I am the mother of a 20-year-old heroin addict. Our family has been in the living hell full of the desperate worry and sadness that come from loving an addict—a true “valley of the shadow of death.”
When I discovered Omar’s SHAIR Addiction Recovery podcast, it was as if, suddenly, I had an angel in that valley with me. My husband and I, and sometimes our two adult children, have been listening ever since. Omar’s enthusiasm, humor, great caring, and outstanding guests provide salve for our wounds and continual boosts of energy to help us keep going.
We are especially grateful that Omar doesn’t overlook the loved ones who are in the trenches with addicts—some of the episodes are just for us.
ALL the interviews are engaging, powerful, and full of helpful information. He carefully chooses his guests, most of whom are recovered addicts who have come through years of unimaginable horrors to achieve not only sobriety, but truly joy-filled lives. Omar asks the same excellent questions of each guest and their answers and counsel are pure gold. You start to see such patterns and similarities in their stories and in the miracles that spurred them to turn their lives around. This gives us much-needed hope for our son.
I was able to get our son to listen to one especially powerful interview a few weeks ago when he was at a very low point. After sitting in silence for several minutes when it ended, he moved the hand he’d been leaning his head against and I could see that he was overcome with emotion. He could barely get the words out: “That was good. I really liked it.”
THIS was a miracle. I couldn’t believe that I was finally seeing some light cut through the dark fog around him and actually inspire him. It was a turning point. We have seen a lot of progress toward long-term sobriety since that night. We know there is still a plenty of struggle ahead, but we feel so much more able to push on, hoping and praying that he will come out the other side to become the kind of person Omar interviews on his show.
Omar Pinto is doing God’s work. We will be grateful for him forever.
Caroline Christy Otto
Dear Omar Pinto,
Where and how do I begin addressing the man behind the podcast responsible for getting me to make the call that saved me! ????
Thank you O- it’s not an exaggeration that listening to you – ur guests and approximately 40 of your podcasts in the month before I made the call that literally saved my life.
Your kindness when I wrote to you really went above and beyond.
O and Shair have saved my life,
Olivia Camille xox
My name is Lauren and I live in Westchester, NY. I found your podcast and am completely addicted to it. I listen to it all the time. Its almost like I’m at a meeting when I can’t get to one. I love it.
Thank you for what you do!!
I found this podcast as I was contemplating going back to the rooms and I honestly can’t thank you enough. I am really feeling the story’s and format and it is a wonderful way to connect back. Thank you!
Hey Omar what’s up my friend? Your podcast has saved the day at times, I thank you so much. I been sober for 10 weeks now and I feel great 🙂
I have a 9-year-old son and I don’t want to give him what I had with my Dad! Please keep up with the podcast and thank you again! HP BABY!
I came across ‘The Shair’ when looking for podcasts on alcoholism and recovery and have listened to dozens of episodes since. It has stories that are fascinating, uplifting and also funny, even when covering situations that are tragic. I highly recommend listening and subscribing. Thanks ‘O’!
Danny Morris U.K.
Buddy!!! …just keep seeing all the great content and growth from your Shair Podcast. Long time follower, first-time commenter…lol.
Congratulations on the success achieved with your determination, I remember your excitement here over dinner about kicking that off. Seems like the fit you have been looking for! Keep up the good work brother, how satisfying it must be to spread the word.
Chris W. (J.C.) 😉
My daughter is a 20-year-old heroin addict who has relapsed several times over the course of the past two years. Your podcast has given me hope at a particularly difficult time. Thank you very much for what you are doing to reach out to people hurt by addiction.
How Omar Pinto Changed My Life
So, long story short, my husband got laid off of his good paying job blah blah blah all is great now.
Now I needed to work but I didn’t want a full-time job. I read what you wrote before you started your podcast, about the guy who says “find something you love and do it” but I couldn’t figure out what I loved. (Paraphrasing Gary Vaynerchuck)
So I thought…I had in the past put flyers up at the retirement community where my grandma works and helped people out (personal assistant) about once or twice a month. I realized I loved that! So I decided to make it work and start a business. In my first month, I was already booked solid.
So THANK YOU! If you hadn’t written that I would probably have taken some job that I would have already quit. But, now I’m a business owner thanks to you!
By Tanya J. R.