When does it stop being a party and start becoming a problem? Is there a way to steer clear of addiction?

Every Wednesday, Mike McGowan explores substance use disorders with expert guests.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

February 3, 2021 23 minutes

Nanci Schiman discusses the life challenges facing people dealing with eating disorders. Nanci is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker with Cedar Lake Counseling. She works with families, couples, and individuals with all manner of mental health concerns including: addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Nanci can be reached at (262)-244-6177 and [email protected] For more information on eating disorders, visit National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

January 27, 2021 24 minutes

Roland F. Williams, MA, discusses relapse, relapse prevention, and the work that needs to be done to stay in recovery. Long before the drug or drink enters the body of a person in recovery, relapse can already be occurring. Mr. Williams is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and Director of Training for the CENAPS Corporation. Roland works world-wide as a counselor, interventionist, lecturer, trainer, teacher, author, and consultant specializing in addiction-related issues. Roland and CENAPS can be reached for additional information at https://www.cenaps.com

The Real Rocky Mountain High

January 20, 2021 24 minutes

Jessica is a young woman from Colorado who got into recovery at a young age after spiraling down quickly when she began to use in her teens. Jess shares her story of burned bridges, new hopes, and gratitude for a sober life. If you are concerned about your use, you can do what Jess did: reach out for help. It can start with a phone call: 262-554-6611. You can also find AA meetings here: https://mtg.area75.org/meetings.html?dist=7 and NA meetings here: https://namilwaukee.org/meetings/

All Rise

January 13, 2021 21 minutes

Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Mary K. Wagner discusses the impact substance use has had on the individuals, families, and children she has seen come before her over her decades-long, storied career as a public servant. Judge Wagner has served for thirty years as a Circuit Court Judge and will be leaving the bench at the end of her current term.

The Day the Foolishness Ends

January 6, 2021 22 minutes

Ross Bacon talks about his winding road towards recovery. Ross was a pastor turned salesperson who hid his use from everyone. Until one day he didn’t. Ross now works as a Treatment Advocate for the Recovery Centers of America in suburban Chicago. In his work he helps people get the help they need and want. Ross can be contacted through the Recovery Centers of America at https://recoverycentersofamerica.com/locations/st-charles-il/

Just One More Level

December 30, 2020 23 minutes

Joshua Andrus discusses media addiction and the effects it has on young people and their families. Joshua is a Senior Addiction Counselor who works with active military personnel and veterans experiencing homelessness. He is also an author of a children’s book series aimed at helping young people and their families overcome the obstacle of tech addiction and live healthier lives. Those books can be found on Amazon.

A Gift for Myself

December 23, 2020 22 minutes

Ruth Donalds talks about the Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse’s “Loved Ones” program, a support group that focuses on education and practical strategies that concerned others can use to reclaim their lives and regain their own happiness while also working on getting their loved ones into treatment. For more information about the group, see https://www.hopecouncil.org/programs-services/special-families-programming/loved-ones-group-craft/ or call 262-658-8166. If you are interested in the book Ruth mentions, it is Baffled By Addiction? Successful Strategies to Help Your Addicted Loved One by Ed Hughes and Ronald Turner and is available at the Hope Council and on Amazon.

But What if My Kids Won’t Like Me?

December 16, 2020 26 minutes

Andy Duran talks about parents’ and caregivers’ roles in helping their children avoid the pitfalls of substance use. The conversations and relationships parents have with their children are the primary reason young people stay away from drinking and other drug use. Andy is the chief executive of LEAD, an organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy family relationships, emotional wellness, and the prevention of alcohol, other drug use, and other risky behavior by youth. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Higher Education

December 9, 2020 21 minutes

Marcy Hufendick, Program Director and Senior Counselor at the University of Wisconsin Parkside, discusses the role universities play in addressing substance use on campus. As universities attempt to keep instruction and campus life as normal as possible during the pandemic, substance use and partying have contributed to a change in how college students experience college life. The UW Parkside Counseling Center can be reached at 262-595-2366.

The Spirit Lives On

December 2, 2020 23 minutes

Robin Monson-Dupuis talks about surviving her immeasurable pain and her journey to heal and even grow after the traumatic loss of her son to heroin. Robin can be reached at rmmwellness.com, and her book, Spirit Son: A Mother’s Journey to Reconnect with Her Son After His Death From Heroin Overdose, is available on Amazon and from other book retailers.