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Episode 41: Chris – Part 2

In Part 2 of Episode 41, Chris talks about his experiences in sober living and the things that he has learned from the process — from opening up about things that he didn’t know about himself to working with families to help illuminate issues within their dynamic.

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Episode 41: Chris – Part 1

In Part 1 of Episode 41 Chris talks about his “arrived moment,” selling drugs to people and have them look up to him as he navigated from group to group. Starting with marijuana and then transitioning to prescription pills, Chris eventually became a heavy pill user who had easy access to it — stealing his mother’s OxyContin.

Episode 40: Jack

In Episode 40 Jack talks about the importance of learning in recovery as that’s what it’s all about — learning and leaning on each other when we can’t be strong for ourselves.

Episode 39: Earl – Part 2

In Part 2 of Episode 39, Earl talks about the process of finding a living donor for a kidney transplant the results of which have come from the most likely and unlikely of sources.

Episode 39: Earl – Part 1

In Part 1 of Episode 39, Earl talks about how he immersed himself in recovery movies, books and AA to help achieve his recovery. For Earl there was no more using comfortably once you start going to AA.

Episode 38: Tim

In Episode 38, Tim talks about the impact that sharing his recovery story has had in drastically changing his life. For him the most important thing is being able to use his testimony to inspire somebody to never give up or lose faith.

Episode 37: Libby

In Episode 37 Libby discusses how everything she did while in addiction was to avoid God and now in active recovery her whole life is centered on God.

Episode 36: Ben

In Episode 36, Ben talks about his early difficulty with the 12-Steps and how hearing a different explanation of the program became a turning point in his recovery.

Episode 35: Tim

In Episode 35, Tim talks about how finding a spiritual connection is important in recovery as he knows there is stuff going on in his life that he can only credit to God.

Episode 34: Mike

In Episode 34, Mike talks about how he was able to achieve recovery once he did the following three things — talk to people again, live life, and become a member of society again.

Episode 33: Emily

In Episode 33, Emily talks about how connecting with a higher power has allowed her to keep going in her recovery, to stay strong.

Episode 32: Arthur – Part 2

In Part 2 of Episode 32, Arthur discusses how recovery has made him more content with his life than he ever thought he would be. He knew in order to repair his relationships and to get his life back together he had to finally give in and get the help he needed.

Episode 32: Arthur – Part 1

In Part 1 of Episode 32, Arthur talks about how his growing addiction, during a three year period, changed him from the outgoing, positive person (the life of the party) to someone who isolated himself from his friends.

Episode 31: Dave

In Episode 31, Dave talks about how a big part of treatment is developing a sense of awareness of oneself. While caught up in the vicious cycle of substance abuse, he underestimated the severity of it while in its grasp. It was only until he was free that he could really see it.

Episode 30: Audrey

In Episode 30, Audrey talks about the things that she learned in recovery from learning how to sit and be quiet to writing down her feelings. She is a strong believer in writing down her feelings. She has written over 35 journals and to her amazement, stories that she has written (in poems, her recovery story) have been published in multiple books.

Episode 29: Tony

In Episode 29, Tony talks about his appreciation for recovery and the opportunities it’s given him — from a career, to meeting his wife who he met three years into his recovery. They have walked the path of recovery together as a couple but Tony believes that the important thing with couples that are in recovery is that they each have their own recovery. They just recently celebrated 20 years of marriage.

Episode 28: Cameron

In Episode 28, Cameron talks about how treatment has given him a new outlook on life — from not being ashamed of the things that he’s done in the past to coming to the realization that nothing is going to be beneficial to his recovery unless he’s honest about everything.

Episode 27: Joe

In Episode 27, Joe talks about how asking for help with his addiction was the smartest decision he’s ever made.  For Joe it doesn’t make you less of a person, it makes you a much stronger person to be able to ask for that helping hand.

Episode 26: Raymon

In Episode 26, Raymon discusses the significance that outpatient treatment had on his recovery — learning what he needed to do, learning what not to do and most importantly learning that it’s ok to trust people. For Raymon, going into outpatient treatment was the best decision he ever made.

Episode 25: Rich

In Episode 25, Rich talks about how one of the therapists in treatment helped him get through the tough times. How her no-nonsense attitude helped him realize the big truth. He uses what he learned in treatment to help others new to a program, which in turn helps reinforce how much he appreciates his own recovery.

Episode 24: Kylie

In Episode 24 Kylie talks about the effect meetings have had in her recovery — how she learned more about herself and finally accepted that she had a problem with alcohol.

Episode 23: Jim

In Episode 23, Jim talks about how he used the 12-Steps to get him through relapse and navigate every day in his personal commitment to doing the next right thing.

Episode 22: Adrian

In Episode 22, Adrian talks about how treatment made him start to accept who he was on the inside.

Episode 21: Chris

In Episode 21, Chris talks about his recovery and how he uses his story to offer those who are struggling with addiction, the hope that he found when he got sober.

Episode 20: Jimmy – Part 2

In Episode 20, Jimmy talks about how treatment has brought him much closer to his family, especially his son.

Episode 20: Jimmy – Part 1

In Part 1 of Episode 20, Jimmy talks about the effect substance abuse had on his work and life, and the treatment that has now allowed him to do things for himself.

Episode 19: Traci – Part 2

In Part 2 of Episode 19, Traci talks about how her son has been a true blessing in her recovery.

Episode 19: Traci – Part 1

In Part I of Episode 19, Traci talks about how she fell into her substance abuse to get away from the physical and emotional pain in her life. 

Episode 18: Alexandria

In Episode 18, Alexandria talks about the benefits of a really good support system, in treatment and now during recovery.

Episode 17: Tim

In Episode 17, Tim talks about how his recovery has afforded him the opportunity to give countless others a voice to express themselves.

Episode 16: Chris

In Episode16, Chris talks about how growing up as a child he felt like he was always on his own. Going through treatment he realized that was not the case. Now through his career he helps people who find themselves in the same situation that he once was.

Episode 15: Maggie

In Episode 15, Maggie talks about how her addiction was her best friend and how, through treatment, she was able to let go and be as free as she’s ever been.

Episode 14: Alex

In Episode 14 of Far From Finished, Alex talks about how treatment made her feel like she wasn’t alone and that she had a purpose in life.

Episode 13: Nicole

In Episode 13 of Far From Finished, Nicole talks about how she immersed herself in fellowship and treatment. She discusses how she has used that to pay it forward in her life especially in her career.

Episode 12: Craig

In Episode 12 of Far From Finished, Craig talks about the lasting impact that treatment has been able to provide in his life.

Episode 11: Jerald

In Episode 11 of Far From Finished, Jerald talks about how his life became unmanageable in addiction. With treatment he now lives a fuller life in recovery with his extended family and his recovery family.

Episode 10: Kevin

In Episode 10 of Far From Finished, Kevin talks about how his recovery has been a blessing — helping him, his family and also his career.

Episode 9: Ben

In episode nine of Far From Finished Ben talks about how he fell into the throes of addiction at an early age. Stuck in an endless cycle with his addiction, Ben shares what finally drove him to get the help that he deserved.

Episode 8: Justin

In Episode Eight of Far From Finished, Justin talks about the long process he underwent to achieve sobriety and the sober community that has changed his life for the better.

Episode 7: Sara

In episode seven of Far From Finished, Sara talks about how anxiety and depression led her towards addiction, reaching a point where she could not live without anything mind altering such as alcohol. By fully committing to recovery, Sara has achieved the happiness that she deserves.

Episode 6: Scott

In this episode Scott, talks about his 20 year career as a firefighter, the drug addiction that overtook him due to his PTSD and the treatment he underwent to achieve the peace that he deserves.

Episode 5: Traci

In this episode, Traci talks about how looking for acceptance from others lead to her drug abuse, and how she learned to accept and be confident in HERSELF to stop it.

Episode 4: Josh

In this episode, Josh talks about his drug and alcohol abuse from grade school to adulthood.

Episode 3: Bobby

In this episode, Bobby shares her story of transformation, as a single mother of six, to somebody that she and her kids can be happy and proud of.

Episode 2: Tim

In this episode, Tim talks about how he went from repeatedly hurting his loved ones with his addiction, to the clean and sober man they are all proud of.

Episode 1: Jaleah

In this episode, Jaleah shares her journey from alcoholism and drug abuse during homelessness, to finding AAC and then getting clean and sober.

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