#124 – Martha Jones: XXV

Martha Jones celebrated 25 years sober on July 20th - her sober date is 7/20/1997. “You CAN do it!” She is a survivor and a Mama fighting against human trafficking and child exploitation.

You can contact Martha at marthasjones72097@gmail.com

Aug 10, 2022

#123 – Dona Speir: The Naked Truth

My life is proof that a life filled with addiction, abuse, and tremendous suffering can be completely transformed into one filled with hope, prosperity, and genuine happiness. With 35-years clean and sober, I have defied the odds of the disease of addiction and I am devoted to guiding others to do the same. After finding my own sobriety, I discovered that my calling and purpose lies in empowering others to find theirs. Today, I am a renowned addiction recovery coach, interventionist, author and public speaker.

I found fame in Hollywood at a young age, pivoting a teenage modeling career into roles in television and film while earning a place as a world-renowned Playboy Centerfold. From the outside, it appeared I had it all: beauty, success, elite connections, while traveling the world. But behind the glamour, I was in extraordinary pain. I was groomed and victimized by sexual predators in positions of power. I began using drugs and alcohol to cope with the trauma. My drug use spiraled into addiction, and I found myself at a crossroads, realizing I would succumb to the disease if I did not fight for my life. I fought hard and remarkably found sobriety at the young age of 23 and I have never looked back, while maintaining my sobriety for over three decades. I truly understand the complexity of the social, physical, and emotional aspects of alcoholism and addiction. In addition to learning through my own experiences, I have studied addiction and recovery while becoming a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach I and II and National Certified Interventionist.

In 2019, I finally published my memoir, Naked Truth, The Fall and Rise of Dona Speir, where I recount the story of my childhood, modeling and acting career, and victimization by powerful men. I also delved into the details of my addiction and subsequent triumphant recovery. At the heart of my healing, I believe in using humor and enthusiasm to overcome even the darkest of moments. I have mentored thousands of people in discovering sobriety and leading fulfilling, joyous lives, and am committed to mentoring thousands more.

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Recovery Today Magazine

Aug 3, 2022

#122 – Gentry Jones: Life with Gentry

My name is Gentry and I am the a proud owner of AF Squared products, programs and coaching services. I am a busy momma to four boys with the youngest two being identical 4 year old twins. I put down the bottle after wasting many years, days and minutes battling my love/hate relationship with alcohol. I am dedicated to helping other on their sober journey and am proud to represent the benefits of an alcohol free lifestyle. Mommy doesn't need wine.

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Jul 27, 2022

#121 – J. Edwards Holt: Seven Branches

Born in North Carolina, United States, J. Edwards Holt always knew that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating high school, he attended college and pursued a degree in education, but later decided to change course and follow his dream to become a novelist and children’s author. Now a bestselling author, ordained minister, and mental health advocate, Holt spends his free time reading and helping the less fortunate in his community. He is passionate about spreading Christian messages through his writing, watching science fiction and superhero movies, and collecting comic books.

JEdwardHolts.com | Exceptional Needs Today | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Jul 20, 2022

#120 – Adam Carroll: Addict 2 Athlete

Hi, my name’s Adam and I’ve been clean and sober now for over 9 years, racking up daily gains and wins, growing strong odaat (one day at a time) since seeking help and changing my life in 2013. If I hadn't, jails, institutions and death were to be my fate—instead becoming addicted to bettering myself and helping others better themselves.

I was a very insecure child, uncomfortable and feeling of loneliness all too common, which led to some serious bullying. I turned to drugs and alcohol to cope, the only things that made me feel ok and started dealing at age 14. Got kicked out of my mom's and dropped out of high school, and so the high cost of low living in the fast lane going nowhere fast ensued.

Full-time career using and selling, had my own place early on, even a vehicle with no licence. Hanging with the wrong crowd, but feeling that false sense of belonging, respect, strength, and people feared me, taking away all my insecurities and I was invincible. My life of addiction and crime riddled with jail stints, violence, near death experiences, drug deals gone south, crazy long benders, and ultimately, loss of friends and family, and almost my own life. 

When I finally decided to turn my addictive personality into a positive direction; started going to the gym and working out everyday; got addicted to learning and accumulated many certifications and knowledge adding to my lived experience. 

Today, I'm on mission to help others the same way I was but with a more specific and holistic approach through the @theaddict2athletemethod, focusing on taking care of the mind, body and soul by combining the 12 steps and meetings, breathwork, sober coaching/peer counselling, and addressing past trauma.

Why do Breathwork? To truly understand the power of stillness and the power of the breath to quiet the analytical mind to remember who they are and where they come from. To become a more self aware being.

My definition of self-awareness: It is the awareness that you (the Soul) are not your Avatar (the body and mind/brain). 

It means that you have become aware/awakened and/or remembered that you are a Soul/Entity that is having a human experience with your Sentient Being. 

It means becoming aware that you have been on autopilot... identifying with all of your human experiences, deeply conditioning you to a low vibration (anxiousness, fear, shame, etc.) 

It means you are now aware and have come to the understanding that you need to heal and or retrain your Sentient Being/Avatar (the body and mind/brain) WITH LOVE through STILLNESS/PRESENCE... BEING, so that you can raise to your TRUE vibration... LOVING AWARENESS (acceptance, empathy, forgiveness, etc.). 

To discover your true power and potential as a Sovereign Light Being... God!

I love helping others reach their goals, nothing makes me happier than to work with individuals who are motivated and ready to also be the game changers in their lives.

I am a mental health and recovery advocate. 

My qualifications are as follows:

Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Field: Certified Trauma Recovery Coach Certified Sober Coach Certified Breathwork Therapist Certified Addiction Supervisor/Peer Counsellor

Fitness & Nutrition Field: Certified Elite Personal Trainer Certified Nutritionist Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified FRC Mobility Specialist Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist 

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Jul 13, 2022

#119 – Lona "LC" Currie: Recovery Soulfood

Lona "LC" Currie speaks openly, honestly and authentically about his childhood trauma, mental health struggles, a 22 year addiction to opiates and anything that would help him escape his pain, as well as his gender transition and his 9 year recovery journey. All in the Hopes of creating a world where No One Suffers in Silence and Never has to feel Alone! "Our stories are Powerful when shared and Transformational for both the hearer and the speaker." LC's classic speech titled, Get Up From Your Give Up and Create a Life You Love! has been heard by thousands and is in the process of becoming his first book. His podcast Recovery Soulfood can be heard on all major Podcast Platforms and LIVE episodes can be seen on the Recovery Soulfood YouTube Channel.

Connect with LC on Instagram | TikTok | Twitter | Facebook

Jul 6, 2022

#118 – Matt Gardiner: Beyond Recovery

Matt Gardiner is a passionate and empathetic Recovery Coach & Life Coach who has helped numerous people get out of their 'stuck stories' and move towards the life of their dreams.

He focuses on changing the language & words, and the stories you've been attaching to the events in your life.

Better words + better breathing = better life.

Matt's vision of Recovery includes an active and healthy lifestyle, that also includes planning for some very deliberate, relaxing downtime for self-care and healing.

Matt is also a gifted musician and Sound Therapist, which compliments his work as a Coach. His new album 'Expansion 1st' was released on June 21, 2022.

'Beyond Recovery' is a podcast hosted by Matt, where guests come on to share their journeys to, and through, recovery.

Matt battled alcohol dependency from his late teens into his early 30s. He was a daily drinker from age 21 to 30. At age 27, Matt hospitalized himself with acute pancreatitis. While this was initially framed as the wake-up call Matt needed, after 3 days in the hospital, he was back out drinking within 24hrs of being released. At age 30, Matt hit a rock bottom moment which led to 3 years + of sobriety. At a friend's wedding, he decided he would attempt “moderation” again, which he tried for the next several years.

When Matt’s dad passed away suddenly in late 2018 (he had been a heavy drinker his whole adult life) Matt decided on the weekend of his father's Celebration of Life that it was time to sober up once again! That was in April 2019. Matt is now back at 3 years+ sober!

Jun 29, 2022

#117 – Britt Frank: The Science of Stuck

Britt Frank, MSW, LSCSW, SEP is a licensed psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and author of _The Science of Stuck: Breaking Through Inertia to Find Your Path Forward. _She received her BA from Duke University and her MSW from the University of Kansas, where she later became an award-winning adjunct professor. Britt writes and speaks widely about the mental health myths that keep us feeling stuck and overwhelmed.

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Jun 22, 2022

#116 – Jennifer Irwin: Sex Addiction (A Dress Series)

Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky, was published in 2017 and has received rave reviews, won seven book awards, and was optioned for a feature film. Jennifer’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary publications including California’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. Jennifer currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Jun 8, 2022

#115 – Lee-Anne Richardson: Addicted to Happy

Lee-Anne Richardson started talking about alcohol recovery on her YouTube channel Addicted to Happy shortly after getting sober in 2014. A few years later she created Sober City which a local resource in Nova Scotia offering meetups, resources, and inspiration all around getting sober and connecting with like-minded people. Throughout the last 8 years of talking about recovery, hearing others’ stories about addiction, and learning about sobriety and mental health Lee-Anne has gained great insight into the many paths one can take on their recovery journey. We’re all so different but we’re also more alike than we realize.

YouTube | Website | Sober Merch | Instagram

Lee-Anne's Episode on the Good People Bad Intentions Podcast

Jun 1, 2022