Sunday, December 6


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How the six steps of behavior change play a role in the road to recovery

For many who struggle with addiction, replacing negative habits with positive ones is the first step towards positive behavior change. By using the Transtheoretical model developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClement in the late 1970s, Dr. Matt Woolley, a licensed Clinical psychologist at the University of Utah, is gaining a better understanding of addiction and how relapse can affect change. He spoke about this relationship in the latest episode of the Project Recovery podcast. The first stage of change — Precontemplation While in the early stages of addiction, many are unaware that they have a problem according to Dr. Woolley. “Precontemplation is a stage where you are deep in the behavior that is unhealthy,” he described. “You have really no insight that this ...
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Idaho author and business owner recounts his journey to sobriety

A Utah native author and Idaho-based business owner is opening up about overcoming addiction and his journey to sobriety. Jason Coombs, owner of Brick House Recovery in Idaho and author of Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover joined the Project Recovery podcast to talk about his substance abuse and how it took everything from him. Descent into addiction Jason’s descent into addiction is one that can be shared with so many like him. He was in a car accident that left him seriously injured and requiring pain medication. For Jason, his accident occurred years before opioid awareness was at the forefront of our society. He began to take his medication as prescribed but weeks following his incident, he was sitting with a coworker at the time who offered hi...
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Utah actor and producer on addiction recovery

Thirteen years have passed since Utah actor and producer, Michael Birkeland, hit his “rock bottom” and now he’s using his past to help others start their own road to recovery. He recently joined the Project Recovery podcast to tell his story of substance abuse and how he was able to curb his addiction. From actor to addict Michael Birkeland, known for Phobic [2020], The Singles Ward [2002], and Everything You Want [2005], has an interesting relationship with comedy. While he is predominantly known in the LDS comedy world, his use of laughter and joy was often masking a very tumultuous past. “I completely hid behind comedy. I could not turn it off because I thought if I turn it off … They’ll see all of my imperfections if I’m not funny,” Birkeland described. Birkelan...
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Utah Life Coach uses past addiction as motivation to help others

SALT LAKE CITY — Overcoming addiction can still bring a lot of pain and anguish while on the road to recovery but one Life Coach in Utah is hoping to change that. Utah native, Rob Eastman, the owner of Eastman Fitness is using his past experiences with addiction as a motivational tool to help others with their own struggles of substance abuse. Eastman, the son of former state senator Dan Eastman, has been sober for the past ten years but sobriety did not come easy for him. He constantly struggled with substance abuse dating back to his teenage years. Looking back, Eastman attributes his addictive tendencies to childhood traumas that he wasn’t able to cope with until decades later with the help of rehab and therapy. Eastman abused cocaine, heroin, and various other d...