Greg has been married 3 times, and married the same woman the first 2 times. He always married women who had “broken wings”. He helped “mend them” and then they "flew away". The women were all needy and had issues, and he would “take care of them”. He felt that was the only way to get love. Ultimately, he would isolate and lose all of his friends. His life got smaller and smaller. He traced his issues back to his unhealthy relationship with his mom. Hear Greg's gripping tale of how he was finally able to have a healthy relationship with a woman, and how he is not a "victim" anymore.
Adam is now sober and in a happy and healthy relationship with his wife, Susan. She, too, is in recovery. But, it wasn’t always that way. Adam was an alcoholic "straight out of the womb”. When he first drank he felt the stress miraculosly melt away, and he knew everything would be ok”.
Adam grew up in an alcoholic household. His dad was an alcoholic, and because of his dad’s drinking problem, Adam swore it would never happen to him. He continued to drink through college, and he barely graduated. He went into the nightclub business which he liked because he got a lot of attention. After the nightclub stint, he went to work on Wall Street.
While he worked on Wall Street, he started to do drugs in addition to his drinking. He “didn’t feel right” so he saw a doctor who diagnosed him with depression. The doctor didn’t address his substance abuse issues. He prescribed Prozac instead......even though Adam told him he drank every day!!!
Hear Adam's incredible journey of how he overcame so much in his life and his success story on Wall Street and in his personal life with his beautiful wife, Susan.
Samuel Shem is a psychiatrist, novelist, playwright and activist. Sam is a Rhodes scholar, and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Sam shares his own incredible story of addiction and recovery and how he, with his wife Janet Surrey, wrote the Off Broadway hit play BILL W. AND DR. BOB, about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, which won the “Performing Arts Award of the National Council on Alcoholism 2007”. Go to: www.billwanddrbob.com
Sam is generously donating tickets to the play to rehab centers....Listen to find out more
Sally Greer is a former elite junior, college, and professional tennis player from Miami. Growing up in Miami, Sally learned that her mom was an alcoholic, which her mom denied. Her dad was a doctor who was gone from the house much of the time. Sally picked up the game of tennis in Junior High and her tennis career "took off".
Hear Sally's riveting story of life on the professional women's tennis tour, to finding a new career as an addiction counselor specializing in athletes. Sally understood all too well the high pressure "winning is the only thing" world of athletes. 1 ON 1 Addictions Counseling for Athletes offers a holistic approach to treatment that strives for a greater self-awareness and self-fulfilling performances in both the athlete's professional and personal life.
You can vists Sally Greer's site at http://www.athleteaddictions.com/
Always referred to as "large", Carol knew she had an eating disorder at a very young age. When she lived on her own, she would go shopping on Friday night and buy huge gallons of ice cream, cookies, sandwiches, soda, and chips. She would "gorge" on all of the food, and then take laxatives all weekend long. On Monday, she would go back to eating lettuce and tuna. She knew she had to stop, but how could she? Food was her lover and best friend - it meant everything to her. Hear Carol's riveting story of how she was finally able to break the cycle of binging and purging and how she now has a normal relationship with food.
Basketball great, Chris Herren, struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug and alcohol-free for several years, Chris has refocused his life, putting his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery here with us on Steppin' Out Radio and in his memoir, Basketball Junkie.
Off the court, Chris Herren continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. Chris draws on his own history to convince us that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
He was the "fat boy" in the military who had battled extra pounds his entire life. Things got so bad that he used to stuff lunch meat in his pants pocket. He tried fat farms, protein shakes, even wiring his jaw shut and nothing worked--until he went to Overeaters Anonymous.
Rachel was a compulsive eater for as long as she could remember. Halloween was her favorite day of the year, because she ate all the candy, and all her kid's candy. She never could stop. She resolved herself that she would just be overweight her whole life, until the one day when everything changed and her friend told her there was a way out.
Imagine a life where your only goal is to be number one. Losing is not an option. That's what growing up was like for Justin Daniels, founder of Clarity Way and author of the book, "No More Vodka in My Orange Juice" www.clarityway.com
He was taught that winning horse reining competitions required 100% of his focus. So when he quit competing after 8th grade, there wasn’t much left to fill the void. Adolescent partying engulfed his life, which eventually turned into frequent social drinking and a full-blown addiction as he entered his 20s and then started a family.
During his second stay in rehab, Justin finally learned more about his underlying issues and how they played a part in his addiction. He soon discovered his calling was to open a peaceful facility focusing on personalized addiction treatment programs based on the individual needs of each client.
Listen to Justin's compelling story of inspiration and transformation and the miracle of how he turned his life around
Angel grew up during an era where everyone drank--it was a way of life. His entire family would get together and get drunk on the weekends, all the while the kids were "sneaking drinks". At first it seemed "normal", until alcohol turned on Angel. Hear the powerful story how Angel miraculously turned his life around and is now happy, joyous and free.
For decades, Villa Veritas has been serving the community by treating alcohol and drug addiction.
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