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The path From Addict to Disciple may be the path less traveled,  but it is the path that makes all the difference!  David Hain is the founder of From A2D, has attained the designation of International  Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor,  and authored From Addict to  Disciple,  The Heart of an Ad… read more

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# 181 The Best Version of Yourself

September 18th, 2023


In today's group session episode we look at this question. People say we all have 3 versions of ourselves: 1) the person you think you are 2) the person other people see and 3) the person you really are. What does it …

# 180 Another Look at Self Sabotage

September 11th, 2023


Are you someone who always says the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Do you find yourself hesitant at new opportunities in recovery? Are you focused on and always talking about the things you can't do? …

# 179 World View vs Kingdom View

September 4th, 2023


This episode is another group meeting with guys in recovery from the US, Australia and South Africa. Listen to their ideas on the differences between the world view of being identified because of our past behaviors vs …

# 178 Passion, Purpose and Compassion

August 28th, 2023


In this episode we take a look at what we do in From A2D. How we are motivated by all three: passion, purpose and compassion to walk in living what we do and sitting love for people caught in the snare of addiction. Not …

# 177 Quicksand and Second Wind

August 21st, 2023


Let's look at those situations and relationships we get ourselves into where we feel like we're stuck in quicksand and it's going to swallow us up. Why do we keep running back to the same people and situations that are …

# 176 Course Correction

August 14th, 2023


We all need to develop a lifestyle of course correction to keep us focused on our destination. It's normal to get distracted, side-tracked or to veer off course every now and then. The key is to continue the journey, …

# 175 Complicated Grief Group

August 7th, 2023


Today's episode is a group session as our guys in recovery from Australia, South Africa and the US share their feelings from episode # 173. Listen to their just of complicated grief in seeing the hurt their children …

# 174 More Grief!

July 31st, 2023


Today's episode is a walkabout on last week's Complicated Grief episode. We'll look at four listeners' comments as they reached out to me with their issues of grief. Maybe you feel like everyone is ready to throw stones …

# 173 Complicated Grief

July 24th, 2023


Today's episode is about an often overlooked aspect of recovery, Complicated Grief. Specifically we'll be discussing the grief about the things we lost as consequences of our addiction. This includes things like: the …

# 172 What Garden Do You Need to Plant?

July 17th, 2023


This is a group session podcast as the guys share what they would plant in their garden that would be a good reminder in their journey of recovery. …

# 171 What are your Core Values?

July 10th, 2023


Let's look at what core values are and why it's so important to know your own personal core values. Many people think they're the same as your beliefs, but I propose that our core values are stronger than our beliefs. …

# 170 Dealing With Judgement

July 3rd, 2023


This episode is a group meeting with the guys in recovery from the US, Australia and South Africa. The discussion question is "How do you deal with being hurt by the church (people in your church and other believers) …

# 169 I Got Time

June 26th, 2023


In this episode we look at the belief that we have time to change and we can wait until we're ready. But before we know a decade has gone by and …

#168 Forbidden Fruit

June 19th, 2023


Are you tempted by forbidden fruit? Is it because you're rebellious? Or maybe you're innocently curious because it's "forbidden". In today's episode …

# 167 Father's Day, No Thanks!"

June 12th, 2023


This is a walkabout episode where I "meet" four people and ask for their thoughts about Father's Day. Listen to how they are handling not seeing dad on Father's Day. One young man never met his dad and now he's …

#166 Day Tripper

June 5th, 2023


We take a walkabout on "Motivation Mountain" for today's episode and look at questions like: Are you always trying to take the easy way out? Looking for shortcuts? Sliding through life without facing challenges or …

# 165 Xylazine - Why are they putting it in MY drug of choice?

May 29th, 2023


In today's episode we look at Xylazine, what it is, what are symptoms of use and health risks. We also give suggestions on what to do if you are a heroin user and not sure if it contains tranq. And we outline the …

#164 Fentanyl - Why are they putting it in MY drug of choice?

May 22nd, 2023


We've heard about the opioid epidemic in the US for years. Are you aware that we're hearing more about it as more overdoses occur? And that the spike in annual overdoses is directly related to the introduction of …

# 163 Choose Wisely, Forgive Yourself

May 15th, 2023


Dr. Fred Luskin said, "There is a season for our suffering and regret. We have to have that. But the season ends; the world moves on. And we need to move on with it." In today's episode we look at the need to forgive …

# 162 Voices in My Head

May 8th, 2023


In this episode we look at the voices in our head that often prod us to use or act out in our addiction. How do we silence these voices? Do they only go silent when we take them to their "home" in addiction? The key to …

#161 All Things Must Pass

May 1st, 2023


Today we'll look at the things that we hold on to or cling to so tightly that they begin to redefine us. We stay focused on the thought that …

#160 I Feel Disrespected

April 24th, 2023


Today's episode is a walkabout where I share feedback from four listeners. They each talked about how they feel disrespected. Has being disrespected become your normal, your comfort zone? How do you handle it when …

#159 Victims and Fear

April 17th, 2023


This episode is in response to comments and questions from listeners to episode # 158 "Victims of Violence." The listeners said they don't struggle …

# 158 Victims of Violence

April 10th, 2023


Today's walkabout looks at how the pain we have felt as a victim of violence can live on inside of us for a long, long time. This can be true whether …

#157 Poor Richard's Almanack

April 3rd, 2023


Today's episode of a walkabout through Old City Philadelphia where I come across historical signs with quotes from Poor Richard's Almanack written by Benjamin Franklin between 1733 and 1758. Join me as we pause, read …

# 156 Shine and Release Good

March 27th, 2023


Today's episode is a group session with our guys in recovery from the US, Australia and South Africa. They shared their experiences in relation to two quotes: 1) "Sometimes, it is how you shine in the darkness during …

#155 History Rhymes Walkabout

March 20th, 2023


In today's walkabout episode we Mark Twain's quote "History never repeats itself, but it does often rhyme." Have you been blindsided in the past when you were vigilant in avoiding your triggers, but didn't see the …

# 154 Stuck in a Dark Place?

March 13th, 2023


This episode is in response to a Listener's feedback from episode #152. They shared their struggle to take their negative thoughts captive as they've been stuck in a dark place for two decades. In today's episode I take …

#153 Approval Addiction

March 6th, 2023


Do you find yourself seeking approval, affirmation or validation from others everyday? Is that how you define your self worth? Simply seeing yourself as others see you, or based on what they think or say about you? Well …

#152 Taking Your Thoughts Captive

February 27th, 2023


Peter McWilliams said "For many, negative thinking is a habit which, over time, becomes an addiction." So how do we learn to take our thoughts captive? How do we get out of the addiction to thoughts which crippled, …

#151 Ennui vs Ecstacy

February 20th, 2023


Are you feeling weary or dissatisfied with where you're at in life? Does boredom end up fueling your isolation, being a loner, turning to drugs, …

#150 It Only Takes One

February 13th, 2023


It only takes one to know that you are loved. Too many guys in recovery stay focused on the love they lost. They feel that the only way to be whole …

# 149 Signs Plant Seeds

February 6th, 2023


Today's group episode looks at three more signs they would place at the entrance of a recovery house to plant seeds in new inductees into the …

#148 Signs in a Sober Living House

January 30th, 2023


In this group session, our guys in recovery chose one of three quotes that they would put up as signs on the wall if they opened a new sober living …

#147 Kiss My Boo Boo

January 23rd, 2023


Do you remember when Mom would kiss your boo boo and make the pain go away? Why did that work? How did you handle pain when you were too old to get …

#146 Rear View Mirror

January 16th, 2023


When you drive a car are you focused on the rest view mirror or do you look in front of you through the windshield? Obviously we all look in front and only glance back! So why do we tend to keep looking in the rear view …

#145 Pink Cloud Syndrome

January 9th, 2023


Pink Cloud Syndrome is the sense of euphoria that many recovering addicts experience early in recovery. It typically includes a feeling of overconfidence and is referred to as the "honeymoon phase." In today's episode …

#144 Overcome Obstacles

January 2nd, 2023


What obstacles do you have in your life or recovery? How are they keeping you from reaching your goals? How can you learn to view these obstacles …

#143 The Great Escape

December 26th, 2022


They say the things we escape start pursuing us and this pursuit can become relentless! So we need to begin to push back so our pursuer gives up. In today's episode our group of guys in recovery discuss the thing that …

#142 Want to Stop?

December 19th, 2022


Today's episode is a group session with our guys in recovery. The question they respond to is "Think about the following quote and tell me what you …

#141 Wounded by a Critical Parent"

December 12th, 2022


Were you raised by a Critical Parent? Today's episode looks at signs of the wounds of childhood criticism that we carry into our adult life. We look …

# 140 Guilt in Recovery

December 5th, 2022


In this group session episode of guys in recovery share their thoughts on being tempted by the idea of something to take the edge off their feelings of guilt. The truth is we can either get bitter or better! Do you have …

# 139 Is Social Media Your New Drug of Choice?

November 28th, 2022


This is another group session and one member of our group brought the topic for discussion. Charlie suggests that social media can be a place that fuels the emotions that cause people to hurt and want to numb. Listen as …

#138 Be a Peacemaker

November 21st, 2022


In this episode we look at what it means to be a peacemaker. Then we discuss how to be a peacemaker with ourselves. With our past, with our present …

#137 Locks Are on the Inside

November 14th, 2022


This episode is another group session. Our guys in recovery give their responses to the statement "Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside!" They focus on finding the keys to open the door to …

#136 What Are You Recovering From?

November 7th, 2022


Today's episode is a group session where it guys in recovery respond to the statement "You never recover until you know what you're recovering from!" The guys share their ideas around admitting you have a problem, …

# 135 Did You Dance Today?

October 31st, 2022


That's the question! Did you dance today? Using quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche we view four reasons why we should be dancing in recovery, in our …

#134 Choose Life

October 24th, 2022


If I chose a subtitle for this episode it would be Stayin' Alive. Today we look at recognizing the death and destruction of addiction and choosing …

#133 Snapping Turtles

October 17th, 2022


Today's episode is about rage. You know when we look like a snapping turtle out of water ready to attack anyone who comes near us or gets in our way. Using the LIFEMORTS mnemonic by R. Douglas Fields, an American senior …

#132 Working on Change

October 10th, 2022


This episode is another group meeting with our guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia. Today's topic is about how we have changed in recovery. We are not the same man we were in addiction. The guys …

#131 Making Amends When That Ship Has Sailed

October 3rd, 2022


This episode is about making amends to our spouse, partner, grown children and possibly our parents. You may want to listen to episode #41 which deals with making amends to a variety of people that we have harmed in our …

#130 What's My Identity?

September 26th, 2022


In this episode we look at the link between the character development stage of recovery and the development of our identity. Too often addicts stay stuck in a lifeless form of recovery because they feel their addiction …

#129 When Your Dreams Turn to Dust

September 19th, 2022


In this episode or group of guys in recovery share there reactions to the lyrics of the Jim Croce song "One Less Set of Footsteps." Specifically, the line "But tomorrow's a dream away and today had turned to dust" is …

#128 Overcome the Blow

September 12th, 2022


In this group episode our six guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia share their hearts about the things from their past that they have or still need to overcome. We all have that same stuff that keeps …

# 127 Salad Days

September 5th, 2022


This episode looks at our decision making process. Salad Days refers to the times of our youth when we were carefree and innocent. We dug into how make decisions now that bring negative consequences and how we can make …

#126 When the Music Stops

August 29th, 2022


Today's episode is another group meeting where our guys in recovery answer these three questions: 1) When the music stops that's when they pain begins? 2) When the music stops and your game is gone who will remember …

# 125 My First Drug of Choice was Lying

August 22nd, 2022


In today's group session our guys in recovery from South Africa, Australia and the US respond to these two quotes: 1) The beauty was once I lied to …

#124 A Journey with Thomas Aquinas

August 15th, 2022


Do you find yourself holding on to fear and pain? Are you stuck feeling like a victim of injustice? What do you do to find pleasure when you can't …

#123 Danny Cosby Sharing Heart in Prison and Church

August 8th, 2022


This episode is an interview with Danny Cosby. He talks about his work in prisons and in church as he shares about addiction and recovery. And for Danny it's all about heart!! If you want more of Danny just search on …

#122 Walking on Eggshells

August 1st, 2022


In this episode we look at the difficulty of having a loved one, spouse or partner as our accountability partner. The addict in recovery feels like …

#121 Some Decisions Can Break Your Heart

July 25th, 2022


Today's episode is another group session. How do you respond to this anonymous quote? "Sometimes you have to make  a decision that will break your …

#120 Self Sabotage

July 18th, 2022


Today's episode is in response to feedback from episode #119 on futility. We look at ways that we have been self sabotaging any thoughts of changing or succeeding. Things like self harm, self undermining, self doubt and …

#119 Caught in Futility

July 11th, 2022


Do you find you're living a life with little or no purpose? Maybe you feel that whatever you try always results in little or no success. You could be …

#118 Simplicity in Recovery

July 4th, 2022


How can you focus on simplicity? What does that look like? What things that you are now focusing on tend to overwhelm you and steal your peace? Do …

#117 Overcoming Resentments

June 27th, 2022


Can we forgive but still hold on to resentments? How do we learn to let go of resentment? How has resentment for other people affected your …

#116 Planting Seeds

June 20th, 2022


What does planting a seed mean to you? For this episode we look at the seeds we plant every day in our mind, in our words and in others. Do you plant good seeds? Positive seeds? What do you do with negative seeds? An …

#115 Fathers

June 13th, 2022


Today's episode is another group session and it is focused on our relationship with our fathers. The guys from the US, South Africa and Australia share their insight into these two statements: 1) "Dad, I hope to become …

#114 What's (Who's) Your Safe Haven?

June 6th, 2022


Do you have a safe Haven? Where do you run for shelter? What does a shelter provide for you? What characteristics do you want in a person who can be your safe haven? We discuss these things and look at insight from Dr. …

#113 Let Them Be Wrong!

May 30th, 2022


Do you find that whenever you try to prove your point it ends up in an argument? Maybe it's difficult with that one person in your family or circle …

#112 Times of Transition

May 23rd, 2022


Are you struggling with temptation? Do you find yourself battling slips and relapse again and again? Then it's time to focus on transformation. In times of transition it is not about change of behavior, but it's about …

#111 Stay Safe and Stay Strong

May 16th, 2022


My regular listeners know that I close every episode with the phrase "stay safe and stay strong." I've had numerous listeners ask me what I actually …

#110 Have You Seen My Childhood?

May 9th, 2022


In today's episode we hear a poem entitled My Childhood from my From Ashes to Destiny curriculum and three poems written by people I worked with in …

#109 Love Yourself

May 2nd, 2022


Today's episode is another group session. Our guys in recovery share their thoughts in response to several quotes about loving yourself. As you listen, think about how you can grow in understanding that you are loved, …

#108 Fault Lines

April 25th, 2022


In this episode we look at the emotional fault lines in our heart they may have come through trauma, betrayal, abuse, addiction, etc. We tend to deny …

#107 When Addicts Won't Go to Rehab

April 18th, 2022


In this episode I outline five categories of reasons why or friend or family member won't go to rehab or get treatment. They know that we desperately want them to go, we want them to change, we want them to come right. …

#106 Recovery: Reclaim, Reshape and Refine Your Future

April 11th, 2022


Today's episode is in response to a listener who asked "What does living a life of recovery look like?" To answer this question I've turned to the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery as defined by SAMHSA. I respond to …

#105 What's Behind Your Eyes?

April 4th, 2022


Do you remember something from your youth that you could say "I was old enough to remember all of it, and young enough to understand none of it?" Do …

#104 It's Okay to Drift Away

March 28th, 2022


Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness or a similar feeling that troubles you all day? Does it keep you awake at night? Do you feel stuck in that feeling? Maybe it's time to learn the benefit of …

#103 Respect in Recovery

March 21st, 2022


Do you often feel unloved or disrespected? Do you feel unheard? Perhaps, you feel the addict or person in recovery in your life is still gaslighting you. Maybe your the one in recovery and your lived ones frequently …

#102 Handling Your Triggers

March 14th, 2022


Many of you have messaged me asking for a group episode on this topic, so here it is! The topic that our guys in recovery from the US, Australia and …

#101 Accept the Unacceptable

March 7th, 2022


This episode is for two key audiences. The first is for those of us who find it difficult to accept the things we've done because we feel that they …

#100 Haunted by Shame

February 28th, 2022


In response to comments and questions from listeners to episode #99 on negative emotions, here's a look at shame. What caused the feelings of shame? …

#99 Dealing With Negative Emotions

February 21st, 2022


Many of the listeners have expressed how they struggle in the battle to keep negative emotions from leading to relapse. In this group session our guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia tackle this …

#98 Addiction to Ambition, Fame & Fortune: an interview with Clint

February 14th, 2022


I'm today's episode Clint shares his he recently began to realize that he had an addiction, like being a workaholic. We use the lyrics of the Willie …

#97 Sign on the Window Says "Lonely"

February 7th, 2022


In today's group session episode our guys in recovery discuss the tug of war of emotions in addiction when we feel lonely, but want to isolate. They …

#96 Finding Home in a Homeless Shelter: an interview with Glenn

January 31st, 2022


Why do people become homeless? Why do some people choose to sleep on the streets or the pavement when there are beds available in the shelter? Growing up did it feel like you were "at home" or just a guest at your …

#95 JOY Journey Of Yourself

January 24th, 2022


Today we look at the journey of self care in recovery. We'll utilize Maslow's hierarchy of needs to see how we have neglected them in our active addiction. Then we'll outline a plan to restore then in recovery in our …

#94 Second Chances for a Beautiful Life

January 17th, 2022


This episode is another group session with our guys in recovery from Australia, South Africa and the US. Using a quote from an interview that actor Ben Affleck did we look at these two questions: "How is your life …

#93 Coaching for Recovery from Pornography: an interview with Scott White

January 10th, 2022


Scott shares his personal journey as well as the coaching approaches that he uses to walk with clients to uncover and heal from deep pain that they have inside. To contact Scott you can reach him by : email

#92 Desperation or Inspiration

January 3rd, 2022


In this episode we look at what we do in the tough times of addiction. What motivates us to get into recovery? Are we motivated be desperation as we desperately desire to get our family, our job, our friends our life …

#91 Door to Opportunity

December 27th, 2021


This episode is another group session as our 6 guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia respond to these questions: We've heard the advice that "Education is the door to opportunity!" What was your door …

#90 Good Baggage

December 20th, 2021


We've all heard about negative baggage that everyone carries around and how it hinders their progress and relationships. Today our group of 7 guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia give their advice as …

#89 The Puppet

December 13th, 2021


In today's group meeting episode, our guys share how they felt like a puppet when they were ruled by, controlled by their puppeteer. It may have been …

#88 Lost Cause

December 6th, 2021


In today's episode we look at how the label of being a "lost cause" is huge in addiction. Firstly, family members and friends of addicts who have been wounded by the behavior of addicts consider them as a lost cause. …

#87 Boredom's More Dangerous Than Bullets

November 29th, 2021


This quote by Jason Statham from the movie "Wrath of Man" is the topic for this episode. It a group discussion and our guys in recovery from the US, Australia and South Africa openly share how boredom has been their …

#86 Homeless and Invisible

November 22nd, 2021


Today's episode is a glimpse into homelessness from the words of eleven men in the Tower of Life homeless shelter in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa. You may be surprised to learn how and why they choose to be …

#85 I Thought I Needed to be a Better Friend

November 15th, 2021


Did you here up thinking you needed to be a better friend so others would like you? Are you still finding yourself a people pleaser in order to be …

#84 Old Habits in a New Season

November 8th, 2021


What's are the old habits that you have that would be bad habits to carry into your new season of recovery? Our group of guys from South Africa, …

#83 Lost Your Foundation?

November 1st, 2021


Once you lose your foundation what are you standing on? Who or what died in your life that was your foundation which resulted in you falling? Listen …

#82 I Can't Change My Circumstances!

October 25th, 2021


I'm this episode we look at our present circumstances that seem unbearable and our inability to change them. Using five quotes from Austrian philosopher Viktor Frankl we outline a five step action plan to change our …

#81 Addiction at Your Workplace

October 18th, 2021


A lot of people spend more time at work than at home. How has your work or workplace been an asset or a liability on your recovery? How have you dealt with the need to share or hide your past addiction at your workplace?

#80 Mercy Has Rewritten My Life Story

October 11th, 2021


Listen to our group members as they answer these questions as they relate to the title of this episode: How does that relate to your story? How does …

#79 Quit Recovery and Go Back to Using?

October 4th, 2021


Can you remember a day, an event, a situation or circumstance when you really wanted to quit your recovery or quit life and just go back to your drug of choice? Listen to today's episode as our group of seven guys share …

#78 FOMO Fear of Missing Out

September 27th, 2021


I know you'll be touched felt as you listen to the guys in our group answer today's question: "What did you miss out on in your childhood that might have caused a fear of missing out, a FOMO, that fueled addiction …

#77 Chase Recovery Like You Chased Your Next High

September 20th, 2021


How would you answer these questions? Why do we chase so hard after those things or people that are the hardest to get? Why are we so nonchalant …

#76 Bumper Sticker This!

September 13th, 2021


This is another group session and our guys share their idea for motivational quotes that they would put on their car as a bumper sticker. Listen for …

#75 Shared Pain, the Key to Gain

September 6th, 2021


We have all heard "No Pain, No Gain," but in this episode out group of 7 guys in recovery express how they gain strength by sharing openly and knowing they are not alone in their journey. Contact me on this podcast, on …

#74 Talking to Your 16 Year Old Self

August 30th, 2021


This episode is another group session as our seven guys in recovery from the US, South Africa and Australia answer these two questions: "What do you …

#73 Walk Away From Your Dirt

August 23rd, 2021


Does the dirt from your past still haunt you? Do you friends and family always run your dirt in your face? Do you sometimes feel like the comic strip …

#72 Happiness is an Inside Job

August 16th, 2021


Are you happy today? Do you enjoy life? Out do you find you keep chasing after happiness? No matter how hard you chase it, does happiness always elude you? Today we look at ten steps to happiness that all of us can …

#71 Social Invisibility in Addiction

August 9th, 2021


Do you feel like people can see you, but only see the addict, not the real you? Maybe you have always felt that people refused to see you or that your thoughts and feelings were always invalidated. Perhaps you feel …

#70 Can You Handle the Truth?

August 2nd, 2021


How has fear of people's reaction to your truth kept you from opening up? Have you ever withheld the truth from your family for fear that you would …

#69 Thoughts, urges, cravings and desires

July 26th, 2021


Thoughts are not the same as urges. And cravings are not the same as uncontrollable desires. How do we learn to gain control over our thoughts and …

#68 The Carrot and Stick

July 19th, 2021


What is the carrot and stick method of motivation? Does this method actually work in addiction treatment? Is it the best way to establish long term recovery? Does the carrot and stick motivate change our deception? What …

#67 Anger Addiction not Anger Management

July 12th, 2021


Are you addicted to anger? Does it bring you the same rush that risk takers feel? Do you use your anger to control others? Is it your tool of …

#66 Giving Back: an interview with Stacy Dodd

July 5th, 2021


Stacy Dodd shares his journey from experimentation, to addiction, to prison, and intimately to the founder of a community center and author of Backpack to the Burbs

#65 PTSD, Addiction and Recovery

June 28th, 2021


In this episode we use the classical model of PTSD with a new twist to look at Post Treatment Stress Disorder and Post Time Stress Disorder. Discover how to deal with the stressors you are facing after completing rehab …

#64 - Two Core Fears in Recovery

June 21st, 2021


Today's episode is another group session and we discuss these points: There are two core fears. 1) losing what you have and 2) not getting what you want. How do we deal with these fears? How can we grow to fall in love …

#63 If you can't trust your mind, trust your gut.

June 14th, 2021


Self doubt sucks. Where do we go with all the doubt, lack of trust and second guessing as we try to stay strong in recovery. Listen to our group of eight as they each share their journey to trust themselves and trust …

#62 Small Groups: a key to recovery

June 7th, 2021


Our group of eight guys in recovery discuss how opening up at small group and listening to others open up keeps then strong. If you would like to …

#61 Boundaries for Addicts Trying to Find Success in Recovery

May 31st, 2021


What boundaries would you set up for an addict who wants to live in your house? How would they be different in a half way house? Would you for tough …

#60 Opioid Crisis: Adam Shares the Addict's Perspective

May 24th, 2021


More than 115 Americans for every day from an opioid overdose. Eighty percent of opioid addicts started with advise if a prescription painkiller. These statistics have brought America and the world to an awareness of …

#59 Pornography: Dante's Inferno

May 17th, 2021


Today we compare Dante, one of our group of eight, and his journey in pornography addiction to the allegorical poem Dante's Inferno. We discuss: how addiction is a contradiction to God's will for you, how it feels to be …

#58 - How Do I Get People Who've Never Been an Addict to Understand?

May 10th, 2021


In the third group meeting I ask the guys: many of my listeners and people who want to help addicts have never been an addict and would never use …

#57 - Crossing Over From Experimentation to Addiction

May 3rd, 2021


This is our second group session with right men in recovery from around the world. Today they each answer this two part question: Can you remember …

#56 - Methadone Blues: Let's Talk About MAT

April 26th, 2021


What are your thoughts about about methadone and medication assisted treatment (MAT)? Is it simply trading one drug for another? Is it a crutch? Is it a sign of weakness or poor moral choices? Can you empathize with the …

#55 - Motivation to Start and Succeed in Recovery

April 19th, 2021


In today's episode I share the thoughts of eight friends in recovery from the U.S., England, Australia and South Africa. I asked each of them two questions: What motivated you to stop? and What keeps you motivated in …

#54 - So You Want to be a Peer Coach

April 12th, 2021


What do you need to do to be a Peer Coach? What's the difference between a coach and a peer coach? How does the clinical community diagnose addicts? What criteria do they use? How can I learn to understand the feelings …

#53 - From Ashes to Destiny

April 5th, 2021


In this one year anniversary episode we look at why we do what we do. Why addiction? Why prisoners, the homeless and other marginalized people? How can you be equipped, empowered and encouraged to begin to reach out to …

#52 - Loose Inhibitions Sink Ships

March 29th, 2021


What are Inhibitions? How do they help us control our impulsivity? How did our impulsivity fuel addiction? How do we restore our inhibitions so …

#51 - Is It Time to Decriminalize Drugs?

March 22nd, 2021


Where do you stand on this question? What are the pros and cons about decriminalization of drugs? What are the historical models about drugs that …

#50 - STOP Pornography

March 15th, 2021


An interview with Clive Human, founder of STOP, Standing Together to Oppose Pornography. Clive shares his wisdom and insight about the causes of addiction to pornography, the effects it has on the addict and their loved …

#49 - You Don't Understand! The Cry of the Victim.

March 8th, 2021


I'm this episode we look at the pain of victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. How do victims copper with this pain? What is a victim …

#48 - What Are You Chasing?

March 1st, 2021


Many addicts spend their life chasing that first high! In recovery they chase happiness as they still need instant gratification. Most people chase something: happiness, money, forgiveness, love, a second chance, a …

#47 - Imposter Syndrome - Is It Sabotaging Your Recovery?

February 22nd, 2021


What is the Imposter Syndrome? How does it relate to addiction and recovery? Am I the only one who struggles with it? How do I stop feeling like this? I'm tired of going through life feeling like a fraud!


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#46 - Treading Water Means I'll Drown Tomorrow

February 15th, 2021


Do you feel like you're treading water? Are you stuck in emotions, behaviors or circumstances that could pull you under the water? Today's episode …

#45 - Self Harm - A Look at Cutting

February 8th, 2021


Today we look at the addiction to cutting. Why did people do this? How did they deal with the pain of cutting themselves? How can we begin to reach out to help them? What is the cycle of a cutting addiction? Remember if …

#44 - Don't Make Promises: A Look at Making Amends

February 1st, 2021


Are you working through the 12 Steps? Here's hello for Steps 8&9. Perhaps you have people you have struggled to apologize to. What are the …

#43 - How do I Surrender? Step 3 of the 12 Steps.

January 25th, 2021


Surrender is a tough thing to do. How do I Surrender? How do I turn my life and will over to a higher power? What are the things you would be …

#42 - I Need to Escape My Reality

January 18th, 2021


What do you need to escape in your life? What are addicts escaping with their drug of choice? What's the difference between healthy and unhealthy escapes? How do I develop healthy escapes as part of my lifestyle?


#41 - The Heart of an Addict's Mom: an interview with Dianne from Cape Town

January 11th, 2021


You can't save someone who's not willing to participate in their own rescue! There's no hell like watching drugs turn someone you love into someone you don't even know! What was the hardest thing you ever had to do …

#40 - Waiting to Change

January 4th, 2021


In this episode we look at the Stages of Change as developed by Prochaska and DiClemente. How many times have you thought about changing but were not ready to take the step? How often have you arranged for a loved one …

#39 - Childhood Abuse Can Make Us a Fighter, a Boxer and an Addict

December 28th, 2020


I'm this episode we look at the life of heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney. How can an abusive or alcoholic father make us a fighter? How can we survive …

#38 - Authenticity in Addiction: an Interview with Noah Kaye

December 21st, 2020


What is authenticity? Listen as Noah talks about the importance of authenticity in our families and how lack of it can fuel addiction. To learn more about Noah's work check out his website and …

#37 - Homeless in Seattle

December 14th, 2020


What are the links between homelessness and addiction? Is addiction the cause of the result of homelessness, or both? What do you see when you see a …

#36 - Surf the Urge: Triggers and Cravings

December 7th, 2020


In this episode we look at how triggers can birth cravings which can result in relapse. Different types of triggers are identified. How to start a …

#35 - Short Game vs Long Game

November 30th, 2020


How do we transition from living one day at a time to bring an overcomer? What things can we do to begin long game thinking even while we need to do all the short game things early in our recovery? Let's look at people, …

#34 - Don't Back Down

November 23rd, 2020


When you have the temptation to relapse, when people mock you, when they try to drag you down, when stress builds and your cravings are constant... That's the time to stand your ground and not back down.


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#33 - The Hurricane of Addiction

November 16th, 2020


Whether you are an addict, in recovery or the family out loved ones of an addict this episode is for you! Listen to the hurricane inside the head of an addict. Reflect on the hurricane-like devastation the addict in …

#32 - Stinking Thinking

November 9th, 2020


What is stinking thinking? How can it fuel relapse and make recovery harder? How can I learn and utilize mindfulness to change from negativity to …

#31 - Understanding Withdrawal

November 2nd, 2020


What are the symptoms of withdrawal? How do I recognize them? How can I help a friend in withdrawal? What's the difference between acute and post …

#30 - A mother's heart in prison: an interview with Vanessa Goosen

October 26th, 2020


Drug muled, arrested, pregnant and facing life in prison in Bangkok, Thailand, Vanessa shares her journey of physical, emotional and spiritual …

#29 - Taking the message to youth in schools: an interview with Jarryd Smith

October 19th, 2020


Jarryd Smith, the founder of Second Chance Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, discusses peer pressure, temptation to try drugs, the need to fit in, …

#28 - Character Development in Recovery

October 12th, 2020


What are the four pillars of recovery? Learn these plus the seven key aspects of character development to ensure that your recovery is built on a firm foundation.


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#27 - Fear of Failure

October 5th, 2020


Is all fear bad? What is the link between fear of failure and addiction? Have you ever been paralyzed by fear? How can we overcome our fear? What ways does the fear of failure disguise itself?


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#26 - One Day at a Time

September 28th, 2020


What are the benefits of living one day at a time in recovery? How do we actually do it? How do I know if I'm simply going through the motions? It's time to seize the day!


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#25 - Can sex addicts really change?

September 21st, 2020


In this episode we look at the heart of sex addicts and especially convicted rapists. How can we tell if they changed? What do we look for? What about the pain and trauma is their victims? Isn't better to just lock up …

#24 - Do you believe in magic?

September 14th, 2020


How can the magic happen for you in your search for sobriety? What if the journey of recovery is really about learning to walk on a highway named happiness? How has my lost innocence from childhood affected my ability …

#23 - Walk with me.... Looking at aftercare from the addicts' perspective.

September 7th, 2020


What does aftercare mean? How do I learn to walk the walk, not just talk the talk of recovery? What do I look for in a sponsor to walk the journey with me? How can I show then I am sincere in my desire to stay clean and …

#22 - Re-entry into community after incarceration - an interview with Ricardo Sloster

August 31st, 2020


Ricardo discusses the challenges of reconciliation with family, earning trust that was lost and how we can welcome others into our community. Do you really believe everyone deserves a second chance?


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#21 - One man's journey From Addict to Disciple - an interview with Noble Ramsey

August 24th, 2020


How can you reach out to inmates in prison? The importance of faith in finding freedom from the obsession to use drugs. Is there hope for a five time convicted felon? These topics and more as Noble openly shares his …

#20 - Street alcoholics in Atlanta, Georgia. An interview with Larry Arnold.

August 17th, 2020


Pastor Larry Arnold of Eagle's Nest Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia shares about his work with homeless alcoholics. Why are they afraid to go to …

#19 - A look at prison ministry, an interview with Jonathan Clayton.

August 10th, 2020


Jonathan Clayton, the founder and director of Hope Prison Ministry in South Africa, shares about how he talks with new prisoners. As an ex-inmate he understands their feelings and openly discusses how he has learned his …

#18 - Loneliness fuels addiction which fuels deeper loneliness

August 3rd, 2020


In this episode we look at the vicious whirlpool of loneliness that pulls us deeper in our addiction. Have you ever been caught in a whirlpool like …

#17 - Let's Talk About Hope

July 27th, 2020


Are you caught in hopelessness? Where do you find hope? How do you discover hope? Who will walk with you on this journey? This questions and more in this episode as you begin on you path From Ashes to Destiny.


#16 - To be known and loved

July 20th, 2020


Today we look at the faces addicts wear to hide our feelings, our need to be fully known and fully loved, and the challenge of friends and family of …

#15 - The juice is worth the squeeze. An interview with Laurence from Cape Town, South Africa.

July 13th, 2020


Here's an inside look at the opioid epidemic from Laurence, a young man from Cape Town who got hooked at the age of 14. You'll want to share this episode with friends, family and community leaders!


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#14 - Doing the Impossible

July 6th, 2020


All of us in recovery are doing things everyday everywhere that would have been impossible in our addiction! Click on the link below to go the Anchor …

#13 - Memories - part two of the interview with Deon

June 29th, 2020


Deon discusses the pressure that having money to spend after to his addiction and the importance of his faith and his family in recovery. This interview is dedicated to the late Rod Shiers, pastor, friend, brother who …

#12 - Memories - part 1 of an interview with Deon from South Africa

June 22nd, 2020


How do we handle the memories of our time in addiction? Which memories do we remember and which do we choose to forget? Listen as Deon talks about his early years in addiction in Durban.


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#11 - Four Seasons in One Day - an interview with Bobby

June 15th, 2020


A powerful, candid interview with Bobby in Canada as he shares about his struggle with addiction. We look at the four seasons as a day in the life of …

#10 - Gaslighting in addiction

June 8th, 2020


In this episode we look at the term "Gaslighting" and how it can be applied to addiction. Understanding this activity of manipulation, control and …

#9 - Interview with Steve Langedoen - Takin' It to the Streets

June 1st, 2020


Steve shares about key things he has learned in street outreach in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada. As the founder of Roots, he has established the core values of relationship, love and openness in the work with people …

#8 - Man in the Mirror

May 26th, 2020


What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see the old you? Can you see the progress you have made in recovery? Listen for ways to stay …

#7 - Interview with Danny Cosby part 2

May 18th, 2020


Danny discussed why people relapse, the hard work of recovery, the counterfeit comforter and the enemy of sobriety. He closes with the first song he wrote on bunk 51 in prison. For more about Danny go to

#6 - Interview with Danny Cosby part 1

May 14th, 2020


Danny outlines five nuggets of wisdom to live by in recovery. Enjoy this interview as Danny talks about his addiction, incarceration and his heart wound which led to addiction. He also shared the stigmas he faced upon …

#5 - The Dance of Addiction

May 9th, 2020


In this episode we look at the lifestyle of addiction, the joy of the dance and the pain of the consequences. Then we delve into the many opportunities we have to establish a new dance, the dance of recovery.


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#4 - Break Out of Prison

May 1st, 2020


In this episode we look at why From A2D works more than 2/3 of our time with addicts in prison. Also we compare the life, emotions and stressors in addiction with those inside of prison. Look for the similarities …

#3 - A Candle in the Wind

April 23rd, 2020


Today we look at some of the emotional wounds that we have as addicts that lead us to self medicate and keep us as fragile as a candle in the wind.


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#2 - Rabbit holes, gravity and the pursuit of happiness.

April 18th, 2020


Today we look at a variety of things that can get us caught up in addiction and/or mess up our recovery.


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#1 - My friend is in trouble

April 9th, 2020


Do you have a friend or family member who is struggling with addiction? Have you wondered how to talk to them about your concerns? David Hain is the Founder of From Addict to Disciple (A2D), which works in communities, …

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