Friday, January 18, 2013

Greater than through love and support: Hometown Solutions on Saturday: Who's On

Dr. Rich Ogle of  Carolina Counseling Center, a private clinic here in Wilmington
Mr. Norman Foster, Executive Director, Coastal Care (formerly Southeastern Center)
Dr. Burt Johnson, Medical Director of Coastal Care (formerly Southeastern Center)
Mr. Kenny House, Vice President of Clinical Services

We will talk about access to Mental Health Care in our region, how to afford it, where to find it, and all you need to know to make informed decisions about making these choices for you, your family, or someone you care for!
Listen in from 10am to 11am Saturday morning on Hometown Solutions on 93.7 and 106.3 FM WLLT.
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Look for the Deal of the Week, I Spy, and the SEEN with Ashley Miller in the show and this week's affirmation! Hear you tomorrow!

Info and contact about our guests: 

Richard L. Ogle, Ph.D. 

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2001 The University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Psychology, 1995 San Diego State University
  • B.A., Psychology, 1992 Point Loma Nazarene University
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist (LP) & Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)
Professional Memberships: NCPA
Specialty Areas – Substance Abuse, PTSD, Health/Stress
Population: Adults

As a clinical psychologist, I use mindfulness-based behavioral treatments to facilitate individuals working through a variety of psychological problems. Although I treat a variety of problems, I specialize in addictions and post-traumatic stress.

Carolina Counseling Center 

Address: 2450 Delaney Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone:(910) 763-9512

Coastal Care 

3809 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28403
PO Box 4147
Wilmington, NC 28406
Main Line: (910) 550-2600
Fax:     (910) 550-2558
Coastal Horizons Inc
Kenny House
Vice-President of Clinical Services

Employed at CHC since January of 1979, Kenny oversees the Substance Abuse Services - including the Prevention, Community Outreach, and Outpatient Treatment programs at CHC. He is a member of the agency Management Team, and assists other components in clinical matters as well.

Coastal Horizons Center Main Office
Willie Stargell Office Park
615 Shipyard Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
Toll Free: 800-672-2903
Coastal Horizons Center
Pender Office

803 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Toll Free: 866-559-0668

Coastal Horizons Center Brunswick Office
Highway 17 South
Behind Jones Ford
120 Coastal Horizons Drive
Shallotte, NC 28470
Outpatient Treatment
Rape Crisis Center

TASC RCE Region 1
2805 Trent Rd.
New Bern, NC 28560

TASC RCE Region 2
412 West Russell Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Greater than through love and support: Hometown Solutions Show #1 Health!

Here is the Information from the First Show that aired today!
The show will be re-broadcast on the Penguin, Bach Radio, and on the Bone! It is humbling to have the ability to get this out each week and over so many different ways.

Also, it will be podcast for you to access the information that was discussed and ready in the next day or so.

Thanks to Joshua Swift, Asst. Director of the NHC Health Department, Jeff James, CEO of Wilmington Health, Ashley Miller, sidekick o' non profits, JT and Aimee for producing and Michael for support and podcasting..all making this a very special first show! 

The reason I am doing this at the beginning this week is that this show…the idea for doing this came from my experience over a decade ago with a  man who became very influential in my life. He was the first person to put me on the air and interview me and he was the opitmy of style and grace and made me and everyone he encountered feel like they were welcomed and supported. His show was about featuring the best of who we are and what we can do well..and while I fall way short of what he is and what he did, I aspire to him and dedicate this endeavor to bring a positive voice….a voice that speaks from all walks of life…to the air to bring access to resources out to the community. This week he was properly honored with the naming of a building and at the theater awards..but his legacy lives on in those of us who were taught to live above the frey, stick to the mission, and get out the best in the community so people know what is I spy Donn Ansell..and this show is and will always be to him and his honor.

SPEAKERS and some follow up info from the show:

Ashley Miller Segment:
Coming up:

Cape Fear Heart Ball NOT TO BE MISSED Jack Jack 180  February 9 Wilmington Convention Center Ashley Miller 539-9270

Red Dress at NHRMC February 1 Wilmington Convention Center
Aileen Lancaster 815-5002

Benefit for Steve Vernon
Calling all Steve Vernon fans! Big Dawg Productions and Comically Impaired are sponsoring a benefit to help Steve Vernon with his hospital bills. Comically Impaired will perform at the Hannah Block Historic USO Building (Community Arts Center) on February 1, 2013. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the shows starts at 8 pm. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Donations accepted at the door (minimum $5). ALL proceeds will go to Steve. Please invite everyone you know!

Wilmington Downtown Inc. Economic Development Series
Featuring Keynote Speaker Joseph Minicozzi, AICP
Presentation by WDI President & CEO on the State of Downtown
Seats for this event are $50 per person, or $450 for a table of 10. Visit to purchase tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (910) 763-7349 or email for more information.

Deal of the week:
Brian Knox, personal trainer is offering a free personal training session for folks who want to start their journey or get back on track! This is an 80$ value, simply contact him by calling 610-533-9552 and email is No Strings! 

Affirmation and sign off:
Some say I have Sloganitis, because I repeat slogans, affirmations and things that, frankly keep me sane… each week, I want to end the show with an I believe firmly in the verse that says “so you think in your heart, so shall you be”, and I learned some years ago that what you put in is often what you put I LOVE affirmations…
Most who know me and have called my personal or business phone have gotten this one..but it is what I love to share and what I hold myself accountable with everyday..and it is something I deeply am grateful for for to live by it is to acknowledge that I am given a life by which I am free to make choices and to have accept the abundant gifts each everyday…so with with that…


Sunday, January 06, 2013

greater than through love and support: Happy Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that it was on this day THREE years ago that this part of my journey began and my relationship and understanding of living greater than through love and support went to a whole other level.
It was on Ephipany, January 6, 2010 that I made a decision to make a change. It was just that easy. I made a decision. And from the moment I made that decision I trusted others  to help me. It was not unlike other parts of my spiritual growth in my life...but this time..this time, I made a decision to set aside all the things I presumed to know about change for myself. All the things I presumed to know about what I thought I could and could not do, and I allowed others to tell me. I was humbled, at my bottom...350 lbs, not able to get up a set of stairs, not able to bike more than a couple of blocks, on all sorts of medicines, constantly sick, and ready to was do or die...and ironically, I was living another part of my life where I had been down this road before in other ways, had the tools, but just could not see how it worked and I could make it all happen.

The on was Kristi and Ashley meeting Adam. It was Heidi giving me a roadmap on was a gym stepping up and helping me with memebership...and was one person after another supporting me...ecouraging me....being there for me on my "recovery" new life. Whether it was Colin announcing me as I crossed my first 5k, or meeting Debbie and crossing over her journey, or sharing commonanilites and love with Joanne or Neesha or seeing the success of others like Craig or just feeling the health and vitality of Mitzi or running with Mary B, or sharing that special gift of a registration and membership to Wilmington road runners with Andy McV..or the success of Andy or the amazing gift imaging from Donnie..the Heart Association..the lives of Windell and Kayliegh coursing through me when I wanted to much....

All of it..all of them (and I just named such a miniscule few) has been so powerful...and the journey connected me to ME in a way that I always dreamed of and wanted to be and always wanted to become and found out I could. Here I am an athete..pushing these weights..strong...and running..and in the gym...and heathier than I have ever been. I know I am a food addict. I am close and personal with how I use food now and in this third year, it has been the hardest. I put back on some weight..and i know how and why and the success for me is that I don't have to go back to where I started...ever. There has been a psychic change and while I I am not perfect. While I will always live one day at a time with who I am, I can be and am so much more than I ever dreamed I could be...and I love that. I embrace that. I want more of that and am WILLING to make that decision to be that. To show up to the gym. To eat healthily one day at time. To achieve some more goals for myself. I have some more things I want to do...Cooper Bridge run..the Tri Span here in Wilmington....I want to Kayak out to Bald Head...over and around Figure Eight.....I want to Kayak to Masonboro and go camping....I want to do a Warrior Dash. Not so much a tri...but maybe do the Half Marathon...AGAIN! :) I still want to improve some time on my running...and yes, I want to get some of the weight off that I gained to feel comforatble again and I want to go running on the beach with my shirt off..that one is a biggy!

I was going to make this blog post an inventory, but it is kind of...I can see in it what I did well and did not do well in the third year. I still have not been through a fast food drive through. I am so very proud of that. Three years and counting. That is remarkable for me.

Maintenance takes just that...maintenance...and it is nice to have goals to continue to works towards while still taking time to enjoy it along the way. That is the key.

I am working now in a job I love more than i could ever have imagined. I am working with health and wellness....imagine that. It have all come full circle for me. Nothing happens by accident. It is amazing...and I made a decision. The rest....well, the rest was this amazing higher power I choose to call God. I am so grateful. I made a decision and I pray to do so each day. but it is mine to make. wow.

I do have to say this. This year I have learned a lot...I guess that true for every year. But when I say I have love...true love..I mean that. It is NEVER perfect, and I will f up like anyone...but there is so much joy.....thanks be to God and to each of each of you.