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  • 00:53

    Dropping the "A" Word - Moving From Contemplation to Action

    in Lifestyle

    We get a lot of emails from people saying they are still drinking but are concerned they may have a problem, or are trying not to drink and listen to this show as one of their tools. We are so grateful that the show helps people on their journey towards, or in, sobriety.  One pattern we see is that the arc of contemplating “am I or aren’t I an alcoholic?” looks very similar for most people.  This is especially true of people who are earlier on in this process and who have yet to experience many outward ramifications from their drinking.

    We can spend a lot of time thinking about whether or not we are truly an alcoholic, and this is an obstacle to taking action about your drinking.

    So we thought it would be helpful to talk about what this contemplative arc looks like, for many people, and provide a few resources that can be helpful in finding community that can help (because, as we talk about all the time on this show, community is the key to getting sober).

  • 01:10

    Substance Abuse and the Disease of Addiction

    in Health

    Join us with Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Edward Bognacki for a frank discussion of issues surrounding substance abuse and addiciton.

    Topics will include:

    Heroin, does not discriminate by race, age, or socio-economic status

    Gateway drugs. What are they?

    Treatment vs punishment for non-violent users. Inequities in the justice system by race/economics.

    The marijuana legalization movement (medical, recreational)

    Workplace drug testing: What does it accomplish?

    Alcohol and alcoholism

    About Our Guest:
    Edward Bognacki is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor with 15 years experience in the field. Throughout his career, he has worked with adolescent and adult addicts at the Intensive Outpatient and Inpatient level of care.  He has been with High Focus Centers at several locations in Northern and Central NJ for the past 11 years, and currently works with young adult and adult patients in Freehold NJ in intensive outpatient setting. Prior to High Focus Centers, Ed worked at Endeavor House in Keyport and Kearney, NJ and Comprehensive Recovery Services in Hackensack, NJ.
    Ed holds a Master of Divinity from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Montclair University.
    A native of New Milford, NJ, Ed currently resides in Toms River, NJ.

  • 01:04

    Teaching People How To Treat Us - Setting Boundaries in Early Recovery

    in Lifestyle

    Setting boundaries is an essential skill in life, especially for people in recovery. Alcoholic and addicts often have dysfunctional boundaries: either too rigid (leading to suppressed emotions or distant relationships) or too enmeshed (depriving us of a sense of personal identity). If we don't learn how to create and maintain healthy boundaries interpersonal relationships may continue to be defined by old roles and patterns, increasing the risk of relapse.

    As part of recovery, we learn how to set boundaries and to respect other people’s boundaries in return. 

    But, especially in early recovery, this can be daunting.  An important aspect of setting healthy boundaries is learning, simply, how to say "no".  Another important part of setting boundaries is identifying how we are feeling; something that can take practice when we are newly sober. We can't teach other people how to treat us if we can't identify our own thoughts, feelings and emotions.

    On this show we will discuss what boundaries are, why they are important, and share tips, tools and advice on ways we identify, build and strengthen them, with an emphasis on how to do this when you are newly sober.

  • 00:30

    Get to Know The Founding Members of The Family Recovery Project

    in Parents

    The three primary groups affected by today’s treatment paradigm are: the individuals abusing drugs, their families, and the communities they live in. What is lacking is a comprehensive level of integration between expert opinions and the day-to-day consequences of living with an addict. 

    Families are the group caught in the middle. We bear the financial burden to support demand-side treatment efforts in addition to the public policy decisions that enforce supply-side efforts to control drug use. Billions of dollars are spent annually with pennies-on-the-dollar trickling back to the group charged with funding both sides of the status quo. An empathetic connection addressing this need between addiction specialists and families doesn't always exist.

    Funding another survey for experts to dissect and build collateral bodies of theoretical work rarely finds its way into the living rooms around the country where it is needed most. This 'trickle down' approach just continues to build an intellectual and clinical infrastructure designed to justify its own existence. In 12 years of research, we haven't found many published studies that use information provided by parents and family as a separate component of addiction theory. The majority all end up circling back to what the addict needs by proposing changes to the existing paradigm or enforcement issues with existing drug laws. What does matter is that we have been kept on the perimeter. 

    Our founders are a parent and a former treatment professional, and in this episode they will discuss how they came together and what they've learned that inspired them to start The Family Recovery Project. 

  • 00:47

    Actress, Singer Mackenzie Phillips Shares Her Story Of Growing Up And Addiction

    in Entertainment

    Today is my 6th. year anniversary for my radio show on the Blog Talk Radio Network.  For my 6th. year and 135th. show Mackenzie Phillips is my very special guest she is an actress and singer best known for her roles in American Graffiti and as rebellious teenager Julie Cooper on the sitcom One Day at a Time.   She is most recently known for her role on Disney channel’s science – fiction show So Weird. She will be sharing the story of her incredible and turbulent childhood, how she battled severe addiction and made it to the other side; to a life of recovery and helping others.  Mackenzie is the daughter of John Phillips, lead singer of the 60s band, The Mamas and the Papas. As a troubled teen star, Phillips made several visits to rehab before getting sober. Mackenzie’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in her bestselling memoir High On Arrival and in the media. She now wishes to use her past experiences to help others and offer hope to individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. She is now working for the Pasadena Recovery Center as their Recovery and Treatment Advocate, running groups on a weekly basis.  For California listeners, every month Pasadena Recovery Center welcomes experts, celebrities and authors to their Speaker Series Event where members of the community can attend; listen to inspiring stories, learn about addiction treatment, and more.  For more info on the next speaker series, follow Pasadena Recovery Center on Facebook       https://twitter.com/MackPhillips ,   https://www.facebook.com/mack.phillips.33?fref=ts


  • 00:10

    Beyond Clean & Sober: Life After Addiction

    in Health

    How can you stay sober and be happy? Today CD RECOVERY SERVICES presents in Part 1 of 2 Trinity Sober Homes director Tim Murray discusses his journey through addiction and recovery from the top of the corporate ladder to sleeping in his car to becoming the director of the same type of sober homes that he was once a resident of. Other themes we will be exploring in this series include:

    Sober Living
    Sober Housing MN
    Changing Habits
    Goal Setting
    Employment In Recovery
    The Secret Of Service

    Join us each week for Five-Stars Recovery Radio and check us out at www.fivestarsrecovery.com

    Once treatment is over though what are the next steps to take? 

    How can you make successful changes in your life that are permenent?

    How can you help someone in your family or a friend who has gone through treatment and is struggling?

    What sorts of things give someone the best odds of avoiding relapse back into active addiction?

    These are some of the topics that our experts will be discussing in detailed interviews with Five Stars Recovery Center. We are located in Chanhassen, MN and we offer treatment and sober living options for those suffering the pain of active addiction and wanting to get help. 

  • 01:59

    The Ten Commandments of Recovery: Numbers, 10, 9, & 8 (Part 1 of 3)

    in Self Help

    Show Topic:  The Ten Commandments of Recovery will be a 3-part series counting down our opinion of the top Ten Commandments for sustaining a successful recovery from addiction. This is an obvious take off of the religious based Ten Commandments, but the meanings behind our commandments will have no religious bearing.

    Number 10:  Thou Shall not Covet the Life, the Material things, and the Friends, of Others

    Number 9:  Thou Shall be Honest with Thy Self

    Number 8:  Thou Shall Not Cheat Thy Recovery

    Show Segments:  Recap, Show Topic, Recovery Support Time


  • 00:02

    What's wrong with addiction treatment? Lets change it!

    in Health

    Ted Izydor, who is a licensed mental health and addiction professional, talks about the addiction treatment field and why people relapse so often after completing treatment.  Ted highlights the work of John Kelly and William White authors of the book, Addiction Recovery Management, and how new models of treating addiction as a long term chronic disease could benefit people in recovery.  The short term acute model of addiction treatment is examined and compared to adopting a long term model of treatment such as with hypertension and diabetes.  The benefits of this is highlighted.  

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    in Dads and Family

    President and founder of The League of DADs and host of The League of DADs Talk Radio Christopher Smith explains how addiction to drugs is the same as theses women that are getting child support under prefect father child relationships!