Rebecca Sounds Reveille – Wake Up To – Addiction and Recovery – With Guest Author & Facilitator, Ronald Chapman
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By TLB Project Media Director & Show Host: Rebecca L. Mahan
The focus of this episode of Rebecca Sounds Reveille evolves around understanding the struggles of both addiction and recovery. Addiction can come in many forms from substance abuse to shopping to eating disorders. Many people who have addictions know that all in all the addiction is creating problems in their lives. They do want to eliminate the addiction but it is too powerful to overcome.
It would seem the easy solution is to just stop doing whatever the addiction is. It’s just not that simple and finding recovery from it is just as challenging. Shame is so powerful in relation to the addiction, people do not want to speak or acknowledge it is a problem.
To truly understand addiction we have to understand what it is and how it works within the brain. There is high incident of genetic addiction, meaning that addiction can be programmed in the genes and passed on even skipping generations. This is not the only way an addiction comes about, but it really comes down to the neurorecptors in the brain that makes one person more susceptible to addiction than another.
To address recovery, it is important to start with prevention. Therefore, by understanding how addiction works, we can take measure to prevent it. We also need to openly talk about this more often so those who have a problem do not feel shamed in seeking help. Another effort that needs to be made is by individuals surrounding the person who has an addiction. Oftentimes, those close to the person who has a problem enable that person to continue the addiction. The healthiest thing a person can do is not enable them and intervene in that person’s life. Intervention is necessary. The intervention may need to be drastic such as a contact with law enforcement to bring the person to seek assistance. Hitting bottom for some, meaning they have lost loved ones, their finances, their jobs, and everything to the point they have nothing left but their life to lose, is when assistance is sought. This is not the result we should see.
On this episode, my expert guest Ronald Chapman and I, discuss these issues candidly to bring awareness to this increasing problem, to help individuals and families, so as to minimize shame and allow people to address these things or prevent them.
Ronald Chapman is an author, speaker, and facilitator of approaches that increase well-being-ness and produce breakthroughs when practiced deeply and in a sustained fashion and who holds a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW, The University at Albany) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Valparaiso University). He is on the Board of Directors, (and was Chairman from 2004-2007) of Holistic Management International, is an Internationally Accredited Speaker, an elite Accredited Speaker through Toastmasters International, and Winner of the National Federation of Press Women Award for Radio Commentary.
He is the creator of Seeing True™ and Progressive Recovery, resources dedicated to exploring concepts of engaging, releasing, and transcending blockages in our lives. At the heart of Seeing True and all of his work is the Greek notion of “metanoia,” which could translate as a profound change of heart.
Ronald maintains two core businesses as well. Leading Public Health which provides facilitation, strategy, and consultation to public health clientèle, while Magnetic North delivers similar services to a broader array of clients.
Ronald spent many years as a national award winning radio commentator on KUNM radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico and he is an accomplished leadership facilitator, working with clients from all over the world to include the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
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Ronald is author of A Killer’s Grace (Novel based on a true story about the author’s interaction with a serial killer on death row), Seeing True, and My Name is Wonder, A Tale of Adventure.
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About your host Rebecca L. Mahan: Rebecca is The Liberty Beacon Project Media Director, Host of TLBTV’s Rebecca Sounds Reveille, a United Stated Marine Corps veteran and a retired police officer of over 10 years. Rebecca is a published author and had been a long running columnist for a community college newspaper. She has also been an award winning radio show host and has produced, booked, and interviewed guests for her shows. Her education includes: Associates degrees in Christian Studies, General Education, General Business Management, and Law Enforcement. Rebecca also has a Bachelor’s degrees in Church Ministry and Occupational Studies -Vocational Arts, as well as a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. She is a certified Mediator and Event Planner.
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