Overcoming Adversity

The Overcoming Adversity podcast discusses all things and people who have looked in the face of struggle and have come out on the other side.

Ep 33: The OA Podcast - Take Care of Your Mother for Me

July 1st, 2021

Episode #33 is live and today's guest is the inspirational, Bonnie Mathews!

Bonnie's story dives deep into what it's like being addicted to a loved one's addiction. Bonnie is a therapist with decades of experience in the mental health and substance use field but she is also in recovery from codependency for three decades!

Bonnie tells the story of her mother's alcoholism, how she tried to save her, and how her father's words left a lasting impression on her.

OA listeners...Please help us welcome Bonnie Mathews to the show!

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Ep 32: The OA Podcast - Nothing to Something and Beyond

June 11th, 2021

Welcome back OA podcast listeners!

This is episode number 32 and we hope you enjoy it!

For this episode, Amanda and Blake enjoy, what was supposed to be, a conversation about nothing that quickly evolves into a conversation about life, the importances of being authentic, the struggles with self-work, and more!

We hope you enjoy this episode and as always, please leave a kind review!


Ep 31: The OA Podcast - Putting Family First

June 3rd, 2021

Episode 31 is out and available for your listening pleasure.

This episode's guest is the incredible, Brent Bryant.

Brent is a Family Ambassador for Family First Adolescent Services.

He is so much more than that, though. Brent is a highly sought-after speaker and advocate for addressing mental health and substance use disorder challenges within the adolescent population. He uses his personal experiences with addiction, mental health, and grief to inspire others in choosing hope and change. 

Brent is a fascinating story teller and his testimony makes for another great episode of the Overcoming Adversity Podcast!

Enjoy Episode #31!

*This podcast is sponsored by Next Level Recovery Associates Inc.

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Ep.30: The OA Podcast - Mindset over Setback

May 24th, 2021

Help us bring in our 30th episode by listening to this episode of the Overcoming Adversity Podcast!

On this episode, your hosts, Amanda & Blake discuss the reason its taken so long to get from episode number 29 to number 30, the importance of shifting our mindsets to overcome fear, and how entrepreneurship has changed their lives!

Episode number dirty 30 is fun, funny, and inspiring so it's highly suggested you drop what you're doing and check it out!

Sponsored by: Next Level Recovery Associates Inc

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Ep 29:The OA Podcast - World Tour Pity

December 22nd, 2020

Episode 29 is live and ready to rock some ear drums.

Speaking of drums, our guest this week is Jordan Meyers!

Jordan was diagnosed with depression at an early age but through a series of events found him self using percussion to get out of it. Little did he know that this life of playing drums professionally and traveling the world with his band would lead him down a very dark road.

Jordan is a true inspiration today. He is an example to our youth and does anything he can to share his story, wisdom and knowledge with today's generations.

Enjoy Episode #29 of the Overcoming Adversity Podcast!

Follow Jordan on Instagram at: @_JordanMeyers_

Check out his non-profit: @FindingAlostVoice

This episode is sponsored by Next Level Recovery Associates Inc

Ep.28: The OA Podcast - Recovery Through Repetition with Jeremy Plummer

October 28th, 2020

Episode 28 is live and ready for your ears and minds to ingest!


This week we have Jeremy Plummer as our guest. He shares his incredible story of overing adversity, how there must be someone looking out for him, and how we can turn our tragedies into testimonies!


Jeremy is the creator of Recovery Through Repetition which is a CrossFit based workout program for those in recovery! It's free and open to anyone in Recovery that can make it!


Please enjoy Episode #28 of the Overcoming Adversity Podcast with Amanda Marino and Blake Cohen.


As always, this podcast is sponsored by Next Level Recovery Associates!


You can find Recovery through Repetition, by clicking here!


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Ep 27: The OA Podcast - Unfit to Beyond Fit Mother

October 2nd, 2020

Episode number 27 of the OA podcast is now live for your listening pleasure and we have a guest this week that just makes us smile!


This week, Felicia Kleinpeter of Imagine Recovery, fills us in on her adversity and explains what it's like going from being deemed an "unfit mother" to an inspiration to thousands!


Her story is jam packed with loss, pain, humility and, of course, overcoming adversity.


This special episode is one that we KNOW will tickle your brainwaves with inspiration and joy!


Please enjoy episode #27 of the Overcoming Adversity Podcast hosted by Amanda Marino and Blake Cohen!


This podcast is sponsored by: Next Level Recovery Associates Inc


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Ep 26: The OA Podcast - Georgie Brooklyn

September 8th, 2020

Episode #26 is live and we've got a story for you.

This week's guest is George Bullock IV. George is now happily in recovery from a substance use disorder and leading a happy life but it wasn't always that way.

After the heartbreaking, and sudden, loss of his father and then his father-like Uncle, Bob, Georgie was left alone with his mother trying to figure out how to deal with the grief. 

George's story is emotional and riveting and, certainly, one a lot of people are going to relate to.

I suggest you listen closely. His message of hope is powerful. 

Enjoy Episode #26!


The Overcoming Adversity Podcast is hosted by Amanda Marino & Blake Cohen. It is sponsored by Next Level Recovery Associates.

George Bullock, this week's guest, is the Director of Business Development for Seacrest Recovery Center.

If youre enjoying this show, please leave us a review on any of your favorite listening platforms!

To nominate someone to be a guest on the show, please email OvercomingAdversityPodcast@gmail.com with their name, contact info, and a brief description as to why you think they should be on the show!

Ep 25: The OA Podcast -Finding Purpose with Matt Williams

August 21st, 2020

"If you want a great community around you, you have to build it!"

Those are the words Matt's mentor spoke to him while he was in early recovery from a substance use disorder (addiction). That day and those words changed his life forever.

Matt is the founder of FroPro.

But he is so much more than that. He is a teacher, a coach, a mentor, and all around spreader of positivity. That doesn't mean he didn't face adversity though!

Check out Episode 25 to hear how Matt overcame his struggles to create a life that he truly loves today!

This is one episode you won't want to miss!


This episode is sponsored by Next level Recovery Associates Inc

To learn more about ordering FroPro's delicious frozen protein snacks, go to GoFroPro.com

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EP 24: The OA Podcast - The Cornbread Hustler

July 15th, 2020

The OA podcast is back in action and for this episode we have an incredible guest!

Today's episode features Cheri Garcia, the founder of the Cornbread Hustle which is an organization that offers job placement to formally incarcerated individuals. 

Her story is full of twists and turns but she made one thing very clear...everyone deserves a second chance and when you give them that second chance, be ready for the amazing gifts you're about to receive.

This episode covered so much ground, was fluid, compelling, and so much more!

You know what? Why don't you just listen to the episode for yourself and you'll see what I mean!

Enjoy Episode number 24 with Cheri Garcia!

For more information on the Cornbread Hustle, go to: www.Cornbreadhustle.com

For more information on Amanda and Blake's company, Next Level Recovery Associates Inc, visit: NextLevelRecoveryassociates.com

If you or someone you know should be a guest on the OA podcast, email us at: Overcomingadversitypodcast@gmail.com

Keep living your best life and thank you for listening! MUCH LOVE! 


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