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Join Indianapolis firefighter Bandon Dreiman and and I as we discuss the state of mental health for first responders and all of the work being done to break down the walls of stigma.Brandon Dreiman, JD, EMT-P, is a 17-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department where he serves as the Coordinator for the IFD Peer Support Program. He is also an IAFF Peer Support Master Instructor and travels the United States and Canada lecturing on behavioral health topics and assisting fire departments with creating peer support teams.

Join the leaders at this show’s sponsor, Stepstone Connect, as we discuss the psychology of super heroes. Such a deep and fascinating conversation about the parallels between fictional super heroes like Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk and real life heroes such as fireman and cops. These two professionals certainly left me with a deeper understanding of mental illness, coping mechanisms, and treatment of trauma. You don’t wanna miss this one!!!

Join Kristin Walker, CEO of The Mental Health News Radio Network, and I as we discuss the topic of narcissism. Every day my social media news feed is filled with articles and content related to this topic so I figured we would change it up and discuss this buzz worthy term and explore its meaning and origins.

On this episode of the All In Recovery Podcast, Mike and Joe dive all the way in to the controversy! Mike and Joe discuss MAT( Medicated Assisted Treatment) and how the use of this style including the use of Marijuana could save lives! Should the narrative be changed, to harms reduction, rather than abstinence. Mike and Joe share their thoughts, passion, and witty banter, to provide thought provoking content in hopes to initiate a spark of influence and honest conversation.

Former New Jersey paramedic Stephen Kavalkovich nearly died from a heroin overdose before finding recovery from drug addiction and mental illness. This journey led to his current role as host of Mental Health News Radio Network podcast Rescue the Rescuer. Rescue the Rescuer sheds light on the mental and emotional stresses faced by police officers, fire fighters, soldiers, EMS providers and other first responders, stresses which can lead to mental illnesses such as PTSD and addiction problems.

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About A New Outlook Counseling Services
Robert J. Johnson, SAP, MAC, LAC
A New Outlook Counseling Services has been providing counseling in Highlands Ranch, CO since 2010. Our Executive Director and Therapist, Robert J. Johnson, received his Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. He is a Substance Abuse Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. His experience includes private practice, residential in-patient, intensive residential treatment, out-patient, sober living and therapeutic communities.
Robert has been practicing therapy and counseling for over 10 years, and is certified Nationally as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and by the state of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (D.O.R.A.) as a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and is actively pursuing his Licensure in Marriage Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. A New Outlook Counseling Services. is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau of the Denver/Boulder office, and an Accredited Business with an A+ rating.

Join Doug and Karen Monda as we discuss their story and the foundation they created, Survive First.Doug is the Founder of Survive First, Inc. and has a long standing history in law enforcement. He retired from law enforcement as an undercover narcotics agent with the Cocoa Police Department, a city in Brevard County, Florida in 2017. He began his career in public safety in 2001. In his second year of service, Doug joined the S.W.A.T. team, and subsequently attended Marine Scout Sniper Training, earning his certification with Blackwater. He spent 15 years on the Cocoa Police Department S.W.A.T. team. During his service on S.W.A.T., his experience as a sniper and team leader played a critical role in the safety of teammates and success of countless missions. During his career he has also worked with agencies consisting of D.E.A., F.B.I., ATF, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshalls Office, Department of Homeland Security and NASA.
Doug’s training has earned him extraordinary success in the field. Recently, he was named 2016 Officer of the Year. Additionally, throughout his career, he earned many other awards for his hard work and dedication to the City of Cocoa.

In 2013, Doug’s own mental health became impacted from his long career in law enforcement. His own experience with treatment for PTSD, depression, and attempted suicide was the catalyst that drove the founding of Survive First Foundation. Doug is now a national keynote speaker. He speaks on the impacts of a first responders job on mental health and family. His mission is to spread awareness of PTSD, depression, and suicide in first responders, hoping to break the stigma, so that help may be received before it is too late.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, surfing and competing in the sport of triathlon. he has competed in the national and world championships and is a four-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Doug was a former professional soccer player and coached several teams for the YMCA, as well as youth and high school soccer teams. He currently serves as a board member for the YMCA of Cocoa and chairs their Youth Scholarship Fund.

As a member of the Board of Directors for Survive First, Doug helps set the strategic goals and objectives for the foundation.Karen is the wife of Survive First Foundation’s founder, Douglas Monda, and a proud step mother of five. She received both her Master of Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders, from the University of Central Florida. Karen has a long history of fundraising for national and global non-profit organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Florida Wildlife Hospital, the Humane Society of the United Stated, and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. She has a long-standing passion for helping others in need and currently co-chairs the YMCA of Cocoa Youth Scholarship Fund.

Karen’s personal experience as a law enforcement spouse, who has fought alongside her husband to win the battle over depression, PTSD, and attempted suicide, has been the drive behind her passion for Survive First Foundation and ensuring that all first responders and their families receive the support and treatment they need when mental health becomes a daily struggle.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time on the beach with her family. She maintains a healthy lifestyle by running. Karen enjoys running the marathon distance, and has been honored to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. She believes in physical fitness as a catalyst for a healthy and happy life and encourages people to find a physical activity they can enjoy.
Karen oversees all communications and media content for Survive First Foundation. She also coordinates and plans fundraising events and drives for the foundation. As a member of the Board of Directors, Karen helps set the strategic goals and objectives for the foundation.

Power from Pain: Rise and Fall of Former Mr. Colorado
IN “POWER FROM PAIN” YOU WILL READ HOW A FORMER MR COLORADO BODYBUILDING CHAMP WENT FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD TO THE DARKEST VALLEY OF ADDICTION AND SUICIDE. A BROKEN NECK IN A NEAR FATAL CAR ACCIDENT LED HIM SPIRALING INTO A DEEP ABYSS. DRINKING ALMOST A GALLON OF VODKA A DAY WHILE POPPING PILLS WAS KENT’S WAY TO COPE WITH THE PAIN OF A BROKEN BODY AND A WOUNDED SOUL. YOU WILL READ HOW HE OVERCAME THE DARKNESS AND BROKE THE BONDAGE OF ADDICTION USING HIS 7 STEPS OF PERSONAL POWER.

On this episode of the All In Recovery Podcast, Mike and Joe discuss a variety of emotional and controversial topics relating to Stigma, Choice and Overdose. Mike and Joe discuss their experiences with lives lost due to addiction, and provide thought provoking content as to why enough is not enough. Addiction is the not so silent killer, but when presented on a mainstream level, the response has yet to be heard. Join Mike and Joe as they continue to seek answers and bring about unity from all aspects.

Join the award winning film maker, Atlee James, as he discusses his upcoming project: Heroes Rescue. He has a passion for what he does and believes it shows through in his work.

He founded Potential Pictures Inc. in 1999, after he graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Film and Production, but he’s been a director and filmmaker almost his entire life.

He’s worked with brands such as: Nike, Toronto Raptors, YMCA, TELUS and Bayer and count Doctors of BC, UBC Athletics, UBC Sports Hall of Fame, BC Hydro, Fraser Health Authority, Via Sport, Shoes.com, UFV, Ftsy, Metrics XP, 60 Minutes Kids Club, The Personal Sport Record, HUB International among my loyal clients. www.PotentialPictures.com

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