Film, Authors, Musicians

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 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.

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.

Ted McGrath’s Path from Addiction to Successful Entrepreneur

Today’s episode is an interview with Ted McGrath.  Ted is a highly paid consultant, coach, motivational speaker, actor and entrepreneur.  Following his struggle with addiction, Ted created a movement called “The Good Enough Movement” with the mission to help people realize that no matter what their circumstance or dream, they are good enough to achieve their goals.

Ted McGrath is a theater performer, speaker, and best selling author. He has created 5 household brands and made millions teaching Coaches, Speakers, and service based Business Owners how to turn their life story and life experience into a lucrative business that impacts millions and makes millions.

Ted brings a unique approach to coaching, speaking, transformation, and information marketing by combining his business/marketing strategies and his transformational skill set with his talent as a performer.

Not only is Ted one of the highest paid consultants in the Industry, getting paid upwards of $200,000 per customer, he is also a theater performer of the smash hit one man show, called GOOD ENOUGH. (where he plays 15 characters on stage from his life story)

Ted is a gifted seminar leader and a master at high ticket sales from the stage. His seminars are Message To Millions, Superstar Speaker, and SHIFT, where people travel from 23 countries around the world to come experience the transformation in their lives and their business.

Hear his story, struggles and ultimate success on this podcast.

Benjamin’s Story-From DJ Addict to Recovery

Benjamin is from Denmark and started on drugs when he was DJing in Denmark.  He is now clean and sober and wants to help spread the word to others.  He goes into depth about his experiences on the Narconon program.  He suggests that communication is a good first step for anyone addicted.

Overdosed: The Film Premiere

A few months ago we interviewed the producer and director of the feature documentary “Overdosed” which exposes how McKesson pharmaceutical distributor specifically targeted West Virginia for the distribution of billions of opioids to only a few million citizens.  Recently the film premiered locally and we were able to get some great feedback from audience members as well as an interview with one of the key characters in the film.

Brandon Jordan’s Story-A Rock Star’s Road to Recovery

Brandon Jordan was one of the founders of Kill Radio – a punk rock band.  His family had a history of drug abuse, but Brandon didn’t start abusing alcohol and drugs until his early 20s. Once he started to party, he went from 0 to 60 in a split second. Friends didn’t want to party with him because he was so hard core.  After tanking his successful music career, he got sober and now devotes his time to being the L.A. regional director of “Rock to Recovery” and uses music to help rehabilitate others.

Author Nate Wilson’s Recovery-“Zero to Hero”

Nate’s story is typical but then not so typical.  Addicted to drugs at an early age, he attempted suicide several times after the death of friends close to him.  In and out of jail but now clean and sober, Nate Wilson has written a book – Zero to Hero: The Tale of My Recovery from Drug Addiction and Psychosis.  Nate has turned his life around and is now mentoring young people.