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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Bilderback talks about how music has shaped his road to recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Benjamin Bilderback to talk to him about growing up about how wanting to fit in high school laid the groundwork for his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Benjamin opens up about abusing marijuana all throughout high school, how it began to create a rift between him and his parents, and why he decided to retreat into music. He also talks about his experience in playing lacrosse in Portland and how it helped him stay focused on his education and partying less.
Then he talks about how a relationship with an ex-girlfriend caused him to attempt to take his own life, finding recovery in an outdoor wilderness program, and the moment he relapsed after garnering success in the music industry.
Lastly, Benjamin opens up about his sobriety and what success looks like to him now after overcoming his addiction.
Tara Rees recalls how years of trauma led her down a dark road of alcohol abuse
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tara Rees to tell her story of how she was taken advantage of by a babysitter at five years old, how that experience traumatized her for years after that, and how such a horrifying experience led to Tara developing an eating disorder.
Then she opens up about an unfortunate situation that ended in a miscarriage, the loss of her then-husband after he walked out during a fight, and why she turned to binge drinking alcohol to try and mask the pain.
Tara also talks about how she began to lose who she was after years of drinking and how it began to deteriorate her mental health.
Lastly, she talks about her experience with relapse and how she's taking her recovery one day at a time.
Sarah Brock opens up about being a single mother at 17, turning to the streets, and how she learned to love herself
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sarah Brock to talk 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.
Recapping 2020 and finding the positives in one of the craziest years yet
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about how the pandemic has impacted us both mentally and physically, how it's played its part in addiction and recovery, and why we shouldn't be so discouraged after a crazy year.
We also talk about why you need to take over the narrative of your own life, why it's important to look into your behaviors to see if you're doing a disservice to yourself, and how a midlife crisis can turn into a midlife awakening.
Lastly, we talk about why we need to reframe our mindset about the chaos of 2020.
Roseann Nelson explains her journey from being an addict to using neurofeedback to help others
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Roseann Nelson to talk about being bullied in school as a thirteen-year-old, how it introduced her to prescription medications, and forcefully being checked into an adolescent center at 17.
She also opens up about the trauma that she experienced as a teenager that led her to begin abusing substances, how her drug use evolved as she became an adult, her experience with being in and out of jail.
Then Roseann recalls how she was introduced to heroin, the moment a close friend saved her from committing suicide, and what her rock bottom looked like.
Lastly, Roseann talks about what her recovery has been like over the years, and her work in the field of neurofeedback. To learn more about the work she's doing now, you can visit the website here: https://www.nurenhancement.com/.
Tyson Dixon opens up about years of substance abuse and his experience with addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tyson Dixon (CEO of Renaissance Ranch) to talk about him and his brother Preston started to experiment with substances as early as junior high, his decision to constantly be high during high school, and how he ended up in Salt Lake County Jail, addicted to heroin, nine months after graduating from high school.
Then Tyson opens up about how his brain slowly began to be consumed by the disease of addiction, burning bridges with all of his family and friends, and how theft caused him to be sent to maximum security.
Lastly, Tyson talks about the moment he decided that he could never go back to drinking and using ever again.
Heidi Lund opens up about the struggles of getting clean and finding a life of sobriety
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Heidi Lund (Program Director for LifeStart Village at Family Support Center) to talk about being addicted to meth at the age of 12 due to having a turbulent household growing up, dropping out of school before she started high school, and how her 8-month-old son overdosed on meth.
Heidi also opens up about her prescription abuse, her experience with running in and out of jail, being homeless, and what it took for her to realize that she needed to make a change in her life.
Then we talk about how House of Hope, a recovery center in Utah, was able to help her take control of her own recovery, and the work she's doing with LifeStart Village at Family Support Center.
To learn more about Family Support Center, you can visit their website here:
Why gratitude is more important than ever and why we need to be thankful for what have
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley open up about why gratitude is so important to help us stay connected with each other and overcome the struggles that we are facing today.
LT Weaver recalls his darkest days while struggling with substance abuse
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by LT Weaver to talk about how a chaotic household growing up gave birth to his addictive behaviors, his introduction to serious drugs, and how his addiction to meth left him completely broken.
Then he opens up about his time in jail after getting arrested, finding sobriety while on probation, and why he began to rely on weed to just get by.
LT also talks about how a horrific vehicle accident caused one of his boys to almost lose his life and how it pushed LT into the darkest depths of his addiction.
We also dive into the work that LT has put into his sobriety to ensure that he lives a life of sobriety.
To learn more about LT and the work he is doing visit: https://recoveringaddict.org/
Rachael Pioltini talks about dealing with addiction at 15, being homeless, and helping others during recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Rachael Pioltini to talk about growing up in a family of addiction, getting into addiction recovery at the young age of 15, and finding early success working in Hollywood.
Then she opens up about leaving her family to chase her addiction, the struggles she faced while homeless, and what her rock bottom looked like.
Rachael then talks about the work she's put in place during her road to recovery, the general concept behind Beyond Addiction Mosaic, and why helping others is so important in addiction recovery.
To learn more about Beyond Addiction Mosaic, you can check out their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2470520746552097/
Cord Stimpson opens up about pursuing a soccer career to being addicted to heroin
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Cord Stimpson to talk about how he was on track to become a successful soccer player after winning the national championship in 2011, how his family beliefs shaped him as a young adult, and why he started to rebel against his parents.
Then Cord opens up about immediately loving his first experience with opioids after getting surgery for an ankle injury, his decision to start using heroin, and what it was like to tell his family about his addiction.
We also dive into how he became addicted to Alcohol, his work with the SOAR program, and what he's up to now.
Jason Bush opens up about living a secret life of addiction
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Jason Bush to talk about growing up in a household where drinking wasn't allowed, going on a mission to New Zealand, and how he met his ex-wife, Shelly Smith, who we previously had on our show.
Then Jason talks about how the image of being perfect led him to have an increased amount of anxiety and stress, how he began to experiment with alcohol and gambling, and his journey into addiction while hiding his drinking from everyone.
Lastly, Jason opens up about the conversation he had to have with himself in order to finally come clean and get the help he needed.
Vulnerability hangovers, reminding ourselves what's truly important, and our self-care routines
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt talk about vulnerability hangovers, why it's so important to open up about our feelings, and why Casey is giving more respect to his mugshot.
We also dive into Casey's eternal optimism, why everyone is walking around with limited capacity because of everything that's happened in 2020, and why it is so important to remind ourselves of what's truly important in life.
Then we talk about the different types of self-care that we're doing to stay positive and productive during the pandemic.
Christine and Rick open up about how addiction has shaped their lives over the years
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Christine and Rick Dixon (Renaissance Ranch) to talk about meeting each other at BYU, their goals of having the perfect family, and how addiction within their family almost cost them everything.
They dive into how their two sons were addicted to heroin as young adults, the moment they realized the severity of the situation, and how codependency almost ruined Christine and Rick's marriage.
Then they recall the recovery that the entire family had to go through for their boys to accept help and begin looking into addiction treatment options.
Christine and Rick also talk about what led them to purchase Rennaisance Ranch and why their relationship with themselves, their marriage, and their family is better than ever.
To learn more about Christine, Rick, and Renaissance Ranch you can visit the website here: renassianceranch.com.
We open up about all things therapy, why temptation in sobriety is so common, and
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt open up about temptation while living a sober lifestyle, why it's so hard to find a great therapist during the pandemic, and some of the various types of specialties in therapy.
Then we talk about why relapse is so common and how there is so much more to beating addiction than just getting sober. We dive into why personal introspection is so important when we're looking into bettering ourselves.
Lastly, we lay out a few steps on finding the therapist that could be perfect for you.
Diana Harrison opens up about years of manipulation and addictive behaviors
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Diana Harrison to talk about growing up in a household with divorced parents, dealing with being bulimic, and how a broken rib stopped Diana from purging but created an addiction to pain pills.
She also dives into her experience with abusing her partner's pain pills and how she used that to her advantage to abuse her own prescription. Then Diana dives into how she was abused and manipulated in her relationships in life and how they furthered her desire for pills.
We also talk about the lengths that Diana would go to get pills of her own and how she hid her addictive behaviors.
Then Diana recalls the exact moment she realized she needed help and the work she has been doing to stay sober.
Shelly Smith recalls the pain of overcoming a marriage full of addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Shelby Smith to talk about her experience with addiction and how her husband suddenly started living a double life when they moved to St. George to chase a dream.
Then she talks about losing everything and having to move back to Ogden to try and restart their lives until Shelly started to realize that her husband was slowly beginning to become an alcoholic.
Shelly also recalls the steps her husband took to hide his addiction, the moment she tried to save their marriage, and the breaking point that pushed everything over the edge.
David Watkins & Mary Jo McMillin with Use Only as Directed join us to talk about addiction and recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by David Watkins (Weber Human Services - Regional Prevention Director) to talk about the many ways that Use Only as Directed is approaching opioid addiction prevention, how we need to be more responsible with our prescriptions, and how their new public awareness campaign, “Know Your Script", evolves our prevention efforts by empowering people and parents to become advocates for their health care.
To learn more about Weber Human Services, you can visit their website at https://www.weberhs.net/
We're also joined by Mary Jo McMillin (USARA - UTAH SUPPORT ADVOCATES FOR RECOVERY AWARENESS - Executive Director) to talk about ways that USARA is addressing substance abuse recovery, how harm reduction and disease prevention is another form of recovery, and what makes USARA so unique as a pillar of recovery in the community.
To learn more about USARA, you can visit their website at https://www.myusara.com/
You can also learn more about Use Only as Directed by visiting their website at https://useonlyasdirected.org/
Opening up about suicide prevention to help raise awareness during National Suicide Prevent Month
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about Casey graduating from the 24/7 program he's been in to have his license, how the impact of last week's episode has completely shocked us, and why adults trivialize experiences that our kids go through.
Then we talk about ways to address suicide with our children and we also give out helpful tips to help start a conversation surrounding self-harm with our family members.
We also dive into some of the worrying signs parents should watch out for in their children and the responsibility of keeping guns in your home.
Josh Danowski opens up about the pain he feels after losing his son, Brock, to suicide
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Josh Danowski to talk about the loss of his son, Brock, to suicide. Josh talks about Brock's upbringing and how on the outside, Brock looked to be the perfect teenager.
Josh also talks about Brock's struggles with mental health and depression, Brock's passion for becoming a cowboy, and Josh's last conversation with his son.
We're also joined by Rob Eastman to talk about his own experience with suicidal thoughts and he gives us a glimpse into the mindset of someone who is potentially suicidal.
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).
Ryan Stream on growing up homeless, his alcohol and drug use, and being deployed to Afghanistan
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by musician and public speaker, Ryan Stream, to talk about growing up homeless, living in the foster system, and how he felt when he was finally adopted.
He also talks about his decision to join the military at seventeen years old, how he was able to excel at the beginning of his time there, and how making a lot of money through the coal mines led to him experimenting with substances.
Ryan then talks about his struggles with drug abuse, how it impacted his life, and how he was able to kick his substance abuse after being deployed to Afghanistan. He also dives into his heavy alcohol use after returning from his deployment and his decision to return for a second deployment.
Then we talk about Ryan's love for music, how he has been able to change lives through his message, and his latest music video.
For more information on Ryan Stream, you can visit his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5SnN-yKy8p0XTMuPMcuMMA
Dr. Rod Gardner discusses how anxiety and being self-conscious built a foundation for addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dr. Rod Gardner, DDS to talk about 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.
How Dr. Rod Gardner was able to get his life back on track after his opioid addiction
In part two of this week's episode, Rod 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 talk about 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.
Damion explains his journey from missionary to addict
In this week's episode, Casey Scott is joined by Damion Hiatt (CFO - Renaissance Ranch) to talk about how recovery influences us every day, how it weighs on the decisions we make, and how recovery still has to come first.
Then we dive into Damion's story of addiction and how his experimentation with alcohol at the age of eleven caused him to become reliant on the feeling of being drunk. We also talk about how his alcohol use increased once he got into high school until he went to Argentina on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Damion then talks about marrying his then-wife in the temple and how his depression began to consume him even though, on the outside looking in, his life was perfect. He also recalls how a moving accident introduced him to painkillers and how he became addicted within a year.
Lastly, we talk about Damion's rock bottom and how it impacted his life after that.
Crawling out of the depths of addiction with Damion
In part two of this week's episode, Damion recalls how his addiction led to aggressive and abusive behaviors, to the point of constantly contemplating suicide. He also talks about being excommunicated from the church and stealing painkillers from his grandma.
Damion then talks about how his family set up an intervention to try and get him help in Utah but how he wasn't completely ready to change his lifestyle.
We also talk about how Damion stole an Adderall pill from his kids and how it ultimately led to him becoming addicted again.
Lastly, we talk about his decision to join Renaissance Ranch for in-patient care, how he has been able to stay sober for the past two years, and his work with Renaissance Ranch.
Can an addiction be healthy? Plus, we break down the stages of behavior change
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about whether or not there is such a thing as a "good addiction". Then we dive into why people who have addictive behaviors often abuse food once they get sober from experiencing substance abuse.
We also break down the first stage of behavior change — precontemplation.
How stages of behavior change play their role in recovering from addiction
In part two of this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt continue their discussion of the stages of behavior change (contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse) and how they impact someone's road to recovery after suffering from addiction.
Jeff Call describes how his addiction can be traced back to his teenage years
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jeff Call to talk about how his addiction stemmed from when he was thirteen years old and how he began to experiment with marijuana, alcohol, and hallucinogenics as a teenager.
We also talk about how having the perfect childhood was all taken away after he began to abuse marijuana and was eventually sent away to a wilderness camp for eleven months while in high school.
Then we talk about his decision to put work into his addiction instead of his mental health.
The journey of recovering from substance abuse with Jeff Call
In part two of this week's episode, Jeff Call recalls the events that took place after his time at the wilderness camp and how he began to make life rough for himself by making questionable life choices. He talks about moving in with a gang member and how he became involved with gang activities and began using cocaine.
Jeff also explains the events that led him to be charged for two counts of armed robbery and spent three years in jail.
Then we talk about the events that took place in order for him to start focusing on his sobriety and the work he has done to further progress his recovery.
Jason Coombs on his downfall from successful salesman to homeless drug addict
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jason Coombs (Brick House Recovery founder and CEO, author of Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover) to talk about how he took seven shots of whiskey the first time he ever tried alcohol and how the social aspect led him to drink more as a sixteen-year-old.
Then we talk about his decision to cut out substances as a young adult and why he decided to go on a mission. We also dive into how a car accident led Jason into a full-blown opioid addiction after being involved in a Utah drug ring.
Jason also recalls how his addiction slowly began to lead him to a life of homelessness with an addiction to heroin, alcohol, and meth.
Turning to a life of recovery with Jason Coombs
In part two of this week's episode, Jason Coombs describes how the birth of his son gave him the volition to realize that he needed to get sober. He also explains how his son was the inspiration for his book, 'Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover, and the heartfelt moment he had with his teenage son when it first released.
Then we dive into his passion for recovery and the events that led to Jason realizing that he was going to commit to a life of helping recovering addicts.
You can learn more about Jason Coombs by visiting the Brick House Recovery website here: https://brickhouserecovery.com/about-jason-coombs/
You can also get his book, 'Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover, here:
Keith describes how abusing alcohol in high school laid the groundwork for addiction
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Keith Meyer to talk about his experience with abusing alcohol as early as high school, how the perception of drinking as a teenager pushed his abuse into an addiction, and why alcohol never hindered his ability to graduate and succeed as a typical student.
Then we talk about his daily alcohol abuse and what it felt like for Keith to realize he had completely lost control of addiction.
Finding sobriety by standing up to addiction with Keith and Brooke
In part two of this week's episode, Keith describes the measures he went to hide his addiction from his wife Brooke, his decision to research treatment facilities, and the moment that Brooke realized that it wasn't her against Keith — it was them against addiction.
Then Keith talks about his decision to go to Ampelis and how it completely helped him learn techniques that he uses to stay sober.
You can learn more about Ampelis and the recovery options they offer on their website:
Michael Birkeland on LDS comedies, succumbing to addiction, and traumatic childhood experiences
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Michael Birkeland (actor and producer, known for Phobic , The Singles Ward , and Everything You Want ) 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.
Michael Birkeland describes his road to recovery after hitting rock bottom
In part two of this week's episode, Michael Birkeland (actor and producer, known for Phobic , The Singles Ward  and Everything You Want ) describes the pain of trying to detox from his addiction in a hotel by himself and how it changed his life.
Then Michael recalls how he met his wife at a gas station during his road to recovery and how it helped him during his sobriety.
To learn more about Michael Birkeland, you can visit his website here:
Rob Eastman explains how pain can be used as an influential teaching moment
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Rob Eastman (Personal Life Coach - Eastman Fitness) again to talk about the struggle of losing loved ones who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders.
We also talk about his relationship with pain, how he uses it as an amazing teaching tool, and how it influences his life every day.
You can learn more about Rob and his work by visiting his website here: http://www.eastmanlifecoach.com/
A quick guided meditation in a Zen garden with Dr. Matt
Sit back, relax, and breathe to another meditation brought to you by Dr. Matt Woolley.
Mara recalls how her childhood of anxiety and substance abuse led to an addiction
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Mara to talk about her experience with mental health issues growing up, how anxiety affected her at a very young age, and how becoming a teen mom caused her to find comfort in substance abuse.
We also talk about her parent's involvement in selling drugs, how it became the first step into Mara experimenting with illegal drugs, and why guilt began to eat at her for not being able to take care of her brothers after her parents were arrested on drug charges.
A life full of miracles with Mara
In part two of this week's episode, Mara continues her story of addiction and how she finally was able to overcome her substance abuse after her brother became mentally ill due to Methamphetamine abuse.
We also dive into how Mara has continued her road to recovery by helping others and how life-changing it was to receive support from others like her.
Chris Jones recalls how addiction almost cost him both of his arms
In part two of this week's episode, Chris Jones (School of Addiction Recovery) explains how he almost lost his arm due to shooting heroin, spent two months in the hospital getting five different surgeries, and how it still wasn't enough to get him to stop his drug use.
Then Chris describes what it took for him to finally get sober after moving to Utah.
To learn more about School of Addiction Recovery, you can visit their website here:
Chris Jones goes from being the life of the part to a full-blown addict
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Chris Jones (School of Addiction Recovery) to talk about how his experience with substance abuse as a teenager led him to experiment with Vicodin. We also dive into how after using drugs, he began to feel like the life of the party, which caused Chris to spiral into an abyss of addiction.
Then Chris recalls how he began stealing from Home Depot and reselling power tools to feed his addiction, as well as his first stint in a Scientology rehabilitation treatment facility.
Tiffany Naccarato and Evan Fields talk about the work USARA is doing to help prevent substance abuse
Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Tiffany Naccarato (Peer Recovery Coach for USARA) and Evan Fields (Peer Recovery Coach for USARA) to talk about Tiffany's experience with addiction and how living on the streets and rarely seeing her kids has impacted her work with USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness).
Then Evan describes his own experience with addiction and how it ultimately led him to find out about USARA and how he is now focused on trying to help others who have struggled with substance abuse disorders.
Susannah Burt on the importance of being educated on opioid abuse
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Susannah Burt (Prevention Program Manager for Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health) to talk about Use Only as Directed and their three-part solution — Speak Out, Opt-Out, and Throw Out — to battling the opioid epidemic.
You can learn more about Use Only as Directed and find more resources about battling the opioid epidemic by going to their website here: http://useonlyasdirected.org/
Why the stressful recent events might turn into mental health issues down the road
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley take a second to look back on the events of the past couple of weeks and what it means for our society as a whole. Then we dive into how the recent current events can easily lead to mental health issues down the road.
We also talk about how the recent stressors can affect young children and ways that we can help combat the negatives and turn them into teaching lessons as parents.
Another Project Recovery mailbag!
In part two of this week's episode, we answer some of your questions!
We look into the issues surrounding co-dependency, the importance of loving yourself, and how meditation will always be a tool to have in your pocket in fighting anxiety and stress.
We also dive into when and how you should set up boundaries when a family member is struggling, why we should always respect someone's journey in life, and understanding that you can't fix someone's addiction but how you can absolutely help.
Jared Miller remembers the heartbreaking events that led him to addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jared Miller (owner and founder of Miller Motivational Group) who details his journey into addiction.
We talk about how Jared went from being a collegiate football player at Snow College to a full-blown addict living on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City after a series of heartbreaking events that took place in his life.
Spreading the message of recovery with Jared Miller
In part two of this week's episode, Jared Miller (owner and founder of Miller Motivational Group) recalls the steps he had to take in order to finally come clean and get off the streets.
He dives into his work with Miller Motivational Group and explains what truly drives him to help others while staying sober himself.
You can learn more about Jared's work with Miller Motivational Group here:
Alema Harrington on confronting addiction and owning up to his demons
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 your demons to grow as a person.
The spiritual power of giving back with Alema Harrington
In part two of this week's episode, Alema Harrington (host of Utah Jazz Game Night, former BYU RB) continues telling 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/
Ian Rader on having everything handed to him in life but becoming a drug trafficker in LA
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Ian Rader (owner and found of No One Down Apparel), who tells his story of getting life handed to him on a silver platter and throwing it all away by becoming a drug dealer in high school.
We also dive into his extensive drug use and becoming homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, CA.
Raising awareness of drug addiction through clothing with Ian Rader
In part two of this week's episode, Ian Rader (owner and found of No One Down Apparel), recalls the work that had to go into his sobriety and the challenges he faced while kicking his drug addiction.
Then we talk about the work he is doing with No One Down and how it's helped him stay sober.
You can learn more about No One Down by visiting their website: https://www.noonedown.com/
Another relaxing and stimulating, ten-minute guided meditation with Dr. Matt
Listen to this week's guided meditation episode with Dr. Matt Woolley.
Over the course of ten minutes, Dr. Matt will guide you through a relaxing and stimulating meditation to help ease any stress and anxiety you might be facing.
Charla Bocchicchio recalls the loss of her daughter to a fentanyl overdose
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by award-winning actress, Charla Bocchicchio, to recall how her daughter, Cassidy, struggled with anxiety and addiction at an early age. We also talk about Cassidy's heroin use as a 15-year-old and how experimenting with such a dangerous drug caused havoc for her throughout her early adult life.
Then we talk about how a fentanyl overdose took Cassidy's life in November of 2016.
For more information on Charla's story, you can visit her website at https://www.charlaactor.com/ or by grabbing her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/My-New-Normal-Mothers-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B081BTTR84
'My New Normal' ... with Charla Bocchicchio
In part two of this week's episode, Charla Bocchicchio continues her story of how a fentanyl overdose took her daughter from her. We dive into Charla's thought process when she decided to write a book about the loss of her daughter and how it helped ease her pain throughout the project.
For more information on Charla's story, you can visit her website at https://www.charlaactor.com/ or by grabbing her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/My-New-Normal-Mothers-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B081BTTR84
We take a quiz to help create awareness surrounding Mental Health Month
In this bonus episode of Project Recovery, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley dive into some shocking statistics surrounding mental health and we take a quiz to help raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.
For more information on Mental Health Month, you can visit the official website here: https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month
Claire Groll talks about being addicted to alcohol as a teenager
In this week's episode of Project Recovery, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Claire Groll (owner of Clarity Consulting) to talk about how her dad leaving the family when she was five ultimately led to Claire becoming an alcohol addict by the time she was 14 years old.
We also dive into how Claire was pepper-sprayed and forced to spend time in a juvenile detention center after an altercation with an officer and what her road to recovery was like.
Beating addiction as a teenager and Clarity Intervention with Claire Groll
In part two of this week's episode, we continue with Claire's story of addiction and dive into how she was able to move on with her life after struggling with substance abuse as a teenager.
We also talk about what it was like growing up avoiding alcohol and the work she's doing with her company, Clarity Intervention.
For more information on Claire and her work as an Addiction Treatment Specialist, you can visit http://www.clarityintervention.com/.
10-minute guided meditation for relaxation with Dr. Matt Woolley
Enjoy this free 10-minute guided meditation presented by Dr. Matt Woolley.
Feel free to take this time to clear your mind of any worries and stressors you may be experiencing in such troubled times.