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Omar Pinto is an Addiction Specialist, Recovery Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker. Omar will help you find the joy and happiness in recovery, help you destroy your bad habits and then teach you how to crush it in life by achieving your dreams and life goals. This podcast showcases the most heartfelt and inspirational success stories of recovery from addiction. It will change your life.
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May 22, 2018

Today we have an insane show with my guest Ken Rivord, who actually flew down to Costa Rica to record this episode with me to celebrate his 6th year of sobriety. After a typical Tico breakfast, we begin with an account of Ken’s Costa Rican travel nightmare. Everything that could go wrong, did. This was followed by another disaster, the disappearance of the first recording of this interview. Then listen we move into Ken’s harrowing story of child abuse, mental illness, IV drug addiction, prison, relapse, and ultimately, lasting recovery.

This is a wild episode about how the worst of situations can bring beautiful outcomes. Strap in and listen!

CLEAN DATE: 4/20/2012

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May 15, 2018

Vasavi is a savvy entrepreneur, licensed social worker, and a plant-based chef. She holds dual Masters degrees in Special Education and Social Work. She has been featured extensively on TV and in the media. She is now a personal development coach who truly believes that with impeccable character, work ethic, and unwavering values, you can do, be and have anything you want!

Vasavi is also a grateful recovering addict and alcoholic who got out of rehab 6 months ago and has just finished moving out of a sober living home. She had always been successful on the outside, but inside she was lost, empty, and addicted to cocaine. Then she found emotional and physical sobriety with faith in her higher power.

CLEAN DATE: October 21st 2017

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May 1, 2018

Z Zoccolante is an LA-based writer and a grad student specializing in substance and behavioral addiction. Z tells her story of addiction, which was to an eating disorder that began at the age of fifteen. Her mission is to help others gain freedom from similar disorders and addictions. She now works at a drug and alcohol rehab.

Z has so much knowledge, experience, love and compassion to share. You haven't heard this kind of advice on SHAIR before. This episode will inspire many aha moments, so make sure you listen and take notes.

Listen to Z’s story now!

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Apr 24, 2018

Todd Crandell is widely recognized as a leading expert on substance abuse. He has overcome a thirteen-year addiction to drugs and alcohol and is the founder of Racing for Recovery, an organization dedicated to preventing all forms of substance abuse and providing positive alternatives for those battling addiction. 

Todd regularly competes in triathlons to bring awareness to his organization. His support group format is revolutionary in that everyone can attend, including people recovering from addiction, their families and friends, and community.

"At Racing for Recovery we see people as people. Not some label of what they did."

CLEAN DATE: APRIL 15th, 1993

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Apr 17, 2018

Rosemary O'Connor is a leading expert and spokesperson on women, children, and addiction. As an author, speaker, and outreach manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Rosemary helps people find treatment resources to save lives and restore families from substance abuse and addiction. She is also a recovery coach for women.

Rosemary was an alcoholic mom who had no idea that she needed help. Eventually, her high-functioning alcoholism stopped functioning, and she had to get help or risk losing everything.

Listen to her story of acceptance and recovery and why she wrote A Sober Mom’s Guide to Recovery.

CLEAN DATE: NOVEMBER 13th, 1999

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Apr 10, 2018

John Mabry is a highly sought after motivational speaker, philanthropist, and athlete. He is an actor and stuntman who has been featured in numerous television projects including Cold Case, E.R., JAG, and feature films such as Super Bad and Sublime. He also has a prosthetic leg from a car accident.

John experienced a charmed journey to Hollywood. He had the big bank account, the fancy condo, and the elite social circle. Soon, he was doing shots with movie stars at the Playboy Mansion. No one knew that inside he was lost and terrified, drowning in an addiction to pills and alcohol.

Learn about how John Mabry finally got sober and the incredible life he leads today in recovery working with Addiction Campuses and the High Sobriety podcast.

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Apr 3, 2018

Kate Leismer is an American writer, wife, and mother who lives in Berlin. She is also the host of the About Face podcast and the author of the blog Wayward Betty where you can find essays on recovery, mindfulness, motherhood, and life as an expat.

Kate's story of alcoholism spans years of denial and several foreign countries. Listen to how she finally came to terms with her drinking problem with help from The SHAIR Podcast!

CLEAN DATE Feb 18th, 2016

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Mar 27, 2018

Stewart Michaelson is one of the very active members in our SHAIR private accountability group and he is loud and proud about his journey in recovery.

He is also a member of the SHAIR Space Empowerment Network and has launched his own recovery platform called Ask Me 4 My Help - Join the nation recovery!

CLEAN DATE: Sept. 25, 2016

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Mar 20, 2018

Today Mandy K. joins us on The SHAIR Podcast. Mandy is part of the SHAIR private Facebook network. She was first given painkillers for her severe migraines and fell immediately in love with them. This lead her to doctor shopping, taking dangerous combinations of pills, and being so desperate she would drink NyQuil to get through work.

After multiple attempts to quit, she finally found recovery. Mandy still suffers from severe migraines, but now deals with them clean and sober.

How to recover from painkillers when you’re in pain?

CLEAN DATE: April 5th, 2007

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Mar 13, 2018

Steven Galatiotoz is part of our SHAIR private FB network. He is a California transplant who lives in Japan where he owns an English school. He is a gifted artist, musician, husband, and dad. He is also a recovering alcoholic who used to hide whiskey bottles in his garden.

Now Steven has launched his own recovery platform called Serene and Sober. Listen his to his story of recovery from alcoholism and how rituals and routines lay the framework so that he can make the most out of his life in sobriety!

CLEAN DATE: March 4th, 2017

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Mar 6, 2018

Sonia Munoz is a member of the SHAIR Recovery Network private Facebook group. She reached out with 3 months clean and wanted to share the perspective of someone early in recovery.

She has a long history with multiple substances and relapses. She also is on a unique path in recovery that most people may not have considered.

Sonia has a remarkable story that proves that no one is beyond hope when it comes to recovery from addiction. 

Listen to Sonia’s story now!

CLEAN DATE: March 15th 2017

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Feb 27, 2018

Jed Payne is the host of the Church and Other Drugs Podcast. He’s survived a wild odyssey of drug abuse, repeated rehabs, and incarceration that demonstrates just how addiction warps the mind. Not only did he crave the drugs, he craved the attention he got from the chaos he created his life. Listen to how he found recovery and found himself in this amazing episode!

CLEAN DATE Sept. 23rd, 2014

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Feb 20, 2018

Amy Dresner is the author of acclaimed memoir, My Fair Junkie. She is five years clean from being addicted to sex, drugs, and alcohol. She’s a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. She is a contributing editor at the TheFix.com and has also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog entitled 'Coming Clean.'

Getting Dirty and Staying Clean

Amy tells her dark and twisted tale with unabashed humor and honesty. Her story proves that even after multiple relapses and bottom after hopeless bottom, recovery is possible.

CLEAN DATE: JAN 2ND, 2013

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Feb 16, 2018

Omar Pinto from SHAIR SPACE and The SHAIR Podcast takes you through a 5 day water fast.

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Feb 13, 2018

Charlie Levoir is the host and creator of the Way Out Podcast, a 12-Step Drug and Alcohol Recovery show which aims to demonstrate how lifelong recovery is possible and that we can recover out loud!

Charlie is one of the most entertaining and enlightening storytellers we’ve ever had on SHAIR. Listen as he shares his experience with alcoholism, denial, and long-term recovery through maximum service.

CLEAN DATE: Dec 6th 2014

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Feb 6, 2018

Alekzandr Mac joins us today on The SHAIR Podcast!!

Getting clean after a decade of suboxone use.

Today’s episode is a live interview with Alekzandr Mac. He is a good friend and a prominent member of the SHAIR private accountability group. Today he shares his long, difficult journey with prescription drug abuse.

Both his father and step-father were addicted to opiates and Alekzandr joined them in the hunt for pills. Eventually he went on suboxone to mitigate his problems, but he ended up abusing it for the next ten years.

This is the story of how he finally broke his dependence on pharmaceuticals and found recovery after a pivotal phone call he made on the night of September 10th, 2016.

CLEAN DATE: September 1st 2016

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Jan 30, 2018

Kris Kelly joins us today on The SHAIR Podcast.

How can you find the treatment that works for you?

Kris is the co-executive director of the MRC, the Minnesota Recovery Connection. The mission of MRC is to educate the masses, remove stigma, and change the language we use when discussing recovery.

I met Kris when I flew to Minnesota to become certified as a peer recovery specialist. She was one of our amazing instructors. She has an important story that highlights not only the fact that addiction recovery is not-one-size-fits-all but that there is a recovery option out there that will work for you.

CLEAN DATE: April 27th 2009

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Jan 23, 2018

Daniel Herron joins us today on The SHAIR podcast.

Can the gang lifestyle be just as addictive as the drugs?

Daniel is a recovery advocate and has his own podcast called Released into Captivity: Hope After the Cage.

Daniel served 10 years for armed robbery and was released in 2010. He lived a crazy life a drug abuse and crime that lead him to the bottom multiple times. No matter what, he couldn’t resist the lure of the underworld and this prevented him from ever getting clean.

After one last bad run that led him to getting arrested again, he received another gift of desperation. Now he is living sober, attending NA, and working in recovery advocacy.

CLEAN DATE: May 17th, 2017

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Jan 16, 2018

Lori Kinney joins us today on The SHAIR Podcast!

How to find recovery when addiction and tragedy collide!

We're very excited to have her on the show. She is one of our private Facebook group members and has one of the most astonishing and hopeful stories you will ever hear. This is a powerful episode you don't want to miss.

CLEAN DATE: Nov. 2nd, 2008

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Jan 9, 2018

Jesse Heffernan probably has the coolest job title in the world. He is the new National Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator with Faces and Voices in Recovery, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.   

You might have seen the live video we did in the private Facebook group. We want to dive into the new culture surrounding recovery and bring you up to par on how we talk about recovery and how the language we use can destigmatize addiction.

Our words matter!

CLEAN DATE: January 1st, 2001

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Jan 2, 2018

Brandy Jouikov is one of the prominent members in the SHAIR private Facebook group. She is a young mom, an active member of the online recovery community, and the host of the Sober as $#@! Podcast.

Brandy has a story of severe alcoholism and bulimia that led her to the brink of suicide several times. Even though she was a mom, she could not find a way to stop drinking.

Listen to what finally kept her sober and how she manages recovery and motherhood.

CLEAN DATE: December 11th 2015

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Dec 26, 2017

John DeLisa is a traveling performer who currently works on Viking Cruise Lines. He is also a recovering alcoholic. This presents a unique challenge to working a program and staying sober.

John knows that sharing stories is crucial to recovery and contacted SHAIR to talk about his experience. Listen as he takes us through his reckless days of drinking to finding sobriety, and how he is helping bring recovery awareness to college campuses.

CLEAN DATE: Sept. 5TH, 2011

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Dec 19, 2017

Carrie Burgess is one of The SHAIR Network’s first members and has been active in the community ever since. If you have joined our Free SHAIR Facebook Group, then you have seen her around!

Carrie was a perfectionist who became addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and painkillers. Her addiction was so bad, she taught little girls dance class while intoxicated. She broke into her mother-in-law’s house to steal pills while carrying her baby son on her hip. She smoked synthetic marijuana until she didn’t know if she had been coming or going to work. She became a hollow shell that didn’t care about anything anymore.

Now Carrie is celebrating more than 5 years of sobriety and has learned to overcome the guilt and forgive herself for the wreckage and pain she caused while she was in active addiction. Listen to her story from zombie mom to her new life in sobriety!

CLEAN DATE: October 9th, 2012

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Dec 12, 2017

Freddy Negrete - Guns, Gangs, Tattoos & Recovery... 

Freddy Negrete is a legendary tattoo artist based in Hollywood, CA. He’s been profiled on numerous media and has tattooed numerous celebrities, musicians and sport personalities.

Freddy was orphaned at the age of two when his mother and father, both Pachuco gangsters, went to jail. After a youth of foster care and boys’ homes, Freddy went down the same path as his parents and lived a cycle of gangs, drugs, and incarceration.

Freddy honed his skills as a tattooist in prison and is now a world-renowned pioneer of black and grey realism. Freddy endured countless ups and downs with addiction and suffered deadly health issues, but he asked for healing and, after a pivotal moment, he received it.

He is now clean and sober and helping others in the community get out of the dangerous life he once lived.

CLEAN DATE: Dec 20th, 2006

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Dec 5, 2017

Sue Curr is a motivational speaker, life coach, and author. She helps people achieve their full potential and instill in them the confidence to live life the way they want.

It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago, Sue was at death’s door. Her organs were failing from a 5-bottle-of-Chardonnay-a-day drinking habit. By shear strength and resolve, she made it out alive. Now Sue doesn’t waste a minute of her life.

Fear less live more is her motto. At the age of 57, Sue eliminated her remaining fear of heights by skydiving. She now knows there is no limit to what she can do.

Sue's story is dark and laced with humor as she tells us how she went from lying in a hospital bed to flying high on life!

CLEAN DATE: September 26th, 2012

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