Knockin‘ Doorz Down

KDD Media Company

Knockin‘ Doorz Down Informative, engaging, and humorous conversations to end the stigma around addiction and mental health issues. Hosted by Jason LaChance who has faced his alcoholism, addiction, anxiety, and depression on his journey of self-discovery. Real raw and true stories featuring guest celebrities, everyday people, and experts in the areas of addiction, trauma, and mental health. Sharing their experiences 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‘re looking for weekly inspiration, some laughs, how our guests climbed out of dark times, and motivation to push through, subscribe now. New episodes Mondays! read less

Dan Karaty | Alcoholism, Choreography, Sobriety, Connectivity, Vulnerability & If I’m Being Honest
4d ago
Dan Karaty | Alcoholism, Choreography, Sobriety, Connectivity, Vulnerability & If I’m Being Honest
Why did Jason LaChance want to talk with Dan Karaty? Despite being in the public eye, Dan lived with a secret only he and his wife knew. He was an alcoholic. Dan’s career started as a dancer on Broadway and on award show stages with Britney Spears. After transitioning to a choreographer, he worked with Britney Spears, NSYNC, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, and Usher. In 2005, So You Think You Can Dance debuted in the US with Dan as a judge. After, Dan took the brave step of sharing with the public his lifelong struggles with anxiety and alcohol. Dan is a doting and devoted father and husband that made mistakes due to his struggles. Dan has gone on to create the podcast If I'm Being Honest. If I’m Being Honest will strip away surface facades to deliver the real, in-depth, and sometimes ugly truths of my life, and those of my courageous guests; hopefully revealing unique paths to happiness, success, recovery, and redemption This is Dan Karaty Knockin' Doorz Down. To subscribe to the video form of the podcast, and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media go to www.kddpodcast.com For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on Dan Karaty and If I'm Being Honest https://www.dankaraty.com/
Clayton English & Greg Glod | The War On Drugs & Addiction A Mental Health Issue Not Judicial
Jan 29 2023
Clayton English & Greg Glod | The War On Drugs & Addiction A Mental Health Issue Not Judicial
Why did I want to talk with Clayton English and Greg Glod? They're the hosts of The War on Drugs Podcast. Clayton English is an award-winning comedian who took home the win on Last Comic Standing, and Greg Glod, a Criminal Justice Fellow for Americans for Prosperity. We talk about everything from addiction being a mental health issue and not a judicial issue, the racial stereotypes associated with certain illegal drugs, and the criminal penalties as well. As well we discuss the personal reasons why they wanted to do the podcast, plus we find a way to have a lot of laughs. Lava for Good’s The War on Drugs examines the actual cost of five decades of policy, policing, and persecution. The War on Drugs was never really about drugs; it was about control, and the series aims to expose this, shining a spotlight on how this so-called “war” impacts every aspect of our lives in ways both seen and unseen. The podcast will explore the politicization of public health policy; systemic racism and classism in the legislation and administration of criminal law; and how decriminalization and other alternatives could bring this fruitless “war” to an end. This is Clayton English and Greg Glod Knockin' Doorz Down. To subscribe to the audio form of the podcast, and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media go to www.kddpodcast.com For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on The War On Drugs Podcast, Clayton English And Greg Glod https://podnews.net/podcast/ia9fc http://www.claytonenglish.com/ https://americansforprosperity.org/bio/greg-glod/
Brandon Turner | Skateboarding Fame, Unresolved Trauma, Addiction, Sobriety, Skateboarding An Art?
Jan 22 2023
Brandon Turner | Skateboarding Fame, Unresolved Trauma, Addiction, Sobriety, Skateboarding An Art?
Why did I want to talk with Brandon Turner? Brandon Turner is a skateboard prodigy and addiction recovery coach, who is proving that age doesn't have to slow you down; it can actually make you better. Brandon has come a long way from his early years of substance abuse and over-the-top partying and recently partnered with San Diego-based rehab center Healthy Life Recovery to create a skate recovery program for individuals struggling with addiction. He also just broke a skating record, completing his biggest switch hardflip down Wallenberg at the age of 39. Brandon and I talk about skate culture, the upsides, the downsides, and why he's chosen to dedicate his life to helping others within the skate community, all while bucking the long-held notion that skaters retire or slowly disappear after the age of 30. He shares how his unresolved childhood trauma which included finding out that who he thought was his mom, was his grandma and who he thought was his sister is his mom. This led to Brandon drowning out the emotional pain with alcohol and other substances. Eventually landing Brandon in prison.  Brandon Turner skateboarded with heavy hitters like Andrew Reynolds, Elissa Steamer, and Arto Saari who have all opened up about their addiction struggles. Many veterans with similar experiences are now using their passion for skateboarding as a point of reference for a more sober approach to life. This is Brandon Turner Knockin' Doorz Down. To subscribe to the audio form of the podcast, and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media go to www.kddpodcast.com For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on Brandon Turner and to see his switch hardflip https://www.instagram.com/bturner https://skatenewswire.com/brandon-turner-switch-hardflip-wallenberg/
Shaun Weiss | The Mighty Ducks Goldberg, Publicized Addiction, Parent With Addiction, Sobriety And Recovery
Jan 2 2023
Shaun Weiss | The Mighty Ducks Goldberg, Publicized Addiction, Parent With Addiction, Sobriety And Recovery
Why did I want to talk with Shaun Weiss, known for his roles in The Might Ducks as Goldberg, Heavy Weights, and more?  Shaun's addiction became public headlines, his mug shot appeared on the news and celebrity media outlets. With an outcry of support to get Shaun help, which included new teeth and rehab.        Shaun and I converse about similar struggles that led us down the path of addiction. Shaun shares the structure he grew up in with a workaholic father and his mother being a gambling addict.    He also shares that after his mother's death he crawled into an alcohol bottle for the next three years. He was eventually turning to harder drugs, with his prime DOC (drug of choice) becoming heroin.    In 2019 Shaun began to turn his life around by seeking sobriety. Not only did he start to live differently, his outlook on life completely changed as well. Shaun has many daily practices such as yoga, meditation, and continual 12-step work. He has become an inspiration to so many.   This is Shaun Weiss in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on Shaun Weiss  and her book  https://www.instagram.com/shaunweiss/
Erin Khar | Author Of Strung Out: One Last Hit & Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me & Harm Reduction
Dec 27 2022
Erin Khar | Author Of Strung Out: One Last Hit & Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me & Harm Reduction
Why did I want to talk with Erin Khar the Author of Strung Out: One Last Hit & Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me? Erin is greatly respected for her work as a journalist, author, addiction recovery advocate, and educator.    Erin and I discuss perspectives on Harm Reduction, as well as the lack of government funding and policies to combat the alarming rate of overdose deaths in the United States. We also dig into various aspects of her autobiography, and the power of sharing our stories with others.    Erin Khar is an author and advocate known for her writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, parenting, and relationships. Erin knows first-hand the challenges of addiction recovery and has established herself as a respected voice in the national conversation about the overdose epidemic.   Strung Out, Erin's debut memoir, appeared on most anticipated lists from Apple Books, Goodreads, SELF, The Rumpus, Bitch Media, and others. The New York Times writes, "Khar’s buoyant writing doesn’t get mired in her dark subject matter. There is an honesty here that can only come from, to put it in the language of 12-step programs, a 'searching, and fearless moral inventory.' She needed to tell this story; the rest of the country needs to listen.”   She writes the weekly advice column, Ask Erin on Substack, and her personal essays have appeared in SELF, Marie Claire, Salon, The Times of London Sunday Magazine, HuffPost, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, and others. Erin lives in New York City. When she’s not writing, she’s probably watching Beverly Hills, 90210.   This is Erin Khar in her own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on Erin Khar and her book  https://www.erinkhar.com/
Jerzey Mike Faria | Alcohol Fueled Coma, Growing Up With Absent Male Figure, Sobriety And Fatherhood
Dec 18 2022
Jerzey Mike Faria | Alcohol Fueled Coma, Growing Up With Absent Male Figure, Sobriety And Fatherhood
Why did I want to talk with Jerzey Mike Faria? Mike has done a 180 in his recovery journey, openly sharing his struggles and triumphs as a social media influencer. He is open, honest, and vulnerable. Mike is passionate about his personal as well as his family's mental health and he speaks openly about his childhood that led to a path of substance use and alcoholism.   Mike's story started simple enough, but he pinpoints the absence of a male role model in his youth playing into his stealing and using drugs and alcohol. Mike states "It made me feel like I was a man" and trouble followed.   Mike eventually used and abused alcohol and no other drugs, in the midst of a tumultuous relationship Mike's drinking escalated to the point of landing him in a coma.  Mike shares now the aftermath of putting his life back together and growing as a man, father, and in his faith. This is Jerzey Mike Faria in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more information on Jerzey Mike visit https://www.tiktok.com/@newjerzeymike  https://www.instagram.com/jerzeymike  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Chris Van Vliet | Gratitude, Control The Controllable, Intentional Living, Checking Ego, Accepting No & Being Innovative
Dec 12 2022
Chris Van Vliet | Gratitude, Control The Controllable, Intentional Living, Checking Ego, Accepting No & Being Innovative
Why did I want to talk with Chris Van Vliet?  Chris is a 4-time Emmy award-winning TV Host, Entertainment Reporter, and YouTuber based in Los Angeles, CA. Chris often speaks with those he interviews about gratitude. I wanted to ask Chris about the importance of gratitude from him, Intentional living, checking one's ego, accepting a NO and using it as a YES, plus finding ways to be innovative.  Chris has traveled the world reporting from events like the Oscars, Grammys, and the Cannes Film Festival. You may be familiar with the interviews that Chris posts on YouTube but to just call them “interviews” doesn’t seem fair because they are so much more than that. Chris dives deep into interesting topics with his trademark conversational approach that makes it feel like two old friends catching up. This is the case when it’s a wrestling superstar like John Cena, The Rock, or Hulk Hogan, or a Hollywood A-Lister like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, or Will Smith. This is Chris Van Vliet in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more information on Chris Van Vliet visit https://chrisvanvliet.com/  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
David Scheetz Jr | The Deadliest Catch, Untold Childhood Trauma, Addiction To Redemption & Faith
Dec 4 2022
David Scheetz Jr | The Deadliest Catch, Untold Childhood Trauma, Addiction To Redemption & Faith
Why did I want to talk with David Scheetz Jr?  I spoke with David about not only his time as a commercial fisherman and appearing on the TV show the Deadliest Catch, but we also discussed his path from addiction to working his sobriety. David opens up about his childhood trauma in a way that he never has before in a recorded audio or video conversation.  David tells of the depths of his trauma that included severe mental, emotional and physical abuse. Now being of service David is truly a sign that no matter how far one falls anyone can recover. David's life now includes outreach work through ministry, helping the homeless, public speaking, his Motivationinprogress clothing brand, and being a husband and father. This is David Scheetz Jr his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more information on David visit https://www.instagram.com/scheetzjr.david/  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Allison Rush | Group Meetings For Loved Ones Of The Addict, Good Vs Bad Rehab Centers And Kanye West
Nov 27 2022
Allison Rush | Group Meetings For Loved Ones Of The Addict, Good Vs Bad Rehab Centers And Kanye West
Why did I want to talk with Allison Rush on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Allison Rush because of her passion for ending the stigma around addiction recovery and those suffering from mental health issues. Allison has been a part of the behind-the-scenes team of the Knockin' Doorz Down Podcast success. Allison has not only worked on the marketing side of some of the nation's prominent addiction rehabilitation facilities in the United States, she personally has had loved ones who have suffered terribly from the disease of addiction and serve mental health issues. We talk about her personal journey of seeking help in the rooms of Al-Anon, the anonymous support group for family members of those with active addiction. Through this, she found hope, her own sense of self, and the important step of setting boundaries with the addict and not being an enabler. Because of her personal experience, she offered her insight into what she believes is going on with Kanye West, his sporadic behavior, and his mental health struggles. Her company Prime Public Relations & Marketing is a division of Prime Entertainment Worldwide and is a full-service marketing and public relations creative agency. The firm is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and represents brands in industries including Hospitality, Travel, Healthcare, Lifestyle, Luxury Brands, Celebrity, and Entertainment. From concept to completion, Prime Public Relations & Marketing knows how to build innovative digital marketing campaigns that deliver results. This is Allison Rush in her own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more information on Allison Rush visit https://www.truhealingcenters.com/  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Sean Kanan Antibullying, Teresa Giudice Youth Mental Health, Skinny Vinny Dating In Recovery Best Of Episode
Nov 20 2022
Sean Kanan Antibullying, Teresa Giudice Youth Mental Health, Skinny Vinny Dating In Recovery Best Of Episode
This is a best of episode of the Knockin' Doorz Down Podcast. This includes segments and random questions with Sean Kanan of Karate Kid, Young And The Restless, and Cobra Kai fame. Teresa Giudice of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and Skinny Vinny, recovery advocate and producer of  Steve-O's Wild Ride  I hope you enjoy the episode, get value out of it and listen or view the full episodes. Please subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down YouTube Channel and the audio platforms as well at KDDMediaCompany.com For Sean's full audio and Youtube episode https://youtu.be/wuutvP1RzuU Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sean-kanan-karate-kid-cobra-kai-general-hospital-bullied/id1498968803?i=1000502739592 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/7IHq7Iao156b4hdYC0JcpA For Teresa's full audio and Youtube episode https://youtu.be/2xL6tnH_J70 Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/cr/podcast/teresa-giudice-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-mental/id1498968803?i=1000539602100 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/7gCpm4WxHACJSxNHFlZD6Y  For Skinny Vinny's Part 1 & 2 full audio and YouTube episodes Part 1 https://youtu.be/4pujghmp1ik  Part 2 https://youtu.be/HSyyftw-Ds4  Apple Podcast Part1 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/skinny-vinny-from-a-homeless-heroin-addict-living/id1498968803?i=1000507684155 Part 2 https://podcasts.apple.com/zw/podcast/skinny-vinny-imperiati-maintaining-sobriety-following/id1498968803?i=1000545505456 Spotify Part 1 https://open.spotify.com/episode/5mxzS0Gq7ZUgLNGoa8cn6p?autoplay=true Part 2 https://open.spotify.com/episode/7tIcWURzzQeeKrq7h87x68?si=SWsSFMXtTTiIdvytLKmqFA  This is Sean Kanan, Teresa Giudice & Skinny Vinny in their own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. or 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, 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 Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Daniel Hearn | Being Of Service, Stepping Outside The Comfort Of Recovery Groups & Hard Knox Talk
Nov 13 2022
Daniel Hearn | Being Of Service, Stepping Outside The Comfort Of Recovery Groups & Hard Knox Talk
Why did I want to talk with Daniel Hearn on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Daniel Hearn because we share a mutual passion for ending the stigma around addiction recovery and those suffering from mental health issues.  Daniel is an active member of the addiction recovery community and a loud voice to end the stigma so that no one thinks they have to suffer in silence. The Hard Knox Talks team prides itself in raising awareness around Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness. They have found that recognizing the unmanageability of our thoughts and actions is often the first step toward recovery.   The lived experience brought them to this point. Daniel Hearn has himself been walking the road to recovery for several years. His vision is to help those who would decide to walk that path if the resources were available. That's why they're here. To give voice to those silenced by stigma—expected to act appropriately while in the grips of insanity. They are here to help those who are lost as we once were, to grow as we are, and to show the world that the lie is dead. We do recover.  This is Daniel Hearn in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more information on Daniel Hearn visit https://www.hardknoxtalks.com/ Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Kalan Kellerhals | From Strict Religious Upbringing To Opioid and Heroine Addiction, To Recovery & Green Thumb Naturals
Nov 6 2022
Kalan Kellerhals | From Strict Religious Upbringing To Opioid and Heroine Addiction, To Recovery & Green Thumb Naturals
Why did I want to talk with Kalan Kellerhals on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Kalan because I was fascinated with his recovery path and the depths his addiction took him. We discuss his strict religious upbringing, how he felt sheltered and how the path that he was told to walk didn't leave him with the purpose he was told it would fulfill.  With a familiar story of feeling like an outsider that leads him to the depths of despair in his full-blown opioid and heroin addiction to meeting his wife and finding a recovery path that has taken him to a life of purpose.  Kalan's path is nonconventional, and not for everyone, but I wanted to speak with someone who took a nontraditional approach to recovery. We also talk about how the musician Jelly Roll has greatly inspired him.  Kalan and his wife started Green Thumb Naturals. He say's, "More than likely I’m a lot like you…I have chronic pain as well as PTSD and severe anxiety. My doctors had me on a steady regimen of narcotic opioids and benzodiazepines to cope with the severe pain and anxiety."  Although these drugs relieved physical pain, they left him depressed, lethargic, and always wanting more…Because the pain never truly went away. So, he started taking more. The more he took, the worse his depression and outlook on life became. He remembers thinking some horrible thoughts in those times of hopelessness and anguish. He recalls weeping for hours and crying out to his wife asking “Why does it have to be like this?” or “Things are never gonna get better!” It was in those hours of despair that  Kalan decided he wanted to take his life back. He swapped his prescription meds for some CBD capsules and noticed nearly immediate pain relief. Not only did his pain levels change, but his outlook on life began to change in drastic ways. Not only did CBD help him step away from narcotic pharmaceuticals, but it also helped him quit drinking. This is when Greenthumb Naturals was born, with a desire to provide their products at an affordable price to those seeking the same relief and growth that he found. Kalan says, "we truly want to help people, and our customers can feel that love. We have a huge heart for our veterans, and donate to many vets each month at our local veteran’s meeting – it’s the highlight of my month! We are also proud to be helping many cancer patients with the side effects of treatment or with the pain and nausea that comes with the disease. To do what I’m doing for a living is truly a dream come true. Believe me, when I say – we’re just getting started!" This is Kalan KellerHals in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more information on Kalan Kellerhals visit https://www.greenthumbnaturals.com/s/stories/our-storyhttps://dennymwilson.com/ Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Denny Wilson | From Wanting To End His Life, Sobriety, Author And Being A Recovery Community Leader
Oct 30 2022
Denny Wilson | From Wanting To End His Life, Sobriety, Author And Being A Recovery Community Leader
Why did I want to talk with Denny Wilson on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Denny because in 1999, five years after his last drink and drug use, Wilson received his Priesthood Ordination and was installed in the Office of Elder two years later in 2001. Denny is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of F I Community Housing, Inc., an Ohio Non-Profit Corporation that provided Mental Health, Alcohol & Other drugs, Reentry, and Recovery Support Services to individuals and families throughout Ohio from 1995-2019. His organization provided direct care to over 20,000 individuals and their family members and has been recognized as the #1 Provider of Recovery Housing six times in the state. F I Community Housing was recently recognized as The Best of Akron, (Non-Profit category) and awarded the Best Original Story by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Denny developed and trains a nationally-recognized curriculum teaching the steps to successfully own and operate Recovery Housing, and designs programs for other providers and state agencies to operate from a peer-based model of recovery. Wilson has also been directly involved in creating over 900 new Recovery Coaches/Certified Ohio Peer Supporters throughout the State in 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, as well as the development of the Ohio Peer Supporter Curriculum. Wilson spends much of his time volunteering around Akron and is actively involved in Jail & Prison Ministry writing and visiting with inmates incarcerated around the state of Ohio. He has been honored as Father of the Year, awarded several Spiritual Leadership awards, and recognized for his work in building a more prosperous and caring community. Wilson also serves on several committees and boards throughout his home State of Ohio. In October 2010, Denny was directly responsible for helping to define the roles and responsibilities of a Peer Supporter, and Ohio’s definition of Recovery. Wilson also lobbied to ensure this new evidence-based practice and Ohio-certified service was reimbursable through Medicaid. By providing powerful personal insight into recovery, from a provider and person in long-term recovery, Wilson has helped develop Recovery Support Service Guidelines and Standards for Ohio and other states and opened the very first Peer Oriented-Peer Operated Recovery Community Center in the state. Wilson served as a founding member and Vice-President of Ohio Recovery Housing, an Ohio affiliate of NARR, (the National Alliance of Recovery Housing), and has helped more than 100 individuals and organizations successfully start and maintain recovery residences throughout the country. Denny has been recognized by many Civic and Religious Leaders around the Country and remains a consistent advocate for Recovery Support Services and their delivery, across America. Denny has spoken in front of Congress on several occasions and has been recognized by two U.S. Presidents for his work surrounding addiction recovery, and his innovative and effective methods to help others achieve and maintain sobriety. Denny is also known for his ability to mobilize thousands of individuals in a short amount of time, bringing 6,800 together in less than three hours, and more than 8,000 in less than twenty-four hours to address social threats and political reform that affect continued service delivery and awareness surrounding addiction and mental illness. Denny has addressed crowds as a keynote speaker and has worked with many high-profile celebrities and individuals. Denny is a dedicated father to his seven children, and a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart of over 34 years, and serves as Vice-President of their company, Wilson Empowerment, Ltd where together, they provide individualized care, education, and mentorship opportunities to individuals and families. This is Denny Wilson in his own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more information on Denny Wilson visit https://dennymwilson.com/ Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Kelsie Igasan | From Nationally Ranked Cheerleader & Gymnast To Recovering Addict & Suicide Survivor
Oct 23 2022
Kelsie Igasan | From Nationally Ranked Cheerleader & Gymnast To Recovering Addict & Suicide Survivor
Why did I want to talk with Kelsie Igasan on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Kelsie because she has been a personal inspiration, not only for her activism in the addiction recovery community but also for her vulnerability as a wife and mother. Leading by example to show her children that they need not carry any shame that surrounds addiction and mental health issues. Kelsie was a nationally ranked all-star cheerleader and gymnast, now a recovering alcoholic/addict, suicide survivor, and mom of four. She educates communities on the dangers of trauma and its impact on mental health and addiction. She entered into recovery in 2006 at the age of sixteen; she is a trauma survivor who lived through teen incarceration, sexual assault, a traumatic brain injury both on and off the mat, mental health disorders, and in 2017 survived a suicide attempt in the thick of a relapse; leading to long term recovery. With over a decade of experience in recovery; Kelsie shares her story of trauma survival with the hopes of ending the mental health stigma while inspiring others to live unashamed with purpose. Kelsie is doing amazing work in her community, sharing her story with anyone and everyone who can gain value from The Butterfly Inside. The Butterfly Inside provides trauma-informed services including public speaking education on addiction, traumatic brain injuries, suicide prevention, interventions, addiction treatment placement, and mentorship to women and adolescent girls in crisis. This is Kelsie Igasan in her own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/  For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more information on speaking engagements and resources visit https://www.thebutterflyinside.com/ email kelsieigasan@yahoo.com or call 559-981-6425 For Social Media https://www.facebook.com/thebutterflyinside.TBI  https://www.instagram.com/kelsiggy  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media.
Jewels | Author Of ’The Making Of A Woman’, Sobriety, From Sexual Trauma To Liberation & Self Love
Oct 16 2022
Jewels | Author Of ’The Making Of A Woman’, Sobriety, From Sexual Trauma To Liberation & Self Love
Why did I want to talk with Jewels on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Jewels because I was absolutely interested in her sobriety journey and why she wrote her book 'The Making Of A Woman'. Trigger warning, if you are in recovery for sex and love addiction this may be a conversation that challenges your sobriety. I personally found Jewels' book, fascinating and it led to asking myself many introspective questions about trauma, boundaries, sexual expression, and contribution to the recovery community. THE MAKING OF A WOMAN is the compelling autobiography of a dynamic female who refused to bow down to the circumstances of her birth. With a prevailing sense of self and survival, Jewels fought a hardscrabble war against the forces and people that populated her life in a way that often crushes others. Jewels is an award-winning author, speaker, and bodybuilder and hope to inspire others to push forward no matter the challenges. After enduring an abusive childhood, Jewels decided to use her earlier trauma to enter recovery, sexually liberate herself, and enter the competitive world of bodybuilding. At age 49, Jewels placed 3rd at the NPC North American Championships in 2021. Jewels has appeared on numerous media outlets to discuss a variety of important topics from her memoir including childhood trauma, sexual abuse, alcoholism, shame, LGBTQ, and alternate lifestyles. This is Jewels in her own words on Knockin' Doorz Down. For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, 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 Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing interviews at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media. #onedayatatime #wedorecover #mentalhealth For more information on book signings and speaking engagements, email jewels@themakingofawoman.com or visit Visit https://www.TheMakingofaWoman.com   Follow her on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jewelsthemakingofawoman/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jewelsthemakingofawoman/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makingofjewels © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Hick Cheramie | From Addict to Actor, Boundaries, Being Of Service, Sober Parenting & Relationships.
Oct 9 2022
Hick Cheramie | From Addict to Actor, Boundaries, Being Of Service, Sober Parenting & Relationships.
Why did I want to talk with Hick Cheramie on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? I am your host Jason LaChance, and I spoke with Hick because he inspires me as well he became an indirect mentor. Daily I would see him vulnerably share his recovery journey, with the ups and downs as well as inspirational words of wisdom that helped me through dark times in my recovery journey. We speak vulnerably not only about Hick's pathway to sobriety, and his childhood, but more so focus on the solutions. Come to find out we have a lot in common. We talk about the love of our children, honestly sharing with them about our addiction pasts, and come to find out we have a very similar hobby that some might think is reserved for children. Hick Cheramie is a 44-year-old male oilfield worker & actor who resides on the bayous of south Louisiana. He has 2 children. His sober date is 12/15/14. Hick is someone that always goes after what he wants and since a child acting was his goal, he got into the film industry in 2018 and has never looked back. Hick Cheramie is known for his roles in Antebellum (2020), Unhinged (2020), & Money Plane (2020) as well as many Indie films including such films as Obsidian (2020). Today Hick gives us a peek into some upcoming endeavors with Imaginative Pictures. This is Hick Cheramie in his own words on Knockin' Doors Down. For more on Hick Cheramie, his acting credits and more follow him at https://www.instagram.com/hickcheramie_actor/  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005766765309  For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing interviews at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media. #onedayatatime #wedorecover #mentalhealth © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Nick Jonsson | Finding Hope In Addiction Recovery, Isolation, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Oct 2 2022
Nick Jonsson | Finding Hope In Addiction Recovery, Isolation, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Why did I want to talk with Nick Jonsson on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? Nick is a top-level executive, one would say an overachiever. Like many Nick had some issues with his parents, mainly his father. After making the bold move to leave his home country of Sweden Nick began to feel isolated. Now Nick has become an advocate in battling addiction, depression, and anxiety, he is on a mission to help not only executives who are suffering from the same issues he has but anyone that is willing to raise their hand and ask for help. Nick's book Executive Loneliness: The 5 Pathways To Overcoming Isolation, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in the Modern Bussiness World caught my attention. Nick knows executive depression, anxiety, and isolation – and the substance abuse, family breakdowns, poor physical health, self-harm, and suicide that can all too frequently result – and these major issues have been around long before most of us had even heard the word “coronavirus”. Nick knows this for a fact because three years ago, he went through a severe breakdown. At the time, he was performing very well in his career and had recently been placed in Singapore by his company. Over the previous decade, however, he had been unexpectedly laid off from senior roles working in Indonesia and Vietnam. He couldn’t shake the paranoia that no matter how good his performance was, he could be retrenched at any moment. Nick lived on the edge – and drinking took the edge off. When Nick first moved to Singapore, he was all alone in a foreign country, so he sought solace in alcohol and the superficial social circle of his local bar. He stopped exercising and gained 20kg within a few months of arriving in the country. It wasn’t the incredible food that did it – no, it was the booze. Drinking heavily at the end of most days was, to his mind, a reward and a form of therapy, but it only left him feeling more imbalanced, lonely, and disconnected. Psychosomatic disorders and an unhealthy lifestyle began to affect Nick physically. Then the suicide of a close friend, when Nick was in the early stages of my recovery, came as a real shock. No one knew his friend was feeling such despair. He suffered in silence, as so many high-powered executives do (especially men). Nick's friend hadn’t told anyone about his depression or dark thoughts – and that was a terrible wake-up call for Nick. It spurred Nick to speak out about the dangers of depression and anxiety publically, to go on the radio and do keynote talks, to write articles about these issues, and hopefully, save lives. Nick was encouraged by his friend’s brother, who told him, “Scream it out loud!” The hope was to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. This led Nick to write his book Executive Loneliness. In the book, Nick details each of these five steps: Taking Stock, Asking for Help, Getting Healthy, Nurturing Healthy Relationships, and Finding Your Purpose In the chapters dedicated to each of the steps, Nick takes you through his own recovery journey, providing you with deeply personal insights and perspective—as well as practical, actionable advice. This is Nick Jonsson in her own words on Knockin' Doors Down. For more on Nick Jonsson, his book and to connect with him online or via social media, visit: https://nickjonsson.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more on Magic Mind and to get 20% off a one-time order and get 40% off your subscription for the next 10 days use my code  KDD20 at https://www.magicmind.co/kdd  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing interviews at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media. #onedayatatime #wedorecover #mentalhealth © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.
Frank Rich | Porn Addiction, Rebuilt Recovery, fitness training and The Super Human Life Podcast
Sep 25 2022
Frank Rich | Porn Addiction, Rebuilt Recovery, fitness training and The Super Human Life Podcast
Why did I want to talk with frank Rich on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast? Frank Rich is a former bodybuilder entrepreneur, men's health coach, and the host of The Super Human Life Podcast. After living with and battling addiction, depression, and anxiety for almost 20 years, he is on a mission to help men who are suffering from the same issues take back control of their lives through the power of faith and fitness. Frank has helped thousands of men transform their physiques through his online coaching platform where he provides content, programs, and services to men looking to build more muscle, drop body fat, and build their greatest bodies. He is also the founder and the CEO of Rebuilt Recovery, a company based on a growth-centric holistic approach to addiction recovery. Rebuilt Recovery provides fitness training for men going through recovery as well as one-to-one coaching for men aiming to break free from porn addiction. His goal is that by being open and transparent with his struggles and having real and raw conversations with others who have overcome adversities he can empower you to face your darkness take control and ultimately create the life you've always dreamed of, your own, Super Human Life. This is Frank Rich in her own words on Knockin' Doors Down. For more on Frank Rich, his coaching, and The Super Human Life Podcast. https://www.rebuiltrecovery.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down, the Carlos Vieira Foundation, the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on Athletic Greens and to get your free, One Year Supply of Vitamin D3+K2, 5 Travel Packs with your subscription.  https://athleticgreens.com/emerging  Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast on all audio platforms and on YouTube for more amazing conversations of hope at prosperity at https://www.KDDPodcast.com and follow Knockin' Doorz Down on social media. #onedayatatime #wedorecover #mentalhealth © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.