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Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.

Jimmy Shin Found His Tribe

Jimmy Shin Found His Tribe

Jimmy Shin was set on being a successful lawyer, but the pressure threw him into a tailspin. Find out how he got out and now loves what he does, working with all his friends. An amazing turnaround and second chance at life.

Jimmy has been mixing his musical and comedic talents all of his life. After graduating from California Western School of Law, Jimmy decided to take a more humorous path.

While in Seattle, Jimmy won the honor of “Rookie Comedian of the Year” in the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2005 and was advised by Ron Reid (The Producer of the competition) to move to Los Angeles. Although urged by his parents to become a lawyer, Jimmy decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his dreams of becoming a comic in LA.

After moving to Los Angeles, Jimmy has been performing all around the country and producing shows at The World Famous Comedy Store. He has performed regularly at the Improv, Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. His break came when he performed three times on The Tonight Show.

His parents finally acknowledged that he was a real Comedian when they saw him perform on The Tonight Show and began supporting his decision to pursue a career in Entertainment. He has also appeared on the HBO Series “LUCK”, The Carson Daly New Year’s Special 2015 and most recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Rising from the ashes after burning her life down to the ground through substance abuse, Terri McDonald finds her calling helping those who truly need a second chance.  Rising through the ranks becoming the head of the California prison system.  Listen to this inspiring podcast and find your inner potential.

Terri McDonald is the Chief Probation Officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She is a former Assistant Sheriff for LA County Sheriff’s Department, overseeing the Custody Division. McDonald is a 24-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Her career in law enforcement began in 1988 as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During her tenure with the CDCR, she literally worked her way up through the ranks of the Department, working as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, including Captain at Folsom State Prison, Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden, Division Chief, Chief Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary.

Additionally, she oversaw the Statewide Classification Unit, Statewide Population Management Unit, assisted in revamping the correctional officer academy, oversaw and activated out-of-state prisons with California inmates. Prior to her employment with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Terri McDonald oversaw California’s state prisons, juvenile justice, gang unit, fugitive apprehension unit, victim services, rehabilitative programming and the Ombudsman’s office.

During her years with the CDCR, McDonald supervised approximately 300,000 offenders in prison and parole serving as an executive leader for roughly 60,000 employees, with an operating budget in excess of $10 billion.

Terri McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement, graduating with Honors, from the University of San Francisco. She maintains a home in Northern California and resides in Los Angeles County. Terri is single; but in a long-term committed relationship and in her free time enjoys travel, golf and camping.

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Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse”

Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse”

Gerry Feltmann was on the verge of death before his second chance knocked on his door.  Known then as the “corpse”, Gerry’s amazing story will inspire and enlighten you on the triumph of the human spirit.

Gerry Feltmann is a hotelier with sbe Group in Los Angeles. He has thrived in the hospitality business, serving she Group as Assistant Operations Manager, the Ritz Carlton as Guest Recognition Manager where he was given 30K per month to make guests happy, and Andaz West Hollywood as Assistant Rooms Director. But Gerry has done so much more. He has volunteered for EBI (Education Based Incarceration) and Compton Initiative Work Day in poverty alleviation.

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PJ Stahl Will Push Your Limits

PJ Stahl Will Push Your Limits

Fitness trainer to the stars, PJ Stahl stops by the second chances podcast and talks about what it’s like believing his father faked his own death to leave his family, bullying and pushing past the limits of the mind and body.

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Elite fitness expert PJ Stahl, MA, CSCS, is the PROJECT STEEL Program Creator and Director. He is also a Reebok Master Trainer and ReebokONE Elite Ambassador. He utilizes over 20 years of experience in the industry, extensive education in kinesiology, and numerous national certifications to provide an elite level of service ranging from Elite Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Fitness Consulting, Educational Seminars/Clinics and Hosting/Appearances.

His knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology and creating results-oriented programs has made his services in demand from professional athletes (MLS, AVP, NFL, NHL, & MLB) such as David Beckham, to models, actors, performers, and musicians such as Britney Spears. 

PJ has appeared as Ruby Gettinger’s featured Personal Trainer on the number one reality hit series “Ruby, on the Style Network”. PJ has been a Fitness Consultant for Universal Pictures, Reebok, Men’s Fitness, LIVESTRONG, Tabata, 17 Fit Club, GAIAM, My Group Fit, Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, just to name a few.

Originally from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, PJ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business and Athletic Administration from Ball State University. While at Michigan State, PJ competed as a varsity athlete in gymnastics and diving and was an Undergraduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 11 different collegiate sports teams.

With PJ’s background in competing and coaching gymnastics, along with coaching professional athletes, he was naturally led to become a fitness performance coach. In 2006, PJ founded his own fitness company, PJ Stahl Fitness, to provide an elite level service with superior results. With this experience he has now opened LOCK BOX FITNESS & PERFORMANCE CENTER in Los Angeles, CA. As a Co-Owner and Head Coach at LOCK BOX he has established a successful coaching system and has set the bar for the fitness industry.

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Ritch Shydner is So Funny!

Ritch Shydner is So Funny!

Comedian and comedy writer Ritch Shydner was at the top of his game when debilitating depression took over and brought him to his spiritual and physical edge.  This powerful podcast talks to the power of the human spirit and the angels all around us.

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Shydner was featured in the 2010 documentary I Am Comic, in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians, a process that ultimately led to his return to stand-up by going on the stage again after 13 years of retirement.

As an actor, Shydner played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married… with Children and made guest appearances on other TV shows such as Designing Women, Roseanne and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. His film roles include Beverly Hills Cop II and Roxanne.

Shydner was a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Titus. He also wrote scripts for the sitcom Becker. Additionally, he wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as ventriloquist David Strassman.

Shydner’s influences are Art Carney, Lenny Bruce, Red Skelton and George Carlin.

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Paul Casey Made a Big Life Change

Paul Casey Made a Big Life Change

Three-time Director’s Guild Award nominee, Real Time with Bill Maher director Paul Casey opens up about his big break, Saturday Night Live and his cocaine problem that brought him to his second chance.

ANT tells the story of how he met Paul at rehab: being forcibly carried in, swearing, with two black eyes from a fight with the police. Paul talks about going back to work and telling the truth about who he really was?and who he is now.

Paul Casey has been in the entertainment industry since the 1980’s, directing shows like Real Time with Bill Maher, Dr. Phil, Divorce Court, Time Rome on Showtime, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game. He has worked with many celebrities like Donny and Marie Osmond, Larry David, Maury Povich, and Kathy Griffin.

Paul is a 2017 Director’s Guild Award nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming for his work on Real Time with Bill Maher. He was nominated for this award in 2015 and 2016 as well, and was a Daytime Emmy nominee.

His advice for people who want to break into directing: “When you get your chance, be quiet, work hard, move quickly, and smile.”

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Rocco Stowe Is On a Spiritual Path

Rocco Stowe Is On a Spiritual Path

Rocco Stowe went from having a gun in his hand in South Philly to teaching Yoga in Santa Monica. His journey from the Marine Corps to dating Margaret Cho had a few stops in rough neighborhoods. To say the least, he has thrived in the face of challenge.

Rocco Stowe: “I know I’m on a spiritual path.”

Rocco Stowe is an actor and stand-up comedian with 10 years of hard-nosed experience. He is internationally Known on the microphone by doing the Comedy ROK tour in Korea for MWR in April 2010. He started in Los Angeles in 1999, and has been booked and paid to perform with headliners including Damon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Margaret Cho, and many more.

An Italian-Irish graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Rocco is no stranger to dangerous situations. He grew up in South Philadelphia, served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps, dealt drugs, and was nearly arrested. After a pivotal moment, he left everything behind and moved to LA.

“I came out here and saw the way people are living, and they are happy, and they’re talking with some kind of care. It wasn’t so callous. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. I feel like I got a second chance from that.”

As a former Marine, Rocco is an expert at creating calm amidst the chaos. A yoga instructor at Santa Monica Power Yoga, his meditation techniques and life hacks help his students cultivate compassion, wisdom and peace.

He currently resides in Hollywood, CA, and does the LA comedy circuit. does regular spots at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Improv, and the Comedy Union.

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