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This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Ottawa-area stand-up comedian Tom Hills.I saw Tom perform at Yuk Yuk's in Ottawa over the summer and he mentioned being sober. I was so happy to see someone openly talk about their sobriety and not turn it into a bad joke. I loved this conversation with Tom and could have kept talking for hours!I hope you enjoy my conversation with TomSupport the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is stand-up comedian Logan Brown.I was at Yuk Yuk's in Ottawa a few weeks ago and Logan was doing his stand-up. When he mentioned being sober, I knew I wanted to chat with him. I wanted to hear his story about getting sober so young and what it's been like talking about it on stage.I hope you enjoy my conversation with LoganSupport the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is actor, musician and comedian Rivkah Reyes who you might remember from School of Rock. Rivkah is very open about her story of sobriety and how it's impacted her life. I was curious about when Rivkah knew she had a problem, how addiction impacts her life, and how she's changed in sobriety.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Rivkah.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NFL running back, Alex Green. Alex played professional football for the New York Jets, the Green Bay Packers and in the CFL, the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Alex is very open about his early recovery and shares online how sobriety has changed his life. I was interested in chatting with Alex about why he went public, his emotional and incredible story of rock bottom, and how his career as an athlete impacted his journey.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Alex.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is actress and comedian Cait Madry. Cait has her own podcast called Clearheaded where she dives into topics around sobriety and recovery and living a sober life. I knew Cait and I would have a lot in common given we both are keen to share our stories and the benefits of living sober. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Cait.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is writer and stand-up comic, Ginny Hogan.I came across Ginny on twitter, well more specifically, some of her stand-up material where she pokes fun at her old self in her drinking days. I loved this and knew I wanted to connect with her.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ginny.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Laura Eamon.Many people sent me Laura's story on CBC.ca when it came out, saying she'd be a great guest- they were right, she was lovely! Laura quit university due to an alcohol problem and once sober, landed a scholarship. It's a beautiful and inspiring story of recovery that everyone will be encouraged by. Here is her story and I hope you enjoy our conversation.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NHL player David Shand.  Drafted in 1976 by both the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association, Shand also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.After hockey, Shand pursued a career in law, which eventually helped him find his path to recovery from addiction and lead him to his greatest legacy of an educator and spokesperson for alcoholics and addicts. I hope you enjoy my conversation with DavidSupport the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Kevin Chief.I connected with Kevin online after someone shared an article on him that appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. Kevin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 2011 election and is the co-founder of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre. Kevin has a truly inspiring story of addiction and recovery, and he explains what brought him to publicly sharing it.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Kevin.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dave Manheim, a fellow podcaster and host of Dopey, an American self-help and comedy podcast about personal experiences of substance use disorders and addiction. Dave is in recovery himself with a wonderful story of addiction to sobriety. I was curious about Dave's personal story as well as what advice he would offer me as someone who also speaks with well known sober people.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dave.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Brian Cuban.Brian is an attorney, author, speaker, and activist. He is an authority on male eating disorders and drug addiction, drug rehabilitation, and alcoholism. He's also the brother of Mark Cuban.  I connected with Brian online and found his story fascinating, heartbreaking and chock full of resilience. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Brian.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Canadian actor, writer, translator, and voice artist Nancy Kenny.Someone who'd interviewed me for their radio show connected me with Nancy, noting she'd just celebrated a sobriety milestone. I reached out to Nancy and was thrilled she agreed to chat. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Nancy.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Holly Randall, an erotic photographer, director, producer, and a podcast host. In 2013, she was named one of the most influential women in the adult industry by AVN magazine. I wanted to learn about Holly's road to recovery, how she handled a relapse and how her industry addresses sobriety.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Holly.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NHL player Mark Parrish Mark played 11 seasons and over 700 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Buffalo Sabres. We connected online when a story from The Athletic came out on his journey to sobriety. It was heart-wrenching to read and his story immediately resonated with me.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Mark.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dr. Ashley Perkins.Ashley Perkins, Pharm.D., is a mental health advocate with a background as a pharmacist and educator.  At the beginning of 2020, she started the process of forming We Matter Too, Inc. which focuses on helping those with mental health issues and mental disorders through first-person narratives of experience. We Matter Too, Inc. is an organization with the idea that those experiences can be the best support for others who are struggling with their own mental health and are seeking information.I connected with Ashley online and we were drawn to each other in terms of cheering each other on.  I was so happy to finally connect with Ashley to hear her story of sobriety.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ashley.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is music consultant Chad Richardson.Chad, originally from Newfoundland, Canada, has been in the music industry for years. We connected on twitter a while back but recently got to talking about the label "alcoholic" and he agreed to come on the podcast. What followed was probably the most emotional interview I have done to date. I am so proud of Chad for opening up to me and sharing such genuine and heartfelt moments with me. I am really grateful he decided to come on this podcast and I know that his story will resonate with many people.  I hope you enjoy my conversation with Chad.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dylan Black, DJ on Boom 99.7Dylan has been broadcasting on Ottawa's airwaves since 1999 and is extremely active in the community, hosting and participating in many charity events and fundraisers. Dylan has always been a huge supporter of me and the podcast, giving me on-air shout-outs since I launched the podcast.Dylan and I got to talking and he revealed rarely drinks and has an understanding of addiction in the family. I thought the perspective of a man who doesn't often drink would be of interest to many listeners. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dylan.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University Benoit-Antoine Bacon.Dr. Bacon is open about his own lived experience and advocates for open conversations about mental health and substance use. These efforts have been recognized with a Transformational Leader Inspiration Award from the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and the Honorary Presidency of the Canadian Psychological Association.I wanted to hear about his decision to share his story, and what it was like doing so in the world of academia.  I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Bacon.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is author Jessica Lahey.A best-selling author, Jessica Lahey grew up surrounded by alcoholism and like many of us, it wasn't openly spoken about. Now 8 years sober herself, she wrote The Addiction Inoculation, a comprehensive resource parents and educators can use to prevent substance abuse in children. As an alcoholic and parent, I read this book cover to cover and highly recommend it. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jessica.Support the show
This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Doug Hempstead. If you live anywhere close to Ottawa, ON, chances are, you've heard Doug on the radio as CBC Ottawa's Traffic Specialist. What you may not be as familiar with is Doug's own story of sobriety.I saw Doug post on Twitter a few months back that he was sober and the benefits he'd noticed already. His post got a lot of attention and support and I wanted to chat with him to learn about why he stopped drinking, what language he uses and how he sees life in sobriety now.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Doug.Support the show
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