It’s not all sob stories, but it is raw. We share our vulnerabilities and talk with thought leaders and “normal” people in hopes that it will help others who are struggling with substance use. Available wherever you get your podcasts.
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
Correlation, Not Causation
Behind the Scenes
Lisa Carter, Co-Director at Mid-America ATTC, and Sherrie Watkins, Technology Transfer Specialist at Opioid Response Network, join the PrevenTable to talk about the importance of supporting service providers, upstream and downstream solutions, the resurgence of stimulants, and the power of knowledge.
Selling Hope for Free
What happens to a child when their parent is incarcerated? The idea for 4 Walls & Beyond came to Lisa Porter, Founder & CEO, 18 years ago when she was incarcerated in Vandalia Women’s Prison. She discusses the challenges of parenting behind bars and how her organization helps strengthen the parent-child relationship. Lisa is joined by Otis Lumpkin, Chief Financial Officer, whose lived experience drew him to the mission.
Freedom on the Other Side of the Storm
Charlie Backer sits down to discuss sobriety, hot sauce, vulnerabilities and his book, The Sober Impact. He shares how sobriety has shaped him into the man he is today; how he shares his experience and pitfalls with his two kids; and how people, just like ogres, have layers.
Knock and Go In
Therapeutic Consultant, Dr. Russell Hyken, discusses how he navigates teens and their families through residential treatment and beyond. He explains how his time as a high school principal led him to his current role working within family systems. . . including his own.
This Is Not Mine
KSHE 95 Radio Host, Lauren “Lern” Elwell, pops across the hall to discuss how she prioritizes her mental health and why she chooses to use her platform to support others. Lern talks setting boundaries and how the relationship between “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” has evolved.
Matt Bauersachs, founder of Learn to Live Recovery, describes his path to creating an innovative step-down program for males in long-term recovery. Hear how this extended care model provides a safety net for the residents by building relationships, teaching skills, and instilling knowledge.
Space for Connection
Luka Cai, co-founder of SQSH, joins the PrevenTable to talk about the unique, non-hierarchical role that peer counselors play in supporting LGBTQIA+ community members, the importance of relationship building, and working towards a St. Louis region where people of all genders and sexualities live with power, safety, and dignity.
Helping People is Pretty Neat
School Counselor Chris Allen emphasizes the need for prevention programs and support services in rural communities and talks about what it’s really like to work with teens today. He notes that while cannabis use, anxiety disorders, and suicide are prevalent, the power of peers can address these challenges head-on.
Are you working to disrupt the system and be an ally for BIPOC individuals? Do you have a friend that challenges you and pushes you to be better? Vontriece McDowell talks about why it’s important to ask the tough questions of each other, be intentional about the relationships we develop, and call out the B.S.
Hold On Pain Ends
What do the construction industry and suicide have in common? Unfortunately, a lot. The suicide rate in the construction industry is 3x-5x times higher than the national average. Bo Cooper, Alberici Safety Director, and Brandon Anderson, Vice President of Safety for the Association of General Contractors stop by to discuss this and how they are tackling it head-on because everyone needs some HOPE in their lives.
Change + Capacity = Activism
How can we redefine norms around mental health in immigrant communities? Dr. Min Liu (Professor of Communication at SIUE) and the student members of the Asian American Civic Scholars are tackling this important question, conversation by conversation. Hear how they are bringing resources like Teen Mental Health First Aid- and creating their own- to their schools, parents, and grandparents to create positive change and save lives.
Our Secrets Keep Us Sick
The conversation continues with bestselling author of The Addiction Inoculation, Jessica Lahey. She advocates for frequent, fact-based dialogue about drugs, beginning in pre-K and continuing through college and shares how she creates the space for convos with her kids.
How Can I End This With Me?
It's All About Connection: RecoveryFest 2022
Banking on Community
For almost 15 years, Stacy Clay was an advocate and leader in St. Louis Public Schools, and worked to develop comprehensive Student Support Services. When he stepped into a new role at First Bank, his fresh perspective as a non-banker and his understanding of community issues proved invaluable in furthering First Bank’s local emphasis. Stacy talks about the importance of relationships in banking, education, and community, and how technology serves as an important conduit for connection as the landscape and ways we communicate change.
It Makes You Human
Aldin Lolic has been working to address opioids and substance use disorder in the St. Louis Bosnian community for 4 years and is now the chair of the newly formed Bosnian Opioid Project. He discusses why we need to be proactive instead of reactive, the importance of community, and why stigma and shame have a devastating domino effect on fighting causes such as substance use disorder. He notes the challenges that both immigrants and refugees face when resources are needed and what St. Louis is doing to address them.
The B Word
Principals are scary, right? Wrong! North Kirkwood Middle School Principal (and uber-wrestling fan) Dana Liberton, sheds light on her journey from student to head principal, including the strong women and happy accidents that helped shape her. Dana lights up as she describes the significance of her role in young people’s lives, the importance of prevention programs, the strength of her team, and the eccentricities of middle schoolers.
Duty of Care
Getting In Sync
Alicia and Courtney, the dynamic community engagement duo, are back with more tips and tricks. They highlight some accomplishments of PreventEd’s newly-formed Community Advisory Board, including widespread installation of 100 Naloxboxes in the St. Louis Region!
What the heck does “Community Engagement” really mean? And how do you do it? Alicia Smith and Courtney Hinton provide a behind-the-scenes look at PreventEd’s newest department, Community Engagement. It’s a little art, a little science, and a lot of relationship-building and connecting the dots.
A Seat at the Table
Lily Geiger stops by the PrevenTable to discuss Figlia, the alcohol-free aperitif she created, and the inspiration behind it. It’s a tribute to the power of family – the given and the chosen. And an opportunity for honest conversations: serving the good stuff while talking about the hard stuff.
Life After Sport
What do you do when you can’t do what you’ve always done? Alexis Thurston details how she pushed forward after a life-altering car accident dashed her college rugby career and found new purpose through motherhood, recovery, exercise, and forest bathing (what the heck is that?).
The Future of Hospitality is Inclusivity
Founder of Zero Proof Nation, Laura Silverman, describes how she elevates non-alcoholic options and connects people across the sobriety spectrum and across the country. Laura is a booze-free babe in many realms: “soberoke” (sober karaoke), roller derby, and Canva. Check out her new podcast, By Volume!
The Power of Peers
Colton Baker describes his role as the Lead Recovery Coach in the EPICC Outreach Project and details how the project works to connect people with resources and peer support after an overdose. He describes the project’s success (e.g. high engagement rate, low response time, coordinated response) in keeping people out of the hospital system and making treatment truly accessible.
Do You Have Any Questions for the Pharmacist?
Dr. Hedva Barenholtz-Levy explains her role as a geriatric specialist pharmacist and the complexities that accompany working with older adults. Listen as she describes the risks that alcohol, cannabis, and opioids can pose to seniors and as she urges consumers to become an active part of their healthcare team.
The First Ladies
Geraldine and Belinda of the First Ladies’ Network discuss high infant mortality rates in St. Louis’ Black community and what they are doing about it. These First Ladies of the church engage in peer-led discussions with prenatal and postpartum moms to support their mental health and provide needed services.
Three Sheets to the Wind
Jen Maness, owner of Hello Juice and Smoothie, discusses how she incorporates health and wellness into her sober lifestyle. Newsflash: It isn’t all avocado toast and acai bowls (although those are certainly delicious!) Jen also dishes on business expansion and (gasp!) ex-boyfriends.
It Takes a Village
Leslie Robinson, CEO of H.O.P.E. for the Future, describes how and why she founded the mentoring program for teen moms…during the pandemic! She addresses the shame and stigma that often are directed to young parents and speaks to the ways that her organization helps encourage, support, and empower her participants.
What Smart Parents Do
Recoverers and Discoverers
Brand journalist (what the heck is that?!) and non-profit founder, Kristin Tippit, emphasizes the importance of knowing who you are and what you want to be known for. She explains the difference between organizational alignment and simply drinking the kool-aid. Her authenticity shines through as she reveals how she encourages her children to “feel their feelings” and lean into their vulnerability, while she leans into her own.
Crisis of Faith
Ever wanted to ask a religious leader questions? We did. Pastor Chris from Faith Oakville talks about what ministry really means and why it’s so critical to talk about what’s really going on with people. Forget getting butts in the seats. It’s all about accepting “brokenness,” being available, and not shying away from the tough stuff.
Not a Moment, But a Movement
Theory of Change
Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy
Ever wonder what the DEA really does? ASAC Colin Dickey of the St. Louis Division sheds light on the role of the DEA in targeting drug networks in source countries. He describes how the DEA intervenes with drugs like fentanyl and diverts through long-standing community initiatives like Drug Take Back Days and their newest campaign, Operation Overdrive.
Edit it in Post
PrevenTable’s producer, Clay Butler, steps in front of the mic for this episode and reveals what it’s really like to transition from program participant to staff member. Clay credits Mr. Shane with getting him to Teen Institute (what the heck is that?), emphasizes the importance of “carefrontations,” and explains his motivation to nudge PreventEd forward on gender identity issues.
Listen to find out how Executive Director of H.E.A.L Stop Heroin, Ellis Fitzwalter, and his wife formed a coalition to honor their son, Michael. As one of the almost 30 community coalitions that PreventEd supports, their efforts range from distributing medication disposal bags, providing grief support, walking to raise awareness, and forming a caravan.
Coming in Hot
Ever wonder how PreventEd decides what, how, and if to comment on issues? Stacie Zellin of PreventEd describes the animation, enthusiasm, and spirited dialogue that goes on behind the scenes when a “hot topic” surfaces. Listen in real-time as the subject of “cannamoms” surfaces and hear how she and Nichole weigh whether or not we should “say something.” And if yes, then what?
Andy Cohen. . . Are You Listening?
Princess of Prevention
OG Harriet Kopolow joins the PrevenTable to reminisce about the origins of “prevention.” Harriet recounts how she pushed against the scare tactics utilized in the early 1980’s and, instead, utilized the AA tradition concepts of peer supports, fellowship, goal-setting, and decision-making, to build the foundation of school-based prevention as we know it.
Money Well Spent
Chris Thetford discusses how the Better Business Bureau works to empower consumers, businesses, and donors by providing information to facilitate choice. He also underscores the power of diversity of experience in the workplace and advocates for empathetic leadership.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete
The Struggle is Real
Stories That Move Us
A Fresh Start
Close to Home Pt. 2
Close to Home Pt. 1
Not Slinging My Story
It is Never a Survivor's Fault
Interim CEO of Safe Connections, Cynthia, stops by the PrevenTable to answer questions about domestic violence and sexual assault like, “Can men be victims of abuse?” and “Why doesn’t she just leave?” She also busts myths about the role alcohol does, or doesn’t, play in issues of consent.
Baden and Beyond
Cal and Djuna reminisce at this PrevenTable about the conversation several years ago around their kitchen table that led to the creation of Living With Purpose, their nonprofit that supports people with intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, and substance use disorders. They provide insight on their positive workplace culture (dogs and kids!) and reveal what they have in store over the next 5 years.
Make Room for Yourself
Not Out for the Clout
What's in a Name?
It's All About People
Attention v. Intention
Just an Asterisk
The Popcorn Keeper
Sans Bar STL
100 lb Sack of Potatoes
Nichole sits down with her guest, John, and discusses cabinets, construction, opioid use disorder and the loss no parent should have to go through. Hear how he worked with medical professionals at Washington University in St. Louis to reduce stigma, create change, and to ultimately have people listen to what he was saying.
What Are You?
If You Don’t See It, Produce It