Shamra Berry talks about how addiction has shaped her family over the years
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Shamra Berry to talk about her experience with sexual abuse at a very young age, growing up in a household of addiction, and experimenting with alcohol and marijuana at thirteen years old.
Then Shamra talks about her complicated relationship with her biological mom, her introduction to pills, and how the death of her father pushed her deeper into substance abuse.
Lastly, she talks about how her addiction has affected her life as a parent and a wife, what she's learned about addiction after experiencing recovery, and why she is focused on being a positive influence to everyone around her to overcome her family's disease of addiction.
Smith Alley opens up about being a teenager addicted to pornography
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Smith Alley, a 17-year-old who has battled with an addiction to pornography. Smith talks about the first time he ever saw pornography at 8 years old, being bullied in school, and how the first steps of addiction took place due to being self-conscious.
Then Smith opens up about the shame associated with his addiction, how it got him into legal trouble, and the work that he and his parents have put in to try and curb his addiction.
He also dives into the work he's doing to help raise awareness surrounding the dangers of porn addiction, being three years clean of pornography, and why helping others is so important in the fight against addiction.
To learn more about Smith and the work he is doing you can visit his website here: https://www.protechtstrong.com/
Greg Petersen and Brittany Bacon talk about recovery through federal and statewide programs
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Greg Petersen (Federal Probation Officer) to talk about his work as a Federal Probation Officer, Utah's progressive mindset towards creating inclusive court programs to help so many people, and some of the most heartwarming changes and some of the worst things he's seen from people on the job.
Then we're joined by Brittany Bacon to talk about where her addiction started, going to prison for the first time on 14 felony charges, and what a normal day in prison was like for Brittany.
She also opens up being diagnosed with cancer while in prison, being accepted into Utah's Alternative to Conviction Track (UACT) program, and how it's completely changed her life while in recovery.
To learn more about UACT visit their website here.
Matthew Jackson recalls how years of substance abuse impacted his teaching throughout the years
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Matthew Jackson, a former BYU professor, to talk about Matthew's experimentation with substances growing up in a small town, the shame he felt after his addiction became more well known, and how a spiritual awakening led him to experience recovery for the first time.
Then Matthew talks about his life without substance abuse, how pursuing his Ph.D. led to a reliance on caffeine, and his decision to begin abusing energy drinks and pain pills in order to stay focused on his goals.
Matthew also talks about the "Holy Trinity" of addiction, the events that led to his rock bottom, and what his recovery looks like now.
Heather Henderson on beating cancer and overcoming her addiction after years of trauma
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Heather Henderson to talk about how the death of her stepdad created a hole in her world when she was growing up, hanging out with the wrong crowd during her high school years, and the events that led up to her being at a party with guns pointed at her.
Then she opens up about her decision to have an abortion after getting pregnant with a former boyfriend, getting a DUI in her early 20s, and dealing with negative examples in her life as she was growing up.
Heather also talks about the birth of her son Hudson, being diagnosed with cancer from her pregnancy, and the steps she's taken to not only beat cancer but to beat her addiction.
A look back on what happened to Casey Scott and how Project Recovery started
In a special bonus episode, we replay our very first episode of Project Recovery to introduce old and new listeners to the real story of what happened to Casey Scott.
Casey Scott is famous in his home state of Utah. On the surface, he's a guy that seemed to have everything. He's funny, he's on TV, parties with rockstars, and he goes home every night to his home and family.
At least we thought he had everything. Behind the scenes, he was facing a struggle. His marriage ended, he had just been arrested for driving while intoxicated, which cost him his job on TV. All of which were displayed very publicly for all of his family, friends, and family to see. Casey was officially at "rock bottom". What happened?
"Project Recovery" begins where Casey's old life ends. Casey checked himself into rehab and is in the process of recovery. Here with Matt Woolley Ph.D, Casey shares his past and introduces us to some of the people he's met along the way back to a normal life.
This podcast will help us all deal with our own issues, behaviors, and addictions, and help us all live life on life's terms.
Talking about the impact of Preslee's letter and why the pandemic is so detrimental to mental health
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about Preslee's letter going viral, why the Project Recovery community is the heartbeat of the show, and why the show's success is a win for recovery.
Then we dive into why the pandemic is so detrimental to our mental health as a society.
How Know Your Script is helping Utahns fight the Opioid Epidemic with Dr. Jon Benfield and Kim Compagni
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dr. Jon Benfield, DO (Intermountain Healthcare) to talk about what patients should know before they start taking an opioid for pain management, whether or not having zero pain could be a reality or if there should be a new expectation regarding pain management, and what type of alternative therapies that can be used instead of opioids.
We also speak with Kim Compagni (AVP Pain Management Services - Intermountain Healthcare) to talk about the work that is being done at the provider level to reduce the number of opioids prescribed, how can patients and providers work together to reduce the number of prescribed opioids, and why there is still a lot of work to be done to keep patients safe, even after we’ve seen significant results in Utah.
"Back Then and Now" by Preslee Scott
Casey reads a powerful letter written by his daughter. "This narrative is about my life so far. I am going to talk about how addiction has affected my life, and all the things in between..."
Matt Floyd opens up about his addictive relationship with food that pushed him to the edge
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Matt Floyd to share his experience of building unhealthy eating habits growing up, starting to diet during the summer between school years, and when he started putting on excess weight after getting married.
Then Matt talks about the support he received from his wife, how the pandemic pushed him to his rock bottom, and how his weight began to affect his daily life.
Lastly, he recalls his decision to finally reach out and get help for his weight issues, how he was able to lose over 100 pounds in 8 months, and how he is continuing to stay healthy during the quarantine.
Savannah Steffler recounts how seeking friends led to suffering from years of substance abuse
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Savannah Steffler to talk about growing up in a split-household, how she associated alcohol with positive times, and trying to find a community of friends through parties.
She also remembers being brought home to her dad in handcuffs when she was 16, finding her group of friends that she could continue partying, and her introduction to Adderall.
Then Savannah talks about meeting her ex-boyfriend, how their relationship dynamic began to shift once he started becoming more controlling, and how a miscarriage caused Savannah to start drinking more often.
Lastly, she talks about the moment she hit rock-bottom and how she has approached her recovery during the pandemic.
Mike Muhlestein recalls the darkest depths of his alcohol addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Mike Muhlestein to talk about going on a mission to Jamaica, getting married to his wife in the temple, learning how to raise a child together, and his slow introduction to using alcohol as a crutch.
Mike also opens up about the moment he knew he had a problem with alcohol, the pain he felt not being able to talk about his problems, and the pain he felt during withdrawals.
He also talks about the moment he found himself in a closet with a gun held to his head, how it led to him seeking treatment for his addiction, and his complicated relationship with relapse.
Lastly, Mike talks about opening up completely to his wife, the amount of guilt he feels today due to his actions, and what his recovery looks like now.
Trevor Winn opens up about the shame that came with his alcohol addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Trevor Winn. Trevor opens up about beginning to drink recreationally after the failure of his first marriage, what caused him to dive deeper into his alcoholism, and how his drinking addiction began to affect his life — both physically and mentally.
Then Trevor talks about the impact his friends and employer had in helping him get sober, how it completely changed his life, and why we all need to spend more time working ourselves.
Lastly, he talks about the steps he's taken to ensure he stays sober.
Benjamin Bilderback talks about how music has shaped his road to recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Benjamin Bilderback to talk to him about growing up about how wanting to fit in high school laid the groundwork for his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Benjamin opens up about abusing marijuana all throughout high school, how it began to create a rift between him and his parents, and why he decided to retreat into music. He also talks about his experience in playing lacrosse in Portland and how it helped him stay focused on his education and partying less.
Then he talks about how a relationship with an ex-girlfriend caused him to attempt to take his own life, finding recovery in an outdoor wilderness program, and the moment he relapsed after garnering success in the music industry.
Lastly, Benjamin opens up about his sobriety and what success looks like to him now after overcoming his addiction.
Tara Rees recalls how years of trauma led her down a dark road of alcohol abuse
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tara Rees to tell her story of how she was taken advantage of by a babysitter at five years old, how that experience traumatized her for years after that, and how such a horrifying experience led to Tara developing an eating disorder.
Then she opens up about an unfortunate situation that ended in a miscarriage, the loss of her then-husband after he walked out during a fight, and why she turned to binge drinking alcohol to try and mask the pain.
Tara also talks about how she began to lose who she was after years of drinking and how it began to deteriorate her mental health.
Lastly, she talks about her experience with relapse and how she's taking her recovery one day at a time.
Sarah Brock opens up about being a single mother at 17, turning to the streets, and how she learned to love herself
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Sarah Brock to talk about how her childhood was impacted by her father who struggled with alcohol abuse, growing up in the rave scene as a thirteen-year-old, and how she went from being a seventeen-year-old single mother to a consultant for gangs.
Then Sarah talks about how substance abuse slowly began to take over, how drugs began to derail her life, and why being sent to prison was the best thing that ever happened to her.
Lastly, Sarah opens up about the events that led up her to find God, what her recovery looked like, and how she finally learned how to love herself which was quintessential for her recovery.
Recapping 2020 and finding the positives in one of the craziest years yet
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about how the pandemic has impacted us both mentally and physically, how it's played its part in addiction and recovery, and why we shouldn't be so discouraged after a crazy year.
We also talk about why you need to take over the narrative of your own life, why it's important to look into your behaviors to see if you're doing a disservice to yourself, and how a midlife crisis can turn into a midlife awakening.
Lastly, we talk about why we need to reframe our mindset about the chaos of 2020.
Roseann Nelson explains her journey from being an addict to using neurofeedback to help others
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Roseann Nelson to talk about being bullied in school as a thirteen-year-old, how it introduced her to prescription medications, and forcefully being checked into an adolescent center at 17.
She also opens up about the trauma that she experienced as a teenager that led her to begin abusing substances, how her drug use evolved as she became an adult, her experience with being in and out of jail.
Then Roseann recalls how she was introduced to heroin, the moment a close friend saved her from committing suicide, and what her rock bottom looked like.
Lastly, Roseann talks about what her recovery has been like over the years, and her work in the field of neurofeedback. To learn more about the work she's doing now, you can visit the website here: https://www.nurenhancement.com/.
Tyson Dixon opens up about years of substance abuse and his experience with addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Tyson Dixon (CEO of Renaissance Ranch) to talk about him and his brother Preston started to experiment with substances as early as junior high, his decision to constantly be high during high school, and how he ended up in Salt Lake County Jail, addicted to heroin, nine months after graduating from high school.
Then Tyson opens up about how his brain slowly began to be consumed by the disease of addiction, burning bridges with all of his family and friends, and how theft caused him to be sent to maximum security.
Lastly, Tyson talks about the moment he decided that he could never go back to drinking and using ever again.
Heidi Lund opens up about the struggles of getting clean and finding a life of sobriety
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Heidi Lund (Program Director for LifeStart Village at Family Support Center) to talk about being addicted to meth at the age of 12 due to having a turbulent household growing up, dropping out of school before she started high school, and how her 8-month-old son overdosed on meth.
Heidi also opens up about her prescription abuse, her experience with running in and out of jail, being homeless, and what it took for her to realize that she needed to make a change in her life.
Then we talk about how House of Hope, a recovery center in Utah, was able to help her take control of her own recovery, and the work she's doing with LifeStart Village at Family Support Center.
To learn more about Family Support Center, you can visit their website here:
Why gratitude is more important than ever and why we need to be thankful for what have
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley open up about why gratitude is so important to help us stay connected with each other and overcome the struggles that we are facing today.
LT Weaver recalls his darkest days while struggling with substance abuse
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by LT Weaver to talk about how a chaotic household growing up gave birth to his addictive behaviors, his introduction to serious drugs, and how his addiction to meth left him completely broken.
Then he opens up about his time in jail after getting arrested, finding sobriety while on probation, and why he began to rely on weed to just get by.
LT also talks about how a horrific vehicle accident caused one of his boys to almost lose his life and how it pushed LT into the darkest depths of his addiction.
We also dive into the work that LT has put into his sobriety to ensure that he lives a life of sobriety.
To learn more about LT and the work he is doing visit: https://recoveringaddict.org/
Rachael Pioltini talks about dealing with addiction at 15, being homeless, and helping others during recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Rachael Pioltini to talk about growing up in a family of addiction, getting into addiction recovery at the young age of 15, and finding early success working in Hollywood.
Then she opens up about leaving her family to chase her addiction, the struggles she faced while homeless, and what her rock bottom looked like.
Rachael then talks about the work she's put in place during her road to recovery, the general concept behind Beyond Addiction Mosaic, and why helping others is so important in addiction recovery.
To learn more about Beyond Addiction Mosaic, you can check out their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2470520746552097/
Cord Stimpson opens up about pursuing a soccer career to being addicted to heroin
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Cord Stimpson to talk about how he was on track to become a successful soccer player after winning the national championship in 2011, how his family beliefs shaped him as a young adult, and why he started to rebel against his parents.
Then Cord opens up about immediately loving his first experience with opioids after getting surgery for an ankle injury, his decision to start using heroin, and what it was like to tell his family about his addiction.
We also dive into how he became addicted to Alcohol, his work with the SOAR program, and what he's up to now.
Jason Bush opens up about living a secret life of addiction
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Jason Bush to talk about growing up in a household where drinking wasn't allowed, going on a mission to New Zealand, and how he met his ex-wife, Shelly Smith, who we previously had on our show.
Then Jason talks about how the image of being perfect led him to have an increased amount of anxiety and stress, how he began to experiment with alcohol and gambling, and his journey into addiction while hiding his drinking from everyone.
Lastly, Jason opens up about the conversation he had to have with himself in order to finally come clean and get the help he needed.
Vulnerability hangovers, reminding ourselves what's truly important, and our self-care routines
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt talk about vulnerability hangovers, why it's so important to open up about our feelings, and why Casey is giving more respect to his mugshot.
We also dive into Casey's eternal optimism, why everyone is walking around with limited capacity because of everything that's happened in 2020, and why it is so important to remind ourselves of what's truly important in life.
Then we talk about the different types of self-care that we're doing to stay positive and productive during the pandemic.
Christine and Rick open up about how addiction has shaped their lives over the years
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Christine and Rick Dixon (Renaissance Ranch) to talk about meeting each other at BYU, their goals of having the perfect family, and how addiction within their family almost cost them everything.
They dive into how their two sons were addicted to heroin as young adults, the moment they realized the severity of the situation, and how codependency almost ruined Christine and Rick's marriage.
Then they recall the recovery that the entire family had to go through for their boys to accept help and begin looking into addiction treatment options.
Christine and Rick also talk about what led them to purchase Rennaisance Ranch and why their relationship with themselves, their marriage, and their family is better than ever.
To learn more about Christine, Rick, and Renaissance Ranch you can visit the website here: renassianceranch.com.
We open up about all things therapy, why temptation in sobriety is so common, and
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt open up about temptation while living a sober lifestyle, why it's so hard to find a great therapist during the pandemic, and some of the various types of specialties in therapy.
Then we talk about why relapse is so common and how there is so much more to beating addiction than just getting sober. We dive into why personal introspection is so important when we're looking into bettering ourselves.
Lastly, we lay out a few steps on finding the therapist that could be perfect for you.
Diana Harrison opens up about years of manipulation and addictive behaviors
In this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Diana Harrison to talk about growing up in a household with divorced parents, dealing with being bulimic, and how a broken rib stopped Diana from purging but created an addiction to pain pills.
She also dives into her experience with abusing her partner's pain pills and how she used that to her advantage to abuse her own prescription. Then Diana dives into how she was abused and manipulated in her relationships in life and how they furthered her desire for pills.
We also talk about the lengths that Diana would go to get pills of her own and how she hid her addictive behaviors.
Then Diana recalls the exact moment she realized she needed help and the work she has been doing to stay sober.
Shelly Smith recalls the pain of overcoming a marriage full of addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Shelby Smith to talk about her experience with addiction and how her husband suddenly started living a double life when they moved to St. George to chase a dream.
Then she talks about losing everything and having to move back to Ogden to try and restart their lives until Shelly started to realize that her husband was slowly beginning to become an alcoholic.
Shelly also recalls the steps her husband took to hide his addiction, the moment she tried to save their marriage, and the breaking point that pushed everything over the edge.
David Watkins & Mary Jo McMillin with Use Only as Directed join us to talk about addiction and recovery
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by David Watkins (Weber Human Services - Regional Prevention Director) to talk about the many ways that Use Only as Directed is approaching opioid addiction prevention, how we need to be more responsible with our prescriptions, and how their new public awareness campaign, “Know Your Script", evolves our prevention efforts by empowering people and parents to become advocates for their health care.
To learn more about Weber Human Services, you can visit their website at https://www.weberhs.net/
We're also joined by Mary Jo McMillin (USARA - UTAH SUPPORT ADVOCATES FOR RECOVERY AWARENESS - Executive Director) to talk about ways that USARA is addressing substance abuse recovery, how harm reduction and disease prevention is another form of recovery, and what makes USARA so unique as a pillar of recovery in the community.
To learn more about USARA, you can visit their website at https://www.myusara.com/
You can also learn more about Use Only as Directed by visiting their website at https://useonlyasdirected.org/
Opening up about suicide prevention to help raise awareness during National Suicide Prevent Month
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about Casey graduating from the 24/7 program he's been in to have his license, how the impact of last week's episode has completely shocked us, and why adults trivialize experiences that our kids go through.
Then we talk about ways to address suicide with our children and we also give out helpful tips to help start a conversation surrounding self-harm with our family members.
We also dive into some of the worrying signs parents should watch out for in their children and the responsibility of keeping guns in your home.
Josh Danowski opens up about the pain he feels after losing his son, Brock, to suicide
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Josh Danowski to talk about the loss of his son, Brock, to suicide. Josh talks about Brock's upbringing and how on the outside, Brock looked to be the perfect teenager.
Josh also talks about Brock's struggles with mental health and depression, Brock's passion for becoming a cowboy, and Josh's last conversation with his son.
We're also joined by Rob Eastman to talk about his own experience with suicidal thoughts and he gives us a glimpse into the mindset of someone who is potentially suicidal.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Ryan Stream on growing up homeless, his alcohol and drug use, and being deployed to Afghanistan
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by musician and public speaker, Ryan Stream, to talk about growing up homeless, living in the foster system, and how he felt when he was finally adopted.
He also talks about his decision to join the military at seventeen years old, how he was able to excel at the beginning of his time there, and how making a lot of money through the coal mines led to him experimenting with substances.
Ryan then talks about his struggles with drug abuse, how it impacted his life, and how he was able to kick his substance abuse after being deployed to Afghanistan. He also dives into his heavy alcohol use after returning from his deployment and his decision to return for a second deployment.
Then we talk about Ryan's love for music, how he has been able to change lives through his message, and his latest music video.
For more information on Ryan Stream, you can visit his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5SnN-yKy8p0XTMuPMcuMMA
Dr. Rod Gardner discusses how anxiety and being self-conscious built a foundation for addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Dr. Rod Gardner, DDS to talk about how he began to experience anxiety at a very young age and how it led to him being self-conscious about himself growing up. Rod also recalls the first time he tried alcohol and how he immediately felt like it would fix his anxiety.
Then he talks about having his first child with his wife and his decision to become a dentist. Rod also describes how his anxiety began to flare up during graduate school.
How Dr. Rod Gardner was able to get his life back on track after his opioid addiction
In part two of this week's episode, Rod talks about writing his own prescriptions and how he began to abuse prescription pills. We also talk about his stints in rehab and how Rod immediately went back to his addiction.
We also talk about his time in prison and jail after being charged with multiple felonies and how he was able to find his peace at his rock bottom.
Lastly, Rod discusses the steps he's taken to stay sober since overcoming his addiction and what it felt like to get his dental license back.
Damion explains his journey from missionary to addict
In this week's episode, Casey Scott is joined by Damion Hiatt (CFO - Renaissance Ranch) to talk about how recovery influences us every day, how it weighs on the decisions we make, and how recovery still has to come first.
Then we dive into Damion's story of addiction and how his experimentation with alcohol at the age of eleven caused him to become reliant on the feeling of being drunk. We also talk about how his alcohol use increased once he got into high school until he went to Argentina on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Damion then talks about marrying his then-wife in the temple and how his depression began to consume him even though, on the outside looking in, his life was perfect. He also recalls how a moving accident introduced him to painkillers and how he became addicted within a year.
Lastly, we talk about Damion's rock bottom and how it impacted his life after that.
Crawling out of the depths of addiction with Damion
In part two of this week's episode, Damion recalls how his addiction led to aggressive and abusive behaviors, to the point of constantly contemplating suicide. He also talks about being excommunicated from the church and stealing painkillers from his grandma.
Damion then talks about how his family set up an intervention to try and get him help in Utah but how he wasn't completely ready to change his lifestyle.
We also talk about how Damion stole an Adderall pill from his kids and how it ultimately led to him becoming addicted again.
Lastly, we talk about his decision to join Renaissance Ranch for in-patient care, how he has been able to stay sober for the past two years, and his work with Renaissance Ranch.
Can an addiction be healthy? Plus, we break down the stages of behavior change
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about whether or not there is such a thing as a "good addiction". Then we dive into why people who have addictive behaviors often abuse food once they get sober from experiencing substance abuse.
We also break down the first stage of behavior change — precontemplation.
How stages of behavior change play their role in recovering from addiction
In part two of this week's episode, Casey and Dr. Matt continue their discussion of the stages of behavior change (contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse) and how they impact someone's road to recovery after suffering from addiction.
Jeff Call describes how his addiction can be traced back to his teenage years
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jeff Call to talk about how his addiction stemmed from when he was thirteen years old and how he began to experiment with marijuana, alcohol, and hallucinogenics as a teenager.
We also talk about how having the perfect childhood was all taken away after he began to abuse marijuana and was eventually sent away to a wilderness camp for eleven months while in high school.
Then we talk about his decision to put work into his addiction instead of his mental health.
The journey of recovering from substance abuse with Jeff Call
In part two of this week's episode, Jeff Call recalls the events that took place after his time at the wilderness camp and how he began to make life rough for himself by making questionable life choices. He talks about moving in with a gang member and how he became involved with gang activities and began using cocaine.
Jeff also explains the events that led him to be charged for two counts of armed robbery and spent three years in jail.
Then we talk about the events that took place in order for him to start focusing on his sobriety and the work he has done to further progress his recovery.
Jason Coombs on his downfall from successful salesman to homeless drug addict
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jason Coombs (Brick House Recovery founder and CEO, author of Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover) to talk about how he took seven shots of whiskey the first time he ever tried alcohol and how the social aspect led him to drink more as a sixteen-year-old.
Then we talk about his decision to cut out substances as a young adult and why he decided to go on a mission. We also dive into how a car accident led Jason into a full-blown opioid addiction after being involved in a Utah drug ring.
Jason also recalls how his addiction slowly began to lead him to a life of homelessness with an addiction to heroin, alcohol, and meth.
Turning to a life of recovery with Jason Coombs
In part two of this week's episode, Jason Coombs describes how the birth of his son gave him the volition to realize that he needed to get sober. He also explains how his son was the inspiration for his book, 'Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover, and the heartfelt moment he had with his teenage son when it first released.
Then we dive into his passion for recovery and the events that led to Jason realizing that he was going to commit to a life of helping recovering addicts.
You can learn more about Jason Coombs by visiting the Brick House Recovery website here: https://brickhouserecovery.com/about-jason-coombs/
You can also get his book, 'Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover, here:
Keith describes how abusing alcohol in high school laid the groundwork for addiction
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Keith Meyer to talk about his experience with abusing alcohol as early as high school, how the perception of drinking as a teenager pushed his abuse into an addiction, and why alcohol never hindered his ability to graduate and succeed as a typical student.
Then we talk about his daily alcohol abuse and what it felt like for Keith to realize he had completely lost control of addiction.
Finding sobriety by standing up to addiction with Keith and Brooke
In part two of this week's episode, Keith describes the measures he went to hide his addiction from his wife Brooke, his decision to research treatment facilities, and the moment that Brooke realized that it wasn't her against Keith — it was them against addiction.
Then Keith talks about his decision to go to Ampelis and how it completely helped him learn techniques that he uses to stay sober.
You can learn more about Ampelis and the recovery options they offer on their website:
Michael Birkeland on LDS comedies, succumbing to addiction, and traumatic childhood experiences
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Michael Birkeland (actor and producer, known for Phobic , The Singles Ward , and Everything You Want ) to talk about his experience working in the film industry and his work with LDS comedies. We also dive into his experience with using cocaine to stay focused in the 90s and how abusing drugs caused him to spiral into addiction.
Then we talk about how early childhood trauma caused Michael to repress those memories that shaped his perception of women.
Michael Birkeland describes his road to recovery after hitting rock bottom
In part two of this week's episode, Michael Birkeland (actor and producer, known for Phobic , The Singles Ward  and Everything You Want ) describes the pain of trying to detox from his addiction in a hotel by himself and how it changed his life.
Then Michael recalls how he met his wife at a gas station during his road to recovery and how it helped him during his sobriety.
To learn more about Michael Birkeland, you can visit his website here:
Rob Eastman explains how pain can be used as an influential teaching moment
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Rob Eastman (Personal Life Coach - Eastman Fitness) again to talk about the struggle of losing loved ones who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders.
We also talk about his relationship with pain, how he uses it as an amazing teaching tool, and how it influences his life every day.
You can learn more about Rob and his work by visiting his website here: http://www.eastmanlifecoach.com/
A quick guided meditation in a Zen garden with Dr. Matt
Sit back, relax, and breathe to another meditation brought to you by Dr. Matt Woolley.
Mara recalls how her childhood of anxiety and substance abuse led to an addiction
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Mara to talk about her experience with mental health issues growing up, how anxiety affected her at a very young age, and how becoming a teen mom caused her to find comfort in substance abuse.
We also talk about her parent's involvement in selling drugs, how it became the first step into Mara experimenting with illegal drugs, and why guilt began to eat at her for not being able to take care of her brothers after her parents were arrested on drug charges.
A life full of miracles with Mara
In part two of this week's episode, Mara continues her story of addiction and how she finally was able to overcome her substance abuse after her brother became mentally ill due to Methamphetamine abuse.
We also dive into how Mara has continued her road to recovery by helping others and how life-changing it was to receive support from others like her.
Chris Jones recalls how addiction almost cost him both of his arms
In part two of this week's episode, Chris Jones (School of Addiction Recovery) explains how he almost lost his arm due to shooting heroin, spent two months in the hospital getting five different surgeries, and how it still wasn't enough to get him to stop his drug use.
Then Chris describes what it took for him to finally get sober after moving to Utah.
To learn more about School of Addiction Recovery, you can visit their website here:
Chris Jones goes from being the life of the part to a full-blown addict
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Chris Jones (School of Addiction Recovery) to talk about how his experience with substance abuse as a teenager led him to experiment with Vicodin. We also dive into how after using drugs, he began to feel like the life of the party, which caused Chris to spiral into an abyss of addiction.
Then Chris recalls how he began stealing from Home Depot and reselling power tools to feed his addiction, as well as his first stint in a Scientology rehabilitation treatment facility.
Tiffany Naccarato and Evan Fields talk about the work USARA is doing to help prevent substance abuse
Casey and Dr. Matt are joined by Tiffany Naccarato (Peer Recovery Coach for USARA) and Evan Fields (Peer Recovery Coach for USARA) to talk about Tiffany's experience with addiction and how living on the streets and rarely seeing her kids has impacted her work with USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness).
Then Evan describes his own experience with addiction and how it ultimately led him to find out about USARA and how he is now focused on trying to help others who have struggled with substance abuse disorders.
Susannah Burt on the importance of being educated on opioid abuse
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are joined by Susannah Burt (Prevention Program Manager for Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health) to talk about Use Only as Directed and their three-part solution — Speak Out, Opt-Out, and Throw Out — to battling the opioid epidemic.
You can learn more about Use Only as Directed and find more resources about battling the opioid epidemic by going to their website here: http://useonlyasdirected.org/
Why the stressful recent events might turn into mental health issues down the road
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley take a second to look back on the events of the past couple of weeks and what it means for our society as a whole. Then we dive into how the recent current events can easily lead to mental health issues down the road.
We also talk about how the recent stressors can affect young children and ways that we can help combat the negatives and turn them into teaching lessons as parents.
Another Project Recovery mailbag!
In part two of this week's episode, we answer some of your questions!
We look into the issues surrounding co-dependency, the importance of loving yourself, and how meditation will always be a tool to have in your pocket in fighting anxiety and stress.
We also dive into when and how you should set up boundaries when a family member is struggling, why we should always respect someone's journey in life, and understanding that you can't fix someone's addiction but how you can absolutely help.
Jared Miller remembers the heartbreaking events that led him to addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Jared Miller (owner and founder of Miller Motivational Group) who details his journey into addiction.
We talk about how Jared went from being a collegiate football player at Snow College to a full-blown addict living on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City after a series of heartbreaking events that took place in his life.
Spreading the message of recovery with Jared Miller
In part two of this week's episode, Jared Miller (owner and founder of Miller Motivational Group) recalls the steps he had to take in order to finally come clean and get off the streets.
He dives into his work with Miller Motivational Group and explains what truly drives him to help others while staying sober himself.
You can learn more about Jared's work with Miller Motivational Group here:
Alema Harrington on confronting addiction and owning up to his demons
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Alema Harrington (host of Utah Jazz Game Night, former BYU RB) to detail his journey of addiction that dates back to his time playing college football at BYU when he would abuse opioids. Alema also talks about how he's been able to let go of resentments in his life with the help of his faith and owning up to your demons to grow as a person.
The spiritual power of giving back with Alema Harrington
In part two of this week's episode, Alema Harrington (host of Utah Jazz Game Night, former BYU RB) continues telling his story of addiction and details the amazing gift of being able to give back to others who are struggling with their own substance abuse.
We also dive into the work that he is doing with Ardu Recovery Center and how they are innovating the way we look at recovery.
You can learn more about Ardu by visiting their website: https://www.ardurecoverycenter.com/
Ian Rader on having everything handed to him in life but becoming a drug trafficker in LA
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Ian Rader (owner and found of No One Down Apparel), who tells his story of getting life handed to him on a silver platter and throwing it all away by becoming a drug dealer in high school.
We also dive into his extensive drug use and becoming homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, CA.
Raising awareness of drug addiction through clothing with Ian Rader
In part two of this week's episode, Ian Rader (owner and found of No One Down Apparel), recalls the work that had to go into his sobriety and the challenges he faced while kicking his drug addiction.
Then we talk about the work he is doing with No One Down and how it's helped him stay sober.
You can learn more about No One Down by visiting their website: https://www.noonedown.com/
Another relaxing and stimulating, ten-minute guided meditation with Dr. Matt
Listen to this week's guided meditation episode with Dr. Matt Woolley.
Over the course of ten minutes, Dr. Matt will guide you through a relaxing and stimulating meditation to help ease any stress and anxiety you might be facing.
Charla Bocchicchio recalls the loss of her daughter to a fentanyl overdose
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by award-winning actress, Charla Bocchicchio, to recall how her daughter, Cassidy, struggled with anxiety and addiction at an early age. We also talk about Cassidy's heroin use as a 15-year-old and how experimenting with such a dangerous drug caused havoc for her throughout her early adult life.
Then we talk about how a fentanyl overdose took Cassidy's life in November of 2016.
For more information on Charla's story, you can visit her website at https://www.charlaactor.com/ or by grabbing her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/My-New-Normal-Mothers-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B081BTTR84
'My New Normal' ... with Charla Bocchicchio
In part two of this week's episode, Charla Bocchicchio continues her story of how a fentanyl overdose took her daughter from her. We dive into Charla's thought process when she decided to write a book about the loss of her daughter and how it helped ease her pain throughout the project.
For more information on Charla's story, you can visit her website at https://www.charlaactor.com/ or by grabbing her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/My-New-Normal-Mothers-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B081BTTR84
We take a quiz to help create awareness surrounding Mental Health Month
In this bonus episode of Project Recovery, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley dive into some shocking statistics surrounding mental health and we take a quiz to help raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.
For more information on Mental Health Month, you can visit the official website here: https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month
Claire Groll talks about being addicted to alcohol as a teenager
In this week's episode of Project Recovery, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Claire Groll (owner of Clarity Consulting) to talk about how her dad leaving the family when she was five ultimately led to Claire becoming an alcohol addict by the time she was 14 years old.
We also dive into how Claire was pepper-sprayed and forced to spend time in a juvenile detention center after an altercation with an officer and what her road to recovery was like.
Beating addiction as a teenager and Clarity Intervention with Claire Groll
In part two of this week's episode, we continue with Claire's story of addiction and dive into how she was able to move on with her life after struggling with substance abuse as a teenager.
We also talk about what it was like growing up avoiding alcohol and the work she's doing with her company, Clarity Intervention.
For more information on Claire and her work as an Addiction Treatment Specialist, you can visit http://www.clarityintervention.com/.
10-minute guided meditation for relaxation with Dr. Matt Woolley
Enjoy this free 10-minute guided meditation presented by Dr. Matt Woolley.
Feel free to take this time to clear your mind of any worries and stressors you may be experiencing in such troubled times.
A beginner's guide to meditation and how it can help ease your mind
In this bonus episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the benefits of meditation and the science behind the practice.
Then we dive into a quick 10-minute guided meditation presented by Dr. Matt.
Great feel-good stories we've seen during the pandemic
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about the positive opportunities and great feel-good stories that have happened since the initial spread of COVID-19, as well as, how people are adapting to a new normal.
Things you might not know about rehab and how to stay physically and mentally in the pandemic
In part two of this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley dive into some of the misconceptions surrounding rehab, what they don't tell you when you enter a rehabilitation center, and why it's better to act sooner than later when managing your addiction.
Then we talk about a couple of ways to stay mentally and physically healthy during the pandemic.
Remembering Kamree Marie Newby with Brady and Amber
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Brady and Amber Newby from the Kind Like Kamree Foundation to talk about how depression and anxiety affected their daughter, Kamree, throughout high school.
Brady and Amber also dive into how Kamree's dream of joining the military was derailed due to medical issues and how mounting stressors in Kamree's life became too much for her to bear — resulting in Kamree taking her own life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
You can also learn more about the Kind Like Kamree Foundation by visiting their website at https://kindlikekamree.com/.
The amazing power in random acts of kindness with Amber and Brady
In part two of this week's episode, we continue with Brady and Amber's story and how the loss of their daughter, Kamree, has continued to affect them both and the pain that they still feel every day.
Then we talk about the concept behind the Kind Like Kamree Foundation and how Brady and Amber are making a change with random acts of kindness throughout the country.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
You can also learn more about the Kind Like Kamree Foundation by visiting their website at https://kindlikekamree.com/.
Why early success in business turned Burke Priest into a complete alcoholic
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Burke Priest (President of Adventures Anonymous) to talk about how his early success in the motorcycle industry led to a horrible drinking habit.
Then we dive into how the more success Burke garnered, the more his alcohol consumption evolved into a full-fledged addiction.
Burke Priest recalls overcoming his addiction and the concept behind 'Adventures Anonymous'
In part two of this week's episode, we continue with Burke Priest (President of Adventures Anonymous) and his story of how his alcohol addiction turned him into a felon and almost stole everything from him.
Then we talk about 'Adventures Anonymous', Burke's new company that offers a three-day program of high adrenaline activities to connect recently sober individuals with new methods of living.
To learn more about Adventures Anonymous, you can visit their website at https://adventuresanonymous.org/.
Lorie Warburton explains how years of abuse that led to addiction
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Lorie Warburton to talk about how years of abuse as a child and a teenager led to her trying to find ways to numb the pain.
We also talk about how Lorie's alcohol addiction began to spiral after the death of her mother to stage 4 brain cancer.
Finding light in the darkness with Lorie Warburton
In part two of this week's episode, Lorie Warburton continues her story of alcohol addiction and how she went from trying to poison herself to death with alcohol to overcoming her addiction through treatment, therapy, and hard work.
COVID-19 updates, how to connect with others, and the positives that can come from the pandemic
In this week's bonus episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about how their families are handling the recent COVID-19 updates, the increase in alcohol sales throughout the country, and where to turn for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings when social interaction is so limited.
Then we dive into how Dr. Matt has been busier than ever handling patients throughout the pandemic and the positives that can be taken away from the coronavirus outbreak.
Alan Richards recalls how his wife's addiction almost cost them their marriage
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Alan Richards to talk about Alan's wife's experience with addiction and how it pushed him to the edge trying to cope with his wife's disease.
We also talk about how Alan put a restraining order on his own wife and the events that led up to her spending 40 days in jail after her addiction had consumed both of their lives.
Coping and moving on from addiction with Alan Richards
In part two of this week's episode, Alan Richards describes the dark events that led Alan to contemplate divorce, his wife's last chance at rehab, and how he was optimistic that she could finally beat her addiction.
Then we talk about how his wife was able to graduate from rehab, how she's been able to stay sober for 7 months now, and how they are moving forward now that she is sober.
Amy McAllister talks about being pushed to the edge after years of alcohol and pills
In this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Amy McAllister (Director of Nursing - Ardu Recovery Center, owner of Dude It's Fine) to talk about how two failed marriages ultimately led her to a life of alcohol and pill abuse. Then she describes the extent of her addiction, what it cost her, and what ultimately would be her rock bottom.
We also dive into her struggles with relapsing and how it pushed her to the brink of death.
Finding the power to beat addiction with Amy McAllister
In part two of this week's episode, Amy McAllister (Director of Nursing - Ardu Recovery Center, owner of Dude It's Fine) breaks down the steps she took in order to combat her addiction and how taking a nursing job in Hawaii completely changed her life.
She also talks about how she was able to stay alcohol and drug-free after moving back to Utah and the recovery work she has been doing for Ardu Recovery in Provo, UT.
Lastly, Amy details how writing for her blog, Dude It's Fine, has given her a platform to explain what she is feeling and why it's helped her stay sober.
Shauna Lake, the dangers of high-stress occupations, and the COVID-19 quarantine
In this week's bonus episode of Project Recovery, we talk about the disconnect between the internet and the real world and how it creates a bubble for hate and shaming.
Then we talk about how high-stress occupations can easily lay the groundwork for substance abuse, how we can turn this time of crisis as a positive learning opportunity, and Casey's experience with going on a cruise before and ultimately, during, the coronavirus outbreak.
We also dive into how we've been keeping busy since being quarantined.
How to better communicate with our kids about the coronavirus pandemic
In part two of this week's bonus episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt are talking about ways that we can talk to our children about the events that are happening throughout the world today, how to communicate with your children better by asking more questions, and whether it's okay to tell your child, "I don't know."
We also talk about the importance of seeking out correct information and staying level-headed in a time of crisis.
How the "Freshman 15" sent Nicole Hawkins into an eating disorder
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Nicole Hawkins (Center for Change - CEO) to talk about how the pressure to not weight during college led to an eating disorder throughout her undergrad years, how it affected her friendships, and why she began to isolate herself as an adult.
We also talk about the concept of a 24-hour honesty rule and the means Nicole went through to keep her weight including abusing laxatives, excessive dieting, and over-exercising.
Ten concepts we need to pack for recovery success with Nicole Hawkings
In part two of this week's episode, Nicole Hawkins (Center for Change - CEO) breaks down the 10-things we need to pack into a recovery backpack to ensure sobriety.
Then we talk about preventative measures that can be taken to help curb addiction before it even starts and the truth about statistics surrounding eating disorders.
Casey talks about Pinnacle Recovery departure and moving onto the next challenge
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley talk about his departure from Pinnacle Recovery and what it means for him in the future. We also dive into the business of private healthcare and some of the drawbacks that are involved in the industry.
Then we dive into some listener-submitted questions and play a voicemail that had an impact on us this week.
Listener feedback and the impact of the podcast throughout the past year
In part two of this week's episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley dive into some listener-submitted questions and feedback for the show.
Then we talk about our experiences of doing the show and the impact it has had on both our lives and our listener's lives over the course of the past year.
Joel Huff describes how the acting industry fueled his substance abuse
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Joel Huff (Program Director at Pinnacle Recovery Center) to talk about how he believes that he was genetically predisposed to alcohol after tasting it at a very young age.
We also dive into his struggle with substance abuse throughout high school and how the acting industry and his theatre success affected his drinking habits as a young adult.
Fighting off his demons and overcoming addiction with Joel Huff
In part two, Joel Huff talks about his alcohol abuse cost him his marriage to his wife at the time, throwing up blood after drinking for a whole week straight, and what led him to contemplate suicide.
Then we dive into his time in recovery, how he was introduced to Pinnacle Recovery, and committing his life to help others who are struggling with their own substance abuse issues.
Nate Smith describes how depression and anxiety took over his life
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Nate Smith to talk about how the expectations of growing up in an LDS household eventually caused feelings of depression and anxiety throughout his life.
We dive into how it affected his family every day and the moment he decided to try and self-medicate with alcohol and marijuana.
How Ketamine is being used to combat depression with Nate Smith
In part two of this week's episode, Nate Smith details the steps he decided to take to try and combat his depression and anxiety with Ketamine — medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia.
We talk about the steps that have been taken in the medical field that have allowed Ketamine to become a trending resource for battling depression and what others can do if they are suffering from depression and anxiety.
Christian Smith describes his descent into addiction after a motorcycle accident
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Christian Smith (Cycles of Change) to talk about his experience with addiction and the damage it has caused throughout his life. His story with addiction starts when he was injured in a motorcycle accident and began taking opioids to numb the physical and emotional pain.
We also dive into how he was able to abuse pain prescriptions through pain clinics and the effect it had on his family life.
How Christian—'a thief, liar, and cheat'—was able to overcome addiction
In part two, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley continue their discussion with Christian Smith and he describes the moment he stole $3,000 from his son to go gamble in Wendover.
Christian also details trying crack cocaine for the first time, everything he stole to fuel his addiction, living homeless, and spending a year and a half in jail after stealing from pawn shops around the valley.
Then we dive into the biggest factors that have allowed him to stay clean and on the road to recovery.
Breaking down the first 5 steps of the 12-Step Program for addiction recovery
In this episode, Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Patrick Williams to talk about the 12-Step Program and what it means for recovering alcoholics.
In part one, we dive into the first five steps including:
1) We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5) Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Dissecting the last 7 steps of the 12-Step Program for addiction recovery
In part two of this week's episode, Casey Scott, Dr. Matt Woolley, and Patrick Williams dissect the last seven steps of the 12-Step Program and what they mean for recovering alcoholics.
In part two, we dive into the last seven steps including:
6) Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7) Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8) Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10) Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Lauren Llewelyn recalls how multiple surgeries led to an addiction
Casey Scott and Dr. Matt Woolley are joined by Lauren Llewelyn to talk about her experimentation with weed and alcohol at the age of 13 and how moving from apartment to apartment caused a lot of chaos for her family growing up. Then we dive into Lauren's history of surgeries that ultimately led to her becoming reliant on opioids.
She also recalls her struggle with openly talking about her sexuality and how that tension helped build a foundation of addiction to opioids and heroin.