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AllBetter

Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery.

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Exploring the Intersection of Music, Addiction, and Recovery with Mike Miz
Experience the magic of music and its profound role in the addiction recovery process, as we embrace a heartfelt conversation with gifted musician and songwriter Mike Miz Mizwinski. His soul-stirring melodies have not only mesmerized fans but have played a pivotal role in his own recovery journey. Tune in to hear how Miz's sensitivity, shaped by his journey of recovery, is reflected in his music, and how a song he wrote in response to the political climate in 2018 brought people together. This episode also delves deeply into the significant correlation between music and addiction. Our guest shares how his musical family background and early experiences with music, including unforgettable moments like playing on stage at a young age and attending a Grateful Dead concert, played a role in his addiction and later became a positive outlet for his recovery. We also explore the darker side of addiction, its roots in unresolved emotional pain, and its connection to childhood trauma.Finally, we venture into the vibrant music culture of Nashville, and how it has proven to be both a challenge and a blessing for Mike and many musicians alike in their recovery journey. Hear how this city full of opportunities impacted their lives, their music, and their path to sobriety. From the Granola Opera to major label records, we navigate the thrilling and daunting world of Music City. So, let's hit play and immerse ourselves in this exploration of music, addiction, and recovery.Check Out More about Mike and his work at;https://www.mikemizmusic.com/Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review!  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
62:16 12/18/23
Transforming Adversity into Entrepreneurial Success: with Tony Mattioli
How often do you come across a story where business, addiction recovery, and personal growth intertwine so seamlessly? Our guest, Tony Mattioli, president and owner of Trademark Industrial, is a living testament to overcoming adversity and transforming life struggles into a thriving business. Tony's story is not just about overcoming addiction; it's about perseverance, resilience, and the courage to take a leap of faith in the business world.Our chat with Tony takes us on a journey from his earliest encounters with opiates to his courageous path towards recovery. We delve into societal attitudes towards addiction and explore the critical role of acceptance, honesty, and a support system in overcoming addiction. Tony's story paints a vivid picture of the transformative effects of a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program. What's more, he speaks candidly about the humbling moments and failures that ultimately fueled his personal growth and shaped him into the entrepreneur he is today.As we navigate the intricate connection between recovery and entrepreneurship, Tony generously shares how he used his sales skills and newfound perspective to build a successful business. He stresses the importance of surrounding oneself with positive, trustworthy people, a key principle that has guided his business and personal growth. By the end of our conversation, you'll understand the power of self-reflection, the potential dangers of achieving success without a deeper purpose, and the transformative impact of setting boundaries. Our conversation with Tony is not just inspiring, but also a testament to the strength and resilience inherent in us all. So join us, and hear firsthand the extraordinary journey of a man who turned adversity into opportunity.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review!  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
63:50 12/9/23
From Woodstock to Recovery: "Coming Down the Mountain"
What if you could recapture the essence of a bygone era, feel the pulse of its music, and relive its cultural significance, all while seated comfortably in your present? Tune into a riot of colors as our good friend Leo takes us on a voyage into his exhilarating experiences from the psychedelic age. From the rush of hallucinogens to the rhythms of Woodstock, Leo narrates his extraordinary journey of exploration and self-discovery. You might expect tales of mind expansion, but Leo's narrative is one of escape and adrenaline, and how a negative trip became a life-altering experience.Ever wondered what it was like to be a part of the radical cultural shift in the 1960s and 70s? We, your hosts Joe, Erin, and Russell, along with Leo, traverse those music-filled decades, recapturing the soulful rhythm and blues, the infectious rock and roll, and the vibrant hippie culture. Our first-time guest, Erin, adds her perspective on Leo's hidden hippie heart, setting the stage for an engaging and informative conversation. Leo's passion for astrology and his encounters with black opium-mated hash add a unique layer to his narrative, painting a vivid picture of that electrifying period.Finally, we navigate the healing power of music and cooking in addiction recovery. The evolution of recording techniques, their impact on bands, and collaboration form the crux of this conversation. Our nutritional director at Fellowship House, Russell, highlights the value of healthy eating habits and offers a glimpse into recovery cooking classes at Fellowship House. This episode is not just a trip down memory lane, but a testament to the transformative power of music, food, and personal narratives in the journey towards recovery. So, buckle up, turn the volume up and get set for an unforgettable ride!Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
52:13 12/3/23
Bridging Divides: with Pennsylvania Senator John Kane
What does it truly mean to overcome personal trials and advocate for those who are struggling? Join us for an exploration of resilience, recovery, and advocacy, as we share conversations that shed light on these significant aspects of life. Our guest, Senator John Kane, reveals his life journey from his humble beginnings as a plumber and labor leader to becoming a beacon of hope for working families. Going through his own battles with addiction and cancer, he articulates how he journeyed through recovery, highlighting the crucial role affordable healthcare and union benefits played in his survival and ultimate victory.A captivating story of addiction and recovery follows as we host a brave guest whose personal struggle and eventual sobriety shines a spotlight on the challenging reality of addiction. The conversation underscores the importance of seeking help and finding support in overcoming addiction. It's a profound exploration of the humanity behind the statistics, a testament to strength and the possibility of recovery. Rounding off our episode, we engage in a candid chat with a Pennsylvania state senator, focusing on unity during crises and the necessity of bridging political divides. As an advocate for recovery programs, he's committed to helping those on their recovery journey and even shares his personal contact for those seeking help. As we close the episode, we extend our deepest gratitude to our guests for their raw honesty, candor, and their commitment to inspiring change. Stay tuned for more insightful discussions on recovery, resilience, and advocacy in our forthcoming episodes. Follow us on our social media for updates!Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
56:04 11/24/23
"SHEILDS Program" with Pat DeSarno
Get ready to discover the hidden struggles and triumphs of our first responders and veterans as they face the challenge of addiction. Welcoming our guest, Pat DeSarno, Shields Service Specialist at Brookdale Premier Addiction Recovery Center and former fire chief, we delve into a candid and enlightening discussion. Unraveling decades of civil service, Pat shares his personal journey of recovery, providing a unique perspective on the often overlooked issue of addiction among those who serve our communities.Deep diving into the complex nexus of PTSD, addiction, and the fire services, we engage in a critical conversation on the unique challenges facing this tight-knit community. We discuss how ego and fear often perpetuate a cycle of silence, as these brave men and women grapple with being perceived as weak. Our conversation underscores the importance of incorporating clinical therapy into recovery programs and the life-changing impact of programs like Shields, designed specifically for first responders at Brookdale.In our final segment, we discover the transformative power of fellowship and awareness in recovery. With Pat sharing his experiences with the Shields program and the 12-step routine, we highlight the essential role of these tools in the recovery journey. We further delve into the significance of book workshops and fellowship programs that can greatly influence an individual's recovery path. Let's embark on this journey of resilience, recovery, and hope together. Join us for this powerful episode that's not just about overcoming addiction, but about recognizing the strength and courage of our everyday heroes.SHEILDS PROGRAM: https://brookdalerecovery.com/shields-program/Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
55:47 11/19/23
"Fellowship House" with Larry Moran Esq.
Join us for an exclusive conversation with our esteemed partner, Larry Moran, as we delve into the heart of Fellowship House PHP/IOP/OP. Larry and I have been passionately crafting a program that resonates with authenticity and proves effective for individuals battling addiction and their families. Our journey together has been both fulfilling and enlightening, and we can't wait to share the insights we've gained.In this special episode, Larry opens up about his incredible advocacy for veterans, his relentless efforts in addressing substance abuse, and his commitment to fostering crucial discussions around mental health. Prepare to be moved as Larry shares his inspiring story of vulnerability and transformation on a public platform.Shifting gears, we explore the evolving perspectives on recovery and therapy. Larry reflects on his personal experiences with recovery, illustrating how it became a fundamental aspect of his identity. Dive into gripping tales from his time in law school and encounters with Lawyers Concern for Lawyers (LCL), a lifeline for legal professionals grappling with addiction. Experience the raw revelation of Larry's initial feelings of shame surrounding recovery and his empowering transition, viewing recovery as his superpower.Our discussion then propels forward to envision the future of recovery. Larry vividly describes his vision for a wellness factory dedicated to addressing the increasing challenges faced by those battling alcohol and drug addictions. We unravel the pivotal role of long-term treatment in Larry's personal recovery journey and explore the diverse programs offered by our treatment center.Get ready to be inspired as Larry expresses his joy in being an integral part of the recovery program and his ongoing mission to transform it into a lifestyle. This stimulating conversation is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the realms of recovery and addiction.Visit: www.fellowshiphouses.com for more information on our PHP/IOP/OP programs Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
51:07 11/11/23
"A Life Lost, and a Life Saved" with Karl Wegforth
How often do childhood influences shape the trajectory of our lives? For our guest, Weggy, those early years steeped in a culture where alcohol consumption was normalized, became the precursor to his lifelong struggle with alcoholism. We walk with him down memory lane, from his high school days working at a bar under his father's influence, through to his reckless party lifestyle that eventually led him to confront the harsh realities of his dependence on alcohol.As we delve deeper into Weggy's narrative, he shares his experiences bartending, his personal relationships affected by his addiction, and the financial setbacks he endured. The turning point arrives when Weggy discusses his path towards self-destruction that lead to liver failure and the terrifying confrontation with mortality. His resilience shines through when he narrates his strenuous journey from hitting rock bottom to his transformative moment of change.In the final leg of Weggy's poignant story, we explore his life post a life-saving liver transplant. Discover how this second chance at life, marked by his donor's love for music, reignites Weggy's passion for the same and gifts him a renewed sense of purpose and respect for life. His heartrending journey from the clutches of alcoholism to the path of recovery and redemption will leave you inspired. Tune in to witness a powerful tale of a brave man who lived to tell his story of surviving alcoholism.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
64:28 11/4/23
Cultural Amnesia: Understanding the 60s, 70s, and 80s Impact on Modern Society
Have you ever wondered how the cultural chaos of the 60s and 70s molded the society we live in today? Join me and my enigmatic guest, Elaine Donly, as we journey through her personal history and explore the deep-seated impact of a time when political assassinations were frequent, and violence was a part of everyday life. Elaine's gripping narrative of surrendering to Alcoholics Anonymous at age 32, after years of battling addiction, serves as the linchpin of our discussion.In our earnest conversation, we draw parallels between the Vietnam War era and the modern world, emphasizing the importance of youth activism. Elaine reflects on the profound influence of the Vietnam War on her life and outlook. We also journey back to her memories of growing up in Newburgh and attending the legendary Woodstock festival - a cultural climax of the 60s and 70s. My friend Leo Vernetti's experience of getting stuck on a mound during Woodstock serves as a comedic relief in an otherwise serious discourse.No stone is left unturned as we tackle American history, hope, and poignant reflections on recovery. Elaine shares her personal experience of working with the treatment court and drug court - a journey marked by revelations both simple and profound. We wrap up our conversation with insights on dealing with life's challenges, the need for self-compassion, and the role of gratitude in breaking the cycle of addiction. This episode is a powerful testament to personal transformation and the enduring influence of historical events on our lives. So, buckle up and join us on this enlightening journey of recovery, gratitude, addiction, and inner exploration.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
71:54 10/28/23
Exploring Labor, Addiction, and Recovery with Brian Eddis
Imagine being drawn into the world of labor, addiction, and recovery through the eyes of Brian Eddis, a political ward leader in Northeast Philadelphia. With an intriguing background that spans construction work, politics, and union organizing, Brian opens up about his personal journey and the challenges faced by the labor movement. We delve deep into the complexities of addiction, the implications of unemployment, and the vital role of unions in upholding the dignity of the workforce amidst shifting economic landscapes.We navigate through the profound impact of emerging technologies on labor, and the rising tide of unemployment. As we unpack the harsh realities of interest rates, inflation, and student debt, Brian offers an insightful perspective on how these factors are redefining the middle-class life. We also grapple with the grim relationship between unemployment, addiction, and the loss of dignity that often accompanies labor.In a compelling narrative, Brian takes us from the construction site to the political arena, highlighting the transformative power of hard work, dedication, and loyalty. We explore the rapidly changing face of labor, and the urgent need for innovative strategies for unions to stay relevant. Wrapping up, we shed light on Brian’s inspiring recovery journey, the importance of mentorship, and the changing attitudes towards substance abuse in the workplace. This episode is a riveting exploration of the labor movement, the process of recovery, and the complex ties that bind them.So, are you ready to challenge your perceptions, broaden your understanding, and ignite your curiosity? Join us on this enlightening journey as we dissect the world of labor, addiction, and recovery with Brian Eddis.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
57:00 10/21/23
What is Recovery Dharma? with Jordan Harris
What if your understanding of spirituality and recovery could be drastically transformed? Join us as we delve deep with our guest, Jordan Harris, a primary counselor at Fellowship House, who shares his enlightening journey of personal transformation. Jordan, raised in a conservative Protestant family, takes us through his journey from addiction to recovery and the crucial role spirituality played in it. The conversation explores the profound impact of religious trauma and theological beliefs on an individual's mental health. How did Jordan's evangelical conservative upbringing contribute to his idea of the "self"? How did he find solace in Buddhism and Eastern thought? We hear about Jordan's experiences with self-hatred, fear, and discontentment, and the role of isolation, religion and pharmaceutical pain medications in his addiction. We also delve into how his spiritual awakening helped him overcome the emotional and physical pain of alienation and addiction.Our chat with Jordan is not just about his personal recovery but also about the potential of non-egoic spirituality in aiding recovery for others. Jordan shares his experiences with practices such as non-attachment, mindfulness, and meditation, emphasizing the importance of finding an approach that resonates personally. We explore the liberating concept of anata no self, a Zen Buddhist teaching that emphasizes the oneness underlying our individual perception. Tune in for an insightful discussion that promises to challenge your perceptions and potentially change your life.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
95:04 10/14/23
Lia M's Narrative: A Tale of Addiction, Recovery and Self-Identity Discovery
Join us on a remarkable journey with Lia, as she courageously shares her battles with addiction and her transformative transition journey. We traverse the landscapes of Lia's life, exploring the interplay of identity, sexuality, and the struggle to stay sober. Lia's candid account paints a vivid picture of her life in Scranton, built on the foundation of recovery, and how an initial reluctance to change led to a life-altering transformation.We journey through Lia's childhood, uncovering her rejection of religion, shaped by her parents' divorce and her mother's involvement in the People Power Revolution, also known as the EDSA Revolution, her father's professional success, and tales of her grandfather's accomplishments ignited the go-getter within her. From here, we take a cerebral detour into the realm of mathematics, considering how its concepts can help us comprehend the universe and reality, interweaving Eric Weinstein's dismay with the stagnation of physics in quantum theory.Lia's struggle with sobriety, her efforts to make friends in recovery, and the challenges faced in an all-male facility provide an enlightening perspective on addiction and recovery. Judgment due to her gender identity, her desire for a female sponsor, and the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics (not without risk) in understanding the self all form crucial elements of her narrative. This conversation with Lia is a deep dive into the realities of identity, addiction, and recovery, offering inspiration and hope for listeners on similar journeys.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
65:47 9/24/23
"Finding the Tools that Work" with Evan Glass
Imagine uprooting your life, battling with the demons of addiction, and then going on to build a thriving business. This is exactly what my friend Evan Glass did, and he shares his inspiring journey with us. Evan candidly recounts his youth in Pleasantville, NY, his struggles with substance abuse, and his ultimate commitment to sobriety that led him to Northeastern Pennsylvania. His story is a stark reminder that addiction doesn't discriminate, but the power to overcome is within us all.Substance abuse doesn't just impact your health; it redefines your identity and personal relationships. Evan opens up about his experiences with marijuana and alcohol, the culture surrounding these substances, and the paranoia that can come with their use. He also shares his dark moments, like his solo detox in a New Mexico hotel room. Yet, it's not all gloomy. Evan's story is also one of resilience, as he discusses how he managed to rebuild his life and business in a new environment, thanks to his determination and courage.But Evan's recovery journey didn't end with sobriety. He found solace and perspective in a hobby - fishing. He shares how reconnecting with nature and prioritizing self-care became instrumental in his recovery. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of community in recovery. His extended 12-step family and the local fishing club provided unwavering support, demonstrating the transformative power of shared experiences. Tune in for an episode that's as sobering as it is inspiring, with lessons for all of us, regardless of our struggles.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
69:33 9/17/23
"Early Intervention in Schools" with Superintendent Nathan Barrett
Buckle up for a transformative journey into the world of trauma-informed education with Nathan Barrett, the Superintendent of Hanover Area School District. Growing up in the tough neighborhood of Bellevue, Scranton, Nathan and I share more than just a childhood community - we share a commitment to supporting students dealing with trauma. Diving deep into the nuts and bolts of his community-centered approach, Nathan talks about his hands-on strategy that prioritizes visibility and availability, and his successful partnerships that are paving the way for college and career readiness for his students.Ever wondered how empathy and leadership can turn a struggling school around? Nathan opens up about his passion for making a difference in children's lives, and how his relationship with teachers, parents, and empathy helped turn the academic performance of his school from worst to first. He also shares the innovative ways he shows appreciation to his staff - a day of equestrian therapy anyone? - and delves into the school's pioneering trauma-informed care training that helps identify and address trauma before it morphs into addiction.The final leg of our journey explores the urgent need for mental health funding in schools and how it can potentially change the status quo. We unpack the mental health crisis in Pennsylvania schools, the $500 million mental health services budget, and the repercussions of the lack of mental health facilities in the state. And, if you've ever wondered how data can personalize care for students with mental health issues, we've got you covered. Listen in as we navigate these critical issues, and shed light on the role of empathy in creating inclusive and trauma-informed environments in schools. Be prepared for a compelling conversation about the future of education.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
60:29 9/11/23
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner with Zach Cole
What happens when a musical business owner wins the lottery twice, wades through the throes of addiction, and then finds his way back to sobriety? How does one navigate the intricate relationship between early patterns of insecurity, substance use, and gambling addiction? Join us as we unravel the extraordinary journey of Zach Cole, who now works in the field of SUD. Witness the power of resilience in the face of adversity and the strength of the human spirit through his vivid narrative.In a captivating conversation with Zach, we discuss his early exposure to jazz music and how it laid the groundwork for his music career. As we peel back the layers of his life, we delve into his deep-seated insecurities, how they led to substance use, and his subsequent struggle with addiction. The narrative takes a tense turn when a handgun incident propels Zach onto the path to recovery and rehabilitation. As we traverse through Zach's recovery process, we explore his astounding lottery wins, the descent into a gambling addiction, and his bold decision to ban himself from all forms of gambling in Pennsylvania. We round off our engaging dialogue by reflecting on Zach's resilience, hope, and gratitude for his journey thus far. Tune in for this discerning exploration of addiction, recovery, and the indomitable human spirit. Don’t miss out on this remarkable testament of survival and triumph.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
91:16 9/3/23
The Cat's Pajamas with Stephanie Fox
Ever wondered how one navigates the tumultuous sea of addiction recovery? Join us in an enlightening conversation with Stephanie Fox, the Marketing Director at Mountains Edge Recovery. Get the inside scoop on the partial hospitalization program, the significance of self-care in this field, and how insurance can aid in prolonged recovery periods. Many of us know someone touched by addiction or are grappling with it ourselves. She shares her personal journey from dependency to sobriety, the highs and lows, the healing and the hurt. Stephanie can recount her transition from a treatment program to working in alumni support and community events. Listen as Stephanie and I dissect her move from Jersey City to Scranton at age 12, the tumult of growing up in an alcohol-addicted family, and how she used drugs and alcohol as a crutch.You'll gain valuable insights on the importance of self-care in recovery. We stress setting boundaries, connecting with healthy, like-minded individuals, and engaging in self-nurturing activities to facilitate personal growth and prevent burnout. Hear her experiences and insights on overcoming addiction, embodying self-care, and rebuilding a life through recovery. This episode is a beacon of hope for anyone impacted by addiction; join us as we share our journey from darkness to light.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
60:21 8/27/23
A Golfer's Path to Sobriety with Ryan Barba
Our guest for this episode is Ryan Barba, a former professional golfer whose journey to recovery from addiction is nothing short of extraordinary. Ryan takes us down memory lane with tales from his childhood in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as his passion for golf and skateboarding. He unflinchingly delves into his personal struggles with addiction, guilt, and shame. He also shares his future plans, which include a sobriety-focused podcast and his hope to interview his friend Brendan Novak. Opening up the conversation, we navigate the complex societal issues like gun violence, racism, and the often distorted influence of the media. We also explore the psychological toll of isolation, societal values' evolution over the past decade, and the importance of truly being present during social interactions. This segment is a deep dive into the contemporary societal landscape and the mental health challenges it poses.Finally, Ryan talks about his experiences in recovery and how theatre helped him heal. His remarkable transformation story underscores the importance of recovery houses and the unique programs they offer to support sobriety. A big shoutout to our producer, John Edwards, whose input helped shape this episode into a testament of personal recovery, gratitude, and the promising possibility of a second chance at life. Tune in, like, and subscribe to our podcast on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
64:47 8/20/23
Duncan Maxwell: From Nightlife to Entrepreneurship
Join us as we journey into the extraordinary life of Duncan Maxwell. Hailing from the Netherlands, Duncan's path, which led him all the way to Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a testament to resilience and the transformative power of recovery. We peel back the layers of his past, traversing the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, the Dutch countryside, the pulsating energy of the EMDR and techno club scenes, and even the intricate nuances of European sex clubs.Duncan doesn't hold back as he delves into the heart of his tumultuous upbringing, his interactions with trauma, and his search for cultural identity. He provides an unfiltered look at the challenges he faced growing up in Amsterdam, away from his mother, and the impact of living in a collectivist society on his generational attachment. His story of trauma and subsequent redemption is a potent reminder of the indomitable human spirit. The latter part of the episode is a deep dive into Duncan's substance use and his experiences in the Dutch club scene. Duncan's recount of attending the world's most exclusive techno club, Bergine, is a riveting tale that provides a glimpse into a world often shrouded in mystery. This episode culminates in Duncan's journey to recovery in Scranton, where he channeled his entrepreneurial spirit to launch a new business designing high-end purses. His story is a testament to how recovery can lead not only to personal healing but also a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Duncan's transformation is a beacon of hope and an affirmation that it's never too late to rewrite your life story.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
64:15 8/13/23
AI, Empathy, and Capitalism with Jonathan Edwards
Picture this: A world where AI can create immersive stories faster than any human can. That's the fascinating reality Jonathan Edwards, the award-winning cinematographer and founder of Diamond City Studios, invites us to contemplate in our captivating conversation. We journey together through his trailblazing exploits in the realm of video content creation where AI plays a growing role in crafting diverse narratives, albeit with minor hiccups. We're not just exploring the future, but also the past with Jonathan. His tales of overcoming ADD and life in the extreme confines of Freedom Village, USA, offer a poignant perspective on resilience. The empathy cultivated from these formative experiences shapes Jonathan's approach to his profession and his views on AI's potential impact on capitalism. He delves into the potential displacement of jobs by AI, signaling a significant shift that capitalism must adapt to. Finally, we turn our attention to the startling implications of AI and social media on our attention spans. Jonathan's personal experiences with ADHD and his early fascination with technology provide a unique lens through which to view this topic. Together, we navigate the digital landscape, discussing how AI can both exploit and enhance our ability to focus. In a world where attention equals currency, this conversation is a must-listen. Tune in to this riveting discussion that intersects technology, personal struggles, and society's most pressing concerns.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
86:32 8/5/23
"Not Dying" with Tim Calpin
Title: "Not Dying" with Tim CalpinIn this episode of Season 3, Episode 58, Joe Van Wie interviews Tim Calpin, a man who went missing for eight months and was at times presumed dead. Tim shares his harrowing experience of living in Kensington, Pennsylvania, a town often associated with opioid-use-disorder, where people are sadly viewed as zombies.Tim discusses his return from the streets of Philadelphia and reflects on why he sought refuge in a place known for its struggles with addiction. Despite his unbelievable creative talent, skill, and kindness, Tim found himself in this challenging environment, leading to questions about the human mind and the impact of addiction on individuals and communities.The conversation delves into the importance of awareness and being open to one's experiences, even in difficult circumstances. Tim's journey prompts a discussion about resilience and the ability to embrace what is, rather than what ought to be.Before his time in Kensington, Tim graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Marketing and Business Management. He worked as an assistant to the executive producer at the comedy central show "South Park," where he honed his pitching, research, and marketing skills. Later, he pursued a successful career as a Freelance Writer and Screenwriter, writing feature-length film scripts for major studios like Warner Brothers, Paramount, Lionsgate, and YFG. This included his first feature film "Assassination of a High School President" starring Bruce Willis. He also developed television pilots for FOX and Comedy Central, including the animated series "COPS: Uncuffed."This episode offers a captivating glimpse into the life of Tim Calpin and the challenges he faced, making it an insightful exploration of human experiences and resilience.Lets' meet Tim :) Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
75:38 7/25/23
"A Primary Source" with Chris Kelly
Chris is a columnist, blogger, editor, writing coach and old-school muckraker for The Times-Tribune. He received a degree in journalism and creative writing from Keystone College in LaPlume in 1997 and began his career with the Times-Tribune the same year. He has been a clerk, regional correspondent, police reporter, feature writer, general assignment reporter, columnist and editor.Chris has won numerous awards, including eight first-place awards for columns from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Keystone Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2014, he won first place for Distinguished Writing and first place for best columns in the Keystone Press Awards.His coverage of local soldiers as an embedded journalist in Iraq won several reporting awards, and his five-page “Pilgrimage” special section about visits to the sites of the 9/11 terrorist attacks won second place for distinguished writing in all circulation categories in the 2004 Keystone Press Awards.While covering Scranton neighborhoods in 1999, he was part of a team that won a Society of Professional Journalists’ Spotlight Award for investigative reporting for a series of stories examining drug activity at Village Park, a low-income housing development. The months of reporting revealed a grim scene of brazen drug trafficking, sporadic violence and terror against neighbors in and around the apartment complex.Chris is from Beaver, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He lives in Dalton with his wife, Chrisann, senior technical editor for Times-Shamrock’s new media department, and their cats, Typo, Shadow, Smudge, Puck, Timmy, Silvio and Paulie Walnuts.CKelly@timesshamrock.com(570) 348-9100Read his award-winning blog at timestribuneblogs.com/kellyPlease stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
80:06 4/17/23
"Love More Now" with GiGi Langer Ph.D.
Author SpotlightThirty years ago, I used alcohol, romance, and professional accomplishments to soothe my frayed nerves. After I quit drinking, I found I had a serious thinking problem! Over time, I discovered effective tools from therapy, recovery pro­grams, scientific research, and a variety of philosophical and spiritual teachings to find peace, wisdom, and hope–no matter what is going on in my life!Formerly crowned the “Queen of Worry,” I’ve resigned my post and now live happily with my wonderful husband, Peter, and my cat, Murphy. Although I haven’t had a drug or drink for over 30 years, I do occasionally overindulge in Ghirardelli chocolate and historical novels. I hold a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education and an MA in Psychology, both from Stanford University. As a professor at Eastern Michigan University, I won several awards for teaching, and (as Georgea M. Langer) co-authored books and articles for educators.GiGi's personal story is captured in her latest book 50 Ways to Worry Less Now: Reject Negative Thinking to Find Peace, Clarity, and Connection & "Love More Now"This book began as a memoir chronicling my three short marriages, career as a professional horseback rider, and adventures hitchhiking across the north of Spain–all before I turned 38. My wise (4th!) husband suggested that instead, I write a self-help book with “all those helpful things you say when you counsel people on the phone.” At that point, Worry Less Now was born.The book shares what I’ve learned from my training in psychology and over 30 years applying tools from recovery programs, cognitive therapy, energy work, and a variety of spiritual and scientific teachings.Published 50 Ways to Worry Less NowStanford University, Stanford, California. PhD, Psychological Studies in Education; EdS, Evaluation; MA, PsychologyGraduate Faculty Teaching Award, Eastern Michigan University (EMU)Distinguished Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, EMU Alumni AssociationDistinguished Faculty Member, Michigan Association of Governing BoardsJunior Faculty Teaching Award, Eastern Michigan UniversityWriting Award, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)Co-Authored 5 books and hundreds of articles for teachers and teaPlease stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
57:48 4/2/23
"Life Saving Medicine" with Kate Favata
Warrior Spotlight: Meet Kate Favata, Community Relations LiaisonI grew up in a middle-class family about 10 minutes from CleanSlate’s Wilkes-Barre center. Growing up, my neighborhood seemed like the perfect suburban community. My parents didn’t lock their doors and loved their country and neighbors. The only reference to drug education we had was Nancy Reagan’s, “Just Say No” campaign and most people in my community thought that if people did just that, the drug problem would cease.My parents and my friend’s parents only knew about heroin from the news reports they’d seen in the sixties, saying that their rock idols had died from overdoses. Little did they think there could be a heroin problem in their own community. My home of Northeast Pennsylvania, once known as “a valley with a heart,“ had in just a few years become nicknamed “a valley with a habit“ by local media. I don’t think anyone at the time could imagine how true that statement would become.By the time the local government and medical community admitted that heroin was a problem, years had passed and resources were scarce. I was in college when I started using. It was the nineties, so I listened to bands like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains, watched movies like “Trainspotting” and “The Basketball Diaries,” and in an attempt to be well-read, frequented books by Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. I thought of myself as a free thinker who did not conform to societal norms. Heroin to me was fascinating and taboo and, at the time, I incorrectly equated it with being artistic and creative.I was around 18 years old when I started using heroin. At the time, I had no idea how drug use would affect my future. After more than 30 treatment episodes, including stays in halfway and recovery houses, countless 12-step meetings, multiple recovery books, trying medications and detox – you name it, I tried it – I ended up homeless in Philadelphia with track marks up both sides of my neck. My living quarters consisted of an abandoned building with no plumbing where rats and roaches were my roommates.Along the way I had episodes of endocarditis, countless blood infections, frostbite, abscesses and even got stabbed, shot at and robbed. I would not say I was suicidal, but I had thought to myself that if I happened to die, that was fine with me. I figured it came with the territory and the lifestyle I had chosen. After reading countless obituaries of friends and acquaintancPlease stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
72:07 3/27/23
"from Junkie to Judge" with Federal Judge Mary Beth O'Connor
For Mary Beth, childhood abuse and other traumas led to substance use disorder (addiction). Beginning with alcohol at age 12, she spent several years abusing various drugs. She found methamphetamine at 16 and started shooting up at 17. Mary Beth struggled with meth until she was 32 years old.By incorporating ideas from multiple sources to build a secular (not 12-step or faith-based) recovery plan that works for her, Mary Beth has been sober since 1994. She used similar techniques to address the trauma and related anxiety as well.Mary Beth is a board member for LifeRing Secular Recovery and She Recovers Foundation.  She speaks on behalf of these organizations, about multiple paths to recovery, and about all topics related to substance use disorder and recovery. She also speaks about sexual abuse and rape, child abuse, domestic violence, ptsd, anxiety, and recovering from these as well.Mary Beth's book-length memoir, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bamm, Indie Bound, and other sites, and at your local bookstore.  She also has placed essays in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Recovery Today. Professionally, 6 years into recovery, Mary Beth attended Berkeley Law. She worked at a large firm in Silicon Valley, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014, Mary Beth was appointed a federal Administrative Law Judge, a position from which she retired in 2020.WEBSITE: https://junkietojudge.com/For more Info on LIFE RING:https://lifering.org/For more info on She Recovers: https://sherecovers.org/Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
80:39 3/18/23
"Honorary Rummy" with Pennsylvania State Senator Marty Flynn
Senator Marty Flynn was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, class of 1994, where he excelled in baseball, football, and wrestling. He then attended Marywood University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. While at Marywood, he began boxing, and eventually embarked upon a decade-long professional career. Upon retiring from the sport, Flynn worked as the Inmate Education and Program Coordinator at Lackawanna County Prison, where he also served as Chairman of the Prison Misconduct Board.Flynn entered the world of government in 2013, when he was elected to serve the 113th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a role he had for more than eight years. On June 9, 2021, he began a new chapter in his political career when he was sworn in as Senator of Pennsylvania’s 22nd Senatorial District.In the Senate, Flynn is a member of the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee, Labor & Industry Committee, Law & Justice Committee, and is the Democratic Chair of the Transportation Committee. Since being in this role, Senator Flynn has been the leader in holding the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission accountable for more than $150 million in uncollected Turnpike tolls.Today we discuss how an understanding of Addiction and Recovery evolves in a generation. Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
60:19 3/12/23
"LGBTQIA & Recovery" with Dylan Fredricey
Dylan was born in San Diego, CA, where he spent the majority of his first 30 years; moving to the NEPA region in 2018. A person in long-term recovery, and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Dylan understands the importance of social connectedness and community.Initially getting sober in 2011, Dylan had difficulty finding work and took a volunteer position at Being Alive San Diego where he helped those affected by HIV/AIDS gain access to life-sustaining medications and other community support services as a Peer Advocate.Through this experience, the fire to help others was ignited and Dylan was encouraged by his family and friends to go back to school. In 2013, Dylan obtained his GED; it took another 2 years for him to build up the courage to register for classes. In 2015 with the support of his peers in 12-step recovery programs, he started his journey in higher education at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community Colleges in San Diego, where he eventually made the Dean’s List every semester before graduating in May of 2018 with two Associate’s Degree in Social Work and Social and Behavioral Sciences.Dylan applied to, and was accepted, to Penn State Wilkes-Barre, after following his now-husband back to his home in Pennsylvania. In 2020, Dylan graduated from Penn State with his Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and earning the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education’s Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year Award. Dylan is currently a graduate student at Marywood University’s School of Social Work.Since arriving in Pennsylvania, Dylan has worked in a variety of positions in the drug and alcohol treatment industry, and for the last three-in-a-half years has been at Brookdale Premier Addiction Recovery in Scotrun, PA working as a Family Counselor. In addition to his work as a Family Counselor, Dylan serves as the Founder and Executive Director of NEPA Pride Coalition, a new non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dylan is lucky enough to use his passion for helping others by giving back to his community. He also understands that LGBTQIA+ individuals experience substance use and other mental health conditions at disproportionately higher rates than the general public and looks forward to the years of services ahead serving his community through education, awareness, and facilitaPlease stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
65:49 3/5/23
"The New England Fixer" with Kirk Larkin
Meet Kirk Larkin,   His mission is to help people suffering from substance use disorder. He is able to do this with a decade of experience working directly with families to help loved ones find the treatment centers that work best for them. We discuss the many topics that are very concerning in the field of Drug and alcohol treatment, especially "Body Brokering". We also chat about having a service that examines the quality of treatment centers that isn't a marketing ploy and how this can be achieved.  Check out the insightful conversation topics below, Intro to Kirk Larkin.2:13     Kirk's background as an alcoholic.8:00    The importance of clear and concise statements16:41 Spirituality as a catch-all phrase.22:19 The power of the personal experience of recovery.29:27 Referral systems for treatment. (Google Game)36:08 What is body brokering?42:48 How do you comfort a family in the midst of addiction?49:50 Catering to the demands.Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
59:16 2/25/23
"Our Family Shrink" with Aileen Van Wie Psy.D.
Aileen Van Wie is a  licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and is currently employed at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Aileen graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) in May 2021 and, after completing a year-long postdoctoral residency, she also became licensed in August 2022. She has worked at a community mental health center, addiction recovery center (inpatient, IOP, and recovery house program), and multiple psychiatric hospitals during her training. 8/2016             PsyD, Clinical Psychology9/2021             Loyola University of Maryland: Baltimore, MD 8/2016             MS, Clinical Psychology1/2018           Loyola University of Maryland: Baltimore, MDAmerican Psychological Association accredited programRESEARCH EXPERIENCE9/2016 –          Loyola University of Maryland: Baltimore, MD4/2021            Principal Investigator, Doctoral DissertationDissertation Chair: Emalee Quickel, Ph.D.Finalizing a quantitative study assessing the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction practices on adults receiving outpatient treatment for one or more substance use disorders. Successfully defended 9/11/20209/2015 –          Temple University: Philadelphia, PA5/2016              Principal Investigator, Undergraduate Thesis      Advisor: Phillip Kendall, Ph.D.Researched the impact of family discord on treatment efficacy for anxious youth. 5/2015 –          Temple University: Philadelphia, PA5/2016              Research Assistant, Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic (CAADC)Clinic Director: Phillip Kendall, Ph.D.Aided assessment, exposure therapy, data entry, transcriptions, and client care.PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSAmerican Psychological Association (APA) American Psychological Association (APA) Div. 12: AssessmentAWARDS AND HONORSDistinction in Oral/Written Comprehensive Examinations, Loyola University Maryland 2019Kolvenbach Research Grant Recipient, 2018Awarded Sigma Delta Pi Prize, Temple University, 2016Member of Dean’s List, The College of Liberal Arts, Temple University, 2013-2016Phi Beta Kappa, Temple University Chapter, 2015Awarded “Resident Assistant Program of the Year”, Temple University, 2015Psi Chi: National Honor Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
64:51 2/18/23
"This ain't no Psych Op" with Joseph Reichmann, Psy.D.
Joseph F. Reichmann, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist currently residing in Southeast Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in psychology from Marywood University. He was commissioned into the Navy in 2014 in order to complete his predoctoral internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He completed his postdoctoral training and served an additional three years at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). During his time at NMCP he worked in the outpatient behavioral health clinic and was a part-time embedded psychologist for Submarine Squadron 6, at Naval Station, Norfolk. Dr. Reichmann was eventually selected to be the assistant department head of the military’s largest substance abuse treatment facility and served in that position for two years. After completing his service contract, Dr. Reichmann went on to pursue a career with the Veterans Affairs. He currently works at one of the VA Medical Centers outside of Philadelphia where he manages a program designed to treatment veterans who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Dr. Reichmann also does part-time work conducting assessment and selection for the military. His clinical interests include: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Serious Mental Illness, and Insomnia. His personal interests include: spending time with family (wife, son, daughter & two doodles), weightlifting and cycling, snowboarding, Philadelphia (Eagles – go birds!), food, tattoos, and travel. For more info on Veterans and Recovery please visit,https://www.va.gov/health-care/health-needs-conditions/substance-use-problems/Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
95:57 2/11/23
"The Difference" with Author S.A. Blair
S.A. Blair is a woman in long term-recovery since September 9th, 2016, rebuilding her life after over a decade of self-destruction. With her passion for writing in one hand and her passion for helping people in the other, she wrote her first book, The Difference: a memoir. This book details the heart-wrenching downward spiral into her heroin addiction, recalling multiple expulsions and arrests, self-harm and suicide attempts, she strives to capture the essence of the human experience, providing proof that while our experiences may vary, our feelings are the same. She now resides in Denver, Colorado, where she studies Biology and Environmental Science, and is participating in an internship conducting genetics research in a lab. She has begun work on her second novel, which, acting as a sequel to the first book, will dig into her spirituality and recovery journey. "This dream-like (and at times nightmarish) sequence of events offers deep insight into the perils of intense drug use. Through it all, the author is able to navigate through her stark past with wit, grace, and an overt compassion for her family and friends. Gut-wrenching yet cathartic, “The Difference” depicts the plight of modern desperation with utter poignancy."-William L. Karp, review on AmazonCheck out her Memoir on Amazon;https://www.amazon.com/Difference-memoir-S-Blair/dp/B0BF2Q763C?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=fplfs&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER Please stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
58:55 2/5/23
"Supporting Parents" with Margie Durkin (LSW) & Lori Chaffers (MSW)
 Meet Lori Chaffers, M.S.W., is the new Executive Director for Outreach – Center for Community Resources. Previously, Lori served as the Program Director of the Office of Social Service Research & Development at Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services. Lori was one of the founding co-chairs for the Lackawanna County System of Care, and served on a number of community coalitions and task forces addressing needs in the areas of housing, substance use/abuse, services for older youth, and others.  Lori also teaches when her schedule allows as an adjunct instructor at the Marywood University the School of Social Work.  Lori has over fifteen years of child welfare experience including working with families in their own homes, working with children in placement, working with transitioning youth, and most recently cross-systems collaboration and evaluating practice. Lori also has five years of experience in community-building and community organizing within low-income and at-risk populations in Camden, New Jersey and believes that building community and concern for our neighbor is key to addressing social issues. Lori is happy to return to non-profit work at Outreach and is excited for the next chapter in the organization’s history of moving today’s families forward. Margy Durkin graduated from Wilkes University with a BA degree in Psychology. She was hired in 1989 by BBVS, a state agency serving blind and visual impaired individuals. For the next 25 years, she worked as a social worker with children covering eight counties throughout the Commonwealth. Along with her counterpart in Altoona, she developed the BBVS children’s program which is currently being utilized throughout the state.  After her early retirement in 2014, she returned to the State to work part time as an annuitant. As an annuitant, she was asked to return to train new staff, develop a handbook, and provide counseling to students attending a summer transition program at Penn State University. After the annuitant positions were dissolved during the pandemic, she was then hired as a Community/ School Liaison for Outreach. Margy is also working part time as social worker for the Hanover Area School district. Margy attributes her initial passion for social work to her parents who were a powerful example of service to others.  She reports being beyond grateful for the daily inspiration and opportunity to have a positive impact on those less fortunate.  In 1995, Margy received an award from The AmPlease stop by ApplePodcast and give us a Rating and Review! Leaders Of Long Term Recovery in Pennsylvania We combine proven recovery principles with new, innovative techniques to provide one of the most effective programs for young men in the country.  Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individuals that include a variety of means to recovery. Joe Van Wie is a father, husband, filmmaker, and reformed media consultant in recovery. Fellowship House As a treatment center, Fellowship House offers both residential and outpatient treatment services toallbetter.fm Discussions on addiction and recovery. We interview clinicians/researchers, legislators, and individDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show Stop by our Apple Podcast and drop a Review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/allbetter/id1592297425?see-all=reviewsSupport The Showhttps://www.patreon.com/allbetter
71:47 1/30/23