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Voices In Recovery Podcast
75 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
This week's guest is Jerad. His story involves developing complex PTSD early due to an incredibly stressful environment. He talks about the ten years spent in active addiction and the damage, which looks like PTSD today, which he now lives with and is learning to treat. He shares how reconnecting with his culture more and more every day helps him find purpose and direction in his daily life. If he didn't tell us all about it, I might never have guessed the amount of pain in his heart, mind and spirit and how he expressed that to the world around him. Jerad reminds me of so much, but mostly to keep judgment and assumption to myself. He has made terrible choices and for those, he will answer. My hope is that we strive to understand more and more why humans do some of the terrible things we do. Instead of forever pointing our swords at punitive punishments.Thank you so much for your courage, strength and hope Jerad.Check out his...instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/jaycreesaboriginalcrafts/Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Indigenousmadegoods
72 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
This week's guest is Cheryl. It was over a year ago when she lost her son Jacob due to a drug overdose. Jacob was a kind, compassionate, and caring man, who found himself fighting an incredible fight for the last few years of his life. Within Jacob's story is a young man, whom was bullied in school, confused by mental health difficulties, and tortured by a deep pain. Cheryl talked about compassion being such a vital necessity and the lack of it within the medical community at times when dealing with mental illness/addiction. Cheryl watched, as the system repeatedly let her son down until his death. Where Cheryl began her outspoken mission to end stigma and mistreatment by speaking with all of the wonderful staff, who had helped Jacob in his final days. She is hoping to help and encourage creating compassionate environments for healing our fellows with unseen wounds. Those with wounds running much deeper than our eyes can see. Thank you Cheryl.
71 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Goodbye 2021, Year End Wrap Up
Darcy and I sit down to say goodbye to 2021. A huge thank you to our listeners, viewers, and supporters of all kinds. We are excited to begin another year of incredible stories. To our guests we can't thank you enough for having the courage to be on the show and share yourselves with everyone. You are the reason that we love doing this show so much.
47 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Our guest this week is a friend of ours, Vicki! She shares her incredible life story from a total lack of security and safety as a child she weathered the storms of racism, bullying, and violence against some incredible odds. She now finds herself, due to hard work and constant effort, sober and building a life of serenity through service and step work. Thank you so much Vicki, you're story is amazing just as you are!
53 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Vanisha's Ordinary Courage
This week, one of our favourite humans, Vanisha Breault drops by. She talks about her brand new book, "Ordinary Courage", The Terminator Foundation's second annual recovery summit in February 2022, and the excitement over the work on the second book! Vanisha talks about her family and the struggle for recovery her sons are experiencing. Our thoughts go out to her children, as we know the road is difficult and dark at times. She is a blessing in the world, full of compassion, understanding, and acceptance. Thank you Vanisha.
90 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
This week's guest is Mary. She tells us her incredible story of sobriety and we follow her twists and turns, as she makes her way through life. Gratefully she is able to articulate the effects of intergenerational trauma and racism in present day Canada. She talks about how much racism is faced by people of color and immigrants specifically coming to Canada. We learn about the racism and bigotry, which effected her parents when they first arrived here amny years ago. She talks about how the impact plays out in her life today. Thank you Mary, we appreciate you!
47 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Mitch stopped by and shared his incredible journey from near death, prison, sobriety, and his wonderful family that he credits to recovery. He spends a great deal of time sharing his experience, strength and hope to help others. I cannot believe his courage! Thank you Mitch!
67 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
This week we share Shea's story and what a journey he has been on. He started his pathway of sobriety over a year ago and he's continued to keep himself open to growth and whatever may be next in his evolution. As we discuss, more and more will be revealed. From one survivor to another, thank you my friend. We appreciate your vulnerability and courage in the face of it.
65 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Can There Be Justice
This week Darcy and I talk about the "justice system" as it pertains to sexual assault and rape. This was a difficult chat for he and I, it stands to reason it may be triggering for others. Please, if you find yourself struggling or in need of help, reach out. You are welcome to email us at email@example.com or direct message on Instagram or our Facebook page Freedom's Path Recovery Society.
73 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Getting Out of The Way
We talk about some of my own experiences with working through stressful situations, tools I use that help my recovery and healing. We dig into what it means to get out of your own way to allow healing and growth.
64 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Spirituality and Recovery
Based on our guests that have been on the show we have noticed that many of them talk about spirituality and religion in some way. This made us want to discuss this in a bit more depth so today we did just that.
91 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Our guest this week is Autumn and Wow, she is an incredible human. She's a mother, archaeologist, artist, world traveller, and seeker of justice for women... amongst other things. She is reclaiming her culture through every action she takes and is teaching her 15 month old son her Ojibway language and others! This practice helps her learns every day as well. Check out her story this week, you won't be disappointed! Also, check out her art on Instagram @ojicreations and on her website www.autumn.ca Thank you so much Autumn, we appreciate you.
57 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Darcy and I begin a new chapter for Voices in Recovery. We are bringing in video podcasts where we talk recovery topics amongst other things. We will occasionally have guests coming on and will keep bringing you stories from amazing people. Today we talk about relapse, negative stereotypes, what it means to relapse, and so much more. Thank you for listening and take good care.
84 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Recently, I had another chance to sit down with my friend and activist, First Light. He talks about the found bodies of children at the residential schools across Canada, accountability, reconciliation, love, pain, family, friends, healing, and much more. He brings a clear, honest perspective to so many subjects and I just try to keep up with him. He is one of my favorite humans out there and his constant pressure continues to give me hope for all young people.
109 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Darcy joins me to talk about change, how it makes us feel, our anxieties, and what we are learning from the recent big changes in our lives.
57 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Anita's Story pt. 2
This week, our friend and a repeat guest, Anita brought her beautiful therapy dog, Bob in for this visit. We had a great chat about some positive potential growth within the ranks of the RCMP in her area if not one day overall. I am pulling for her and for the members to be given the space and ability to care for their individual and group mental health. Healthy and supported officers lead to positive enforcement standards, which could lead to more positive commitments to the communities they serve. She shared about Bob, who after being with Anita for a while became a therapy dog. We love Anita and Bob. Bob is the best boi.
53 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
This week our brand new friend, Dakshima, drops by and shares her journey. She comes from Sri Lanka where it is against the law to be yourself if you happen to be a lesbian and she proudly is. In Sri Lanka, the consequences of being found out as a lesbian can be ten years in prison. Not only could she not be herself, she was raised believing that who she was, was wrong and a crime. Her life was an incredible challenge for many reasons when she first arrived in Canada. One of these was being a lawyer when she arrived. Once in Canada, she had to work multiple jobs while she went back to university. Recognizing that she would basically have to start at the beginning if she was to practice law, Dakshima went into social work. She runs a program for new immigrants to Canada, who are also experiencing difficulty with identity. After sitting with her, there is no doubt that if you are struggling with identity and the multiple challenges facing immigrants coming to Canada, she is someone who can help. Thank you for your bravery and for being you!
103 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Taylor's Story 2
Taylor stops by for her second visit on the show and we have another wonderfully complex conversation about her journey so far. There is no question she is a presence; full of spirit, strength, kindness, toughness, and the list goes on. It is always such a pleasure to to talk with and listen to. I feel better off for knowing her and knowing she is out there digging into life. We talk sobriety and how different that can look for different people. We talk a lot about codependency and many of the ways it can interfere with and destroy any relationship. I know that I have many difficulties with codependency at times and it really does help me talking about these things openly.
60 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Our guest this week is Shayne. His story begins in an alcoholic, abusive household where he found himself experimenting with both alcohol and cannabis at an extremely early age. His addiction took him in and out of prison until he came to Calgary for a fresh start. For a few months it seemed as though the geographical change was working. He found himself in and out of treatment centers living the street life in Calgary, drinking and using whatever drug he could and he was unable to stay clean and sober. When he found himself ready to do the work it takes to get and stay sober, he did exactly that. In sobriety today, he chooses to clean house, trust God, and help others and it seems to be working big time in his life today. Thank you Shayne, we appreciate you!
90 minutes | May 27, 2021
This week we sit down with mister Chris B. I cannot say enough kind things about him although his kindness stands out. Not because he's perfect because he is not, but because he's genuine, compassionate and searching. He works hard to keep learning and share all that he's gained in life and his 9 year journey in recovery. He was a fire fighter until PTSD intervened, which was when drinking became the real problem it was meant to be. I'm grateful to call him a friend and someone I look up to. Today, he works hard building the life he dreamt of and one that goes beyond what he could imagine! If you are one of those humans, who wonders whether or not they can? After listening to Chris, I believe a little bit more in possibilities. Thank you Chris, we appreciate you my friend.
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