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  • RP 50: 85th Texas Legislator Update (April 21 2017)

    22/04/2017 Duração: 18min

    Cynthia Humphrey of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs and Jason of RecoveryPeople update audiences on the policy and bill priorities identified by the addiction prevention, treatment and recovery communities. The 85th Session is over halfway through and moving at a "hot and heavy" pace, according to Cynthia. 

  • RP 49: Texas Legislative Update April 14, 2017

    15/04/2017 Duração: 14min

    After a hiatus, RecoveryPeople podcast is back covering the "fast and furious" 85th Texas Legislative Session. Every Friday during the Legislative Session the Substance Use Disorder Coalition (SUD C) meets to debrief the weeks activities and to get updates on what key bills will be doing the next week. Texas is in session every odd year for 140 days, and we are about at the halfway mark. Jason Howell sat veteran advocate, Cynthia Humphries of the Association of Substance Abuse Program, down after the SUD C meeting to get a better understanding of where bills are at in the process and what will be happening next week.

  • RP 48: Comedian Dick Satori of Standup for Recovery and the Healing Hour fo Laughter

    13/05/2016 Duração: 26min

    May 13, 2016. RecoveryPeople is a podcast produced by people in recovery for the recovery community. Today's guest is Dick Satori, a comedian in recovery touring the US healing through laugher. Or his youtube video, Recovery Comedy Shote, "Monkey Off Back - Circus Still In Town!" This week, Dick is in Texas performing at a couple of recovery fundraisers: Friday, May 13, 2016 Standup for Recovery is a funder raiser for Second Annual Recovery in the Park, which will be held during recovery month on September 17, 2016. So, if you are in Austin, head out to Gateway Church South to laugh and support the recovery community. Saturday, May 14, 2016, Dick is headed to the Texas Hill Country to perform at a Young People in Recovery - Kerrville Chapter event in Kerrville, Texas. More info at Then his is offer spreading recovery awareness across the US.  Check out all his tour dates Ma

  • RP 47 Recovery and Relapse Prevention During the Holidays

    22/12/2015 Duração: 36min

    On this episode of RecoveryPeople, Hosts Bob Bookwalter and Jason Howell welcome guest Genaro Sandoval, the Program Director at the Right Step, to discuss recovery and relapse prevention strategies for the Holidays. Whether your and ole time or a new comer, the Holidays can be stressful and/or throw you off your recovery routine. This podcast discuss several strategies you can use to celebrate safely through the Season.

  • RP 46 Sex Addiction with Jace Downey

    28/10/2015 Duração: 56min

    Today on RecoveryPeople we with talk with Jace Downey about sex addiction and her journey towards sexual sobriety.  Jace breaks through the stigma and addresses common misconceptions related to sex addiction.  And most importantly, what she's learned along the way in order to remain sexually sober.  You can learn more about Jace's story and what she's learned about battling sex addiction on her website...

  • RP 45 Overdose Awareness Day 2015

    07/09/2015 Duração: 23min

    Today on RecoveryPeople we chat with Marilee Odendahl about Overdose Awareness Day in Austin, Tx.  Since losing her son to an overdose in 2007, she's become very involved in raising awareness and helping others deal with their loss.  Marilee talks about orginizations that have helped her like GRASP(Grief Recovery as Substance Passing).  Another group, Broken No More, has also played a major role in her support and purpose.  

  • RP 44 UNITE to Face Addiction with Donald McFarland

    12/08/2015 Duração: 30min

    Today on Recovery People Podcast we talk about UNITE to Face Addiction on October 4th in Washington, D.C.  Our guest, Donald McFarland talks about who is going to be there and why YOU should be, too!!  It's going to be a historic event bringing ten of thousands of people together on the National Mall in order to raise awareness around addiction and recovery.

  • RP 43 Affordable Health Care with Merlissa Alfred #HellYes4Recovery

    03/07/2015 Duração: 22min

    Today on the show we talk with Merlissa Alfred and Jason Howell about the Affordable Care Act an how it could affect the landscape of care in Recovery.  Has the Supreme Court paved the way for a "Texas Way" system instead of Obamacare?  Listen and get involved!  #HellYes4Recovery

  • RP 42 UT Center for Students in Recovery-Sierra Castedo, Director

    22/05/2015 Duração: 31min

    Today on Recovery People, we talk about student recovery on college campuses with Sierra Castedo, Director at the Center for Students in Recover at the University of Texas.  The mission of the CSR is to provide a supportive community where students in recovery, and in hope of recovery, can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.  We also talk about how the program’s success at UT Austin has paved the way for similar centers at all of UT’s campuses throughout Texas.  If you’re in college and think you may need help…this show is for you!   Also, if you’re in high school and already in recovery, Sierra has some great information that could help you while selecting a university that would support you and your recovery.  Check out the CSR’s website while you listen!

  • RP 41: Grief Recovery with Vicki Hagadorn

    03/04/2015 Duração: 23min

    Today on RecoverPeople we talk about Grief Recovery with Vicki Hagadorn, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and life coach.  Vicki offers a unique perspective with 22 years of sobriety and 12 years experience leading people through the Grief Recovery Outreach Program.  In this episode, we talk about the sources, causes and conditions of grief.  Vicki also fills us in on the  solution found in The Grief Recovery Method.  It’s a great way to expand your “Spiritual Tool-kit” when the going gets tough.  While you listen, check out her    keywords: addiction, community, recovery, grief, freedom from grief, grieving, healing, wholeness, Podcast, spiritual, wellness.

  • RP 40: Texans Respond to the Opiate Epidemic and Heroin Related Deaths

    28/02/2015 Duração: 36min

    Who knew dope could bring Republicans and Democrats together on an issue!   Today’s guest Mark Kinzly and Charles Thibodeaux of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI) and Robin Peyson of Communities for Recovery discuss several legislative bills that are being introduced into the 84th Texas Legislator in response to the opiate epidemic, which is driving heroin related deaths up by 39% from 2012 to 2013. As a major highway for heroin being smuggled into other state, many believe that the opiate problem maybe even bigger than Texas data indicates due to reporting issues.   According to this coalition of recovery advocates, H.B. 1098 and H.B. 1099 are a huge step in the right direction towards reducing the overdose deaths in Texas. The “Good Samaritan” bill will lower barriers to calling 911 emergency services, and making naloxone available in the community setting and for law enforcement, can arrest an overdose until the individual can get to proper medical attention.   Find an overdose prevention progra

  • RP 39 Cynthia Humphrey Speaks on the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act

    08/02/2015 Duração: 31min

    This week on RecoveryPeople, Cynthia Humphrey, woman in longterm recovery and the Executive Director of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), educates us on the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA), a bill currently before the US Congress. A 20 year veteran in advocacy, Cynthia shares her hope for the future and excitement around peers "coming out of church basements" so policymakers can here our voices and witness how the recovery has changed our lives. Cynthia also talks about the Parity law what we should do if our insurance denies our right to mental health and/or substance use services.  Texas Department of Insurnance / Complaint Form

  • RP 38 Recovery Month September 2014

    10/09/2014 Duração: 22min

    Happy Recovery Month 2014! What are you doing to celebrate recovery? On this episode of Recovery People, Hosts Kirk Zajac and Jason Howell discuss some of Recovery Month events you may want to check out. Recovery Month Events in Texas:  9/12 Austin - Free Anonymous People Screening  9/12 Dallas - Rally for Recovery 9/13 Victoria - Steps to Recovery 5k Run & Walk 9/13 Austin - Big Texas Rally for Recovery 9/13 Austin - Blue Hawaiian Recovery Dance 9/19-20 Denton - The Reel Recovery Film Festival 9/21 Recovery and Health - Echo 9/23 Dallas - Recovery at the Ball Park 9/28 Houston - 5k Run for Recovery  Recovery Month Events Nationally: 9/17 (Streamed Live) Recovery Month Celebration at the White House

  • RP: 37 Overdose Awareness with Mark Kinzly

    28/08/2014 Duração: 40min

    Tonight on RecoveryPeople, Kirk and Jason talk hard facts on the recent rash of overdose deaths in the United States and in Texas.  Mark Kinzly, Overdose Advocate and Steetologist joins Jason and Kirk and highlights key points of the opiate epidemic and how to save lives with one simple medication: Naloxone, also known as Narcan.  Mark goes on to explain the administration of Naloxone, and talks about the International Overdose Awareness Day, which is this coming Sunday, August 31, on the steps of the Austin State Capitol from 5:30PM-7:30PM.

  • RP:36 In Memory of Robin Williams | A Raw Discussion on Depression and Recovery

    15/08/2014 Duração: 36min

    A great man suffered in pain while he made so many double over with laughter. Robin Williams, 63, was found deceased in his California home of an apparent suicide on Monday.  With no note written, the world is left to wonder why.  Jason, Sandy and Kirk talk about the suicide, the apparent depression, and the mental illness that so many outside of the spotlight suffer from.  The hosts share their own struggles with depression and mental illness, and taking ownership of the problem, thus, putting it in perspective as something one can recover from.

  • RP: 35 Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program

    26/07/2014 Duração: 12min

    High stakes, long hours, big egos… Does this sound like another day at a law office or a recipe for addiction? Occupational wellness is import for everyone, especially lawyers.   On this episode of RecoveryPeople, Bree Buchanan, the Director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, talks about why the prevalence of addiction amongst attorneys is about twice that of the general population (18% vs 10%) and why concerns with alcohol problems increase with each year someone is in law schools and/or practices as an attorney. According to one study, 8% of prelaw students, 15% of first-year law school students, and 24% of third-year law students reported concerns with alcohol problems. In addition, 18% of attorneys who practiced for 2 to 20 years reported drinking problems. And the prevalence of drinking problems increase to 25% for attorneys who practiced for over 20 years.   Fortunately, law students, attorneys and judges in Texas can find the confidential help they need to overcome the health hazzards of their p

  • RP 34: Cerina J | Smoking “Unplugged”, Why and How She Quit

    19/07/2014 Duração: 35min

    Stripping away the experts, the research and the awareness campaigns, this episode of RecoveryPeople asks Cerina J, a women in long-term addiction recovery, why she finally decided to quit smoking and how she did it. To varying degrees, people know that smoking is bad for us, yet despite this awareness, the sober community makes a huge exception for nicotine. What’s up with that? Is it that nicotine is as addictive as heroin or is it that peer pressure to smoke (or to start smoking) persists in the recovery community.   Focusing on the solution, Cerina walks us through her experience with different types of smoking cessation services. She speaks the truth for so many, “I was willing to pay all that money for cigarettes but I was unwilling to spend any on stopping” and she highlights the FREE and comprehensive service at Seton Hospital that worked best for her.   All this and more on this episode of RecoveryPeople.

  • RP 33: Lou Detwiler | Acudetox, an Inexpensive and Healthy Way to Bliss and Balance

    12/07/2014 Duração: 27min

      On this episode of RecoveryPeople, Certified Acudetox Specialist and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Lou Detwiler sends Co-hosts Sandy Hollier, Kirk Zajac and Jason Howell into the land of bliss and relaxation by placing acupuncture needles in their ears at five specific points as per the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol. In the context of addiction treatment, Acudetox, also known as auricular detox (auricular meaning of or relating to the ear) can be traced back to the 1970s, but acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (Eastern Medicine) modality that can be traced back for centuries. Acudetox is safe, can be applied in a wide range of settings and is extremely inexpensive. This makes it a very affordable modality that people can use to support their recovery and wellness.   Lou talks about the numerous benefits of acudetox and how Acupuncturist Without Borders have responded to traumatic events around the world from the 911 attack to the earthquake in Haiti.

  • RP 32: Dress for Success, Recovery and Wellness

    05/07/2014 Duração: 36min

    Occupational wellness is the personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work according to SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, and no one supports that better than today’s guest, Judy Chambers, the Executive Director of Dress for Success Austin. Dress for Success is a nonprofit that provides pre and post-employment educational and support opportunities for disadvantaged women in Central Texas. Many of those women are in recovery from substance use issues. Dress for Success Austin is one of 133 affiliates in 16 countries and is built upon a foundation of volunteerism and community which are essential elements of recovery.   Judy shares heart touching stories of women overcoming adversity and reaching new heights of success and talks about the award winning documentary, In Her Shoes, shot in Austin, Texas that highlights a Dress for Success community member’s journey from homelessness to wellness.   Judy also shares her inspiring journey. Judy is a retired educator and guidance counselor with 32

  • RP 31: Sober Softball - Fun, fitness and fellowship in honor of Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia

    28/06/2014 Duração: 24min

    On this episode of RecoveryPeople, Guest Stephen Bagwell announces the first annual RecoveryPeople Softball Tournament to be held on August 9th, 2014 which happens to be the 19th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Jerry was the beloved lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead, and Jerry died of a heart attack while in Rehab. This is especially poignant given that this episode and the softball tournament are a part of our Million Hearts initiative aimed at raise awareness around heart health and wellness within recovery community. Like many of us in addiction recovery, Jerry had several high risk factors for a heart attack such as a history of drug abuse, cigarette smoking, weight gain and diabetes.   While we mourn the loss of a music legend, it is important to remember that we can significantly lower our risk of a heart attack and stroke through physical activity. And to quote today’s Guest, “Never miss an opportunity for fitness”. Stephan regals Co-hosts Kirk Zajac and Jason Howell with tales from the Money C

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