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Monday, 20 August 2018 08:10

Motivational Monday 8-20-18

Savor the journey

Don’t let yourself become too obsessed with hurrying to get there. While you’re on the way, savor the journey.

Go fast enough to get it done, but slow enough to do it well. Do what you must to achieve the goal, while enjoying all the richness you find in the effort.

Sometimes the road is more interesting and fulfilling than the destination to where it leads. Often what you learn along the way is more valuable than what you find when you get there.

Rushing ahead of everyone else is not an indication of how enlightened or important someone is. It’s actually a sign of ignorance and insecurity.

Be confident enough to make the journey at an enjoyable, sustainable pace. Be smart enough to understand how much value can be created and collected along the way.

Keep going, steadily, and you’ll get there. As you do, savor the journey, every step of the way.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:02

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 08/18/18

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In the second half of 2016, the opioid epidemic ravaged Northeast Ohio as bad as anywhere in the country. It was said that 130 Summit County residents per week sought help after overdosing. On this podcast, Greg met with Raynard Packard, founder of the Packard Institute. Launching in 2007, the aim of the Packard Institute was to change the shape and form of recovery. 
 
Packard grew tired of the failing treatment plans that facilities provide for their patients. These traditional programs follow the same outlined treatment for everyone and being a recovering addict himself, Packard knew why these plans often failed. Recognizing each person’s unique needs and struggles, the approach of the Packard Institute is to customize treatment based on the individual. This model integrates family, community and a tribe into the recovery journey to help support each person and ensure their success.
Monday, 13 August 2018 08:47

Motivational Monday 8-13-18

Good can come from it

What if the problem is not really a problem? What if that’s just the way you’ve chosen to see it?

What if the difficulty might eventually turn out to be helpful? What if the disappointment could soon lead to a valuable gain?

Step back from your assumptions. Imagine differently, optimistically, with confidence and a positive perspective.

See your situation as it is. Then envision a whole set of favorable possibilities flowing out of it.

You have an opportunity here. The future has not happened, and what you do right now will have an impact on how your future plays out.

Acknowledge reality while also seeing the good things that can come from it. Now, get to work making those good things happen.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:18

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 08/11/18

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It is estimated that there are currently between 35,000-50,000 active online drug sellers today. Many of these companies are even selling medication without requiring an evaluation from a physician. The World Health Organization has cited that 50% of all online prescription medication is actually counterfeit and is even sold by websites that hide their physical address. Counterfeiting pharmaceutical drugs is a public safety threat that affects us on a global scale and is estimated to be worth roughly $75 billion. Patients that have purchased unsafe medicine from any of these illegitimate sources have been harmed, and in some cases killed. 
 
For this week’s podcast, Greg spoke with Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies. Founded in 2011, this diverse group of internet service providers and technology companies have taken on the global fight against selling illegitimate medication over the internet. Hear how this crisis has even spread to the “dark web” and is threatening the safety of online pharmaceutical sales.
Monday, 06 August 2018 09:41

Motivational Monday 8-6-18

Start doing

What have you been waiting to do, wishing you would start, hoping you could complete? Today is your opportunity to make it happen.

Any hesitation or doubt you’ve experienced in the past is now gone. Confidently breathe in the fresh, energizing air of this new moment, and get to work.

You don’t have to be stopped by your fear of potential problems. Just be willing to deal with whatever issues arise, when they arise.

You’ve held yourself back long enough. Give yourself the maximum amount of time to live the life you wish to live, by acting on it now.

Your best goals and dreams deserve to be transformed into reality. You deserve the incomparable experience of making that happen.

Today is your day to stop waiting and start doing. Go ahead, and allow yourself to give your best.

— Ralph Marston

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:27

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 08/04/18

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Previously on the Cover2 Podcast, we discussed the article “Meet the ‘Kratom Warriors’ Who Say This Plant Will End the Opioid Epidemic” written by Azeen Ghorayshi. She discusses Kratom and the way that former users have turned to it to help curb withdrawal symptoms and stay clean on the journey to sobriety. Outlined in the article is Courtney True, a user of over 27 years, who turned to Kratom in an effort to battle her addiction to opioids. True credits her recovery, and her family’s recovery to using this plant. 
 
Join Greg and Courtney as they discuss the benefits of using Kratom on the steps to recovery and find out how many have turned to this herb in an attempt to fight addiction. Hear how many, including Courtney and her loved ones, have turned their lives around by incorporating Kratom into their everyday lives.
Monday, 30 July 2018 08:43

Motivational Monday 7-30-18

Always a way through

There is always a way through. Calm down, take a breath, back away from the drama and find that way.

Life’s realities are not always pleasant or comforting or convenient. Accept reality, and at the same time, refuse to be stopped by it.

Steady your nerves as the situation crashes down around you. Then pick up the pieces and do something useful, helpful, good, and valuable with them.

Keep your cool when tensions are hot. Engage your steady hand to navigate through rough and roiling passages.

There is always a way through. And on the other side, great value, opportunity, a new, stronger perspective.

With grace and confidence, see beyond the disruptions of the moment to a positive vision of what can be. With calm determination, lead the way there.

— Ralph Marston


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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/28/18

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We’ve all heard the statistics that 64,000 people lost their lives to drug addiction in 2016. It is extremely startling considering that this is more than guns, HIV infection and automobile accidents. These same statistics have been used to shape a narrative in America that over prescribing opioids is the primary cause of the opioid epidemic. But what if these statistics are wrong and the laws restricting opioid prescribing practices are making matters worse rather than helping to solve the problem. 
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Greg’s guest today is a scientist who picks data apart that concluded the evidence does not support the conclusions and policies driven to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. Josh Bloom joins him to discuss the concerns of the data being skewed. Dr. Bloom is the Director of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American Council on Science & Health. Bloom believes the 64,000 statistic is flawed and there are other factors at play in the opioid crisis.
Monday, 23 July 2018 08:34

Motivational Monday 7-23-18

Full extent of opportunity

No matter what you have, you have it good. Take care not to let your own complacency steal it away.

Sure, you deal with serious problems, challenges, disappointments. Yet your life is also filled with a whole lot of value.

Don’t let irreplaceable value wither away as a result of taking it for granted. Appreciate it, utilize it, and build on it.

What aspects of life would you work day and night to regain if you were to lose them? What can you do today to more fully enjoy and make use of those good things?

What are you neglecting to do today, that you would pay dearly for the opportunity to do if you didn’t have that opportunity? Remind yourself to do what you can, while you can.

Every life has its share of misfortune, but there’s no reason to add to that misfortune with complacency. See the full extent of opportunity that is now yours, and live it well.

— Ralph Marston


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 09:19

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 07/21/18

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Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of class, upbringing and environment. It is a battle that can ravage communities, as well as families. Last November, an article written by Retired Admiral James Winnefeld spoke on the effects of the opioid epidemic and how it has personally impacted his life. His article entitled “No Family Is Safe from This Epidemic” tells the story of Admiral Winnefeld’s son Jonathon and his battle with opioid abuse. This week Greg sat down with The Admiral to discuss the article and also, Jonathon’s story. He states that “As an admiral I helped run the most powerful military on Earth, but I couldn’t save my son from the scourge of opioid addiction.” 
 
After the loss of Jonathon, The Winnefeld Family founded S.A.F.E. (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) to not only honor his memory but to be a support system for families that have loved ones struggling with this disease. Listen to hear the Winnefeld’s story and also how S.A.F.E. is reaching out to communities to make a difference and help fight this crisis that our nation has been fighting for so long.
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