This podcast series explores addiction through the lens of trauma, disconnection and healing. As our communities have become more and more disconnected from healthy relationships with family, friends, and community itself, addictions too have become more widespread in our communities.
We define trauma here, as the lack of safety, connection and healthy relationships. The crisis of disconnection is a trauma that we are facing in our communities, families and friendships.
We will be exploring how the trauma of disconnection impacts addictions.
How can we reconnect in ways to assist those individuals, families and communities struggling with addictions?
Episode One: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Marion Cooper (RSW) to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.
Marion Cooper is Chief Executive Officer of CMHA for Manitoba and Winnipeg. Marion also served as the Executive Lead for Strategic Partnerships with CMHA National supporting partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities from January 2018 -2020. She is a clinical social worker and mental health and addictions leader who has worked in the community sector in various positions since 1992. She was instrumental in establishing the mental health promotion and prevention team at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from 2003 till 2014. Marion is passionate about recovery, system transformation and innovation to advance mental health and well-being for the entire population.
Episode Two: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Tim Fletcher to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.
Tim Fletcher is President and Director of Finding Freedom, President and Founder of Tim Fletcher Co., RE/ACT and LIFT Online Learning. Pastor for 30+ years, and a counsellor at Tamarack Recovery Centre in Winnipeg for 15 years. As an addictions counsellor at Tamarack Recovery Centre in Winnipeg, he found the work of Gabor Mate which showed research stating that 97% of addicts he worked with also struggled from Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). Tim began researching C-PTSD extensively and he concluded that this was the missing link between people struggling with mental health issues and addictions and finding freedom from the effects of it. Tim began hosting Finding Freedom on Friday nights, which grew to a weekly attendance of over 1,000 people in person and online. From there, clients were searching and asking for more, so Tim developed the RE/ACT program. Today, the RE/ACT program runs in-person across Canada and online worldwide, helping those who are struggling with the consequences of Complex Trauma. Over 5 years of data shows 68% addiction recovery rates for clients who have graduated from the RE/ACT program. Finding Freedom has over 1.2 Million views collectively on YouTube. Together with his team and partners, Tim’s vision is to help shift the addiction recovery landscape by continuing to be a front runner in helping people on their journeys of Thriving Beyond Complex Trauma.
Episode Three: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Marion Willis to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.
Marion Willis M.S.M. (Meritorious Service Medal) is the Founder & Executive Director of St. Boniface Street Links and its’ flagship long-term recovery program, Morberg House. 2021 recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Orders Chancellery of Honours, Governor General of Canada Morberg House Recovery Program producing successful outcomes many times the national average for addictions recovery.
Episode Four: Michael Redhead Champagne is joined by Eldon Dueck to discuss The Crisis of Disconnection.
Eldon Dueck is an educator from Steinbach, Manitoba. Eldon began his teaching career in 1984, previously he worked with young people as a youth pastor. The last 13 years of Eldon’s career as an educator, he was in the role of school principal and enjoyed his work as a school leader. Eldon took it as an opportunity to influence school culture with a mindset of inclusion and deep caring for all students, especially any at-risk or marginalized students. A few years into being a school principal, he recognized the need to attain his M. Ed. to help do his work better. After retirement, Eldon has been working half-time as a teacher liaison for students with attendance issues and other complicating factors. After 41 years of working with young people, Eldon considers it a privilege to still make connections with students and build meaningful and lasting relationships. Eldon’s two favorite personal quotes are: “I will help you until you can help yourself” and “RPR – Relentless Pursuit of Relationship!”