Project Recovery

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

Episodes

  • July 5, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • June 28, 2022

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

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

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

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  • June 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • June 14, 2022

    Riley Loosemore shares his unforgettable journey to recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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  • June 10, 2022

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

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

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

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  • June 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 31, 2022

    Angelique Richards on developing her identity to overcome addiction

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 17, 2022

    Transforming the lives of incarcerated and returned citizens with Travis Richey

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

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

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

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

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  • May 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 3, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • April 26, 2022

    Casey Scott is coming back to TV

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

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

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  • April 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

     

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  • April 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • April 5, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • March 29, 2022

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

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

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

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  • March 22, 2022

    Every moment is a chance to start again with Rob Woolsey

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

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

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

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  • March 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • March 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • February 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • January 25, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • January 18, 2022

    Exploring the dark side of substance abuse with Cameron Jackson

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

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

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

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

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  • January 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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  • January 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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  • December 28, 2021

    Being a better you in the new year

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

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

     

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  • December 21, 2021

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

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

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

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  • December 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • December 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • November 30, 2021

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

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

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

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  • November 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • November 16, 2021

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

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

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

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  • November 9, 2021

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

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

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

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  • November 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • October 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • October 19, 2021

    Dan Fosmark on abusing substances to numb physical and emotional pain

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

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

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

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  • October 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • October 7, 2021

    The Role of Faith in Recovery - A General Conference special

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

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  • October 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

     

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  • September 22, 2021

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

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

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  • September 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • September 14, 2021

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

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

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

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  • September 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • August 31, 2021

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

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

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

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

     

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  • August 24, 2021

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

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

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  • August 17, 2021

    Travis Whittaker opens up about finding his identity through recovery

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

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

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

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

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  • August 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • August 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

     

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  • July 27, 2021

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

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

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

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  • July 20, 2021

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

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

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  • July 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • July 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • June 29, 2021

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

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

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

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  • June 22, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • June 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • June 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • June 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • May 25, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • May 18, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • April 27, 2021

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

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

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

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  • April 20, 2021

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

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

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

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

     

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  • April 13, 2021

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

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

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

     

     

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  • April 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • March 30, 2021

    Smith Alley opens up about being a teenager addicted to pornography

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

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

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

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

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  • March 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

    To learn more about UACT visit their website here.

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  • March 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • March 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

     

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  • March 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • March 2, 2021

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2021

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

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

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

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  • February 22, 2021

    "Back Then and Now" by Preslee Scott

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

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  • February 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • February 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 2, 2021

    Mike Muhlestein recalls the darkest depths of his alcohol addiction

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

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

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

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

     

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  • January 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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  • January 19, 2021

    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.

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  • January 12, 2021

    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.

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  • January 5, 2021

    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.

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  • December 29, 2020

    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.

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  • December 22, 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/.

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  • December 15, 2020

    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.

     

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  • December 8, 2020

    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:

    https://www.familysupportcenter.org/

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  • December 1, 2020

    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.

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  • November 24, 2020

    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/

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  • November 17, 2020

    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/

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  • November 10, 2020

    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.

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  • November 3, 2020

    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.

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  • October 27, 2020

    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.

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  • October 20, 2020

    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.

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  • October 13, 2020

    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.

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  • October 6, 2020

    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.

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  • September 29, 2020

    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.

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  • September 22, 2020

    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 Directorto 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 Directorto 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/

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  • September 15, 2020

    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.

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  • September 8, 2020

    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).

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  • September 1, 2020

    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

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