Let’s Learn The Value of “Interventions” From Expert, Randy Grimes.

Let’s Learn The Value of “Interventions” From Expert, Randy Grimes.

“My wife reached out to the NFL and got me help from my drug addictions. From all I had done with pain medications and then some, I found the benzos were the hardest to beat because of the seizures and my own fear.  Now, us once broken people get to go out and help other broken people. That is what I get to do today maintaining recovery”…  ~Randy Grimes, Former NFL Pro Athlete

I’d like all my recovery friends and recovery readers to meet a wonderful man who has been to hell and back with addictions. I welcome Randy Grimes!  Yes, you may know him as an 80’s former college football star at Baylor University of Texas and in 1983 to 1992  the drafted into The NFL after for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  But one thing Randy knows when that is all over?

He and many professional players are left with many injuries, surgeries, and suffering much pain after their career is over.  They also try to find in their lives, “What’s Next?”  When football is over, they go on a journey looking for “now what.”  Randy found his calling and feels his new journey is now started along with his bride, Lydia to help families and those afflicted know there is Hope & Help from ALL Addictions.


Randy knows GOD had him go through the negative to learn lessons, wisdom, and faith to set him up for all the positive he is doing today.  He is now an interventionist, a speaker, and shares his experience, hope, and strength through helping addicts and their families now at Transformations Treatment Center, located in Delray Beach, Florida.  Randy and Lydia, his wife, continue to share their experience with addiction and recovery using their knowledge and experiences healing to help not only athletes but any family struggling with their journey to recovery.

The work Randy does is a true inspiration to many like myself and to many of my recovery friends like Vance Johnson, Kristin Walker, Marilyn Davis, Dr. Kevin Coughlin just to name a few. It is always a “breath of fresh air” when “God” brings certain people in our lives for however long or short and I am a firm believer for a purpose.

“We as advocates doing outreach see at times other advocates doing work but sometimes not from the heart, for a true calling,  just for an agenda. Randy is not one of those people. He is open-minded, big-hearted and truly cares about those suffering or dying from drug addiction and tries to reach them and their families with HOPE and HELP. As he says; “The time is now, not tomorrow, or wait to try something else first. Stop ignoring what is right in front of you.”  Here is more of an in-depth look at the work he does.


The Time To Stop the cycle of addiction is Now!
We are here 24/7 to help guide your family, answer your questions and set up a potentially lifesaving intervention for your loved one Now at Transformations Recovery Center…



More About Randy Grimes”

Randy is a BRI-1 Interventionist – Marketing and Business Development Executive at Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

As a former professional football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes had spent many years battling an addiction to painkillers that he had developed while trying to treat career-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse through his work at Transformations Interventionist and National Director of Business Development/Strategy
A strong advocate for recovery, Randy launched “Athletes in Recovery,” to help athletes find addiction treatment and recovery resources. Randy and Transformations Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center have partnered with the NFL Player Care FoundationAfter the Impact FundGridiron Greats, and the Baseball Assistance Team to bring further awareness and treatment services to professional athletes and their families. As a result, hundreds of former professional athletes have since been treated.

Randy’s passion does not end with athletes; Randy believes that “when families get well, addicts get well.” Randy has performed countless interventions across the U.S. and in five countries—bringing hope and healing when all seems lost.

Randy has been married for 36 years to his college sweetheart, Lydia, who is also a Certified Family Addiction Coach. Randy is regularly a keynoter for corporate events and conferences—and a commentator on numerous national TV networks and media including NFL Network, Anderson Cooper, Father Albert, CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Fox News, SiriusXM Sports, and countless others.

“Randy has been an exemplary ambassador for the Intervention industry and is a quality example of the power of professional treatment. He has helped numerous families find balance and peace of mind by getting their addicted loved ones the help they need for their drug and alcohol addiction. He enjoys speaking and speaks with others like Vance Johnson, also a former NFL pro for the Denver Broncos, as Randy was instrumental in an intervention and getting Vance the help he needed from addiction as well as many other pro athletes.”


I have been blessed many times over in my own recovery journey with GOD’S precious gifts of keeping me connected with supportive and real “recovery warriors” like these two guys! When we get our long-term sobriety in check? It is a blessing and an honor to be able to help others still suffering from addictions. And, meeting new advocates, coaches, interventionists, and new recovery friends like Randy is just “The Icing on My Recovery Cake!” Lol!

As Randy mentioned to my dear friend Kristin Walker, Host of everythingEHR ~ Mental Health News Radio “It seems we always hear the negative side about treatment, rehab and other places and not enough about all the Positive hard work they do to help people from addictions as so many are losing their battle and family losing loved ones.” You can hear the full Guest Interview with Randy on Kristin’s Show as it is a powerful and informative intimate testimony by Randy…So click on the blue link and give this interview with Randy a listen.




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I want to personally thank Randy for allowing me to share just a wee bit of all he does along with his wife, Lydia. We need some many more warriors out here sharing a message of Hope, Faith, Healing, and Sharing Help to those looking to claim their lives back from the enemy and the bonds of addiction!

Author/Recovery Writer, Catherine Townsend-Lyon 
CAT ~ “Your Recovery Starts Here!”




“It’s Fabulous Recovery Share Day”!!

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends, Supporters, and New Visitors!

Today I have TWO “Special” Recovery Shares! The first is a little about ME! I happened to get an email from a wonderful husband and wife, who also have a “Fantastic Blog” here on WordPress called, “Choosing Life, Finding Freedom” by Janet & Bruce Wheeler, http://blog.lifemoreabundant.net  They help many recover from sex addiction, as I help others recover from addicted gambling.
I was SO TOUCHED by Janet’s thoughts and comments on their feelings after reading my book, *Addicted To Dimes, (Confessions of a liar and a Cheat)* that I wanted to share them with my readers here.
Because some of HOW they felt about my book was a BIG REASON why I published it. To help others who suffer from this “Cunning” disease and addiction. And to I share my inner most feelings about living with Mental illness, and being a Child sex abuse survivor. My story, I hope can give others a “Voice,”…..that it’s OK to talk about what happened to US with NO SHAME. Here is the email and what they thought of the book;..

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485 “Addicted To Dimes”…
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First, I want to thank you for all your encouragement and comments on my blog, Choosing LIfe, Finding Freedom. It’s always nice to know that people are finding your writing helpful or encouraging in some way. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

On the flip side, I wanted to thank YOU for writing “Addicted to Dimes,”
My husband and I both just finished reading it and appreciated your openness and honesty.
Although my husband is a chemical dependency counselor and we’ve both worked in sexual addiction recovery for many years now, neither one of us were all that familiar with the dynamics of a gambling addiction. We were not particularly surprised, however, to discover that although the acting out takes a different form, the fuel behind it is so very, very similar to every other addiction.

Thank you for telling your story so honestly and vulnerabley.
People need to realize that most addicts are just regular people who have experienced big pain in their lives.
One of the objectives in our ministry is to spread the word that addicts aren’t ogres or reprobates, just hurting people that were trying to find a way to Survive and got trapped.
Thanks for adding another rich voice to that chorus.

Janet Wheeler
**I actually had tears in my eyes when I shared the letter to my husband. I want to THANK Janet & Bruce for the kind words. It’s my “Honor” to share this Letter, and I ENCOURAGE all my “Recovery Friends and Readers” to stop by their blog and see how they “Help Share *HOPE* & help to others too!http://blog.LifeMoreAbundant.net ***
My next “Recovery Share” is a New venture by my “Good Recovery Friend” Aaron Emerson, and his father Wes Emerson…

“New Life Recovery Outreach”

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(Aaron Emerson and his father, Wes Emerson)
Sharing Hope, Inspiring Change, Building NEW LIFE!
HERE is more about this Awesome New Venture of Recovery!


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“New Life Recovery is an outreach that was started to combat the area’s drug and alcohol problem. It was started by Aaron Emerson-a recovering heroin addict. We believe that addiction is a family disease and that the loved ones of the substance abuser should be helped as well.  We have a small staff that is devoted to helping each side, an Addiction Editor and a Family Editor.

We are an outreach of New Life Fellowship, a non-denominational Christian congregation that is in Leslie, Michigan, about 20 miles south of Lansing”…..

*Aaron is a strong believer, as I, that it takes more than “Ourselves” to be successful in recovery. It takes  good “Faith and Spiritual” belief in a “Power Great Then Ourselves” to restore our way back to Life! And of course the power of Prayer! I’m very “Inspired” by Aaron’s growth in his recovery. He has such a BIG HEART to being of recovery service to others. That’s a big part of recovery. Being of service not only helps the addicted, but helps us as addicts not become “Complacent” in our own recovery.*

One of my favorite things about Aaron’s new website is his “Blog.” I urge you to go by and read some or all his blog posts. Some are also written by his father Wes,….which Wes can give “insights” as a father of a child who had been addicted to drugs. He shares his experiences of how addiction hurts the one’s we love around us the most! He raises Awareness to “Parents” and helps educate what to do, or look for if your child is touched by drug addiction. If you live in the Michigan area of Leslie, then also visit their “Recovery Resources” tab for help in that area.
I want to THANK Aaron & Wes for all they do here on this website. It’s why I wanted to “Share” it with all of you here on my Recovery Blog! I don’t think we can have ENOUGH recovery resources to help others… http://www.newliferecoveryoutreach.org/blog/

To me, addiction is addiction no matter the type. All of us in recovery from any addiction can relate and understand one another, because many of the “Habits & Behaviors” used or formed are the same from one addiction to another. So that’s why I choose to help all who are addicted to whatever. We learn from each other. Like Aaron had titled his last Blog Post; we addicts are “RECOVERING–NOT RECOVERED.”
We as addicts recovering, not recovered is a life long journey. You can also find Aaron on Twitter & Facebook as well. “Click” and share Recovery for him with others below.*

twitter.com/recoverynewlife   www.facebook.com/newliferecoveryoutreach
Thanks And God Bless All!!
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Of: “Addicted To Dimes”