Knockin‘ Doorz Down podcast

Knockin‘ Doorz Down

KDD Media Company

The Knockin‘ Doorz Down podcast, aiming to end the stigma around mental health and addiction. Speaking with those who have turned their greatest adversities into their greatest advantages and passions. Featuring celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times in their lives and how they were able to break through and live a purposeful life with passion, and inspiring others to be their best selves. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, mental health, or other areas of trauma, you‘re not alone. Hear how those that have been there, broken through and started Knockin’ Doorz Down. Hosted by Jason LaChance with a background of alcoholism, family addiction, alcoholism, family trauma, divorce, financial struggles, and depression. Cohost Mikey Nawrocki struggled with substance abuse issues, along with anxiety, depression, and financial struggles. If you‘re looking for weekly inspiration, and motivation to push through those challenging times, subscribe now. New episodes Monday‘s, Knockin’ Doorz Down.

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    Ken Seeley | A&E Intervention, Crystal Meth, Sex Addiction, Recovery, Author & Advocate for Recovery

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    Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved. Ken Seeley had a great childhood. His dad was a fireman, his mom stayed at home with the family, and didn't have any traumatic experiences growing up that led to his drug use. He did experience bullying throughout junior high and early high school. This turned out to be the catalyst for the drug use that was to come in his teenage years. Ken started getting into alcohol at first at the age of 13 and then was introduced to marijuana... he started despising his parents for not letting him do drugs the way he wanted to. At 18 he signed up for the Air Force to "have his freedom" as he put it, to get away from his parents. While he was stationed in Italy, he started doing drugs heavily. The military sent him to AA and had him honorably discharged. Eventually, his drug of choice became meth. He was doing it every day for 3 to 4 years. Ironically, he was working doing medical billing for a treatment center and was fired from his job due to his erratic behavior. They offered him help at the time but he didn't want to take it. He started avoiding his family, because of his deteriorating health. Financially, he was in ruins. This all quickly spiraled out of control, and Ken found himself at the lowest point in his life. He also developed a sexual addiction, that consumed his personal life. He was suicidal, so he purchased a gun to kill himself, but never went through with it. Eventually, he became celibate for a number of months, until he finally trusted himself to find healthy relationships. Ken finally became sober on July 14th, 1989. From that point on, he has devoted his life and energy to helping others out of addiction and into active recovery. He got a new network of friends that supported him throughout his recovery. He founded "Intervention 911" which is a service specializing in interventions for families looking for the right kind of treatment center for their addiction. Eventually, Ken was asked to be a part of the A&E TV series "Intervention" in 2005, where he served as one of the main three "Interventionists" on the series. In 2009, he published his first book - 'Face It & Fix It: A Three-Step Plan To Break Free From Denial And Discover The Life You Deserve'. Since then, he has been a regular contributor on CNN, FOX & CBS on the topic of addiction. We also delve deep into the current disturbing trend of Fentanyl abuse in kids and Americans in general. Ken truly believes a big wave of opioid addiction is coming and maybe one of the biggest crises we've ever had to deal with as a country. It's time we educate ourselves and get ready for what's to come. This is Ken Seeley in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com     
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    Chuck Liddell | Being Bullying, Father Leaving at 3, Non-Violence, UFC, Fatherhood, Family & More

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    Chuck was born in Santa Monica & raised by a single mother. Growing up, school kids would pick on him, take his lunch money and bully him. His mom was a believer in non-violence and would tell him at first to not fight back. Eventually, she told him that he couldn't start a fight, but he could finish it if someone was picking on him. He hated people picking on others, so it gave him a lot of reasons to get in fights growing up defending his friends. He was taught if you work hard, you can be better than your opponents, and gave him the confidence to continue his desire to learn martial arts. His dad left when he was only 3 years old, and Chuck wouldn't see him again until he was 28 years old. During high school, he started to focus on his fighting in a more professional way. His mom taught him the basics in Koei Kan Karate which laid the foundation for his MMA career. In college, he went to Cal Poly for Wrestling & Football, but eventually shifted to kickboxing. He would ditch class or shift his schedule around just to go to karate class every day. He eventually started fighting with the UFC in 1998, and by 2001, he was the #1 prospect for the Heavyweight World Champion. Liddell's moniker 'The Iceman' was coined by his trainer, John Hackleman, of Liddell's calm and relaxed temperament before fights. Eventually, when he was at the peak of his fame, on TV and PPV events nationwide, his paternal father tried to reach out to him. But at this point, Chuck had no interest in starting a relationship with a father who chose to not be present in a child's life. He heard from his mom that he was an abusive guy, and probably a good thing that he wasn't involved very much in his life. In 2010, Chuck retired from fighting, and instead focused on the business side of the UFC. Now as a father himself, he wants to focus on being there for his daughter and being involved in her life as much as possible. He's learned to separate his marital issues from his kids, to keep the drama away from them. With fatherhood now, his focus is to be a more involved, present father than he had growing up. He loves taking his children to school, watching their games and events, and being a part of their daily lives. Also, hear some stories from his early fighting days, how he got into kickboxing, behind-the-scenes UFC stuff, and random questions with Chuck! This is Chuck Lidell in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For Mad Moose BBQ, make sure you check out their award-winning bbq sauces and rubs at www.madmoosebbq.com Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  
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    Kat Von D | Sobriety, Trauma Recovery, Tattoos, Marriage, Motherhood, Moving to Indiana & More

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    Kat Von D was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.   Her family moved to LA when she was 4 years old.  She started playing piano at the age of 5, and was inspired by her grandmother to pursue music.  No one in her family drank or did drugs, a very religious family upbringing for her as a kid. When Kat was 13, she discovered punk rock music, and that culture spoke to her.  She always felt like an outcast, and this music made her feel like a part of something.  She shaved her head, started tattooing her friends, and this really scared her parents.  At the age of 15, her parents put her in the Provo Canyon boarding school.  This was the same boarding school that Paris Hilton went to, and suffered abuse.  Kat also suffered abuse herself.   After leaving the school, she started drinking to deal with the trauma she had just gone through. Eventually she found herself on the TLC TV series “Miami Ink” for 2 seasons.  She eventually left the show and opened her own tattoo shop, and starred in the series “LA Ink”, where she stayed for four seasons.  Kat’s drinking and partying started to get heavy around this time, and it started to take its toll on her.  She decided to get sober in 2007, during the first season of LA Ink.  She started the process, which was tough at first, but 14 years later, she has stuck with it and is still sober to this day. In 2016, she met her husband Rafael Reyes (AKA Leafar Seyer) who is the main artist in the cholo-goth band Prayers.  She was there for a music video appearance, but they really hit it off personally.  The ended up getting married in 2018, and gave birth to their son later that year.  She’s written 2 books, “High Voltage Tattoo” and “The Tattoo Chronicles”.  She’s also started her own vegan makeup company, with 20% of the proceeds going to Project Chimps, an organization dedicated to providing care for retired research chimpanzees.   Kat is vegan herself, and wanted to make sure her make-up was cruelty free for animals.  Now, she’s focusing on her family, finding the balance of doing her own projects, as well as family life.  She also shares insights as to why she decided to move to a small town in Indiana.  She’s also finally pursuing her music endeavors with a new album out “Love Made Me Do It”. This is Kat Von D in her own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For Mad Moose BBQ, make sure you check out their award-winning bbq sauces and rubs at www.madmoosebbq.com Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  
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    Rivkah Reyes | Childhood Fame, School Of Rock, Sobriety, Addiction Recovery, Mental Health & Laughter

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    Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  Rivkah Reyes got into acting at an early age.  At the age of 10, she starred in the iconic film "School Of Rock" with Jack Black.  In high school after the film, she started getting bullied a lot.  She would drink and steal her parent's medication to deal with it.  One time, she got alcohol poisoning after binge drinking, and almost died.  She went to psych wards and had counseling sessions.  She harbored resentment against her parents for keeping the family's mental illness and addiction information secret.  Eventually, she got into recovery and rehab.  In recovery, she found others that had the same issues as her and were able to help each other learn how to deal with them.   She came out as bisexual at the age of 16.  Her neighborhood was a gay-friendly neighborhood and was always raised around that, so coming out wasn't that hard for her to do.  After coming out, she had to deal with all kinds of sick people that would proposition her sexually.  Rivkah identifies as a woman, but now also as non-binary, using "she" and "they" when meeting people, but realizes that it's a personal choice for everyone.   When we apologize to someone for not getting the correct pronoun, we turn it around into something about us.  Instead, let yourself be corrected and learn from the experience each time.      Filipino culture is very strong in her life.  Her father is also Jewish, so she is very knowledgeable of both cultures.  She started writing poetry that made her familiar with her ancestry, and spirituality.  This was a big part of her spiritual journey. She learned about her bloodlines and genes, and where some of her disorders like her neurosis and mental illness.  In finding herself, she finds spiritualism.  In finding her family ancestry, she finds more out about why she is the way she is, and why certain demons rear their heads in her life.  She finally embraces that she needs work and fine-tuning areas of life, tries not to get hung up on what other people think, and looks for the positive things in life.   She also makes the point that social media can be both good and bad for her.  She fears being canceled for speaking her mind enough, but also realizes that social media can be used for good and for helping teens in new ways.  She saw a very specific type of video on Tik Tok recently that made her realize, we are all unique but at the same time no different.  We've all shared the same experiences and traumas, and now with social media, millions of people realize that we are not alone in our struggle.  It's not just us alone fighting this fight, we have a support system out there to help each other.    We also talk about some of the fun times of her starring in the iconic movie "School Of Rock" with Jack Black.  This is Revkah Reyes in their own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down.   For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com 
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    Tim Ryan & Jennifer Gimenez - ”Blow” The Movie, George Jung, Johnny Depp, Recovery, Dope To Hope Podcast and Sobriety

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    Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  Jennifer Gimenez-Ryan is a world-renowned model, actress, substance abuse counselor, and reality TV star. She starred in Blow with Johnny Depp in 1999. She shares some stories of onset activities, meeting Johnny Deep and George Jeung, including drug use during the filming of the movie. Tim even plays a voicemail he has saved from George. Jennifer was also in numerous music videos for the Rolling Stones and Babyface around this time. This era started Jennifer's personal drug use and abuse, it was manageable for a while, but eventually, it spiraled out of control. She went to rehab under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky, and eventually made appearances on both 'Sober House' and 'Celebrity Rehab'. Tim Ryan is famously known as A&E's 'Dope Man' and a substance abuse interventionist. But before his fame, he had a rough time with addiction. He and his son Nick would do drugs together. Eventually, Tim wound up in prison, got sober, and tried to get his son sober as well. On his 21 month anniversary of his sobriety, Tim lost his son while in rehab. People heard about how he would use drugs with his son and received a lot of hate and backlash for it. This was tough for Tim to deal with. This started Tim's path to sharing as much as he could about recovery & addiction. Tim is also the Founder of "A Man In Recovery" Foundation. Tim believes the only way to bring about real change in American Drug Policy and the recovery world in general, is through legislative work. He's a big supporter of getting involved at a local level, to make the change you want to see happen in your community. Tim started to get burned out, not being able to say "no" to anyone that needed his help. He was going through his second divorce when he started to feel suicidal. He needed someone to help with everything. Then he met Jennifer. Tim and Jen met in 2019. They hit it off immediately, got married, and started working together. Jen was totally on board with helping as many people as they could. Not only are they both famous and in active recovery, but they are also both proactive in changing lives - sometimes even helping to save them. Their "Dope To Hope" podcast is an example of that, leading many to share their stories of recovery from around the world. They finally feel like they are both in a healthy position and able to help others with their own struggles. Now, Tim and Jenn want to focus on speaking to audiences all over the world. They inspire their audiences to live a more fulfilling, passionate, and purposeful life. They're trying to focus on themselves more these days, and keep a positive mental outlook as they try to balance helping others, and helping themselves. This is Jennifer Gimenez and Tim Ryan in their own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. https://dopetohope.com/podcast/ For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com 
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    Andy Roy | Skateboarding, Prison, Heroin Addiction, Junkie War Stories, Kooks, Recovery, Sobriety & New Origins

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    Listen to and Subscribe to the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast for more Celebrities, everyday folks, and expert conversations and to follow us on social media https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved. #recovery #hope #AndyRoy Andy grew up in Santa Cruz and got caught up in the laid-back party lifestyle early on. His mom was really supportive of his skateboarding and put him in sports at a young age. In 7th grade, Andy started stealing cocaine and weed from his mom, and alcohol from his dad. Andy got his start in the world of skateboarding at this time, seeing some of the big names doing crazy stuff, and said "That's what I wanna do". It was an outlaw lifestyle that appealed to him, and before he knew it, this was his new career. Soon he found himself on a professional team, with sponsors. He broke his ankle and was out for 6 months, and decided since he wasn't skating he should try and smoke heroin. This began his addiction, right when he signed with Anti-Hero. He did all his drugs and was strung out... even his manager enabled his addiction by saying at a tournament "I'll give you some crack and a hooker if you get 5th place." This obviously was a bad environment for him, and his drug use got really out of control. He started disappearing, not skating, and ignoring his friends. He spent time in jail and in prison. He lost his girlfriend of 6 years. His addiction became more important than his career, and this eventually was his wake-up call he needed to change his life for the better. Now, Andy says this is the happiest he's been in his life. He's working at a treatment center called New Origins, where he was taken in by recommendation of his ex-girlfriend, who reached out to them to get Andy help. He went through his treatment and has been sober now for 20 months. Now Andy tries to reach out to struggling kids and get them into treatment. He sees a counselor every week, lets out what he needs to let out, and now has a better understanding of himself. He's also giving skateboard lessons with kids and hosting contests and events on a regular basis. He says he wouldn't wish addiction on his worst enemy, and knows how destructive it can be in your life. Now he's trying to use his platform and fame for helping others. This is Andy Roy in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. https://www.instagram.com/andyroy18/ For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/  For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com 
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    Teresa Giudice - Real Housewives of New Jersey, Mental Health of Children, Fraud, Prison, Divorce, Finding Love & Redemption

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    Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com  © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved. Teresa was born in New Jersey in 1974, being the first generation of Italian immigrants from Sicily. Her mom didn't know she was pregnant, and Teresa was born in the US. They were living in an attic, her father was working odd jobs including washing dishes and construction. Eventually, he became a shoemaker, and this inspired Teresa to study fashion marketing at Berkeley College in New Jersey. They were a middle-class family, and her father was able to pay for her wedding and college tuition. After college, she married Joe Giudice and had her first daughter in 2001. Teresa rose to fame starring in the first season of Real Housewives Of New Jersey in 2009. Then in 2012, she starred on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' and raised $70,000.00 for NephCure, a charity that focuses on rare kidney diseases that affect children. Children of course have been her main focus for the last 20 years, as she now has four wonderful daughters that fill her life with love and keep her busy. Even though things were looking good around this time, it all came crashing down. Teresa ran into severe legal trouble in 2013, when she & her husband were sent to prison on multiple counts of fraud. Her marriage of 20 years fell apart. She served 11 months, and during that time faced multiple lawsuits. This was a major time of self-reflection and figuring out how to move on. She settled her debt, paid her dues, and did her time for the crimes she committed. After all this, she then lost her Mother and then her Father all within a couple years from each other. Those deaths really affected her kids and everyone in her family and were a tough obstacle for them to overcome. She feels now that she's finally able to get her life back on track. Since starring on Housewives, Giudice has co-authored three successful cookbooks that include recipes handed down from her mother from Italy. When she was first released from prison in 2015, she wrote her first memoir titled "Turning The Tables" that ended up becoming a New York Times Best Seller. It chronicled her life growing up, meeting Joe, joining RHONJ, and serving nearly a year in prison. Her latest book, though, was quite a departure for her. It's called "Standing Strong" and is an introspective look at herself, how she has changed as a person, and how she is trying to live her life now. It was tough adjusting to being a single parent and trying to live a normal life after prison. It was tough to focus on herself for a change and create a healthier lifestyle with yoga and good eating habits. Now Theresa feels like she's finally in a good place in her life, and wants to share her story of how she was able to turn her life around, in hopes of inspiring others. For more on Teresa Giudice, and how she was able to turn her life around check out http://teresagiudice.com/ and grab her new book "Standing Strong". For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com 
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    Jerome Piper – Redemption, Addiction, Homeless, Rehab, Counseling, Fatherhood, Sobriety, and Hope

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    Growing up in Bakersfield, California Jerome experienced trauma with domestic abuse in his family, not having a father growing up, and trying to avoid the gang lifestyle that was prevalent in his neighborhood.  He saw a lot of the people he knew in & out of jail and wanted no part of that.  He found refuge in sports and was able to focus his energy and after-school time on something productive. Jerome eventually went to the College of Sequoias to play football.  This is when the partying lifestyle started to take shape in his life.  He felt the peer pressure of his friends to do all kinds of drugs.  He tried cocaine & ecstasy for the first time, drank heavily, and partied every week.  They partied so much, that they even went to Las Vegas 8 times in one month.  He eventually started smoking crack, PCP, and even meth.  It quickly spiraled out of control before he could get a hold of his addiction.  The police even raided his grandparents' house, and this was a huge wake-up call for him. Jerome was arrested at one point, and this really shook him up.  Also, When his third child, his youngest daughter was born this was a major turning point for him. They gave him the ultimatum of choosing his daughter or choosing the drugs.  He chose his daughter.  All this time he was going to school to be a teacher, and he came to a crossroads in his lifestyle, where it eventually caught up with him and his health and realized he needed help.  He relapsed many times, and shifted careers many times, but eventually regained his stability.  The facility that ended up helping him stay sober was the Sierra Vista Ebony Counseling center.  His counselor inspired him to start a new career helping others.  Jerome decided to start studying drug and addiction counseling.  Now, at this stage in his life, Jerome wants to be of service to the community.  He currently holds the title of Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC) under the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs, and he is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Now his goal is to reach kids as early as possible in their lives so that they get a chance to grow and develop their minds without the hindrance of drugs or alcohol.  He will go out of his way to help kids who can’t afford his services and give them his personal cell which he says he will answer at any time of the day or night, to help these kids. For more on Jerome Piper https://aspirecounselingservice.com/fresno-program-staff/ This is Jerome Piper in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.    
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    Dave Host of the Dopey Podcast | Heroin, Rehab, Podcasting, Losing Co-Host Chris to Addiction, Support Groups, Fatherhood & Celebrities

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    Dave grew up in Manhattan, and since he could remember, he always wanted to be a TV show host.  He would watch all the famous late-night shows and TV shows with his mom growing up.  Regis Philbin would make him feel relaxed, and was a huge inspiration for him. In his early teenage years, Dave always thought of drug users as “poseurs” and was never interested in them.  One night though after drinking heavily at a party, he started smoking pot, to help with his nausea.  His first real drug experience was taking Acid at a Grateful Dead concert his Junior year in High School.  Not too long after that, his drug use quickly escalated to heroin use. In his early 20’s, Dave was in & out of rehab multiple times, but it finally took on his 3rd time trying.  Dopey Podcast hosts Dave and Chris first met at a rehab center in Connecticut in 2011, where they were both getting help.  Dave worked (and still works at) the famous Katz Deli in Manhattan, New York.  At first, he wanted to do a show about “The Last Jewish Waiter” based on his experience at the deli.  He soon realized that his life was mess and needed to focus on his well-being and getting help.  Chris still liked the idea of doing something with the waiter thing, and it eventually morphed into the podcast they have now. Dave & Chris founded the Dopey Podcast in 2016.  Their style was a little different than other podcasts; they didn’t focus on recovery stories, as they found them boring.  Instead, they would tell their “war stories” of their addiction and using years, with doses of edgy humor mixed in.  They’ve had some amazing guests like Dr. Drew Pinsky, Marc Maron & Jamie Lee Curtis.  In 2018, Chris was getting his PhD, working in a sober house, and was engaged to his new found love.  His life was on the right track, but started falling back into bad habits. Supposedly, he had been injured while on vacation with his girlfriend, was prescribed painkillers, and soon was again taking heroin and other substances.  Shortly after, Chris passed away from a drug overdose.  When he died, Dave plugged himself back into his rehab support system, by attending meetings.  He was determined to not relapse.  Dave has no plans to get another co-host, and now does the show solo.  Also, hear some of Dave’s tales of meeting and partying with celebrities at the world famous Katz’s Deli. For more on the Dopey Podcast, check out www.dopeypodcast.com This is Dave of the Dopey Podcast in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Recovery in the Middle Ages podcast www.MiddleAgesrecovery.com  For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  
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    Wade Gilbert | Olympic & Championship Mental Health Coach, Medical Professional, Professor & Author Coaching Better Every Season

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    Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sports scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU Fresno.  Growing up, he lived in a small rural Canadian town and started riding his bikes around with his friends, creating jumps and ramps around town.  He started playing multiple types of sports, which would eventually shape his life to come. He ended up going through college studying to be a P.E. teacher.  Eventually, he started working at UCLA, then was offered a job at Fresno State, along with his with his wife.  They both relocated and started working with the Fresno State Athletics Department.  Since then, He’s worked with the United States Olympic Committee, National Hockey League, World Wrestling Entertainment, and more.  He’s worked with some of the most elite athletes and coaches in the world.  Wade says that The Canadian Olympic Women’s Softball team that he coached was the model of what a team should be, a working cohesive group of people.  He uses them as an example of a team effort to accomplish one goal.  He works with many different types of sports teams to show their weaknesses and strengths, as an advisor for coaches and athletes looking to improve their strategies.  The crux of what Dr. Gilbert tells the teams he consults is this:  You don’t have to be the best athlete on the field, you just have to be present.  And much like with recovery, it works the same way.  You just need to be present, in the here and now and be receptive to advice and change. In 2017, he wrote the book “Coaching Better Every Season” where he shares his knowledge on communicating and teaching with athletes, coaches, students, and educators.  Gilbert regularly shares his coaching insights through 'Coach Doc' commentaries on the Human Kinetics Coach Education website in his advisory role with the company. He also works closely with youth and Fresno State coaches locally, often testing the merits of new coaching methods and practices. For more on Wade Gilbert follow him on https://twitter.com/wadewgilbert and https://coacheducation.humankinetics.com/pages/coaching-better This is Wade Gilbert in his own words, on Knockin' Doorz Down. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://linktr.ee/knockindoorzdown  For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma and Race for Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ Listen to and Subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more Celebrity, everyday folks, and expert conversations at https://www.KDDPodcast.com © 2021 by KDD Media Company. All rights reserved.  

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