Oct 29, 2019
Addiction. Don't you dare turn
this podcast off. That's why I threw that word out first, because
nobody likes that word. I rarely find anybody on the fence or in a
gray area when it comes to addiction. For some people, it's
affecting them and killing them. They want to learn all they can
about it . Other people aren’t affected. It’s not their problem, so
let other people worry about it. People are either on one side or
I've been in the people business
long enough to know that this word has made its way in some form or
another to everyone's front door. Someone you know is affected by
addiction. Sometimes it's not in the form we think. It's not drugs
or alcohol. It could be in the form of gambling, porn, shopping,
food, nicotine, or something else.
Today's episode is a tough one.
We're going to talk to Janelle Martin, a mother who woke up to a
world of addiction. A world she knew nothing about until it
affected her daughter Regan Steinert. Janelle is a mom of two kids
age 20 and 18. She is in recovery because addiction affected her
family. She loves and trusts Jesus completely, and has been blessed
with the most amazing friends who were there for her during
Regan joins us later in the
show. She is a stunningly beautiful and well-spoken woman who has
faced addiction, sobriety, relapse, and pain in her very short
life. She is living proof that addiction can affect anyone. Anyone
can be a target. Maybe even someone in your home. Regan is 18 and
in recovery. She’s a good person who loves helping people. She is
artsy and creative and loves to paint, especially as a form of
- [05:06] Janelle and her family
live in Houston. They've lived in the same home for 15 years, and
her kids grew up there.
- [08:21] Janelle didn't know how
bad things were until someone told her. She knew something was off,
but she didn't know what.
- [10:17] It felt like a dark
cloud was following Regan. She stopped playing sports. Janelle
suspected stuff, but could never catch her doing
- [13:29] Janelle caught Regan
lying about where she was spending the night. Janelle told Regan
she can't live at home if she is doing drugs, and Regan said she
- [16:00] Janelle sent Regan to
stay with her dad.
- [17:45] It took weeks for
Janelle to recover from the fact that Regan was gone.
- [18:12] Regan spent three
months at her dad's.
- [22:12] After a frantic call
from Regan's dad, Regan ended up in a treatment center in
- [24:40] Regan didn't want to
go, because she didn't want to be sober. She decided to just stay
there for 45 days. She also stayed in the program for around two
- [27:21] She was finally happy,
I didn't want to mess that up.
- [28:07] After 11 months, Regan
moved back to Texas. Her friends were going to Galveston and
partying, so Regan thought she could do it to.
- [32:03] Regan thought she could
vape THC, and everything would be fine, but it wasn't. So she
talked to her mom about it, and decided to leave.
- [33:15] Regan was gone for
three weeks. A lot of mother's can't do that tough love that
Janelle did. Regan was out on the street with her dog.
- [36:13] Regan learned a lot of
really cool stuff during her first time in recovery, but it just
didn't click all the way.
- [36:53] She decided she wanted
to be sober and called her mom. Janelle said to come home. She just
got her four months three days ago.
- [37:28] Everything has finally
clicked. She goes to meetings. She has a sponsor. Everything's
working out great.
- [38:14] She finally graduated
and is starting me to school.
- [38:42] Regan is genuinely
- [43:03] Regan thinks that she
started using because of some family issues with her brother and
father. She also went through a breakup.
- [45:09] Regan is going to do
amazing things with her life, and she stands on her own
- [48:52] Regan loves enchiladas
with rice & beans at Rancho Grande. Janelle likes the
firecracker roll at Red Fish Grill.
- [49:54] Janelle and Regan share
what friendship means to them.
- [52:21] The ladies dish
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