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You know you want to change. You know you need to change. Yet, you resist change for some reason you have yet to understand. This episode’s for you. But that old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, just isn’t true. Not saying you are old… or a dog… The truth is, old habits are hard to break. And new ones are challenging to create. But …
 
Drinking less and feeling better is the desire of struggling drinkers everywhere. It’s why we start this journey in the first place, right? Less alcohol consumption, better life. My guest on today’s episode, Gillian Tietz, changed her life forever when she was forced to take a hard look at her drinking habits and as a result, her quest for moderati…
 
You can’t drive your car looking in the rearview mirror so why do you live your life that way? If you want to move forward and create a new life, you have to look forward. In this episode, I’m bringing you a BIG solution to a BIG problem. It’s big solution because it is so necessary for success in this journey. Not only the recovery journey, but th…
 
There’s a really good reason you hear “the struggle is real”. Alcoholics and the alcohol-free alike hear the word “struggle” and think, “Ah, my familiar friend. I know exactly what the struggle feels like.” It feels like poo. 💩 You could *genuinely* love your recovery! But the hours it takes from the other areas of life that need you… plus the feel…
 
Do you wish you had more balance and control over your feelings and moods? Tens of millions of people around the world struggle with anxiety, depression, and general overwhelm with life. And, although these feelings are now more common, many find it hard to understand what they’re feeling and how to find the right solutions for them. Rest assured t…
 
Are you frustrated with having to face a partner who is still drinking or using drugs, when you’ve made the decision to change your life? My guest on this episode is a master at putting together a powerful conversation with the partner you love, who is still on the drinking train. Beverly Buncher is a person in recovery, a family recovery life coac…
 
Skills, strategies, tools for your emotional toolbox… coping skills are anything, any activity that is good for your mental wellness. Let’s start with the dictionary.com definition of “coping mechanism”, then we’ll go deeper- an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behavi…
 
It can be hard to figure out how to spend your time when you leave booze and alcohol behind. At the same time, if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and make use of that extra brain power, that’s all it takes. In this episode Henry Ward talks about his recovery and this feeling of, “Is this it??”. How do you find your passion in recove…
 
If I’m being totally honest, I was a quitter my whole life. I didn’t want to do hard things. I didn’t care about being committed to something, and I was too selfish to get off my buns and show up for something when I didn’t feel like it. I had so much fear of embarrassing myself, people not liking me, messing things up… I isolated and fed my fear t…
 
Need a confidence boost when it comes to overcoming addiction and the overwhelm of food cravings that come with it? It’s important for you to know what’s really going on with your food, and how it affects addiction. If you would have told me 15 years ago about emotional eating and the physical effects of food, I probably would have bailed on the wh…
 
You’re cruising along in your day feeling good, just minding your own business, when all of a sudden the thought of a drink pops in your head. What the heck?!? You don’t want to drink, you know it tried to ruin your life and you don’t do it well, so why is your brain thinking about it?!? Then, your brain wants to take it to a whole other level tell…
 
Addiction Unlimited has an incredible, supportive Facebook group and today’s episode is one of our listeners, and one of my MVPs in the FB group. I plucked him right out of the crowd to come on and do an episode with me to share his journey, his struggles, and his strengths. Stephen shares how his sobriety made him feel ostracized from the gay comm…
 
It surprised me to read that some 40 million adults in the US have some sort of anxiety disorder. That’s a lot! I’ve known for several years that I have anxiety. And it can manifest in different ways at different times. Sometimes it’s social anxiety where I don’t like being in a group of people. Even if it’s people I know and love. Sometimes, if I …
 
Let’s talk recovery fatigue. Not the kind of fatigue where you are tired because you are early in your recovery and your body is on the roller coaster ride of it’s lifetime- but the fatigue you feel because you are doing so many things for your recovery you feel exhausted by it all. You are told you have to make your recovery your #1 priority if yo…
 
Creating a life you love takes work. We’re supposed to eat healthy and cook fresh food for every meal, get 10,000 steps, meditate, work, sleep, take care of your family, exercise, go to your support group meetings, do self-care… and, seriously?!? And don’t forget we want all the results and changes RIGHT NOW. We are wired for instant gratification …
 
“My journey led me to face not just alcohol and drugs, but all of my addictions and dependencies. My classic tale of descent and redemption can unleash the Superman hidden in each of us. A Superman who SAVES LIVES!” Without the constant pressure that was pushing him to drink and engage in drug use, Adam turned his life around and was able to feel l…
 
Success stories tell-all. I love hearing what other people are up to and how they build the amazing lives they are living. It’s like a secret glimpse into the lifestyles of the sober and infamous 😂 In today’s episode I reached out to a few of my friends and peers and asked them to share their #1 habit for building successful sobriety and enjoying l…
 
“I’m not in the results business. I’m in the effort business.” – Wade Bergquist Recovery is more than just putting down the drink. It’s an accomplishment, a skill, a lifestyle and way of being, and in today’s episode Wade and I are going to talk about how to step into this new life that is critical to your wellbeing, and why it’s so rewarding to do…
 
There is a better life waiting for you. And you’re almost there. I remember feeling like I would never be able to get over my fears and finally quit drinking. And, for awhile, I gave up. The idea of giving up alcohol and everything it represents is terrifying. Wondering how your friends and family will react, questioning if you’ll ever have fun aga…
 
Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a world where you can talk about your mental health struggles and get love and support for doing it? Ummm…. yes, please. But I hear it all the time, people feel awkward and don’t want to be judged for struggling with this issue or that issue and it feels like one of the biggest challenges there is. My guest today, …
 
If you are sitting in early sobriety, or feeling “stuck” in your recovery, this conversation is for you. In the beginning, motivation is high because there is some event that makes you stop and analyze what you’re doing, ie. you embarrassed yourself at a party, you fell down drunk and hurt yourself, got in a fight with your partner, or got a DUI. T…
 
Are you exhausted by the constant chatter that wears you out and brings you down? If this sounds familiar then today’s episode is for you. You may think you just have anxiety, alcoholism or ADD, or many other things, but wait ’til you hear what’s going on under the surface and how to heal it. My special guest, Dr. Don Wood is an inspired leader in …
 
As human beings, we all struggle with a lack of communication skills, and have no fear, it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed with this sometimes. There are many things that make confrontation difficult and make you want to avoid it at all costs. None of us wants to be in an argument or fight, we don’t want to hurt each other’s feelings or disapp…
 
It’s a hundred miles into the forest, and a hundred miles out. Sometimes it feels like it takes forever to get relief in sobriety. You want relief from the pain and you want it as quickly as possible. You see other people who look like they are thriving sober, they seem happy, they’re smiling and laughing, but you aren’t feeling any of that. Dennis…
 
If you’re taking advice from more than 3 influencers, experts, gurus, teachers, mentors… whatever you want to call them… you are stunting your recovery growth. A mentor is someone who has walked the path before you, and has succeeded in a way that you aspire to succeed, also. They give you tools, tips, and guidance that you can directly apply to yo…
 
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