An Open Discussion with Jeannie & JJ

This is the first episode where I host two guests, Jeannie and JJ, to share their perspectives.  Jeannie, the mother of Erin Baringer, lost her son Dean to heroin and is in recovery herself. JJ, also a recovering addict, shares her story.

Meet Alex Stark

Incarceration can have a way of changing a man. Having your freedom taken away serving as the wakeup call some with addictive tendencies sorely need. This was the case, on some level, for Alex Stark.

The Zach Salamon Trilogy Episode III

In this episode we talk the twelve steps, Zach shares his opinion on religion and the difference between religious and spirituality. Zach shares his thoughts on how we can better combat the problem of addiction in society.

The Zach Salamon Trilogy Episode II

Zach discusses drug use during times of war, the Vietnam War in particular. An expert in cinematography, Zach shares his thoughts on how film played a role in shaping public opinion on drugs.

Hanna’s Reflection

Working in a local intensive care unit has given Hanna an interesting perspective on addiction.  A fellow Saginaw native and Heritage High School graduate; Hanna give her thoughts on growing up in a drug saturated environment.

How Could This Happen to My Daughter Pt. 1

Emily Ballien shares her perspective in this Discussion. She opens up about her seven year battle with addiction that developed from the trauma of experiencing abusive relationships. We discuss drug education and what she is doing to stay balanced.

How Could this Happen to My Daughter Pt. 2

We talk to Jeanette who shares her perspective on what it was like to have her daughter hooked on heroin. We talk about their seven year battle with her daughter Emily’s addiction.We talk about codependency. And we get her thoughts on what her family is doing to combat this problem.

Analytical Thoughts

Hansel joins our Discussion in this episode. We discuss our experience with drug education programs in school, suggest new approaches to make education on the topic more successful, as well as US drug policy as a whole.

Kaleigh’s Journey

Kaleigh joins our discussion to share her story and talk about her struggles with addiction, how her views on drugs differ from substance to substance, and a new therapy that is yielding fantastic results for her.

The Soldier’s Story

Erin Baringer has seen a lot in his life. He has first hand experience in how widespread the opiate problem has become from working at EMS. He joins our Discussion in this episode and shares his thoughts on addiction with us.

Discussion with Deshawn

Deshawn Hayes joins our Discussion in this episode. Deshawn, now the father of two, discusses Shop with Hayes his current project which is fashion consulting brand as well as his thoughts growing up in Saginaw and addiction.

Active Suffering

Justin joins our Discussion to share his perspective on what it’s like to be stuck in active addiction. We discuss his progression into drug use, the reasons behind it, and Justin opens up about the impact it’s had on his children.

The Blueprint

Our first episode: We discuss the brand, what we’re looking to accomplish, how we’re going to accomplish it, and where we’re hoping to go. O.D. will be interwoven in the fabric of the community we serve. Each piece telling its own story.