Elevation Recovery

Matt Finch and Chris Scott

Addiction Recovery Strategies for conquering Opioid Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction, Meth Addiction, and addiction to any other substances. The Elevation Recovery Podcast's Mission is to help people transcend addiction as well as to rapidly progress the field of addiction and treatment. The Listeners will learn a wide variety of addiction recovery concepts, philosophies, strategies, tactics, tools, and resources. Co-Hosts Chris Scott and Matt Finch of Fit Recovery and Opiate Addiction Support merge together on the Elevation Recovery Podcast to interview a wide array of guests on topics that will help people overcome addiction for good.

All Episodes

Matt Finch interviews Dr. Toni Camacho, a certified trainer and registered herbalist with a PhD in Psychology. They discuss Toni's personal story including the hardships, the tribulations, and how she got to where she is today by embracing natural medicine. 

Dec 2

53 min 40 sec

In this solocast, Matt Finch discusses 20 different ways that you can provide yourself with self-care to better optimize your recovery and your life.

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Nov 11

43 min 41 sec

Matt Finch interviews Amy Guerrero, founder of Thrive in Recovery. They discuss what it means to maintain healthy connections during and after recovery. They also provide helpful tips and insight through personal experiences.

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Nov 9

1 hr 7 min

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss the significance of routines in order to avoid the cycle of addiction and optimize recovery. They also discuss what different types of deficiencies can affect recovery.

Nov 4

27 min 23 sec

In this solocast, Matt Finch discusses the four simple ways to take control of and organize your life for optimized addiction recovery.

Nov 2

28 min 56 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss some of the negative effects of addiction and how these have been amped up within the past couple years. They also talk about the importance of connection with others to optimize mental health and recovery.

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Oct 28

48 min 19 sec

Matt Finch tells a personal story about addiction, starting from the joys of being a child up to where the substance abuse began and continued. He goes on to talk about the negative effects these substances had on his life and how he overcame the addiction. 

Oct 26

17 min 9 sec

Chris Scott interviews John Umhau, M.D., who has decades of experience researching and treating alcohol addiction, as well as researching nutrition and infectious diseases at NIH. They discuss new studies and findings relating to alcohol and addiction recovery.

Oct 21

35 min 20 sec

In this solo cast, Matt Finch discusses what it means to "grab the low hanging fruit" in recovery. He talks about how these are the steps that can be easily accomplished and integrated in your life when on your journey to addiction recovery.

Oct 19

32 min 14 sec

In this solo cast, Matt Finch discusses NAC or Neuro-Associative Conditioning and how it relates to recovery. He also discusses strategic intervention and the many different modalities and therapies involved. 

Oct 14

50 min 15 sec

In this solo cast, Matt Finch discusses the different phases and developments of alcohol and addiction recovery. He also goes over the hierarchy of alcohol recovery including biochemical, psychological, social, spiritual, and transcendence.

Oct 12

1 hr 9 min

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss how continuous, healthy routines and habits can contribute to the optimization of recovery. They also talk about the importance of focusing more on progress than on perfection. 

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Oct 7

32 min 18 sec

Matt Finch discusses the Time article titled "Rethinking What it Means to Recover From Addiction" written by Maia Szalavitz. This includes the traditional way we tend to look at recovery versus what recovery can actually look like.

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Oct 5

25 min 23 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss how the weather, Vitamin D and other factors can affect levels of indulgence with bad addiction habits. They also discuss how to make a plan towards recovery.

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Sep 30

1 hr

Matt Finch interviews Zach Reeder. They discuss the meaning of adversity as it applies to addiction and alcoholism, and learning ways to overcome the adversity.

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Sep 28

1 hr 15 min

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss many different supplements that can help during the journey through recovery. They specifically touch on ones that can help with detoxifying the liver, and touching on optimizing spirituality.

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Sep 23

53 min 54 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss personal needs to recharge mentally and the importance to take time to recharge your battery. They also talk about the many holistic and natural ways to recharge and to remedy yourself in a healthy way.

Sep 21

39 min 31 sec

This is a continuation to episode 230. Matt Finch discusses the importance of personalizing your recovery process, and about some free online questionnaires and resources that you can take to figure out which path is best for you.

Sep 16

30 min 48 sec

Matt Finch interviews Coach Tana, a Fit Recovery coach. They discuss the importance of personalizing your recovery process, and they talk about some free online questionnaires and resources that you can take to figure out which path is best for you.

Sep 14

56 min 31 sec

Chris Scott interviews Chris Engen, Founder of Nutrition 4 Recovery. They discuss what life is like post-recovery. Chris Engen is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and holds a Nutrition Consultant Certificate as well as an Advanced Certification as a Recovery Nutrition Coach.

Sep 7

30 min 42 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss intrinsic and extrinsic incentives and how to incentivize your recovery journey or other areas of your life. They also discuss how to use incentives for skill-stacking and resource-staking to make the journey to recovery easier.

Sep 7

51 min 47 sec

Matt Finch discusses the idea of "failing forward" in regards to addiction recovery. He talks about John C. Maxwell's book "Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success" and the key points to take away from this work and apply to everyday life.

Sep 2

34 min 34 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss the four burners theory and applying it to their addiction recovery journeys. They also talk about how to prioritize important areas of life, seeing the positive progress throughout recovery despite setbacks, and learning to voluntarily choose an alcohol- or drug-free lifestyle.

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Aug 31

38 min 16 sec

This is a continuation from episode 224. Matt Finch interviews his parents John Finch and Jane Richmond, founders and operators of the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing. They  continue to discuss different herbs, their benefits, and how to use them. John Finch and Jane Richmond have been co-directing the school for over 30 years.

Aug 26

1 hr 2 min

Matt Finch interviews his parents John Finch and Jane Richmond, founders and operators of the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing. They discuss the different herbs, their benefits, and how to use them. John Finch and Jane Richmond have been co-directing the school for over 30 years.

Aug 24

42 min 20 sec

Chris Scott interviews Kyle Ruggeri, founder of Soberdogs Recovery, about his story with alcohol addiction, how he learned when to start his recovery journey, and changing your mental state to have a positive outlook on your future without alcohol. Kyle is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach – CRPA (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate). Kyle is a recovering addict and alcoholic. Soberdogs works with recovery organizations around the country to help bring attention to the ongoing issue of addiction.

Aug 19

45 min 25 sec

Matt Finch discusses some of the more common reasons why people going through addiction recovery end up relapsing. He also offers some great advice and pro-recovery habits that can help you enjoy life without substances.

Aug 17

14 min 14 sec

Matt Finch discusses the different supplements that can help lessen anxiety along with the various benefits of each. These supplements include CBD, L-Theanine, and more. He also talks about the different forms of each supplement and offers multiple ways to find them in order to help those dealing with high amounts of anxiety or those struggling from addiction.

Aug 12

36 min 45 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch address how they discovered personal desires, life's callings, and "going with the flow of life" during their addiction recovery process. They express how it's not necessary to have every aspect of your life be perfect in order to begin your recovery journey, but it's important to have that determination, yearning and desire to get started.

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Aug 10

45 min 6 sec

Matt Finch shares a personal anecdote of a time he met with an outpatient treatment program director. This story helps shed light on the various lessons that can be learned in the addiction recovery industry such as the failures and shortcomings of traditional addiction recovery methods. If the biochemical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual domains are addressed, recovery is soon to come.

Aug 5

20 min 34 sec

Chris Scott interviews Chris Engen, Founder of Nutrition 4 Recovery, on biochemical restoration therapies for addiction recovery, how different amino acids affect and benefit the body, and the importance of the relationship between psychosocial, spiritual, and biochemical components. Chris Engen is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and holds a Nutrition Consultant Certificate as well as an Advanced Certification as a Recovery Nutrition Coach.

Aug 3

48 min 45 sec

Chris Scott and Matt Finch share many of their greatest spiritual, mental, and emotional optimization concepts learned from mentors such Sir David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (author of Letting Go) Michael A. Singer (author of The Untethered Soul), Tony Robbins (author of Unlimited Power), and others. Addiction can be holistically treated and recovered from... and when individuals address the biochemical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual pillars, transforming and lasting breakthroughs can occur.

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Jul 29

37 min 6 sec

Matt Finch interviews Chris Engen, Founder of Nutrition 4 Recovery, on biochemical restoration therapies for addiction recovery, including amino acid therapy, nutritional therapies, fixing hypoglycemia, food allergies and sensitivities, gut health, and much more. Chris is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and holds a Nutrition Consultant Certificate as well as an Advanced Certification as a Recovery Nutrition Coach.

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Jul 27

59 min 42 sec

Matt Finch covers a study on addiction and recovery published on Stat News. Here is a quote from the piece: "Around 75% of people seeking recovery from a substance use problem achieve their goal, though it may take them some time to achieve full remission. The average number of attempts before success is five, though the median number is just two, meaning that a small number of outliers who need five-plus attempts, inflate the numbers, making them look worse than they are."

Jul 22

16 min 34 sec

Laura Lee is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach, and is the founder of Infinity Wellness Center. She also holds a B.S. in Biology and is a Certified Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga Instructor as well as a Certified Reiki Practitioner. In this episode, Matt Finch and Laura discuss addiction recovery, the highly sensitive person (HSP) trait, spirituality, alcoholism, amino acid therapy, how to use aromatherapy and essential oils for addiction and mental health, and more.

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Jul 20

1 hr

The Disease Model of addiction states that addiction is an incurable lifelong disease that can be arrested through 12-step work and 'working a strong program' yet it can never be fully recovered from. The Freedom Model states that addiction is not a disease and that the mainstream recovery society programs people with a set of beliefs that have never been proven yet have been largely disproven. Chris Scott interviews Fit Recovery Coach Briana Theroux on these and other related topics.

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Jul 15

39 min 21 sec

Matt Finch and Zack discuss what it felt like to be addicted to alcohol and drugs and not in control of their behavior, what changed within them to want to quit using substances, and how their lives began to get better and better after making the decision to surrender and do the work to get healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Rewiring and reframing can take time, but it's oh so worth it and you only need to do it once.

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Jul 13

1 hr 13 min

Tana Peaco discusses a new technique she learned for stopping negative thinking pathways before they get momentum. Negative thoughts and habitual negative worrying thinking can ruin your day, week, and in extreme cases, even your life and relationships. However, even someone that is plagued with negative thinking can rewire their brain to think more effectively.

Jul 8

14 min 44 sec

Alex is a highly sensitive person that remembers feeling deeply sensitive as a child and in adolescence. He suffered trauma from a very abusive coach in high school, had a toxic relationship with a female, serious health issues from Epstein-Barr Virus, and self-medicated pain and high sensitivity with alcohol and drugs. At one point Alex was suicidal and almost went through with it, but he had a spiritual awakening that led to a New Path. This inspirational story has lots of actionable tips for recovery.

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Jul 6

54 min 44 sec

Chris Scott interviews Zack on his past struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, the defining moment and wakeup call that focused his mind on recovering in a holistic way, how he quit drinking and using drugs, and how he got into fitness for the first time in life and lost tons of weight and got fit in body, mind, and spirit.

Jul 1

45 min 29 sec

25 million+ people have taken the Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment, a test that results in the individual learning of their top natural talents. Knowing your innate talents and developing them into superpowers can help you optimize addiction recovery, work fulfillment, relationships, and more. Matt Finch discusses the science behind the assessment, the 4 Domains, 34 Themes, and how you can learn your own top talents and turn them into superpowers for recovery, relationships, and life in general.

Jun 29

28 min 25 sec

Starting off with congratulations to Stephanie for her 6 months of alcohol freedom, Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss how she and many others are seeing positive results from using targeted neuro-nutrients, diet, fitness, self-development, and more to overcome addiction and optimize their mental, emotional, and physical health. This is the Elevation Recovery summer blast off!

Jun 24

32 min 58 sec

On June 11th of 2021, Science Advances published a research article titled Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates UV/endorphin and opioid addiction. Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss this topic and how basic nutrient deficiencies can also make certain individuals more prone to mental health disorders as well as alcohol addiction or addiction to other substances. They also discuss how to get more vitamin D and how to use medicinal baths to increase micronutrient intake and optimize mental and physical health.

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Jun 22

49 min 45 sec

Matt Finch tells a story about twin sisters, Heather and Amy, losing their parents at the age of 30, how they started drinking to cope with the grief and stress, how they progressed to alcoholism, decided to quit together, and how each of them detoxed from alcohol. This fictional short story contains at least two key lessons regarding alcohol detox and recovery systems and how it's possible to be sober yet miserable depending on what a person does and doesn't utilize in their system.

Jun 17

15 min 9 sec

Matt Finch interviews Adam Goodson of Impactful Changes Hypnosis, a master of NLP and hypnosis, and how to use them for addiction recovery and more. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a way to change someone's thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes for them. Learning NLP is like having an owner's manual for the mind. This in-depth discussion is one that has the potential to help you make powerful shifts in your thoughts and behaviors.

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Jun 15

2 hr 20 min

Living with chronic pain sucks. We are now in the midst of a growing chronic pain epidemic. Why are rates of chronic pain so high? MRIs show that chronic pain occurs in different brain regions than acute pain. Chronic pain shows up in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, yet around 99.99% of doctors treat chronic pain like acute pain. Fortunately, Dr. David Schechter, M.D., and a very small number of others are versed in the new research and as a result, can help you reverse chronic pain, not just manage it.

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Jun 10

49 min 49 sec

Warning: Very explicit content in this particular episode. Matt Finch discusses addiction news from the past few months, including the New York Times article about Hollywood has a new way to dramatize addiction, Demi Lovato's addiction, relapse, and overdose, ibogaine news, cannabis addiction medication-assisted treatment, and much more.

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Jun 8

21 min 11 sec

Matt Finch interviews Amy Guerrero on childhood trauma and how it reshapes the brain in negative ways that can lead to higher addiction probability and more, the trauma-informed recovery approach and why it resonates with so many people, and how to heal from trauma, heal from addiction, heal from escapism and stress, heal from a chronically stressed CNS, and much more.

Jun 3

1 hr 16 min

Chris Scott interviews Katie Lain on how she stopped drinking and recovered from alcoholism by using The Sinclair Method (TSM) after she watched Claudia Christian's TEDx Talk on it (despite it seeming "too good to be true"). Katie shares what her alcohol addiction was like, why it got so bad, the physical cravings for alcohol... the unhealthy living... and how TSM saved her by shutting down her desire for consuming alcohol. 

Jun 1

38 min 46 sec

Matt Finch discusses 4 of his favorite superfoods for addiction recovery and how these can work to support physical and mental health, including gelatinized organic maca root powder, DHA/EPA fats, and organic cocoa drinks or bars with 80% or higher cacao. He goes deep into the features and benefits of these superfoods and how to use them as well as who should avoid them.

May 27

20 min 5 sec