PODCAST

Knockin‘ Doorz Down

KDD Media Company

The Knockin‘ Doorz Down podcast, aiming to end the stigma around mental health and addiction. Speaking with those who have turned their greatest adversities into their greatest advantages and passions. Featuring celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times in their lives and how they were able to break through and live a purposeful life with passion, and inspiring others to be their best selves. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, mental health, or other areas of trauma, you‘re not alone. Hear how those that have been there, broken through and started Knockin’ Doorz Down. Hosted by Jason LaChance with a background of alcoholism, family addiction, alcoholism, family trauma, divorce, financial struggles, and depression. Cohost Mikey Nawrocki struggled with substance abuse issues, along with anxiety, depression, and financial struggles. If you‘re looking for weekly inspiration, and motivation to push through those challenging times, subscribe now. New episodes Monday‘s, Knockin’ Doorz Down.
Chuck Liddell | Being Bullying, Father Leaving at 3, Non-Violence, UFC, Fatherhood, Family & More
Chuck was born in Santa Monica & raised by a single mother. Growing up, school kids would pick on him, take his lunch money and bully him. His mom was a believer in non-violence and would tell him at first to not fight back. Eventually, she told him that he couldn't start a fight, but he could finish it if someone was picking on him. He hated people picking on others, so it gave him a lot of reasons to get in fights growing up defending his friends. He was taught if you work hard, you can be better than your opponents, and gave him the confidence to continue his desire to learn martial arts. His dad left when he was only 3 years old, and Chuck wouldn't see him again until he was 28 years old. During high school, he started to focus on his fighting in a more professional way. His mom taught him the basics in Koei Kan Karate which laid the foundation for his MMA career. In college, he went to Cal Poly for Wrestling & Football, but eventually shifted to kickboxing. He would ditch class or shift his schedule around just to go to karate class every day. He eventually started fighting with the UFC in 1998, and by 2001, he was the #1 prospect for the Heavyweight World Champion. Liddell's moniker 'The Iceman' was coined by his trainer, John Hackleman, of Liddell's calm and relaxed temperament before fights. Eventually, when he was at the peak of his fame, on TV and PPV events nationwide, his paternal father tried to reach out to him. But at this point, Chuck had no interest in starting a relationship with a father who chose to not be present in a child's life. He heard from his mom that he was an abusive guy, and probably a good thing that he wasn't involved very much in his life. In 2010, Chuck retired from fighting, and instead focused on the business side of the UFC. Now as a father himself, he wants to focus on being there for his daughter and being involved in her life as much as possible. He's learned to separate his marital issues from his kids, to keep the drama away from them. With fatherhood now, his focus is to be a more involved, present father than he had growing up. He loves taking his children to school, watching their games and events, and being a part of their daily lives. Also, hear some stories from his early fighting days, how he got into kickboxing, behind-the-scenes UFC stuff, and random questions with Chuck! This is Chuck Lidell in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For Mad Moose BBQ, make sure you check out their award-winning bbq sauces and rubs at www.madmoosebbq.com Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
2d ago
1 hr 5 mins
Kat Von D | Sobriety, Trauma Recovery, Tattoos, Marriage, Motherhood, Moving to Indiana & More
Kat Von D was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.   Her family moved to LA when she was 4 years old.  She started playing piano at the age of 5, and was inspired by her grandmother to pursue music.  No one in her family drank or did drugs, a very religious family upbringing for her as a kid. When Kat was 13, she discovered punk rock music, and that culture spoke to her.  She always felt like an outcast, and this music made her feel like a part of something.  She shaved her head, started tattooing her friends, and this really scared her parents.  At the age of 15, her parents put her in the Provo Canyon boarding school.  This was the same boarding school that Paris Hilton went to, and suffered abuse.  Kat also suffered abuse herself.   After leaving the school, she started drinking to deal with the trauma she had just gone through. Eventually she found herself on the TLC TV series “Miami Ink” for 2 seasons.  She eventually left the show and opened her own tattoo shop, and starred in the series “LA Ink”, where she stayed for four seasons.  Kat’s drinking and partying started to get heavy around this time, and it started to take its toll on her.  She decided to get sober in 2007, during the first season of LA Ink.  She started the process, which was tough at first, but 14 years later, she has stuck with it and is still sober to this day. In 2016, she met her husband Rafael Reyes (AKA Leafar Seyer) who is the main artist in the cholo-goth band Prayers.  She was there for a music video appearance, but they really hit it off personally.  The ended up getting married in 2018, and gave birth to their son later that year.  She’s written 2 books, “High Voltage Tattoo” and “The Tattoo Chronicles”.  She’s also started her own vegan makeup company, with 20% of the proceeds going to Project Chimps, an organization dedicated to providing care for retired research chimpanzees.   Kat is vegan herself, and wanted to make sure her make-up was cruelty free for animals.  Now, she’s focusing on her family, finding the balance of doing her own projects, as well as family life.  She also shares insights as to why she decided to move to a small town in Indiana.  She’s also finally pursuing her music endeavors with a new album out “Love Made Me Do It”. This is Kat Von D in her own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For Mad Moose BBQ, make sure you check out their award-winning bbq sauces and rubs at www.madmoosebbq.com Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Nov 22 2021
1 hr 24 mins
Rivkah Reyes | Childhood Fame, School Of Rock, Sobriety, Addiction Recovery, Mental Health & Laughter
Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  Rivkah Reyes got into acting at an early age.  At the age of 10, she starred in the iconic film "School Of Rock" with Jack Black.  In high school after the film, she started getting bullied a lot.  She would drink and steal her parent's medication to deal with it.  One time, she got alcohol poisoning after binge drinking, and almost died.  She went to psych wards and had counseling sessions.  She harbored resentment against her parents for keeping the family's mental illness and addiction information secret.  Eventually, she got into recovery and rehab.  In recovery, she found others that had the same issues as her and were able to help each other learn how to deal with them.   She came out as bisexual at the age of 16.  Her neighborhood was a gay-friendly neighborhood and was always raised around that, so coming out wasn't that hard for her to do.  After coming out, she had to deal with all kinds of sick people that would proposition her sexually.  Rivkah identifies as a woman, but now also as non-binary, using "she" and "they" when meeting people, but realizes that it's a personal choice for everyone.   When we apologize to someone for not getting the correct pronoun, we turn it around into something about us.  Instead, let yourself be corrected and learn from the experience each time.      Filipino culture is very strong in her life.  Her father is also Jewish, so she is very knowledgeable of both cultures.  She started writing poetry that made her familiar with her ancestry, and spirituality.  This was a big part of her spiritual journey. She learned about her bloodlines and genes, and where some of her disorders like her neurosis and mental illness.  In finding herself, she finds spiritualism.  In finding her family ancestry, she finds more out about why she is the way she is, and why certain demons rear their heads in her life.  She finally embraces that she needs work and fine-tuning areas of life, tries not to get hung up on what other people think, and looks for the positive things in life.   She also makes the point that social media can be both good and bad for her.  She fears being canceled for speaking her mind enough, but also realizes that social media can be used for good and for helping teens in new ways.  She saw a very specific type of video on Tik Tok recently that made her realize, we are all unique but at the same time no different.  We've all shared the same experiences and traumas, and now with social media, millions of people realize that we are not alone in our struggle.  It's not just us alone fighting this fight, we have a support system out there to help each other.    We also talk about some of the fun times of her starring in the iconic movie "School Of Rock" with Jack Black.  This is Revkah Reyes in their own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down.   For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com
Nov 15 2021
1 hr 27 mins
Tim Ryan & Jennifer Gimenez - ”Blow” The Movie, George Jung, Johnny Depp, Recovery, Dope To Hope Podcast and Sobriety
Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  Jennifer Gimenez-Ryan is a world-renowned model, actress, substance abuse counselor, and reality TV star. She starred in Blow with Johnny Depp in 1999. She shares some stories of onset activities, meeting Johnny Deep and George Jeung, including drug use during the filming of the movie. Tim even plays a voicemail he has saved from George. Jennifer was also in numerous music videos for the Rolling Stones and Babyface around this time. This era started Jennifer's personal drug use and abuse, it was manageable for a while, but eventually, it spiraled out of control. She went to rehab under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky, and eventually made appearances on both 'Sober House' and 'Celebrity Rehab'. Tim Ryan is famously known as A&E's 'Dope Man' and a substance abuse interventionist. But before his fame, he had a rough time with addiction. He and his son Nick would do drugs together. Eventually, Tim wound up in prison, got sober, and tried to get his son sober as well. On his 21 month anniversary of his sobriety, Tim lost his son while in rehab. People heard about how he would use drugs with his son and received a lot of hate and backlash for it. This was tough for Tim to deal with. This started Tim's path to sharing as much as he could about recovery & addiction. Tim is also the Founder of "A Man In Recovery" Foundation. Tim believes the only way to bring about real change in American Drug Policy and the recovery world in general, is through legislative work. He's a big supporter of getting involved at a local level, to make the change you want to see happen in your community. Tim started to get burned out, not being able to say "no" to anyone that needed his help. He was going through his second divorce when he started to feel suicidal. He needed someone to help with everything. Then he met Jennifer. Tim and Jen met in 2019. They hit it off immediately, got married, and started working together. Jen was totally on board with helping as many people as they could. Not only are they both famous and in active recovery, but they are also both proactive in changing lives - sometimes even helping to save them. Their "Dope To Hope" podcast is an example of that, leading many to share their stories of recovery from around the world. They finally feel like they are both in a healthy position and able to help others with their own struggles. Now, Tim and Jenn want to focus on speaking to audiences all over the world. They inspire their audiences to live a more fulfilling, passionate, and purposeful life. They're trying to focus on themselves more these days, and keep a positive mental outlook as they try to balance helping others, and helping themselves. This is Jennifer Gimenez and Tim Ryan in their own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. https://dopetohope.com/podcast/ For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com
Nov 8 2021
1 hr 18 mins
Andy Roy | Skateboarding, Prison, Heroin Addiction, Junkie War Stories, Kooks, Recovery, Sobriety & New Origins
Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved. #recovery #hope #AndyRoy Andy grew up in Santa Cruz and got caught up in the laid-back party lifestyle early on. His mom was really supportive of his skateboarding and put him in sports at a young age. In 7th grade, Andy started stealing cocaine and weed from his mom, and alcohol from his dad. Andy got his start in the world of skateboarding at this time, seeing some of the big names doing crazy stuff, and said "That's what I wanna do". It was an outlaw lifestyle that appealed to him, and before he knew it, this was his new career. Soon he found himself on a professional team, with sponsors. He broke his ankle and was out for 6 months, and decided since he wasn't skating he should try and smoke heroin. This began his addiction, right when he signed with Anti-Hero. He did all his drugs and was strung out... even his manager enabled his addiction by saying at a tournament "I'll give you some crack and a hooker if you get 5th place." This obviously was a bad environment for him, and his drug use got really out of control. He started disappearing, not skating, and ignoring his friends. He spent time in jail and in prison. He lost his girlfriend of 6 years. His addiction became more important than his career, and this eventually was his wake-up call he needed to change his life for the better. Now, Andy says this is the happiest he's been in his life. He's working at a treatment center called New Origins, where he was taken in by recommendation of his ex-girlfriend, who reached out to them to get Andy help. He went through his treatment and has been sober now for 20 months. Now Andy tries to reach out to struggling kids and get them into treatment. He sees a counselor every week, lets out what he needs to let out, and now has a better understanding of himself. He's also giving skateboard lessons with kids and hosting contests and events on a regular basis. He says he wouldn't wish addiction on his worst enemy, and knows how destructive it can be in your life. Now he's trying to use his platform and fame for helping others. This is Andy Roy in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. https://www.instagram.com/andyroy18/ For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com
Nov 1 2021
1 hr 21 mins
Teresa Giudice - Real Housewives of New Jersey, Mental Health of Children, Fraud, Prison, Divorce, Finding Love & Redemption
Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com  © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved. Teresa was born in New Jersey in 1974, being the first generation of Italian immigrants from Sicily. Her mom didn't know she was pregnant, and Teresa was born in the US. They were living in an attic, her father was working odd jobs including washing dishes and construction. Eventually, he became a shoemaker, and this inspired Teresa to study fashion marketing at Berkeley College in New Jersey. They were a middle-class family, and her father was able to pay for her wedding and college tuition. After college, she married Joe Giudice and had her first daughter in 2001. Teresa rose to fame starring in the first season of Real Housewives Of New Jersey in 2009. Then in 2012, she starred on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' and raised $70,000.00 for NephCure, a charity that focuses on rare kidney diseases that affect children. Children of course have been her main focus for the last 20 years, as she now has four wonderful daughters that fill her life with love and keep her busy. Even though things were looking good around this time, it all came crashing down. Teresa ran into severe legal trouble in 2013, when she & her husband were sent to prison on multiple counts of fraud. Her marriage of 20 years fell apart. She served 11 months, and during that time faced multiple lawsuits. This was a major time of self-reflection and figuring out how to move on. She settled her debt, paid her dues, and did her time for the crimes she committed. After all this, she then lost her Mother and then her Father all within a couple years from each other. Those deaths really affected her kids and everyone in her family and were a tough obstacle for them to overcome. She feels now that she's finally able to get her life back on track. Since starring on Housewives, Giudice has co-authored three successful cookbooks that include recipes handed down from her mother from Italy. When she was first released from prison in 2015, she wrote her first memoir titled "Turning The Tables" that ended up becoming a New York Times Best Seller. It chronicled her life growing up, meeting Joe, joining RHONJ, and serving nearly a year in prison. Her latest book, though, was quite a departure for her. It's called "Standing Strong" and is an introspective look at herself, how she has changed as a person, and how she is trying to live her life now. It was tough adjusting to being a single parent and trying to live a normal life after prison. It was tough to focus on herself for a change and create a healthier lifestyle with yoga and good eating habits. Now Theresa feels like she's finally in a good place in her life, and wants to share her story of how she was able to turn her life around, in hopes of inspiring others. For more on Teresa Giudice, and how she was able to turn her life around check out http://teresagiudice.com/ and grab her new book "Standing Strong". For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com
Oct 25 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Jerome Piper – Redemption, Addiction, Homeless, Rehab, Counseling, Fatherhood, Sobriety, and Hope
Growing up in Bakersfield, California Jerome experienced trauma with domestic abuse in his family, not having a father growing up, and trying to avoid the gang lifestyle that was prevalent in his neighborhood.  He saw a lot of the people he knew in & out of jail and wanted no part of that.  He found refuge in sports and was able to focus his energy and after-school time on something productive. Jerome eventually went to the College of Sequoias to play football.  This is when the partying lifestyle started to take shape in his life.  He felt the peer pressure of his friends to do all kinds of drugs.  He tried cocaine & ecstasy for the first time, drank heavily, and partied every week.  They partied so much, that they even went to Las Vegas 8 times in one month.  He eventually started smoking crack, PCP, and even meth.  It quickly spiraled out of control before he could get a hold of his addiction.  The police even raided his grandparents' house, and this was a huge wake-up call for him. Jerome was arrested at one point, and this really shook him up.  Also, When his third child, his youngest daughter was born this was a major turning point for him. They gave him the ultimatum of choosing his daughter or choosing the drugs.  He chose his daughter.  All this time he was going to school to be a teacher, and he came to a crossroads in his lifestyle, where it eventually caught up with him and his health and realized he needed help.  He relapsed many times, and shifted careers many times, but eventually regained his stability.  The facility that ended up helping him stay sober was the Sierra Vista Ebony Counseling center.  His counselor inspired him to start a new career helping others.  Jerome decided to start studying drug and addiction counseling.  Now, at this stage in his life, Jerome wants to be of service to the community.  He currently holds the title of Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC) under the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs, and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Now his goal is to reach kids as early as possible in their lives so that they get a chance to grow and develop their minds without the hindrance of drugs or alcohol.  He will go out of his way to help kids who can’t afford his services and give them his personal cell which he says he will answer at any time of the day or night, to help these kids. For more on Jerome Piper https://aspirecounselingservice.com/fresno-program-staff/ This is Jerome Piper in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Oct 18 2021
1 hr 22 mins
Dave Host of the Dopey Podcast | Heroin, Rehab, Podcasting, Losing Co-Host Chris to Addiction, Support Groups, Fatherhood & Celebrities
Dave grew up in Manhattan, and since he could remember, he always wanted to be a TV show host.  He would watch all the famous late-night shows and TV shows with his mom growing up.  Regis Philbin would make him feel relaxed, and was a huge inspiration for him. In his early teenage years, Dave always thought of drug users as “poseurs” and was never interested in them.  One night though after drinking heavily at a party, he started smoking pot, to help with his nausea.  His first real drug experience was taking Acid at a Grateful Dead concert his Junior year in High School.  Not too long after that, his drug use quickly escalated to heroin use. In his early 20’s, Dave was in & out of rehab multiple times, but it finally took on his 3rd time trying.  Dopey Podcast hosts Dave and Chris first met at a rehab center in Connecticut in 2011, where they were both getting help.  Dave worked (and still works at) the famous Katz Deli in Manhattan, New York.  At first, he wanted to do a show about “The Last Jewish Waiter” based on his experience at the deli.  He soon realized that his life was mess and needed to focus on his well-being and getting help.  Chris still liked the idea of doing something with the waiter thing, and it eventually morphed into the podcast they have now. Dave & Chris founded the Dopey Podcast in 2016.  Their style was a little different than other podcasts; they didn’t focus on recovery stories, as they found them boring.  Instead, they would tell their “war stories” of their addiction and using years, with doses of edgy humor mixed in.  They’ve had some amazing guests like Dr. Drew Pinsky, Marc Maron & Jamie Lee Curtis.  In 2018, Chris was getting his PhD, working in a sober house, and was engaged to his new found love.  His life was on the right track, but started falling back into bad habits. Supposedly, he had been injured while on vacation with his girlfriend, was prescribed painkillers, and soon was again taking heroin and other substances.  Shortly after, Chris passed away from a drug overdose.  When he died, Dave plugged himself back into his rehab support system, by attending meetings.  He was determined to not relapse.  Dave has no plans to get another co-host, and now does the show solo.  Also, hear some of Dave’s tales of meeting and partying with celebrities at the world famous Katz’s Deli. For more on the Dopey Podcast, check out www.dopeypodcast.com This is Dave of the Dopey Podcast in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Oct 11 2021
1 hr 18 mins
Wade Gilbert | Olympic & Championship Mental Health Coach, Medical Professional, Professor & Author Coaching Better Every Season
Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sports scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU Fresno.  Growing up, he lived in a small rural Canadian town and started riding his bikes around with his friends, creating jumps and ramps around town.  He started playing multiple types of sports, which would eventually shape his life to come. He ended up going through college studying to be a P.E. teacher.  Eventually, he started working at UCLA, then was offered a job at Fresno State, along with his with his wife.  They both relocated and started working with the Fresno State Athletics Department.  Since then, He’s worked with the United States Olympic Committee, National Hockey League, World Wrestling Entertainment, and more.  He’s worked with some of the most elite athletes and coaches in the world.  Wade says that The Canadian Olympic Women’s Softball team that he coached was the model of what a team should be, a working cohesive group of people.  He uses them as an example of a team effort to accomplish one goal.  He works with many different types of sports teams to show their weaknesses and strengths, as an advisor for coaches and athletes looking to improve their strategies.  The crux of what Dr. Gilbert tells the teams he consults is this:  You don’t have to be the best athlete on the field, you just have to be present.  And much like with recovery, it works the same way.  You just need to be present, in the here and now and be receptive to advice and change. In 2017, he wrote the book “Coaching Better Every Season” where he shares his knowledge on communicating and teaching with athletes, coaches, students, and educators.  Gilbert regularly shares his coaching insights through 'Coach Doc' commentaries on the Human Kinetics Coach Education website in his advisory role with the company. He also works closely with youth and Fresno State coaches locally, often testing the merits of new coaching methods and practices. For more on Wade Gilbert follow him on https://twitter.com/wadewgilbert and https://coacheducation.humankinetics.com/pages/coaching-better This is Wade Gilbert in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Oct 4 2021
1 hr 18 mins
Peter Sage | Excited To Go To Prison, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, TED Talks & Author of “The Inside Track”
Peter has had an interesting journey to where he is now in life.  He was sued for 17 million dollars by Hewlett-Packard, they tried to get him to settle, and he ended up in jail on contempt of court.  He lost his business, and he lost millions of dollars.  This wasn’t a criminal offense, instead, he served his time as a “civil prisoner” in one of the worst prisons in the UK.  He took this opportunity to change the lives of people that really need help and committed himself to help his fellow inmates.  He thought of himself as a double agent of sorts, that would secretly try to change the lives of the inmates while he was in there.  One time when a computer in the prison was left unattended, he printed out 50 copies of a motivational short story he’s been working on and passed them out to the prisoners.   He was very proactive, including designing a new prisoner welcome booklet that is currently being adopted in US prisons in Arizona, Ohio, and other states. Peter makes the point that we grow through challenges in our lives.  We are intrinsically motivated by nature to overcome obstacles and learn from them.  It’s never about the life you think you want to have, it’s our relationship to it.  Many times, people adopt a victim mentality because things don’t work out the way that they want them to.  It’s all about your outlook.  If you trust the river of life, you don’t care whether it bends left or right. Peter worked with the legendary motivational speaker Tony Robbins as one of his experienced trainers for 15 years.  He’s learned that emotional maturity and biological maturity are not correlated.  They are two completely different beasts, that need to be dealt with separately and treated with caution.  He wanted to create a blueprint for success for people, and that eventually became his book “The Inside Track”.  He shows you how you can overcome your self-limiting beliefs, challenges, and anything that life throws at you. The mistakes we’ve made, the time we’ve spent inside, the times we’ve fallen off the wagon…. That’s our capital.  Peter says to use your capital to earn your stripes and help others through the same struggle.  You turn your adversity into a gift, that will help propel you and others down the road to recovery faster than you can imagine. For your copy of Peters book The Inside Track, for the cost of shipping go to http://getpetesbook.com/KDD For more on Peter Sage go to https://www.petersage.com/ This is Peter Sage in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Sep 27 2021
1 hr 8 mins
Brianne Davis | Sex and Love Addict, Trauma, Manipulation, Emotional Incest, Addiction, Faith, Recovery, Author & Mentor
Brianne Davis came from a very tumultuous background, growing up with parents that did not have a healthy marriage. Brianne was also exposed to pornography & molested at a young age, and blacked out, not remembering what actually happened. Her parents were constantly fighting. Brianne’s mother would cheat on her father, and she saw the power that this gave her. Brianne’s dad made her feel like she was his partner, which Brianne describes as “emotional incest”. Brianne saw all this as what defined a marriage. So naturally, she wanted nothing to do with marriage and this spawned her promiscuous approach to relationships and men in general. Initially, she got addicted to the butterflies of new relationships. She first cheated on her boyfriend in 8th grade and describes the rush she got from that as similar to the high you would get from heroin. This turned into the manipulation of her sexuality to get what she wanted. She was a cheater, a liar, and a thief. She says she would figuratively “snort & drink” people, getting high off of manipulating them. The other side of this is shutting down sexually all together. She would fear the intimate and legitimate connections in relationships. She felt empty inside and the only thing that would give her self-worth was having control of people’s emotions. She began acting in Hollywood and actually subconsciously mirroring herself in the roles that she would take, saying 95% of the roles she took were sex and love addict characters. When she decided to get help with her addiction, she stopped acting for a year just to adjust and “detox” from that lifestyle. This is when she started writing her book. She realized money, cars, clothes and even “soulmates” don’t matter, it’s about completing who you are and finding that self-love that you’ve been denying yourself. 3 million people in the US are Sex & Love addicts, and that was in 2017. The number one reason people lose their sobriety battle with chemical addiction is relationships. Relationships will take you down if you do not have the healthy tools to deal with healthy relationships. This is what inspired Brianne to write her book, “Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex and Love Addict”, which was just released this year. In it, she describes her trauma early on, her sex and love addiction that followed, and how she was able to find the right tools to deal with her problems. She also mentors’ people that are experiencing the same things she did, and hopes that by speaking out that more people will come forward with their issues. Brianne has had people that she’s mentored describe their sexual and love addiction as very hard to deal with. One man said that “he could quit heroin, but not his partner”. This underscores the severity of these types of addictions, and that we should take them more seriously in our society. For more on Brianne, her book, and podcast go to https://linktr.ee/briannedavis  For the 40 questions, Sex and Love self-diagnosis https://slaafws.org/download/core-files/The_40_Questions_of_SLAA.pdf  She shares with us her positive transformation and how she lives to inspire others to be whole within themselves. This is Brianne Davis in her own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Sep 20 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Alisha Crossley | ADHD, Childhood Trauma, Codependency, Quarter Life Crisis, Love, Marriage, Parenthood, Success and Roll Tide
At just 18 months old, Alisha Crossley experienced major family trauma.  Her father shot her mom 6 times in the back.  She was able to survive but lived in constant pain after the attack.  Her father was diagnosed with ADHD and abused cocaine regularly.  He later committed suicide, when she was just 6 years old.  She lived with her mom until the age of 14 when she moved out and tried to make it on her own.  As a young teenager, she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and started experiencing panic attacks regularly.  She didn't show as many obvious symptoms as her male classmates, so it was harder to diagnose.     In college, Alisha majored in English.  At the age of 27, Alisha had what she called a "Quarter Life Crisis", and started binge drinking, binge eating, and being self-destructive overall.  She did a lot of research and history on her family and found that addiction on her mothers' side was rampant throughout many generations.  She would take caffeine pills and Modafinil, which helped her focus, and didn't realize that she was having trouble focusing on a daily basis.  She learned that she inherited her ADHD from her father and the alcoholism from her mother.  This is what she calls inter-generational addiction, where addiction is basically genetically passed down to siblings in a family, through no fault of their own.  She also realized she is a people pleaser and was emotionally codependent in a lot of her relationships in her young adult life.  She actively monitors this trait now and has learned how to focus on pleasing herself first, before pleasing others.   She also realized that she needed to take control of her professional course in life, and make career decisions that would make her happy, both financially and emotionally.  Alisha has been a wedding photographer now for 13 years.  Now she's also an author, writing books such as "Codependent No More" & others.  Alisha is also the host of the Imperfectly Polished Podcast, bringing misdiagnosis of ADHD to light for women suffering from different kinds of issues that commonly get misunderstood.  Hear how she was able to turn a troubled upbringing into something positive and rewarding for her family. And of course, "Roll Tide". For more on Alisha and to follow her on social media visit https://alishacrossley.com/   This is Alisha Crossley in her own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down.   For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/
Sep 13 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Thomas Figlioli | Author ‘That‘s What Junkies Do‘, Trauma, Bookies,  Addiction, Rehab & Redemption
Growing up, Thomas' troubles started early on, getting in many fights with other kids, sometimes seriously injuring them. He would steal from his dad to buy baseball cards, and at the age of 7, he was already hiding his stealing from his friends and family. His dad was always taking him to Mets & Jets games, buying him stuff, and living lavishly in the eyes of a kid. But behind closed doors, there was more going on. He learned that his dad's business was a front for illegal activity, and his parents would fight often. One time they stopped talking for 6 months, and as an only child, Thomas remembers this being very traumatic. When his parents eventually divorced, this was the catalyst for his drug and alcohol abuse to come. It started with stealing cigarettes from his cousin and drinking to mask his insecurities and so he could talk with girls & other friends. He quit his hockey team because he just wanted to drink & hang out. In college, he was a smart student, but didn't go to class, and used his parent’s divorce as a reason for not going. He was given a deal to get a 3.4 GPA and eventually graduated with the Dean's Scholarship helping him along the way. After college, he got a job as a bartender at an Irish Pub in his New York neighborhood. He eventually got an additional job offer to be a 'bookie', gambling and keeping track of bets. One night, he decides to try ecstasy and ends up doing it 7 times that same night. After that, he started using cocaine as well. This quickly spiraled out of control by taking up to an 8 ball of coke every night, leading to various issues including DT shakes. His aunt told him his skin was gray and he realized he had to see a doctor. After a quick stint with prescription drugs, he was admitted to a psych ward. He started going to the AA meetings in his hospital. It helped at first but didn't really connect with him fully at the time. Soon after, he was back on the streets using drugs again, but this time he almost committed suicide. He was smoking crack, collecting cans, and sniffing heroin every day. He finally reached out for help and was able to seriously and earnestly commit to rehab. He would do well for a while, but got addicted to Vicodin for another 8 years, and went into rehab again for the 3rd time. Thomas was always a fan of memoirs, mafia stories & real-life depictions of actual events put into writing. When Thomas got out of his most recent treatment, his mentor told him to put it all down... describing how his life was now & how it used to be manageable before alcohol and drugs came into the picture. It sparked something in him & inspired him to speak at meetings and get more involved in the recovery process by sharing his story. At the time, He was working on a garbage truck in New York and shared one of his stories with a co-worker, who inspired him to become an author. 3 years later, his first book "That's What Junkies Do" was officially published. To more on his book and to follow Thomas on social media go to https://linktr.ee/TommyFigs This is Thomas Figlioli in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm  For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/
Sep 6 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Randy Haveson | Self-Esteem Vs Ego, No more Should or Try, TED Talks, Cocaine, Alcohol, Suicide Attempt, Addiction, Recovery, Author, Life-Coach
Randy Haveson had a childhood that was better than most, coming from a wealthy family who invested in real estate. As a teenager, he had everything he could ever want growing up, he even got a new car for his 16th birthday.  He had disposable money, so he started buying expensive drugs like cocaine & quaaludes at the age of 17. He says that it would make him feel normal, that it would actually help him with his severe ADD. Eventually, he would become a full-blown addict, spending thousands of dollars every month on his habit. He got fired from his pizza delivery job.  He got kicked out of college. He was drinking heavily, doing cocaine, mushrooms, quaaludes, and marijuana in excess. He ended up even more depressed, and started to contemplate suicide. When he was 24, he held a knife in his hand and was contemplating how to cut himself to get it over with.  He looked at himself in the mirror and realized that he needed help. He called a suicide hotline, the person he talked to inspired him, and was able to start his road to recovery. He went back to college and got his master's in counseling. He starting working in treatment centers and started building his private practice. Randy is all about dissolving the ego & raising your self-esteem. In his TED talks, he makes the point to differentiate between “Ego” and “Self-Esteem”, noting that ego is everything outside of us, and self-esteem is everything inside of us.  Cocky vs. Confident. We need to nurture our self-esteem more and forget about the ego. He says “Ego’s turn hurdles into walls”, basically meaning that your ego will make whatever problem you have 10 times worse than it has to be. Another point he says is a major life-changing thing, is to eliminate “Can’t”, “Try” and “Should” from your vocabulary. These words are self-defeating, and procrastinate what you should be doing today.  He now looks at every day as a gift, to be grateful for what you have and what you are able to do to give back. Treat yourself like your best friend, and let yourself be human, no one is perfect. Now Randy has his own daughter, who is now 16 years old. He suggests when talking to your kids about drugs, talk about the behavior and consequences of your past.  He makes the point about saying you are disappointed, instead of angry at them. He didn’t immediately punish her when he caught her, instead, he threatened to take something like driving privileges away if he caught her again.  He is now a public speaker & author of the self-help books “Party with A Plan” and “The Ego Cleanse: Becoming Your Own Best Friend”. Make sure to check out www.randyspeaks.com for all his resources.  This is Randy Haveson in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/
Aug 30 2021
1 hr 1 min
Jason Van Dusen | Childhood Trauma, Divorce, Addiction, Cocaine, GHB, Meth, Family, Graphic Design, Faith & Redemption.
Jason Van Dusen is a valuable member of our KDD Media team & wanted to share his story in hopes of reaching & relating to anyone that's gone through a similar ordeal.  JVD had a pretty normal childhood for the most part.  He was brought up in a loving home & had a good upbringing.  He was very involved in sports, even at a young age.  The one thing he says was the main catalyst for his trauma early on, was the fact his parents divorced around the age of 11 or 12.  The friction there between his mom and dad would fuel his depression as well as his acting out at a young age to deal with the circumstances that he was forced into. Their separation, the anger, the disagreements would be too much for him to handle at times.  He would witness scenes like his father punching holes in the wall and constant arguing between them.  When his mom decided to move to Oregon from California, this was the main event that really upset Jason.  The constant indecision of leaving to be with his mom in Oregon or staying in California weighed on him heavily.  He even had to pay rent at one point to help his dad stay afloat at this time. He felt more like a roommate to him than a father.  This would build up over time and eventually led to the drug addiction that would consume his teenage years.   Early on in his teenage party years, he was never an alcohol type of guy.  He started with cigarettes and weed, which created a pathway to accepting other drugs openly.  His drug of choice ended up being methamphetamine and cocaine.  He got caught up in the scene that most teenagers do: following what the "cool" kids did around him, and started experimenting with drugs.  It just so happened that his type of friends at the time had a giant mirror on a bed, with huge lines of cocaine waiting for the party crowd that would come over every week.   At first, seeing his friend doing these hardcore drugs freaked him out, but soon he wanted to partake in what his friends were doing, and this quickly spiraled out of control.  It started with casual use of cocaine and a drug known as GHB, which would make you feel like you drank 6 beers.    While doing all of these hardcore drugs, Jason was still able to get his degree in Graphic Design, as well as holding down other good-paying odd jobs.  While working a warehouse job, a co-worker gave him a capsule of something that made him feel super productive and energized.  He eventually found out that the drug was crystal meth.  He felt comfortable in his job, so he started experimenting with different ways of using it.  This quickly spiraled out of control.  This is when the true addiction kicked in.   With meth, he couldn't just stop doing it.  He felt like he couldn't function at work or in any way, without his fix.  It became a lifestyle that consumed him in every way.  He would drive for hours in the middle of the night every week just to find his drug of choice.  It was really difficult for him to break this cycle because he was so productive at work and school at that time, he would even get incentives at his work for re-organizing the warehouse while on drugs.  So this justified the addiction.   Eventually, this all started to catch up with him.  He lost 40 pounds in 16 days during a drug bender.  He can't remember much of that time, but the paranoia and withdrawals were too much to handle.  When his supply left, he just couldn't get his product anymore.  He crashed for 8 days, was non-responsive to friends and family, and eventually, his family reached out to him.  He met his wife by chance in 2003, while in a hospital emergency room.  She was there to support one of her friends, and it was love at first sight.  He says she replaced his desire for the drugs and high he was chasing all those years.  His wife brought stability and helped him get his life back on track.  He found a 12 step program, found God, and committed himself to building his family.   Now he's a successful graphic designer, Marketing Director for 51FIFTY Enterprises & an addiction and recovery advocate working for KDD Media & Knockin' Doorz Down.  He is also an active mentor in Celebrate Recovery, a national faith-based 12 step recovery program.  He hopes that by sharing his story, he can inspire people to let them know it's never too late to get their life back on track.   This is Jason Van Dusen in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down.   For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddpodcast.com https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/ For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/
Aug 23 2021
1 hr 19 mins
Flindt Andersen | The Fentanyl Crisis and Prevention, Manufactured Drugs & Trends with Kids Today.
One of our more eye-opening conversations to date. Flindt Andersen the Founder & Director of P.A.I.N. (Parents and Addicts In Need) sheds light on the Fentanyl crisis. Why are these drugs tending right now and why are so many people dying? Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is being abused at absurdly high levels. Why are dealers lacing cocaine with fentanyl? This disturbing new trend is killing people across the country. We talk about the Russian import of manufactured fentanyl, exploding on the East Coast 2 years ago. Now it’s made its way to the West Coast, and thus all across the country. It used to be that the dealers wanted their customers to return to them for consistent business, but now it seems that the dealers have no regard for returning customers because there are 10 more kids waiting in line to get their first dose. They have no regard for the outcomes of the drug, and most do not know what they are doing when they start mixing and dosing these types of drugs. Another thing we talk about is how accessible it is for this generation. The general public's fear of heroin and its stigmas has gone away, and music videos and celebrities glamorize the use of opiates, in all forms. Kids are buying it on Snapchat. It’s very easy for the youth of today to get it, and on top of that, it is also the deadliest drug on the streets today. Flindt points out that most kids and people do not know the actual meaning of Red Ribbon Week, and that they need to have more speakers and professional guests come in to speak to these kids in a more effective way. Even our hospitals aren’t prepared. Flindt tells a story of how a mother brought in her son who overdosed on fentanyl, and the hospital didn’t have Narcan to combat the overdose and save his life. There were a lot of years that Flindt was actually not in favor of Narcan being sold to the general public, or remain with EMTs. But now, he realizes it does save more lives. The problem though is that it jumpstarts the withdrawal process for addicts, and the hospital isn’t prepared to combat that, to treat that withdrawal properly. Another major flaw with the recovery process is the fact that treatment centers we do have out there, do not take minors. We need to be able to treat these kids at a young age before addiction takes hold, so how do we treat them at that age? Recovery success rates for addicts are between 7% – 10%. We need to get parents and teachers more involved in the education process, and checking in with these kids on a daily basis. These are the challenges and questions that we need to talk about in our medical and treatment facilities. Join us for this informative and entertaining conversation on trending drugs in our society. Passionate, educated and informed. This is Flindt Andersen in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm Huge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddpodcast.com   https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on Flindt Andersen & P.A.I.N. - https://www.gotpainusa.org/ https://www.instagram.com/gotpain_usa/ https://www.instagram.com/donthidethescars https://www.instagram.com/newperceptionsnorth/ https://twitter.com/addicts_in https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-dont-hide-the-scars-62840321/
Aug 16 2021
1 hr 13 mins
Cheryl Burke | Dancing with The Stars Sexual Trauma Survivor Alcoholism Podcast Host Recovery and Mental Health Advocate
When Cheryl was growing up, Cheryl was sexually molested by a trusted family friend.  This event shaped how she chose her boyfriends growing up.  She would pick the bad boys, or more specifically, men that would treat her badly.  This trauma unknowingly started her down the road of alcoholism.  During her time on Dancing With the Stars, she gained confidence as a dancer early on.  She was the first female professional to win the show and the first professional to win twice and consecutively. She has participated in 23 seasons thus far.  This confidence led to heavy drinking while filming, and feeling like when she was drinking her dancing was much better.  This eventually spiraled out of control and the drinking actually hindered her performance instead of enhancing it. In regards to her past sexual abuse, she learned that you are not forgiving the person for the action, you are forgiving for yourself to create peace so you can sleep at night.  To move on, it was also about consistently going to meetings, and seeking help in a productive and scheduled way.  She’s not the type to just sit back and hope that help comes her way, she’s actively seeking it out now, and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Cheryl has now been sober for 3 years.  It’s still very new for her to sit and discuss her past traumas, a nerve-racking experience every time, but feels so much better after each session.  Now she focuses on being grateful for every aspect of her life and focusing on the good things to make her progress in her fight against her addictions. Cheryl has been looking into what actually causes her hypervigilance at times, she’s exploring having a trauma specialist look into what actually triggers this reaction.  Lately, she’s been exploring different forms of meditation twice a day, and she finds that this has been very helpful in maintaining her sobriety.  Her new “Pretty Messed Up Podcast” with AJ McLean and Rene Elizondo focuses on these topics and how each of them is dealing with their daily struggles. This is Cheryl Burke in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on Cheryl Burke: https://www.cheryl-burke.com/    https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCherylBurke   https://www.instagram.com/cherylburke/   https://twitter.com/cherylburke https://www.tiktok.com/@cherylburkeofficial https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCemwzBiVg4zXdy9I4A8oGog
Aug 9 2021
1 hr 19 mins
Becca Atkinson | From Alcoholic to Recovery Advocate and Host of the Unashamed Alcoholic Podcast
Becca came from a family that has a history of alcoholism.  She knew this growing up and was aware of the possibility of herself falling into that addiction pattern.  Up until her early teenage years, everything was pretty normal, but once adolescence was over that’s when the drinking started to kick in for her. Becca couldn’t just casually drink like the rest of her friends, she had to get drunk.  There was no middle ground, and this led to many blackouts and problems every weekend at a young age.  Her 20’s were very reckless, bad decision making with relationships, and a party lifestyle with 6 other people at her first house away from home.  This quickly escalated and spiraled out of control to new lows in her life. She rationalized her alcoholism in many ways: She wasn’t drinking in the morning, she didn’t lose her kids and continued to work at her job, so she wasn’t your typical alcoholic, or at least what our modern media portrays as an alcoholic.  There’s a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions of what alcoholism actually is, and how it affects different people. She makes the point that we need to make clear to kids & the youth today, that drinking does not have to be a given in your life, and you do not need to feel like it’s abnormal not to drink. She started to feel like a failure, because she couldn’t control her drinking.  She was looking for answers, and looking for a way to get out of her rut.  One day, she randomly connected with an old friend who recently got sober, and wanted her to come celebrate her newfound sobriety.  She was hesitant at first, but went to the celebration and got inspired to get her life back on track.  She went to co-ed AA meetings at first, but had to eventually had to go to all-female meetings to make her feel more comfortable in the recovery process. After her first interview since her recovery at a local radio station in 2020, she wanted to continue the conversation.  Podcasting seemed like a great way for her to get her story out to the masses, in hopes of sharing stories and helping people around the world.  Even though she was hesitant at first to put her story out there, not being sure of how people would receive it.  She got over that fear, and The Unashamed Alcoholic Podcast was born, and has been going strong for almost 2 years.  This is Becca Atkinson in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on Rebecca Atkinson: https://theunashamedalcoholic.ca/ https://twitter.com/UnashamedAlc
Aug 2 2021
58 mins
AJ McLean | From Early Stardom with the Backstreet Boys to Alcohol & Drug Addiction to Recovery, Mental Health Advocate & Pretty Messed Up Podcast Host
AJ came from a broken but supportive home.  He didn’t know his dad and wasn’t part of his life growing up.  He was raised by his grandparents and mother in a 3-bedroom apartment.  At the age of 15, AJ got his record deal with the Backstreet Boys.  His newfound stardom gave AJ the motivation to move out of his house at the age of 17, after getting in a huge fight with his mom. AJ didn’t actually start drinking until he was 25.  He started with hard alcohol right off the bat and got worse from there.  Then during an early morning music video shoot, he tried cocaine for the first time.  After that, he was buying large amounts from a friend in Florida.  AJ was up to an 8 ball a day.  Eventually AJ overdosed and was revived with an adrenaline needle, just like the scene with Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.  You would think that would be enough for AJ to stop, but it wasn’t. In 2001, the Backstreet Boys were supposed to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game.  AJ was partying the night before and woke up hungover, and told his manager that he wasn’t going.  This prompted a fight with his band members where he quit the band on the spot.  The manager gave him the option of going to rehab, and he accepted. AJ stopped drinking and using drugs for the first time in 2001.  He was able to stay sober for 7 years.  Then in 2008, out of the blue, their friend Shania Twain had a concert coming up in Las Vegas.  Originally, AJ wanted to do a date night with his wife at the show, but she couldn’t make it and said to go by himself.  AJ knew his wife wouldn’t be there with him, so immediately he called his dealer.  He thought he would be able to sober up before coming back home, but he just couldn’t stop.  Then again in 2019, Backstreet Boys had their massive DNA World Reunion Tour.  When AJ got the call to go to Vegas for the residency, his wife called him and told him “Don’t even bother coming home” because she knew he was partying too much.  The breaking point for him was when he got home, his daughter came to sit by him on the couch.  Normally she cuddles with him, but this time she said “you don’t smell like my dad” and this crushed AJ.  This was the catalyst to get help and begin his sobriety. The pandemic recently was the silver lining for AJ.  None of the temptations from the road were messing with his mental health, so he could really focus on his family and health.  AJ has now been sober for 20 months.  He’s traveled twice by himself now, and hasn’t relapsed.  Now he’s part of the “Pretty Messed Up Podcast” along with Cheryl Burke & Rene Elizondo where they talk about their problems, addictions and how they’re dealing with them.  Now with his new podcast, AJ hopes to remove the stigma with mental health by speaking openly about his experiences. This is AJ McLean in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on AJ McLean: https://www.facebook.com/AJMcLean https://www.instagram.com/aj_mclean/ https://twitter.com/aj_mclean https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLkX_Si9eHmSQV30eaX2UA
Jul 26 2021
1 hr 34 mins
Austin Reed | From Cystic Fibrosis, ADHD & Addiction to Sobriety & Successful TV & Radio Personality
Austin inherited his addictive genes from his father’s side of the family.  His father’s mother had schizophrenia, and many of his other family members have bipolar disorder.  At the age of 3, Austin was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.  The doctors told his parents that he would have about 18 to 19 years to live.  It was tough growing up having that hanging over his head, which would lead to depression and anxiety issues early on in his life. As a kid, it was tough for Austin to his schoolwork and remain focused.  He learned later that he had ADHD.  He would have trouble just sitting still in class, and even doing small tasks or projects were difficult to finish.  Early on, Austin became obsessed with the world of broadcasting.  It was one of the only things that kept his attention and later developed into a career.  At age 9, he had a broadcasting studio built in the basement of his parents’ house.  He would create his own shows for public access in his hometown.  The local news came out to do a story on him and after that, it propelled him even further into broadcasting.  At the age of 17, he already had a job with the local FOX television news station in Portland.  This is when his drug use and experimentation started to take off. At the age of 19, Austin had his first experience with ecstasy.  The feeling he got from that first time was amazing, and he started doing it every weekend.  The depression he felt every time he would come down was really tough for him to deal with, so eventually, he was able to quit doing it.  He moved to New York & began acting.  He had some small TV roles, but eventually went back to news broadcasting, getting a job in New Mexico. At this time, Austin’s mother had a heart attack, so he moved back to Oregon to be closer to her.  In Medford, there was no cystic fibrosis clinic, he wasn’t getting the care he needed.  He was getting really bad headaches and was prescribed Vicodin.  This started his new addiction, where he was taking 3 pills every 4 hours, to get the effects he wanted.  Then his doctor started prescribing stronger medication like morphine, liquid oxycodone, soma, suboxone other various pain meds. Then after those meds, he started getting addicted to Adderall, for his ADHD which started acting up and getting worse during his time.  This was a really bad combination, so he stopped taking the crazy combinations of meds, and unfortunately switched to alcohol.  Alcohol was everywhere and readily available, which made it really tough for him to quit.  One of his close friends came from New Mexico, stayed with him for a while, and ended up dying from an alcoholic seizure while they were drinking together one night. Even after the loss of his friend, he continued to drink until it really got out of control.  He was drinking at all times of the day, and he finally realized enough was enough.  He checked himself into rehab and has been sober for the past 6 months. Austin now hosts the Reed Report and Central Valley Talk here in Central California.  He continues to get therapy, and support from his wife and twin daughters, and family to continue his sobriety.  Now Austin wants to share his story in the hopes that it can change other lives for the better. This is Austin Reed in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/  For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on Austin Reed: http://austinreednetwork.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AustinReedONAIR https://www.instagram.com/austinreedonair/ https://twitter.com/austinreedonair https://www.tiktok.com/@austinreedonair?
Jul 19 2021
1 hr 10 mins

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