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Keepin' It Friel: Conversations on Recovery

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Keepin' It Friel: Conversations on Recovery

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KTLA News anchor and reporter Courtney Friel hosts a weekly podcast where she has candid conversations with celebrities and media personalities about their recovery from addiction. With over a decade of sobriety, Courtney hopes to inspire others struggling with addictions and show that recovery is possible, and that life can still be fun and rewarding without drugs or alcohol. Welcome to "Keepin' It Friel: Conversations on Recovery!"

Latest Episodes

Advocating for the Voiceless with Kiana Dean

Keepin’ itFrielthis week is Kiana Dean, a 22 year old foster care advocate, who was born addicted to drugs due to her mom’s meth addiction during pregnancy.As a result of the drugs, the right side of Kiana’s face is paralyzed, she has a heart defect, and has had many surgeries.She bounced around foster homes until a woman she calls her “angel” adopted her.Amazingly, Kiana doesn’t have the victim mentality, and instead got the urge to fight for babies who can’t speak for themselves.

22 MINAPR 22
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Advocating for the Voiceless with Kiana Dean

Hitting Bottom at the Top with Sports & Celebrity Agent Darren Prince

Darren Prince is a prominent sports & celebrity agent whose clients have included Magic Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Carmen Electra and more. He is also the other of the book Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top. Darren opens up about his 24-year addiction to opioids. Darren's recovery journey is now going 11 years strong, and he is now helping others break free from addiction.

18 MINAPR 1
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Hitting Bottom at the Top with Sports & Celebrity Agent Darren Prince

Detailing Sobriety with Former “Details Magazine” Editor in Chief Dan Peres

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Dan Peres, the former editor in chief of Details Magazine and author of the book “As Needed for Pain”.During Dan’s 15 years in charge at the magazine, he was secretly popping 60 opioids a day, and overdosed several times. He’d doctor shop, call in prescriptions for himself, and drive to Mexico for pills. Dan now has 12 years sober, loves being a dad to his three sons, and is trying to help de-stigmatize addiction.

21 MINMAR 25
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Detailing Sobriety with Former “Details Magazine” Editor in Chief Dan Peres

Spreading Sober News with Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue was the first news anchor to work at all three cable news networks. While at Fox News Channel, Laurie’s drinking and cocaine use escalated. She ended up hiring an addiction specialist to help her get clean. Laurie now has 13 years sober, but at the 5 year mark, she attended an off the record dinner and a gossip magazine reporter outed her sobriety in an article the next day. While she wasn’t planning on going public, Laurie became a recovery advocate that day, and continues to help others and speak on the topic around the country.

21 MINMAR 18
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Spreading Sober News with Laurie Dhue

Inside the opioid addiction crisis with ‘American Fix’ author Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton is an author and activist. He is the author of the book American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It. Ryan opens up about his addiction to heroin, and the challenges he encountered with the nation's treatment system. Ryan's experiences have led him to be at the forefront of advocating for addiction recovery reform.

20 MINMAR 11
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Inside the opioid addiction crisis with ‘American Fix’ author Ryan Hampton

Fashionably Sober with Lawrence Zarian

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Lawrence Zarian, a fashion expert who has covered hundreds of awards shows, and contributed to multiple TV networks, including here at KTLA.Lawrence now has 14 years sober, but before that, he thought his alcohol and cocaine addiction would ultimately kill him.

22 MINMAR 4
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Fashionably Sober with Lawrence Zarian

Selling Houses and Sobriety with Shelton Wilder

Keepin’ ItFriel this week is Shelton Wilder, an LA real estate agent who was once featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank”.From age 18-30, Shelton drank every single day, until her girlfriends gave her an intervention.She went to rehab and has now been sober for 10 years.

20 MINFEB 26
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Selling Houses and Sobriety with Shelton Wilder

Overcoming Alcoholism With Therapy with Psychotherapist Bianca Rodriguez | Keepin' It Friel

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Bianca Rodriguez, a licensed psychotherapist who helps people struggling with addiction.She also has 8 years sober from alcohol.Bianca used to get sick all the time from drinking too much, ending up in the fetal position crying and hating herself.Now she lives a calm, drama-free life and provides motivation to others through her “You Are Complete” life coach program.

18 MINFEB 19
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Overcoming Alcoholism With Therapy with Psychotherapist Bianca Rodriguez | Keepin' It Friel

Rob Koebel on Getting Sober After His Arrest

Keepin’ it Friel this week is RobKoebel, a former TV news investigative reporter whose career imploded after he got drunk and was caught on camera urinating on the Apple store, then scuffling with the cops.He’s now coming up on seven years of sobriety.

20 MINFEB 12
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Rob Koebel on Getting Sober After His Arrest

Supermodel Sobriety with Jennifer Gimenez

Keepin’ It Friel this week is actress Jennifer Gimenez, who starred in the movies Blow, Vanilla Sky and Charlie’s Angels.She also appeared on the reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.Jennifer just celebrated 14 years of sobriety, but for many years she abused drugs and alcohol, and even overdosed once.Jenn now travels the country speaking as a recovery advocate.

21 MINFEB 5
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Supermodel Sobriety with Jennifer Gimenez

Latest Episodes

Advocating for the Voiceless with Kiana Dean

Keepin’ itFrielthis week is Kiana Dean, a 22 year old foster care advocate, who was born addicted to drugs due to her mom’s meth addiction during pregnancy.As a result of the drugs, the right side of Kiana’s face is paralyzed, she has a heart defect, and has had many surgeries.She bounced around foster homes until a woman she calls her “angel” adopted her.Amazingly, Kiana doesn’t have the victim mentality, and instead got the urge to fight for babies who can’t speak for themselves.

22 MINAPR 22
Comments
Advocating for the Voiceless with Kiana Dean

Hitting Bottom at the Top with Sports & Celebrity Agent Darren Prince

Darren Prince is a prominent sports & celebrity agent whose clients have included Magic Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Carmen Electra and more. He is also the other of the book Aiming High: How a Prominent Sports and Celebrity Agent Hit Bottom at the Top. Darren opens up about his 24-year addiction to opioids. Darren's recovery journey is now going 11 years strong, and he is now helping others break free from addiction.

18 MINAPR 1
Comments
Hitting Bottom at the Top with Sports & Celebrity Agent Darren Prince

Detailing Sobriety with Former “Details Magazine” Editor in Chief Dan Peres

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Dan Peres, the former editor in chief of Details Magazine and author of the book “As Needed for Pain”.During Dan’s 15 years in charge at the magazine, he was secretly popping 60 opioids a day, and overdosed several times. He’d doctor shop, call in prescriptions for himself, and drive to Mexico for pills. Dan now has 12 years sober, loves being a dad to his three sons, and is trying to help de-stigmatize addiction.

21 MINMAR 25
Comments
Detailing Sobriety with Former “Details Magazine” Editor in Chief Dan Peres

Spreading Sober News with Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue was the first news anchor to work at all three cable news networks. While at Fox News Channel, Laurie’s drinking and cocaine use escalated. She ended up hiring an addiction specialist to help her get clean. Laurie now has 13 years sober, but at the 5 year mark, she attended an off the record dinner and a gossip magazine reporter outed her sobriety in an article the next day. While she wasn’t planning on going public, Laurie became a recovery advocate that day, and continues to help others and speak on the topic around the country.

21 MINMAR 18
Comments
Spreading Sober News with Laurie Dhue

Inside the opioid addiction crisis with ‘American Fix’ author Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton is an author and activist. He is the author of the book American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It. Ryan opens up about his addiction to heroin, and the challenges he encountered with the nation's treatment system. Ryan's experiences have led him to be at the forefront of advocating for addiction recovery reform.

20 MINMAR 11
Comments
Inside the opioid addiction crisis with ‘American Fix’ author Ryan Hampton

Fashionably Sober with Lawrence Zarian

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Lawrence Zarian, a fashion expert who has covered hundreds of awards shows, and contributed to multiple TV networks, including here at KTLA.Lawrence now has 14 years sober, but before that, he thought his alcohol and cocaine addiction would ultimately kill him.

22 MINMAR 4
Comments
Fashionably Sober with Lawrence Zarian

Selling Houses and Sobriety with Shelton Wilder

Keepin’ ItFriel this week is Shelton Wilder, an LA real estate agent who was once featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank”.From age 18-30, Shelton drank every single day, until her girlfriends gave her an intervention.She went to rehab and has now been sober for 10 years.

20 MINFEB 26
Comments
Selling Houses and Sobriety with Shelton Wilder

Overcoming Alcoholism With Therapy with Psychotherapist Bianca Rodriguez | Keepin' It Friel

Keepin’ it Friel this week is Bianca Rodriguez, a licensed psychotherapist who helps people struggling with addiction.She also has 8 years sober from alcohol.Bianca used to get sick all the time from drinking too much, ending up in the fetal position crying and hating herself.Now she lives a calm, drama-free life and provides motivation to others through her “You Are Complete” life coach program.

18 MINFEB 19
Comments
Overcoming Alcoholism With Therapy with Psychotherapist Bianca Rodriguez | Keepin' It Friel

Rob Koebel on Getting Sober After His Arrest

Keepin’ it Friel this week is RobKoebel, a former TV news investigative reporter whose career imploded after he got drunk and was caught on camera urinating on the Apple store, then scuffling with the cops.He’s now coming up on seven years of sobriety.

20 MINFEB 12
Comments
Rob Koebel on Getting Sober After His Arrest

Supermodel Sobriety with Jennifer Gimenez

Keepin’ It Friel this week is actress Jennifer Gimenez, who starred in the movies Blow, Vanilla Sky and Charlie’s Angels.She also appeared on the reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.Jennifer just celebrated 14 years of sobriety, but for many years she abused drugs and alcohol, and even overdosed once.Jenn now travels the country speaking as a recovery advocate.

21 MINFEB 5
Comments
Supermodel Sobriety with Jennifer Gimenez
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