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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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Aug 21, 2018

Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse. She brings to the table a passionate belief that her clients do not have to remain trapped or confronted daily by the thoughts or behaviors that result from abuse.

Rachel's story started when she was a young girl when she was sexually abused by her grandfather. As she grew into an adult, she was convinced there was no way out of the pain and feelings of worthlessness and endured an excruciating life for more than twenty years. One day, she had enough and embarked on a journey of education and self-discovery. She now provides a 7-Step Toolkit to take victims beyond surviving sexual abuse to living a joyful life they never thought possible.

Listen to Rachel’s story!

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Aug 14, 2018

Shane Watson is a writer, Youtuber and prevention specialist. He speaks to kids and adults about substance use for an organization called Not My Kid. It’s a nonprofit that educates students not only about addiction, but also unhealthy relationships, depression, self-injury, bullying, and suicide. His blog is called the Silver Ladder and he has an unbelievable story of addiction and recovery that proves even the most hopeless addict can turn his life around.

Shane was addicted to alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin. He is a felon. He is now clean and sober and helping the future generation to stay that way too.

I am a living example that people can change.

CLEAN DATE: Nov 29th, 2011

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Aug 7, 2018

Cyndy L says her story in recovery involves being a slow learner. She went to her first meeting at twenty-one years old, but she didn’t pick up her one-year chip till she was forty. She fell in love with alcohol at a young age, leading her to a lifestyle of bars, bedrooms, and bad decisions. It took her a long time to realize the role her childhood and genetics played in her alcoholism.

Some people are proud to say they are the first person in their family to go to college, get a degree, or open their own business. Cyndy jokes that she’s proud to be the first alcoholic in her family to get sober.

Listen to Cyndy’s story!

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Jul 31, 2018

Denise and I met 5 years ago when she was a patient at Costa Rica Recovery. We saw each other in passing at the AA and NA meetings. And when she finished her treatment, she went back to the United States. She recently returned to Costa Rica to share her story on the anniversary of her 5th year in sobriety. It impacted me so much, I asked her if she would be willing to share her story on the podcast and here we are.

Denise has an intense past full of childhood trauma and abuse, self-loathing, and racism that developed into full-blown alcoholism and a long pattern of destructive relationships. She eventually found sobriety but relapsed when shoulder pain and a toxic husband lead her into painkillers and other sedatives. She tried to kill herself and overdosed frequently as her son was growing up.

By some miracle, she found her way to Costa Rica Recovery and is grateful to be alive to tell us how she broke free from her addiction and the victim mentality that kept her from getting clean.

CLEAN DATE: November 25th 2012

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Jul 24, 2018

Mark Goodson is a very active member of our SHAIR Recovery group, and it’s about time we had him on to tell us his wild story. His life of addiction started before he ever took his first drink and eventually triggered an episode of drug induced psychosis that led him to bizarre behavior, like stripping down naked in a Mexican church.

Now Mark Goodson’s a sober husband, dad, and writer at his website called The Miracle of the Mundane. Merriam-Webster defines the word ‘mundane’ as dull, but Mark finds ordinary life to be a miracle, and his sobriety has unleashed creativity he never knew he had before.

CLEAN DATE: October 13th 2007

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Jul 17, 2018

Andrea Dye is a directionally challenged expat who no longer has to huff shoe polish to feel alive. She focuses on cultivating the positive impact of living a balanced life and collaborates on non-commercial interests with cool folks around the world. She is the author of 25 Years 1 Lesson and has a hell of a story for you today.

Andrea became a raging alcoholic at the age of 14, and eventually graduated to other drugs. She was rebellious and selfish, with no intention of ever getting clean. She hated being sober so intensely that while in rehab she considered breaking open an air conditioner so she could huff the freon.

 Andrea’s road to recovery was gradual, with her fighting tooth and nail all the way. Listen to how she finally surrendered to recovery and how she developed coping mechanisms that keep her emotionally and physically sober to this day.

CLEAN DATE: SEPT. 22, 1991

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Jul 10, 2018

Sam Mooney’s not writing a bestselling book or running a marathon. He’s not a celebrity or a pro-athlete. He’s a salesman who plays and coaches softball in his small town. He’s a husband to his best friend for 18 years and a father to 4 kids. Sam’s the average dude next door. 

But Sam was an alcoholic dad who would get so drunk that he couldn’t be trusted home alone with his kids. He would drink to the point of blackout and his wife would have to scoop the vomit from his mouth so he wouldn’t choke to death. He would get violent, and it got to the point where his family was scared to death of him.

Now Sam is more than 8 years sober and celebrates his recovery every day. He volunteers at drug court and human services to prevent youth drinking in his area and cherishes every moment with the family he so nearly lost to his alcoholism.

CLEAN DATE: APRIL 25th, 2010

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Jul 3, 2018

Sarah Mabry is the wife of our former guest, John Mabry (SHAIR 165). John has been sober for two and a half years and now hosts the High Sobriety Podcast, but before he got clean, his addiction put Sarah and his kids through unimaginable emotional destruction.

This is Sarah’s first podcast. For the first time she gets to share her story out loud. Sarah is not a recovering addict or alcoholic, but drugs and alcohol still took her over her life. She is here to talk about what it was like being the wife of an addict and what it is like now living with a spouse who is in recovery.

Listen to Sarah’s story!

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Jun 26, 2018

Today we have Christopher Velona on the show. He is a sober father, philanthropist, CBD advocate, and Gene Therapy enthusiast, and Founder Project Sebastian. Project Sebastian is a charity that is racing for a cure to Batten Disease, a fatal and degenerative neurological disorder that is taking his son’s life bit by bit each day.

Chris is a grateful recovering alcoholic. He grew up in a wealthy family in California and fell into heavy drinking early on in life. He was able to skirt the consequences because he was well-connected. The party did not stop until he destroyed all his relationships and his parents disowned him. Finally, he knew he had to end the insanity and went to Alcoholics Anonymous. Now Chris believes his purpose in life is to help other humans.

CLEAN DATE: September 28th, 1996

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Jun 19, 2018

In addiction, there are two sides to the story. We usually have recovering addicts on the show to share their experience, but today we have an unusual guest. SHAIR host Omar Pinto interviews his ex-wife, Laura. She recounts how addiction systematically dismantled their marriage and their future as a family with their daughter.

This is an important episode that shows the pain and confusion family and friends go through with a person in active addiction. Laura also tells us how she learned to forgive, heal, and practice self-love to transcend the ruin that addiction caused in her life.

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Jun 12, 2018

Joe Polish is founder and president of Piranha Marketing. His Genius Network and GeniusX masterminds feature household guests like Peter Diamandis, Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, and John Mackay.

Joe is the creator of Artists for Addicts and Genius Recovery, an organization’s whose mission is to change the global conversation around addiction and recovery from one of judgment to one of compassion. He is currently working on an addiction recovery book with former SHAIR guest, Anna David.

Joe is a dynamic individual who is seeking tools for recovery in any shape or form, even ibogaine and ayahuasca. His is an inspirational story full of new insights into addiction and how to break free from it.

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Jun 5, 2018

Dawn Nickel is the founder of She Recovers, a community that focuses on women's recovery from anything and everything, including drug addiction, alcoholism, codependency, love and sex addiction, eating disorders, workaholism and perfectionism.

In Dawn’s view, we are all recovering from something, and we’re stronger together. She's a strong advocate for the view that each woman in or seeking recovery must be supported to find the tools and pathways that will work best for her as an individual.

Dawn has been in recovery since 1987. Alcohol free since that time, she struggled until 1989 with a marijuana addiction and was then both alcohol and drug free for nearly 11 years before relapsing on prescription drugs for several days in May 2000.

CLEAN DATE: May 11th, 2017

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May 29, 2018

How does a person go from a rock bottom life in addiction to leading an extraordinary life in sobriety? Listen to Tommy Rosen’s story of true transformation!

Not only will Tommy be celebrating 27 years of sobriety, he is the founder of Recovery 2.0, a yoga teacher, and an author. He’s built a mecca for recovery and has created an enormous resource for people who want to get clean and sober by integrating the mind, body, and spirit.

CLEAN DATE: June 23rd, 1991

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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.

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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. 

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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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