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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    June 11, 2024

    Katie Roghaar on Feminist Multicultural Therapy and Utah’s Evolving Recovery Community

    Katie Roghaar , LCSW (Huntsman Mental Health Institute), joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about Katie’s decision to pursue social work, the importance of all-female recovery facilities, and the power of leveling with patients through Feminist Multicultural therapy.

    Then, we talk about how the shame associated with addiction is evolving in society, the Bridge Program for opioid addiction through the University of Utah, and how the recovery community will continue to expand in Utah.

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    June 4, 2024

    How Richie Wilson Went From State Champion and Returned Missionary to Opioid Addict

    Richie Wilson (Operations Manager at Fit To Recover) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about growing up having a great childhood but struggling to express the anxiety he was experiencing during high school and how an injury at 16 years old introduced him to opioids that he says immediately took his anxiety away and led him down a road of abusing substances daily.

    Then Richie opens up about going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how a car accident during his mission led him to abuse pain pills, and his descent into hard drugs immediately after coming home from his mission.

    Richie also talks about trying to find success in recovery after spending multiple bouts in recovery centers, his introduction to Fit To Recover, and FTR’s upcoming 5K for recovery on June 15th, 2024, at 8 am.

    Related Links

    Fit To Recover 4th Annual 5K for Recovery: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fit-to-recover-5k-for-recovery-registration-859678269847?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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

     

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    May 28, 2024

    Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving and Whether or Not the Stigma of Addiction is Fading with Dr. Matt

    Dr. Matt Woolley is solo this week to talk about ways parents can help prevent teenagers from drunk driving during the summer months following graduation, lock-in parties were created to help reduce drunk driving on graduation night, and some tips on how to approach the conversation of drunk driving with our children.

    We also dive into some statistics as to how the stigma of addiction has evolved based on the words and labels that can be used to inaccurately describe various disorders.

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    May 21, 2024

    Born to Be Brave with Portia Louder and Manny Lopez

    Manny Lopez and Portia Louder join Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about their rock bottoms, what they have been up to since their time respective times on the show, and Portia’s new book, Born to Be Brave, which includes Manny’s inspirational life story, and what they’re doing to help reinforce their recovery.

    Related Links

    Born to Be Brave by Portia Louder: https://portialouder.com/

    Manny's original episode: https://omny.fm/shows/project-recovery/manny-lopez-talks-about-quitting-drugs-and-the-gan

    Portia's original episode: https://omny.fm/shows/project-recovery/portia-louder-opens-up-about-overcoming-addicting

     

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    May 14, 2024

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

    This week we replay Cade Cooper’s story of how growing up a perfectionist engrained an "all or nothing" attitude, the impact that this mindset had on his youth when he started abusing substances, and how being introduced to pornography pushed him toward a dark place.

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

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

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

    Related Links

    Getting Your Life Back with Cade Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/@gettinyourlifebackwithcadecoop

     

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    May 7, 2024

    Free-Form Writing Therapy with Casey

    Casey Scott is flying solo this week while Dr. Matt is on vacation and we’re doing a therapy exercise called, “Free-Form Writing”. Free-form writing is an exercise that is used to help clear the mind and get our thoughts and feelings onto paper.

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    April 30, 2024

    [RERUN] Dr. Bryce Herrera on normalizing addiction as a human experience

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

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

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

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

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    April 23, 2024

    From Battling A Cocaine Addiction To Changing Lives Through Service with Mark Pepper

    Mark Pepper (Clinical Director at Steps Recovery Center) joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to open up about struggling to find his place in life growing up and how turning to weed and alcohol early in life helped him fit in during high school.

    Mark also talks about falling in love with being addicted to depression during his freshman year of college in Eugene, OR, his decision to transfer to Boulder, CO for the sole purpose of partying, and how a cocaine addiction would plague his thirties.

    Then we dive into Mark’s time trying to get sober while hiding his addiction, what finally pushed him over the edge to start living a life of sobriety, and how he’s helping give back to others who are battling addiction.

    Related Links

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

    Live On: https://liveonutah.org/

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    April 16, 2024

    What Life and Recovery Looks Like Three Years Later with Matthew Jackson

    Matthew Jackson joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley again to talk about how his life has changed after his time on the podcast three years ago, the ways his recovery has shifted, and his decision to pursue being a Substance Use Disorder / Addiction Counselor for the youth.

    We also dive into how substance abuse has evolved among the youth, modalities that Matthew uses to help the youth overcome substance abuse and addiction, as well as how dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help introduce emotional skills to the youth that can be used to combat addictive tendencies.

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    April 16, 2024

    [REPLAY] 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 to stay focused on his goals.

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

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    April 9, 2024

    Learning the Value of Humility and Grace to Overcome Addiction with Scott Devine

    Scott Devine joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about his family’s experience moving to America from Ireland to be more active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, why he found comfort in pursuing rebellious behavior throughout high school, and his decision to attend BYU-Idaho, despite continuously disobeying the Honor Code.

    Scott also talks about going off the rails and having to spend Christmas and New Year’s Day in a residential facility, his experience with relapsing, and the work he put toward his sobriety that would eventually help him climb out of the hole of addiction.

     

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    April 2, 2024

    How a Former D1 Athlete Became an Addict Following a Sports Injury with Amy Abshere

    Amy Abshere joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about how she quickly learned that her achievements and success could lead to attention and praise when she was younger, using her successes in education and athletics to justify her substance abuse, and feeling as if her identity had been taken away after she graduated college.

    We also dive into Amy’s experience with struggling to get off prescription pills following a serious injury after college, how her addiction to pain pills turned into a full-blown addiction to heroin, and why her rock bottom turned into a spiritual journey that would ultimately lead her to find recovery.

    Related Links

    Instagram: amygreenfitness

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    March 26, 2024

    [RERUN] Ultimate Fighter Champion & UFC fighter / Court McGee

    Season 11 champion of the hit television show, 'Ultimate Fighter', and Welterweight MMA fighter, Court McGee, joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt to talk about his experiences surrounding addiction and eventually overcoming years of struggle to ultimately become a professional UFC fighter.

    Court also explains how an injury led to becoming addicted to pain pills in a week, which eventually led to a derailed college career as a wrestler and an overdose on September 9th, 2005.

    He also details how he was able to find a path to sobriety after dying, only to be ruined by a single Long Island Iced Tea, leading to the worst two weeks of his life.

    Court then talks about how his early love for wrestling was able to create a solid foundation to build his MMA skillset and how a loss to Jeremy Horn made him realize that he could compete in the UFC.

    Lastly, we dive into the steps that eventually led him to become the champion of 'Ultimate Fighter' season 11 and how his success on TV and in the octagon helped him create the McGee Project, allowing him the opportunity to spread awareness surrounding addiction.

    For more information about the McGee Project, visit courtmcgee.com/thecgeeproject.

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    March 19, 2024

    Catchin’ up with Christian Smith

    Friend of the show, Christian Smith, joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to talk about the causal factors of low success rates in the recovery community, how we can increase recovery outcomes, and how insurance companies impact the cost of attending treatment centers.

    Then we talk about ways we can improve the process of preparing addicts for a stint in treatment, why addicts need to open up about their struggles, and why loving who you are can help become a turning point in recovery.

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    March 12, 2024

    Adam Rudy Shares Why He Chose Recovery to Be the Father He Never Had

    Adam Rudy joins Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley to look back on his childhood where he was surrounded by drug abuse due to his father being a drug dealer, losing his father in a car accident while he was under the influence, and how the passing of his father shaped his mindset towards living life.

    Adam then talks about experimenting with drugs and alcohol during his early twenties, spending time in and out of jail and drug court due to his excessive drug use after struggling to stay sober, and what his rock bottom looked like before turning a corner and committing to recovery.

    Then he opens up about his struggles with feeling welcomed back into society once he started his recovery journey and how the recovery community has helped stabilize his battle against addiction.

     

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    March 5, 2024

    Remembering Our Good Friend – Seneca Higley

    Unfortunately, we have lost our good friend, Seneca Higley, to the disease of addiction. We wanted to honor him by sharing his story with everyone to hopefully inspire anyone to seek help and continue the fight against addiction. Seneca was an amazing storyteller and hearing him talk about his life was such an inspirational moment for us. We hope his story can bring some light and hope into your day and that you enjoy hearing about Seneca as much as we did...

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    March 5, 2024

    Processing Through the Pain of Losing a Loved One to Addiction

    Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the unfortunate and sudden passing of our good friend, Seneca Higley. Then Casey shares some of his favorite memories with Seneca and we talk about ways to help prevent overdoses.

    Related Links

    SAMSA: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/overdose-prevention-response-toolkit/pep23-03-00-001

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    February 27, 2024

    Pro Skateboarder/Actor Brandon Novak [Replay]

    Brandon Novack just turned 40, and he completed his 13th attempt at recovery in 2016. He's been sober ever since. At the age of 15, he was a pro skateboarder, endorsed by Gatorade and doing commercials with Michael Jordan. At 17, he was working for his idol, Tony Hawk. That's when he discovered the dark side of substance abuse. This would cause him to lose everything, save for a few personal belongings, and gain a restraining order from his Mom. It's a long road to recovery and one that you for sure want to hear.

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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.

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    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.

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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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    Listen and subscribe to the podcast here:

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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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