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Life after addiction isn't just possible - it's the norm. Studies show 3 out of 4 people who experience addiction eventually recover. The Recovery Stories Have Power podcast aims to center that hopeful message through authentic conversations that bring together people from all pathways of recovery and recovery allies.

Through these conversations, we’ll build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Our Latest Episodes

Episode 10 – Sparkle Lindsay, Sparkle LLC

June 13, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT
We are so excited to bring you four very special podcast episodes throughout the months of June and July. The Recovery Leadership Summit hosted nearly 500 people from all across the recovery space. We had four amazing keynote speakers, and came together as a community to learn and grow from one another.  On today’s episode, I am joined by our first keynote presenter, Sparkle Lindsay. Sparkle is an author, peer coach, and motivational speaker who has an incredible journey she was able to share with us. 

Episode 9 – Thomas McCarry, CEO and Co-Founder, Zero Overdose

May 30, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT
Hello and welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, my name is Oliver Books. On today’s episode I chat with Thomas McCarry, co-founder of Zero Overdose. Zero Overdose was founded by…

Episode 8 – Ruby Takushi, Program Director and Co-Founder, Recovery Cafe

May 16, 2024 | 07:00 AM EDT
On today's episode, our host, Tyler Brandon chats with Ruby Takushi, Ph.D., the Director of Programs for Recovery Café and co-founded Recovery Café with Killian Noe.

Episode 7 – Jonathan Westfall, Executive Director, ROCovery Fitness

April 25, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT
Hello and welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power. On today's episode, our host, Tyler Brandon chats with Jonathan Westfall, the Executive Director of ROCovery Fitness. ROCovery Fitness in an RCO in Rochester, NY that provides free peer led fitness services for folks in recovery.

Episode 6 – Kevin Rumley, Veteran’s Treatment Court Buncombe County, NC

April 11, 2024 | 07:00 AM EDT
On today's episode I had the privilege of chatting with Kevin Rumley of the Buncombe County, MC Veteran's Treatment Court. His journey is harrowing and inspirational, and has guided him into his work assisting and supporting veterans through a 5-phase, 16 month intensive treatment court program.

Episode 5Lori Mellinger & Amanda Cassidy-Trejo, Lioness

March 28, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT
Hello and welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power. On today's episode our host, Psalm Bingham, chats with Lori Mellinger and Amanda Cassidy-Trejo of Texas-Based Advocacy Initiative, Lioness: Justice Impacted Women's Alliance. Lioness is an organization led by currently and formerly incarcerated girls and women in Texas with the purpose of ending the incarceration and systematic devaluing experienced within the Texas criminal legal system.

Episode 4 – Bill Sweeney, Founder, The Livability Initiative

March 14, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT
Hello and welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, my name is Oliver Books. Today’s episode features Bill Sweeney, founder of The Livability Initiative. Bill is a person in recovery, a…

Bonus Episode 3 – John Shinholser, Co-Founder, McShin Foundation

March 05, 2024 | 08:00 AM EST
Hello and welcome to a special bonus episode recovery stories have power. On today's episode, our marking manager, Nicole Woodward speaks with the Co-Founder, Senior Peer, and Board and President Emeritus of the McShin Foundation, John Shinholser. John began the McShin Foundation with Carol McDaid in 2004, and entered into recovery in 1982.

Episode 3 – Yo’ Sis, Spoken Word Artist

February 29, 2024 | 12:00 AM EST
Hello and welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, my name is Oliver Books. On today’s episode, our host, Tyler Brandon chats with Yo’ Sis. Yo’ Sis is a prolific spoken…

Episode 2 – Mark Sanders, Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery

February 15, 2024 | 08:00 AM EST
On today’s episode, our host, Psalm Bingham, converses with Mark Sanders, founder of The Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery. The museum (https://www.museumofafricanamericanaddictionsrecovery.org/) curates articles and accolades at the storied intersection of Black History and recovery.

Episode 1 – Introduction to Season 2, Meet the Hosts

January 25, 2024 | 08:00 AM EST
Welcome to Season 2 of Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast. This season, we explore diverse stories in recovery, the role community plays, and shed…

Bonus Episode 2 – Philip Rutherford, Former COO of Faces & Voices of Recovery

January 18, 2024 | 08:00 AM EST
On this bonus episode of Recovery Stories Have Power, we’re joined by Phil Rutherford, outgoing Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery, and newly-appointed Strategy Lead for Substance…

Bonus Episode 1 – Chris Tait, Passenger Recovery & Electric Six

November 09, 2023 | 08:00 AM EST
Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery Podcast. My name is Oliver Books. Throughout the rest of 2023, we’ll be releasing bonus episodes of our…

Episode 6 – Emanuel Sferios, Founder of DanceSafe

October 26, 2023 | 08:00 AM EDT
Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Oliver Books. In the final episode of season 1, I am joined by Emanuel…

Episode 5 – Sarah Laurel, Savage Sisters

October 12, 2023 | 08:00 AM EDT
Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Chelsey Cusimano. For episode 5, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Laurel, founder…

Episode 4 – Amanda Muller & Laura Pegram, NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors)

September 28, 2023 | 08:00 AM EDT
Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Chelsey Cusimano. In episode 4, my friend & guest host Krissi Jacob had the…

Episode 3 – Colin Askey & Amy Evans, Love in the Time of Fentanyl

September 21, 2023 | 09:00 AM EDT
Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Chelsey Cusimano. Oliver and I had the great pleasure of talking with Colin Askey…

Episode 2 – Maia Szalavitz

September 14, 2023 | 09:00 AM EDT
Guest(s): Maia Szalavitz, Author of Undoing Drugs Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Chelsey Cusimano. This season we’re focusing on…

Introduction to Season 1 – Harm Reduction

September 07, 2023 | 09:00 AM EDT
Host(s): Oliver Books & Chelsey Cusimano Guest(s): Phil Rutherford Description: Welcome to Recovery Stories Have Power, a Faces & Voices of Recovery podcast, my name is Chelsey Cusimano. In season…

Trailer – Recovery Stories Have Power

September 03, 2023 | 09:00 AM EDT
Life after addiction isn’t just possible – it’s the norm. Studies show 3 out of 4 people who experience addiction eventually recover. The Recovery Stories Have Power podcast aims to center…

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