Episode 84: Addressing Veterans, Pain, Mental Health, and Recovery
In this episode, Brandon and Clinton speak with two special guests, authors Dr. Kerry and Dr. Dustin Brockberg. Their book, “End Your Covert Mission: A Veterans Guide to Fighting Pain and Addiction,” stands as an honest and authentic Manuel for veterans and sheds light on a meaningful discussion surrounding veteran-related issues. Dustin Brockberg shares his experiences as a veteran and the nuances that impacted his adjustment back to civilian life. At the same time, Kerry Brockberg speaks on the psychological aspects met while creating this book. This impactful conversation takes the viewers on a run-through of the most impactful moments in the pages and the most effective steps to transitioning back into civilian life and coping with pain and mental health. To find the Brockberg’s information or to purchase their book, check out their website at https://www.drsbrockberg.com/
Episode 83: Responding to a Loved One During a Relapse
In this episode, our team responds to a viewer’s feedback asking our team about “responding to a loved one during a relapse.” Jason brings his clinical mind to the discussion as Brandon addresses the left-brain reality of a fragile relapse situation. Chris brings to light his past experiences on how loving and supporting a loved one during a relapse can influence the efficacy of finding the track back to their recovery journey.
Episode 82: An Autonomous Recovery Story
On this episode, we have a special guest, Kevin Franciotti, LAC, a Denver-based ketamine psychotherapist and a licensed addiction and mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience in community health, harm reduction, and direct service work. He bravely tells his recovery story and explains the power behind integrating the intentional use of psychedelics within recovery alongside ongoing psychotherapy.
Episode 81 – Behind the Care: Crisis Case Management
On this episode, we have a special guest, Ryan Roy, the President of CCM, Crisis Case Management. CCM, Founded in 2000, is a highly recognized complex behavioral consultancy whose behavioral health specialists have helped families and institutions navigate out of crisis and into long-term wellness. He dives into the experience, compassion, and coordination of CCM’s team and how they empower their client’s unique needs and provide them with the direction and referrals they need.
Episode 80: Managing Recovery with Dr. Kevin McCauley
On this very intellectual and inspiring episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Kevin McCauley, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. He shares how he became interested in the treatment behind substance use disorders while serving as a naval flight surgeon and how it led him to film and direct the two films, “Memo to Self” and “Pleasures Unwoven.” This conversation provides valuable insight into how addiction can be perceived and the interesting concepts, models, and determinants of such complex disorders individuals struggle with.
Episode 79: The Holiday Season & Recovery
On this episode, we have one of our favorite guests back on the show, Madelyn Padilla, one of our Admissions Specialists. Our team opens up the conversation about the holiday season and how it can affect our mental health and recovery journeys.
Episode 78: Forward Thinking Treatment Modalities
On this forward-thinking episode, we have multiple special guests, Dana Lerman, MD & Scott Bienenfeld, MD, co-owners and founders of Skylight Psychedelics, Social Worker & Journalist Joe Schrank, as well as Clinician Kevin Franciotti, LAC. We highlight the evidence-based yet controversial treatment modalities of ketamine, psychedelics, and plant-based medicines and the potential these new modern interventions hold. The current mental health and addiction treatment landscape is not moving the dial on these saddening epidemics. Though, with conversations like these and widening our scope of new medicalized frameworks, we can begin to truly help more individuals lead intentional lives and expand our nation’s well-being.
Episode 77: A Powerful Recovery Story
We have a special guest in this episode, Rob Decker, the President of Rise with Lions. He opens up about his unique recovery journey, which led him to start a safe, sober, and fun environment to raise awareness about mental health, addiction, and suicide. We discuss wanting to change the conversation about the shame and stigma placed on mental health and addiction.
Episode 76: Behind the Care: Bettering Behavioral Health Treatment
In this Behind the Care episode, we have a unique guest, Jonathan De Carlo, the CEO of C4 Consulting, who discusses specific challenges behavioral health companies face. We dive into how C4 dedicates its practice to growing and sustaining organizations that work in behavioral health management, addiction, and mental health treatment to provide quality care to the people providers serve.
Episode 75: GGRIT – Choose To Rise
In this episode, we have an extraordinary guest, Megan Buchanan, an aerospace engineer, adventure athlete, and motivational speaker who vulnerably shares how she has overcome the challenges of being diagnosed with dyslexia. This inspiring conversation helped us remember that life is about the journey, not the destination and that we have the choice every day to dig in, grit it out, and get better at dealing with any challenge. Meghan hopes to inspire and teach others to apply GGRIT to reach their full potential.
Episode 74 – Proposition 122: Natural Medicine Health Act
In this episode, Coalition Director for Natural Medicine Colorado, Kevin Matthews, provides us with education about the Natural Medicine Health Act (Proposition 122) on Colorado’s November 2022 State Ballot. We dive into all the essential questions circling its design to create regulated access to natural psychedelic medicines for veterans struggling with PTSD, people facing a terminal illness, and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges in a way that maximizes safety. You can learn more about the Natural Medicine Health Act and the backed-research behind natural psychedelic medicines at https://naturalmedicinecolorado.org/.
Episode 73 – Below The Surface of Substance Use
In this episode, we dive into a vital topic surrounding mental health and how Peaks Recovery is taking the initiative the shift how we effectively help individuals. We discuss how approaching our clients from a mental health lens is providing a betterment to culture, outcomes, and behavioral health services.
Episode 72 – Navigating Toxic Relationships
In this episode, we have an extraordinary guest, Bre Wolta, a relationship clarity coach who runs her own business called Lucid Living, where she helps women find clarity in their relationships. We dive deep into the harsh realities of toxic relationships and how to navigate yourself out of them.
Episode 71 – A Passionate Recovery Story
In this episode, we have a very special guest, Eric Woods, a CCA at Peaks Recovery whose approach has impacted many of our client’s lives by providing support throughout the in-between treatment times. He opens up about his inspiring recovery story and how he found his true calling in helping others find their authentic path to recovery.
Episode 70 – Tim Schurrer On The Secret Society of Success
In this episode, we are privileged to have a special guest, Tim Shurrer, CEO of David Novak Leadership, author of “The Secret Society of Success,” and host of the “Build a Winning Team” podcast. We dive into his book, which examines how to be successful. We often think we have to step into the spotlight or climb the ladder, but his book “The Secret Society of Success” introduces a new way to define success counter to what culture sells. And when you learn to live in this new way, you’ll start to enjoy your work and life again.
Episode 69 – The Importance of Work-Life Balance
What does your work-life balance look like for yourself? In this episode, we dive into a unique conversation about the importance of refining your work-life balance, or for better words, work and wellness balance. We touch on the barriers and opportunities behavioral health professionals experience while finding that balance in walking with those who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders.