Light Hustler: Looking for Light in All the Dark Places

Light Hustler: Looking for Light in All the Dark Places

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Where to go when that other party’s over.
Going From Attorney to Author With David Griggs
Jun 20 • 32 min
David Griggs has a JD, an MBA and extensive experience representing and advising clients in matters involving employment, contract, regulatory, licensing, eminent domain, business, injury and other areas of law. But that’s not what’s interesting about…
Ally Weinhold on What Happens When You Bring a Homeless Man Home for Dinner
Jun 14 • 14 min
Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold. Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up show at Bar Lubitsch called Awkward & Aggressive and recently co-produced a pilot…
Laura House on Her Panic Marriage
Jun 6 • 28 min
If there’s anyone who can make a ridiculous drinking story hilarious, it’s Laura House. A headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, she is originally from Texas and moved to LA after starring in MTV’s…
From Raves and Car Stealing to Recovery and Advocacy with Ivana Grahovac
May 30 • 37 min
Ivana Grahovac is a wonder to behold. And she’s even more wondrous once you know her story. The Director of Advancement for Facing Addiction and former Executive Director for Transforming Youth Recovery wasn’t always the poised spokesperson today. In…
How the Unlucky Get Sober with Kane Holloway
May 25 • 12 min
Kane Holloway is a Seattle native who resides in sunny L.A. Kane is a nationally touring comedian, podcast host and he has performed on “Laughs on Fox.” In this story, told at the live monthly Light Hustler storytelling show, he talks about a number…
How Getting Sober Sucks and Doesn’t Suck with Jules Posner
May 16 • 12 min
Jules Posner cut his teeth in his hometown of San Francisco, where he honed his act by yelling over rowdy bar crowds, coffee grinders, and shouty vagrants that have become commonplace in the San Francisco comedy scene. Now based in Los Angeles, he is…
When Your Ex-Boyfriend Takes Out a Restraining Order on You with Ally Weinhold
May 9 • 14 min
Today’s episode features the one and only Ally Weinhold. Ally is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and alcoholic. She hosts a monthly stand up show at Bar Lubitsch, called Awkward & Aggressive and recently co-produced a pilot called Murder…
Going From Zero to Hero with the Comedian ANT
May 2 • 32 min
The comedian ANT has been everywhere: a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks Show, he is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC’s hit series Last Comic Standing. He was the host of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club…
Anna David on Eating Space Cakes and Losing Her Mind
Apr 25 • 13 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the by, the show, which…
20 Years of Sobriety with John Taylor of Duran Duran
Apr 18 • 48 min
To say I was excited to interview John Taylor would be the understatement of the century. As an allegedly together adult, I resisted the urge to tell him that my adolescent bedroom was papered with his image (covered in lipstick kisses, despite the…
Greg Behrendt on the Night a Burrito Saved His Life
Apr 11 • 26 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from the Light Hustler live storytelling show which takes place the last Friday of every other month in LA. His story veers from a night where he…
Feeding the Good Wolf with Brad Vos
Apr 3 • 30 min
Brad Vos is a mental health and addictions recovery advocate who, in his words, “promotes the opportunity, and not the sacrifice, that recovery provides.” Canada-based, he’s someone who’s tried numerous roads to sobriety, including 12-step and SMART…
Ask the Shrink: Can You Tell When Patients Are Lying to You?
Mar 28 • 7 min
Most every addict who’s been in therapy has lied to their therapist or psychiatrist. The question is…do shrinks know when you’re lying? We asked LA board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman for his take.
How to Balance Work and Life with Recovery Elevator’s Paul Churchill
Mar 27 • 36 min
It’s hard to picture Paul Churchill as an active alcoholic. He’s nevertheless got the back story to prove it—including years of destructive drinking, a DUI and a suicide attempt. Yet no one could accuse him of resting on his laurels once he…
Ask the Shrink: What Do You Do When a Patient is Treatment Resistant?
Mar 21 • 7 min
Some people suffer from depression and other mental issues that doesn’t respond to medication. What are they—and their doctors—supposed to do? Double board certified psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman lays out some options.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Trying to Seduce a Bipolar Man With a Jesus Complex
Mar 20 • 12 min
We all have stories. Some of us have funny ones. Others have tragic ones. If you’re Natasha Vargas-Cooper, you have both. If you listen to the podcast regularly, you know about Natasha but for anyone new around here…she is a wondrous sprite who…
Ask the Shrink: How Do We Break Down the Stigma Around Mental Illness?
Mar 14 • 7 min
Addicts are increasingly more comfortable coming forward and sharing about their problems. But the same doesn’t seem to be true for those suffering from mental illness. What can we do about that? Dr. Josh Lichtman, a Los Angeles-based board-certified…
Losing A Brother to a Heroin Overdose with Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Mar 13 • 47 min
Stephanie Wittels Wachs has endured something a sister should never have to experience. In February of 2015, she lost her brother Harris to a heroin overdose. Her brother wasn’t some low-bottom, down-and-out guy. Quite the opposite. He was actually…
Ask the Shrink: What is Narcissism and NPD?
Mar 7 • 7 min
We live in a world where everyone is diagnosing our president as narcissistic. So what, exactly, are we saying and are we allowed to diagnose someone we don’t know based solely on their symptoms? Dr. Josh Lichtman provides some answers.
Ryan Hampton on What Can Happen When People in Recovery Come Together
Mar 6 • 34 min
You surely know about Ryan Hampton by now. Not only has he become one of the world’s leading recovery advocates, fighting to take down nefarious treatment centers and shady players but he’s also the author of the upcoming book American Fix: Inside the…
Ask the Shrink: How Do You Separate Depression and Anxiety?
Feb 28 • 8 min
In this episode, I talk to addiction psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman about how depression and anxiety manifest—and overlap.
Developing Healthier Relationships with Laura McKowen
Feb 27 • 37 min
I’ve long admired Laura McKowen. The sober mama is a prolific writer (you can see her many posts over at LauraMcKowen.com), podcaster (for years she co-hosted HOME, now she’s co-hosting Spiritualish) and all-around honest person living in recovery….
Ask the Shrink: Do You Send Every Addicted Patient to AA?
Feb 22 • 7 min
AA is a controversial topic within recovery circles. Some are all for it, some violently opposed. So where does a prominent addiction psychiatrist stand? Does he tell all his patients who are addicts to go there? The answer may surprise you.
Bucky Sinister on How Addicts Are Scared of All The Wrong Things
Feb 20 • 14 min
Bucky Sinister is a poet, self-help author and comedian, he has published four books of poetry and two self-help books, including Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfists, Freaks, and Weirdos. His journalism, film reviews, and short stories…
Making Sense of Sexuality in Recovery with Jen Matesa
Feb 13 • 39 min
Jen Matesa is a recovery powerhouse. Unafraid and unapologetic, she speaks out about two “s“‘s that scare some others—namely, Suboxone and sex. She’s written extensively about both—Suboxone in blog posts like this one and the sex in two of her…
Laura House on Going From Bible Loving Texan to Drunk Foreign Exchange Student
Feb 6 • 27 min
If there’s anyone who can make a ridiculous drinking story hilarious, it’s Laura House. A headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, she is originally from Texas and moved to LA after starring in MTV’s…
Getting off Fentanyl But Continuing to Do Drugs with Drew Grant
Jan 30 • 35 min
I first met Drew Grant through friends, when we both lived in New York. She was a young, dynamic, cool, talented writer who’d worked at Salon and The New York Observer, among many other publications. While I’d always found her somewhat fascinating,…
Coming Back From Darkness with Sean Paul Mahoney
Jan 23 • 33 min
Sean Paul Mahoney isn’t your average bear. He isn’t your average human, either. That’s because he’s much funnier than your average human. As a blogger, playwright and podcaster, Sean shares his many witticisms with the world?—?including me,…
How to Combat a Tech-Related Addiction with Gabe Zichermann
Jan 16 • 35 min
Gabe Zichermann is an unlikely hero in the addiction recovery world as he literally spent the first half of his career making sure we got hooked on tech. The world’s foremost expert and public speaker on the subject of gamification, user engagement…
Why AA Doesn’t Work with Producer Scott Steindorff
Jan 2 • 25 min
Prolific TV and movie producer Scott Steindorff has convinced authors like Philip Roth and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to give up the film rights for their books. He’s won Golden Globes and been nominated for Emmys. He’s worked with Matthew McConaughey,…
Becoming Accountable with Sober Evolution’s Austin Cooper
Dec 31, 2017 • 32 min
Austin Cooper didn’t want to live anymore. Like many people suffering from addiction, he was at the too-scared-to-live, too-scared-to-die crossroads. He’d forgotten that he had people who loved him. When those loved ones did an intervention, he…
Surviving Columbine and Finding Recovery with Austin Eubanks
Dec 26, 2017 • 35 min
Austin Eubanks shouldn’t be alive. And he certainly shouldn’t be thriving. An injured survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, Eubanks was shot twice as he watched his best friend get murdered in front of his eyes. Afterwards, a phalanx of…
Drunken Escapades with Comedian Jodi Miller
Dec 21, 2017 • 13 min
Jodi Miller is what they call bust-a-gut funny (do they call it that or did I make that up?). She’s also, as they say, blue. So if you’re prone to blushing, you may want to skip this one. If, on the other hand, you don’t shock easily and also enjoy…
Launching the Global Recovery Movement with Greg Williams
Dec 19, 2017 • 34 min
Filmmaker and Facing Addiction co-founder Greg Williams puts most recovery advocates to shame. And he’s one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet. Here’s how the story goes: Williams got sober and was doing just a basic sober job…
How to Get Arrested and Destroy Your Fraternity with Travis Jones
Dec 13, 2017 • 19 min
Travis Jones is a video editor by day and a storyteller by night. He has performed at The Moth and various other shows around LA. In this episode, he tells arguably the funniest story I’ve ever heard about getting arrested (and I’ve heard a…
From Gutter Punk Rocker to Recovery Hero with Wes Geer
Dec 12, 2017 • 37 min
Wes Geer may have once looked like an unlikely recovery hero. The founding member of the band Hed PE, Geer went down the path familiar to many young, wild and crazy dudes in bands…all of which culminated in a trip to rehab in 2004. After finding…
The Shame Behind Male Eating Disorders with Brian Cuban
Dec 5, 2017 • 33 min
Brian Cuban is the ideal recovery advocate. Sober since 2007, the attorney and best-selling author of two books about his recovery is willing to talk about something very few men are: struggling with bulimia and anorexia. And not only is he willing to…
Anna David on What Drinking Gave Her (and Then Took Away)
Nov 30, 2017 • 12 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the…
Coming Out About Your Addiction with Lawyer Lisa Smith
Nov 28, 2017 • 35 min
It’s one thing to be open about your addiction when you’re a writer in LA—aka a person most people assume WOULD be an addict. It’s quite another when you’re a high-powered attorney. But Lisa F. Smith is a trail blazer. The author…
Just How Uncomfortable is Being Sober? As Greg Behrendt Explains, Very
Nov 24, 2017 • 15 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being…
SheRecovers Co-Founder Taryn Strong on Coming Out as an Addict
Nov 22, 2017 • 33 min
Taryn Strong was sitting atop the largest resource for women in recovery and keeping a secret: namely that in between hosting retreats in places like Bali, where she and her mom Dawn Nickel were getting women to open up about their recovery, she was…
Getting Sober as a Teen with Lindsay Adams
Nov 17, 2017 • 13 min
Lindsay Adams is no joke. Yes, she tells jokes but the seriously funny comic also got sober when she was a teenager after surviving—well, some pretty horrific shit. And she bakes! She has a baking show on something I’m too old to understand called…
Finding the Funny in Binging and Purging with Angela Gulner
Nov 15, 2017 • 38 min
Angela Gulner is not your typical actress. For one, the Harvard grad is a multi-talent, having created and starred in the binge-worthy series Binge. Secondly, Binge is about something most people don’t talk about—that is, binging and purging. And…
Jessica Sele on How to Get Wasted and Shame Everyone in the Vicinity
Nov 10, 2017 • 12 min
Today’s episode features the very funny Jessica Sele from one of my live storytelling shows, Hammer(ed) Time. In her own words, Jessica Sele is a “deeply weird human being and stand-up comedian.” She’s performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival…
Therapist Kelley Kitley on Sharing Your Trauma With Your Clients
Nov 8, 2017 • 31 min
Therapist Kelley Kitley could have kept quiet about her own past. She had a thriving practice—first in Santa Monica, then in Chicago—and didn’t need her clients knowing about her own experiences. Instead she decided to spill all…in her memoir,…
Anna David on Smoking Two Packs of Cigarettes a Day
Nov 3, 2017 • 15 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. The story I tell here…
Making the Decision to Open Up About Recovery With Garrett Hade
Nov 1, 2017 • 32 min
Garrett Hade is a guy who usually sits behind the scenes. As the right (and left) hand(s) of prominent recovery advocate Ryan Hampton, Garrett is the one by Ryan’s side as they travel across the country interviewing people in recovery, visiting jails…
Reminiscing About Your First Intervention with Bucky Sinister
Oct 27, 2017 • 12 min
Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister. In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the…
Mary Patterson Broome on People Who Ask Her If She Really Needed to Quit Drinking
Oct 25, 2017 • 11 min
oday’s episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome. In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of…
Defying Impossible Odds with John Clint Mabry
Oct 20, 2017 • 39 min
What John Clint Mabry has endured would have destroyed most people. John Clint Mabry is not most people. During a tragic car accident when he was 18, he lost both a friend and his leg. The former class clown then got addicted to opiates and thought he…
Sara Benincasa on Having a Panic Attack in Italy
Oct 18, 2017 • 16 min
Today’s episode features a woman everyone loves: Sara Benincasa. Benincasa is a screenwriter, recovering stand-up comedian and the author of ”Real Artists Have Day Jobs” (William Morrow 2016); ”DC Trip” (Adaptive…
How to Brew Miracles with Carly Benson
Oct 13, 2017 • 42 min
Carly Benson is a sober wundekind. The voice behind the mega popular website Miracles Are Brewing, Benson is a yoga instructor, coach, leader of a monthly group about intentional living, co-founder (with Kelly Fitzgerald) of the Bloom Club, co-host…
Comedian Greg Behrendt on Hanging Out with Crazy People While Under the Influence
Oct 11, 2017 • 31 min
Today’s episode features an absolute doll of a human being: Greg Behrendt. In it, Greg tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the…
Wearing a Wire to Bust Drug Dealers with Jesse Heffernan
Oct 6, 2017 • 37 min
Jesse Heffernan, the National Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator at Faces and Voices of Recovery, is a Certified Recovery Coach who’s over 16 years sober. I was lucky enough to speak to him about finding a toxic community based on similar…
Laura House on the 4th of July Party That Lasted 3 Days
Oct 4, 2017 • 24 min
Today’s episode features the person Louis CK named as one of the funniest female comedians of our time: Laura House. In it, Laura tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. Her story covers a 4th of July party she once attended that…
The Two Longtime Friends Behind InTheRooms.com
Sep 28, 2017 • 35 min
Kenny Pomerance and Ron Tannebaum, or Mr. Clean and RT, are the recovery titans behind the Facebook-for-recovery website InTheRooms. The two longtime friends—who first met when they were in college—launched their site in 2008, when they were both…
Bucky Sinister (and Urn) on What It Takes to Be a Good Sober Man
Sep 27, 2017 • 18 min
Today’s episode features a truly unique soul: author Bucky Sinister. In it, Bucky tells a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. His story is about a friend of his who happened to be “the most batshit crazy person” he knew, the sort of…
From Workaholic to the Inspiring Woman Behind SheRecovers
Sep 21, 2017 • 40 min
Dawn Nickel is a legend in the recovery world. The womab behind SheRecovers, Nickel was in recovery a long time and a self-proclaimed workaholic looking for a change when she realized, while sitting on the beach in Mexico, that what she really wanted…
Mary Patterson Broome on Comedy Festival Shenanigans
Sep 20, 2017 • 12 min
oday’s episode features one of my very favorite people I know: comedian and writer Mary Patterson Broome. In it, MP tells a story from our live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly…
Anna David on Her Three Dealers
Sep 13, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s episode features a very special guest: me. Since I’m releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time, and I perform in this show, sometimes these episodes are going to feature—well, me. (By the…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: The Language of Recovery
Sep 8, 2017 • 6 min
In this episode, Anna David speaks about how discovering the fact that recovery had its own language inspired her to focus her own work on the topic.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Taking Ambien in Recovery
Sep 8, 2017 • 12 min
Recover Girl takes to the stage again, as I’m giving you another episode featuring a story from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time—which takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being developed into…
From Party Chica to Sober Senorita with Writer Kelly Fitzgerald
Sep 6, 2017 • 39 min
Kelly Fitzgerald is probably the most successful sober blogger in the world. The voice behind The Sober Senorita, Fitzgerald launched to internet fame when she wrote a post about being sober a year, which The Huffington Post picked up and posted on…
Going From Gang Member to World Famous Tattoo Artist with Freddy Negrete
Sep 1, 2017 • 50 min
Freddy Negrete is inarguably one of the world’s greatest legends in the tattoo world. The former Chicano gang member perfected the art of “prison” black and grey tattoos before going to work for fellow tattoo legends “Good Time” Charlie Cartwright…
Eddie Pepitone on Neighbors Who Smoke Pot and Being Addicted to Self-Improvement
Aug 30, 2017 • 19 min
Recover Girl takes a turn this time, as I’m going to start releasing episodes that contain stories from my live storytelling show, Hammer(ed) Time. It takes place every other month in LA, has been an LA Weekly pick of the week and is being developed…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Why You Never Run Out of Stories
Aug 24, 2017 • 5 min
In this five-minute episode, Anna David talks about how new ideas occur to her every time she thinks she’s shared everything she has to say about recovery.
Handling Trauma in Recovery with Buddhist Teacher Dave Smith
Aug 17, 2017 • 46 min
Buddhist meditation teacher Dave Smith has been studying the Dharma since 1993 when a series of traumatic incidents (including the death of his sister and girlfriend) motivated him to seek help. Over the next decade, he lived a double life—going on…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: Deciding to Write About Recovery
Aug 10, 2017 • 5 min
In this five-minute episode, Anna David discusses how she gently dipped her toe into the waters of writing about recovery—before ultimately submerging herself.
Embracing Creative Dreams in Recovery With Writer Jenna Hutt
Aug 3, 2017 • 45 min
Writer Jenna Hutt always knew she had a story to tell. The Colorado-dwelling wife and mother of one had an inarguably interesting life and had been through struggles she knew could help other people: in the span of three years, her father committed…
Recover Girl Talks Creativity: How “One Day at a Time” Helped Me Write My First Book
Jul 27, 2017 • 6 min
In this special five-minute episode of Recover Girl, Anna David discusses how she wanted to write a book her whole life—but didn’t make any progress until she learned that writing worked just like recovery.
Going From Anonymous to Recovery Writer with Mary Patterson Broome
Jul 20, 2017 • 41 min
It seems crazy that comedian Mary Patterson Broome hasn’t been on the podcast before. The Alabama-bred lady has performed stand-up comedy at clubs, colleges and many other places for over 11 years. She’s also written for AOL Originals’…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If You Take an Addictive Medication Enough, Are You Going to Become Addicted?
Jul 13, 2017 • 8 min
Dr. Josh Lichtman answers a listener’s question about whether or not you’re guaranteed to become addicted to an addictive medication if you take it enough.
Becoming a Pastor in Recovery with Rock Star Royalty China Isler
Jul 6, 2017 • 52 min
China Isler—ne, Kantner—is someone I’ve known for a while…since I was 10, as a matter of fact. This is because we went to the same grammar school and despite the fact that the place where I grew up was somewhat sophisticated and jaded, our…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: If I Take Medication, Am I Still Sober?
Jun 29, 2017 • 6 min
A listener was told by her sponsor that because she takes anti-depressants, she isn’t actually sober. Dr. Josh Lichtman gives his take.
Becoming a Writer in Recovery With Paul Fuhr
Jun 22, 2017 • 41 min
I’m going to have to be honest here: I’m very invested in Paul Fuhr’s recovery—and it’s not just because I am a selfless person. I’ve gotten to know Paul, you see, because he wrote me a fan email several years ago about this very podcast. How lovely…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What is Bipolar 2?
Jun 15, 2017 • 10 min
A listener’s psychiatrist diagnosed her as Bipolar 2. Then she found out the psychiatrist was wrong. What is Bipolar 2 and how is it different than regular old Bipolar 1?
Quitting Drinking When You’re Not an Alcoholic with James Swanwick
Jun 8, 2017 • 47 min
Aussie entrepreneur James Swanwick has been an ESPN anchor on SportsCenter, is the author of ‘Insider Journalism Secrets’ and is the co-founder of international agency, Crocmedia. He has been a print or TV journalist for 20 years, writing for…
Recover Girl Goes to the Shrink: What’s a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Jun 1, 2017 • 8 min
Psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman answers the question: what the hell is a co-occurring disorder?
From Homeless Skateboarder to Sober Recovery Advocate with Brandon Novak
May 25, 2017 • 41 min
Brandon Novak shouldn’t be alive. The professional skateboarder, New York Times bestseller author and member of the Jackass crew has hit all the pit stops on the way to the bottom: homelessness, multiple trips to rehab, incarceration and the like….
From Homeless to Grammy-Winning Recovery Advocate with Sirah
May 11, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode of Recover Girl, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Sirah, joins me for a brutally honest conversation about her disturbing, crazy, wonderful life of dysfunction, addiction, crime, and music.
Transitioning from Addicted Woman to Sober Man with Ian Harvie
Apr 27, 2017 • 47 min
Ian Harvie is the groundbreaking transgender stand-up comedian whom you may have seen in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series TRANSPARENT. In this episode of Recover Girl, Ian Harvie joined me on my couch to talk about his…
Drinking After Years of Sobriety With Jemima Kirke
Apr 14, 2017 • 29 min
Actress and artist Jemima Kirke came on the podcast. Yes, those are thrilling words to write. This is not only exciting because she’s luminous, talented and plays Jessa on freaking Girls but also because she has a history with substances that you…
Having Carrie Fisher Save Your Life with Mara Shapshay
Mar 23, 2017 • 44 min
Writer and comedian Mara Shapshay has had a life of inarguable highs and lows: Growing up outside Boston as the daughter of a sex therapist, Shapshay felt alienated as the only Jewish girl at her school (not to mention the only girl whose mother…
Finding Christianity in Sobriety with Author Heather King
Mar 16, 2017 • 47 min
Author Heather King puts the rest of us to shame. She’s written so many books she literally has no idea how many. She went through law school pretty much in a black out and managed to ace the bar. And she manages to embody the sort of joy that many…
How Pot Can Help Recovery with Joe Schrank
Mar 2, 2017 • 47 min
Interventionist, sober companion, Fix co-founder and former proprietor of Brooklyn’s Loft 107 Sober Living, Joe Schrank is a somewhat controversial figure in recovery circles. While he’s never been afraid to speak his mind, Schrank has just launched…
How Art Helps Addicts with Joe Polish
Feb 16, 2017 • 50 min
Marketing guru Joe Polish can’t simply be described as a marketing guru. The founder of ILoveMarketing and the Genius Network, Polish is one of the world’s leading business coaches (this can happen when Richard Branson is one of your clients) and runs…
Finding Recovery After a Scandal with TV Journalist Rob Koebel
Feb 2, 2017 • 29 min
Former TV news journalist Rob Koebel’s future looked bright: he’d won an Emmy and worked his way up to being a reporter at a Wisconsin TV station. Then, in 2012, his ex-wife, a news anchor named Christi Paul who had worked for CNN and HLN, released a…
From Addict to Political Advocacy with Ryan Hampton
Jan 19, 2017 • 45 min
Ryan Hampton was all set up for a career in politics: he made his first political donation at the age of 12, met Bill Clinton at the age of 13 and worked for Al Gore and Janet Reno while in college. All sounds rosy, yes? Well, the reality is that his…
Special Episode: Writing Issues: Patrick O’Neil
Jan 18, 2017 • 8 min
Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I’ll be interviewing authors about their struggles and successes and in order to get it in people’s hands (er, ears), I am…
Special Episode: Writing Issues: Kristen McGuiness
Jan 18, 2017 • 11 min
Regular listeners will notice something unusual here: an entirely new show! I am launching a new project, Writing Issues, where I’ll be interviewing authors about their struggles and successes and in order to get it in people’s hands (er, ears), I am…
Going From Teenage Delinquent to Treatment Center Owner with Jamison Monroe
Jan 5, 2017 • 66 min
Newport Academy owner Jamison Monroe may look like a successful, dashing Southern gentleman and—well, he is. Not only do we rate Newport as one of the top 10 rehabs in the world but Monroe is a sought-after speaker (yep, that was him at the Aspen…
An Argument For Non-Abstinence with Dr. Adi Jaffe
Dec 22, 2016 • 47 min
Dr. Adi Jaffe is someone who’s well-known in addiction and recovery circles—primarily for his unorthodox approach to recovery. A former meth addict who went to prison for dealing drugs, Jaffe cleaned up his act in rehab and spent three years in…
Getting Sober After a Tragedy with Maurice LaMarche
Dec 8, 2016 • 37 min
Voice actor Maurice LaMarche is someone you’ve heard more times than you’ve possibly heard your own parents. He wasn’t only the voice of the Brain on Pinky and the Brain but won an Emmy for one of the numerous characters he played on Futurama. Then…
Managing OCD and Alcoholism with Joleen Lunzer
Nov 25, 2016 • 37 min
Comedian Joleen Lunzer may hail from Minnesotta but she’s carved her way into the LA comedy scene quite nicely. She was one of three finalists in “Loni’s Laugh Off” and produced the LA comedy show “Dissecting the Set.” The journey to where she is…
From Homeless to Healer with Khalil Rafati
Nov 10, 2016 • 69 min
Entrepreneur Khalil Rafati is arguably the least likely entrepreneur out there. Many years ago, the former heroin and crack addict left Toledo, Ohio after getting into some serious scrapes with the law. He ended up living in a shed in Malibu where he…
Getting Over An Addiction to Money (and Everything Else) With Sam Polk
Oct 28, 2016 • 37 min
Author Sam Polk has had an interesting journey to authorship. The former hedge fund manager had traveled what many would consider the picture perfect upward trajectory journey, escaping the confines of a “Willy Loman-like dad” and landing at Columbia…
From Alcoholism to Alcohol Counselor with Erica Spiegelman
Oct 14, 2016 • 39 min
Addiction and wellness specialist Erica Spiegelman isn’t only the author of the best-selling addiction book Rewired:A Bold New Approach to Addiction & Recovery but also a motivational speaker and counselor. Her focus is on authenticity, in…
Getting Relationships Right With Luke Storey
Sep 16, 2016 • 66 min
Lifestylist Luke Storey is an interesting fellow. A former stylist (he’s dressed everyone you can name and plenty you can’t), he founded the School of Style, a fashion school for stylists (which teaches everything from the fundamentals of the business…
The Double Whammy of Alcoholism & Sex Addiction with Jim Norton
Sep 1, 2016 • 37 min
Comedian Jim Norton may, with apologies to Stern, be a rival for the King of All Media (let’s just call him the Prince). The co-host of the immensely popular Opie with Jim Norton radio show (he replaced Anthony), Norton’s not only been a regular on…
Switching Addictions with Debra DiGiovanni
Aug 19, 2016 • 42 min
Comedian Debra DiGiovanni has had an enviable career: she’s been awarded the Canadian Comedy Award for best female comic for the third time in five years, has been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break Up” and for three years…