Real Recovery Talk

Real Recovery Talk
If you have a loved one battling alcoholism or drug addiction, this podcast will give you insight into what it’s like for them, what you can (and can’t) do to help, and what to expect for them in treatment and recovery. Hosted by Tom Conrad, a recovering addict, and alcoholic, Adam Colling, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Paul Desmond Adams a dad overcoming codependency.
40 - A Child of an Alcoholic
Nov 8 • 32 min
We have a very special guest today, it’s my wife Amanda Conrad. Amanda has a lot of knowledge to offer. Many people in her family have struggled with addiction. She is here to talk about what it is like growing up with addiction and being the only one…
39 - Paige advises those married to an active user
Oct 25 • 41 min
Paige Fant is back to talk about what it is like to be married to an active user and what it is like being married to someone in recovery. We are joined by Adam Colling and Ben Bueno. Paige shares her personal experience with codependency and how it…
38 - Geographical Change: Assisting People Through Recovery
Oct 18 • 38 min
Geographical change can help assist people going through recovery. A change that includes getting away from the people and influences that led to the addiction in the first place can be helpful. Benjamin B. and Renee L. are here today to talk about…
37 - Overcoming Grief and Loss While in Recovery
Oct 11 • 56 min
Joanna has a family history of alcoholism and her own abuse of alcohol started at a young age. In treatment, Joanna replaced her drug-of-choice with another human being and then lost that person and things fell apart.
36 - The Road to Addiction Treatment by Age 20
Oct 4 • 41 min
Hear Kristen’s story of drug use at age 13 to addiction treatment by age 20. How she became addicted and what convinced her to go into treatment.
35 - Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?
Sep 27 • 46 min
Do you struggle with seeing your loved one’s addiction as a real disease?
34 - How to Find a Higher Purpose in Your Alcohol Addiction Recovery
Sep 19 • 34 min
You’ll hear from Zach T., a young man who turned 21 years old while in treatment for alcoholism. Zach thought he was going to be a “White Chip Wonder” but ended up relapsing shortly after getting through treatment. Zach talks about how he thought he had…
33 - Rehab Romances - Will a Relationship Mess Up Your Recovery?
Sep 13 • 35 min
You’ll hear about how a “rehab romance” can become a substitute addiction while you’re early in your recovery.
32 - Overcoming the Shame Associated with Addiction
Sep 6 • 25 min
One of the most important hurdles to overcome while in addition recovery treatment is the shame our loved ones can feel about their past actions. Hear how this issue is addressed and the positive changed what comes out of it.
31 - The Journey From Drug Addict to Licensed Therapist
Aug 30 • 44 min
Have you ever wondered what’s on the other side of recovery for you or your loved one? Is it possible to use your addiction experience to help others? Will the industry welcome you? Josiah shares his story, going from addict to licensed therapist.
30 - Do You Need Your Prescription Meds While You’re in Addiction Treatment?
Aug 23 • 32 min
What do you do about your prescription medications while you’re going through addiction treatment and recovery? Your prescription medications may be what your body needs to function properly and it could help you stay off whatever drug-of-choice brought…
29 - Hard Truths of Recovery Most Don’t Want to Face
Aug 16 • 51 min
Get ready for some brutally honest truths about the substance abuse treatment industry. What works and what doesn’t work and how the staff, clients, and loved ones of those in the center can make sure they’re doing the very best they can do to be…
28 - Day 4 of Addiction Treatment with Ariana
Aug 9 • 47 min
This is a raw and honest conversation with Ariana, a young woman who is on day four of her recovery at a South Florida treatment center. She shares what brought her to this point in her life and how she’s handling her addiction.
27 - Is It Ok to Use Steroids While in Recovery for Drug Addiction?
Aug 2 • 24 min
A lot of people, especially those in recovery for drug addiction, are looking for the next best quick-fix. For most addicts in recovery, steroid use isn’t considered to be a relapse (by them). They walk into a treatment center and their first desired step…
26 - What is The Ideal Length of Stay in an Addiction Treatment Center?
Jul 26 • 23 min
Understand the different levels of treatment as well as the length of time you can expect each level to require from you. Also, what you should tell a loved one about their expected length of stay. You’ll also hear about the factors that will contribute…
25 - Why 12-Step Programs Don’t Work - And Why They Do
Jul 19 • 45 min
If you or a loved one have tried a 12-Step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and weren’t successful this episode is for you. Find out what works and what doesn’t work in the typical 12-step recovery program. Our guest, Ron, will…
24 - How to Avoid Bad Addiction Treatment Center
Jul 12 • 32 min
There’s been a lot of media coverage revolving around the drug and alcohol treatment centers in South Florida who are just in it to make money. Most of these places will leave an addict in worse shape than when they arrived. It’s scary! But there are…
23 - Traci Small: A South Florida Addiction Treatment Success Story
Jul 5 • 58 min
Traci’s addiction to opiates and alcohol had to end or she’d lose custody of her son. Hear about what motivated her and how her family was instrumental in getting her to treatment and staying on track in her recovery.
22 - Nick Conti: From successful career to a near death heroin overdose
Jun 28 • 68 min
Nick Conti was raised in a wonderful and supportive family in Pittsburgh, PA. He played sports, excelled in school and went on to graduate with a business degree. He earned his way into a great career and had everything going for him by all outward…
21 - Roxicodone Addiction Recovery with Alex Graves, a South Florida Success Story
Jun 20 • 48 min
Alex tried kicking his addiction to “blues” or Roxicodone while he was in college, but an injury after an alcohol-fueled fight had him reaching for his pills again.
20 - Is Methadone an Effective Treatment Option?
Jun 14 • 21 min
Are you considering methadone or suboxone prescription as a way to treat heroin addiction for you or a loved one? Is this a safe way to beat an opioid addiction or will it only make the struggle more difficult? Ben Bueno is a recovering heroin addict…
19 - What is co-dependency and how it affects the drug addict in your life
Jun 6 • 29 min
You’ll hear from a loving but co-dependent parent of a heroin addict and how this parent discovered their co-dependency and eventually addressed it. You’ll also hear from a recovering heroin addict who gives his perspective on co-dependent parents and how…
18 - Adam Colling, a “Normie” joins the show - a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
May 22 • 49 min
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor talks with a recovering alcoholic and drug addict about successful treatment programs
17 - Curb your Co-Dependency: 5 Things YOU can look for to determine how Co-Dependent you really are!
Apr 12 • 26 min
In this episode we discuss 5 things that you can look for to determine how co-dependent you are. Co-Dependency is within every family dynamic and plays a role within addiction. We also discuss 3 things you can do to resolve your co-dependency
16 - Category 5 Addiction: How addiction resembles a hurricane
Mar 29 • 26 min
In this episode we discuss addiction and how it resembles a hurricane. At the eye of the storm, it is calm. But the outer bands come very often with calm points in-between, but rest assured they are coming! We need to know how addiction can rip through…
Mar 15 • 29 min
In this episode I go over some of the questions that I have heard over the years from people looking for treatment for their loved ones. There are a few questions that need to be asked and thats it, Ask, Get the answer, Leave it at that! Don’t over…
14 - Vapes, What you should know: A Rant of sorts
Mar 1 • 16 min
In this episode we discuss Vapes and what you should know about them: They are everywhere and they are becoming an issue in schools and are affecting our teens and young adults. Also, You can out drugs in these things! And they can look like a USB drive!…
13 - More about Relationships
Feb 15 • 20 min
In this episode we discuss relationships, again. I don’t think it can be talked about enough. People get buried because they try and get into relationships to early, fact. Two sickies don’t make a welly and Ill tell ya why! People newly clean don’t have…
12 - A Discussion with David, His journey from Addiction to Sobriety
Jan 11 • 35 min
In todays episode with talk with David. David is an amazing person with a lot of insightful information to offer those wondering about addiction. Having struggled with it himself for many years, David is well aware of the dangers and pitfalls that…
11 - Momma Don’t let your Babies grow up to be ADDICTS!!
Jan 4 • 44 min
In this episode we talk about things that YOU can do to help ensure that your child or children don’t grow up and develop an addiction. There are many factors that play into ones addiction and the things that may have happened during childhood that…
10 - 5 Myths of Addiction: Don’t Believe everything that you hear!
Dec 21, 2017 • 29 min
In todays episode we discuss 5 myths that you may have heard when it comes to addiction. There are certain things that people say and believe about addiction and recovery that are just not true. An interesting episode for people that may have a skewed…
9 - Attitude of Gratitude: Why you need an attitude change to stay sober
Dec 14, 2017 • 21 min
In this episode we discuss the importance of gratitude and why we need to have an abundance of it to maintain our sobriety. Generally when someone is sober for a while, gratitude is the first thing to go when they get on the road to relapse. Which is why…
8 - Treatment Centers and What to look for: Do your Research!
Dec 7, 2017 • 23 min
In this episode I go over some questions that you should ask when researching addiction treatment centers. Some are good and some are bad, and it can be hard to tell what you are getting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your own research, but…
7 - KAVA and KRATOM, why would someone want to use this?
Nov 30, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode we discuss Kava and Kratom and the reasons behind why someone would want to use this, especially while in early recovery. We discuss the pros and the cons of it and I share my opinion as to why I don’t fully believe in it. Do your own…
6 - From my Fathers perspective. What he went through, and how he survived!
Nov 16, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we I talk with my dad and discuss what I was like when I was in active addiction and the decisions that he had to make to make sure that i got help. The intent of this episode is to show you what its like with other parents dealing with…
5 - Getting into a romantic relationships in EARLY RECOVERY and WHY IT IS A BAD IDEA!
Nov 9, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode we discuss romantic relationships in early recovery and the reasons why it is a bad idea. We discuss the things to look out for and explain in detain why getting into this type of relationship can be extremely detrimental to ones recovery…
4 - Addiction Ain’t Easy
Nov 1, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we discuss what the process of addiction looks like and how people get there. We talk about how being addicted isn’t exactly an enjoyable process and once there how difficult it can be to get out. We also discuss the Jellenicks Chart of…
Oct 16, 2017 • 25 min
In this show we discuss things that YOU may need to hear. What are you doing that is aiding in your loved ones addiction? Do you understand the implications that this may have? Also, we discuss things that you can do to help your loved one get clean and…
1 - Addiction No More
Oct 5, 2017 • 22 min
On todays episode we discuss the future of Real Recovery Talk and the vision for this show. You will hear a little bit about myself and the reasons behind WHY I want to do this show.