Season 2 Ep. 9 – Student to Coach

In this episode we are joined by our good friend and W.A.R. Life Coach Wes.  Another amazing story and shining example of our Student to Coach model, Wes has been involved with our program and the W.A.R. gym for about a year now. He fully bought in to the program and lifestyle, and the transformation he has undergone both internally and externally is amazing. You can find Wes at W.A.R. on a pretty much daily basis either working out or helping to run groups.

Wes grew up in Oregon and was introduced to alcohol and pot at a young age, but little did he know his addiction would grab a hold of him and drag him through the ugly trenches of heroin and meth use.  We’ll let him share the rest of his amazing story with you, which includes not finding out he had a daughter until she was almost 1, and how he got clean and started the W.A.R. Journey.

Thanks for joining us on the podcast, we love you brotha!

-Dustin, Don, and Frank

Season 2 Ep. 8 – An Atheist’s Path to a Higher Power

This week we are blessed to have one of the most unique and interesting guests that we have ever had on the WAR Podcast. One of the best men, parents, and teachers we have heard….and he does it all without God. 

In the depths of his addiction, Will and his girlfriend Avery (now beloved wife) were facing serious prison time and were codefendants in a case. They went from living in a motel and then a trailer park to becoming responsible and dedicated parents, sponsors, business owners and homeowners.

Will does not believe in God, yet he shares with us the power of humans interacting with other humans and the power of the connection it creates. He begins with sharing his belief of how we are all connected and, throughout the episode, shares how he DOES believe human power can relieve us of our disease. It is amazing how Christlike this atheist is….go into this one with an open mind. 

Will’s story is an incredible one and I assure you will all want him to come back on and share more….

Season 2 Ep. 7 – Hanging with Chicken in San Clemente

In this episode we are joined by Sean Neill (Chicken) at his beautiful place in San Clemente CA.

We talk shop with Chicken about his Inspiring Friends foundation, surfing, golfing, what it’s like being a sober companion and recovery coach, addiction and mental health in general, as well as getting some wild stories from his past.  

Tune in for some great conversations, fresh perspectives and advice!

Season 2 Ep. 5 – Rob Eastman: Preparation, Not Protection

Rob Eastman returns to share with us his message of “preparation” rather than “protection” that he spreads throughout teachers unions and schools in the state. His belief is that educating children on the DETAILS about drugs and alcohol prepares them for life and that said preparation has a better chance of preventing a life of drugs and alcohol in our youth. He shares with them specifics including what each drug looks like, how it is used, and most importantly, the deadly consequences of each. It is a powerful topic. 

He also shares the how he essentially “burned Davis County to the ground” during his running and gunning days, and how a spiritual moment after the death of his father, the late Utah senator Senator Eastman, opened his eyes and made his life mission to give back to Davis County, the world, and specifically our youth through his various ventures. 

Rob believes strongly in doing something scary once per day, and something terrifying once per month to remain sober. He shares a number of his terrifying adventures that make for a great listen.

Join us in a warm welcome back for Rob and listen to this episode as you’re sure to get some gems from this one!!

⁃Dustin, Don, and Frank

⁃The WAR Team

Season 2 Ep. 4 – Dan’s Relapse

On this Episode, our great friend Dan comes back to discuss a myriad of subjects relating to recovery, as well as to share a gritty relapse he experienced within the last 3 months. We thank Dan for his candor and humility as he last joined us with over a year of recovery, and this time shares with us a very gradual relapse that started while having to serve time in a jail work-release program during which time he let his self-will run rampant until he was back off to the races of addiction.

What is the role of God in recovery, how can concepts of God vary yet still work? How can someone just “stop” without using a 30-day treatment center?

We discuss possible answers to these questions and really dive in to the nature of addiction and what it takes to break the cycle…. tune in as it is a very rare experience for us to get a previous guest on to talk about a recent relapse.

Check out last week’s YouTube video that is now up and look forward to this Episode’s video this time next week.

Keep tuning in…we are getting record downloads and it is thanks to you all that we are able to do so!!

– Dustin, Don, and Frank

Season 2 Ep 3 -From Drug Enslavement to a Journey of Healing – Amberly

On this episode, we are joined by Amberly- surprisingly the first female guest we’ve ever had on the podcast! As a Reiki master, intern, graduate student, active member of the Recovery community, and a full-time working mother of two wonderful children, she certainly is a jack of all trades and a shining example we can all look up to. She used to work with WAR, and still works hands-on in the recovery field, helping countless addicts and alcoholics as they begin their journeys in sobriety.

Her passion and dedication shines through as she shares her amazing story with us from the lows of being hopelessly addicted to meth and multiple relapses to the highs of recovery and taking advantage of what life has to offer.  We hope her story, and the honesty and vulnerability with which she tells it will help and inspire some of you as it has inspired us.

Season 2 Episode 2- From Nightly Blackouts and Multiple DUIs to a Life of Service and Discovering Inner Light

In the second episode of this season, we are blessed to hear from Ben W, a guest with the longest amount of continuous sobriety we have ever had on the Podcast…and someone with a solid Alcoholics Anonymous recovery story.

Ben bares his soul and shares his humble upbringings in a racist, rural town with two moms as his parents and how his skin color and unique family structure led to tension and a lot of fights amongst other kids. He shares how his circumstances led him to start drinking and smoking marijuana at the age of 10.

Ben describes the “spiritual awakening” he had the MOMENT he tried alcohol for the first time, and how, night after night, blacking out and doing it again the next day was something he loved. Ben’s drinking got him pulled over multiple times, landed him in jail, and into a near-death fistfight while driving.

His story of recovery is a roller coaster and it took 10-years of mostly stagnant sobriety for him to have the most meaningful spiritual awakening of his sober life.  Once he had the awakening, he realized he has a limitless, unending light inside of him that IS God and how his purpose is to be a conduit for others to find that light.

Ben’s story is filled with the principles taught in AA with a special detail to the power of the amends process. Ben has sponsored our co-host Frank and countless others, nearly 50% of which remain sober to this day (a statistic that would baffle anyone in the recovery field as the average percentage that remain sober after going to treatment hovers around 12%).

We thank Frank for finding such a great guest and, of course, thank Ben for sharing his time and being such a great example to us all including all of you who listen.

You are in for a treat….we especially encourage those of you who are AVERSE to AA to listen….you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

– WAR Podcast Team

Dustin, Don, and Frank

Season 2 Episode 1 – From Lost in Heroin Addiction to the WAR Journey

Dustin and Don interview the newest member of our Team, Frank J. Frank takes us through his journey which began as a privileged kid in Los Angeles who made a series of decisions that led him to selling drugs for gangs, going to LA county jail, being on the news as a missing person, and nearly being charged for possession of 7,000 ecstasy pills. Frank continued to use until he nearly lost his foot…and even then he kept using. There are many more details and stories that Frank shares with us throughout the podcast, and most importantly, he takes us through his journey to sobriety and shares with us how he remains sober to this day.

This one is VERY good…I recommend you put your headphones on, turn up the volume, and enjoy the ride.  We are extremely pleased to call Frank the newest member of our crew. I cannot think of a better way to introduce him to you.

Episode 27 – From Dead Arms, Chiraq, and Scientology to Getting the Most Out of Every Day

Dustin & Don meet with Chris to discuss his life as a heroin addict in Chicago. Chris talks about how his arms were almost amputated, what it was like to attend a Scientology treatment center, and how he finally got sober. Chris’s story shows how dark the heroin world gets, but also how bright the sober life becomes.

Hold on to your hats…..this one is powerful

Episode 26 – From Burglary And Suicide To Triumph

Drew Wilson grew up with a solid Mormon foundation and was the person you would trust with almost anything…until pain pills grabbed a hold of him. Drew found that the only way to get pain pills was to steal them out of people’s homes while they were at church. This quickly got him tied up with the law which led to him taking extreme measures to end the pain…this harrowing story will move you. Tune in…