Landmark Recovery Podcast
Landmark Recovery Podcast
About Landmark Recovery Podcast
Landmark Recovery Podcast is the premier podcast discussing addiction, recovery, and sobriety. We talk with experts to dispel myths about what addiction is and isn’t. We hear from recovering addicts who share their stories of rock bottom, rehab, and relapse. We also tackle difficult topics like trauma, the chaos of active addiction, and how it affects our families and communities. But our favorite topic? Hope. The podcast is a production of Landmark Recovery, a rapidly growing network of local drug and alcohol rehab centers providing high quality, and affordable, clinical treatment. With the mission to unlock human potential, Landmark is committed to helping individuals live beyond their addiction.
In this episode of the Landmark Recovery Podcast, we're honored to welcome Lisa Woititz, a mental health and addiction expert, and the daughter of Janet Woititz, an early leader in the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) movement. Lisa has extensive experience in the mental health, addiction, and criminal justice fields, and is the author of "Unwelcome Inheritance," a book that delves into the generational patterns of addiction and addictive behaviors. Join us as Lisa shares her unique perspective on growing up around the pioneers of the ACOA movement, including her mother, and discusses the importance of understanding and healing the wounds associated with growing up in an addictive family system. We also explore the potential influence of both "nature and nurture" in intergenerational addicted family systems, and how individuals can break the cycle to lead healthier, more balanced lives. - Lisa Woititz is a seasoned professional in the fields of mental health, addiction, and criminal justice. Building on her mother's pioneering work in the ACOA movement, Lisa has devoted her career to helping others understand and overcome the challenges of growing up in an addictive family system. She is the author of "Unwelcome Inheritance," a book that explores the generational patterns of addiction and offers guidance for breaking the cycle.
In this podcast, Michael interviews Jonathan De Carlo, CEO of C4 Consulting and a Certified Addiction Specialist with decades of experience in mental health care. Jonathan is involved in various roles within the addiction recovery community, including co-owning Recovery 360° and serving on the boards of CAAP and Stout Street Foundation. As a certified Helping Men Recover Consultant & Trainer, he specializes in Men's Integrated Treatment and Trauma Informed Care. With a background in psychology, philosophy, and theology, Jonathan uses diverse approaches to help individuals and organizations overcome addiction and mental health challenges.
Peter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a specialist in clinical and business development with more than 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions treatment. Most recently, Peter served as a consultant to the Trusted Provider Network, as well as a Vice President at Freedom Institute in New York, NY. In addition to maintaining a private psychotherapy practice in Larchmont, NY, his consultancy focuses on mergers and acquisitions due diligence, clinical program development, tech product development, ethics oversight, client (customer) service, & mentoring new clinical outreach representatives. He has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia University Medical Center - Addiction Rounds, Boston College & Adelphi University's Graduate Schools of Social Work, and the Institute for Addiction Studies at the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence as well as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Click here to learn more about Landmark Recovery. Be on the lookout for the Sober Facts Podcast coming soon!
Tom Gentry is an internationally-certified alcohol and drug counselor who has spent more than 20 years working with people and families affected by addiction. The heart of his work has been helping men navigate the terrain between early stages of abstinence and long-term recovery. After beginning his career at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, he helped create the Sanctuary in Delray Beach. He served as its program director for five years, before joining the business development team at Cumberland Heights right here in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, he’s had roles at two other highly regarded men’s transitional living facilities, where he facilitated groups focusing on codependency issues, the relationship with self, and the transition into manhood. After growing up in central Indiana, Tom left as a young adult to find his own recovery. He is grateful to be breaking the cycle of addiction in his family and proud to return home to bring his expertise to bear at CCSL. Jamie Engel is the founder, co-owner, and program director for Circle City Sober Living. For the past 15 years he has worked extensively with families and businesses around the world creating out-of-the-box treatment solutions and case management in the field of addiction and mental health consulting. Jamie is also living in long term recovery. Jamie helped raise awareness and break down the stigma around addiction and mental health awareness in the Twin Cities Jewish community as a founding member of the “Not OUR Kids” conference committee. Jamie is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. His focus was on adolescent & young adult counseling and consulting.
Dr. Kevin McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg. He graduated from Drexel University medical school in 1992 and served as a Naval Flight Surgeon. Dr. McCauley operated a Level III Recovery Residence in Sandy, Utah and was the first president of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. He wrote and directed two films: Memo to Self, about the concepts of recovery management, and Pleasure Unwoven, about the neuroscience of addiction, which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.
The Landmark Recovery Podcast is BACK for Season 2! To kick off the new season, Michael interviewed Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, a family therapist, founder of Onsite Workshops and author of 23 books, including 5 bestsellers. Her latest book, Storytelling Legacy: Everyone Has Stories recounts her remarkable life and the work she’s done to help millions of people battling addiction. The book includes tales of celebrity, culture, humor, history, relationships and surprises. Cruse also co-founded the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, an organization that supports the children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. Find a copy of Storytelling Legacy: Everyone Has Stories through Simon & Schuster here.
Michael Walsh speaks with Dr. Antonello Bonci on today's episode. Dr. Bonci is the President, Chief Scientific Officer & Partner at GIA Chicago. Before moving to GIA Miami, he served for nearly a decade at the National Institute of Health (NIH) as Scientific Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Between 1999 and 2010, he was Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and held the Howard J. Weinberg Endowed Chair in Addiction Research while also serving as Associate Director for Extramural Affairs at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. Over the last 5 years, Dr. Bonci and his collaborators worldwide have successfully pioneered the translation of non-invasive brain stimulation such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), from the preclinical stage to the clinic, to treat cocaine use disorders and other types of addiction.
Today, Michael Walsh speaks with internationally-known interventionist Ken Seeley. Ken has remained professionally and personally involved in recovery since his sobriety date of July 14, 1989. Ken derives his greatest personal satisfaction from the work he does with clients and their families as the Founder and Owner of Intervention 911 and Ken Seeley Communities (KSC) in Palm Springs, CA. Ken is a fan-favorite and has been a featured interventionist on the Emmy Award-Winning A&E television series, Intervention since 2005. Ken’s success rate has turned him into one of the most sought-after interventionists in the country. Ken is often asked to speak on substance use and mental health topics at professional conferences and for the media nationwide.
Welcome to the Landmark Recovery Podcast. Today Michael Walsh speaks with Rashad Walser, certified recovery support specialist. Rashad is also the author of Sui Generis - Year 2: A Recovery Memoir, which came out in May of this year and quickly became a #1 seller on Amazon. Rashad’s turning point in life was in 2018, when he found sobriety and turned his life around. Since then, he’s modeled, acted, and been an inspiration for those looking to get fit as a way of helping them in their recovery journey. Rashad currently works as a Recovery Care Manager in New Britain, CT, where he can instill the wisdom he’s learned and earned on other people in recovery.
Today Michael speaks with Matthew Buckley, the alumni coordinator at Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis. Buckley started his career in the recovery space two years ago, working as a patient engagement specialist, helping people during their stay at an inpatient rehab facility. Today Buckley supports people who have completed addiction treatment, left rehab and started their recovery journey. Buckley has dealt with addiction on a personal level and has been sober for more than four years.
Today, Michael Walsh talks with David Cunningham. Cunningham has been in the addiction treatment profession since 1990. He has served as East Tennessee President, Tennessee State President and served as the Southeastern Regional Vice President for NAADAC. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Tennessee the Henry A. Ashe Professional of the Year in East Tennessee, the State Professional of the Year Award in Tennessee, runner up for the National Professional of the Year (NAADAC), the Tim Kerin Red Ribbon Award for Community Achievement with Child and Family Services and Helping Pre-Natal Chemically Exposed Children and Adults, East Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Honoree and most recently the Tennessee State Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a current Board Member for the Tennessee Mental Health Association where he has served for several years. Cunningham says that of all of his accomplishments his personal recovery, family and friends are among his greatest assets. He gives all credit to God and all of those who came before him in the profession and recovery. David and Melissa reside in Tennessee along with their 4 children and one granddaughter.
For this week's episode of the Landmark Recovery Podcast, Michael Walsh spoke with Duke Rumely. Duke is the founder of Sober AF Entertainment, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for those in recovery at big events. Duke is also an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. He is skilled in Crisis Intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, Behavioral Health, and Medicine.
Today Michael Walsh speaks with Babbi Anderson, certified life coach and experienced swimmer. Babbi is in recovery herself from alcohol use disorder, and has worked for a variety of rehabs, treatment centers and more. She also regularly attends workshops, retreats, and seminars geared toward purposeful living where she provides her expertise.
This week, Michael spoke with John Curtiss, President of the Community of Recovering People Board of Directors and The Retreat. He is one of the principle designers of The Retreat model. Prior to his employment with The Retreat, John was employed by the Hazelden Foundation for over 19 years. In his years at Hazelden, John served as Vice President of Hazelden’s National Continuum, Executive Director of Hazelden’s Outreach Services, Executive Director of Fellowship Club, Hazelden’s intermediate care facility in St. Paul, MN, Unit Supervisor of two of Hazelden’s primary treatment units and as a chemical dependency counselor.
Today Michael speaks with Sean Melton about enneagram types and understanding how we relate to the world through our enneagram type. They also discuss how that knowledge can help all of us—especially people in recovery trying to navigate their new place in the world.
Today Michael Walsh speaks with Ben Cort, author of Weed, Inc. Ben is a Jr Fellow at the University of Florida inside of their drug policy institute, a board member for NALGAP (National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender treatment providers and their allies), a Board member at SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and faculty at numerous institutes. He is a published author (Weed, Inc., HCI/Simon and Schuster 2017). In November of 2019 Ben moved from a consulting role with the Foundry Steamboat Springs to CEO. When not working or hanging out with his wife and three kids Ben can be found chasing trout with his fly rod or buried deep in a book. Ben’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/15/96, Ben has been a part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable; from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson. In 2007, Ben helped start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, now “The Phoenix”. Ben was instrumental in building this organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. In 2012, Cort joined the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) where he ran the marketing, business development and admissions departments for their substance abuse treatment services known as CeDAR. He left that role in 2017 to consult inside of the treatment community, athletics and organized labor. Throughout this time Ben has remained active in the discussion around marijuana, assisting several states efforts to hold back Big Marijuana and always advocating for recovery. These efforts keep him close to the national discussion and make him a frequent guest in the media.
Our host, Michael Walsh, spoke with old friend Brian Scannell about his time in Boston and achieving recovery. Brian Scannell brings 35+ years of personal experience in the recovery community as well as a successful background in IT sales and entertainment. Brian’s top priority is to help as many people as possible find the appropriate help they need to achieve their best life possible. He often uses the expression “don’t think about what’s possible, think about what’s impossible and go for that." Brian is the success story of a 19 year old alcoholic/addict who, through residential treatment, attending a Half Way House and armed with a RECOVERY PLAN has lived a full life. Brian is also known for his work in Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Master (2012) and Pineapple Express (2008). Brian holds a Bachelors Degree in International Business with a Minor in International Relations from UMass Boston. Born and raised in West Roxbury, MA, Brian began his journey in recovery at Spofford Hall in NH followed by 6 months at The Answer House in South Boston. Brian’s ‘get well’ job was lumping fish off the boats on the docks in South Boston. As a result of Brian’s strong work ethic, a friend’s father secured him an apprenticeship at the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester, MA where he worked as an Electrician’s Apprentice obtaining his Journeyman’s license in 4 years. Always wanting to regain the College Education that addiction stole from him, Brian worked his way through UMass Boston graduating in 1997. Brian’s true life’s work is helping others. Seeing this in him, the CEO at Elements Behavioral Health gave him an opportunity to work in the SUD treatment field. After 3 years at EBH, now Promises Behavioral Health, he went to work for Acadia Healthcare. In January 2021 Brian left Acadia Healthcare and started his own Behavioral Health consulting business, The Scannell Group. Today, The Scannell Group is successful and Brian is a recurring on Starz series Heels. Brian can also be seen in the feature film Last Seen Alive starring Gerard Butler.
In this episode, Michael Walsh is joined by Jordan Wilson, the guest featured on Landmark Recovery’s third episode of its newest video series, Humans of Recovery. Jordan, author of Jesus > Drugs: The Only War Won by Surrender shares his struggle with addiction and celebrates seven years of sobriety. Jordan is also the Developmental Director at Friends of Sinners, a Christ-centered drug recovery program and is the Youth Director at his church. Jordan shares how his faith influenced his recovery and the development of the non-profit he and his wife are in the process of starting, Jesus > Ministries.
In this episode, Michael is joined by Miles Adcox - speaker, thought leader, advocate, advisor, and entrepreneur in the emotional wellness space. Miles is also the Proprietor & Chairman of Onsite, an internationally known emotional wellness lifestyle brand specializing in personal growth workshops, digital mental health master classes, emotionally smart leadership retreats, and residential emotional wellness and trauma treatment. The two discuss future projects Adcox is working on, the mission of Onsite, and the importance of emotional wellness, especially in recovery.
In this episode of the Landmark Recovery Podcast, Michael talks with Carmen Dominguez, a multidisciplinary psychotherapist and consultant. Carmen has been a psychotherapist and consultant for the past 30 years. She draws on her innate intuitive abilities as well as her traditional training to bring guidance and transformation to her clients. She is able to integrate Toltec wisdom and ancient healing principles to understand how the mind gets programmed into performing self-defeating thinking patterns and behaviors, and guides clients on the path of self-mastery. She also works collaboratively at times with talented colleagues to enhance her client’s mental wellbeing. She understands that when the mind, body, and spirit are in harmony and alignment, her clients can reach their life goals. She has specialized in working with individuals, families, and couples who have experienced trauma, addictions, and an array of other mental health issues. She perceives a person’s healing as a creative process that is best achieved when drawn from many modalities to support optimal wellness. Carmen has been an adjunct professor at Lesley university since 1999. She developed and continues to teach Treating the Addictions. She also regularly teaches Clinical Skills, Culture & Identity, and Children and Adolescent Psychopathology. Carmen completed an intensive family therapy training at the former Cambridge Family Institute. She is well-versed in Post Induction Therapy where she was instructed at The Meadows in Wickenburg, AZ by Pia Mellody, author of Facing Codependency and other books. Carmen was a supervisor of a SAMSA research project for the prevention of adolescent substance abuse. She has presented adolescent harm reduction research at Harvard University. Throughout her years in practice, she has developed and facilitated substance abuse programs throughout the Boston area and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Carmen has studied with astrology scholars and authors, Heather Ensworth, Ph.D. and Joseph Crane, M.A., and she offers natal chart readings when appropriate and indicated for greater personal insight. Carmen is also trained in compassion meditation for couples. She is a yoga teacher, reiki master, and facilitator of Dr. Sue Morter’s The Energy Codes. She has facilitated Psychotherapeutic Reiki, Beyond 12 Step Recovery groups, and shamanic healing over the past several years. She combines ancient healing practices with contemporary research-based therapeutic techniques.
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