I Took the High Road: My Life Story

September 5, 2014
Hosted by Jacob Patrick Jansen

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The first show of "I Took the High Road" will be devoted to getting to know the host, Jacob Jansen, and his story from scholar athelete and hedge fund manager to IV heroin user and his subsequent recovery. Guests on the show are his parents Patrick and Karen Jansen talking about addiction from a parents point of view and what they learned from going through this herowing experience.

I Took the High Road

I Took the High Road

Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

I Took the High Road is a show about addiction and recovery with a host that has firsthand experience with both. With the current drug problem reaching epidemic proportions, my goal is to teach you to approach this situation differently. We need to fight the demand for drugs, not the supply. I will educate about the disease of addiction and change the way we view current judicial standards and recovery methods. It is my goal to take the stigma out of drug addiction and remove barriers to treatment. Addicts are not bad people trying to get good, they are sick people trying to get well. I Took the High Road is broadcast live every Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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Jacob Patrick Jansen

Jacob Patrick Jansen

My name is Jacob Jansen and I have traveled the road of both addiction and recovery. I was a scholar athlete in high school, and shortly after, landed a great job as a day trader at a major hedge fund. My life quickly spiraled out of control as I moved from marijuana to prescription opiates. I became opiate dependent, and before I knew it, I was an IV heroin user for many years until I got clean on July 19, 2010.

Since then I have made it through the judicial system, graduated from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, started My Recovery Project LLC and All-Encompassing Addiction Recovery LLC, became a certified intervention specialist and recovery life coach, became a father, was voted to the board of directors for Recovery Coaches International, became an administrator for stop heroin Wisconsin, and became a radio show host for the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness channel.

I have a passion for helping addicted individuals and their families find help. I am flexible, knowledgeable, caring and experienced. Finding help for an addiction can be a difficult process. I experienced what heroin addiction had done to me and my family and I have made it my mission to help educate families about the disease of addiction, and help those who need help, and get the help that is required. I have found happiness in my recovery, reconnected with my family, and have found balance in life. Successful recovery is possible with help. I am proof.

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Flash forward to a few months ago when i was invited by the caretakers of an herbal remedy called Heantos. Flying to Vietnam on invitation from the doctors who created and who have worked with thousands in this out of the way country i witness treatments, flew to Vancouver, Canada and participated with researchers who have been studying Heantos' mechanism of action for over three years.

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Dr. Carlos Silva



Dr. Carlos Silva is the chief medical doctor and operates the day to day function and treatment of the patients at Ibogaine University. He has been carefully screening and treating Ibogaine patients for over 4 years and has treated over 600 patients with Ibogaine without any negative impacts on health.

Dr. Silva graduated from the University of Baja California. He then went on to work at Tijuana General Hospital and specialized in internal medicine. After that, he went on to work as Chief of Internal Medicine at Rosarito General Hospital, where he has been for the past 3 years.

Ibogaine treatment has always been a passion for Dr. Silva. He has helped to save many individuals from their drug addictions. He has successfully treated patients addicted to Heroin, Prescription pill, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Alcohol, to name a few.

He hopes to continue to help those with serious addictions as they go through the Ibogaine treatment process. View Guest page

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Executive Director of NORML and The NORML Foundation

Education- University of Massachusetts/Amherst, BA in Legal Studies, 1989

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Rob Vincent

Over the past two decades, Rob Vincent has been in the field of addiction and recovery as an Adolescent Treatment Specialist, a teacher, a trainer, and an administrator for Educational Service District #113. Rob Vincent is currently serving as Director for Rockers In Recovery which was created to provide support for people and their families suffering from all forms of addiction and is also a Public Health Analyst for SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration View Guest page

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Ken C. Winters, Ph.D.



Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on SBIRT models for adolescents. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations. He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE). Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, The Partnership at Drug Free.Org, National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

Ken Winters, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry University of Minnesota Medical School F282/2A West 2450 Riverside Ave. Mpls., MN 55454

Website: www.psychiatry.umn.edu/research/casar/home.html

e-mail: winte001@umn.edu View Guest page

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