EQUIPMENT PURCHASE IS COMPLETE! We now have enough mics for two or three participants, a mixing board, new cables, a tablet for accessing outsourced music and sound effects, and a very nifty portable acoustic wall (not shown in the image). We settled on Audacity for our desktop audio editor. Tim, one of my brothers in Christ, will be joining us. Our first episode is ready to go, but we will record three more before launching so we are able to publish weekly with no lag time.
This podcast focuses on addiction.
Many of us have tried to escape from pain, rejection, anxiety, fear, depression, or troubling situations through booze, drugs, pornography, sex, gambling, binge spending, overeating—anything that made us “comfortably numb.” I have been planning this podcast for over a year. Although there have been some false starts, we are finally set to publish the first episode on Monday, December 13, 2022.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) defines trauma as: “Exposure to actual or threatened events involving death, serious injury, or sexual violation.”(1)
Nearly all of us in recovery from addiction have been victimized or subjected to harmful or traumatic situations in childhood and young adulthood that have negatively impacted our lives. This podcast ministry will be Christ-centered, but it will also be trauma-informed. A trauma-informed approach considers an individual’s past or ongoing trauma and how it impacts their behavior, mental health, sense of self-worth, or their ability to engage in step work vital to recovery from active addiction.
This podcast should not be considered therapeutic in nature, and is not a substitute for seeking professional mental health intervention wherever necessary. It is also not a replacement for attending 12-step programs of recovery such as AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, Recovery Church Movement, or other such interventions.
A direct link to the podcast will be provided on this blog page every week. You will also be able to access the podcast via Buzzsprout Podcasting. I intend to make the RSS feed available on other platforms as well, such as iTunes and Spotify. We encourage active participation through comments and discussions. Together, we will experience a deeper understanding of faith-based recovery. There is a revival coming, and it is starting in the streets, rehabs, jails, and sober living facilities across America. We invite you to be a part of this resurgence by tuning in and commenting each week.
More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021 than any previous year, a grim milestone in an epidemic that has now claimed 1 million lives in the 21st century, according to federal data.
Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology
(1) American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association), 2013.