From Darkness to Life

Our Collective Journey

From Darkness to Life contains the real stories of courageous individuals who have found their way out of the darkness caused by mental health challenges and substance abuse. If this podcast series resonates with you and you yourself or someone you love needs help, please reach out to Our Collective Journey on the web at "http://ourcollectivejourney.ca" or on facebook at "Our Collective Journey."

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Episodes

S04E25 - Sky High Resilience: The Tale of Rise Up
25-04-2024
S04E25 - Sky High Resilience: The Tale of Rise Up
"Join Ryan on an engaging journey in the latest episode of From Darkness to Life, as we explore the uplifting story of the Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Our special guests include Willy Taillon, the visionary behind the festival and a passionate hot air balloon pilot, alongside esteemed Gold Sponsors Rhonda Hayward, a dedicated mental health therapist, and Elizabeth McNally from Medicine Hat's Real Estate Collective.Dive into the history of the Rise Up Festival and discover the winds of change that inspired Willy to take to the skies. Learn how this spectacular event, set against the backdrop of Medicine Hat's scenic landscapes, is more than just a visual feast—it's a symbol of community, resilience, and mutual support.Our sponsors share their insights on the significance of bringing people together, sparking conversations about connection, and the collective effort to rise above challenges. This episode is a beautiful reminder of the powerful bonds that lift us up and the shared experiences that keep us moving forward. It is a testament to the fact that we are not alone in this journey of life, and that the connections we make are what truly give it meaning. Take a moment to appreciate the people in your life who have been there for you through thick and thin, and let this episode serve as a reminder of how important it is to nurture and cherish those relationships. Community. Connection. Hope.Don't miss out on this high-flying episode! Tune in and be part of a resilient community soaring towards hope and unity.We want to thank Season 4 sponsor, Crosswaters Counselling Services. When you think counselling, think Crosswaters! Connect with Rhonda at www.crosswaterscounselling.ca. Visit Elizabeth at https://realestatecollective.ca and on FB, IG, and TikTok.
S04E19 - Family Inclusion in Recovery: AARC's Blueprint for Lasting Transformation with Kelly Cummins
29-02-2024
S04E19 - Family Inclusion in Recovery: AARC's Blueprint for Lasting Transformation with Kelly Cummins
In this enlightening episode of "From Darkness to Life," Ryan dives deep into the world of recovery with a remarkable guest, Kelly Cummins, Clinical Director at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center (AARC). Kelly, a seasoned expert in the field, unveils the intricacies of AARC's holistic approach, emphasizing the significance of addressing not just the addiction itself but the entire spectrum of an individual's well-being. Learn how the integration of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual components forms the foundation of AARC's success in helping adolescents transition from darkness to a life filled with hope and purpose.Family plays a pivotal role in the recovery journey, and Kelly sheds light on the importance of family inclusion within the AARC program. She explores how AARC recognizes the vital role families play in supporting their loved ones on the road to recovery, fostering a sense of unity and understanding that is essential for lasting transformation. Additionally, Kelly discusses the power of peer support within the AARC service. Discover how this unique approach encourages a sense of community, shared experiences, and mutual encouragement among adolescents, creating a supportive environment that complements traditional therapeutic interventions. Join us for an engaging and insightful conversation that explores the heart of AARC's transformative work and the principles that guide adolescents on their journey from darkness to life. Kelly Cummins' expertise and passion for recovery provide a beacon of hope, inspiring both professionals and individuals seeking a comprehensive approach to healing.
S04E17 - One Decision Away: A Tale of Sobriety, Resilience, and Miraculous Transformations with Kim Shingler
15-02-2024
S04E17 - One Decision Away: A Tale of Sobriety, Resilience, and Miraculous Transformations with Kim Shingler
In this compelling episode of "FDTL", Ryan sits down with Kim Shingler, who shares an extraordinary journey of sobriety, resilience, and the transformative power of one decision.Kim begins by delving into her and her husband's brave decision to embark on a journey to sobriety right at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She reflects on how this choice not only strengthened their bond but also had a profound positive impact on their lives together.The narrative takes an emotional turn when Kim reveals the pivotal moment that changed their lives forever – a life-altering phone call. Kim's husband's brother, on the brink of death due to a devastating overdose, becomes the catalyst for an unexpected series of events that unfold miraculously.From the edge of despair to a moment that defies explanation, Kim talks about the incredible journey that led to the birth of "One Decision Away," a brand that encapsulates the profound philosophy that one decision can change the course of one's life.Join Ryan and Kim as they explore the profound impact of that one decision – not only on the lives of Kim and her husband but on the lives of those around them. This episode serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for positive transformation, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges."One Decision Away" is a riveting episode that will leave listeners inspired, reflecting on the power of choices and the incredible strength that can emerge from the darkest moments of life.Find out more about ODA on Instagram and Facebook @OneDecision.ClothingCo
S04E10 - Family Matters Interventions: Bridging the Gap in Addiction Recovery w/ Nicole Kearley
04-01-2024
S04E10 - Family Matters Interventions: Bridging the Gap in Addiction Recovery w/ Nicole Kearley
Welcome to another powerful episode of "From Darkness to Life" with your host, Ryan. This week, we have a special guest, Nicole, a seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience in the addiction space.Ryan and Nicole delve into the profound impact of addiction on families. Nicole's deep understanding of the dynamics within the family unit has driven her to create a groundbreaking service called Family Matters Intervention.In this episode, Nicole shares her insights into how addiction affects not only the individual struggling with it but the entire family as well. With her wealth of experience, she sheds light on the often-overlooked aspect of the collateral damage caused by addiction within the family structure.Family Matters Intervention is more than just a service; it's a lifeline for families navigating the challenging journey from darkness to life. Nicole discusses how this innovative approach fills a crucial gap in addiction support by extending care and assistance beyond the individual, reaching out to heal and empower the entire family unit.Tune in as Ryan and Nicole explore the importance of addressing addiction comprehensively, understanding its ripple effects, and offering a holistic solution through Family Matters Intervention. This episode promises to be both enlightening and inspiring, providing valuable insights into transforming lives and bringing families from darkness to life. 🎧 Listen now on our website: https://ourcollectivejourney.ca/podcastor wherever you get your favourite podcasts! Find Nicole and her service at:https://www.familymattersinterventions.com/Instagram and Facebook @familymattersinterventions