Former Utah TV personality Casey Scott invites podcast listeners along on his addiction-recovery journey

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  • Seagull Suz Sandy, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:43 p.m.

    People...listen to all of the Project: Recovery podcasts...there are now 4 directly related to addition and 2 others addressing issues related to recovery programs and also responses to public comments and suggestions...

    After listening to all of the Project: Recovery podcasts I can't find any indication of glamorizing addiction...

    I am hoping there will be more said about communicating with the victims of Casey's DUI...apparently the family is not ready to have this meeting...on one of the podcasts Casey states he is also working through that process...

    IMO our community will benefit from more podcasts providing education about drug and alcohol addiction and the variety of recovery program options...

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:10 p.m.

    I feel for the anger about drunk driving. I feel the same way about distracted driving.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 2:32 p.m.

    @embarrassed

    I agree with you. Nothing was sensationalized or glamorized. I wish him well. Although, I do think he should be in jail.

    If you had lost someone to DUI as I have, you'd be more sensitive to the anger represented on this board.

  • DeepBreath West Jordan, UT
    March 26, 2019 2:31 p.m.

    I hope you all feel the same way about that teacher at Utah Valley University who opened up about having a child pornography addiction.
    Or is an alcohol addiction and driving cars while drunk a much lesser or acceptable addiction to have? A lot of families missing loved ones would beg to differ.
    Casey gets to go on air and talk about his felonies while the other guy also wants to work on a personal addiction, but has no one to turn to without being turned into police and sent to prison.

    I'll just sit back and read some of the hypocritical comments I'm sure will follow.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:58 p.m.

    Where???
    Is there any attempt to "glamorize" or "sensationalize" any part of Mr. Scott's story?

    People love to judge, don't they?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    @water rocket;
    "BUT, I am appalled at those who mess up their lives, then glamorize it by "going public". I am glad to see Casey get his life BACK in order, but please don't glamorize, or sensationalize the harm you may have done, both to your own family, and to those who looked up to you."

    Right? Like when Glenn Beck made millions talking about his alcoholism and Rush Limbaugh did months about his drug addiction. Shameless.

  • Seagull Suz Sandy, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:47 p.m.

    I have listened to all of the podcasts produced thus far. I applaud KSL for supporting Casey and Dr. Woolley in bringing this topic to the community. I especially liked the episodes where Keaton was introduced into the dialogue to share his story of addiction which is quite different from Casey’s...there is much to learn about this devastating disease...and this community needs to start talking about it...out loud.

    ...I hope these podcasts grow a life...and a broader agenda...and can maintain a presence in our community...good luck to Casey and Keaton on their path to lifelong sobriety...and supporting other in the same quest...

  • LoveLondon Murray, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:30 p.m.

    When it's your second DUI you should spend at least a month in jail. Add in the fact that he caused a serious auto accident and he should have spent a minimum of three months in jail. We are way too lenient on drunk drivers. In Germany if you get a second DUI you are never allowed to drive again.

  • QDiesel SLC, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    That would be pretty embarrassing to have your 7 year old child yelling in stores that you are not a drunk anymore but he deserves to be humbled like that unfortunately for almost killing people in his vehicle. Best of luck to Scott in his recovery from addiction. DUI's are a terrible thing and losing your license is really horrible as you then have to rely on others to get you around places and to your job and it strains your relationships with family and friends.

  • Slcut Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    I was hoping the state of Utah would ban the sale of opioids and alcohol in the state. This would solve lots of problems

  • water rocket , 00
    March 26, 2019 11:20 a.m.

    I think it is sad when ANY person, especially one in the spotlight, fails to maintain high standards. BUT, I am appalled at those who mess up their lives, then glamorize it by "going public". I am glad to see Casey get his life BACK in order, but please don't glamorize, or sensationalize the harm you may have done, both to your own family, and to those who looked up to you.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    March 26, 2019 10:50 a.m.

    As with many of the recently exposed false narratives spread by Hollywood and the liberal media, the liberal narrative spread about Prohibition was that it was a "failure".
    That is a false narrative.
    Prohibition was actually a "success" by every rational measure, such as reduction in crime, alcoholism, drunk driving, etc. The gangland killings were the stuff of Hollywood hype, but were actually very rare.
    I know that in modern culture another prohibition would be laughed at; you can't buck "the narrative"; but we should recognize the fact that alcohol is the most destructive element in our society. 70% of all accidents and crime are associated with alcohol use. About 50% of all people who use alcohol will have an "alcohol problem" in their lives, approaching "alcoholism".
    You think you can "handle it", and you probably can. But would you continue to own and support a dog that attacked and bit 50% of your friends and family ?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    There are a lot of mean-spirited comments here.. One suggestion: when you”re pointing fingers remember that there are three fingers pointing back at you. Another thing to consider: “there, but for the grace of God, go I.”

    Keep up the good service work Mr. Scott! I admire the courage it takes to put yourself out there like you are doing!

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    March 26, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    I am very familiar with the ravages of alcoholism on family dynamics. With all the publicity of famous or would be famous people "overcoming" addictions to various substances one would think we would have learned something. Like leave the stuff alone. But we don't.

    I think the reason, we as a society "wink" at use and abuse of alcohol is because we continue to see the alcoholic (medical term) as a "drunk" (lovable movie character) and therefore harmless and humorous. We also are bombarded by slick advertisements to encourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages which puts on the back page the damage caused by the use of the products.

    I vote for significant penalties for DUI even if the perpetrator enters into treatment as a large "stick" to encourage sincere participation and recovery.

    Why? 'Cause these people are dangerous when behind a wheel or out of control striking other people (read spouses and children).

    I'm glad Mr. Casey appears to be making progress. It's a long road and he's just begun the journey. Maybe the story will encourage others, but I doubt it. Addiction is a powerful master and it's subjects appear to be willing enlistees.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 9:55 a.m.

    Best of wishes to the family Casey almost killed. DUI's are senseless and irresponsible. Punishment for such crimes should be strict.

  • Corydalis Lehi, UT
    March 26, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    Casey was such a popular TV guy and was a major attraction on the local news . At work we would laugh about his latest pranks. I had no idea about his recent history but often wondered why he was dropped from KUTV.
    I get it now.
    Good luck, Casey.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    March 26, 2019 9:25 a.m.

    @notafan......a little too strong (in my opinion) to tell others to keep their self righteous comments to themselves...everyone is allowed to have an opinion thus the reason for the comment section. It is not right to try to shut people up because you disagree. I disagree too with many of the comments that don't reflect understanding. I personally wish Casey well and applaud him helping others as part of his recovery and I have walked many many miles in those shoes with a beloved son living with us addicted to opiates and alcohol for many years. Addiction is a disease. It changes the brain. Addiction is self -centered too. I didn't listen to the podcast, only read the article. Thus my comment about offering an apology because the article did not include it.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 9:06 a.m.

    I worked the SLC impound lot graveyard shift for almost 3 years during the mid 70's. One morning about 3 AM a guy was dropped off at the gate by a cab. He rang the bell to be let through the gate. I watched as he wobbled the 50 feet to the door of the office, barely saving himself from a fall several times.

    When he finally made it through the door to the counter it was obvious from his odor that his stumbling was because he was still drunk after whatever caused an officer to arrest him and impound his car. I fully expected him to demand the return of his vehicle sans the necessary police release form. Unbelievably, he plunked one down on the counter. I called the police desk to confirm they had indeed approved the release of the vehicle, informing them of his obvious state of inebriation. Nevertheless, I was told the release document had to be honored.

    This happened just a few days after a father and his two young children were all killed in a crash with a drunk driver, who, naturally, survived with barely a scratch.

    I'm pleased Casey now recognizes the error of his ways. BUT, stories like his will continue until we, as a society, no longer tolerate ANY such behavior.

  • notafan West Jordan, UT
    March 26, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    If you listen to the podcast you will see that he does apologize over and over again for driving drunk and causing injuries. He is also paying a significant cost and penalty for his actions. I am currently living the addiction nightmare with a 30 year old child. She is in treatment and doing so much better. I applaud what Casey and Dr. Matt are doing. The stigma associated with addiction can be crippling to the addict. I refuse to listen to the gossip i know is going on in my neighborhood. This is a disease, same as any other. Keep your self righteous comments to yourself. Until you have walked in the addicts shoes, been an impacted parent or family member, or seen the impact first hand, you have no room to comment. Thank you Casey! Keep living your life and doing what you need to do to stay sober. We are with you!

  • Mmhintze West Jordan, UT
    March 26, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    I never heard of him till all this came out. I hope he sticks with his recovery program and that the pressure of the podcast doesn't cause a relapse. Best wishes to his kids as they learn to trust again.

  • deseret pete Springville, UT
    March 26, 2019 8:36 a.m.

    One of the difficult things that people recovering from addiction must face is that a lot of people won't be willing to let them ---- They want to remember past years -- It is a tragic and harmful and expensive thing that happens to families, friends, and society from addiction of any kind. The numbers are staggering --- The cost can not really be measured in terms of money,broken families, or long term consequences to all involved. Never taking the first drink would so eliminate so much heartache in the world but no one ever thinks that they will become an alcoholic when they start and some never do but there will still be those who will end up like the story depicted. Let us rejoice for those who can make it back and judge less harshly where we don't know .

  • Crusader Layton, UT
    March 26, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    Good luck Casey.

  • mohokat , 00
    March 26, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    SL cut

    Ever hear "walk a mile in his shoes"? Ever bare your soul?

    He sounds like a guy who recognizes and admits his addiction. Sounds like someone who is trying. So what if he makes a buck. Time will tell but cut the guy some slack.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 26, 2019 7:35 a.m.

    "Slcut - Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:07 a.m.
    Sounds like he is looking for sympathy and make a buck all in one podcast."

    Funny, I thought he sounds like a guy with regrets, that realizes he harmed a lot of people. He's a media guy , that's using the media to share his story. I'm sure he needs to resurrect his career, but I don't see this podcast as his money maker.

  • iknow Ogden, UT
    March 26, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    The comment from the mom who easily could have seen her kids graphically murdered after being crashed into by a incredibly selfish “Casey” tells it all. KUTV valued money over correctness by keeping his drinking and drugs secret much too long. Then KSL’s GM inexplicably hires him for obscene “profit” potential (she should be fired from that choice alone) and the enabling continued. You’ve spent your chances, kid ~ and now you’re exploiting the greed and corruption of the media again. God bless you if you truly intend to become a man about your horrendous addictive personality - it’s sickening for everyone to see the negative example you’ve said for your “public”.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    March 26, 2019 7:01 a.m.

    It's wonderful that Casey is finding his way through this addiction and helping others on the way. I hope he remains committed and puts the shame aside realizing that he is so valuable as a human being and father. It would have been wonderful if he had included at the beginning of this article-a public apology to the family that he almost killed. A deep heartfelt apology would have shown that this wasn't just an article on the journalist side ( his job) or the personal side (his journey) but a message of personal responsibility and empathy that should accompany recovery from this horrible disease. I have lived in this journey too.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:49 a.m.

    The first step is to WANT to do something about your issues.
    Some can just never get there.

    While I don't know I would want the public along for the ride on my issues, I admire somebody who is willing to use any and all ways and means to fix theirs.

    Good luck to him.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:39 a.m.

    Another reason to raise alcohol levels in beer right? It will have no effect on drinking and driving I'm sure. I lived with an alcoholic for years and I wonder why we don't consider alcohol a drug...even make it easier to get high.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:10 a.m.

    Best wishes to Casey and the thousands of others in recovery.

  • Jefferson, Thomas Bluffdale, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:00 a.m.

    Don’t mind seeing someone changing bad behavior. Just don’t make a hero out of him. Nothing heroic about the many people that have been hurt by repeated bad behavior

  • Slcut Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:07 a.m.

    Sounds like he is looking for sympathy and make a buck all in one podcast.