Miracles in Recovery
Monday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
On Miracles in Recovery we discuss all aspects of addiction and recovery and how they affect our families, communities, and the relationships within them. Join us for answers on how twelve step recovery programs can work in the lives of addicts and their families. We are also open to discuss any alternative options that have been working in your life as well. It starts by looking in the mirror. Hope is in your corner.
I was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where my parents divorced when I was nine years old. When my mother remarried, two step-brothers and a step-sister joined my older sister and two younger brothers. If you are thinking “Brady Bunch,” you kind of have the picture (but not G-rated like the TV version).
As a teenager I became a commercial fisherman, and that is where my life took a destructive turn. The waterfront was rampant with heroin and cocaine use and I endured many years of active addiction that finally rendered me homeless, helpless and loveless. I joined the Marine Corps in 1982 to try to get away from my surroundings but found myself back in the same boat after my time in the service ended.
My life changed for the better on February 28, 1989 when I fortunately became a MIRACLE IN RECOVERY. Since then, I have made it my quest to give back what was given to me, one day at a time without the obsessive restrictions of active addiction.
My life is second to none today and I encourage you to become a MIRACLE IN RECOVERY as well. Listen in as I share my experience, strength, and hope that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.
My message is hope and the promise of freedom.
My name is George Araiza. I'm a life coach dedicated to helping people overcome past traumas and addictions. I'm also a published author, blogger, and junior content writer for Swarm Content. I have a B.A. in History from UCLA where I also did an independent study project on the empowerment of children at the grammar school level. View Guest page
Professional Experience Successfully helps people in recovery to create and manage life. Through the cutting edge program known as Energy Leadership, Ginger helps her clients dive deep into core issues that hold them back from sustainable sobriety. Understanding and taking responsibility for their own sobriety is a starting point. From there, she helps her clients develop a plan for self-care as a starting point. Ginger works with individuals in recovery as well as couples. She has had wonderful results with couples who want to take the principles of recovery into their marriage. Of course, every client is different, so she meets the clients where they are with humor, compassion and a bit of toughness! Education Riverdale Country School-Graduated in 1985 George Washington University-Graduated in 1989 IPEC Coaching School-Certified in 2015 View Guest page
Rabbi Mark Borovitz
Rabbi Mark Borovitz is an Ex-Mobster who is now dedicating his life to helping others heal from addiction and turning society's fear of the "convicted criminal" around. Mark is not your typical Rabbi. Before he took to the Torah, he was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief and a drunk. It wasn't until he spent time in prison and had a moment of divine intervention that saved his life. Today, Mark is the Senior Rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, the House of Return, Synagogue and rehabilitation facility for addicts of all kinds, as well as an advocate for criminal rehabilitation and acclamation. He has become the driving force for wellness to Hollywood's elite; powerhouse Jimmy Iovene refers to Rabbi Mark as a confidant and spiritual guide.
Rabbi Mark recently released his latest book, "Finding Recovery and Yourself in Torah: A Daily Spiritual Path to Wholeness" which outlines his unique treatment practices; the only alternative to 12 Steps utilizing Judaism. View Guest page
Dr Brent Boyett
Dr. Brent Boyett was trained as a general dentist and is board certified in Family Medicine as a physician. He practiced both dentistry and primary care medicine until he discovered his passion in the field of addiction medicine in 2008. He became board certified in Addiction Medicine and has distinguished himself as a speaker, researcher and thought leader in the field of addiction medicine.
As a researcher, Dr. Boyett has served as principle investigator in several clinical trials and has also served as a clinical advisor for the pharmaceutical industry aiding in the development of new treatment options for addictive disorders.
He is a public speaker dedicated to the effort of educating the healthcare community and the public at large on the disease model of substance used disorders and to help remove the stigma of addiction. View Guest page
Dr Arthur P. Ciaracoli, EdD PhD
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Dr. Ciaramicoli has been the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org and is also in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area. View Guest page
Lisa Cohen is our Admissions Coordinator and is in the process of obtaining certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. Lisa graduated from the University of Arizona where she majored in Media Arts. She is currently in recovery and has a strong interest in sharing her experience, strength, and hope with others who are recovering.
Lisa has been an important resource at Path to Serenity offering her valuable perspective having gone through the recovery process herself and successfully continuing to stay on track. Lending her voice to a KTLA investigative report on drug abuse, Lisa explained during her interview how addiction can happen to anyone, and that there is help out there. As the admissions Coordinator at Path to Serenity, Lisa welcomes those seeking help in beating addiction. View Guest page
Dr. Cali Estes PhD
Dr. Estes has over 20 years experience working with drug, alcohol and food addictions. Her deep understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, including the behaviors and ramifications that are associated with it, place her at the top in the field of addiction therapy. Dr. Estes is an interactive, solution-focused Positive Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
Her unique no-nonsense approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and life coaching combine to provide the perfect support for an addict. Dr. Estes’ background in food addictions and the emotional and physical tolls it takes on one’s psyche and physical well-being is highly unique. View Guest page
After losing her brother to an opioid overdose Amy Graves founded the non profit group Get Prescription Drugs Off The Street Society. The group advocates for action on the opioid epidemic while educating and creating awareness. Amy has been part of several advocacy initiatives across Canada and the US in hopes of reducing the rates of addiction and death caused by opioids. View Guest page
Dr Nancy Irwin
Dr. Nancy Irwin is a highly sought after addiction therapist who specializes in hypnotherapy, as well as other holistic approaches for treating addictivebehaviors, sexual abuse recovery, and other traumas. Dr. Irwin is also the author of YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife (2008), a collection of "over 40 stories of people over 40" who made amazing transitions in midlife and has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including CNN, CNBC, Fox, and MSNBC. Dr. Irwin experienced an epiphany when she began volunteering for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused children in Los Angeles. This experience awoke the healer in Dr. Irwin, prompting her to pursue a doctorate in psychology at California Southern University with a specialty focus on the prevention and healing of sexual abuse. Dr. Irwin graduated from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California, in 2003, with honors and the Director's Award. View Guest page
Dr. Robb Kelly
Doctor Robb Kelly is a world-renowned addiction consultant who believes in treating the problem of addiction, not the symptoms. He has worked for many years helping addicts and alcoholics to RECOVER their lives from the disease of addiction. Based on his own experiences working with addicts and alcoholics over the last 20 years, combined with a PhD in psychology, and as a recovered alcoholic himself – he is a triple threat against the disease of addiction. Dr. Kelly’s methods are seen as unconventional and unorthodox, but they are based on extensive research and behavioral studies he has conducted over the last 25 years. He has worked with thousands of people including celebrities of film, music, and sports, lectured at many high profile universities and hospitals on the subject of addiction, and is recognized as a leading authority on addiction recovery methods that are changing lives. Today, Dr. Robb Kelly is living his dream, instead of dreaming of living. View Guest page
George Lindenfeld, Ph. D
George has served as Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville PA, Executive Director at the CMHC Center for Human Development in Grand Forks, ND, and Seminole County Mental Health Center in Altamonte Springs, FL. As part of his practice working with veterans, he has monitored ongoing memory research and pursued the application of non-invasive potential of neuro-acoustical intervention. This has led to the development of RESET Therapy, which has demonstrated rapid and enduring remission of the emotional aspects of PTSD. Located in Sarasota, he is now conducting research related to varied applications of RESET Therapy including addictive disorders. View Guest page
Terry McGowan had been a beat cop, a Marine captain, and a Special Agent for the FBI before retiring at the age of fifty. But when tragedy struck the United States on September 11th, 2001,Terry felt an undiminished sense of duty to protect and serve his country. Six years later, he was in Iraq as a member of a team of high ranking retired and active duty military working for the highest level of Marine military intelligence. His success in Iraq led to a position as Law Enforcement Professional with the Marines in Afghanistan. There he found himself the oldest member of a platoon on the front line; a platoon that was understrength and under fire. While an eighteen year old Marine can't look at a crowd of Afghans and pick out the guilty party, with his years of experience in law enforcement, Terry had developed an eye for the "felony look". His training as a Marine Officer combined with his experience as an FBI Agent made him a unique asset as he struggled to keep up with young Marines. View Guest page
Dr. Tom Rohrer
Dr. Tom Rohrer, is a Life, Performance and Coach, and Psychotherapist (MFC 20325) who has been in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA since 1979. More information at tomrohrer.com.
Dr. Rohrer has worked primarily in addiction treatment since 1973. He is the Executive Director of the Addiction Recovery Graduate Programs. ARGP goal is to help people who are in recovery, to expand their resources and build their momentum! They offer live and internet, seminars and coaching groups. Find out more at graduaterecovery.com.
Dr. Rohrer is the author of the book, Thriving Beyond Addiction: A Complete User-Friendly Guide, a primer for recovering from an addiction. It is a step-by-step guide that explains it all. His workbook his currently being revised! thrivingbeyondaddiction.com Purchase on Amazon View Guest page
Patricia Rosen - Publisher of Sober World Magazine
Patricia is the Publisher of the Sober World Magazine. The Sober World Magazine educates families and people who are suffering from addiction. It is the only magazine of its kind that provides education and resources about addiction and recovery. The magazine is directly mailed each month to anyone who has been arrested for drugs or alcohol as well as distributing to schools, colleges, drug court, coffee houses, meeting halls, doctor offices and more. The magazine is filled with articles from professionals in the field and distributed to treatment centers, parents groups, conferences and different initiatives throughout the country. She hand selects professionals to write articles and proofs and reads every article that enters the magazine. She wants to make sure that the industry is professional and well respected. Her magazine is a reflection of that standard. View Guest page
Erica Tamposi is a UNH alumni as a Communications major with a film minor, hailing from New Hampshire. She started making short films and videos when she was 10 years old. She played Tennis for UNH and really enjoyed filmmaking. Before she had graduated she had worked on productions for ESPN, MTV, LIFETIME, and COLUMBIA PICTURES. She currently works in Post Production on the tv show Drunk History on comedy central and finished Mr. Robot on USA. Although Post is very satisfying, directing is her end goal. She recently finished directing and writing a short film called Extended Release focusing on the drug addiction epidemic that is affecting her home town as well as many other places in the United States. Extended Release is currently in the festival circuit and she hopes to finance a feature length film. View Guest page
Catherine Townsend-Lyons is the published best-selling author of the memoir; "Addicted to Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat" available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and The Bookstand at 'In Recovery Magazine' where she was a former recovery writer and columnist until March 30th, 2017. View Guest page