Advocates & Activists

Joanne Peterson – Executive Director of Learn to Cope

Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn2Cope. Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs. Founded by Joanne in 2004, the organization has grown to include over 10,000…

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Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson – NFL Super Star and Recovered Addict

Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson is probably one of the most flamboyant NFL players in recent history. A former star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, he was known for delivering jarring hits, manufacturing turnovers (three interceptions), and helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, 27-10 over the Denver Broncos. However, his lifestyle led him into full blown…

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Michelle Weidenbenner – A Mom who Let Go but Never Gave Up

There is a fine line between enabling a loved one who is an addict and giving up on them. Michelle Weidenbenner is a mom whose son is a recovering addict. She has dealt with all that means including becoming guardian of his two daughters. She did what she had to do and discovered the difference…

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Addiction & Recovery Roundtable – Experts on What It Really Takes

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child – meaning that there are many different people that play a part.  This podcast is a roundtable discussion with several different experts – all of whom are playing their part in addressing the addiction pandemic; whether it’s treatment; intervention; education or just…

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Cyndy Feasel – An NFL Widow on a Mission

Grant Feasel was a starting center and long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1992. However, due to a brain muddled by a history of repetitive trauma and symptomatic concussions, he turned to drugs and alcohol. The combination of CTE and his drinking led to his death 9 years ago. His wife, Cyndy,…

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Aaron Garcia -From Drug Dealer to Evangelist

Aaron Garcia is an evangelist, international speaker, best-selling author of “Coincidence or God?” and his newest book – “Burn Notice”. At one time, he was the biggest drug dealer in Joplin Missouri and living on the streets.  He is the founder of S.O.S. Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to improving the community and…

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Greg Nance – 3000 Days Sober to 3000 Miles Run

Greg Nance had it all – a great home, a great family, successful business, successful athletic ability and a scholarship to a great college. This is a story like so many. He suffered a loss and turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with it. When he finally admitted to being an addict, he found…

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Randy Grimes – Former Tampa Bay Buc, Played Addicted and now Saving Lives

  Randy Grimes was an NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He considered taking painkillers to be a “necessary evil” – and part of the job description. However, he left the NFL addicted to painkillers and spent the next 20 years in the depths of addiction – losing friends and almost his lovely wife…

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Pastor Robby Gallaty – From the Depths of Addiction to Total Redemption

For three years, Robby Gallaty battled a drug addiction that ravaged his life.  A $180 a day heroin and cocaine addiction forced him to steal $15,000 from his parents.  After living without gas, electricity and water for months, losing 8 of his friends to drug related deaths, watching 6 friends arrested, and completing two rehab…

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Rob Lohman – Alcohol and Drugs Became My Master- Not Anymore

Rob Lohman’s rap sheet includes alcohol and drug addiction, gambling addiction, divorce, bankruptcies, mental health and suicide ideation, prison, recovery and transformation.   Rob’s drinking career started at age 14 which lead to some very dark places.  The climax of Rob’s drinking career happened with a suicide attempt interrupted by the compassion of his dog Jake. …

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