Today we have Mark Gagarin on The SHAIR Podcast. He is the host of the Battle Tested, a podcast about triumph over adversity. It’s not only about the war with addiction. It’s about showing up as our best selves to every challenge we face in our lives.
Mark believes that everything we’re experiencing can be used to benefit people. When we’re faced with opposition, there is always opportunity to serve. There’s always a lesson to learn, and the good parts and bad parts all have purpose as long as we use them to help someone else.
Get ready to experience battle tested recovery!
Mark Gagarin has been sober for 8 years after battling a 12 year drug and alcohol addiction in his formative years. He is the creator of the Battle Tested podcast, which shares inspiring stories of people who have walked through life’s toughest challenges. The pain and experience of a dark past has now become useful in changing the lives of others. Mark is the Assistant Director of Hope2Gether Foundation, a non-profit in San Diego, CA that provides resources and education for the community to reduce and prevent prescription drug, heroin and other drug addiction, overdoses and deaths. Mark co-founded Awaken Recovery, a Spirit-filled, Christ-centered addiction recovery program through Awaken Church in San Diego, CA. Most importantly, he is a husband to his beautiful wife Kimmie and a father to little Sebastian.
Battle Tested Podcast
“We are dedicated to producing hope. We share our stories to inspire. We understand the value of transparency. We find strength when we realize that we are not alone in the challenges that we face.”
About 570,000 people die annually due to drug use. That breaks down to about 440,000 from disease related to tobacco, 85,000 due to alcohol, 20,000 due to illicit (illegal) drugs, and 20,000+ due to prescription drug abuse.
In general, drug overdose deaths have been on the rise for the past two decades, but the number of deaths from heroin use is up by 39%.
Hope2Gether organizes educational efforts providing prescription pill, heroin, drug and alcohol education and awareness in schools and our community.
Addiction can strike at any time resulting in tragic consequences for individuals and families. Hope2Gether’s message of awareness and education will empower young adults and others to make positive choices in their daily lives.