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What does it take to recover from the biggest challenge of your life, and how can others learn from your adversity?

This is a podcast about recovery.

Everyone knows someone who struggles with addiction or mental health issues or a physical ailment that has dramatically changed their life. This show is a place to regularly showcase courage and what it takes to come back.

In one way or another, we all suffer — some more so than others. When people suffer, it affects us all personally, economically and emotionally.

But, along with suffering comes redemption and triumph. The stories in Back from Broken, though they confront raw and difficult topics, build empathy and inspire hope in all who hear them.


Vic Vela, a Colorado native, has been a professional journalist for nearly 20 years, after graduating from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2000. 

Vic started his career as a sports anchor for an NBC affiliate in Texas. He also worked for newspapers, including a stint as an investigative crime reporter. He covered government and politics in Colorado, and was a five-year member of the Colorado Capitol Press Corps.

Nowadays, Vic is a news host for Colorado Public Radio. He's also an affiliate journalism professor at his alma mater.

Vic is a three-time Edward R. Murrow award-winning broadcaster, and has won more than a dozen other journalism awards in the Rocky Mountain region.

For 15 years, Vic suffered from a crippling addiction to powder and crack cocaine. He’s been in recovery since 2015. After testing positive for HIV in 2006, the virus has long-been undetectable thanks to his rigorous adherence to antiretroviral therapy.


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Season 2 of Back from Broken launches February 26, 2021, with new episodes on Fridays.

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The first season of Back from Broken wrapped in June 2020. Here's what listeners had to say about it.

"Thank you for Back from Broken. It's healing and I believe it's saving lives."

"Podcasts like this help break the stigma and potentially open people’s minds and inspire them."

"I'm not sure why your confession made my perspective shift, I've never even met you, but it did. ... I suddenly got it. This is a disease. And it can happen to anyone."

"I was blown away by your openness and your ability to express it in the manner you do. I don't ever write in to any media source... but your story compelled me to write to you."