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Oct. 15, 2022

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series with Sam Perez - 10.15.22

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series with Sam Perez - 10.15.22

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Saturday, October 15, 2022, Sam Perez.  Sam is a television news reporter who loves telling and sharing stories. This passion led her to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with degrees in journalism and Spanish.

Growing up, Sam learned from entrepreneurs as she watched her parents Rob and Diane create and open DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, KY. The restaurant and bakery hires people in recovery from substance use disorder.  Sam found that this community of people had stories of strength, grit, and hope.

Sam also shared her transparency through her personal story of her Dad’s addiction with alcoholism.  Sam recall’s that her parents were always open to having those hard family discussions and never brushed off her Dad’s recovery from alcoholism.  Not many people have the outreach, love and support of their families and do not know any other way but through their addictions and what they are going through.

There is often a societal misconception about so many little things about addiction.  We are all affected as a society with the causes and correlations of addiction and what that entails for everyone.  We also have to remember that addiction does not discriminate.

While Sam stated she is not an expert related to this field, it was her hope and pursuit of this amazing effort to share their experiences and start the conversation about the opioid epidemic, she has written Deviate From Denial: Erasing the Stigma of Addiction and Recovery Through Inspirational Stories.

To connect with Sam further, please check out her website and various social media platforms:






“Stories” simulcasted this podcast through the Wisdom Audio App.  Sam and I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Robert James Goodman for coming up on stage and sharing his story and how Sam’s story resonated with him on so many levels.  (Dr. Goodman has a book coming out in December, 2022 entitled:  Unaware of Your Awareness.)

Let me know what you thought of today’s episode.  Do you know someone who suffers from addiction?  How has their experience affected you?

To order Sam’s Book, click the link below:


Do you have a story you want to share?  Your story will inspire others!   If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.


Thank you Sam - opening up the discussion to share conversations about the opioid epidemic was “Truly” amazing as these are the Stories That Inspire Us!!

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