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 heroine 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 heroine 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…

Episode 25 – From Blue Pills To Red Barn: The Emergence of Johnny Farmer

Dustin & Don interview Mike Haws, the founder of the Red Barn Therapeutic Community…a community that literally costs NOTHING to get into…aside from a two-year commitment to the program!  Those of you unaware of the Therapeutic Community model are in for a true treat…this approach to recovery is unlike anything you have ever heard of before.

In addition to the fascinating aspects of his therapeutic community, Mike shares his harrowing pill addiction story, the loss of a brother to addiction while IN addiction, and how he ultimately developed the Red Barn Farm Program after getting sober. He offers insight into what he believes to be the three key components to recovery: integrity, dedication, and hard work.

This dude’s voice is powerful! His approach to recovery is cutting edge, and the program that he offers for those who are out of options is truly life changing. EVERYONE is going to get something from listening to this one….

Stay tuned for the YouTube video interview and PLEASE make sure to LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE!

Episode #24 – The Subtle Art Of Not….WAR Book Club

Reading? Yeah right! Dustin couldn’t pass the ACT to go play college baseball, and thought he was too dumb to even enjoy reading. Little did he know that reading was necessary to save his life.

Dustin & Don share stories about their recovery, talk about the important role reading and audiobooks play in growing, and give different ideas on how to capture spiritual experiences. This is a good listen for anybody who wants to gain some insight on how to live the WAR lifestyle.

A new lifestyle of health needs to take place or nothing will. Become a reader! – so that new concepts can formulate in the mind. How would you expect to change your thinking if you are not putting new and improved concepts into your mind on how to act and live better. A great many of people have written books on how to make life happen. Lets be readers of those books. Be a Reader! Join the WAR book

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Episode #23 – From OxyContin To A Life Of Service

Dustin and Don are joined today by Dan Fosmark. Dan is a former high-school football player who began his addiction after a shoulder injury. He kept it together through a college scholarship for Shot Put until he finally let go and let his life unravel. Dan talks about his fight through to recovery and shares where he is now – a life dedicated to gratitude and giving back. Tune in to listen to his unique thoughts on life and recovery….plus to be entertained!

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Episode #22 – Overcoming Meth Addiction

Dustin is joined by Troy Meyer from Brighton Recovery to talk about overcoming  meth addiction, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the growing amphetamine problem in college, and healthy treatment philosophies, among much more.

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Episode #21 – Suicide & Drug Addiction

Dustin & Don are joined by Ryan Decker from Wasatch Recovery to talk about Anthony Bourdains death, multigenerational suicide, suicide awareness, and moving on to living the abundant life in recovery.


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Episode #19 – State of the Scene


This week we sit down with Interventionist, Don Coleman, to talk the State of the Scene: Treatment success, using your mind to conquer addiction, and… Vaccines?!

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