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Dec 16, 2019

Jeff Dougherty, the Director of Operations at BreakAway Health Corporation, is an open book as he shares the depths of his drug addiction, leading to prison time, fractured relationships, and homelessness. Jeff doesn’t sugar coat it. He is not ashamed of his past. Owning his story helped Jeff survive and made him love who he is today. Addiction does not discriminate. Jeff will forever be an addict battling his inner demons every day for the rest of his life. Listen to this episode and learn about the huge positive leaps Jeff has made in his life, including 12 years of sobriety, assisting addicts, and helping to find missing and exploited children. To anyone who is suffering to the grasp of addiction, please reach out, there's HOPE, there is a way out!! You are LOVED!!

Episode Highlights: 


  • Jeff Dougherty discusses growing up in Florida and how he became involved in using and selling drugs.   
  • Jeff talks about going to prison.  
  • What happened when Jeff went to rehab at Cooper Fellowship? 
  • What did it take for Jeff to finally get sober?  
  • Jeff talks about his life after leaving Cooper Fellowship. 
  • Jeff conducts interventions and explains how they work.
  • Jeff shares how he has educated his daughter about his past lifestyle. 
  • Jeff talks about his work in finding missing persons. 
  • Jeff talks about his grief facilitator training and working with Native Americans.   
  • Does Jeff ever get burned out and how does he make sure he takes care of his health?  
  • What is Jeff Dougherty’s opinion on marijuana? 
  • Addiction is a family disease. 
  • We have to stop pretending that addiction is something to be ashamed of. 
  • We have to talk about it. When we silence the problem and pretend like everything is okay when it isnt, the fire grows, and disintegrates everything in it's path.
  • Don’t give up on your family and friends.   


3 Key Points:

  1. What got Jeff Dougherty sober was a willingness and a desire to change everything in his life, and be so sick and tired of being sick and tired.
  2. Jeff says that when looking for a missing son or daughter it takes boots on the ground, not just making calls at home and posting on the internet.  
  3. Your journey, no matter how painful, is what makes you who you are today.    


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I want my daughter to know what Dad used to be and what he is today and I want her to be of service to and have that servant’s heart. To be able to know that just because somebody is homeless doesn’t mean they are dirty or that just because someone is a drug addict doesn’t mean that they are forgotten. Because a lot of us do that. We throw away that person just because they’re on the streets right now.” – Jeff Dougherty
  • “Once you are an addict, I have the firm belief that we are always an addict and we have addict behavior. But we are able to change it and see it and utilize our tools better so we don’t have to drink or use over it.” – Jeff Dougherty 
  • “My sobriety date started off as October 26th of 2007. So, I just celebrated 12 years of sobriety...It hasn’t been an easy journey. I started very young, at a young age, around the age of 11, dabbling.” – Jeff Dougherty
  • “I’m a living example of what you can become. I didn’t get sober until I was 33.” - Jeff Dougherty

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