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Beyond the Bars Radio is a podcast where we want to bring professionals and the community together to talk about real issues and solutions regarding addiction, recovery, incarceration and transformation! You will hear from experts in the field, legislators, individuals and families struggling with addiction on the journey to recovery, personal testimonies from people around the world who have been lifted from their ruts of addiction and now live a life of well-balanced recovery.
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Hi, I’m Wes.I’m a person in recovery and the founder of CLEAN Cause. I founded CLEAN with a mission -- to create a sustainable source of funding to help individuals recover from alcohol and drug addiction.My story isn’t that different from most addicts and alcoholics. I began drinking and smoking pot in my teens. After high school, I was drinking daily and my, once experimental, drug use became full dependency.In my late 20s, despite my addictions, I managed to build a successful business - cupcakes of all things. Extreme negative consequences weren’t enough to curb or stop my using. Stints in rehabs and a psych ward, the deterioration of my marriage and loss of trust from everyone I loved, getting fired as CEO of my own company, multiple DUIs and arrests, physical injuries and finally, living in an office of a beat up warehouse – still weren’t enough.The turning point came one night in that warehouse, lying on the floor, staring up at the ceiling. My heart did something I had never felt before, an eerie fluttering for some time. For the first time, I believed that addiction would take my life.The next day, I called my wife to tell her I didn’t think I was going to live much longer. Up until then she had taken the tough-love position and had refused to watch me die. But that day she extended yet another lifeline telling me to come home “right now” if I really wanted to get help. I accepted her offer.They say it’s darkest before the dawn. Cliché, but true. Through God's grace, relationships have been restored, I’m a father of two beautiful sons (Jude and Otis) and I’ve found purpose in CLEAN Cause. Call-to-Action: Helping folks recover from addiction is a Cause we as a culture can unite behind. Join us - as it's going to take a village to kick this beast's ass.
Join me as I talk about the Miracles of God in my Prison Journey!My Identity is in Jesus Christ, Not in my circumstances. (2 Corinthians 5:17)Gratefully, Rob Lohman
Carrie Bates is the Outreach Manager in Oregon for Hazelden Betty Ford. Her career in the treatment field began in 2013, after her own personal battle with addiction. Prior to that, she spent the better part of her sales and marketing career at Nike, Inc. after her own successful athletic career as a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Carrie got sober in 2012 and has dedicated her life's work to helping others find treatment and recovery. Carrie brings with her a deep passion for recovery, and a strong belief that treatment saves lives. Carrie has held multiple positions within the treatment field including working directly with employers, patients and their families to navigate the process of finding the treatment they need for sustainable recovery. Carrie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. She is an active member of the Twelve Step Community, and enjoys spending time with her family, running and competing in triathlons.CBates@HazeldenBettyFord.orgMake sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Marcos Moura is the co-owner of Amada Franchise Inc., a brand dedicated to enriching the lives of our rapidly aging population.Recognition for Amada Senior Care:- Top 10 Best New Franchises to Invest In" by Entrepreneur Magazine- #245 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 Ranking- Inc. 5000 fasted growing companies.In 2020, Marcos was the recipient of the "Two Comma Club C" award by Clickfunnels co-founder Russel Brunson for grossing over $100MM.Marcos frequently speaks about how to target your ideal audience, leveraging social media, and business growth at Franchising and Marketing events.Marcos has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs find and start businesses that allow them to live life on their terms and do work that is meaningful to them, their families, and their communities.He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and works and lives in San Clemente, CA, with his wife and three (Podcast) (Company Website)Make sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Darrin Miller is a passionate treatment professional and the REACH Program Director. He specializes in treating younger adults and is a staunch advocate of AspenRidge's extended care model. "The best part of my job is getting to see the amazing change I see in individuals in such a short period. When I first meet a person in treatment, they've lost all hope. Getting to watch them regain hope and develop a newfound sense of optimism is something truly extraordinary."A few sentences on : Why do you care to help others?" I choose to help others because I want to inspire intergenerational change. The process of recovery shapes healthier sons and daughters, parents, spouses, siblings, friends, and community members. A person's recovery touches so many lives. sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Family Practitioner. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain RecoveryProgram. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is aFellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School ofMedicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present. Dr. Pohl is the author of multiple books, including bestsellers: The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop, Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers and Reclaim Your Life; A Day Without Pain; Pain Recovery; Pain Recovery for Families, and among others.He’s hosted a PBS Special on Chronic Pain, and is a frequent contributor and guest for nationally broadcast news programs, speaking about Chronic Pain, and the opioid crisis. sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Dianna is the Executive Clinical Director of AspenRidge Recovery and has more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, focusing on addiction treatment. She has designed, implemented and managed multiple recovery programs in the state of Colorado and Maryland. In addition to developing clinical programs and providing direct clinical services, Dianna is also a leader in providing clinical supervision, team building, and establishing healthy organizational cultures in the behavioral health industry. 719.259.1107Make sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Deb Hauck has been a Senior Consultant with Franklin Covey for the past 20 years. She has taught The 7 Habits and other Leadership Solutions in workshops across the globe. Well respected in her field, Deb is highly sought after to lead "train the trainer" workshops for new consultants. Additionally, Deb led the development team for The 7 Habits for Families and Marriages for the US Army www.franklincovey.comMake sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Patrick Kelly is an Omaha, Nebraska native who's lived in Colorado for almost 40 years. Patrick admitted into AspenRidge Recovery as a client in 2016 and maintained his sobriety ever since. After a long career in the foodservice industry, Patrick left to become Director of Operations at AspenRidge Recovery and be a part of the organization that helped him recover. Patrick is a passionate and open advocate for recovery and is thrilled to part of the AspenRidge team and help clients break the cycle of addiction. sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Addressing Substance Use Disorders in America’s Communities F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use (OAS)As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. McCance-Katz advises the HHS Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) in HHS.Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. She obtained her Ph.D. from Yale University with a specialty in InfectiousDisease Epidemiology and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. She is aDistinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with more than 25 years as a clinician, teacher, and clinical researcher. Most recently she served as the ChiefMedical Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and as the Chief Medical Officer for the Eleanor Slater Hospitalsystem which is Rhode Island’s state resource for patients with the most serious mental illnesses and medical illnesses requiring long term, inpatient care. She was also Professor ofPsychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.Previously, she served as the first Chief Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to coming to SAMHSA, she served at the University of California, San Francisco as a Professor of Psychiatry, as the Medical Director for theCalifornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and as the Medical Director of SAMHSA’s Clinical Support Systems for Buprenorphine (PCSS-B) and Opioids (PCSS-O).Dr. McCance-Katz has published extensively in the areas of clinical pharmacology, medications development for substance use disorders, drug-drug interactions, addictionpsychiatry, and treatment of HIV infection in drug users. She Create your own automated PDFs with JotForm PDF Editor served on the World Health Organization (WHO) committeethat developed guidelines on the treatment of drug users living with HIV/AIDS. She has been a national leader in addressing the overprescribing of opioid analgesics and in providing consultation on management of patients with chronic pain and opioid overuse. She was a participant in the development of SAMHSA TIP 40 which provided the initial guidance to physicians utilizing buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder, contributed to thedevelopment and maintenance of the legislatively required 8 hours of physician training for prescribing buprenorphine products and has continued to be actively involved in thedevelopment and delivery of physician training on office based treatment of opioid use disorders. She has been one of the architects of Rhode Island’s plan for addressing the opioidepidemic including new approaches to treatment in the form of a statewide system of Centers of Excellence in the treatment of opioid use disorder, new approaches to trainingin the utilization of DATA 2000 (Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000) to bring DATA waiver training to medical students, and going forward, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, and legislative/regulatory work addressing safe use of opioids in acute pain.Dr. McCance-Katz lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with her husband. She has three grown children and one grandchild. To learn more about Rob Lohman,
Amare Global: Rich Higbee and Dr. Shawn TalbottTo learn more about Amare Global : The Mental Wellness Company visit Dr. Shawn Talbott integrates physiology, biochemistry, andpsychology to help people improve mental and physicalperformance.He received Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine andFitness Management from Marietta College, Master’sdegrees in Exercise Science from UMASS andEntrepreneurship from MIT, and his PhD in NutritionalBiochemistry from Rutgers.Recent projects include two academic textbooks, an awardwinning documentary film, and several best-selling bookstranslated into multiple languages. His work has beenfeatured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the WhiteHouse - and has developed numerous top-sellingnutraceRich is a graduate of Brigham Young University with abachelor’s degree in Psychology. He brings over two decadesof sales and marketing experience in the direct sales/Health &Wellness industries. Rich has worked as an executive leaderin both large, well-established companies, as well as startupcompanies. He joined the Amare team because he believes inHiep Tran’s vision of leading the global mental wellnessrevolution. He believes the Amare platform is perfectly timedfor what our society needs and wants today.Make sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
National Alliance on Mental Illness Babu Mathew is the President on the Board of Directors at NAMIColorado. He grew up in India. Before moving to the U.S.A. in1994, he had over 2 decades of experience in Sales &Marketing in the Printing & Graphic Arts Industry in India. Hislife would change forever back in 2010, when his daughterwas diagnosed of Anxiety & Depression. He had beenintimately involved in supporting her journey and her path towellness, ever since. During 2013-14, he had collaborated withthe support groups of Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance(DBSA). Babu found “a home” in NAMI in 2015 and ever since,has been a part of the local NAMI Family Support group. Heand his wife have taken the NAMI Family-to-Family training.Babu is a certified Teacher for the NAMI Family-to-Family &Family and Friends programs and has taken the Mental HealthFirst Aid training, as well. For 2 years from 2014, he led aRefugee Mentoring Project from his Church in collaborationwith Lutheran Family Services & Denver Rescue Mission. Hehas been a member of the Interfaith Network on MentalIllness (INMI) from 2015 and is very passionate aboutpromoting mental health awareness and support to interfaithand the South Asian communities. Babu lives in Morrison, COwith his wife of 38 years. He loves to spend quality time withhis only daughter and son-in-law (who are trained “NAMI InOur Own Voice” presenters) & “grand puppy, LEVI”, who withhis energy and unconditional love, is a tremendous source ofjoy, peace & HEALING!www.namicolorado.orgMake sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Vision: A purposeful lifestyle for everyone.Mission: To guide individuals and their loved ones to create a purposeful lifestyle they love by leveraging his personal experiences and knowledge.Values: Family, Freedom, Growth, Love, LoyaltyAndre is an empowering certified recovery coach, family recovery coach and interventionist who has traveled all over the world to deepen his understanding of holistic approaches. He genuinely feels that his purpose is to help people living with mental health and addictions and their families heal and navigate recovery. He is the bestselling author of, The Recovery Lifestyle and has created two online group coaching programs. These programs are designed to help people in recovery and their familiescreate a recovery lifestyle that will allow them to start loving and living life. Andre has overcome many challenges with addiction and mental health and with his acquirededucation, he is certainly more than ready to help others do the same. He joined the Addictions Academy as our knowledgeable “Train the Trainer” of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. He also does supervision and teaches all online Family Recovery Coaching Certification courses.Furthermore, as his passion for helping others grows, he continuously works hard to gain knowledge and expertise on different ways to help clients through their experiences. Thus, heproudly holds a university certificate in mental health and addiction from Ryerson University inToronto. To add to his training, he has obtained a certification in Mindfulness-Based AddictionRecovery (MBAR) in the United Kingdom (UK) and he is also an acudetox practitioner havingcompleted training with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Inaddition, Andre obtained a meditation facilitator certificate through Naturality, recognized bythe Canadian Yoga Alliance and Andre has also done some training under Dr. Gabor Mate inCompassionate Inquiry.Despite multiple challenges and setbacks, Andre has gained a remarkable positive outlook onlife through perseverance, determination, and fortitude. Andre is a very resilient person whonever gave up and has found strength and courage to push through hard times his whole life.Throughout his life and career, Andre was a high achiever in territory development for over 10years and a business owner for 5 years and had to resume due to attending rehab treatment.As such, he brings his personal experience and a wealth of addiction recovery knowledge tothe clients he serves. Andre has been a leader since childhood in many sports especiallyhockey, playing Triple A and was even invited to the Quebec Junior Majors tryouts. On his down time, Andre enjoys hockey, golf, baseball, meditation and the outdoors. Andre truly believes that with the right guidance, support and attitude, anything is possible. Let Andre help with the mind shift and lifestyle changes that can help set you free from the coping skill we call addiction. To learn more about Andre, visitMake sure to Stay Connected with Rob during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut LinkedIn: @robertlohmanYouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
Welcome to R1 LearningHello, my name is Tom Karl and I founded R1 as a result of my professional experience and my own recovery journey. I am grateful to have survived the struggles and consequences from my addiction with the help and support from so many others along my path. A positive outcome following my last relapse was the inspiration to create the R1 Learning System and the Discovery Cards. I am now committed to three tenets:Keep “Recovery First” – This is true for me and those we touch through R1. Without it, nothing else is possible. And with it – anything and everything is. We can reach our dreams and aspirations if we keep recovery #1. This has certainly been true for me.Serve others – Helping others who also struggle with mental health, substance use disorder, other addictions, or life challenges, and their loved ones, supports our own recovery and personal growth.Choose to live a healthy and purposeful life – Life is precious… and our time here is short. Happiness comes from serving others, doing good, and being grateful. I choose to be happy and hope to inspire others to live a healthy and purposeful life along my R1 journey.Connecting with others and sharing our experience is foundational to general wellness, recovery, and personal development. We at R1 are driven to spark meaningful conversations through self-discovery that increase connection, expression, choice, action, and change for individuals and their families. The R1 Learning System was developed to encourage these things and help individuals build the skills for change. We hope you find it does just that – increases engagement, builds vocabulary, helps individuals express themselves more effectively, and spark meaningful conversations for you and the people you work with. We are committed to developing and disseminating quality training and technology driven multi-language tools for the mental health, substance use disorder, and personal growth communities. We want to hear from you. We will need your input and feedback – both your successes and challenges – so we can continue to improve the tools.We look forward to meeting you, working with your team, and serving your community. We look forward to making a difference – with you!https://r1learning.comMake sure to Stay Connected during the week via any of the below social media platforms:Facebook: Twitter: @RobLohmanInstagram: @roblohmanliftedfromtherut YouTube: Rob Lohman BroadcastsWebsite: www.liftedfromtherut.comPhone: 970-331-4469Email:
JOHNNY KING is the author of his upcoming book, “Becoming Kings: The Modern Man’s Path to Being Powerful, Purpose-Driven, and Fulfilled In A World That Has Taught You Not To Be.” He is a Men’s Transformational Coach and public speaker. He hosts a podcast, The Johnny King Show, which has featured guests such as Lewis Howes (The School of Greatness Podcast), Ryam Michler (Order of Man Podcast) and Alison Armstrong ( Johnny has facilitated leadership workshops for such companies as USBank, Scottrade, Edward Jones and Enterprise. An entrepreneur at heart, he has built several successful businesses over the course of the last decade.To learn more about Johnny, visit www.JohnnyKing.comTo learn more about Rob Lohman, visit
As an entrepreneur, former executive, husband, and father ofthree, Cory Carlson understands the pressures workingparents face. He is passionate about helping business leaderswin both at work and home.Twenty years in corporate America gave Cory amazingopportunities as he worked his way up to the executive level.But he also saw brokenness: work without purpose, strainedmarriages, and absentee parents. Business leaders especiallywere often not living life to the fullest. When Cory discoveredcoaching, it helped him become a better leader, husband, andfather. So he left his corporate career to help other leadersachieve a healthier work-life balance. Currently, Cory lives inCincinnati with his awesome wife and three amazing children.Cory has a Civil Engineer degree from University of Missouriand a MBA from Rockhurst University.Cory is the author of Win at Home First, an inspirational guideto work-life balance. His book was Amazon #1 New Releasein 3 Categories and listed in FORBES as ‘7 Books Everyone OnYour Team Should Read’.Cory is also host of the Win at Home First podcast.Follow Cory on social media (@carlsoncory) learn more about Rob Lohman, visit
Dr. Louise Stanger focuses on strength-based solutions and invitational changeDr. Stanger is an Ivy League Award winner (2019 Interventionist of the Year from DB Resources in London and McLean Hospital – an affiliate of Harvard), educated social worker, popular author, internationally renowned clinician, interventionist and speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, process disorders and chronic pain. She gets to the heart of the matter in helping families because she’s passionate about bringing hope and healing to loved ones.When you call, you won’t have to go through any intermediaries. She will pick up the phone and talk directly with you.Dr. Stanger developed and refined her invitational method of mental health and substance abuse interventions using the well-established research methodology of portraiture. She has performed thousands of family interventions throughout the United States and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her years of dedication to the fields of intervention & recovery.In addition to her years of experience, Dr. Louise is a published author whose work covers a range of topics including mental health, substance abuse, and well-being, the opioid epidemic, marijuana and other drugs, parenting, high wealth clients, finding happiness, spirituality, failure to launch, chronic pain and pain management, family and many more. Her book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn To Thrive-An Intervention Guidebook through Routledge Press.Dr. Louise is also known for lively, informative, customized and invigorating trainings for staffs, families and clients. Foundations Recovery Network’s Moments of Change Conference proclaimed Dr. Stanger the “Fan Favorite Speaker.” In addition, the San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the top 10 “Women Who Mean Business” and she was ranked as one of the top 10 Interventionists in the Country. In 2017, she received the Dr. Joseph P. Galleta Spirit of Recovery Award and the DB Resources in London Journalism Award. In 2018, she was honored by the Forgiving Foundation and spoke in London on World Drug Day in June. She also received the 2018 Friendly House Excellence In Service Award and continues to inspire change.To learn more about Dr. Stanger, visit learn more about Rob Lohman, visit
Anthony AcamporaFaith in Recovery DirectorAnthony is a published Christian Author and graduate of Vision International University where he earned a Master’s degree in Ministry. He also holds a Master’s diploma in Biblical Studies from the Int’l School of Ministry. Anthony successfully completed specialized training with the Int’l Conference of Police Chaplains. He is an ordained minister, speaker and writer with articles published in numerous national magazines.He has a heart for those who suffer with mental illness, addictions and the broken in spirit. He has ministered to thousands of individuals suffering with addiction, mental health disorders, the homeless, and inmates.Most recently, Anthony was awarded the 2019 Professional of the Year by Broward National Recovery. In 2018 Anthony was selected as a Global Goodwill Ambassador representing the USA. In 2015, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Broward Country awarded Anthony its volunteer Recognition Award. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers, Broward County awarded Anthony its Public Citizen of the Year. Author of Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind FieldAnthony is the host of The Faith in Recovery Show.  The Faith in Recovery Radio Show with Anthony Acampora previously aired on Faith-Talk Atlanta, AM 970 and in the Orlando area on “The Word “94.9FM & AM 950.All Faith in Recovery Radio Shows can be heard by going to learn more about Rob Lohman, visit
Nolan Neal is a singer, songwriter, and musician whose accomplishments include a four chair turn on The Voice for his cover of “Tiny Dancer”. Most important accomplishment is 10 years free from the needle since May 15th 2010 … and 14 months clean and sober from everything since May 16th 2019. He can currently be seen on America’s Got Talent.Nolanneal.com learn more about Rob Lohman, please visit
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