The Power to Create Yourself

Tuesdays at 9am PST on Voice America Health and Wellness Channel

The Power to Create Yourself shares the most effective ways to reach your end goal. Through realizing the truth and lies behind our limitations and boundaries, we can all learn what it means to truly create ourselves and manifest our potential. Ross is not a doctor or scholar with a stack of degrees. Rather, he’s a regular guy who had his life stolen by drugs and was left to figure out a way to get from points A to B at the age of thirty. Ten years later he’s still a “boots on the ground” guy, sharing the strategies, beliefs and attitudes that led him to not only sobriety, but personal success. Ross, along with guests ranging from entrepreneurs to spiritual gurus, covers things like the importance of knowing what you stand for vs. what you don’t, seeking the true essence of your character and busting through road blocks, both real and perceived. The show also discusses the facilities and programs that exist to treat addiction, and how to reap the greatest benefits.

Radio Episodes

The Power to Create Yourself

06/06/2017

The Power to Create Yourself

05/30/2017

The Admissions Side of Treatment

05/23/2017

Ross is joined this week by Amie Smith, an expert in the arena of marketing and admissions in the addiction treatment field. Ross and Amie will chat about the ever-changing nature of the business, and the best ways to ensure clients are being admitted to treatment centers best suited to their needs. Amie will share the strategies she’s developed to get help to people in need as soon as possible, and as efficiently as possible. Please tune in Tuesday at 9am Pacific for a behind-the-scenes look at the very first step in treatment: getting in the door!

Relapse and Moving Foreward

05/16/2017

This week’s guest, “Dan,” joins Ross to talk about his journey though addiction, recovery, relapse and then back to recovery. He shares how growing up as a gay man in Alaska contributed to his struggle with addiction. After seeking treatment he had ten years of sobriety before relapsing. Dan went back to treatment and is now enjoying sobriety AND a career in the treatment field. Together, Dan and Ross explore ways to prevent relapse, and the importance of getting back into recovery ASAP after a relapse.

Encore: The Truth about Interventions

05/09/2017

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the intervention process this week as Ross is joined by Ken Seeley: renowned author and Board Registered interventionist who frequently appears on the A and E show Intervention. As one of the most recognizable names in the addiction treatment field, Ken has been helping families get their loved ones into treatment for over two decades and is the founder of Intervention 911. He’ll share the truth behind interventions – the process, identifying the need for family involvement, and the tools he uses to get clients to say “yes.” Ken and Ross will also discuss how the industry as a whole needs to shift in order to provide optimum treatment and better resources for families supporting an addict before, during and after treatment. This week’s episode will also delve into what holds people back from success in treatment, and how to create a long-term recovery plan to avoid these set-backs.

The Client Files Part 16: ‘Scarlett’

05/02/2017

Ross is back this week with another client, “Scarlett,” who bravely shares her journey to treatment, and also what she’s learned since arriving. Ross enjoys nothing more than connecting with someone who is newly sober, and helping them look for that next goal to reach for. THIS is the foundation of creating oneself. Ross and Scarlett will chat about how she plans to use the tools she’s learning in treatment to look ahead and build a happy, substance-free life.

Treatment: Thinking Outside the Box

04/25/2017

Ross has long believed that treatment can only be as good as the people working in the field. Today he is joined by John Joseph- a colleague, friend and someone who has seen virtually every facet of the treatment industry over his 20+ years of sobriety. John will share his personal journey to recovery in addition to chatting with Ross about what he thinks is missing from treatment today, and some “outside the box” ideas about improving the quality of treatment moving forward.

The Client Files Part 15: ‘Will’

04/18/2017

The beauty of your journey is that it is unique. Each of us have our own story to tell about creating ourselves, and this week “Will” is joining Ross to share his. Ross loves seeing treatment through the eyes of the clients, and Will courageously opens up about his personal challenges and experiences. If you want to make real changes in your life and don’t know where to start, start here with us!

New Beginnings

04/11/2017

Ross is sitting down this week with “Austin,” who is currently in treatment for substance addiction. The two will chat about Austin’s journey and what led him to walk through the doors of rehab. Austin will share what has changed since then, and what he hopes comes next. As always, Ross will give his real and unfiltered take and offer unexpected ways that Austin can use the tools he’s gaining in treatment to be his most successful self.

It’s Never Too Late to Start Creating Yourself!

04/04/2017

This week Ross is joined by “Weston,” a man seeking to conquer his addictions and start creating himself. A lot of time, the clients in rehabs are kids barely old enough to drink, and sometimes they are “regular adults” who lost themselves along the way. It’s important to remember that no matter how long we’ve been walking on one path, it’s always okay to decide to turn around. “Weston” shares his story with Ross and the two examine all of the ways we can begin to build the life we want starting TODAY.

The Client Files Part 14: ‘Sean’

03/28/2017

This week Ross will sit down with “Sean”, a young man in recovery working to become his best sober self. Sean talks about what led him to seek help for his addiction and who he hopes to be when he leaves the doors of treatment. Ross, as always, keeps it real with the client and helps him apply the tools of recovery to everyday life. Listen in- Sean’s could change your life or the life of someone you love!

The Client Files Part 13: ‘Emily’

03/21/2017

The Client Files series returns this week with “Emily,” a young women in addiction treatment, joining Ross to discuss her addiction, her experience with treatment and the tools she’s acquiring through the work she’s doing on herself. Emily and Ross will chat about what led her to seek professional treatment, and the ways recovery is helping her create herself.

The Client Files Part 12: ‘Julie’

03/07/2017

Can you believe we’re already in March?! This is the time of year when its easy to give up on the goals we set at New Years, or to once again find ourselves caught up in work and travel and forgetting to practice good self care. Tune in this week for an inspiring client story that will jumpstart your motivation! Ross is joined by “Julie,” who is currently in treatment for substance addiction. As with all folks in recovery, Julie has a unique tale with elements to which we can all relate. Ross and Julie will talk about the work done in treatment and how the tools we acquire can transcend to other goals we set in life.

Tackling Multiple Addictions

02/28/2017

The only thing more challenging than battling one addiction, is battling several. Today’s guest, Fabian, shares his struggle to break free from substance abuse while also battling a love addiction. How do treatments for these separate dependencies overlap? How does one identify when one addiction is fueling another? Ross helps Fabian unpack the link between his struggles, and Fabian shares the events and circumstances that led him to seek help for both. The two will also talk about the distinction between being “sober” and being “clean.” Ross’ treatment philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that no two individuals are the same, and therefore the same treatment plan rarely works for two different people. Let’s talk about how to get you or your loved ones on the right path to address specific needs, and begin to enjoy a clean, sober and happy lifestyle!

Sobriety: Mind, Body and Soul

02/21/2017

This week Ross is joined by Jay, a young man who has achieved not just sobriety, but a happy, active lifestyle and a thriving career in the recovery field. Jay will share his story and the particular tools and methods that allowed him to break free from addiction. Jay is an accomplished MMA fighter and trainer, and has found that the skills and discipline he uses as a fighter aid him in recovery, and the tools he learned in recovery have enhanced his training. Jay is living proof that wellness exists when the mind, body and soul are working in tandem.

The Client Files Part 11: ‘Kaylie’

02/14/2017

Have you ever tried to achieve something, but kept getting knocked down so much that you decided to quit? We’ve all been there, and this week’s guest “Kaylie” is no exception. She and Ross will discuss resilience and the importance of never losing faith in your goal or yourself. Kaylie is 32 days sober, and in treatment for the third time working to free herself from an addiction to heroin and benzos. She’ll share her story of a near-fatal car accident that she doesn’t even remember, and how it lead to the wake up call she needed. It doesn’t matter how many times we try and fail; all that matters is that we keep trying because eventually change will happen! Start your path to positive, lasting, REAL life changes today with this inspiring client story!

The Client Files Part 10: ‘Jess’

02/07/2017

This week we’re thrilled to present the tenth installment of The Client Files series! This week Ross is talking with “Jess,” a young woman in treatment for the first time. Jess’ story and resilience will leave you awestruck. This is a woman who has experienced trauma after trauma- including a near death experience just recently- and still finds the strength within herself to dig deep and make real, lasting, tangible changes in her life. Jess’ story is a good remind to all of us that whether our goal is sobriety, a better career or simply freedom from stress and worry, no circumstance is too great to overcome, and we ALWAYS have the power to create ourselves.

The Client Files Part 9: ‘Santiago’

01/31/2017

Tune in this week for an inspiring story that’s sure to give you the motivation to keep plugging towards your goals! Ross is joined by “Santiago,” who is currently in treatment for substance addiction. As with all recovering addicts, Santiago has a unique tale with elements to which we can all relate. During the hour Ross and Santiago will talk about the real work that’s done in treatment, and how we find the drive within us to make crucial and lasting life changes. 2017 has just begun- stick with The Power to Create Yourself to make this year your best ever!

The Client Files Part 8: ‘Angel’

01/24/2017

One person’s story can change a dozen lives! That’s why we’re back this week with Part 8 of “The Client Files.” Ross will sit down with Angel, a young man in recovery working to become his best sober self. Angel talks about what led him to seek help for his addiction and who he hopes to be when he leaves the doors of treatment. Ross, as always, keeps it real with the client and helps him apply the tools of recovery to everyday life. Listen in- Angel’s story may help you or someone you love!

The Client Files Part 7: ‘Benjamin’

01/17/2017

It’s a new year and a great time to focus on the positive changes you want to make in YOUR life. This week Ross is joined by ‘Benjamin’, a young man currently in addiction treatment. Together they’ll talk about the process of making beneficial and lasting changes that lead to a healthy, happy and sober life. Benjamin will candidly share his own thoughts on and experience with treatment and the work he is doing. Whether you or someone you love is looking for help getting sober, cutting bad behaviors, or just leading a more authentic and joyful life, this is an hour you won’t want to miss!

Health Insurance: What’s Ahead in 2017

01/10/2017

Its January, and that means there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: health insurance. It can be a challenge to navigate, especially with the ever-changing laws and guidelines. This week Ross is joined by Angela Opalak, the CEO of an insurance billing company. Angela will give us her expert take on what’s new in the insurance world, including key points for families and what to expect if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced.

The Client Files Part 7: ‘Andy’

01/03/2017

Ross is joined this week by Andy Fossum, the CEO of Rebos Treatment in Los Angeles. Andy shares his own personal journey to sobriety and how it eventually lead to running one of the largest treatment centers in LA. Together, Ross and Andy will take a look at the current state of the treatment industry and assess what is working, and what needs improvement in order to continue offering top notch care to clients of all ages and backgrounds.

The Client Files Part 6: ‘Stephanie’

12/27/2016

We’re wrapping up the year with another honest and inspirational client story! This week Ross will sit down with “Stephanie”, who is currently in treatment and embarking on a sober life. Stephanie will share her personal journey, and Ross will weigh in with his own experiences and intimate knowledge of recovery. Anyone wanting to make life changes, even if drugs and alcohol aren’t involved, will benefit from his brave young woman’s story!

The Client Files Part 5: ‘Chandra’

12/20/2016

Our Client Files series has prompted such great feedback, we’ve decided to keep it going! We’re back this week with Chandra, a young woman in early sobriety and currently in treatment. Ross and Chandra discuss the path that lead to addiction as well as the one that leads to a happy, sober life. As always, the client’s experience is real and raw and invaluable to anyone grappling with whether or not to get help, and for those who love someone struggling with addiction.

The Client Files: ‘Gabi’

12/13/2016

Ross Remien chats with former client “Gabi” about turning points, desperation in recovery, and life beyond sobriety.

The Client Files Part 4: ‘Sina’

12/06/2016

We’re diving back into the client files this week and chatting with “Sina”- a young man coming up on the 100 day mark of sobriety. He and Ross discuss his struggle with opiate addiction, legal problems that nearly led to a lengthy prison sentence, and the time he flatlined in a tent in the park and was brought back to life by a stranger. Please join us for this unique and moving perspective on addiction and treatment!

The Truth About Stress

11/29/2016

Stress impacts all of our lives, but do we really understand the effect it takes on us mentally, physically and emotionally? This week Ross is joined by Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, author of The Stress Solution, to break it all down for us. Dr. Ciaramicoli will discuss the importance of differentiating between sympathy and empathy, and how empathy can actually reduce our stress levels. He and Ross also examine how stress impacts addiction treatment and the sneaky ways stress interferes with self care. For anyone looking to improve their quality of life for any reason, this episode is definitely a must!

The Hunt for Happiness in Recovery

11/22/2016

Joining Ross this week to discuss her work as a Healing Practitioner and her new book, “Find Your Friggin’ Joy,” is Belinda Farrell. Belinda will delve into the many healing practices she uses, including the ancient Hawaiian teachings of Huna. Ross and Belinda look at the intersection of sobriety and spirituality in recovery, and the importance of finding what is meaningful and joyful to us as individuals. Tune in and join us- we could all use a little more happiness, right?

The Client Files Part 3: ‘Drew’

11/15/2016

For the third installment of The Client Files, Ross is joined this week by “Drew,” a client in early sobriety. Carrying forward the theme of our series devoted to the client’s take on treatment, he and Ross will chat about what led him to seek professional help, and the ways recovery is changing his life in all ways- not just sobriety. Listen in as Ross and Drew explore the unimaginable challenges of changing one’s life and the incredible power that comes with it. Join them for the hour and explore the thousands of possibilities that come with choosing to create yourself.

The Client Files Part 2: ‘Dylan’

11/08/2016

We’re back with another client this week as Ross is joined by “Dylan” to discuss what rehab is really like from the client’s point of view. Dylan is in early sobriety and actively working to make the very changes discussed each week on The Power to Create Yourself. Ross chats with Dylan about what brought him to treatment, and what he hopes to take with him. The hour is filled with honesty, compassion and priceless dialogue between someone who has done the work and someone who is doing it today. If you or someone you know is considering treatment, you won’t want to miss this insider look at the path to sobriety!

The Client Files: ‘Larry’

11/01/2016

This week we’re giving the experts a break and cracking open The Client Files! One of Ross’ most central treatment philosophies is to meet clients where they are at today- tune in and hear for yourself what that’s like! Ross will sit down with ‘Larry,’ a client in early sobriety, to take a real look at treatment from the inside. Every client’s journey is unique but they all share one commonality- the desire to live a happy and sober life. Ross and Larry will talk about the day-to-day of treatment and the fears and hopes one faces on the journey to sobriety. What’s the hardest thing about treatment? How does getting sober change the goals we set for ourselves? Tune in to find out the answers to these questions and many more!

Sobriety and Spirituality

10/25/2016

We’re focusing on spirituality this week as Ross is joined by ‘Healer to the Stars’ Audrey Hope. Ross and Audrey will take a look at the spiritual connections clients need to make with themselves in order to be free of their past and able to make positive changes. This episode will also take a close look at the real process of making life changes, and Audrey will share her personal view on the most common pit-falls we face when trying to achieve them. As always, the hour will be packed with expert insight and tons of resources for anyone looking to break free from substances and-or create real, tangible changes in their everyday life.

The Truth about Interventions

10/18/2016

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the intervention process this week as Ross is joined by Ken Seeley: renowned author and Board Registered interventionist who frequently appears on the A and E show Intervention. As one of the most recognizable names in the addiction treatment field, Ken has been helping families get their loved ones into treatment for over two decades and is the founder of Intervention 911. He’ll share the truth behind interventions – the process, identifying the need for family involvement, and the tools he uses to get clients to say “yes.” Ken and Ross will also discuss how the industry as a whole needs to shift in order to provide optimum treatment and better resources for families supporting an addict before, during and after treatment. This week’s episode will also delve into what holds people back from success in treatment, and how to create a long-term recovery plan to avoid these set-backs.

Rewire Your Life for Success

10/11/2016

Listen in as Ross sits down with Erica Spiegelman, an accomplished counselor, speaker and author of Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery to get her fresh take on recovery and self-improvement. Together they will discuss her book, and how to apply the tools and methods to not only getting sober, but to make real, lasting changes in your life. It goes beyond setting goals and taking action, and requires us to rewire our brains and approach life in a totally different way. Whether you’re looking to break free from drugs and alcohol, embark on a whole new career path, or change the dynamic of the relationships in your life, this is a discussion all listeners are sure to enjoy!

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Recovery

10/04/2016

This week Ross sits down with psychotherapist and renowned author Dr. Allen Berger to look at the common mistakes we make on the journey to recovery, and the treatment techniques that are most effective in dealing with them. Dr. Berger has published several books relating to addiction, and his latest title ’12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Navigating Common Pitfalls on Your Sobriety Journey’ discusses how even those most dedicated to working their program and striving for sobriety can easily find themselves thrown off course. Ross and Dr. Berger will take a look at some of these common missteps and the best ways to prevent them. In addition, they will discuss the value of this book and others in the treatment industry. Whether you’re in recovery yourself or supporting a loved one, this episode is packed with priceless insight straight from the expert’s mouth!

Understanding The Pill Epidemic

09/27/2016

This week’s topic is one on which everyone has an opinion: the prescription drug epidemic in America. Ross is joined by Praveen Kambam, M.D., a Los Angeles physician specializing in Forensic, Child and Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Kambam will share his thoughts on what patients should be on the lookout for, how to talk to their doctor about prescription drugs, and key factors in when to prescribe vs when not to. He and Ross will also discuss the impact of the prescription drug crisis on addiction treatment, and how those in recovery can better navigate through the truths and lies about these substances.

The Layers of Addiction Treatment

09/20/2016

Ross is joined by two guests, each discussing their specialty within the addiction treatment field. First up is Julia Gindi, a Chemical Dependency Counselor at REBOS who will discuss the nuts and bolts of treating substance addiction and what she does in session with her clients to get them to realize their behaviors are problematic and harmful to themselves. We all know admitting you have a problem is the first step, but what about those who still can’t see they have a problem? For the second part of the hour, Spiritual Counselor William Cusack will talk about the functions of spirituality within treatment and how its important and valuable for gaining sobriety or any type of ultimate change. William will discuss the practices he uses with clients, and some of the amazing results that can be achieved!

Family and Addiction Treatment

09/13/2016

Ross is joined by Betsy Spier, a licensed therapist and veteran in the treatment field with over 20 years of practice. Over the years, Betsy has mastered the art of involving family in the recovery of her clients and believes it’s a necessary part of treatment for most individuals. Her philosophy is that for a person to get and stay sober, everyone around them must make changes as well. On this episode, Betsy and Ross discuss the role of family in the recovery process, when to include family in treatment -and when not to-, and how to help if someone you love is trying to get sober.