Family Brand Podcast

Hey, Family Brand community, Chris and Melissa here! This week, we’re bringing you a very special episode that’s close to our hearts. We’re diving into the incredible journey of transformation and hope with a guest who’s not just an inspiration to many but also Chris’s sister, Kristen Johnson!

Kristen’s story isn’t just about overcoming addiction and her time behind bars; it’s a powerful narrative of redemption, resilience, and the profound impact of family and self-belief. From the depths of despair to becoming a beacon of hope for others, Kristen’s journey is a testament to the strength that lies in facing our darkest moments with courage and the importance of moving forward, no matter our past mistakes.

Her dedication to helping others, through her work with the local substance abuse coalition and initiatives like the newsletter for prisons and rehabs, and being a part of Recovery Angels, showcases the impactful role we can all play in lifting each other up.

Join us as we explore Kristen’s inspiring story, filled with lessons on love, support, and the power of a second chance. It’s a reminder to us all of the transformative power of family and the endless possibilities that come with embracing change and forgiveness.

Ready to be inspired? Hit play now and let’s embark on this journey together, celebrating hope, growth, and the strength of family bonds.




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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 00:43 Introduction to Special Guest Kristen Johnson
  • 01:38 Kristen’s Journey: From Addiction to Recovery
  • 02:13 The Power of Mindset in Overcoming Challenges
  • 02:51 Kristen’s Personal Lessons from Addiction
  • 03:41 The Role of Mental Health in Addiction
  • 04:09 Coping Mechanisms and Strength in Prison
  • 05:03 Letting Go of Guilt and Shame
  • 05:46 The Power of Confrontation and Letting Go
  • 06:02 Facing Additional Prison Time and Finding Hope
  • 07:04 The Courtroom Experience and the Gift of Mercy
  • 09:44 The Impact of Family Support in Recovery
  • 15:28 Kristen’s Advocacy and Future Plans
  • 21:10 The Connection Between Broken Families and Incarceration
  • 23:59 The Impact of Addiction on Families
  • 25:48 The Struggles of Homelessness and Addiction
  • 26:23 The Importance of Early Intervention and Education
  • 29:19 The Impact of Addiction on Families and the Community
  • 30:24 The Power of Recovery and Second Chances
  • 33:23 The Role of Family in Addiction Recovery
  • 40:40 The Power of Hope and Possibility in Recovery
  • 43:42 The Importance of Love, Support, and Forgiveness in Recovery
  • 47:10 Final Thoughts: The Urgency of Educating Parents about Fentanyl
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