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On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome back to the show David Uosikkinen. David is the drummer for the internationally recognized Rock n Roll band the HOOTERS. Besides being an outstanding drummer, David is also an entrepreneur and very proficient in musical technology. But, his career with the Hooters was almost cut short because of his substance abuse. Now, clean and sober for years, he shares his story with honesty and gratitude. He says we can’t do it alone.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and guest cohost Linda Elkins welcome Magisterial District Judge, Andrea Duffy. Among the many tribulations in addiction is the threat of a DUI. Is it better to go in front of a judge, the police and the prosecutor during the holiday season than any other time of year? You might be surprised at the answer. Judge Duffy has been on the bench for 15 years. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, fair, and extremely tuned in to our recovery community.
The holiday season is upon us and we in recovery know that this time of the year can be dangerous for our community. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by friend of the show Linda E for a frank discussion about navigating the holiday season. Our focus is on suggestions about how to avoid any uncomfortable or dangerous situations that could mess up our hard earned sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is attorney Kevin Hyer. Kevin is an example of giving back to the community after overdosing and nearly dying in 2020. He is so committed to helping those in recovery that he started a foundation called “The Hyer Calling”. This foundation is based on the premise that all men and women in recovery deserve a second chance. Kevin and his organization provide the identity and purpose which only a career can offer. We need to feel productive after years of addiction with no purpose.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Montgomery County Pennsylvania Commissioner, Jamila Winder. Commissioners in many counties are the CEOs of their county government. County Commissioners are incredibly important and powerful. They can turn great ideas into laws, policies, and programs. Commissioner Winder understands addiction because the disease of addiction is in her own family. She has the compassion and understanding of addiction and has been instrumental and will continue to be an advocate for our community. She is an example of how the government can work for the community.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund take on the affects addition can have on the entire family. If you have ever had a family member in an active addiction, then you know the damage that addiction causes to the whole family. In your active addiction, did you realize or even care about the implications that your substance abuse was having on your family? Our guest is a women who lived the majority of her life with a brother who was in an addiction. He finally got clean but the damage was done. Family members can be traumatized forever.
If only there were a resource for all things recovery. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome guests who are working to provide such a service. ALL SOBER is an exciting new platform which provides everything you need for treatment, recovery, and a sober life — all in one place. We are joined by All Sober Founder and CEO, Flora Nicholas and President and COO, Geoff Botak, who explain how ALL SOBER is being developed to provide support throughout the entire journey to sobriety. Geoff also happens to be the CEO of the Malvern Institute one of the leading and original recovery centers in America.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund have the perfect guest the day after the Philadelphia Phillies won the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves. Their guest is friend of the show and former Phillies pitcher Rand Lerch who played on the Phillies 1980 World Series team. Randy was a pitcher for the Phillies in the late 70s and early 80s. But then, in the midst of a great career he was enmeshed in an amphetamine scandal with the team. Years of drinking and pills caused Randy to be diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver 2016. Thankfully, Randy is now in long term sobriety and involved in many great causes.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is friend of the show, Ricky Byrd. Ricky was the lead guitarist and backup vocalist with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. He has shared the stage with the greatest musicians such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Steven Van Zandt and many many others. Ricky was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. But his biggest accomplishment is his 36 years of sobriety and all that he gives back.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund planned to talk to long time friend of the show Ricky Byrd, former lead guitarist and vocalist with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Unfortunately severe weather on the east coast flooded Ricky’s basement and understandably he had other things to deal with on a Friday afternoon. Not to be discouraged, Gary and Mark carry on with an open discussion about coping with addiction, recovery and in this case, adversity, in sobriety. Gary and Mark provide a wonderful hour of comfort and compassion for anyone needing a boost in their journey of sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guests are Brandi Ernst, Chief Impact Officer of Gaudenzia Treatment and Recovery Services, and Pat Ciarrocchi, public speaker and famed broadcast journalist, who serves on the Board of Gaudzenia. We are also joined by Kristen Paris who shares her inspiring journey into recovery and what a relationship with Gaudenzia means to her. Started over 55 years ago in Philadelphia, Gaudenzia Treatment and Recovery Services is one of the largest non-profit substance use and co-occurring disorders treatment providers in the northeastern United States. They have been around for decades because their treatment works. More than 350,000 folks have been saved by going to this facility. If you or a loved one is considering getting help for your addiction, check out this show for more information.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome bluesman Curtis Salgado, an Oregon state based blues, rock, and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. He had some story to tell! Curtis is an incredible musician who has played with such notables as Santana, Steve Miller and his act was the inspiration behind John Belushi’s creation of the Blues Brothers. But, after being put on pain killers after a gallstone attack, Curtis became addicted and through further medical examination, it was discovered that he had stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver and needed a transplant. 35 years in recovery, Curtis has beaten the odds and is living a clean and sober musical life!
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Mary Beth O’Connor, the author of the book, “Junkie to Judge.” Mary Beth is a retired federal judge who at an early age experienced untold trauma caused by a home full of violence. This led to years of methamphetamine abuse. So, how did she become a federal judge?? Listen to find out.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and guest co-host Linda E’s guests are Rachel B and Anthony B from Pro-Act. Pro-Act is an organization in southeast Pennsylvania that fights to reduce the stigma of addiction, to ensure the availability of adequate treatment and recovery services, and to influence public opinion and policy. Tune in to learn about the importance of having an organization like this in our community.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Steve Forzato. With over three decades of experience in law enforcement at many levels, Steve is an expert on the opioid epidemic. He has served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s investigation of pharmaceutical manufacturers and oversaw investigations involving unlawful prescribing of drugs. Steve has taken his decades of experience and is now the Director of the new Center for Addiction and Recovery Education at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he is working with law enforcement to be sensitive to the complexity of addiction and to realize that we cannot incarcerate our way out of the drug crisis in this country.
Addiction shows no mercy even to the most powerful members of society. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome the former District Attorney of the 4th largest city in the country. Seth Williams was DA in Philadelphia from 2010 until 2017 when he was indicted on 23 counts of bribery, extortion, and fraud and served over 2 and 1/2 years in prison. Many of us who were convicted of crimes had a choice – to learn from the experience, or not. Seth learned lessons and taught lessons, giving back to the community for many years now. His story is one of circumstantially bad decisions – known and unknown – loss of reputation, and freedom. The important lesson here is that we can and do recover from addiction.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Linda E to discuss what is on our listeners’ minds. The phone lines were open and we had a treasure trove of emails to discuss the various aspects of navigating the journey from addiction to sobriety. The initial question: Who should you listen to as you begin your journey?
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by Davie L. to discuss what is expected of us when we get into sobriety, because nothing was expected of us during our addiction. Early in our recovery some people were still suspect of us and were hesitant to give us a chance, a job, or a second look. Is there anything that we could have done to prove to others that we were and are worthy people?
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome David L. David began his criminal activities at a very young age. He was incarcerated with one escape charge for multiple crimes including robbery, assault, and a laundry list of drug offenses. Although he grew up in a privileged home, we all know that addiction has no boundaries. Now clean and sober for 42 years, David has weathered the storm of addiction and crime to become a responsible, caring and “giving back” member of society. He is an example of what you can become when you put down the alcohol and drugs.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler is joined by Linda E., Frank B., and Beverly T, to discuss what happens after getting clean and sober. The question is, now that you are in recovery, are you doing anything to help others in an active addiction to get clean or into recovery. Are you supporting these folks so that they can maintain their sobriety? Our panel discusses their varied approaches to service in sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler is joined by guest cohost Linda E and friend of the show Beverly, to openly discuss their journey from addiction to sobriety. It is a transformative process that can affect and change relationships with family and friends for the good! Were there good times? Sure, but if you let the tape play to the end, the realization that addiction leads to a path of destruction soon becomes reality. We are living clean, sober, and healthy lives, thanks to some help from our friends.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by friend of the show Frank Breitman to discuss navigating the dangerous times for many of us in recovery and the 4th of July long weekend. Summer is here and the weather is very conducive to all sorts of outdoor activities including large groups together, music, food, and of course alcohol. The temptation for some of us can be overwhelming to resist joining others in the consumption of alcohol and drugs. We discuss knowing our triggers and having an exit plan if confronted with a dangerous situation.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Brandon Novak, once a nationally ranked professional skateboarder and a star of the hit TV series “Jackass.” With years of incarceration and rehabs, Brandon made a decision to get into recovery in 2015. From a life of fame, destructive behavior, and addiction, Brandon is now a motivational speaker, author, and owner of a rehabilitation center and recovery houses. Yes we do recover and we do give back. An amazing story.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome nationally recognized radio talk show host Randall Jefferson. Randall holds a wealth of knowledge on so many subjects. We discuss addiction and recovery in the Black community. Yes, addiction is addiction but there are differences in the ways that different groups handle the problem. It’s great to have Randall join us and to learn different perspectives on this subject.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by friend of the show, Linda E and LPC therapist, Amy Moulton. Our discussion surrounds the experience women have in addition and recovery that can be quite different than that of a man. These issues are very real. What have you encountered in your journey?
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, Linda E. joins host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund to discuss some underlying issues with addition which may continue in sobriety. You have now stopped poisoning your body with drugs and alcohol and decided to get into recovery. Do you actually think that your body has not experienced short term, long term and most likely some type of permanent damage? It most likely has. We discuss the issues that your addiction has caused and might continue even after you have stopped using.
Does anyone really know what causes addiction? On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Dr. Charles Trigiani, a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Trigiani has decades of experience focusing on addiction and brain chemistry. He enlightens us to the science of psychiatry and the complexity of addiction.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Gary Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis and founder of the extremely successful Rock n Roll band “Gary Lewis and the Playboys.” We all know that no family is perfect and often what a family appears to be, is not always the reality. Gary’s family, although very famous and rich, had its secrets. We discuss what it was like to grow up in his family and more importantly talk about his addiction and his 20 year anniversary in recovery on May 20th, 2023.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, after a few weeks off he crew is back and ready to deliver fabulous, informative, entertaining, and thought provoking shows! Adversities and setbacks actually occur even in recovery. We all know that, but it is how we handle situations that don’t go our way that is the test. The goal is to handle these situations differently than we did in our addiction. A thought provoking program.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome friend of the show Linda E. to discuss some interesting opinions about approaching recovery. Do you have to go to a rehab to get into recovery? Do you have to go to AA or NA meetings to stop using and get into recovery? Do you have to believe in God or in a higher power to get into recovery? What are the answers? Does anyone really know?
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and guest cohost Linda E. welcome friend of the program, Magisterial District Judge, Christopher R. Mattox. After you are arrested, your next interaction in the legal system will most likely be in front of a Magisterial District Judge. Judge Mattox explains the process going forward regarding your case and what to expect. Addiction puts many of us in this predicament. Get help before it’s too late.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and co-host Mark Sigmund welcome friend of the show Ricky Byrd. Ricky is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He is a guitar player, singer, songwriter and producer who was formerly with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, but is a prolific musician in his own right. He has been in long term recovery and has an incredible story of fame and recovery.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and co-host Mark Sigmund talk to a mother about the death of her 25 year old daughter, Christina Marie Gribbin, from Fentanyl poisoning after which she found in a suitcase on the streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2020. This unspeakable tragedy has brought unimaginable pain and suffering to this family. Mother, Tammy Leslie, has turned pain into purpose by helping to organize many state Attorneys General, attempting to create laws that would charge dealers of Fentanyl as terrorists against our nation.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by Linda E. to discuss the broad range of ways addiction is presented and misrepresented in our society. Our first issue: Can Addiction Be A Defense In a Criminal Proceeding? The recent, infamous, case of Alex Murdaugh, who falsely attempted to use opioid addiction as a defense in his murder trial is discussed. Beyond that, what can possibly be done in this country to reduce the destruction from Fentanyl? We have a spirited discussion about potential options.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Vernon Steed. Vernon grew up in a family of heroin addicted parents which set him on a course of criminal behavior. That led him to commit an accidental homicide as a juvenile. He was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder. After a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that banned life to juvenile offenders, Vernon Steed was set free after 32 years in 2018. During his incarceration, Vernon completed many programs as a model inmate and continues today to help those in re-entry programs lead productive lives.
Have you ever robbed a bank? Have you ever been shot seven times? Have you ever spent years in prison? On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome friend of the show Nolen Burchett. Nolen is the definition of second chances and redemption. Nolen experienced all of the above and is now the executive director of one of California’s largest recovery centers called “Touchstone.” We can and do recover.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Mark D. Mark shares his journey from addiction to recovery – a far too familiar story of an increased dependence on substance abuse, feeling in control at first, and finally realizing that he had lost control of his life. A real person with a real story about addiction and the devastation that can be caused by alcohol and drug abuse. Mark is now clean and sober and living life to its fullest in recovery. His story is relatable for many of us, a cautionary tale for some, and inspirational for us all as we strive to live one day at a time.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Randy “The Blaze” Lerch. Randy, as you might remember, was an MLB pro baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos and the San Francisco Giants. An above average hitter, Randy hit two home runs in a single game to clinch the National League East Division Championship for the Phillies in 1978. But fame and talent came at a price. Randy was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver because of his addiction to alcohol and other substances. He is now an author and speaker on the subject of addiction.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are the guests! Regular guest and friend of the show Linda Elkins reverses roles and becomes host, turning the table, interviewing Gary and Mark about their journey from addiction to sobriety. It’s a funny, serious, and informative discussion about how Gary and Mark survived their addictions and how they have maintained their sobriety with 60 plus years between them.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome friend of the show, defense attorney Zachary Cooper. Attorney Cooper specializes in representing folks who get DUI charges as a result of driving under the influence. We do not condone driving impaired in any way. Attorney Cooper educates and informs us on the law. Remember, driving impaired, even if you have a medical marijuana card, is ILLEGAL and under certain circumstances, you can go to jail.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk with friend of the show Brian Cuban. You may have guessed it, Brian is brother of Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks, star of Shark Tank, and other endeavors. Brian is a star in his own right. In long term recovery, he is an author, a motivational speaker, an attorney, and is totally committed to helping those achieve sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, Host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund meet Robert K., a 40 year old guy who grew up in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, an area now ravaged with 24 hour outdoor drug activities. He was kicked out of his house at the age of 8 years old. Yes, you read that correctly, Robert lived with many families and also on the streets. Now, a union carpenter and the owner of 13 recovery houses, this is an amazing success story. We can and do recover.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund welcome Sammy Salsa. His story is one of extreme criminal activities including, armed robbery, assault, auto theft, and drug sales. With years in prison behind him, the real headline of his story is that he has been clean and sober for over a decade and is a contributing member of society. Proof we all need a second chance.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and co-host Mark Sigmund are joined by Linda E and Mark W for a roundtable discussion about our past year in sobriety. How did we do? Were we able to stay clean and sober and conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects our commitment to acting and behaving responsibly, respectfully, honestly and in a way to set a good example for others? A time to reflect back and look forward to a life that is clean and sober.
Kensington, a section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is “Ground Zero” in the United States for a community ravaged by people addicted to heroin and fentanyl, who are actively engaging in this horrific lifestyle outdoors 24 hours a day. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guests are Lieutenant Bill Stahl and Captain Tabitha Boyle from the Philadelphia Fire Department. The Department has a program called the Alternative Response Unit that is involved in helping those folks struggling with addiction to get the treatment they need, when they need it.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk with John Alite, John was the enforcer for the Gambino Crime Family and later the star prosecution witness against Mafia boss, John Gotti. After serving time in Federal prison for racketeering and multiple murders, John was released in 2012. After an accidental Fentanyl overdose that killed his daughter Chelsea, John has become an outspoken speaker, author, and podcaster, talking about the horrors of drug addiction. Also joining us is one of John’s best friends, Dr. Gentian Toshkezi, a world respected neurosurgeon to discuss the effects of drugs on the brain.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Tony Luke Jr. A very well known name in the Philadelphia area, Tony is a restaurateur, musician, song writer, actor, and media host. As a former methamphetamine abuser and hustler as a young man, Tony now, after the accidental opioid overdose of his son Anthony, is a very outspoken advocate in educating the public on the horrors of alcohol and drug addiction. Tony has an incredible story.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund are joined by friends Linda E and Marc W, “our panel,” to discuss the subject of “Giving Back.” Each one of us has the opportunity to help those still in their active addiction. We have been fortunate to get well and what a blessing it is to pass it on by doing whatever it takes, large or small gestures, to accomplish acts of support and kindness.
Kensington, a section of Philadelphia that is “Ground Zero” in the United States for a community ravaged by people addicted to heroin and fentanyl, actively engaging in this horrific lifestyle, outdoors, 24 hours a day. It is indescribable what this scene looks like until you see it with your own eyes. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk with Teddy Brophy and Steve Lees who have dedicated their lives to helping the people in Kensington who are struggling more than anyone who can imagine.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund have an honest and open discussion about the damage that we had caused in our addiction to ourselves, family, and friends and what we have done to make amends to all. Is it merely through words of apology or do our actions really show that we are now different people after addiction? A thought provoking episode!
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and co-host Mark Sigmund talk with Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro who is running to be the next Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He continues to be a major positive influence across the state for those suffering from the disease of addiction and for those in recovery. He cares!
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler, cohost Mark Sigmund, and Linda E discuss the addiction epidemic. What are the root causes? Why is it largely an American phenomenon? Why do we, as a culture, want to escape? Do we have enough support and resources to facilitate recovery? How can we deter use and distribution of lethal drugs? At times, a spirited discussion – overall, a thought provoking program!
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk to Pennsylvania Magisterial District Justice, Andrea Duffy. Judge Duffy is in the forefront of the judicial system as it relates to the sentencing of defendants for low level crimes as a result of addiction to drugs and alcohol. She says treatment, instead of incarceration, is the only way to fight our national epidemic of addiction. This judge understands that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated like any other chronic condition.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund ask the question, how do you know if you are just a recreational user or a full blown drug and alcohol addict? Do you know the difference? How do you know if you are being honest with yourself or fooling yourself like we all did and not dealing with the reality of our condition? These are important questions that we all must be honest with ourselves if we want to get better and live clean and sober lives. This is the first step to recovery.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler’s guest is Chuck Negron, the lead singer of the iconic band, “Three Dog Night.” With 10 top ten hits, Chuck had an incredible musical career that ended with an addiction to heroin and alcohol. Recently celebrating 31 years in recovery, Chuck is an open book, talking about the band and his life’s ups and downs – most importantly resulting in sobriety.
RELAPSE! A relapse happens when a person stops maintaining his or her goal of avoiding the use of alcohol or drugs and returns to their previous use. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund discuss the reasons people decide to go back to their active addiction with Kevin Hyer of The Hyer Calling Foundation and Robyn Johnson who has managed relapses in her recovery journey. What causes someone to relapse? Is a relapse a part of the recovery process? Is it expected and accepted during your recovery or is it an excuse to use again? We attempt to answer these questions without judgement.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund discuss the word “change” as it relates to recovery. Is putting down the alcohol and drugs enough to keep us sober? Do you also need to change your circle of friends? Do you need to start to act responsibly? Do you need to show others, including your family that you can be trusted? What new traits are needed to maintain a sober and productive lifestyle?
A suburban Philadelphia family ravaged by addiction was documented for over a year by a film crew and the film “Our American Family” was born. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk to Linda Geraghty and her son Stephen Caltabiano. Linda is the mother of two children who suffered from addiction. Stephen, her third, was not affected. The story of this family is incredibly emotional. The film “Our American Family” was released today, Friday, September 2nd.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, Host Gary Hendler assembles a recovery team and has an open discussion on all aspects of addiction and recovery – the challenges, the opportunities, and the benefits that can only be enjoyed sober.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and guests Marc and Linda have a frank and honest discussion about when is enough enough? How do you know that you have “hit bottom?” Do you know what to do? Do you know where to go? Finally, you made the decision. Now, where and how to get the help in this most crucial time of your life. It can be extremely frustrating and difficult. Listen for some valuable information.
This edition of Clean and Sober Radio is dedicated to women in recovery. Women have a more difficult time getting into recovery and staying in recovery than men. There are many reasons for this including stigma, shame, and a host of other challenges. Our friends in recovery Linda and Rachael join host Gary Hendler to guide us through the the path from addiction to recovery and beyond from the perspective of women.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Ricky Byrd. Ricky is a rock and roll guitar player, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known for his incredible work as a member of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. He still plays with the most famous musicians of the age, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Graham Nash and so many others. He also has another side. In long term recovery, Ricky has dedicated his life to giving back and helping others to get into recovery and stay in recovery. Currently, he is involved with an organization called “All Sober.” This organization provides support for everything needed for treatment, recovery, and obtaining a sober life all in one place.
On this episode of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk about the rewards of working, not just the financial ones, but more importantly how working gives us self worth and dignity. Our guest, attorney Kevin Hyer, a former Methamphetamine user, talks about his journey from intense addiction to recovery and his new-found mission “The Hyer Calling” which gives our community the tools to secure work at NO cost.
Many in the recovery community, after getting treatment, can be in a very scary situation. We have either never had a legitimate or legal job or we have been fired so many times because of our addition. Now we realize because we are becoming responsible, that we need a job. Financially, of course, but for our own growth and to feel good about ourselves, we need structure. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Douglas Kiker the co-founder of “ecoveryCareers”. He discusses all aspects of breaking through the stigma and the value those in recovery can provide to an employer.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk with friends in recovery, Mark Willig and John Logue who relate their stories of experience, strength, and hope. They discuss the temptations of a holiday weekend and what to avoid while having fun.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund talk to a mother and son who have both had their addiction issues, but have found strength in sobriety together. Mother and son, Linda and Ben have both struggled with addiction. We talk with them about a their relationship and support of each other in their recovery.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio our guest was to be Paul Teutul, reality show star and creator of the hit show Orange County Choppers. But due to some technical issues we were not able to talk to Paul. Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with him. So we carried on and shared some valuable time talking about recovery and the rewards of sobriety.
Like many of us during our active addiction, the subject of credit and the consequences of poor credit was obviously not understood or necessarily a priority. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund discuss credit, good or bad, and its importance in our everyday lives. Your credit score is determined on how well you pay your bills. The importance of a good credit score and the ramifications of what a bad credit score will mean will determine your purchasing power. This is important everyday information.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Garry Hendler and guest co-host Mark Willig chat with friend of the show, Randy Lerch. If you are a baseball fan, you know the name. Randy was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Montreal Expos and the San Francisco Giants. With all of his success on the field came an addiction to amphetamines and alcohol. None of us are immune to an addiction whether we are famous or not.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Mark Sigmund talk with Sarah Laurel, the Executive Director of Savage Sisters, a non-profit organization whose mission is to attack addiction ferociously with radical love through tireless work to promote love, safeness, acceptance, and most importantly resources that will promote healing and empower the recovery community. Sarah is giving back from her own life of addiction and homelessness.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund have an open discussion about the challenges of recovery, the stigma of addition, and the freedoms and rewards of sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, we turn the tables on host Gary Hendler. Laurie Besden Esquire, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania interviews Gary in celebration of his 40 years in recovery. No question is off limits in discussing Gary’s sordid past and his life in recovery. Our past is our past. It is what we do in recovery that matters most.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and co-host Mark Sigmund provide Friday afternoon comfort food. Our scheduled guest Bonnie Bramlett, known as half of the Southern rock duo Delaney and Bonnie, for some unknown reason, did not appear as scheduled. Not to be discouraged, Gary and Mark carry on with an open discussion about coping with addiction, recovery, and sobriety in today’s society which can present some formidable challenges – such as the legalization of pot across the nation. Gary and Mark provide a wonderful hour of comfort and compassion for anyone needing a boost in their journey of sobriety.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and guest co-host Mark Willig’s guest is Pennsylvania Executive Deputy Attorney General, Robert Reed. Robert is a supporter of the recovery community and an advocate for treatment for substance abuse and not incarceration. Robert speaks throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the long-term effects of trauma as it relates to addiction.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler’s guest is Pennsylvania Magisterial District Judge, Christopher R. Mattox. Judge Mattox understands addiction and all of the issues that come with a defendant charged with criminal activities in his courtroom. District Court may be the first encounter with the legal system after an arrest and it is important to understand your rights and the legal system.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund break it down. The precursors of addiction are many and complex. We break down some of the major issues which underlie addiction and must be confronted as keys to successful recovery.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Rabbi Michael Perice. Michael is a Rabbi in recovery from anvopioid addiction. We discuss his addiction and path to recovery. As we all know, addiction has no boundaries. Whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, a Priest or a Rabbi, none of us are immune to the possibility of being an addict or an alcoholic or both.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Montgomery County Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge, Todd Eisenberg. We discuss the shift in attitude that the courts have in dealing with addicted defendants. Incarceration is no longer the solution in many cases but treatment is. We learn a lot on how this judge makes his sentencing decisions in these kinds of cases.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Sara Colvin. Sara is a woman who has overcome extreme obstacles growing up to become an author, a mother, and a symbol of hope and strength in the recovery community. Her story is both amazing and powerful.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, without condoning bad behavior, we have some fun remembering and reminiscing with our guests some of the awful, irresponsible, and criminal behaviors that became a way of life for us during our addiction. Sitting in the studio with friends celebrating over a combined 100 years of sobriety, we try to make sense of what was going on in our out of control lives that made us do the things we did. Yes, addiction is horrible but there are some funny moments and in this show we will attempt to recapture some of them.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund have an open discussion with friends of the show Linda E and Larry M about the “12 Steps” and our individual journeys from addiction to recovery – step by step.
Addiction has no boundaries. It crosses all economic, religious, ethnic, and racial lines. On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is be David L., who was raised in what could be considered a well-to-do “stable” family, but as we all know, that doesn’t prevent an addiction or criminal behavior. With years of addiction and legal troubles, David is extremely fortunate to have found recovery. His story is a familiar one. Now in very long-term recovery, David shares his experience, strength, and hope.
This edition of Clean and Sober Radio focuses on the role that American pharmaceutical companies have played in the distribution and destruction of segments of American society by knowingly flooding us with highly addictive drugs such as oxycontin and others. Host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guests are Bill Stauffer, Director of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance and Ryan Hampton, a prominent speaker, author and media commentator – recently appointed member by the U.S. Department of Justice – overseeing the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy, representing victims impacted by the opioid crisis.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Sara Colvin. Sara was in long-term recovery and relapsed back into an ugly addiction, committing multiple crimes to feed her habit. She ended up being charged with 15 major felonies and a prison term. Sara has made it back into recovery and with 4 years clean and sober, she is enthusiastic about sharing hope with those still suffering from addiction.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is Mark Stein, the founder, lead vocalist, composer and arranger for the psychedelic rock band, Vanilla Fudge. This iconic band of the late 1960’s had many hit records, most notably the slowed down hard rock version of The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” But with a lifestyle brought on by enormous success, came an enormous addiction. Today, Mark is touring with Vanilla Fudge and is living a sober life.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund’s guest is criminal defense attorney and expert in the field of driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated cases, Zachary B. Cooper. He tells us about the seriousness and possible life changing consequences of driving while drunk or stoned. This is no joke!
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio host Gary Hendler and cohost Mark Sigmund address the questions many struggle with: How do I get treatment? Can anyone who wants help, get it? How does someone find an appropriate path to recovery? Very often, it is hard to find treatment and it can be very discouraging. Treatment and the willingness to accept treatment is the key to recovery from an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
On this edition of Clean and Sober Radio, Gary and Mark’s guest is former Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Randy Lerch. Not long after the Phillies won the 1980 World Series, the team was consumed in a scandal involving amphetamines. Randy’s life began to fall apart fast. In 2016, Randy was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Today, Randy is clean and sober and giving back to the community in so many ways.