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Rooted Recovery Stories

Welcome to the Recovery Stories podcast, bringing you stories of hope, healing & triumph over the bondage of addictions, mental health struggles, trauma & dysfunctional family systems. Our courageous storytellers have chosen to live their journey out loud in order to show others that they don’t have to suffer in silence. The stories you will hear are raw, real and may involve graphic and triggering content. This podcast is brought to you by Promises Behavioral Health’s Rooted Alumni Community.

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Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 98

Dedee Pfeiffer

She’s an award-winning actress and producer known for her wide range of dramatic and comedic roles. Currently starring in the gripping ABC mystery “Big Sky,” now filming its third season, the fiery Dedee’s nearly four-decade career has placed her alongside Hollywood’s elite and earned her the respect of masters of the acting craft. Her role in the ABC drama “Big Sky” as Denise Brisbane, a sharp-witted assistant at a private detective agency in Montana, marks her return to Hollywood following a 10-year hiatus in which she earned her Master of Social Work from UCLA.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 97

Zach Noe Towers

He’s one of the funniest humans on this planet and a true hero in the world of comedy due to his openness about his recovery: Writer, actor, and phenomenal comedian, Zach Noe Towers shares about life behind the curtain of laughs! We cover everything from addiction, recovery, breaking stigma, imposter syndrome, coming out, and working in a profession where partying is the norm. You won’t want to miss this extra special episode for National Recovery Month!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 96

Marci Hopkins

She’s an award-winning TV Personality, host and creator of Wake Up with Marci, a Recovery Expert on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC and the author of ‘Chaos to Clarity: Seeing The Signs and Breaking The Cycles’. In this episode, Marci shares about her journey through addiction and how she found hope and a dynamic life full of joy through the transformation of recovery! 


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 95

Brian Sullivan

Emmy Award-winning producer, beloved PR icon, media, and broadcast journalism expert, Brian Sullivan, has spent much of his career shining a light on the mental health & addiction crisis, overdose, and opioid epidemic plaguing not only Nashville, but the state of Tennessee, and all of the United States. He’s helped countless people tell their stories and used his own voice to break stigma and raise awareness through the full range of news media.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 94

Marti Gould Cummings

Marti Gould Cummings is an NYC drag artist, television personality, and political figure. Throughout their nearly decade-long drag career Marti has been a regular fixture in the drag world performing up to 6 regular shows a week. They have sold out concerts at 54 Below, Lincoln Centers Big Apple Circus, Dixon Place and regularly tour the world with Atlantis Cruises. You can see Marti on Fusion television’s Shade Queens of NYC, on The Marti​Report on LOGO, Dragged on Yahoo! and on The X Change Rate on The Build Series.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 93

Mike Maeshiro

Mike is an LGBTQ+ advocate, a queer theology enthusiast, author, teacher, social media influencer, thought leader & founder, and CEO of Numa, a spiritual intelligence organization that equips people in theology, spirituality, and faith.  Join the conversation as Patrick Custer dives deep with Mike into his own story, struggle, and fight to find peace, authenticity, and freedom. This is a thoughtful discussion around spirituality, the LGBTQIA+ population, trauma, hope, and healing!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 92

Captain Sandy Yawn

She’s a renowned superyacht captain with over 3 decades of international maritime experience, and star of Bravo’s hit TV series Below Deck Mediterranean.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 91

Mackenzie Phillips

Actress, musician, author, and recovery advocate, Mackenzie Phillips, shares an extremely vulnerable and heartfelt interview with host, Patrick Custer, about her story of trauma, addiction, fame, fortune, healing, and recovery.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 90

Braunwyn Windham Burke

Former Real Housewife of the OC, LGBTQ+ & Recovery Activist, Braunwyn Windham Burke returns to our show for a wonderful conversation about her journey dealing with mental health issues and finding solutions that have helped change her and many other people’s lives for the better!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 89

Heather Hayes

Heather Hayes is a nationally & internationally renowned interventionist, author, speaker and respected authority on complex mental health issues and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. She’s also been featured on most major TV networks and serves as an on-air expert and consultant for CNN and Dr. Oz, and last but certainly not least she’s a featured interventionist on past seasons of A&E’s high-profile show Intervention. Heather shares about her journey through recovery and how she helps people access tools to win their own battles!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 88

Ty Herndon

Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning recording artist, Ty Herndon, joins us to share about his life growing up in the south, navigating a career in the music industry in active addiction, the bravery it took to come out of the closet and surviving multiple relapses on his path to long-term recovery! Ty reveals how his forthcoming album, Jacob (releasing spring 2022), tells these stories for the first time through his music!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 87

Jaime Wyatt

Queer queen of outlaw country music, Jaime Wyatt, joins us to share about her journey growing up on the west coast, navigating a career in the music industry, the bravery it took to come out of the closet and surviving addiction until she ultimately found hope in sobriety!


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 86

Logan Slaughter

Logan Slaughter is an Arizona born NYC bred drag queen “Logan Hardcore” who has made waves throughout his career.  From titles like Entertainer of the Year on fire island, to Dance Artist of The Year 4 years in a row at NYC Glam Awards to newly NYC sober queen. Logan has a way of saying what most people are thinking but unwilling to say. In this episode, Logan shares about how gay clubs and venues were a haven of safety for him since coming out and provided him the avenues for human connection we all need for developing and maintaining friendships, romance & artistic professional development. He opens up about the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse in this community that took him to places he never imagined. Now in long-term recovery, Logan explains his passionate stance on sobriety being for those who need and want it.
No stranger to the spotlight, Logan began using his platform to change lives behind the microphone when he launched his own show during the Covid-19 pandemic, Hardcore SobrieTEA; A podcast focused on tough conversations and critique with guests and topics related to sobriety, the recovery world, Real Housewives and of course all things Rupaul’s Drag Race!
Logan is an active member of the LGBTQIA recovery community and is currently Co-Chair of Fundraising for the non-profit organization, Gay and Sober Inc. which hosts the national Gay and Sober Men’s Conference annually in NYC during Pride weekend.


Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 85

Lauren Alaina

Multi-platinum selling singer song writer, actress and author, Lauren Alaina, opens up about the obstacles she’s overcome in her career and how excited she is to get out on tour and share her new album Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World with all of her fans. No matter who you are, life has brought new hurtles to our entire world over the past few years. The music and entertainment business has been at the forefront of industries shaken by the pandemic. But Lauren is a fighter, survivor, and hard worker. She shares how surprised she was when this was acknowledged during her recent set at the Grand Ole Opry where Trisha Yearwood stopped the show to present her with the invitation to become a member of the Opry – a most prestigious honor in country music.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 84

Dr. Robert Weiss

Dr. Weiss shares his story recovery from trauma, sex addiction & intimacy disorder. He also shares valuable insight into the current state of human development in this generation as it relates to families and the prevalence of intergenerational trauma.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 83

Dr. Robert Weiss

Dr. Weiss shares his story recovery from trauma, sex addiction & intimacy disorder. He also shares valuable insight into the current state of human development in this generation as it relates to families and the prevalence of intergenerational trauma.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 82

Patrick Custer

The seats have been swapped and roles reversed for this special episode. Guest host, Erica Frances from WKRN News 2, joins the show to interview show host, Patrick Custer, about his journey fighting for his life through brain tumor diagnosis, surgeries, and subsequent medical complications. This is a story of hope, perseverance and resilience that will resonate with anyone needing encouragement – or just wanting to hear a bizarre story!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 81

Dr. Ivan Stoev

We are talking to Dr. Ivan Stoev, the Neurosurgeon who helped our storyteller from last week, Victoria, begin her sudden journey to healing. Dr. Stoev shares from his perspective about what makes Victoria’s case unique in addition to the remarkable adversities he overcame in order to help save her life today!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 80

Victoria Phillips

Can you imagine being states away from home, on a different continent from your family, when the sudden onset of acute-unknown symptoms force you into the emergency room for the first time in your life. You’re young, athletic and have every reason to believe you’re perfectly healthy. But within 24-hours of being admitted to the hospital, you’re in the operating room for brain surgery. This is just the beginning of Victoria’s journey enduring Chiari malformation and fighting a medulloblastoma brain tumor. Tune in to hear her story of hope and resilience!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 79

Darice Spackman

Darice shares her journey of how a life-altering accident forced her to approach life differently. She says that perseverance and a positive perspective was essential for surviving through her pain. However, when it began interfering with her quality of life, ability to show up as a mother and perform at her job, she knew it was time to get help. Tune in to find out about Darice’s special tie to the healing she finally received and how her story ultimately unfolded!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 78

Mike Marjama

Mike Marjama, former Major League Baseball player for the Seattle Mariners, shares his life’s story with host, Patrick Custer, and how he once struggled with disordered eating that threatened his ability to play the sport he loves.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 77

Daniel Henderson

National recovery coach and speaker on addiction, mental heath & traumatic brain injury, and founder of the non-profit Recover Wisely, Daniel Henderson, shares about finding hope and recovery just a few years before a severe hiking accident left his life hanging in the balance.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 76

Ashley Hampton

Trauma survivor, LGBTQIA advocate & licensed mental health therapist, Ashley Hampton, shares her story of healing and trauma recovery from the spiritual abuse she experienced as a result of being raised in a high-control religious movement that she and many other ex-members have since identified as a cult.

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Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 75

Jeremy Jackson (part 2)

Tune in for part 2 of Jeremy Jackson’s story!

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Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 74

Jeremy Jackson (part 1)

From starring in Baywatch & multiple reality TV shows to the fashion world of endorsement and show-hosting, making his own music and touring the country and now most importantly being an advocate and person in long-term recovery, our guest today, Jeremy Jackson, has just about done it all!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 73

Jody McBrayer

Grammy nominated and Dove award winning gospel music artist, Jody McBrayer shares his journey through mental health struggles and trauma to finding hope & healing through his faith and professional mental health services.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 72

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas shares his journey through trauma, addiction to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 71

David Hampton

Recovery Coach, musician & public speaker, David Hampton, CPRC, shares his journey through addiction to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 70

Dawn Nickel

Dawn Nickel, Founder of SHE RECOVERS® Foundation, is a thought leader in the women’s recovery sphere as well as an accomplished leader, dedicated researcher, and visionary in the recovery moment.

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 69

Courtney Grimes

Psychotherapist, person in long-term eating disorder recovery & recovery advocate, Courtney Grimes, LCSW, shares about her journey through trauma and process addiction to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 68

Sean Brock

Celebrity chef, former TV host, New York Times Best-Selling Author & recovery advocate shares about his journey through trauma and addiction to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 67

Braunwyn Windham-Burke

Former actress on Bravo’s Housewive’s of the OC, mother of 7, activist & recovery advocate shares how her journey through trauma, many episodes of addiction, life on TV, a huge family dynamic shift, asking for help and getting second chances has brought her to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

Rooted Recovery Stories Episode 66

Duke Rumely

Jordan Thomas shares his journey through trauma, addiction to a life of authenticity, hope & recovery!

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