Real Recovery Talk

Real Recovery Talk
If you or a loved one is battling alcoholism or drug addiction, this podcast will give you inspiration and hope that there is a way out. Addiction isnt a life sentence, people recover everyday. It takes time and some hard work, but in the end it is worth it! Hosted by Tom Conrad, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict himself. Tom shares from his own experiences and the experiences of others to teach you the things that you can do TODAY to start living a sober and free lifestyle!
63 - How Spirituality Has Impacted His Recovery with Elliott Hughes
Apr 17 • 48 min
We are big proponents of the 12-step program. There is also a spiritual component of the program. For many people this can be a big turn off. Other people have trouble reconciling the difference between spirituality and their individual religion. We…
62 - Joyce Matera National Marketing Director of Inspire Recovery - LGBTQ Treatment Center
Apr 11 • 32 min
Joyce Matera is the National Marketing Director for Inspire Recovery. Inspire is located in West Palm Beach and it’s specifically for people under the LGBTQ umbrella with a specific focus on helping transgender people. Having a safe place for people…
61 - Josh McBride - His Legitimate Need for Pain Management Led to His Addiction
Apr 4 • 38 min
Josh McBride now works at Coastal Detox after his own experience with recovery. Josh’s journey is different from many people’s. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at an early age, and eventually his pain management led him to addiction and…
60 - Ira Levy from Sunrise Detox
Mar 29 • 55 min
Ira Levy is the National Marketing Director of Sunrise Detox. Ira has 28 years in the sobriety industry and has been sober since 1980. Ira got into the industry by accident, but continued to learn, educate himself, and move up. He has worked in every…
59 - Alex Uslar - Hybrid Performance Method - From Druggie Punk Rocker to Strength Icon
Mar 21 • 65 min
Alex Uslar is the manager of the Hybrid Gym and the Director of Operations for the online company Hybrid Performance Method. Alex is a powerlifting, weight lifting, and crossfit coach. The Hybrid Performance Method is a virtual gym that provides…
58 - Blake Cohen Author of “I Love You More”
Mar 14 • 37 min
Blake and Tom have a lot in common and in this episode, they discuss addiction, recovery, and Blake’s story. Blake also talks about why he wrote his book and what the purpose and format is. They both discuss their passion for helping addicts find a way to…
57 - The Importance or Exercise When Getting Clean and Sober
Mar 7 • 38 min
Today’s episode is about exercise and why it is important to incorporate into your journey. Tom and Ben will be discussing this important topic along with the benefits of exercising throughout the recovery process and how exercise can affect your overall…
56 - Cotton Fever - What Are the Symptoms and How Do I Know If I Have It?
Feb 28 • 26 min
Cotton Fever is the name of a condition that is caused by bacteria getting into the blood and creating extreme flu like symptoms and uncontrollable shaking. Unfortunately, addicts will use cotton to filter heroin before injecting it. If the cotton…
55 - What Is Proper Structure in Sober Living With Crazy Keith
Feb 21 • 45 min
Tom and Benjamin B. are joined by Keith. Keith is a rockstar when he plays the guitar. He is also here to talk about why it’s so important to have structure within sober living. Keith is a behavioral health tech. He has also been a house manager, and he…
54 - A Broken Home May Have Fueled His Addiction from Myles
Feb 14 • 35 min
Adam and Tom are joined by Myles today. Myles is 23 years old, and this is his first serious time in treatment. When he was 19, his parents forced him to go into treatment, but his heart wasn’t into it. He left after 20 days. He shares his journey and…
53 - Matthew the Musician
Feb 7 • 36 min
Our Guest today is Matthew the musician. He has never been to treatment before and is 1 day clean. he is going to share his story and what his expectations are. Since he has never been to treatment before this is going to be a learning experience for…
52 - Mark Jennison: I Am A Comeback
Jan 31 • 67 min
Mark Jennison the founder and CEO of I Am A Comeback is here today. I Am A Comeback is a program created by Mark to help men who are high-level earners and executives get their addiction under control. He has an online component, and he holds his…
51 - I am going into a Sober Living Home: When do I graduate? When should I move out on my own?
Jan 24 • 43 min
Rene and Nick are here today to talk with Tom about sober living. We are going to talk about what it consists of. What to watch for. What to expect. When is the right time to leave? We are even going to talk about how do you even know if you’ve left…
50 - What are sacrifices that I would need to make to get sober?
Jan 17 • 40 min
Our guest today, is Devon. He has a heck of a story and is willing to share some of the sacrifices he had to make in order to get sober. Getting sober can be challenging. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. There are sacrifices that have to be…
49 - Sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous: What to Look for and What to Stay Away From
Jan 10 • 48 min
We are going to discuss what exactly you should look for when getting a sponsor in this episode. We will also talk about what to watch out for. There are people out there who in my opinion have no business being a sponsor. By the end of this episode,…
48 - Mark Smelly Bell: Founder and CEO of Super Training Gym and The Slingshot: Using fitness and nutrition to help with your addiction
Jan 3 • 71 min
I am in West Sacramento, CA with Mark Bell of Super Training Gym. Mark is a powerlifter and entrepreneur who has had his own experiences with addiction. In this episode, Mark shares his early exposure to addiction and talks about how everybody needs…
47 - What Prevents People from Getting Into Treatment: Struggles During Treatment
Dec 27, 2018 • 44 min
We have a round table with a group of addicts and alcoholics. We are all sitting here in a circle. We’re going to talk about real life experiences when it comes to getting clean, staying clean, and what treatment is like. We also talk about what…
46 - How to know if you are cut out to work in the addiction recovery field: who should and should not…
Dec 20, 2018 • 42 min
There is no shortage of people who need to be in recovery. Many people in recovery consider at one point or another working in the industry. There are wrong reasons and right reasons to work in the addiction recovery business. Today Tom, Ben, Adam,…
45 - Am I ready for a relationship as an addict?
Dec 13, 2018 • 51 min
To get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. Today’s episode is a recording of a group session led by Tom and Ben. Eric and Casey are their guests. Tom asked these gentlemen to answer the following questions. What is your name? Who…
44 - LGBT Recovery Community
Dec 6, 2018 • 62 min
David was a guest we had on episode 12 last January. He talked about his journey from addiction to sobriety. That David was a totally different David than today’s David. After the episode, he joined the military, had a relapse, and became sober…
43 - People Die from Addiction: Unfortunately it Happens All Too Often
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
We recently received a text from the mother of one of the people that we tried to help. It thanked us for our efforts but said that her son recently lost his battle with addiction and life. Getting a message like this puts everything in perspective….
42 - What a State Run Facility Is Like, Billy Tells His Experience
Nov 22, 2018 • 37 min
Billy is a man who has been clean for 14 months and is helping other people to do the same. In this episode, he shares his story and his history of abuse. He was in a downward spiral until a man he met in jail told him about Fern House recovery…
41 - Top 5 Reasons to Come to South Florida for Treatment and What We Really Think of Dope Sick Nation
Nov 15, 2018 • 31 min
Tom and Ben discuss the top five reasons to come to South Florida for treatment. There are a lot of reasons why South Florida is a great place to come to for treatment for you or your loved ones. We talk about those reasons along with real life…
40 - A Child of an Alcoholic
Nov 8, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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.