SGR Ep93 - The Ohio House W/ Brandon Stump

The Ohio House Sober Living

This episode was recorded live from Nashville at the Innovations In Behavioral Health conference hosted by Foundations Recovery Network.

Shane Ramer opens this episode with a heartfelt email from an audience member who said Sober Guy Radio may have saved his life. Shane also touches on a few discussions from the ever-growing private Facebook group like the cycle of addiction and relapse, taking care of yourself, and being proud of any clean time no matter how much it is.

This episode's guest is Brandon Stump, the founder of The Ohio House. The Ohio House is a 13 unit community of sober living homes in Costa Mesa, California. This brotherhood changes mens' lives through physical activities like boxing and outdoor excursions, along with 12 step programs and other behavioral habits for living a sober life.

Brandon began drinking as a child, but always was an active kid and had a great love for his family. He was particularly known for his hustling spirit and his big bear hugs. But later on in adulthood, the alcohol took its toll and he developed three stomach ulcers. Once he began throwing up blood, he turned to heroin and became a full-blown addict.

Brandon spent all day, everyday trying to meet the needs of his addiction. The family he loved so much gave up on him and he ended up living in his car with his dog in a hotel parking lot. He soon felt like may only have a matter of days left to live and challenged God that if He existed, He would come and save him.

Today Brandon says he's "crushing life." His whole family is now working in the addiction recovery field and The Ohio House has grown into a place of strength and refuge for young men seeking a place to clean up from heroin. Listen to his moving story and his Heart and Hustle round on the episode of Sober Guy Radio!


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