• S04E26 - Beyond the Badge: Sam Williams' Journey with the Invisible Wounds

    In this emotional episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan sits down with Sam Williams, a former police officer whose experiences in the line of duty led to personal turmoil. This episode explores the often-overlooked realities of law enforcement.

    Sam shares the events that resulted in a concussion and eventual diagnosis of PTSD, shedding light on the psychological scars many officers carry. He speaks openly about his struggles with suicidal thoughts, revealing the moment he realized reaching out for help was a sign of strength, not weakness.

    However, the episode isn't solely about despair. Sam discusses the turning point in his life and the support systems that became his lifeline, including his dog, therapy, fitness, and his wife's unwavering love.

    Ryan and Sam's conversation is a powerful reminder that no one has to face their darkest moments alone. They stress the importance of seeking help and offer hope for healing. Tune in to "From Darkness to Life" for a raw, inspiring journey from despair to the promise of a brighter future. 

    S3E26 - 1h 6m - May 16, 2024
  • S04E25 - Sky High Resilience: The Tale of Rise Up

    "Join Ryan on an engaging journey in the latest episode of From Darkness to Life, as we explore the uplifting story of the Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Our special guests include Willy Taillon, the visionary behind the festival and a passionate hot air balloon pilot, alongside esteemed Gold Sponsors Rhonda Hayward, a dedicated mental health therapist, and Elizabeth McNally from Medicine Hat's Real Estate Collective.

    Dive into the history of the Rise Up Festival and discover the winds of change that inspired Willy to take to the skies. Learn how this spectacular event, set against the backdrop of Medicine Hat's scenic landscapes, is more than just a visual feast—it's a symbol of community, resilience, and mutual support.

    Our sponsors share their insights on the significance of bringing people together, sparking conversations about connection, and the collective effort to rise above challenges. This episode is a beautiful reminder of the powerful bonds that lift us up and the shared experiences that keep us moving forward. It is a testament to the fact that we are not alone in this journey of life, and that the connections we make are what truly give it meaning. Take a moment to appreciate the people in your life who have been there for you through thick and thin, and let this episode serve as a reminder of how important it is to nurture and cherish those relationships. Community. Connection. Hope.

    Don't miss out on this high-flying episode! Tune in and be part of a resilient community soaring towards hope and unity.

    We want to thank Season 4 sponsor, Crosswaters Counselling Services. When you think counselling, think Crosswaters! Connect with Rhonda at www.crosswaterscounselling.ca. 

    Visit Elizabeth at https://realestatecollective.ca and on FB, IG, and TikTok.

    S4E25 - 1h 3m - Apr 25, 2024
  • S04E24 - Legacy of Strength: Ramona Big Head's Message of Resilience and Hope

    In this enlightening episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan is joined by the esteemed Ramona Big Head, a dedicated educator with over 25 years of experience and a member of the Peigan Board of Education. Ramona brings a powerful narrative to the table, delving into the historical struggles of her people. She recounts the painful legacy of residential schools, the erosion of traditional practices and culture, and the profound grief and loss that have marked her community's journey.

    With raw honesty, Ramona opens up about the personal tragedies she has faced, including the loss of numerous loved ones to addiction. Yet, amidst the darkness, she sheds light on how the fusion of brain science, acquired from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative's Brain Story certification, and the revitalization of indigenous traditions have transformed the support provided to the youth within the Peigan school system.

    Join us as we travel from the shadows of the past into the promise of a brighter future, guided by Ramona's wisdom and the resilient spirit of her people. This episode is a testament to the power of blending modern science with time-honored wisdom to heal and uplift the next generation.

    We want to thank Season 4 sponsor, Crosswaters Counselling Services. When you think counselling, think Crosswaters!

    https://crosswaterscounselling.ca

    S4E24 - 1h 0m - Apr 19, 2024
  • S04E23 - Beyond Fame and Two Wheels: Colin “Scummy” Morrison’s Unexpected Path to Recovery

    In this gripping episode, motocross legend Colin "Scummy" Morrison takes us on a wild ride through his life. From the dirt tracks of his youth to the global stage, Colin's passion for motocross fueled his meteoric rise. At just 16, he turned pro and left jaws dropping as he tore up the circuit.

    But fame came with a price. As an original member of the notorious **Metal Mulisha**, Colin reveled in the adrenaline-fueled lifestyle. X-Games medals adorned his neck, and he crisscrossed the world, leaving dust and awe in his wake. Yet, beneath the glitz and glamour, darkness loomed.

    The partying escalated, and Colin found himself ensnared by addiction. But life has a way of surprising us. Colin shares the turning point that led him out of the abyss. Today, his existence is more fulfilling than he ever dreamed possible—a testament to resilience, redemption, and the power of two wheels.

    Tune in as Colin Morrison takes us from darkness to life, revealing the highs, lows, and the unwavering spirit that kept him riding the edge.


    Find Colin on Instagram @colin_scummy_morrison!

    Follow and share FDTL on Instagram @fdtlpodcast

    ** This episode brought to you by our friends over at Crosswaters Counselling Services. When you think counselling… think Crosswaters! Visit them at crosswaterscounselling.ca.

    S4E23 - 53m - Apr 11, 2024
  • S04E22 - Brad McLeod's Path from Darkness to Sober Motivation

    In this compelling episode of From Darkness to Life, Ryan sits down with Brad McLeod, the inspiring voice behind the Sober Motivation podcast. Brad’s story is one of resilience, transformation, and unwavering determination.

    Brad shares his incredible journey from a troubled childhood in Ontario to the throes of addiction in the United States. He reflects on school struggles, petty crime, stints in jail, and eventually a harrowing battle with opioid addiction. Discover the pivotal moments that propelled Brad towards recovery and listen to how he turned adversity into triumph.

    Brad not only shares his personal transformation but also discusses the creation of the Sober Motivation podcast, his involvement with the SoberBuddy app and their supportive online community.

    Tune in to witness the inspiring narrative of Brad's shift from darkness to a life dedicated to motivating others on the path to recovery.

    Check out the “Sober Motivation” podcast at www.sobermotivationpodcast.com and all major streaming platforms.

    Explore the SoberBuddy community at www.yoursoberbuddy.com.

    S4E22 - 1h 15m - Mar 21, 2024
  • S04E21 - Sobriety Delivered: How Justine Whitchurch Found Everything Alcohol Promised

    In this episode of “From Darkness to Life”, Ryan engages in a captivating conversation with Justine Whitchurch from Gold Coast, Australia. Justine courageously shares her profound journey through alcoholism and addiction, revealing the raw moments of her fall from grace. But this story isn’t just about darkness; it’s about resilience, redemption, and purpose. Justine reveals how she harnessed the power of fitness to propel herself into recovery. Today, she wears multiple hats: Personal Trainer, Online Coach, and Author.

    Her book, “SOBRIETY DELIVERED EVERYTHING ALCOHOL PROMISED”, not only chronicles her personal experiences but also serves as an inspiring guide for others seeking transformation and purpose. Whether you’re navigating your own path or simply seeking inspiration, this episode promises hope, strength, and the unwavering spirit of resilience.

    Tune in to “From Darkness to Life” as Ryan and Justine explore the journey from despair to life-affirming choices.

    Find out more about Justine:

    Instagram @jusswhitchurch

     https://justinewhitchurch.com.au/

    S4E21 - 1h 1m - Mar 14, 2024
  • S04E20 - Breaking Barriers with Ben Feene: The MHFS Commitment to Inclusive Mental Health

    In this episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan converses with Ben Feene, a compassionate Canadian Certified Counsellor from Medicine Hat Family Services. Ben shares MHFS's commitment to breaking down financial barriers in mental health support through a sliding scale fee system.

    The discussion explores the transformative Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy offered at MHFS, shedding light on its efficacy in processing distressing memories. Ben illustrates EMDR's potential for those facing trauma, emphasizing MHFS's holistic and client-centered approach.

    The episode unravels the realms of connection, healing, and accessibility in mental health, portraying Medicine Hat Family Services not just as a counselling center but as a source of encouragement for those navigating the journey from darkness to life.

    S4E20 - 58m - Mar 7, 2024
  • S04E19 - Family Inclusion in Recovery: AARC's Blueprint for Lasting Transformation with Kelly Cummins

    In this enlightening episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan dives deep into the world of recovery with a remarkable guest, Kelly Cummins, Clinical Director at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center (AARC).

    Kelly, a seasoned expert in the field, unveils the intricacies of AARC's holistic approach, emphasizing the significance of addressing not just the addiction itself but the entire spectrum of an individual's well-being. Learn how the integration of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual components forms the foundation of AARC's success in helping adolescents transition from darkness to a life filled with hope and purpose.

    Family plays a pivotal role in the recovery journey, and Kelly sheds light on the importance of family inclusion within the AARC program. She explores how AARC recognizes the vital role families play in supporting their loved ones on the road to recovery, fostering a sense of unity and understanding that is essential for lasting transformation.

     Additionally, Kelly discusses the power of peer support within the AARC service. Discover how this unique approach encourages a sense of community, shared experiences, and mutual encouragement among adolescents, creating a supportive environment that complements traditional therapeutic interventions.

     Join us for an engaging and insightful conversation that explores the heart of AARC's transformative work and the principles that guide adolescents on their journey from darkness to life. Kelly Cummins' expertise and passion for recovery provide a beacon of hope, inspiring both professionals and individuals seeking a comprehensive approach to healing.

    S4E19 - 1h 0m - Feb 29, 2024
  • S04E18 - Larissa’s Road to Resilience and her Journey from Addiction to Purpose

    In this gripping episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan dives into a riveting conversation with Larissa Logozzo. Larissa shares her tumultuous journey through addiction, trauma, and homelessness, revealing a pivotal moment in the ER that sparked an extraordinary transformation.

    The episode navigates Larissa's early days, family dynamics, and the life-altering loss of her mother. Chronicling years of struggle with addiction, hospitals, jail, and homelessness, Larissa unveils the turning point in an Emergency Room that changed everything.

    As Larissa recounts her journey, she emphasizes the glimmer of hope that emerged from the darkness, reshaping her life and guiding her to a role as a Recovery Coach at OCJ. This episode serves as a powerful reminder that even in the depths of despair, the journey from darkness to life is always possible. Larissa's resilience becomes a shining light for anyone seeking redemption and purpose.

    S4E18 - 1h 13m - Feb 22, 2024
  • S04E17 - One Decision Away: A Tale of Sobriety, Resilience, and Miraculous Transformations with Kim Shingler

    In this compelling episode of "FDTL", Ryan sits down with Kim Shingler, who shares an extraordinary journey of sobriety, resilience, and the transformative power of one decision.

    Kim begins by delving into her and her husband's brave decision to embark on a journey to sobriety right at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She reflects on how this choice not only strengthened their bond but also had a profound positive impact on their lives together.

    The narrative takes an emotional turn when Kim reveals the pivotal moment that changed their lives forever – a life-altering phone call. Kim's husband's brother, on the brink of death due to a devastating overdose, becomes the catalyst for an unexpected series of events that unfold miraculously.

    From the edge of despair to a moment that defies explanation, Kim talks about the incredible journey that led to the birth of "One Decision Away," a brand that encapsulates the profound philosophy that one decision can change the course of one's life.

    Join Ryan and Kim as they explore the profound impact of that one decision – not only on the lives of Kim and her husband but on the lives of those around them. This episode serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for positive transformation, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

    "One Decision Away" is a riveting episode that will leave listeners inspired, reflecting on the power of choices and the incredible strength that can emerge from the darkest moments of life.


    Find out more about ODA on Instagram and Facebook @OneDecision.ClothingCo

    S4E17 - 1h 3m - Feb 15, 2024
  • S04E16 - Transplanting Hope: Tanis Mitchell's Story of Faith and Resilience

    In this episode, Ryan engages in a conversation with Tanis Mitchell, a certified life coach and a resilient "medical mom." Tanis unfolds her compelling journey of becoming a mother to three children, particularly recounting the poignant moments surrounding her daughter Lukah's survival after a rare multiple organ transplant. Throughout the discussion, Tanis delves into the profound impact of her role as a medical mama on her perspective towards life. She shares insights into the transformative power of grief and acceptance, shedding light on how she assists other families in navigating the complexities of illness.

     Tanis opens up about the challenges she faced and how her experiences led her to discover hope amidst heartache. She emphasizes the significance of faith, community support, and self-care in finding solace during difficult times.

     To explore more about Tanis and her impactful work, visit hopeandstonescoaching.com and her Instagram page @tanismitchell.

    S4E16 - 58m - Feb 8, 2024
  • S04E15 - Recovery Resilience: Sonia Kahlon's Path to Everblume

    In this episode, Ryan chats with Sonia Kahlon, the founder of Everblume, a revolutionary digital tool for alcohol recovery support for women. Sonia shares her inspirational journey, recounting how she became a recovery coach and established Everblume after selling her successful orthodontic practice. Navigating the complexities of sobriety took an added challenge for Sonia as she also faced the emotional upheaval of her husband leaving her during this period. Despite this hardship, Sonia persevered, delving into the discussion about Everblume's functionality, the advantages of online group recovery meetings, and her dedicated efforts to help women discover hope and healing through peer support. Learn more about Sonia's remarkable story and Everblume at EverBlume.

    Connect with Everblume at joineverblume.com/ and on Instagram @joineverblume.

    S4E15 - 1h 7m - Feb 1, 2024
  • S04E13 - Dr. Kent Comeau: Illuminating Paths to Mental Wellness

    Join Ryan on this transformative episode of From Darkness to Life as he sits down with Dr. Kent Comeau, the compassionate psychiatrist at Reconnect Mental Health in the heart of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

    Explore the diverse range of services offered at Reconnect Mental Health, where Dr. Comeau, driven by his passion for mental wellness, discusses innovative treatments such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). This non-invasive, painless therapy utilizes magnetic pulses to stimulate specific brain regions associated with mood regulation, offering hope and relief for conditions like depression and anxiety.

    In addition to rTMS, delve into the integral role of process groups and shared-care at Reconnect Mental Health. Dr. Comeau sheds light on how these services foster a collaborative approach to mental health, providing individuals with a supportive community to navigate their unique journeys.

    Listeners will be captivated by Dr. Comeau's insights into the transformative impact of these services. Whether you're seeking information on cutting-edge mental health treatments or inspired by tales of resilience, this episode promises to be a compelling journey from darkness to life.

    Tune in and let Dr. Kent Comeau guide you through the corridors of mental wellness on this illuminating episode of From Darkness to Life.

    Explore Reconnect Mental Health at https://reconnectmentalhealth.com/

    S4E13 - 1h 16m - Jan 25, 2024
  • S04E12 - Breaking the Ice: Mike Brown's Journey from Darkness to Life

    Join Ryan on this compelling episode of "From Darkness to Life" as he sits down with former WHL hockey player turned inspirational figure, Mike Brown. In this deeply personal conversation, Mike opens up about the highs and lows of his hockey career, providing a rare glimpse into the challenges that led him down a path of addiction. From the adrenaline of the rink to the struggles off the ice, Mike shares his raw and authentic story.

    Tune in to hear about the pivotal moment that became the turning point in Mike's life, prompting him to confront his addiction head-on. The episode delves into the courage it took for Mike to seek treatment, the hurdles he faced during recovery, and the unwavering support that played a crucial role in his journey. Mike reflects on the lessons learned, the resilience that fuels his thriving recovery, and the passion he has found in helping others navigate their own paths to redemption.

    "Breaking the Ice" is not just a story of overcoming adversity; it's a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of choosing life. Join Ryan and Mike on this inspiring episode as they explore the journey from darkness to life, sharing moments of vulnerability, triumph, and the resilience that defines the human experience.

    Check out Mike's podcast at: https://open.spotify.com/show/4pSfDn3m89KmGcB9CADmP2?si=263d7e927a284079

    S4E12 - 1h 5m - Jan 18, 2024
  • S04E11 - On the Banks of Change: Shae's Unforgettable Recovery Story

    Welcome to another profound episode of "From Darkness to Life". This week, Ryan welcomes a remarkable guest, Shae, who fearlessly opens up about her transformative journey from the depths of addiction to the radiant light of recovery.

    In this candid conversation, Shae shares the raw and unfiltered account of her lived experience, taking us through the harrowing and lonely places that addiction led her. From the unforgiving streets to the lonely riverbanks of Calgary, Alberta. Shae paints a vivid picture of the highs and lows that shaped her path.

    Listen as Shae reveals the struggles she faced and the pivotal moments that pushed her to change the trajectory of her life. Her story is not just about survival; it's about resilience and the unwavering strength that emerged from the darkest corners of her existence.

    Now, with over three years in recovery, Shae reflects on the gifts that this transformative journey has bestowed upon her. She speaks openly about the challenges, victories, and profound changes that recovery has brought to her life.

    This episode is a testament to the power of resilience, hope, and the possibility of redemption. Join Ryan and Shae as they navigate through the shadows, bringing to light a story of triumph over adversity. It's a conversation that will inspire, uplift, and remind us all that even in the darkest moments, there is a path from darkness to life.

    S3E11 - 1h 6m - Jan 11, 2024
  • S04E10 - Family Matters Interventions: Bridging the Gap in Addiction Recovery w/ Nicole Kearley

    Welcome to another powerful episode of "From Darkness to Life" with your host, Ryan. This week, we have a special guest, Nicole, a seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience in the addiction space.

    Ryan and Nicole delve into the profound impact of addiction on families. Nicole's deep understanding of the dynamics within the family unit has driven her to create a groundbreaking service called Family Matters Intervention.

    In this episode, Nicole shares her insights into how addiction affects not only the individual struggling with it but the entire family as well. With her wealth of experience, she sheds light on the often-overlooked aspect of the collateral damage caused by addiction within the family structure.

    Family Matters Intervention is more than just a service; it's a lifeline for families navigating the challenging journey from darkness to life. Nicole discusses how this innovative approach fills a crucial gap in addiction support by extending care and assistance beyond the individual, reaching out to heal and empower the entire family unit.

    Tune in as Ryan and Nicole explore the importance of addressing addiction comprehensively, understanding its ripple effects, and offering a holistic solution through Family Matters Intervention. This episode promises to be both enlightening and inspiring, providing valuable insights into transforming lives and bringing families from darkness to life.

     

    🎧 Listen now on our website: 

    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast

    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts! 


    Find Nicole and her service at:

    https://www.familymattersinterventions.com/

    Instagram and Facebook @familymattersinterventions

    S4E10 - 1h 10m - Jan 4, 2024
  • S04E09 - Holiday Resilience: Insights from OCJ Staff

    Welcome to “From Darkness to Life” with your host, Ryan. In this special episode, Ryan is joined by some of the OCJ staff, including Amber, Tara, and Alana, to guide you through the holiday season.

    The holiday season can be a challenging time for many, especially those on a journey of recovery. In this episode, our hosts share tips and suggestions to help you navigate through the stress and maintain your well-being.

    Whether you’re seeking ways to safeguard your recovery or simply looking for effective strategies to ease the strain of the season, this episode is tailor-made for you. Ryan, Amber, Tara, and Alana draw from their own experiences and expertise to create a safe space where you can find solace, support, and practical advice.

    Tune in as they delve into topics ranging from setting healthy boundaries and self-care practices to creating a supportive network during the holidays. This podcast is a gentle reminder that, even in the midst of chaos, there are ways to find light, joy, and peace.

    Join us in this candid conversation as “From Darkness to Life” continues to offer guidance and encouragement to all those navigating the journey from darkness to life.

    Happy Holidays from OCJ and FDTL! Thank you to all the listeners for your continued support, see you in 2024!

    Subscribe now and embark on this uplifting journey with Ryan and the OCJ staff. Visit ourcollectivejourney.ca to connect today.

    S4E9 - 1h 8m - Dec 21, 2023
  • S04E08 - Sid and Desere’s Stories of Recovery

    In this episode, Ryan welcomes two guests who have personal experience with the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), a non-profit organization that provides long-term treatment for substance abuse and addiction in adolescents and their families. Sid is a former client of AARC who shares their recovery journey, from hitting rock bottom to finding hope and healing. Desere is a parent and supporter of two daughters who have been through the AARC program, and she talks about the challenges and rewards of being involved in their recovery process.

    They both share their insights and advice for anyone who is struggling with addiction or knows someone who is. Tune in to hear their inspiring stories of how they went from darkness to life with the help of AARC. For more information about AARC, visit their website at [aarc.ab.ca].


    🎧 Listen now on our website:

    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast

    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts!

    #ourcollectivejourney #ocj #fromdarknesstolife #fdtl #substanceuse #recoverycommunity #recoveryadvocates #recoveryispossible #recoveroutloud #resilience #rosc #community #connection #resiliency #healing

    S4E8 - 1h 9m - Dec 14, 2023
  • S04E07 - Conversation with a Therapist: Ben Coxson

    In this episode of the podcast, Ryan chats with Ben, a registered psychologist who has a passion for helping people overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Ben explains what therapy can look like for different clients, depending on their needs, preferences, and personalities. He also talks about the importance of building rapport and trust with his clients, and how he uses hypnotherapy as a tool to help facilitate positive change. 

    Ben shares some of his experiences and insights from working with trauma survivors, and how he helps them heal and cope with their past. Ryan and Ben also discuss some of the common myths and misconceptions about therapy, and why it is beneficial to seek professional help when facing difficulties in life. 

    This is a fascinating and informative conversation that will give you a better understanding of the role and benefits of therapy in our lives. Don’t miss it! 

    🎧 Listen now on our website:

    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast

    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts!


    Interested in connecting meeting with Ben or one of the many therapists at Keys to Hope? Find them at: keystohopecounsellingservices.com

    S4E7 - 1h 8m - Dec 7, 2023
  • S04E06 - Parenting in Recovery with a LMSW: Janice Johnson Dowd

    In this episode, Ryan talks to Janice, a Licensed Master Social Worker from Alabama, who shares her inspiring story of recovery from addiction and trauma. Janice reveals how she overcame her past struggles and found her passion for helping others heal their wounds. 

    She also discusses her focus on helping recovering individuals repair their relationships with family and friends, and offers some practical tips and resources for anyone who wants to improve this area of their journey.  

    In addition, Janice opens up about how she did almost as much damage to her relationships in early recovery as she did in active addiction, and how she learned to forgive herself and others.  

    Janice also announces her upcoming book, which will be released in 2024. You can find more information at www.janicejohnsondowd.com.  

    Tune in to hear Janice’s insights on how to move from darkness to life with courage and compassion.  

    Follow Janice on Instagram @parenting_in_recovery. 


    🎧 Listen now on our website:

    https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcast

    or wherever you get your favourite podcasts!


    #ourcollectivejourney #ocj #fromdarknesstolife #fdtl #therapy #normalizetherapy #substanceuse #recoverycommunity

    #recoveryadvocates #recoveryispossible #recoveroutloud #resilience #rosc #community #connection #resiliency #healing

    S4E6 - 1h 9m - Nov 30, 2023
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