Special Episode
Recovery Rewind: From The Cutting Room Floor

Released June 16, 2023

In this special episode of Recovery Replay, host Dominic Lawson shares unreleased content from previous guests Deena Harless and Scott Plumb, offering deeper insights into their inspiring journeys of overcoming addiction and finding hope in recovery.

Deena Harless opens up about her son Aaron’s diagnosis with cystic fibrosis, a condition that also affects her mother. Despite the challenges, Deena’s resilience and strength, cultivated through her unique family role, position her as the most capable sibling to handle this difficult situation. Director of Outpatient at The Meadows in Houston, Texas, Eyerusalem Mulatu explores how significant life changes and losses, like those experienced by Deena, can profoundly impact one’s identity, coping mechanisms, and mental health, sometimes leading to substance abuse. Mulatu emphasizes the importance of processing grief and loss as an integral part of the addiction recovery process.

Scott Plumb reflects on the life-changing camaraderie and support he found among fellow patients at Gentle Path treatment center. He likens these unbreakable bonds to those formed between soldiers in battle, highlighting the crucial role of connection in healing from addiction. Scott Davis, Executive Director of Gentle Path, elaborates on how shared painful experiences enable men in recovery to forge deep, supportive connections that promote lasting healing. Davis underscores the message of hope, affirming that no matter how painful one’s story may be, recovery is possible, and joy can be found on the other side of addiction.

Chip Plumb, Scott’s brother, shares the transformative impact of recovery on their sibling relationship. As they both navigate their recovery journeys, they have developed a deeper level of communication, understanding, and unwavering support for each other.

This episode serves as a powerful reminder that recovery from addiction is possible, even in the face of significant challenges and painful experiences. By processing grief, fostering supportive connections, and maintaining hope, individuals can overcome addiction and find renewed purpose and joy in recovery. Recovery Replay continues to provide inspiration and guidance for those in the behavioral health community, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and believing in the possibility of lasting healing.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Processing Grief and Loss in Addiction Recovery

Significant life changes and losses can deeply impact one’s mental health and lead to substance abuse. Addressing and processing grief is crucial for successful addiction recovery and overall well-being.

  1. The Power of Connection in Overcoming Addiction

 Forming deep, supportive connections with others who have shared similar experiences can be transformative in the journey to overcome addiction. Treatment centers like Gentle Path foster an environment where these bonds can develop, promoting lasting healing.

  1. Resilience and Strength in the Face of Challenges

   Deena Harless’ story highlights the importance of resilience and inner strength when faced with difficult situations, such as a child’s chronic illness. These qualities can be instrumental in navigating the challenges of addiction recovery.

  1. Hope and Joy in Recovery: A Message from Gentle Path

   Scott Davis, Executive Director of Gentle Path, emphasizes that no matter how painful one’s story may be, there is always hope for recovery. Finding joy and purpose in life is possible on the other side of addiction.

  1. Strengthening Family Bonds Through Recovery

   Addiction recovery can have a profound impact on family relationships, as demonstrated by Scott and Chip Plumb’s experiences. As siblings in recovery, they have developed a deeper understanding, communication, and support for each other.

  1. Seeking Help and Believing in Lasting Healing

   Recovery Replay serves as a reminder for those in the behavioral health community that seeking help is crucial, and believing in the possibility of lasting healing is essential. Recovery from addiction is achievable with the right support and mindset.