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"I'm a Pickle" with Tina Miller | Living Undeterred Podcast
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"I'm a Pickle" with Tina Miller | Living Undeterred Podcast

On this week's episode Jeff speaks with Author, Speaker, Founder and Executive Director of Florida Recovery Schools of Tampa Bay, Inc., Tina Miller. Tina is a woman in long-term recovery, celebrating 24-years substance free. Tina shares how her father starting recovery when she was 4 years old and losing her best friend at 7 years old impacted her. Tina began drinking at 14-years old, and by 18 she was drinking and using drugs every day. After being cut-off by her parents in college, failing classes and realizing her behavior was having a negative impact on relationships, she made the decision to quit drugs. However, her alcoholism increased. Tina and her sister began attending Al-Anon, and through the program and the help of a sponsor, she began to realize she was an alcoholic and began her own recovery journey. Tina shares she felt uncomfortable and reluctant to say the words "I'm an alcoholic" during her first months of attending A.A., so she would instead use the phrase "I'm a pickle." She explains, "when a cucumber has had too much 'juice' it turns into a pickle. It can never again turn into a cucumber." Tina recognizes that while she works every day on recovery, even after years of sobriety, there is no magic cure for her alcoholism. After college, she entered the field of social work and began noticing a gap in services for teens, and began doing research on recovery high schools. In August 2020, she quit her job, started a non-profit and 1-year later in April 2021, she started the first recovery high school in Tampa Bay. The school offers a stable, safe environment for students with substance use disorders to get access to mental health care while continuing their academic education. Jeff and Tina talk about how they have found that trying to change behavior out of fear is not an effective method. Follow Tina: Instagram: @Tinatalkstruth Facebook: @Tinatalkstruth https://www.tinatalkstruth.com/ #addiction #addictionrecovery #substanceusedisorder #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #recovery
The World of Prevention with Jeffrey Quamme | Living Undeterred Podcast
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The World of Prevention with Jeffrey Quamme | Living Undeterred Podcast

Jeff talks with Jeffrey Quamme. Jeffrey is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Certification Board, focusing on competency and ethical practice in prevention, treatment and recovery. He has been active in the field since the summer of 1988, slowly learning and ascending to his current position of leadership.  He is a national trainer, having spoken across the country on issues such as provider ethics, the therapeutic relationship, and clinical supervision.  He also openly addresses the credibility problems of the SUD industry in an effort to initiate difficult conversations that can lead to improved client care. He sits on the planning committees of the AdCare New England Institute of Addiction Studies Summer School and the Utah Valley University Conference on Addiction.  In 2020, Jeff started a podcast on behalf of the CCB entitled Scope of Practice, which attempts to talk with experts in areas that affect the industry which are often not reaching those working on the front lines of the field. The podcast is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and talk about unpopular ideas in order to provide alternative views to listeners so they can make their own informed decisions on topics that matter. Guests have included researchers, educators, national subject matter experts, and even a Grand Slam tennis champion and former overall #2 NFL draft pick. He has a significant history of both Major Depressive and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders that go back to sexual abuse and family-of-origin issues in his pre-teen years. After struggling in silence for many years, he sought treatment in his late 20’s and remains active in his recovery with an improved awareness and coping strategies to deal with the persistent negative symptoms of mental health disorders. He is proud to serve as a Stability Leader with The Stability Network, a worldwide group of individuals committed to putting a face on mental illness in order to elicit attitudinal change in the communities in which we live. In The Episode: Learning and Adapting to New Information & Ideas in the Prevention Space The Importance of Honesty About Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders Harm Reduction Is Alcoholism An American Thing? Finding the Underlying Causes to Substance Use Disorder Finding the Treatment Plan That Works For You Follow Jeffrey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-quamme-ms-aadc-ccs-cne-cnc-a6802013 https://scopeofpractice.podbean.com/
Finding Life on the Other Side of Grief with Jennifer Tracy | Living Undeterred Podcast
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Finding Life on the Other Side of Grief with Jennifer Tracy | Living Undeterred Podcast

Jeff talks with author and speaker, Jennifer Tracy. About Jennifer: https://jennifertracy-inspire.com/ Jennifer Tracy was born and raised in Colorado. She married young and had 3 daughters by the time she was 24. She considers herself a lifelong learner—and cites her most useful degree being an Honorary Doctorate in “RLE” (Real Life Experience). Jennifer uses every day language to bring to life what she has learned from her three years of study at Metropolitan State College, therapy, faith and so much more. Jennifer experienced abuse on many levels as a child. In spite of those hardships, she graduated a year early from high school with a 4.0 GPA. At the age of 29, she lost her husband and one of her twin daughters in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Her two surviving daughters, McKayla and Amber, were left permanently injured. Both have graduated from high school, and her oldest daughter, McKayla, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Criminal Justice Degree. Within a year of this life-altering crash, Jennifer was diagnosed not only with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but also a brain malformation. Instead of being a victim of these circumstances, with God's help, Jennifer focused on being a survivor and forged all of these events into something significant and positive. Host: Jeff Johnston www.livingundeterred.org #podcast #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #addictionawareness #grief #loss
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