the best lessons you could ever learn while in sobriety that will help you focus on your recovery.

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  • July 13, 2021

    Dr. Rod Gardner opens up about the scary realities of addiction and why it doesn't discriminate

    This week we'll be revisiting our interview with Dr. Rod Gardner while Casey is out on vacation!

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dr. Rod Gardner, DDS, to discuss how he began to experience anxiety at a very young age and how it led to him being self-conscious about himself growing up. Rod also recalls the first time he tried alcohol and how he immediately felt like it would fix his anxiety.

    Then he talks about having his first child with his wife and his decision to become a dentist. Rod also describes how his anxiety began to flare up during graduate school.

    Rod also talks about writing his own prescriptions and how he began to abuse prescription pills. We also talk about his stints in rehab and how Rod immediately went back to his addiction.

    We also dive into his time in prison and jail after being charged with multiple felonies and how he was able to find his peace at his rock bottom.

    Lastly, Rod discusses the steps he's taken to stay sober since overcoming his addiction and what it felt like to get his dental license back.

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  • July 6, 2021

    Able Ortega talks about being a full-blown drug addict at thirteen years old and living the gang life

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Able Ortega and Nicole Ortega to talk about how Able was sexually abused as a child, being introduced to crank (meth) at thirteen years old, and how the gang life began to shape the young man he would ultimately become.

    Then Able talks about experimenting with speed with his uncle while working on a family ranch, how his passion for drugs evolved as a teenager, and the moment his substance abuse became a full-blown addiction.

    He also opens up about meeting his wife, Nicole, how learning to forgive himself for the horrible things he's done in his past helped push him towards recovery, and the moment he decided to overcome the shame of his addiction in order to focus on his sobriety.

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  • June 29, 2021

    Sgt. Spencer Cannon on how addiction and substance abuse has made an impact on his life

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sgt. Spencer Cannon to talk about the day he pulled over our past guest, Jessica Butterfield, how law enforcement is adapting to new challenges with substance abuse and addiction, and how the stigma of addiction is changing.

    Then Spencer open's up about how addiction has impacted his own family, the day he found his son drunk and passed out on the side of the road, and why the recovery community is so special to him.

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  • June 22, 2021

    Terra Leben recalls how abusing substances as a young teen pushed her to the edge

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Terra Leben (Care Coordinator - Odyssey House) to talk about feeling like she never fit in with her peers growing up, why she wanted to take her life at 8-years-old, and how seeking treatment as a teenager would shape who she would be as a young adult.

    Then Terra opens up about relapsing while in a treatment program as a teenager, being abused by her boyfriend and her boyfriend's dad as a fifteen-year-old, and the daunting reality she found herself in when she got the news that she was pregnant. 

    Terra also talks about how her substance fueled teenage years pushed her to the brink of suicide, what her rock bottom looked like as she began to grow into an adult, and how she's learned from her years of abuse to make a change for so many others who are out there struggling with addiction and substance abuse.

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  • June 15, 2021

    Revisiting Casey Tucker's shocking experiences with an addiction that almost took his life

    In this week's episode, we revisit one of Project Recovery's most powerful episodes featuring Casey Tucker.

    Casey talks about how physical and mental abuse as a child eventually led him to hang out with the wrong crowd, taking drugs as a teenager, getting sent to a youth correctional facility, joining a gang, and getting beaten to the brink of death.

    Then he describes how his addiction had officially pushed him to the edge which ultimately led to him shooting himself in an attempt to end his life. We also dive into how he eventually got clean and what he is up to now after struggling with addiction for so long.

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  • June 8, 2021

    Jessica Butterfield on what led her to being addicted to heroin as a teenager

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jessica Butterfield to talk about her experience experimenting with substances at a very young age, the moment she finally felt relief from her anxiety after taking an opioid, and how she realized she was an addict after trying heroin for the first time as a teenager.

    Then she talks about getting arrested after having warrants out for her arrest, hitting her rock-bottom in Mexico with her boyfriend at the time, and her decision to turn towards the church to help her in her recovery.

    Lastly, she opens up about what her motivation has been throughout her experience with recovery, how following the steps has helped her throughout her life since she has stopped abusing substances, and why she's focused on spreading awareness surrounding addiction to help others who may be struggling.

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  • June 1, 2021

    Marnae Moore talks about battling an eating disorder while addicted to opioids

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Marnae Moore to talk about her struggles with the idea that she wasn't liked growing up, the life events that led Marnae to develop an eating disorder at sixteen years old, and her decision to get married and have children by the time she was twenty.

    Then Marnae talks about how a divorce coupled with her eating disorder led her to abuse opioids, how the abuse ultimately forced her to have a kidney transplant, and the moment she realized that she needed to seek out help to get her on the road to recovery.

    Lastly, Marnae opens up about the struggles she is still dealing with to this day and the ways that she's promoting positive behaviors to keep addiction out of her life.

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  • May 25, 2021

    Jon Redd opens up about the pain of suffering in the silence of addiction for years

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jon Redd (Spirit Mountain Recovery - Chief Operations Officer) to talk about growing up in Utah and how he always knew he struggled with anxiety, how experimenting with alcohol completely changed his outlook on life growing up, and his decision to seek out drugs after he graduated high school.

    Then Jon opens up about the first time he used heroin, going into the treatment at 19-years-old and the feeling of finding the people who truly understood him.

    He also talks about being diagnosed with stage-4 cancer in his lymph nodes, what his rock-bottom looked like, and how his family's decision to cut ties with him forced him into recovery.

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  • May 18, 2021

    Steve Smith opens up about hitting rock-bottom while struggling with opioid abuse

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Steve Smith to talk about growing up in the stereotypical Utah family, why he felt so confused after getting drunk for the first time in high school, and his decision to go on a mission to Germany after experimenting with substances in high school.

    Steve also talks about getting a herniated disc while playing collegiate football, his introduction to opioids, and how his relationship with opioids escalated after his time in college.

    Then he dives into how he began to manipulate different insurances in order to fuel his fix, his painful experiences dealing with withdrawals, and the shame he feels after stealing money from his family to buy drugs.

    Lastly, Steve talks about what his recovery looks like after hitting rock bottom.

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  • May 11, 2021

    Micah Niles talks about putting his pride and ego aside to find recovery after struggling with addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Micah Niles to talk about growing up in a single-parent household in Rose Park, hanging out with the wrong crowd as a teenager, and smoking weed as a 10-year-old.

    Then Micah opens up about the moment he realized he was a different user in high school after experimenting with serious drugs, getting sent to multiple lockup facilities, and being sent to prison.

    Micah also talks about his struggles getting clean, his experience with relapse, and finding the tools to help interact with the stressors in his life.

    Lastly, we talk about how Micah was able to turn his life around to get sober and what his recovery has looked like over the past three years.

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  • May 4, 2021

    Sarah Frei recalls being hit head-on by a drunk driver that led to her losing both her legs

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sarah Frei and her dad Greg, to recount the accident on July 30, 2020, in Logan County that caused her to become paralyzed after being hit head-on by a drunk driver and how she ended up having to have her legs amputated due to the accident.

    Then she talks about how she's been able to stay so positive after the crash, the support she's received all throughout the state of Utah, and how she's been able to adapt to life following the accident.

    Lastly, Sarah opens up about how she's been able to stay so optimistic, why her family has been so important throughout the past year, and the source of her optimism.

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  • April 27, 2021

    Brandy Vega on why we need to talk with our children more about their feelings and suicide prevention

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Brandy Vega (CEO Vega Media Studios) to talk about going live on Facebook looking for help after her 14-year-old daughter attempted to take her life for the second time and why it's so important to talk about suicide with our children.

    Then we talk about some of the ways that we can help prevent suicide in our families and communities and why we need to get rid of the shame that revolves around talking about our feelings.

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  • April 20, 2021

    Tony Carroll talks about her journey through addiction and why the stigma of addiction needs to end

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tony Carroll to talk about her childhood growing up, why family is so important to her, and how headaches and migraines led Tony down the road of addiction.

    Tony then opens up about how her opioid addiction began to get out of control, why the fear of who she actually was began to become unbearable, and how the perception of her being an addict throughout her neighborhood pushed her to the brink.

    She also talks about what she learned about herself in rehab, getting sent to jail for four months, how it completely changed her attitude towards the disease of addiction, and what sobriety has looked like to her for the past four years.

     

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  • April 13, 2021

    How to deal with the repercussions of being an alcoholic and/or struggling with substance abuse

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talked about the repercussions of substance abuse, the labels of being an alcoholic, why going to therapy for past traumas is so necessary towards recovery, and how we can take our positive mental health back during the pandemic.

    Then we dive into how gambling addictions have evolved through the pandemic.

     

     

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  • April 6, 2021

    Shamra Berry talks about how addiction has shaped her family over the years

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Shamra Berry to talk about her experience with sexual abuse at a very young age, growing up in a household of addiction, and experimenting with alcohol and marijuana at thirteen years old.

    Then Shamra talks about her complicated relationship with her biological mom, her introduction to pills, and how the death of her father pushed her deeper into substance abuse.

    Lastly, she talks about how her addiction has affected her life as a parent and a wife, what she's learned about addiction after experiencing recovery, and why she is focused on being a positive influence to everyone around her to overcome her family's disease of addiction.

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  • March 30, 2021

    Smith Alley opens up about being a teenager addicted to pornography

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Smith Alley, a 17-year-old who has battled with an addiction to pornography. Smith talks about the first time he ever saw pornography at 8 years old, being bullied in school, and how the first steps of addiction took place due to being self-conscious.

    Then Smith opens up about the shame associated with his addiction, how it got him into legal trouble, and the work that he and his parents have put in to try and curb his addiction. 

    He also dives into the work he's doing to help raise awareness surrounding the dangers of porn addiction, being three years clean of pornography, and why helping others is so important in the fight against addiction.

    To learn more about Smith and the work he is doing you can visit his website here: https://www.protechtstrong.com/

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  • March 23, 2021

    Greg Petersen and Brittany Bacon talk about recovery through federal and statewide programs

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Greg Petersen (Federal Probation Officer) to talk about his work as a Federal Probation Officer, Utah's progressive mindset towards creating inclusive court programs to help so many people, and some of the most heartwarming changes and some of the worst things he's seen from people on the job.

    Then we're joined by Brittany Bacon to talk about where her addiction started, going to prison for the first time on 14 felony charges, and what a normal day in prison was like for Brittany.

    She also opens up being diagnosed with cancer while in prison, being accepted into Utah's Alternative to Conviction Track (UACT) program, and how it's completely changed her life while in recovery.

    To learn more about UACT visit their website here.

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  • March 16, 2021

    Matthew Jackson recalls how years of substance abuse impacted his teaching throughout the years

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Matthew Jackson, a former BYU professor, to talk about Matthew's experimentation with substances growing up in a small town, the shame he felt after his addiction became more well known, and how a spiritual awakening led him to experience recovery for the first time.

    Then Matthew talks about his life without substance abuse, how pursuing his Ph.D. led to a  reliance on caffeine, and his decision to begin abusing energy drinks and pain pills in order to stay focused on his goals.

    Matthew also talks about the "Holy Trinity" of addiction, the events that led to his rock bottom, and what his recovery looks like now.

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  • March 9, 2021

    Heather Henderson on beating cancer and overcoming her addiction after years of trauma

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Heather Henderson to talk about how the death of her stepdad created a hole in her world when she was growing up, hanging out with the wrong crowd during her high school years, and the events that led up to her being at a party with guns pointed at her.

    Then she opens up about her decision to have an abortion after getting pregnant with a former boyfriend, getting a DUI in her early 20s, and dealing with negative examples in her life as she was growing up.

    Heather also talks about the birth of her son Hudson, being diagnosed with cancer from her pregnancy, and the steps she's taken to not only beat cancer but to beat her addiction.

     

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  • March 4, 2021

    A look back on what happened to Casey Scott and how Project Recovery started

    In a special bonus episode, we replay our very first episode of Project Recovery to introduce old and new listeners to the real story of what happened to Casey Scott.

    Casey Scott is famous in his home state of Utah. On the surface, he's a guy that seemed to have everything. He's funny, he's on TV, parties with rockstars, and he goes home every night to his home and family.

    At least we thought he had everything. Behind the scenes, he was facing a struggle. His marriage ended, he had just been arrested for driving while intoxicated, which cost him his job on TV. All of which were displayed very publicly for all of his family, friends, and family to see. Casey was officially at "rock bottom". What happened?

    "Project Recovery" begins where Casey's old life ends. Casey checked himself into rehab and is in the process of recovery. Here with Matt Woolley Ph.D, Casey shares his past and introduces us to some of the people he's met along the way back to a normal life.

    This podcast will help us all deal with our own issues, behaviors, and addictions, and help us all live life on life's terms.

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  • March 2, 2021

    Talking about the impact of Preslee's letter and why the pandemic is so detrimental to mental health

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about Preslee's letter going viral, why the Project Recovery community is the heartbeat of the show, and why the show's success is a win for recovery.

    Then we dive into why the pandemic is so detrimental to our mental health as a society.

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  • February 23, 2021

    How Know Your Script is helping Utahns fight the Opioid Epidemic with Dr. Jon Benfield and Kim Compagni

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dr. Jon Benfield, DO (Intermountain Healthcare) to talk about what patients should know before they start taking an opioid for pain management, whether or not having zero pain could be a reality or if there should be a new expectation regarding pain management, and what type of alternative therapies that can be used instead of opioids.

    We also speak with Kim Compagni (AVP Pain Management Services - Intermountain Healthcare) to talk about the work that is being done at the provider level to reduce the number of opioids prescribed, how can patients and providers work together to reduce the number of prescribed opioids, and why there is still a lot of work to be done to keep patients safe, even after we’ve seen significant results in Utah.

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  • February 22, 2021

    "Back Then and Now" by Preslee Scott

    Casey reads a powerful letter written by his daughter. "This narrative is about my life so far. I am going to talk about how addiction has affected my life, and all the things in between..."

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  • February 16, 2021

    Matt Floyd opens up about his addictive relationship with food that pushed him to the edge

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Matt Floyd to share his experience of building unhealthy eating habits growing up, starting to diet during the summer between school years, and when he started putting on excess weight after getting married.

    Then Matt talks about the support he received from his wife, how the pandemic pushed him to his rock bottom, and how his weight began to affect his daily life.

    Lastly, he recalls his decision to finally reach out and get help for his weight issues, how he was able to lose over 100 pounds in 8 months, and how he is continuing to stay healthy during the quarantine.

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  • February 9, 2021

    Savannah Steffler recounts how seeking friends led to suffering from years of substance abuse

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Savannah Steffler to talk about growing up in a split-household, how she associated alcohol with positive times, and trying to find a community of friends through parties.

    She also remembers being brought home to her dad in handcuffs when she was 16, finding her group of friends that she could continue partying, and her introduction to Adderall.

    Then Savannah talks about meeting her ex-boyfriend, how their relationship dynamic began to shift once he started becoming more controlling, and how a miscarriage caused Savannah to start drinking more often. 

    Lastly, she talks about the moment she hit rock-bottom and how she has approached her recovery during the pandemic.

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  • February 2, 2021

    Mike Muhlestein recalls the darkest depths of his alcohol addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Mike Muhlestein to talk about going on a mission to Jamaica, getting married to his wife in the temple, learning how to raise a child together, and his slow introduction to using alcohol as a crutch.

    Mike also opens up about the moment he knew he had a problem with alcohol, the pain he felt not being able to talk about his problems, and the pain he felt during withdrawals.

    He also talks about the moment he found himself in a closet with a gun held to his head, how it led to him seeking treatment for his addiction, and his complicated relationship with relapse.

    Lastly, Mike talks about opening up completely to his wife, the amount of guilt he feels today due to his actions, and what his recovery looks like now.

     

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  • January 26, 2021

    Trevor Winn opens up about the shame that came with his alcohol addiction

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Trevor Winn. Trevor opens up about beginning to drink recreationally after the failure of his first marriage, what caused him to dive deeper into his alcoholism, and how his drinking addiction began to affect his life — both physically and mentally.

    Then Trevor talks about the impact his friends and employer had in helping him get sober, how it completely changed his life, and why we all need to spend more time working ourselves.

    Lastly, he talks about the steps he's taken to ensure he stays sober.

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