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.

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    February 20, 2024

    How Danielle Yarrington Became Reliant on Alcohol to Numb the Pain and Chaos in Her Life

    Danielle Yarrington joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about her introduction to alcohol as a teenager, using alcohol to separate herself from her ex-husband in her mid-twenties, and the events that led her to drink alcohol every day.

    Danielle also opens up about her struggles to manage the chaos in her life due to relationships in her life, how she was able to only go to one rehabilitation center before committing to sobriety, and how she found her voice in rehab.

    Lastly, Danielle opens up about how she’s fighting for the recovery community at Brighton Recovery Center.

    Related Links

    Brighton Recovery: https://www.brightonrecoverycenter.com/

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    February 13, 2024

    Living a Life of Recovery Through Service and Giving Back with Kyle Raines

    Kyle Raines joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Wooley to talk about the impact that losing his brother when he was growing up had on him and his family, why he started pushing people away following the loss of his brother, and his earliest realizations that he had a problem with substances.

    Then Kyle opens up about how his addiction got out of control throughout the years, being sent to jail for a DUI, and why being held accountable helped push him towards seeking help for his addiction. 

    We also talk about Kyle’s experiences with treatment centers, what he found to be an effective recovery method, and finding stability through service and giving back.

    Related Links

    School of Addiction Recovery: https://schoolofaddiction.org/

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    February 6, 2024

    Breann Sagers Talks About The Search For Her Missing Niece – Kandis Harris

    Breann Sagers joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about her niece, Kandis Harris, who has been missing for three years after running with the wrong crowd and struggling with addiction at an early age. 

    We dive into Kandis’s time running in and out of multiple recovery programs, the day she stopped responding to family and friends, and how the search for Kandis has evolved over the past few years.

    Breann also shares why Salt Lake City detectives have moved Kandis’s case now considered a homicide and why she is so passionate about sharing Kandis’s story.

    If you or anyone you know may know about the whereabouts of Kandis Harris, please call the Salt Lake Police Department at (801) 799-3000 or the anonymous tip line at (801) 759-2248. You can also follow Bring Kandis Home for any updates.

    Related LinksFacebook: Bring Kandis Home

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    January 30, 2024

    From Living a Life of Crime to Finding a Purpose through Recovery with Vili Auelua

    Vili Auelua joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his life growing up in Compton, CA. where he spent a lot of his time committing crimes as a gang member, why abusing alcohol and marijuana was commonplace in his environment, and how his time running the streets ultimately caught up with him.

    Vili also opens up about his battles with addiction after struggling to realize that he had a problem for years and how his life is better than ever once he finally committed to a life of recovery.

    Then Vili talks about the work that he’s doing for other recovering addicts at The Haven.

    Related Links

    The Haven: https://havenhelps.com/

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    January 23, 2024

    Morgan Dimmitt Talks About Making a Deal With His Higher Power to Get Sober

    Morgan Dimmitt joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how his vigilant relationship with his brother naturally caused him to feel anxious and tense which ultimately led him to feel less anxious once he started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol.

    Morgan also talks about how sports became an outlet for him to release a lot of the pent-up tension he dealt with in high school, the events that led him to serve over a thousand hours of community service after a physical altercation, and how an addiction to pain medication drastically transitioned to heroin.

    Then we dive into Morgan’s time in prison after being arrested for drugs, the first time he was able to say no to drugs, and why it’s so important to build a community around you that supports recovery to stay sober.

    Related Links

    Reflections Recovery Center: https://reflectionsrecoveryutah.com/

     

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    January 16, 2024

    From Hardened Marine to an Addict Crying Out for Help with Sean Dalton

    Sean Dalton joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about growing up in a traditional New York family household, the effect that his father’s acceptance had on him while he was growing up, and why he was so focused on becoming a hard marine to gain acceptance from his peers.

    Then Sean talks about his reliance on alcohol that stemmed from his time as a marine, being introduced to cocaine, and the events that led him to spend time in jail.

    Lastly, Sean opens up about the mistakes he’s made during his addiction and why he had to accept his problems to start working towards a life of recovery.

    Related Links

    Steps Recovery: https://www.stepsrc.com/

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    January 9, 2024

    Nate Heaslett on Using Drugs and Alcohol to Cope with Struggles in His Life

    Nate Heaslett joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his experience growing up in a sailing family that was surrounded by drinking alcohol, getting drunk at thirteen years old, and being introduced to marijuana and opiates during his time throughout high school.

    Nate also talks about the impact that COVID-19 had on his college experience and drug abuse, how joining the workforce increased his drinking habits and his attempts at seeking rehabilitation and therapy after realizing that he had a problem.

    Then we talk about what Nate’s rock bottom looked like after struggling to cope with sobriety and how being introduced to Fit To Recover has helped stabilize his recovery after moving to Utah.

     

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    January 2, 2024

    [REPLAY] Randall Carlisle Opens Up About His Journey from Broadcast Star to Recovering Alcoholic

    Randall Carlisle has been a broadcaster for nearly 60 years. He spent the lion's share of that time on our TVs here in Utah where he was first on Channel 2, and then Channel 4 as a news anchor. He retired from the job in 2017, and now he works with Odyssey House Treatment Center. Many people may not know that Randall himself has dealt with his share of addiction and recovery. He is also now living sober after decades of alcohol abuse. 

    Many people may not know that Randall himself has dealt with his share of addiction and recovery. He is also now living sober after decades of alcohol abuse. Find out more about how drinking affected the life of Randall Carlisle in part two of this week's Project Recovery.

     

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    December 19, 2023

    Nothing is Going to Change If Nothing Changes

    In this week’s episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley recap how they met each other, the events that led Casey to hit rock bottom, and the day he learned that he would be fired from KSL for his actions during his addiction.

    Then we talk about the first iterations of the show, how our guests’ stories over the years have changed the way we look at addiction and substance abuse in our communities, and how the show has changed us.

     

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    December 12, 2023

    Blu Robinson on Breaking the Cycle of Addiction and Trauma

    Blu Robinson joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his experiences growing up constantly being on the move from household to household due to his mother being in and out of marriages, living a life of lies early in his childhood, and trying to find a connection with others by integrating himself into the partying scene.

    Then Blu shares when he started finding his passion for helping others in their recovery journeys, how therapy helped him define who he was as a person, and his process of mourning his late mother after losing a relationship with her over the years.

    We also dive into Blu’s decision to create Addict II Athlete to help introduce addicts to a lifestyle that is focused on being physically active to create discipline in their recovery.

    Related Links:

    Addict II Athlete: https://www.addicttoathlete.com/

    Addict II Athlete Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/addict-ii-athlete-podcast/id1441699705

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    December 5, 2023

    Meeting People Where They Are with John Curran

    John Curran joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how his experience with trying drugs and alcohol at an early age due to being heavily influenced by his father and older brother, as well as how his drug and alcohol use led him to be addicted to meth at 13 years old. John also opens up about being introduced to the prison system as a teenager, his struggles with being a parent suffering from addiction, and his attempts at staying sober while his world was spiraling down.

    Then John explains his mindset when he was at rock bottom and his attempt to end his life after trying to overdose on heroin. 

    Lastly, we dive into John’s recovery, the amazing work he’s doing with USARA, and what his recovery looks like now after years of addiction.

    Related Links:

    USARA: https://www.myusara.com/

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    November 28, 2023

    Peter Shipman on the Guilt He Feels As a Former Teacher and Addict in Recovery

    Peter Shipman joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to tell his story of growing up with anxiety and how feeling normal after trying drugs and alcohol led him to hide in the shadows of addiction. Peter also opens up about how his parents’ separation impacted his relationship with his family throughout his addiction and being introduced to heroin after his first semester of college.

    Then Peter shares when he was arrested for drugs the day before he was set to fly to New York after being accepted to NYU for graduate school, his experience with relapsing after trying to seek help for his addiction, and the guilt he feels after continuing to abuse substances throughout his career as a middle school teacher.

    Lastly, Peter talks about the worst moments of his addiction that eventually led him to complete treatment.

    Related Links:

    Fit To Recover: https://fit2recover.org/

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    November 21, 2023

    [REPLAY] A Thanksgiving Special: The Underrated Power of Gratitude

    In this week's episode, we're talking about the things we're thankful for including family, friends, and nuns. Yep, that's right, nuns. We take a look into a study from the 1930s that analyzed a group of nuns over the course of seventy years. The study determined happier nuns were ultimately healthier and lived longer.

    We also dive into whether or not happiness is a choice and the powerful effects of gratitude. Then we give a couple of tips on how to be more grateful in your life that can be used during the holiday season and beyond!

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    November 14, 2023

    Pros to Hitting the Snooze Button, Runner’s High vs Medication, and Seeking Help for Our Issues

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the benefits of hitting the snooze button before getting out of bed, the truth behind a “runner’s high” vs. medications, and how judgment can often be the thing that holds us back from seeking help for what’s keeping us down.

    We also talk about Matt’s experience with getting stage fright for the first time while teaching online students, the impact that meditation and mindfulness can have on panic attacks, and how self-compassion and affirmations have become a superpower for our mental health. 

    Lastly, Dr. Matt leads us in a mindfulness exercise to help us relax and ease our daily grind.

    Related Links:

    The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Dr. Kristen Neff

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    November 7, 2023

    How Being Forced to Get High on Meth Changed Cherice Ells’s Life Forever

    Cherice Ells (Wasatch Recovery) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about her tumultuous relationship with her biological father, being forced to try meth for the first time by a partner as a young adult, and how quickly her addiction took control of her entire life.

    Cherice also talks about how addiction led her to have her children removed from her care, the impact that her drug use had on relationships throughout the years, and how she ended up being arrested for smuggling drugs from Mexico to the US.

    Then Cherice talks about what she learned throughout her time being locked up in MCC San Diego, her struggles of navigating life after she was released from MCC, and how she’s helping others find recovery at Wasatch Recovery.

    Related Links:

    Wasatch Recovery: https://wasatchrecovery.com/

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    October 31, 2023

    (REPLAY) Overcoming addiction and finding clarity through breathwork and meditation with Cass and Paulus

    In this episode replay, 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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    October 24, 2023

    Meth Addiction From a Young Adult’s Perspective with Jesse Carlin

    Jesse Carlin joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about his first time smoking weed in middle school, being scared off of marijuana after having a horrifying experience, and how the pressure to fit in led Jesse to smoke meth at sixteen years old.

    Jesse also talks about chasing the feeling that he first felt when he tried meth for the first time, chasing a high just to feel normal after becoming dependent on heavy drugs, and how his drug use impacted his relationship with his family.

    Then Jesse shares what his rock bottom looked like while running and gunning, the moment he knew he needed to reach out for help to try and get sober, and how he envisions his life moving forward now that he’s living in recovery.

    Related Links:

    7th Street Treatment: https://7treatment.org/

    USARA: https://www.myusara.com/

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    October 17, 2023

    Overcoming Alcoholism and Obesity with Russ Sweeten

    Russ Sweeten joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his experience with feeling social anxiety at a young age, trying alcohol for the first time with an older cousin at fourteen years old, and realizing that alcohol was going to be a problem for him after being unable to control his drinking as a teenager.

    Russ also talks about navigating his early twenties while trying to cope with alcohol addiction, realizing that he had a problem with alcohol but avoiding rehab, and the heartbreaking moment that led him to seek treatment.

    Then we dive into Russ’ six-month stay at Action Recovery, some of the most important lessons he learned throughout his time there, and what his weight loss journey has looked like ever since finding recovery.

    Related Links:

    Action Recovery: https://www.actiontreatment.com/

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    October 10, 2023

    Lyndi Murray on Using Marijuana to Keep Her Grounded in Her Recovery

    Lyndi Murray joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share her addiction story that began at sixteen years old when she began to experiment with drugs and alcohol while living in a small town, being introduced to heroin after struggling to find pills as she got older, and her first experience with trying to seek treatment for her addiction.

    Lyndi also opens up about her struggles with trying to stay sober and clean of heroin, what her life looked like while she was running and gunning, and deciding to die on the streets, be addicted to heroin, or get sober.

    Then Lyndi talks about what her life looks like now and why she has turned to marijuana as a stabilizing agent that helps keep her grounded throughout her recovery.

     

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    October 3, 2023

    Finding a Passion in Helping Others and Reprieve Recovery with Jared Casey

    Jared Casey (Clinical Director for Reprieve Recovery) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about the inspiration behind his decision to pursue social work after becoming depressed about where he was in life.

    Then Jared talks about how I Am Recovery introduced him to a new world of helping others after hitting rock bottom as well as how he’s using what he’s learned as a Clinical Director to build Reprieve Recovery, a new recovery center in Morgan, Utah.

    Lastly, we talk about some of the misconceptions surrounding recovery centers, what an average day in a recovery center looks like including meditation, exercise, and group sessions, and the importance of finding the right recovery center that fits the person accurately.

    Related Links:

    Reprieve Recovery: https://reprieverc.com/

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    September 26, 2023

    'Warrior in the Garden' with Rob Eastman

    Rob Eastman joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley again to talk about Rob's background with substance abuse and depression that stemmed from bullying, his new book, Warrior in the Garden, and what drove him to finally begin writing a book.

    Rob also shares how he and his wife, Heidi, met, and the beautiful life they've built together. 

    Related Links:

    Rob Eastman: linktr.ee/tattooedlifecoach

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    September 19, 2023

    Haylee Hoefgen on the Role of Mental Health in Addiction: Exploring the Connection and Finding Solutions

    Haylee Hoefgen (Communications Coordinator at Fit To Recover) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share some of her experiences growing up in a small town in Kansas and how it led to her being introduced to drugs and alcohol through friends as a form of entertainment.

    Haylee also talks about the events that led her to develop an eating disorder in her early years in college, struggling to do basic tasks such as getting out of bed, and how her drug abuse began to escalate further as her mental health began to deteriorate.

    We also talk about how losing a close friend to an opioid overdose convinced Haylee to address her mental health struggles, her decision to move to Utah to be closer to like-minded people, and being blown away by Fit To Recover's welcoming atmosphere.

    Related Links:

    Fit To Recover: https://fit2recover.org/

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    September 12, 2023

    (REPLAY) Finding success as an actor but drowning in addiction with Michael Birkeland

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Michael Birkeland (actor and producer, known for Phobic [2020], The Singles Ward [2002], and Everything You Want [2005]) to talk about his experience working in the film industry and his work with LDS comedies. We also dive into his experience with using cocaine to stay focused in the 90s and how abusing drugs caused him to spiral into addiction.

    Then we talk about how early childhood trauma caused Michael to repress those memories that shaped his perception of women, trying to detox from his addiction in a hotel by himself, and how the entire experience changed his life.

    Lastly, Michael recalls how he met his wife at a gas station on his road to recovery and how it helped him during his sobriety.

    To learn more about Michael Birkeland, you can visit his website here:
    http://www.themichaelb.com/

     

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    September 5, 2023

    Battling Substance Use: The Struggles, Setbacks, and Triumphs with Matt Borget

    Matt Borget (Marketing Director at Wasatch Crest Treatment) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about growing up in a very happy, family-oriented family in Utah County, how he began to feel pressure to participate in church activities, and how it led to him feeling out of place.

    Matt shares how these feelings led him to find Utah countercultures that introduced him to the world of hardcore music, alcohol, and drugs throughout his teenage years.

    He also talks about flourishing financially after he started selling marijuana, becoming addicted to opioids after learning he could afford whatever he wanted, and landing in Utah Prison after he was raided by Utah County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Task Force.

    We also talk about how Matt's addiction would ultimately escalate to the point of him habitually using heroin to fuel his habits, his combative mindset when heading into treatment, and being given the gift of a second chance at life after committing to recovery.

    Related Links:

    Wasatch Crest Treatment: https://wasatchcresttreatment.com/

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    August 29, 2023

    Michelle Church is raising awareness for recovery after losing her brother to heroin

    Michelle Church joins Casey Scott to talk about, 'A Light To Remember', an event that honors those lost to substance abuse that also raises awareness about the dangers of opioids. In addition, the event also creates a meaningful experience for those in treatment. Michelle also shares how her brother's addiction to heroin impacted her throughout the years that he struggled with substance abuse and why she believes that losing her brother is her greatest failure.

    Then we talk about the idea of harm reduction when looking at recovery from addiction, why addiction and substance abuse require long-term care to be effective, and the importance of setting accurate expectations for someone's recovery.

    To participate in A Light To Remember, which takes place on August 31st, you can visit http://www.alighttoremember.life/ to find a location near you.

    Related Links:

    A Light To Remember: http://www.alighttoremember.life/

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    August 22, 2023

    Casey's landmark moment at Valley Camp and Jon Smith on his recent ADHD diagnosis

    This week Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the benefits of golfing and how speaking at Valley Camp this weekend was a landmark moment for his recovery journey.

    Then Jon Smith (Morning Show Host for 103.5 The Arrow) joins the show to talk about how he navigated life suffering from undiagnosed ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), what he learned from his recent diagnosis, and some tips that he's learned to help control his ADHD.

    Related links:

    Valley Camp Recreation and Rehabilitation Center: https://www.valleycamputah.com/

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    August 16, 2023

    Introducing: Stranger Becomes Neighbor with Andrea Smardon

    It's been two years since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan and those lucky enough to be evacuated are living here in America. Understaffed resource agencies were flooded with thousands of evacuees at once. This is the story of volunteers who stepped in to bridge the gap for the remarkable people who helped the U.S. military against the Taliban. 

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    August 15, 2023

    Jameson Hedin on living the life he always wanted after battling addiction

    Jameson Hedin joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about his descent into addiction that started when he was a teenager due to not feeling comfortable in his own skin. Jameson shares how the fun he was having with drugs and alcohol quickly became a dangerous time in his teenage years once he became dependent on opioids at only nineteen years old.

    Then Jameson explains the depression and anxiety that he felt while trying to stay sober over the next few years, why he was so afraid to ask for help for his addiction, and how his brother Drew helped him finally commit to going to treatment.

    Lastly, Jameson talks about what his life after treatment looked like and how he was able to overcome many other hurdles before he found success in his recovery.

    Related Links: 

    Seven Counseling and Wellness: https://ashleigh-hedin.clientsecure.me/

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    August 8, 2023

    Ryan Hymas shares why he turned to alcohol and drugs to feel normal as a teen

    Ryan Hymas (I Am Recovery) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his experiences with early signs of depression as a young teen and how alcohol affected his ability to feel normal. 

    Then Ryan opens up about his decision to pursue music instead of going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how that became a turning point for his substance abuse as he got older.

    We also dive into the following years of Ryan's addiction where he began to heavily use hard drugs, his time in a psych ward after experiencing suicidal thoughts, and his first stint with recovery that ended with Ryan running away from the program after not taking recovery seriously.

    Ryan also shares the rock bottom moment of his addiction and his recovery journey after spending years addicted to drugs and alcohol.

    Related links:

    I AM RECOVERY: https://i-am-recovery.com/

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    August 1, 2023

    Randy Parker opens up about becoming addicted to meth at 62 years old

    Randy Parker joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his family's history with addiction, experimenting with substances during high school, and his decision to attend military school after high school. 

    Randy also opens up about living the traditional family life with a wife and kids while finding ways to party whenever he could. Then he shares how his addiction to opioids pushed him to the edge of contemplating suicide and why he began to choose meth over opioids.

    Lastly, we talk about Randy's rock bottom and his steps to living a life of recovery after being drug-free for over a year.

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    July 25, 2023

    Chelsea Rupp shares how therapy and community helped build the framework for her recovery

    Chelsea Rupp (Fitness Pillar Lead with Fit To Recover) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about her experiences with battling addiction while staying active and fit, the impact that selling her beloved CrossFit gym had on her mental health and how being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia led to her becoming dependent on opioids.

    Chelsea also talks about the insight that she was given after opening up to a therapist about her experiences with addiction, the need to have a recovery program that helped her stay focused on sobriety, and how Fit To Recover completely changed her approach to recovery after being introduced to such a welcoming community.

    Related Links:

    Fit To Recover: https://fit2recover.org/

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    July 18, 2023

    CaMi Sandall shares how fighting for her daughter, Kayla, helped her overcome addiction

    CaMi Sandall and her daughter Kayla join Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to discuss CaMi's issues with feeling out of place in her family as a teenager growing up in a religious culture, her experience with getting kicked out of high school for drinking, and how the birth of Kayla put a hold on her partying for a brief period.

    CaMi also talks about her introduction to pills to numb the pain of a back injury after a serious car accident, how her descent into deeper drugs began to affect Kayla's health, and the moment that Kayla would be taken away from CaMi because of her drug use.

    We also dive into CaMi's decision to seek treatment to help bring her daughter back into her life and how the two have created the most profound bond after CaMi turned to recovery.

    Related Links:

    Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting:

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    July 11, 2023

    (REPLAY) How support helped Lizzy Denkers find a path to recovery after addiction

    In this week's episode, we retell Lizzy Denkers' story of depression, guilt, addiction, and most importantly, her road to recovery. We talk about how infertility problems led her to struggle with mental health issues that ultimately turned into postpartum depression after she and her husband, Brian, were able to actually conceive.

    We then discuss how depression and solitude eventually led to her arrest for opioid abuse.

    Lastly, we dive into Lizzy's journey to recovery with the help of her husband, Brian, and the steps they have both taken to improve themselves after a long and tumultuous road.

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    July 3, 2023

    Amanda Mallobox on overcoming the pains of addiction to live a happy life of recovery

    Amanda Mallobox joins Casey Scott to share her introduction to alcohol as a young teenager, blacking out from alcohol at fifteen, and being admitted to her first rehabilitation center at seventeen after transitioning to harder drugs.

    Then Amanda talks about the difficulty of staying clean from drugs even during her stint in rehab, being arrested for DUIs, and how Amanda's drinking played a huge part in the failure of her marriage at the time.

    We also dive into Amanda's rock bottom after causing a car accident while intoxicated, her choice to try and manipulate the system, and the moment she decided to call Action Recovery to start living a life of recovery.

    Related Links:

    Action Recovery Group: https://www.actiontreatment.com

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    June 27, 2023

    Overcoming childhood trauma and coping with the loss of a parent with Stephanie Ross

    In this week's episode, we retell one of our favorite episodes that features Stephanie Ross. Stephanie, who has been in recovery for over 10 years, talks with Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley about her tumultuous upbringing, how she navigated addiction at an early age, and the impact that the passing of her mother had on her road to recovery.

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    June 20, 2023

    Creating your own comeback and finding a life of recovery with Alema Harrington

    In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Alema Harrington (host of Utah Jazz Game Night, former BYU RB) to detail his journey of addiction that dates back to his time playing college football at BYU when he would abuse opioids. Alema also talks about how he's been able to let go of resentments in his life with the help of his faith and owning up to our demons to grow as a person.

    Alema also shares his story of addiction and details the amazing gift of being able to give back to others who are struggling with their own substance abuse.

    We also dive into the work that he is doing with Ardu Recovery Center and how they are innovating the way we look at recovery.

    You can learn more about Ardu by visiting their website: https://www.ardurecoverycenter.com/

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    June 13, 2023

    Jake Whimpey opens up about how a Multiple sclerosis diagnosis led to an opioid addiction

    Jake Whimpey joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share his family's history with alcoholism, how it affected his choice to push back on alcohol throughout his teenage years, and why being diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis introduced him to substance abuse after being prescribed opioids to help with the pain.

    Then Jake talks about blaming his newfound addiction on his MS diagnosis, his experience with trying to find recovery from opioids but being consumed by meth, and how meth led him to spend five months in jail.

    We also dive into the extensive recovery work that Jake has put in to stay sober, how he has integrated himself into the recovery community, and his work in helping others who have a troubled past find work.

    Related Links:

    Spherion Staffing and Recruiting: https://www.spherion.com/

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    June 6, 2023

    Henry Ammar shares how betting on his vision of helping others paid off

    Henry Ammar (Human Behavior Specialist and Impact Entrepreneur) joins Dr. Matt Woolley this week to talk about his passion for making a positive change through his creative endeavors, why he needed to hold himself accountable to help others, and what he learned from working in the music industry.

    Henry also shares how his work in the world of pop culture helped prepare him for working in the mental health community, the sacrifices he made throughout his career to pursue his dream, and how he's impacting lives positively through music festivals.

    Related Links:

    Socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok

    Podcast: Making it Happen with Henry Ammar

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    May 30, 2023

    Homeless drugdealer becomes recovery advocate with Logan Adams

    Logan Adams (General Manager & Fitness Instructor) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how growing up in a small town introduced him to drugs at an early age, falling in love with cocaine at the age of sixteen, and being shipped off to Hargrave Military Academy during later years in high school.

    Then we dive into Logan's descent into addiction after moving to Mississippi for college, his introduction to opioids following a night where he woke up covered in blood, and how he found himself homeless and selling drugs in Baltimore after abusing heroin. 

    Lastly, we talk about the darkest moment of his life that would ultimately lead him to finding recovery, as well as the amazing work he's doing at Fit To Recover to help other's continue to live a life of sobriety.

    Related Links:

    Fit To Recover: https://fit2recover.org/about/our-team/

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    May 23, 2023

    Scott Hoffman on his struggles with addiction following his professional ski racing career

    Scott Hoffman (ex-US ski team member and NCAA National Champion) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share some of his favorite memories as a professional skier, the injury that pushed him out of the professional spotlight, and how his acohol abuse began to consume his life.

    Scott also talks about losing a marriage to his alcohol consumption, how his fall from grace as a professional skier impacted his mental health after moving back to Utah, and his experience with being in and out of treatment centers.

    Then we talk about Scott's year-long prison sentence following a DUI, what led to him finding recovery in prison, and his impact on the recovery community since he turned to living a life a sobriety.

    Related Links:

    Scott Hoffman bio: https://keystonerecoveryutah.com/about/get-to-know-us/

    Keystone Recovery Utah: https://keystonerecoveryutah.com/

    Valley Camp Utah: https://www.valleycamputah.com/

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    May 16, 2023

    Moana Ofahengaue shares his heartbreaking journey of overcoming addiction

    Moana Ofahengaue joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about taking his first shot at 9-years-old, how idolizing the mafia and gangs influenced Moana to create an alter-ego that chased a partying lifestyle, and balancing his wild lifestyle with finding success on the football field.

    Then Moana opens up about being offered scholorships to play college football but struggling to give up alcohol, as well as the accident that almost cost him everything.

    Moana then talks about what his physical recovery looked like following his accident, how he handled the loss of his identity has a successful football prospect, and his descent into addiction to meth due to the emotional trauma of losing football.

    Lastly, we dive into Moana's experiences with being in and out of recovery centers and what he's doing now for the recovery community now that he's find sobriety.

    Related Links:

    Kairos Recovery & Behavioral Health: https://www.facebook.com/Kairos-Recovery-Behavioral-Health-120985244304385/

    Kairos Recovery Run: https://www.facebook.com/events/924121798880917

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    May 9, 2023

    Jordon Holdaway on conquering his "Bad Boy" image to find sobriety

    Jordon Holdaway (General Manager at The Other Side Builders) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how The Other Side Academy is changing how convicts, substance abusers and homeless in the community reacclimate with society through personal behavioral change.

    Jordon also shares his experiences with learning bad habits while hanging out with the wrong crowd during his elementary years, how he fell in love with the "bad boy" image, and what caused him to chase getting drunk and high throughout his teenage years.

    He also talks about his first time using meth in an Arby's parking lot, the start of his criminal behaviors during his twenties, and his struggles with staying sober during his time of drug court.

    Lastly, we talk about Jordon's time in prison and how his time at The Other Side Academy changed his life forever.

    Related Links: 

    The Other Side Academy: https://www.theothersideacademy.com/

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    May 2, 2023

    Casey Scott on recovery lessons and retelling Leroy "Big Budha" Teo's once in a lifetime episode

    Casey Scott opens up this week on some of the most important lessons he's learned throughout his almost five years of recovery and then we retell one of the most amazing stories of recovery that we've had on the show.

    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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    April 25, 2023

    Kimberly Bailey shares her story of overcoming life-altering trauma

    Kimberly Bailey (Peer Support Specialist at Corner Canyon Health Centers) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about her experience with alcohol for the first time in high school, turning to substances to numb the trauma of being sexually assaulted at a party, and the events that led to her being sent to prison at twenty-four years old.

    Then Kimberly opens up about constantly being in and out of prison due to her rising drug addiction, the struggles she had to deal with in prison, and how having someone who supported her in life pushed her towards recovery.

    Lastly, she shares how her life has changed in recovery.

    Related Links:

    Corner Canyon Health Centers: https://www.cornercanyonhc.com/

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    April 18, 2023

    Todd Smith talks about choosing addiction over every other aspect of life

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Todd Smith opens up about how having an alcoholic father pushed him away from substances until he started attending the University of Utah, getting kicked out of college because of his escalating substance abuse, and how partying on the weekends led to a full blown addiction.

    Then Todd talks about his addiction began to take over his personal life, getting busted trafficking over 200 pounds of marijuana across the country, and being unable to quit his addiction even after being arrested for trafficking. 

    Lastly, Todd shares how his addiction pushed him to the point of attempting suicide and surrendering himself to a life of recovery.

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    April 11, 2023

    How Sarah Brock learned to love herself after being a single mother who consulted for gangs

    In this week's episode, we replay one of our favorite episodes with Sarah Brock who opened up about how her childhood was impacted by her father who struggled with alcohol abuse, growing up in the rave scene as a thirteen-year-old, and how she went from being a seventeen-year-old single mother to a consultant for gangs.

    Then Sarah talks about how substance abuse slowly began to take over, how drugs began to derail her life, and why being sent to prison was the best thing that ever happened to her.

    Lastly, Sarah opens up about the events that led up her to find God, what her recovery looked like, and how she finally learned how to love herself which was quintessential for her recovery.

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    April 4, 2023

    Joseph Call shares his recovery journey so far after being sober for 159 days

    Joseph Call joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how his curiousity for finding his biological father led him to run away from home at thirteen years old, how he adapted to working and living in downtown Portland, and meeting his father for the first time in Ogden as a fourteen year old.

    Joseph also opens up about his decision to start using meth to numb the pain he experienced during his time in Portland, how being taken advantage of by an uncle pushed him deeper into substance abuse, and why chronic back pain paired with his addiction led him to the darkest moment in his life.

    Then Joseph talks about his decision to seek treatment for his addiction, what Action Recovery has taught him about living a life of recovery, and why he's focused on making a difference by helping others find sobriety.

    Related Links:

    100 Mile Walk To Wendover: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100-mile-walk-to-wendover-longest-suicide-prevention-walk-in-the-nation-tickets-559021577587

    Action Recovery: https://www.actiontreatment.com/

    Izzy's Village: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605018854408332 

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    March 28, 2023

    Shane Duncan opens up about hiding an alcohol addiction in a small town

    Shane Duncan joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his experience with trying alcohol as a twelve-year-old in a Mormon household, how he started getting introduced to the wrong crowds that introduced him to the partying scene, and being pulled out of high school at seventeen years old to work full time.

    Shane also opens up about meeting his wife Mindy, how his drinking began to become a real problem when they moved back to Morgan, UT, and why he started to hide how much he was actually drinking — until it all came crashing down.

    We talk about how Shane's drinking began to affect his physical and mental health, why he was apprehensive to admit that he had a drinking problem, and the events that led him to find recovery with the help of Action Recovery.

    Related links:

    Action Recovery: https://www.actiontreatment.com/ 

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    March 21, 2023

    Kate Losser talks about finding new life outside of isolation and addiction

    Kate Losser (Program Coordinator & Fitness Assistant at Fit To Recover) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about her experience with trying alcohol for the first time, finding her passion for dance, and turning to alcohol to help ease much of her anxiety as a teenager.

    We also dive into her decision to drop out of college at 21 years old after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis following a longboarding accident, how a series of events in life pushed her deeper into addiction, and what led her to stay isolated for two months of drinking all day.

    Kate also talks about her decision to seek treatment, what she learned about recovery during her stay at Brighton Recovery Center, and how Fit To Recover has helped her find a positive community.

    Related Links:

    Brighton Recovery Center

    Fit To Recover

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    March 14, 2023

    Zack Chisholm talks about how shame became the root of his addictive behaviors

    Zack Chisholm (Ardu Recovery Center & former professional golfer) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about feeling shame as a child, how he used alcohol as a teenager to combat his introverted tendencies, and the events that led him to be disfellowshipped from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while on his mission.

    Zack also talks about beginning to numb the pain of his departure from his mission with drugs and alcohol, how his descent into substance abuse cost him his professional golfing career, and the impact that COVID-19 had on his addiction.

    We also dive into Zack's rock bottom following a New Year's party in 2021, his decision to go to Renaissance Ranch for recovery, and how he learned to let go of a lot of resentment that he had held in for so many years. 

    Related Links:

    Ardu Recovery Center

    Renaissance Ranch

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    March 7, 2023

    Mysti Lopez shares how self-destructive behaviors became her drug of choice

    Mysti Lopez joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to share her experience with the foster system as a child, how she became addicted to meth after being introduced to the drug by her family, and getting arrested for possession as a 19-year-old mother.

    Mysti also opens up about how reuniting with her mother created an atmosphere that pushed her back to addiction, what she went through while using and dealing heroin on the streets, and how she met one of our former guests, Manny Lopez.

    We also dive into Mysti's experience with finding a recovery program that helped her overcome years of trauma throughout her life.

    To learn more about Papilion, you can visit their official website here: https://www.papilionirc.com/

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    February 28, 2023

    Surviving trafficking, sexual exploitation, and drug abuse with January Riggin

    January Riggin (Founder of Soap2Hope) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to recall traumatic childhood events she experienced after her parents divorced, turning to drugs and alcohol at an early age to numb the pain, and being trafficked by a biker gang as a 13-year-old. 

    January also opens up about the events that sent her to prison as a 16-year-old, how her drug use escalated following the loss of a daughter, and why the darkest moment in her life brought forth the idea of Soap2Hope.

    You can learn more about January and Soap2Hope at: https://soap2hopeut.com/

    Instagram: @soap2hopeut

    Facebook: @soap2hope

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    February 21, 2023

    The Scotts are winners of BYUtv's — Survivalists!!!

    Casey Scott is flying solo this week to give us a behind-the-scenes look at his family's time on Survivalists on BYUtv. He also opens up about using the Survivalist adventure to create a bonding experience with his family and how the Scotts were able to come out victorious.

    You can watch the Scott's victory on Survivalists now on BYUtv (season 3, episode 5) at https://www.byutv.org/survivalists. 

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    February 14, 2023

    Seneca Higley talks about being on top of the world and losing it all to addiction

    Seneca Higley joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about how the loss of his mother impacted his childhood, finding success as an auctioneer at an early age, and his sudden descent into addiction after experimenting with opioids.

    Then Seneca opens up about losing everything to his addiction, his early attempts at recovery, and how his degrading relationship with his father pushed him to the lowest point in his life.

    Seneca also shares the dark reality of being homeless in Los Angeles, the events that helped him find spiritual stability, and repairing his relationship with his father once he committed to a life of sobriety.

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    February 7, 2023

    Drew Redd opens up about the dark thoughts that helped him find recovery

    Drew Redd (Executive Director of ARDU Recovery Center) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about having a fantastic childhood growing up, how admiration for his brothers influenced his partying throughout high school, and his decision to commit to substance abuse once he had gotten a taste of substances.

    Drew also talks about how his addiction began to get him in trouble with the law after he was put on house arrest for hitting a man with his vehicle, meeting the girl who convinced him to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and how his mission impacted his drug use.

    Then Drew opens up about how his rock bottom finally forced him to seek recovery after years of substance abuse and what he's doing now as the Executive Director of ARDU Recovery Center.

    To learn more about Drew and ARDU Recovery Center, you can visit ARDU's official website

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    January 31, 2023

    Gentry Jones talks about her chapter in "Deserts to Mountains"

    Gentry Jones joins the show again to talk about how recovery has been treating her since she told her story over a year ago, finding support and success on social media by telling her story, and 

    You can grab Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming Our Voice by Jessica Buchanan on Amazon and you can also find Gentry on Instagram and TikTok @lifewithgentry.

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