The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast
Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don’t shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation! This podcast is sponsored by Lionrock Recovery. Lionrock provides online substance abuse counseling where you can get help from the privacy of your own home. For more information, visit

25 | Coming Out, Fighting Through Addiction and Trauma and Recovery and His Community - with Jonathan Wells
Oct 15 • 80 min
Raised in the Hill country of Texas, Jonathan has now planted his feet in the heart of Texas, Austin. He is a self-proclaimed cowboy but has ventured out in travels to become well diversified in the workplace. This has led him to various backgrounds such…
22.5 & 23.5 | After the Episode: Finding Your Own Voice & How to Break Out of Negative Cycles Brought On By Trauma
Oct 11 • 51 min
Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap Episode 22 with Zeinah Estrada and Episode 23 with Lisa Kohn, along with deep diving into the important topics covered. Tune in to hear more about the effects of trauam, finding your own voice and what happens when…
24 | Shaping Her Own Recovery: A Story of Overcoming Addiction and Inter-Generational Trauma - with Jen Elizabeth
Oct 8 • 89 min
Jen Elizabeth has dedicated her second chance at life to addiction recovery and healing from childhood traumas. She is a recognized writer, speaker, and recovery activist living in Southern California. She shares her story, the wreckage and the reckoning,…
23 | Growing Up In the Moonie Cult: Dysfunctional Family Recovery - with Lisa Kohn
Oct 1 • 63 min
Lisa Kohn is a writer and author who was born in New Jersey, and grew up in the East Village of New York. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband of nearly twenty years and her two beautiful children. Lisa’s recent book, “To The Moon And Back: A…
Bonus Episode: Help for First Responders and Thin Line Recovery - with Mark Lamplugh
Sep 24 • 45 min
Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester, PA, Fire Company. He is an advocate for the behavioral and mental health of firefighters and other first responders, has been involved in the creation of…
20.5 & 21.5 | After the Episode: Different Types of Recovery, Finding Relief and The Courage to Share Your Own Story
Sep 19 • 56 min
Ashley and Christiana sit down to recap Episode 20 with Sarah Scheper and Episode 21 with Melinda Dixon. Tune in to hear more about different types of recovery, finding relief and what it actually takes in having the courage to share your own story!
22 | Having A&E’s Show “Intervention” Document the Beginnings of Your Sobriety Journey and Overcoming Other Obstacles in Recovery
Sep 17 • 100 min
Zeinah has been working in the substance abuse field since 2011, and she shared her own recovery journey on the A&E show “Intervention”. The transformation that she has made from the girl in 2011 to the woman she is today is incredible. Zeinah shares her…
19.5 | After the Episode: Recapping Episode 19 - Stigma, Loss, Grief and Honoring Pat Bresnahan
Sep 12 • 48 min
Episode 19 with Melissa Bresnahan was such an incredibly special episode. Ashley and Christiana decided to recap Episode 19 by itself, and Melissa wrote in with some additional thoughts highlighting some deeper topics from what she originally shared.
21 | Being the Child of an Alcoholic Parent and Finding Healing and Recovery Through ACA - with Melinda Dixon
Sep 10 • 86 min
Melinda has 9 years experience working in recovery programs. She has been in admissions in both large facility dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers and addiction rehabilitation programs. She recently completed her college courses and earned her…
18.5 | After the Episode: Having Success in Recovery and the Awesome Power of Community
Sep 5 • 40 min
Host Ashley and Producer Christiana rehash the amazing content in Tank Sinatra’s hilarious episode (Episode 18) and talk about the secret to his success in media along with the healing power of community in recovery and beyond!
20 | VH1’s ‘Love & Listings’ Star Shares What It’s Like to Be In Hollywood and Have 9 Years of Recovery - with Sarah Scheper
Sep 3 • 60 min
Sarah Scheper is a real estate agent in Southern California, and recently got picked up as one of the stars of the hit reality series “Love & Listings” on VH1. Along with telling her amazing story of recovering from bulimia and alcoholism at a young age,…
16.5 & 17.5 | After the Episode: Codependency, Sexual Assault Against Males, Struggles with Weight and Taking Helpful Advice in Recovery
Aug 29 • 58 min
Ashley and Christiana deep dive into big topics covered in Episodes 16 & 17 with Leo Martinez and Nicole Ory. Tune in to hear more insight into the episodes and some interesting statistics that they learned while prepping for the episode.
19 | A Mother’s Perspective on Tragically Losing A Child to an Overdose - with Melissa Bresnahan
Aug 27 • 146 min
Melissa grew up in Long Beach, California where she earned a BA in Speech Communications/English and a MA in Educational Administration along with several California State Teaching credentials. She met her amazing husband, Dan, when she was in college and…
18 | Instagram Celebrity & Meme Creator Talks Substance Abuse, Sobriety and the Power of Good News - with Tank Sinatra
Aug 20 • 91 min
We are so excited to introduce a very special guest! Tank Sinatra (George Resch) is a prolific content creator who gained millions of followers on Instagram through meme creation and reposting hilarious content. He most recently created the website…
17 | ADHD, Codependency and Surviving the Death of a Child - An Inspiring Story of Staying Sober No Matter What - with Nicole Ory
Aug 13 • 67 min
We are so pleased to have interviewed another one of Lionrock’s talented employees for this week’s episode! Nicole has over 12 years experience working in the alcohol addiction arena. Her background ranges from offering treatment options to exemplary…
16 | Choosing Recovery Above All: Taking Back the Life That Addiction Stole - with Leo Martinez
Aug 6 • 94 min
We are so very excited to introduce one of our amazing Lionrock Clinical Supervisors as our esteemed guest for Episode 16! Leo Martinez has 7 years experience working as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Social Worker working with very diverse populations.…
14.5 & 15.5 | After the Episode: Bless It Bag, Childhood Attachment & Christiana Interviews Ashley About Episode 15
Aug 1 • 58 min
It’s another “After the Episode” combo! In this episode, the ladies discuss Bless It Bag (Bella Baskin’s charitably-driven company), childhood attachment and the issues that come from the lack thereof, and Christiana interviews Ashley about her and Dac’s…
15 | Dac & Ashley Bare It All: An In-Depth Look at Life and Marriage in Recovery - with Dac Blassingame & Ashley Loeb Blassingame
Jul 30 • 73 min
You are going to LOVE this very special episode! Ashley hosts her husband, Dac Blassingame, and they go in-depth about life and marriage in recovery and everything that comes along with it. Tune in to hear them speak about their lives from dating to…
12.5 & 13.5 | After the Episode: Expanders, Breaking Barriers and Stigma & Taking Your Mind Back
Jul 25 • 77 min
Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Episodes 12 (Chris Poulos) and 13 (Flor Edwards) while drawing on personal examples and a few laughs along the way!
14 | Bless It Bag CEO talks about her Addiction and Recovery - with Bella Baskin
Jul 23 • 80 min
Bella Baskin is the 29-year-old founder & CEO of Bless it Bag. While working at WBTV as a photo consultant, she would drive by the same homeless people every day, and although she desperately wanted to help them, she feared if she gave them cash it would…
Bonus Episode: An Interview with Harry Nelson of Nelson Hardiman
Jul 18 • 47 min
We are so pleased to introduce our very first bonus episode with an incredible guest! Harry Nelson is the founder of Nelson Hardiman, LLP, the largest healthcare and life sciences specialty law firm in Los Angeles. Harry is the author of The United States…
13 | Growing Up In A Cult and Finding Healing & Recovery in Adulthood - with Flor Edwards
Jul 16 • 73 min
Flor Edwards is an author and lives in Los Angeles, California. By age twelve, Flor had lived in 24 different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in preparation for the Apocalypse in 1993, her nomadic…
12 | From Federal Prison to the White House - with Christopher Poulos
Jul 9 • 67 min
Christopher Poulos is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council. Prior to his appointment, he served as Executive Director of Life of Purpose Treatment at the University of North Texas, where he was also an Adjunct…
10.5 & 11.5 | After the Episode Combo: EMDR, Trauma Work and What Human Trafficking Actually Looks Like
Jul 4 • 59 min
Welcome to another combo “After the Episode”! Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Episodes 10 & 11 (Charise & Amy’s stories), including EMDR, doing trauma work and they dive into what human trafficking actually looks like. After the Episodes come…
11 | Sex-Trafficked as a Child: A Survivor’s Story of Healing from C-PTSD Through Therapy - with Amy Peterson
Jul 2 • 73 min
Amy is an alchemist working to transform her traumatic childhood experiences into a life of her own choosing. Two years ago, Amy changed her life when she reached out for help from an amazing psychotherapist. Through the healing process, Amy discovered a…
10 | Overcoming Unimaginable Trauma and Finding Recovery Through Advocacy and Forgiveness - with Charise Thompson
Jun 25 • 66 min
Charise Thompson is a phenomenal human being. She is the survivor of multiple traumas including domestic abuse, a Hepatitis C diagnosis and the loss of multiple family members. Charise also tells the harrowing story of how she was abducted, brutally…
8.5 & 9.5 | After the Episode Combo: PTSD, Therapy and Family Dynamics Surrounding Addiction
Jun 20 • 88 min
Welcome to the first After the Episode combo! Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from both Episodes 8 & 9 including PTSD, the importance and helpfulness of therapy and family reactions (both past and present) surrounding addiction.
9 | Surviving the Route 91 Las Vegas Shooting and Living Life After Sexual Assault
Jun 18 • 74 min
Kacie Margis is a survivor. From a traumatic childhood and attempted sexual assault to surviving the Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas and becoming a victim of rape a year later, Kacie has overcome much adversity. In this episode, Ashley and Kacie…
8 | *Special Episode* | A Father’s Perspective on Addiction - with Peter Loeb
Jun 11 • 62 min
*SPECIAL EPISODE ALERT!!* In this very special episode, Ashley sits down with Peter Loeb (her father and one of the co-founders of Lionrock Recovery), and together they hash out their story of living through and overcoming her addiction together. Peter…
7.5 | After the Episode: Alcoholism, The Importance of Staying Sober & Motherhood in Sobriety
Jun 4 • 47 min
Ashley and Christiana bring their usual laughter and antics while they dive into summarizing Emily’s story for listeners, along with a few highlighted topics including the combination of being in recovery from multiple things (eating disorder recovery,…
7 | Overcoming Bulimia, Substance Abuse Recovery and Being a Wildly Successful Sober Mommy
May 28 • 102 min
Emily McAllister is a writer, photographer and content creator. A Boston native, she now calls Southern California home, and lives with her husband and 2 daughters. Emily writes about recovery, honest motherhood and anything to do with personal…
6.5 | Trauma Bonding and Adversarial Bonding
May 21 • 47 min
Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Dave P’s interview in Episode 6, but with a special surprise….Leo Martinez (one of Lionrock’s Clinical Supervisors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers) joins them in the podcast booth! Tune in as Leo brings his…
6 | Divorce, Suicide and Staying Sober “No Matter What”
May 14 • 83 min
Dave grew up in Anaheim, CA. His father left when he was 2, and they met again when he was 30. He was raised by his mother and stepfather who were “hippie bikers,” and his stepdad was often confused with ZZ Top. Dave has 24 years of sobriety after getting…
5.5 | After the Episode (follow up to Kara’s Story)
May 7 • 49 min
Ashley and Christiana discuss topics from Kara Israel’s interview in Episode 5. Tune in as they speak more about Cirrhosis of the liver, the stigma of discussing substance abuse at home, the importance of “doing the work” in recovery and developing coping…
5 | Cirrhosis of the Liver by 35, Recovery and Choosing Joy
Apr 30 • 67 min
Kara Israel is a 37-year old Tennessee native who is living with cirrhosis of the liver and currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant. In this episode, Kara talks to Ashley about the lifestyle that drinking led her to and goes fully in-depth…
4.5 | After the Episode (follow up to Brittney’s story)
Apr 23 • 54 min
Ashley and Christiana sit down again to dive deeper into topics from Brittney Carbone’s interview in Episode 4. Join the discussion as they dig deeper about the link between overeating and alcoholism, hitting bottoms in recovery, doing “the work” and the…
4 | From Binge Drinking and Binge Eating to Sobriety and Peak Fitness - with Brittney Carbone
Apr 16 • 64 min
Brittney Carbone is a Santa Monica based fitness professional who is passionate about helping others make healthy living a top priority in their lives. In this episode, Ashley talks to Brittney about the factors that led her to start binge drinking and…
3.5 | After the Episode (follow up to Pat’s story)
Apr 9 • 45 min
Ashley and Christiana sit down and discuss hot topics from Pat D’Enbeau’s interview in Episode 3. Join the discussion as they dig deeper about the biases and judgments surrounding addiction, different perceptions about trauma and what it actually feels…
3 | Finding Recovery, Finding Yourself and A Dash of Humor to Go With It All - with Pat D’Enbeau
Apr 2 • 66 min
Pat D’Enbeau is a phenomenal human being, and the Orange County Program Manager for The Phoenix - a non-profit that advocates for a sober active community. She found recovery through treatment and inevitably through a 12-step model. Tune in to this…
2.5 | After the Episode (follow up to Bahan’s story)
Mar 26 • 35 min
Welcome to the our second “After the Episode” follow up! In this episode, we dive into some deep-seated topics covered in Episode 2. Join Host Ashley and Producer Christiana again as they discuss Bahan’s interview and talk about the thoughts and feelings…
2 | Overcoming Alcoholism and Surviving Domestic Violence - with Bahan McDermott
Mar 19 • 70 min
Bahan McDermott is the Director of Admissions at Lionrock Recovery, and is originally from the East Coast. She will be walking us through her journey of surviving domestic violence and overcoming alcoholism, which ultimately resulted in her abuser going…
1.5 | After the Episode (follow up to Ashley’s story)
Mar 14 • 24 min
Welcome to the very first “After the Episode” follow up! This episode follow up will give listeners the chance to dive in a little deeper with important topics and questions from the latest interviews. Join Host Ashley and Producer Christiana again as…
1 | Get To Know Your Host, Ashley Loeb Blassingame!
Feb 28 • 78 min
Introducing your amazing host for The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast…Ashley Loeb Blassingame! Ashley’s recovery story is as inspiring as it is shocking. She has overcome a myriad of trials to become the sober Mom, wife, business owner, UCLA…