You and I 4 the Kenai

You and I 4 The Kenai

Change 4 the Kenai is a local Central Peninsula coalition that aims to address substance misuse by providing resources, information, and hope to the people of the Kenai Peninsula. Our website is connectkenai.org. Our project coordinator is Shari Conner, and her number is 907-714-4521.

All Episodes

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Koebryn and Aaron sit down with Emily Alvey, the Recidivism Prevention Liaison for Kenai Peninsula Schools! If you have kids in the school system, you are not going to want to miss this!

Nov 26

52 min 51 sec

In this episode, Aaron and Koebryn talk with Ty about his personal journey to recovery. Ty's story highlights that finding a path to recovery that works for you is one of the most important steps to making lasting change. His recovery was ultimately fueled by the respect for the people who genuinely wanted him to succeed.

Oct 1

1 hr 8 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with TJ to talk continued recovery. In this episode TJ talks about how the tools he has learned in recovery have propelled his life forward, and how the support system he has developed through recovery has made this new life possible. Enjoy! 

Jan 7

1 hr 19 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Robi as she shares with us the blessings that she has found through recovery! Enjoy!

Dec 2020

1 hr 18 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with our friend Kaitie as she tells us about her recovery, and the route she took to getting into recovery. Enjoy!

Dec 2020

56 min 52 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Courtney and talk about recovery, self-esteem, and everything in between!

Oct 2020

45 min 51 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn are in Kenai talking to Veronika Kline about the services the Kenai ASAP/AKEELA office offers our community! Enjoy!

Oct 2020

27 min 28 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Alex, to talk recovery! We talk about everything from the pitfalls of early recovery, to the challenges of being in recovery in a world affected by Covid-19, and how we can learn from the mistakes of others.

Sep 2020

53 min 43 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Thomas tells Eric and Aaron about how Henu Community Wellness Court – a joint-jurisdictional therapeutic court – helped him find recovery. 

Mar 2020

27 min 39 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Eric and Aaron sit down with Sherra Pritchard, B.S.N., to discuss the services Kenai Public Health provides – and how to access these services. 

Feb 2020

46 min 51 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Britney shares how experiencing trauma left her feeling uncomfortable in her own skin. She found substances made living in her own skin less uncomfortable – but substance use could not be a long-term solution. Recovery is. 

Jan 2020

34 min 55 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Billy updates Aaron and Koebryn on his life and what has changed since he first shared his recovery story about 18 months prior to recording this episode. He shares how he navigated relapsing, did not give up, and once again created a life that does not include alcohol consumption. Billy’s first recovery story can be found on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel, and it is titled “From the Ashes, He Rose: Billy’s Story of Heartbreak and Healing.” He also is featured on another podcast on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel where he participates in a group conversation about gratitude – this episode is titled “Gratitude: A Recovery Perspective.”

Jan 2020

51 min 32 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Ken Miller shares how he went from the Ivy League – he graduated from Dartmouth College – to the streets because of his addiction, and how he found his way to recovery. 

Jan 2020

1 hr 42 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Danielle sits down and talks with Eric, Aaron, and Koebryn for the first time since originally sharing her recovery story with the You and I 4 the Kenai team. Her original recovery story is titled “The Art of Reflection: Danielle’s Keys to Recovery” – it is one of the most popular You and I 4 the Kenai episodes ever recorded, and it is available on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel.

Jan 2020

51 min 19 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Danielle tells Eric and Aaron about how she gets to be a cool woman without alcohol – she gets to run hard, meet her responsibilities, and be a loving wife and parent. Danielle grew up in a religious upbringing where rules around alcohol were strict and bent toward prohibition. This made it hard for Danielle to tell as an adult how much alcohol was too much – in the religious context, any alcohol was too much alcohol, but in the secular context, how much alcohol was too much wasn’t so straightforward. Finally, Danielle grew up in Alaska. This story will especially appeal to those who grew up in Alaska in a religious home. 

Dec 2019

1 hr 24 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Shree and Aaron sit down to discuss what Shree’s life has been like since she last sat down one year prior with the podcast team. Shree tells Aaron how she managed to stay away from using substances even after the father of her children died.You can find her original recovery story on the You and I 4 the Kenai page – the episode is titled “It’s the Little Things: Shree’s Joyous Recovery.” 

Dec 2019

42 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Vanessa Perry, L.P.C., discusses her private practice – Hope Mends – the services she offers to the members of the Central Kenai Peninsula, and subjects related to motherhood. 

Dec 2019

41 min 51 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team sits down with Kaitlynn as her she tells us about how her experience with an alcoholic father, and how she was a central support for her fathers recovery. Kaitlynn and her father, because of recovery, are closer than ever before!*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Dec 2019

58 min 23 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn share a discussion with Kayla and Billy about gratitude – they discuss what it means to them and what they are grateful for. Kayla and Billy share how they used to be grateful for substances and their availability, but now they are grateful for so much more. Billy has been featured on two other podcasts: 1) “From the Ashes, He Rose: Billy’s Story of Heartbreak and Healing”; 2) “One Year Later: Billy’s Continued Recovery” – both of these can be found on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel.Kayla has been featured on one other podcast: “From Asking for Death to Loving Life: Kayla’s Recovery Story” – this can also be found on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel. 

Dec 2019

51 min 49 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Paul from Freedom House, and Paul tells them what Freedom House’s men’s program is all about and what help the program offers to those who need it. 

Nov 2019

40 min 43 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Zack updates Aaron, Eric, and Koebryn on his life. Zack shares how he navigates his recovery while working on the North Slope – Zack has a tone that is friendly, yet he is very straightforward; this makes for a podcast episode that you don’t want to stop listening to once you start.Zack shared his first recovery story about one year before being featured on this episode. His original recovery story is on the You and I 4 the Kenai channel, and it is titled “It’s Not All Sunshine and Rainbows: Zack’s Perspective on Recovery.” 

Nov 2019

1 hr 53 min

This Saturday, join us the Women and Babies fair from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm going on Central Peninsula Hospital, located at 250 Hospital Place in Soldotna. On the 20th, Ken Miller will be presenting his story of how he turned his life around. This event will be taking place at 6:30 pm at the McLane Commons at KPC to hear his incredible story. See you there!

Nov 2019

2 min 20 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Terri as she tells us how she balanced supporting recovery and not enabling her son's addiction.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Nov 2019

1 hr 12 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Clay shares his recovery story with Aaron and Koebryn. Clay struggled to feel and cope with his feelings starting at a young age. For a period of time, he used substances to try and avoid these feelings altogether. However, substance use didn’t fulfill him and meet his needs – whereas recovery and being open to his emotions does. 

Nov 2019

43 min 16 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Shera Burg – the project coordinator for Henu Community Wellness Court at the time of recording this episode – tells Aaron and Koebryn about Henu Community Wellness Court. This court is a therapeutic joint-jurisdictional wellness court operated by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the Alaska Court System. Henu Community Wellness Court operates from a cooperative-justice perspective, and its vision is to transform lives for a healthier community. 

Oct 2019

32 min 47 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Sandi. Sandi's son battled addiction for many years. That being said, this episode is all about Sandi's experience watching her child suffer and how she helped end the suffering.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Oct 2019

1 hr 15 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Nathan as he tells us his recovery story. *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Oct 2019

1 hr 45 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai the team sits down with Kayla as she tells us her recovery story!*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Oct 2019

2 hr 36 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Makayla, as she tells us about the freedom brought on by honesty, and growth through recovery! *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Oct 2019

57 min 11 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai Aaron and Koebryn sitdown with TJ as he tells us about the strength he found in surrender, and how that strength-and a new baby-keep him strong in recovery!*May contain sensitive content*

Sep 2019

54 min 50 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team sits down with Richard as he tells us his story of recovery. Richard talks about a toxic cycle he had been stuck in for years, use, guilt, shame, and use again. Richard is a great example of how recovery can change lives!*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Sep 2019

1 hr 14 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Caitie as she tells us her recovery story! *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Sep 2019

1 hr 34 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the Aaron and Koebryn sit down with Andrew as he tells us his story of recovery. This story exemplifies the key role support plays in recovery!*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Sep 2019

33 min 23 sec

In 2018, according to the CDC, there have been over 18,000 overdose deaths relating to Fentanyl. In this podcast we sit down with P.A. Dale to discuss the history, Medical purposes, and dangers of the worlds most lethal drug.

Aug 2019

38 min 32 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai the team catches up with the incomparable SJ! We recorded with SJ just over a year ago, and now she's back to tell us what life and recovery is like one year later. A lot has changed, but SJ's infectious energy and positivity remains unchanged!*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Aug 2019

1 hr 10 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai The team sits down with Jaclyn as she tells us her recovery story.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Jul 2019

2 hr 31 min

In this recovery story, Eric and Koebryn talk with Jessica about her struggle with the synthetic marijuana-like drug known as spice. Her story is an intense reminder that even legal drugs can lead down the road of addiction. In this episode, she not only turns her life around, but she also fights to get Spice off of the Kenai Peninsula and out of local stores.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Jun 2019

1 hr 2 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, The team sits down with Amber as she talks about how she gradually fell to rock bottom before regaining her life through recovery.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Jun 2019

1 hr 20 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, Aaron and Koebryn sit down with P.A. Dale, the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Central Peninsula General Hospital, to discuss Serenity House and the multiple programs Serenity House offers.

May 2019

48 min 26 sec

The team sits down to talk about the Drug Take-Back Event this Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 am-2 pm. We talk about why it's important to properly dispose of your old or unused prescriptions and how doing so can earn you a 5$ coffee card! Drug Take-Back Event April 27, 2019, at the Soldotna Police Department 

Apr 2019

7 min 23 sec

Join us Saturday May 4th at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium, from 5-8 pm for Why Addiction Makes Sense. Why Addiction Makes Sense is an educational and audience interactive presentation by Dr. Brandon Hall, a local expert who currently practices at Central Peninsula Hospital Kenai Family Practice.  Dr. Hall answers some key questions in regards to addiction and other compulsive behaviors such as what addiction really is, why we develop addictions and other compulsive behaviors, and other crucial questions we as a community have to ask In order to better understand and ultimately overcome our own opioid epidemic. CNE credit, as well as, ACBHU CEU will also be available. This information is vital to all of those touched by addiction on the Kenai Peninsula.

Apr 2019

7 min 3 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team sits down with Jon as he tells us about how his addiction nearly killed him and how he is learning to live again through recovery. *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Apr 2019

53 min 36 sec

In this Episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team sits down with Aaron as he shares his personal recovery story. He goes into detail on how it sparked his passion for both recovery and the recovery community. *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Apr 2019

1 hr 10 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai we sit back down with Renee and Ashlea from The LeeShore Cener. They tell us about all the amazing long term supports The Lee Shore center offers. 

Apr 2019

22 min 2 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai the team is back with Renee and Ashlea to talk about a community coalition called the Peninsula Points on Prevention Coalition and the great work the coalition does in the community!

Apr 2019

27 min 7 sec

In this Episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, we sit down and talk with Lloyd as he tells about his battle with addiction as well as how recovery has given him a new lease on life.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Apr 2019

2 hr 20 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team is back at the LeeShore Center talking about a revolutionary community and state-wide program, Green Dot. The Green Dot program is a bystander intervention program aimed to address the violence that is ever to present in our community. Listen and learn all about how you can make a difference in your community by simply doing what you can, when you can. Together with Green Dot, we can make our community a safer place.

Apr 2019

35 min 8 sec

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team sits down with Heidi as she tells about her journey into and through recovery. *Content Not Suitable For Children*

Apr 2019

2 hr 1 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team talks with Sean, a former alcoholic. Sean talks about the downfalls of working hard and playing harder as well as the joy that comes through recovery. His story shows that it is never to late to go down the road to recovery.*Content Not Suitable For Children*

Mar 2019

2 hr 24 min

In this episode of You and I 4 the Kenai, the team is back with Renee Lipps and Ashley Blantchford from The LeeShore Center to discuss the crisis intervention and victim support services the LeeShore Center offers.

Dec 2018

21 min 8 sec