Advocates & Activists

Barbie Rivera – Pay Me $5K to Drug My Students?

About 29 years ago, a public school teacher told Barbie Rivera that her 6 year old son had a mental disorder and she needed to put him on a mind altering drug – Ritalin.  Barbie thought that was nutty as her son was very bright, normal and already bilingual. She started home schooling him now has her own school – called HELP Miami.  Her story of how the drug companies offered to pay her $5K every year for every student she will recommend for medication is horrific.

Jennifer Gimenez – From Super Model & Movie Star to Addict and Back

Jennifer Gimenez had it all. She was a beautiful lady of Argentinian descent who became a model and graced the cover of the top fashion magazines and was the youngest model to grace the cover of American Elle. She also appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Guess.

She has appeared in music videos for Tupac Shakur, Babyface and Mick Jagger, in films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie’s Angels:  and on TV shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Karen Sisco. She ranked 77 on Maxim magazine’s 2001 Hot 100 list. She has also been featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a “friend” of full-time cast member Brandi Granville.

Then she found alcohol and cocaine and her life spiraled out of control. Jenn has now been clean and sober for over 13 years,is helping others, and hopes that her story will inspire others to get help and get clean and get back to a happy life like she has now. She is a rare artist who uses her star power to promote a positive message in the hopes of spreading the message to others. A message that saves lives.

Her story is a must listen.

Tim Ryan – From Tragedy to Redemption and Hope

Tim Ryan has been a huge success in business. He’s made millions. But drugs and alcohol took everything away from him – his money, his companies, his marriage and even his son. How do you come back from that? With faith and a belief in himself and effective action. A nationally renown speaker, his work was the subject of the A&E TV series “Dope Man”. and has been featured in many publications, podcasts and television shows including the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, The Steve Harvey Show and Dr. Drew’s podcast.
Tim struggled with addiction for 30 years. At the age of 32, he first used heroin and quickly slid into spending a substantial amount of money on illicit opioids. He used a variety of drugs including alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. He later got divorced, lost his home and a son to addiction. According to him, during his years of drug abuse, he suffered two heart attacks, eight overdoses, was held in more than 20 county jails on drug and alcohol-related charges, and was pronounced clinically dead on three occasions.
Following the death of his son, Ryan founded A Man in Recovery Foundation (AMIRF), a nonprofit anti-addiction organization. Under Ryan’s leadership, AMIRF sponsors recovery and support groups for drug addicts and their families.

From Addict to Entrepreneur to Philanthropist – Michael Dash

There are many kinds of addiction. Our guest on this episode was addicted not only to cocaine and Adderall but also gambling. He has always been a successful entrepreneur but for him that came with the cost of addiction. Now clean and sober – largely through his own efforts, he is giving back to leaders and through raising money for charity and his philanthropy. This is Michael Dash’s story.

Michael brings a heavy dose of motivation embedded in a message of hope for those looking to make a difference in their life’s work and the world. His book, “Chasing the High”, details his journey to the edge.

Pastor Michael Carter and His Message of Hope

Pastor Michael Carter began his journey into addiction at the tender age of 6 where he saw that those who used drugs had money, power and influence.  He snorted heroin at age 9 and his drug use continued from there.  Finally reaching his “Point of No Return” in his 20s, he got clean and sober and now helps others through Victor Newman Ministries – a non-profit group founded by himself and his wife, Yvette.  Together, they nourish not only the bodies of individuals but also the souls through their faith.

Pastor Basha Jordan – The Hope Doctor

Dr. Basha Jordan has been a pastor for decades. But more importantly, he is known as The Hope Doctor.  Why? He himself has been challenged and is a former addict who has been in recovery for years.  So he’s “been there and done” that and uses his experiences to deliver hope to individuals and loved ones trying to deal with addiction. His book “The Pipe and the Pulpit” is an impactful story of denial, family challenges and ultimately success. This is his story.

Landon Korabek’s Tragic Story as told by his Mother

An interview with Susan Korabek, mother of Landon Korabek.

Landon Korabek was a talented athlete, a bright student, and an extraordinary guitarist. He was full of life and love. His future was bright with possibilities.

Landon died unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 17 from a prescription drug overdose. Sadly, there is no future now for Landon. Like so many others, he did not understand just how lethal prescription drugs can be. That message needs to be spread.

Landon was not an addict. It took only one lethal mixture of Xanax and Vicodin.

Family and friends established the Landon Korabek Foundation to celebrate Landon’s life and shine a light on the prescription drug abuse epidemic. His mother Susan has spoken to thousands of school kids and community events to raise awareness of the abuse of prescription drugs. Here is her story.

Jay Shifman’s Story

Jay’s story is one that we haven’t heard before.  Prescribed psychiatric medications at a very young age, he ended up addicted to several of those as well as some street drugs.  Finally, he realized he didn’t have a mental disorder, he was addicted.  When he spotted this, he told his psychiatrist that he wanted to get off all of the medications.  He was told that he could but only to take different medications.  With the help of his grandmother, he stepped down off all drugs and has been clean and sober – completely drug and alcohol free – for 9 years.

Jay has been telling his story to help others avoid what he had to go through.

 

Dave Chase – The Opioid Crisis Wake-up Call

Today’s episode is an interview with author Dave Chase.  His latest book, The Opioid Crisis Wake-up Call, focuses on the Opioid Crisis.  The opioid crisis is not an anomaly.Instead, it’s a self-inflicted wound, driven by a catastrophically dysfunctional health care system, leading to what has become the largest public health crisis in 100 years. Fortunately, proven antidotes exist — all created and spearheaded by forward-looking citizen leaders and employers.

Diane Stein-Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs

Diane Stein is the President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights in Florida.  She adds a unique perspective on the role that psychiatric mind-altering drugs play in the addiction epidemic we face today.  It’s not a small role and if psychiatry has it’s way, addiction will be labeled as a brain disease and treatable only with further medication.  Substituting one drug for another will not result in a sober individual.