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Podcast Update Draft – 9/13

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Ask No Way But North: Episode Two

On this episode of Ask No Way But North, Jon and Cooper discuss dealing with insensitive friends, dealing with unhealthy habits, and a long awaited guest. If you have a question for Jon and Cooper that you want answered on a future episode of Ask No Way But North, we’d love to hear it! Email us at or call 208-810-2699!

Dans Story
Dan’s Story: Finding Recovery Early

This week Jon and Cooper are joined by Dan who shares his story of daily drug use, family dysfunction, and finding recovery early.

Kelseys Story Episode 2
No Way But North: Kelsey’s Story

On this episode of No Way But North we’re joined by Northpoint and Ashwood Alumni Kelsey, who shares her story of addiction and recovery.

Ask No Way But North Episode 1
Ask No Way But North: Episode One

On this episode of Ask No Way But North, Jon and Cooper discuss how to develop new routines, reconnecting with old hobbies, and developing a relationship with a higher power. If you have a question for Jon and Cooper that you want answered on a future episode of Ask No Way But North, we’d love to hear it! Email us at or call 208-810-2699!

Brandons Advocacy
Brandon’s Advocacy: From Addiction to Informed Advocacy

Once again we are joined by Brandon in this episode. In Brandon’s recovery he has become an incredible advocate for those who are still struggling with addiction. Brandon is very in tune with the needs of those struggling at every level from the mouth of the people in need to pushing legislation through local and state governments. Brandon shares with us his perspective on the current state of addiction in our country and what the solutions may be.

Erikas Experience
Erika’s Experience: Love, Addiction & Co-Dependence

We are so happy to be back and posting episodes consistently! Make sure you leave a like or comment letting us know what you got out of the episode or a topic you would like to hear more about. Today we are joined by our Washington Outreach Specialist Erika. While Erika is not in recovery she has had multiple people in her life who have struggled with substance abuse. Often the silent victim of substance abuse is the families or partners of the person struggling. Erika helps us to shed light on the experiences of loved ones who are affected by someone’s substance abuse as well as how to cope with someone else’s addiction and recovery.

Darrens Story
Darren’s Story: From Chaos to Serenity

On this episode of No Way But North Cooper and Jon are joined by Darren, who shares his story of recovery from a life of chaos and addiction.

Heidis Story Episode 20
eidi’s Story: Growing up Gay and Religious to Finding Her Northpoint Family

Heidi is our first guest to have graduated from Northpoint Washington. Heidi is a shining example of how quickly a life can turn around when living a life of recovery. Heidi shares with us her upbringing in the family of a pastor, questioning the beliefs she was taught at an early age, struggling with her sexual orientation and self-harm and her descent into addiction. More importantly however, Heidi shares with us how she found recovery.

Toms Story 2 Episode 19
Tom’s Story 2: Drinking at the Age of Nine to More Than Fifteen Years Sober

Tom H. joins us once again on No Way But North. However, this time he is sharing his own miracle of recovery. Tom started drinking at the age of nine and now has more than 15 years sober. Tom shares with us his extensive experience coming in and out of treatment, what works, what doesn’t, and how he made it stick.

Johns Vision Episode 18
John’s Vision: A CEO’s Shared Vision for the Future

John F. the CEO for Northpoint Recovery. An extensive and impressive resume has led John here to Northpoint where he plans on Northpoint becoming even more of a leader in the addiction treatment industry. John talks with us about why he joined Northpoint, what Northpoint is currently doing and his vision for Northpoint’s future.

Glens Story Episode 17
Glen’s Story: Growing Up With Bipolar Disorder to Finding Long Lasting Recovery

Glen is a recent northpoint graduate that has graciously agreed to share with us what it is like to go through early recovery. Glen grew up surrounded by addiction. Faced by physical ailments, sobriety has been an uphill battle. Glen has proved himself to be committed to finding long lasting recovery and shares with us why that is and how he plans to achieve it.

“If you ever find yourself doubting you can make it through a challenge, simply think back to everything you’ve overcome in the past.” – Karen Salmansohn

Seans Story Episode 16
Sean’s Story: Childhood Shyness and Her First Drink at 13 to Celebrating 5 Years of Sobriety

In this episode or No Way but North, we are joined by Sean, Northpoint Recovery’s Admissions Coordinator and an Ashwood Recovery alumni. Recently celebrating 5 years of sobriety, Sean discusses how her hardships shaped her into who she is today. She also shares her favorite quote and what it means to her.

“I tell them I am not at peace in spite of what I suffered, but because of it.” – Nando Parrado

Daniels Story Episode 15
Daniel’s Story: The Disease Model of Addiction and The Disease Model of Treatment

In this episode, we are joined by Daniel, Northpoint and Ashwood’s primary counselor, to discuss the disease model of addiction.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” – Gautama Siddhartas

Tanners Story Episode 14
Tanner’s Story: 12-Year-Old Drug Experimentation to Finding Hope and Support in Aftercare.

Listen to 3X Northpoint alumnus, Tanner, talk about bouncing back and forth between divorced parents, experimenting with drugs and full blown drug addiction to cope with the shame of getting kicked out of college. Until recently, Tanner always left rehab without an aftercare plan, and found himself in relapse sometimes within hours of discharge. He soon discovered the power of outpatient aftercare treatment at Ashwood Recovery, where he has finally found hope for lasting recovery.

Quote: “You can’t think your way into right living. You have to live your way into right thinking.”
– Bill Wilson (Co-Founder of AA)

Amys Insights Episode 13
Amy’s Insights: The Prevalence of Co-Occurring Disorders in Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Amy is a utilization review specialist for Northpoint Recovery with an impressively diverse resume. Amy has worked as a case worker at an Idaho prison, a crisis counselor at a local university and even ran her own Medicaid clinic. Amy joins us today to lend her experienced perspective on the current state of co-occurring disorders and their treatment in the addiction treatment industry

Quote: “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.”

– Steven Aitchison (UK Personal Dev Blogger)

Sarahs Story Epsode 11
Sarah’s Story: Childhood Anxiety and Perfectionism to Finding Peace in Recovery

Sarah C., alumni of Northpoint Idaho, shares her recovery journey. Sarah join us to share a story that many people heard only the beginning of. A few years ago there was a news story about an Idaho teacher that got arrested for possession of heroin. Sarah shares with us how a life of anxiety and over achieving led to a life of addiction and how a news worthy story of rock bottom led to a life of recovery.

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Tom’s Story 1: Freeing Yourself From Shame and Guilt

In this episode, we are joined by Tom, Northpoint Recovery’s utilization review specialist, to discuss how to free yourself from shame and guilt.

“Unlike guilt, which is the feeling of doing something wrong shame is the feeling of being something wrong.” – Marilyn J. Sorensen

Todds Take Episode 5
Todd’s Take: The Culture of Medication

We are joined by Todd, a Board certified Physician’s Assistant, who has worked in the mental health industry for over 10 years. Todd is eager to discuss the role of psychiatry in addiction and mental health treatment. We take a look at American culture around psychiatric medication, the various philosophies surrounding medication, and why it’s so important each person finds the right medication for themselves.

Crystals Story Episode 4
Crystal’s Story: Using Drugs to Stop the Pain and Retaining Recovery in Adulthood

Crystal joins us to share her journey to recovery. She shares with us the events leading up to her seeking treatment followed by her experience. Facing relapse Crystal had two choices. Join us to find out how she once again found meaningful recovery.

Erikas Mission Episode 3
Erika’s Mission: ADHD Diagnosis and Correlation of Addiction

Erika, a counselor at Ashwood Recovery covers a topic that is personally close to her life. ADHD diagnosis is largely considered overly diagnosed. What are the effects of those who are either misdiagnosed and prescribed mind altering substances or those who need a diagnosis and don’t get said prescriptions? In this episode we explore the correlation between misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adolescents and addiction later in life.

Evans Story Episode 2
Evan’s Story: Growing Up Without a Guidebook to Being A Better Man Than Yesterday

Evan B., the Northpoint Recovery admissions supervisor, is joining No Way but North for the second time to share with us his story of Recovery. Evan has 6 years of recovery, is a Boise transplant from Seattle and someone who is always pushing himself. Evan covers his childhood and the effect it had on his addiction and his finding of recovery and finally how he pushes himself to be better than the man he was yesterday, every day.

Welcome To No Way But North Episode 1
Welcome to No Way but North!

After 15 episodes following incredible stories of addiction and delving into clinical topics with the hopes of furthering someone’s recovery we have made the jump to video. In this first episode of our new video podcast Jon and Cooper not only introduce the show and its purpose but themselves in a little more light.