Kim’s Mathis’ Story – From “Dope Baby” to NFL Wife, Entrepreneur and Author

There have been several news articles printed about how addicted mothers give birth to addicted babies.  This podcast interview is from the viewpoint of the addicted baby.  Kim Mathis was born addicted and lacked all of the things we count on our mothers for because her mom was an addict.  However, it made her even more determined to not only survive, but excel at everything she did.  Now she has written her story in her book – Dope Girl: A Story of Addiction (available on Amazon).

Her husband Kevin was a defensive back with the Dallas Cowboys and they have started the Kevin Mathis Foundation where she and Kevin raise funds for scholarships awarded to a deserving female high school student in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex who continues to excel in the face of adversity. A girl who shines in the classroom, on the sports field or in her community, despite strenuous life challenges, living conditions or financial strain. .

Kim  is now a successful entrepreneur.

Cannon’s Story – 14 Rehabs, Many Challenges and Now Recovered

Parts of Cannon’s story mirror those of other recovered addicts that we’ve spoken to but it’s also different.  After going through 14 rehabs – including a wilderness rehab – and multiple felony indictments, Cannon finally found the Narconon program in Ojai California.  He’s not only clean and sober but helping others get that way and stay that way.  https://www.narcononojai.org/

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.

Erin’s Story – That No Mother Should Endure

Erin’s story is horrific for any mom to deal with.  Not only did she lose her beloved son to a heroin overdose but when she started a foundation to spread his story in the hopes of helping others, she was arrested.

Here is the tragic story of a young man with a very bright future in hockey who overdosed after being prescribed opiates.  Here is also the story of a mother who doesn’t want any other mother to have to experience what she went through.

Justin’s Struggle -Ten Rehabs and Finally a Happy Life

Justin’s struggle with addiction is not so different from other former addict’s stories and yet, it has some significant differences. He started on drugs, alcohol and Adderall when he was young and in school, and ended up on heroin and methamphetamine.  He’s story includes his attempts to recover, but after 10 different rehab programs, it didn’t happen for him. Finally he tried a holistic route at Narconon Suncoast, and now he is clean and sober – and happy to be alive and helping others. He tells his story to give hope to others who want to change their lives. His successful action? Never give up.

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.

Chris’ Story

Chris’ story is more intense than many we have heard.  What does it take for someone to reach the “point of no return”? In Chris’ case it took 7 rehabs, 3 overdoses and 4 stints in jail. But once he did, and arrived at Narconon Suncoast, he changed his life for good. He has been clean and sober for 3 years – has a wife, a son and a new life. A great ending!

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.