Taking the High out of High School! A discussion about drug use, addiction, and recovery for high school students.

October 12, 2016
Hosted by Randy Haveson, M. A.

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Today we discuss drug use, addiction, and recovery for high school students. Dr. Andy Finch is a national expert on high school recovery programs and has great information to share with parents and other loved ones of high school students on how to talk to and support them on the issue of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.

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We are all in Recovery from something and the vast majority of us need an Intervention in some area of our lives. By getting Support from friends, family, and professionals, we can grow through any of life’s challenges. But we need to remain teachable and find new forms of Education that will help us learn how to take on old problems in new ways.

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Randy Haveson, M. A.

Randy Haveson, M. A.

Randy Haveson has been working in the counseling field since 1986. With a Master’s degree in counseling, he has worked in private practices, hospitals, treatment centers, and university counseling centers. He has been the coordinator of alcohol and other drug education programs on three campuses and has received national recognition for the effectiveness of his programs. In 1999, he started a speaking and consulting firm and since then has consulted with dozens of high schools, colleges and businesses. He has spoken hundreds of times on campuses, at conferences, and to businesses about low-risk alcohol use, self-esteem, leadership, team building and supporting people in recovery.

As a member of the National Speaker’s Association for over 10 years, he was named as the “Showcase Speaker of the Year” by the Georgia chapter of NSA. He was also recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” speakers by the BACCHUS Network, a college health organization.

Randy is an author, speaker, trainer, father, husband, former drummer in a rock band, and a recovering addict and alcoholic with over 32 years of personal recovery. He speaks truth. His book series, “Party With a Plan” was released in 2016 and is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to drink in a low-risk way. Randy’s honest and down to earth approach (with loads of humor) will teach you how to be resilient with whatever life throws at you. He has a Master’s degree in counseling, but a PhD in personal experience.

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Episode Directory

November 2016

October 2016

  • 10/26/2016: Illuminating the 10 Points of LIght Listen Now
  • 10/19/2016: Transforming Youth Recovery Listen Now
  • 10/12/2016: Taking the High out of High School! A discussion about drug use, addiction, and recovery for high school students. Listen Now
  • 10/5/2016: Can I Kiss You? A thought provoking-provoking look at relationships, intimacy, and sexual assault with guest Mike Domitrz Listen Now

September 2016

Amanda Blaugher

Amanda Blaugher serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation and is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Amanda oversees national campaigns such as 10 Points of Light and Respect My Red for the Take Back The Night Foundation. She works with school, colleges, and communities to help them organize their walks, runs, vigils and other programming components. She is the Conference Program Coordinator for Respect is Red: The International Summit to End Sexual Violence. Holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University, Amanda has been committed to raising awareness about all forms of sexual violence since she was a college student, at which time she created a Women’s Empowerment Program that oversaw all programming efforts on campus around sexual violence and healthy relationships. View Guest page

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Michelle Carroll

Michelle Carroll is the Campus Coordinator for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA). She also serves as the Outreach Director for ‘Respect My Red.’ She graduated with Honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Government and Comparative Literature. During her time at F&M, Michelle organized the community’s Take Back the Night for three years. She presented her experiences as a collegiate organizer at the 2013 Central Pennsylvania Consortium's Women's Studies Conference. After college, Michelle served as an elementary school teacher with Teach For America in Southwest Philadelphia and worked for a political consulting firm in New York City. She currently writes for the online publications Guerrilla Feminism and The Radical Notion. View Guest page

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Dr. John Clapp


Dr. John D. Clapp is the Director of Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery located at the Ohio State University. Dr. Clapp has published over 90 journal articles with his work appearing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence among numerous other top research journals. He has been awarded over $32 million in grants and contracts (NIAAA, NIDA, U.S. Department of Education, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation) and has been Principal Investigator on over 20 funded projects. His work has received international media attention with coverage in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, ABC National News, among numerous others. View Guest page

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Catherine de Lacoste-Azizi

Catherine de Lacoste-Azizi is a rising senior at The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. This spring and summer, she served on the planning committee for the International Summit to End Sexual Violence, and she is currently an intern with the Take Back the Night Foundation and the Communications Coordinator for the Respect My Red Campaign. She resides on Agnes Irwin's Council for Advancement of Girls, focusing especially on the Girls Council Advancement Network. She is also an intern and ambassador for GenHERation, a female empowerment network through which she toured the nation to host leadership workshops for high school girls last summer. Catherine enjoys performing in her school musicals and singing with her a cappella group, the Bel Cantos, as well as running cross country and track. View Guest page

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Mike Domitrz


Mike Domitrz is known for the impact his programs, trainings, and publications have made across the world for parents, teenagers, families, educational institutions, the US military, and the media. You may have seen him as the featured expert on Dateline NBC's "My Kid Would Never Do That."
Today, Mike is one of the leading experts for transforming our sexual culture to one being built on consent and respect – discussing sexual decision-making, asking first, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual assault. As the brother of a rape survivor, Mike's mission is personal.
His ability to share powerful emotional moments (both serious and hilariously funny) while giving readers and audiences realistic “How To” SKILLS to implement in their lives is what separates Mike’s message from other experts and authors. Mike is an author with an unique combination of Provocateur and Advocate who captivates readers throughout his books. View Guest page

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Doug Everhart

Doug Everhart has a B.S. in Engineering and a M.A. (Education/Counseling), both from the University of Redlands. He began his student affairs career at his alma mater with positions in housing, career development, recreation, Greek life and student activities. He eventually found his passion in substance abuse prevention, and spent eight years starting and building a program. In 1998, he was hired as a Health Educator at UC Riverside to focus on substance abuse and sexual health, as well as to build a peer education program. During his 12 years at UCR, he built a comprehensive health education program and a nationally acclaimed peer education program. His expertise and experience has also earned him advisory and consulting roles with The BACCHUS Network, the NCAA, APPLE Conferences, Step Up bystander training program and No Woman Left Behind. He arrived at UC Irvine as the new Alcohol Programs Manager in August of 2010, was named Interim Director in February of 2011. View Guest page

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Dr. Andy Finch


Andrew J. Finch, PhD is Associate Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Finch co-founded of the Association of Recovery Schools in 2002. Among his numerous published works on recovery and education are Starting a Recovery School (2005) and Approaches to Substance Abuse and Addiction in Educational Communities: A Guide to Practices that Support Recovery in Adolescents and Young Adults (2010), on which he was a co-editor. For nine years, Dr. Finch worked for Community High School in Nashville, one of the early schools for teens recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions and a school he helped design and open in 1997. Dr. Finch also helped found Vanderbilt University’s collegiate recovery program in 2007 and currently serves on its advisory committee. Dr. Finch most recent projects include a recovery school outcomes study, funded by NIDA, and a recovery high school history, to be published by Oxford University Press. View Guest page

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Daniel Fred


Daniel has strategic responsibility for the TYR collegiate program and for the expansion and execution of its mission. Prior to joining TYR, Daniel served as the Project Coordinator for Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention Community (NRAP) at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2012. Along with coordinating NRAP for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, he taught the introductory class for CASAT’s 18-credit minor in Addiction Treatment Services for over 6 years. He helped in the replicating process of the NRAP program at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. He is a certified Peer Recovery Coach Trainer and has incorporated recovery coaching into NRAP. Daniel graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005, where he was a member of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. He then moved to Reno and co-founded the Nevada House of Prayer, where he was the Collegiate Director until 2011. Daniel has his Masters of Science in Human Development. View Guest page

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Taylor Hendrickson

Taylor Hendrickson is a recent graduate from Breck School in Golden Valley, MN. Passionate about human rights and women’s rights, Taylor first became involved in Take Back The Night when she spoke to Katie Koestner after Katie visited her school. As part of her work for TBTN, Taylor served on the Planning Committee for the International Summit to End Sexual Violence, which was held in New York this past July. Working at TBTN has offered her an opportunity to learn about advocacy, education, and policy. This fall, Taylor will matriculate at the University of St Andrews, where she will pursue a degree in International Relations. View Guest page

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Cody Herman


Cody Herman is the Interim Assistant Director of Residential Services & Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Alfred State. After graduating Alfred State with a BS in Human Services Management, Cody began working in Residential Services full-time, and is a Master’s Candidate in Higher Ed Administration at SUNY Stony Brook. Cody is passionate about sexual violence prevention and education, and eagerly engages boys and men in conversations around their role in ending gender based violence. He is a strong advocate for underrepresented students, and is motivated and inspired by the work that he does on the Alfred State campus. View Guest page

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Nikkie Hockenberry


Nikkie Hockenberry is the Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator at Alfred State University, in NY. Nikkie’s passion lies in the areas of women and gender studies, having received her Master’s from Empire State College, concentrating her coursework around those topics. She then continued at Empire State for an advanced graduate certificate in women and gender studies, allowing her to also adjunct a class at Alfred State this Fall. As a single mother of a son and a daughter, Nikkie is incredibly passionate about ending sexual violence and eliminating rape culture so that her children grow up in a safer and kinder world. View Guest page

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Phillip Holmes


Phillip Holmes is a dynamic leader who has a passion for students. Currently the Director of Housing and Residential Education at Delaware State University, Philip has over 20 years of experience within various departments of Student Affairs. He is a leader who leads by example and his greatest gift to his students is his determination to hold them accountable and teach them the value of integrity. View Guest page

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Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and technology issues. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 2000 schools in North America. Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Williams College, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators. In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19 day campaign in India to raise awareness about Violence Against Women. In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their Celebrity Golf Tournament. View Guest page

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Stephanie Lake


Stephanie Lake is the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Intervention Services Coordinator for UC Davis. Stephanie has worked at UC Davis for 17 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education with a focus on substance abuse education from Northeastern University and her Master’s in Education with a focus on substance abuse counseling from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Stephanie received her Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC) degree in 2009 and is now a CATIC IV due to her Master’s level training. She is also a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS).
Her role at UC Davis is to work with students to empower them to make healthy and responsible choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. She conducts individual assessments, educational groups, relapse prevention counseling, and one on one smoking cessation.
She is also the advisor to the Collegiate Recovery Student Group –Aggie RISE View Guest page

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Gary Mendell


Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation that the disease of addiction causes to families. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof after losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011.
In three years, Shatterproof has already accomplished a lot. The organization has helped get life-saving legislation passed in 10 states, created a robust community of ambassadors, fundraisers, and advocates, and launched national awareness events like the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel. Shatterproof works every day to tell stories that will erase the stigma of addiction.
Prior to Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell founded and was CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts. During his tenure as CEO, he oversaw a portfolio of ~40 hotels, with revenues of ~$650 million and value of ~$3 billion. Since then, HEI has grown to over 65 hotels with revenues of over $1.5 billion under management. Prior to HEI, Mr. Mendell was president of Starwood Lodging Trust. View Guest page

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Wendy Murphy


Wendy Murphy is adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law, Boston where she also co-directs the Women's and Children's Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for many years. In 1992 she founded the first organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to crime victims. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the rights of women, children and criminal justice policy. Dubbed the "Goddaughter of Title IX" by the "Godmother of Title IX," Dr. Bernice Sandler, Wendy's impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault, beginning in the 1990s, includes a landmark victory over Harvard in 2002, which forced Harvard to reform its sexual assault policies and led to widespread awareness and reforms in the redress and prevention of campus sexual assault. View Guest page

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John Ruyak


John is the Alcohol, Drug, and Recovery Specialist in the Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention Center at Oregon State University. John received his Master’s in Public Health from OSU in 2015. In his current role, John oversees the Collegiate Recovery Community as well many of the substance abuse prevention efforts on OSU’s campus. In his work with the CRC John works to expand the reach of the program as well as its support. His main focuses include expanding resources for holistic support for students in recovery and reducing stigma related to substance dependencies and recovery. View Guest page

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Sarah Schupp


Sarah Schupp is the CEO & Founder of University Parent, the place for parents to find connection, information & support. The company, which began by producing a parent guide for the University of Colorado at Boulder, now features information about 3,000 colleges and universities, and reaches more than 10 million parents each year. The Gates Foundation named her a "Player to Watch" in post-secondary education. Sarah has also been named one of Inc. Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, Businessweek's top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, and one of the Denver Business Journal's Top Women Under 40. She serves on the Board of Trustees and on the Chancellor's Strategic Advisory Committee for the University of Colorado. Sarah lives in Boulder with her husband, Josh, and two daughters, Jenna & Claire. View Guest page

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Don Swogger


Don Swogger is the Director of the SAFE Office on campus and advises the BURG Peer Education Network. During his 25 year tenure at Frostburg State University, he has been regionally and nationally recognized several times for his leadership contributions to prevention and peer education. Don received his M.Ed at Frostburg State University and has conducted numerous trainings, presentations and workshops over the past 30+ years. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member to the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation and developed one of the IDIS courses on campus. Don also serves as a varsity coach, mentor, men’s group leader, husband and father. The favorite part of his job is mentoring and motivating students. View Guest page

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