Welcome to the Elevate Experience Podcast

Co-hosts Angie Manson and Dallas Terrell bring you a genuine “behind the scenes” perspective from one of the most innovating and popular drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the industry, Elevate Addiction Services.

Gain an understanding of what it’s like to treat people with addiction. Learn about recovery from insiders who have not only been there but are now successfully saving hundreds of lives every year.

No topic is off-limits, and Dallas and Angie offer a very casual and relaxed conversation that is real, not polished, or stuffy. There is no fluff, just straight talk with people in the industry. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the Elevate Experience.

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Episode 1: Dan Manson

Dan Manson has been in the addiction treatment industry for more than 24 years. Dan started as an addiction counselor and came to realize that he disagreed with the treatment options and models that were available. So he and his wife, Angie created Elevate Addiction Services along with an amazing team of veteran staff.

On a mission to approach addiction more holistically, but also from a scientifically evidence-based approach, Dan and Angie centered the Elevate model around the idea of healing the whole person, not merely their symptoms. Listen to today’s episode to understand more about what makes Elevate Addiction Services stand apart from other addiction treatment centers and why it’s continuing to gain recognition as one of the premier treatment models in the industry.

Learn more about Dan Mason: LinkedIn

[1:45] Individual counseling

[3:07] One-on-one importance

[5:00] You are not alone

[5:53] Cognitive and mental stabilization

[6:46] Medical model is prescriptive

[9:58] Medical model makes clients recovery more critical to the counselor

[12:18] Easier to be a critic than a cheerleader

[14:10] Cognitive Behavioral therapy uses during treatment

[16:13] Scotts continued recovery experience

[18:54] Elevate’s biggest difference from AA or NA

[24:05] How COVID-19 is affecting aftercare

[25:42] Pillars of recovery

[32:56] Why Scott chose Elevate

[38:32] Responsibility in healing goes both ways

[40:58] Showing up

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Episode 2: Tim Sinnott

Tim Sinnott has over 30 years of addiction treatment experience, individual and group counseling, and dual diagnosis. Having gone through his own struggles with substance abuse and working for multiple treatment centers, Tim is glad to be working for a place like Elevate, where we practice what we preach.

Join us today as we talk about how the world’s current state has increased the need for substance abuse awareness and access to different treatment options. We will also talk about some of Tim’s favorite parts of the Elevate program and how they differ from other rehab facilities.

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[1:30] About Tim Sinnott 

[3:45] Elevate’s dedication to staying open during COVID-19 

[4:38] Relapse rate increase during the pandemic 

[8:12] Positive psychology in today’s chaos 

[13:12] Addiction and isolation 

[18:43] The blame game

[20:36] Mindfulness

[21:55] Why we believe in fitness as a part of recovery

[25:52] Symptom substitution 

[26:40] Elevate’s take on education 

[29:00] Why we offer different avenues of treatment 

[35:55] Recovery exit strategies 

[36:40] Elevate awarded for awesome treatment outcomes 

[41:58] Tim celebrates 39 years of sobriety

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Episode 3: Scott Friend

Scott Friend has a Doctorate in Psychology and many years of experience in addiction treatment. Scott has been through his own recovery journey and is a one-on-one counselor at Elevate Addiction Services.

Join us as we talk with Scott about the facets of one-on-one counseling, how Elevate’s program differs from traditional 12-step programs, and the importance of connecting with others during your recovery journey.

More about Scott

[1:45] Individual counseling

[3:07] One-on-one importance

[5:00] You are not alone

[5:53] Cognitive and mental stabilization

[6:46] Medical model is prescriptive

[9:58] Medical model makes clients recovery more critical to the counselor

[12:18] Easier to be a critic than a cheerleader

[14:10] Cognitive Behavioral therapy uses during treatment

[16:13] Scotts continued recovery experience

[18:54] Elevate’s biggest difference from AA or NA

[24:05] How COVID-19 is affecting aftercare

[25:42] Pillars of recovery

[32:56] Why Scott chose Elevate

[38:32] Responsibility in healing goes both ways

[40:58] Showing up

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Episode 4: Dallas Terrell

Dallas and Angie talk about Dallas’s journey to sobriety. From baseball superstar in high school to a rough and tumble early adulthood, Dallas talks about his journey to growth at Elevate. Because no two people recover the same way, a different program from the 12-step may be just what you need to feel empowered.

Dallas knows that just because he is a counselor doesn’t mean that he’s working on his recovery.

Where to Find Dallas Online:

Podcast: The Betterment Bros 

Instagram: @bettermentbros

Web : Betterment-bros.com

[1:56] Sober modality 

[3:24] Own your story 

[4:15] Low-light reel 

[5:04] Dallas’ dad’s sober journey 

[7:16] Highschool – the beginning of the end 

[12:09] The perfect storm for addiction 

[16:01] Park City 

[18:58] I thought that’s what you did

[19:48] Sober living house 

[22:42] Salt Lake 

[27:20] Homeless hospitality 

[28:59] Return to Salt lake 

[29:39] Revolving detox 

[33:18] Woke up to tragedy 

[34:15] Grandpa – the turnaround 

[34:42] Enrolled at Elevate

[35:34] What about the 12 steps? 

[36:39] 90-day program 

[38:00] Cured, uncured 

[39:48] Return to Elevate 

[41:28] Fits like a glove 

[46:41] Gotta go all in 

[47:41] Purpose, connection, healing 

[50:49] Mentally, emotionally, and physically 

 

[53:39] Fun in sobriety 

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Episode 5: TJ Woodward

Over 12 years in the addiction treatment industry, TJ is a recovery specialist, author, inspirational speaker, and treatment consultant. TJ’s books Conscious Being: Awakening to your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction, focus on new and informative ways to approach substance abuse and sobriety.

Join us today as we talk about the adaptation of Conscious Recovery at Elevate Addiction Services, it’s founding principles, and the genuine need to remain curious in this seemingly crazy world.

TJ Woodward Contact Info:

About Conscious Recovery

TJ Woodward’s Website

Instagram: @tjwoodward_

[2:07] Conscious recovery at Elevate

[4:48] Industry standards are changing

[5:12] Trauma and relapse

[7:43] Taking your power back

[9:19] Addiction is more than symptoms

[12:12] What it means to hold space for others

[16:46] Power dynamics in recovery

[17:38] Healing is not about telling or fixing

[18:34] Curiosity VS Force

[19:55] Train to be a C.O.P.

[24:56] TJ’s experience with Elevate

[26:33] Offer different tools

[28:00] How do you hold space?

[30:45] Problems in life

[34:32] The need for more than one tool during recovery

[35:35] Out of the box thinking – meet you where you’re at

[40:01] Divisions in the world

[42:40] Politics and holding space

[44:58] Sheltering in place and substance abuse

[56:17] The gifts animals bring

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Episode 6: Seth Provencio

Today Dallas and Angie talk with Seth Provincio. Seth recently graduated from the Elevate Addiction Services treatment program and has now joined the staff.

Join us as we explore the recovery program at Elevate and its influence on Seth and his life. Seth recalls his time at Elevate from detox to graduation. For Seth, his recovery meant rediscovering his hopes, dreams, goals, and his drive to get those things done.

“It can be thrilling to live sober and rebuild relationships with people you care about.” – Seth

Listen in for the full inspiring story!

Seth’s Contact Info: Instagram – @OGseth

[0:57] Recent graduate of the program and newly appointed staff

[1:39] Why Elevate?

[2:23] Life before Elevate – felt hopeless

[2:56] Happiness levels off the charts

[3:55] Worst day sober is better than my best day on drugs

[4:14] Detox was different because it was separate from the rest of the program

[5:58] Being sober for a year, happiest I’ve ever felt

[7:21] Past program experiences – step based treatments were not for me

[8:40] Phase one of treatment

[8:52] Trauma and addiction

[9:20] Feeling haunted but mindfulness helped Seth stay present

[10:22] All the moving parts of the program helped rebuild trust

[11:07] Everyone at Elevate is specialized in what they do. No one is responsible for everything

[11:58] Learned to be there for me

[13:12] Confronting the past – most healing aspect of the program

[15:30] Responsibility Step – helped recognize the patterns in your behavior

[17:06] It’s nice to be a part of the “real” world

[17:53] Amends process and epiphanies

[19:21] Blame game

[20:25] Working out and healing

[21:41] Actions over words – finding inspiration

[22:20] Perspective is important

[23:12] Elevate graduation – the end result of all the hard work

[24:24] More than just a rehab – it’s all about the real-life changes

[25:12] The grease behind the gears

[27:42] Mental blocks are more frequent than physical blocks

[28:32] Respect for the staff, who have been through their own recovery journey’s

[28:54] Seth’s favorite part of Elevate – being able to look at yourself and feel proud

[30:03] Seth’s continued recovery tools

[30:40] Never thought that sobriety could be fun

[31:35] Hope was the most crucial thing Seth gained from the Elevate Program

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Episode 7: Angie Manson

Today Dallas and Angie talk about Angie’s origin story. From low-income housing to CEO of Elevate Addiction Services, we will follow Angie’s story from start to finish.

Join us as we discover how Angie found a real passion for helping others by going through the journey herself. Walk with us through Angie’s struggles and see what consistent work and effort can do. You do the work. You get rewarded.

Inspired by her grandparents, who always believed in her, and her mom, who believed in tough love, Angie learned the hard way how to take care of herself and others.

Angie’s Contact Info:

Instagram: @angie.elevate

[2:20] Own your story

[3:29] Read, read, read

[5:39] 11-years old stealing and cutting school

[8:18] Inching closer to the dark side

[10:17] 16 years old – dropped out of high school & grounded

[11:32] Mom calls the cops

[12:46] Jail to treatment

[17:35] Being an addict was the best thing that ever happened to me

[19:06] Best friends and meth

[19:58] Up and left to Santa Cruz

[21:14] 23-day challenge

[22:29] Letter from Laura

[23:28] New job, new license

[23:53] Destroy the car, forget the job

[25:38] Public defender – the “problem”

[27:45] The wild, wild west – free radio spot

[31:15] A year in, probation stands

[31:42] Itch to help others

[32:04] Different mentality about treatment back then

[32:18] Andy was my first father figure

[34:57] Final court date

[36:54] Debt to society is paid

[37:54] Just keep doing the right thing – the world will work it out

[40:58] Endurance and loyalty

[43:27] Delivering baby number one, and payroll

[45:05] The evolution of treatment

[55:22] Nothing is impossible

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Episode 8: Zane Helburg

Zane has been sober since 2012. With a passion for laughter and a desire to share it with those in a recovery setting, Zane has visited countless rehab centers in California and throughout the United States.

Join us today as we talk about Zane’s journey to sobriety and how it influenced his comedy business. We talk about how important it is to laugh during recovery and what it means to live sober.

Zane Helberg Info:

Website: https://stircrazycomedyclub.com

Instagram: @zanehelberg

[1:38] Laugh to live

[4:12] Laughter as medicine

[5:48] The scariness of vulnerability

[7:36] Being yourself while getting sober

[12:35] Zane’s sobriety journey

[18:20] Learning to do things sober

[21:30] COVID-19 pandemic isolation and addiction

[28:59] You are not alone

[36:00] The 15-year sobriety journey

[39:10] Sobriety and real life

[51:42] Doing your own thing

[1:02:03] Elevates’ vibe

[1:04:58] You can be you at Elevate

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Episode 9: Elevate's Core Values

What is the role of family in addiction treatment?  How does someone feel when they first come into treatment?  Where is the line between helping and enabling and how do you treat someone who is undergoing detoxification in an addiction treatment facility?

Today we are joined by our Director of Health and Wellness, Leslie Ryan! This is an episode you won’t want to miss! We dive into the importance of rebuilding relationships in recovery and some common misconceptions about detoxing. 

[1:00] Our mission

[3:19] The difference

[6:54] Purpose-driven

[8:03] We are here to help

[11:30] Teamwork

[12:23] Never preach down to others

[16:16] Positive part

[17:20] Happiness and sobriety

[18:06] Genuine compassion without enabling

[21:16] Disingenuous radar

[23:27] The right thing

[25:00] Remember the standard

[25:34] What doing the right thing looks like

[30:19] Not always needing to be perfect

[31:14] Hardworking and fun

[34:02] Fighting the darkness with fun

[34:45] Being in the moment to see the good and the bad

[37:20] Sobriety is the expansion of life – not a restriction

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Episode 10: Health and Wellness with Leslie Ryan

What is the role of family in addiction treatment?  How does someone feel when they first come into treatment?  Where is the line between helping and enabling and how do you treat someone who is undergoing detoxification in an addiction treatment facility?

Today we are joined by our Director of Health and Wellness, Leslie Ryan! This is an episode you won’t want to miss! We dive into the importance of rebuilding relationships in recovery and some common misconceptions about detoxing. 

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Episode 11: Domestic Violence Awareness month with Carrie

Are you or a loved one a victim of domestic violence? Have you tried to get out of a sticky situation but couldn’t? Don’t miss out on this info-packed episode! Today we dig into addressing domestic violence calmly and presently and how that can help individuals make better choices for themselves and others.

In today’s episode, we talk with Carrie G, the women’s counselor at EAS. With over ten years at Elevate, multiple volunteer positions, and certifications, Carrie is passionate about advocating for individuals who have experienced domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Resources:
Walnut Avenue Women’s and Family Center

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-2MY-ALLY/1-866-269-2559

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Episode 12: The art of group counseling with Thomas Legan

Ever wondered what a peer-to-peer group counseling session would look like? Today we talk about the nuances of group counseling at Elevate. We will address why it is important not to prescribe clients but to use motivational interviewing to pull out their perspectives on their situation. 

Thomas is a group counselor/transport/ALL THE THINGS at Elevate. He’s been with us for more than 7 years! And today he shares his insights on group counseling dynamics, how Elevate’s program flips the script, and why he loves what he does. Stay tuned for this awesome episode! 

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Episode 13: The Naked Truth with Dona Speir

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a sober companion? Do you have a loved one struggling to stay sober after detox? Today we talk about the need for sober companionship during the initial stages of rehab and why it is so important to long-term success and how addiction coaching is different from therapy.

Using a loving and supportive approach, Dona ensures that the individual and their family is up-to-date on their whereabouts and progress. Dona also discusses the process of writing her new book and how that changed her perspective about sharing her story.

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About Dona:

Dona is an author, speaker, recovery expert and couch. She is the CEO of Recovery Coaching Experts and a certified Addiction Counselor I and II, and a certified interventionist. Dona has been sober for 32 years, and counseled thousands of women.

Dona’s website: https://donaspeir.com/
Instagram: @donaspeirrecovery

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Episode 14: Recovery with Rob Hannely

Recovery Today’s Rob Hannley gives us the inside scoop on his sobriety, while talking to us about life obstacles and experiences.

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Episode 15: Fitness vs. Addiction - The battle for true health

Today’s episode Dallas and Angie dive right into Crossfit and the role it has played in their life. They are also joined by Elevate’s COO Nate and the Rehabilitation director Tommy. Tommy and Nate are also Crossfit Level one trainers and have been instrumental in implementing Crossfit into the Elevate program. Enjoy the episode as these four talk “globo gyms” “true health” and everything in between. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate

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Episode 16: Recovery RX’D with Carleen Mathews

Today Angie and Dallas talk with Carleen Mathews -3X Crossfit Games athlete. Not only is Carleen an elite athlete, she is a person in recovery. Carleen has been sober for over ten years and is an active member in her recovery community. Together these three talk crossfit, service work, recovery, and how they all play off of each other. Enjoy the show!

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @teamcarleen @recoveryrxd

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Episode 17: Holiday How-to’s

Todays episode Angie and Dallas jump right into the holidays; the good and the bad. They explore the power of gratitude, connection, and the almighty carbohydrate. Dallas and Angie give  advice and signs to point out substance abuse under the guise of caring and connection. Enjoy the show and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the show. Happy Holidays from Elevate!!

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate

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Episode 18: Elevating our Youth with Sarah Vincent

Today, Dallas and Angie have an epic conversation with Sarah Vincent. Sarah has over 30 years sober and is a counselor as well as a recovery mentor. Sarah runs a non-profit serving the at risk youth of her community. Sarah talks about the amazing projects she is working on and how working with youth differs from adults. There are easter eggs all throughout this episode so sit back, relax, and enjoy the art of conversation. Enjoy the show and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the show. Happy Holidays from Elevate!!

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @sarahjosoulpurpose

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Episode 19: Building grit with Nick Wingo

Today Dallas and Angie talk with firefighter/paramedic/father/podcaster Nick Wingo. Nick runs a podcast called “Building grit one call at a time” and it can be found on all podcast streaming platforms. The crew dives into the perils of firefighting and speculate on the question “Who protects our protectors”? Amazing conversation, you do not want to miss it. Enjoy the show and don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the show. Happy Holidays from Elevate!!

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @building_grit

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Episode 20: 3,000 miles with Greg Nance

Today we converse with Greg Nance, an ultra marathon runner, entrepreneur, sobriety advocate, and non-profit business owner. Greg is well known for running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. This guy is a gem and was exhilarating to talk with. In March of 2021 he will be running 3,000 miles to celebrate his 3,000 days of sobriety. Not only that but he is filming the whole experience to raise awareness around the epidemic that is Addiction. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @gregrunsfar @1in7film

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Episode 21: Turning messages into melodies + some sobriety - with Joey YAK

Today we dive into conversation with the Studio CEO Joey YAK. Joey is a hip hop artist, entrepreneur, father, business owner and most importantly a man of faith and recovery. Joey so elegantly tells his story of sobriety, faith, hip hop, and perspective. This was one fantastic conversation that felt so familiar. Joey puts his heart and soul on the table and you can absolutely feel it. Enjoy the show and follow Joey along his journey @Joey.yak on all social platforms. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @joey.yak

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Episode 22: Sitting, feeling, healing with Joseph Clements

Today on the show we sat down with our dear friend Joe Clements. Joe Clements is a musician, mentor, father, and a man in recovery. Joe spent his early life playing music for an awesome punk band Fury 66. Joe has been sober, not sober, and sober again. He loves helping people explore the inner wisdom of mediation and truly embodies the fun, easy going approach to something often clouded and complicated. Stay tuned!

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @hella_meditated

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Episode 23: The other side of Addiction with Monica Kline

Today we dive deep into the other side of addiction with our dear friend Monica Kline. Monica is a business owner, branding expert, and most importantly a survivor. Monica tells her story of navigating a toxic marriage with an addicted loved one. Monica shares her courage, strength, and hope as she conveys the seriousness of addiction and the effect it has on others. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate @identity.brand.monica.kline

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Episode 23: Life changing phone calls with Kevin Mallon

Today we have a special In-house conversation with our Admission team specialist, Kevin Mallon. Kevin has been working at Elevate for close to a decade and has helped thousands of families and clients enroll in a life changing experience. Kevin has dealt with addiction first hand and has succeeded to say the least. Enjoy the conversation as we talk admissions, addiction, the current drug climate, and the importance of action and response. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate 

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Episode 24: The Virtual World with Christopher Buenrostro

Today we dive into a two-part episode with our very own Christopher Buenrostro. Chris is our go to guy for delivering treatment outside of a residential setting. Chris is the perfect example of the heroes journey, and runs our Intensive Outpatient Program. Chris and the gang discuss everything “virtual” and what intensive outpatient treatment looks like. Now that may sound boring to some, but we promise to deliver quality on this episode. Don’t forget to tune in next week for part two! Happy listening. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate 

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Episode 25: The Virtual world Pt.2 with Chris Buenrostro

Today we dive into our part two episode with our very own Christopher Buenrostro. Chris is our go to guy for delivering treatment outside of a residential setting. Chris is the perfect example of the heroes journey, and runs our Intensive Outpatient Program. Chris and the gang discuss everything “virtual” and what intensive outpatient treatment looks like. Now that may sound boring to some, but we promise to deliver quality on this episode. Don’t forget to tune in next week for part two! Happy listening. 

Make sure to follow us on social – @elevateaddictionservices @chuckgerkin @angie.at.elevate 

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