READING IN RECOVERY
WITH JAN & ROBIN
Reading in Recovery, started by Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn in 2020, is a monthly online book club focused on stories of addiction and recovery with a dose of laughter. We want to discuss all types of recovery and learn from our followers.
Our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
Robin values her own recovery and has been sober since 2002. She has co-chaired many events with her side kick, Jan Osborn, including Dallas Women's Foundation, New Friends New Life, Nexus, Genesis, CARE, The Elisa Project, Leukemia Texas, Recovery Resource Council, and the Dallas 24 Hour Club. She wants to help others feel happy, joyous, and free. Robin has two adult children with her husband Norm.
Jan has been involved with the recovery community since meeting her friend, Robin Bagwell, almost twenty years ago on the tennis court. Not only have they teamed up on the court, Robin and Jan have co-chaired many events in the community raising funds for local nonprofits. Jan is the Founder and Executive Director of Dallas Doing Good and lives in Dallas with her husband, Scott. They have two grown sons.
Jan & Robin welcome Jason Starkey, former NFL football player for the Arizona Cardinals for 4 years. Now with more than 15 years of sobriety, Jason travels to colleges and treatment programs sharing his story of recovery, inspiring hope, and insights on how to conquer addiction.
Kristina Wandzilak & Constance Curry
Kristina co-authored with her mother, Constance Curry, the critically acclaimed addiction memoir, "The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare." The Lost Years is a brutally honest and gritty story of Kristina’s dramatic descent into addiction and her mother’s desperate attempt to save her. Told from the parallel perspectives of mother and daughter, it is a moving account of one family’s journey into addiction and their triumphant recovery. Kristina and Constance, travel globally for speaking events, in an inspirational and riveting storytelling experience.
Elizabeth Vargas, Author, Journalist & Former ABC 20/20 Anchor
From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, “I am an alcoholic,” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in "Between Breaths", Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety as she came of age, eventually turning to alcohol for a release from her painful reality.
Brad Lamm, Author, Teacher & Interventionist
Brad is an author, teacher, interventionist and expert on the impact of complex trauma on life. Brad is best known for helping people make life-enhancing change through his work with Oprah Winfrey, the TODAY Show, and the Dr. Oz Show. He also hosts America Recovers Podcast with celebrated actress & counselor Mackenzie Phillips.
Heather Ormand, CEO of Nexus Recovery Center
Jan & Robin sit down with Heather Ormond, CEO of Nexus Recovery Center, to discuss her life in recovery and her new role helping other women break the cycle of addiction at Nexus. This was also Reading in Recovery's first guest hosting appearance for Herren Project Live.
By Ray Wylie Hubbard
Hubbard wakes up on the morning of his 41st birthday, gives up alcohol and drugs cold turkey and follows the advice of a newly clean, sober, and rejuvenated Stevie Ray Vaughan in a commitment to the long road to recovery. “There ain’t no elevators,” Stevie tells him at the outset, “you got to take the steps.”
By Susán Hoemke
Susán Hoemke knows firsthand what it’s like to have a loved one who is struggling with substance use disorder / addiction. A wife and mother of four, her life took an unexpected turn in the form of her son Hayden’s addiction and other subsequent family tragedies that taught her—the hard way—the challenges of living with this disease.
By Brian Cuban
Brian Cuban is a Dallas-based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate. His best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption, is a look back at how addiction to alcohol and drugs as well as other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer.
By Chris Herren
In his own words, Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved, and how he found a way back to life. Powerful, honest, and dramatic, Basketball Junkie is a remarkable memoir, harrowing in its descent, and heartening in its return.
By Laura Baugh
In 1971 she became the youngest winner of the United States' Women's Amateur Championship. Endorsement deals made her one of the richest female golfers in the 1970s. Then alcohol took control, beginning a downward spiral lasting decades. Today Baugh appears well on the road to recovery. In this compelling, inspirational biography, she speaks candidly about her lifetime of pain, pressure, and perseverance.
“It’s about the person you are becoming. The decisions you are making. The risks you are taking. Today is an opportunity to be different, to live different.”