Community

We connect sobriety seeking individuals with others

Accountability

We create accountability through the Café RE accountability program

Stigma

The Stigma is just as dangerous as alcohol.  It’s time to shred the shame

What We Do

Of course, we do a podcast, but we also bring like-minded individuals together, particularly in early sobriety, who seek a better life without alcohol through support and accountability.

Some members of the private groups have years of continuous sobriety, while others are only days away from their last drink, we are all striving for better quality of life without alcohol. Stopping drinking is the first part, of course, then we learn how to embrace a life without alcohol. Eventually, we return to the point in our life when we were happy without alcohol. Imagine going to a party, wedding, concert, or other social event and not needing alcohol to enjoy yourself. This is not an overnight process, yet once achieved, it is the most liberating feeling in the world. We invite you to join us on the path to wellness and sobriety.

Shortly after episode 20 of the Recovery Elevator podcast, the goal and direction became clear; it’s time to shred the shame. Alcoholism is a disease and alcohol is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs on the planet. It’s time to start talking about this.

Recovery Elevator and the private community Café RE offer a safe, informative place, for those who wish to quit drinking. Many, including the RE Team, find solace and comfort in our cohesive community.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

Have you taken online tests to determine if you have a drinking problem? Do you wonder if your drinking is actually a problem? Do you question if alcohol is negatively impacting your life? We’ve all searched for an answer.

Here is the 100% accurate way to determine if you have an alcohol problem.

Get ready, your response to the next question could change the direction of your life forever.

Are you ready for the most accurate alcohol assessment test know to mankind?

What if you get an answer you don’t like? Will you re-take the test? Will you skew the results? Are you ready to take the test?

Let’s take the test. This should take about 14 seconds of time, so be sure to clear your schedule.

Okay, let’s start with question 1 which is a yes or no question.

  1. Have you ever asked yourself, do I have a drinking problem?

Okay, the test is over, fast right? Let’s look at the results. If the answer is no, I’m sorry. You do not have the opportunity to drastically improve your life with quitting alcohol. If the answer was yes, then congratulations, you’ve been given the opportunity to remove a tremendous weight off your shoulders and live a much better life.

How is this attainable? Well, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Alcohol is shit… It’s poison and pure shit
  • This cannot be done alone and you’ll have to meet super fun people alone the way
  • Laughter is required
  • A new life is not located in your comfort zone; you need to accomplish tasks that feel uncomfortable
  • Don’t forget the results of the alcohol assessment test, our unconscious minds try to convince us that we are a normal drinkers
  • The disease of alcoholism lies to us in our own voice
  • A terrible bottom is not necessary to quit drinking. Many Café RE members are high functioning members of society who made a decision to quit drinking before they suffered unthinkable consequences
  • There is no sugar coating here; quitting drinking is not easy. However, it doesn’t have to be brutal; it can actually be quite enjoyable with the right support and resources
  • This is YOUR time; a tremendous opportunity to improve your life
  • Get REal (Not a typo:) and ask yourself if your ideas actions are really working. The answer will be clear


The Recovery Elevator team:

Paul Churchill

My name is Paul and I’m an alcoholic, which has been a tremendous blessing (I know you want to virtually slap me after reading that, but hang out for a while, it may make sense). When I take a drink, I find it near impossible to stop. The reason is that alcohol is one of the most addictive substances known to humans and I became addicted to alcohol.  In fact, alcohol kills more people than all the other drugs combined. At the time when I was drinking, I didn’t know any of that. I thought alcohol made me relax and enjoy events more. I thought any responsible adult should be able to have a drink or two and stop drinking whenever they please. The why was I the only one in the world struggling with alcohol? Was that really the case?

Even after I managed to remain sober a few weeks, it seemed my addiction, or unconscious mind, began to convince me that I could have just one drink, and I often listened. The problem was that 1 drink was too many and 10,000 wasn’t enough. How the heck does that work? How could things come to this? Had my best friend alcohol had turned against me? I began to realize I had no control over alcohol which was a devastating concept to grasp. What happened when I made the steadfast decision to quit drinking over and over. Well, the short answer is my unconscious brain never got the memo. I realize this now, but when I was trying to quit drinking, it was the most exhausting time of my life.

I created the Recovery Elevator podcast to create accountability and it worked. I’ve been sober since September 7th, 2014. I had the idea for the idea for the private accountability groups after I was unable to find one in August of 2014. At 1:55 am, I searched for an online recovery community with little success. What I did find was a Bud Light Lime sponsored add. I had 5 minutes to get dressed, drive to the gas station and take a guess what I purchased. So I decided to start my own accountability groups which have evolved into Café RE with over 500 members from all over the world.

Paul Churchill was a normal drinker in high school and most of college. He loved to drink. He played several sports in high school and played football at Chapman University where he majored in Business and Spanish. His love for alcohol led him to Granada, Spain where he bought a bar in January 2006. He walked away from the bar after 34 months since he was killing himself with alcohol. He attempted the geographical cure, lived at home in Colorado for a year, and then went to graduate school in Seattle. An internship with the University of Washington brought him to Bozeman, MT where he currently resides. Paul was sober from 2010- 2012 but he looks back at that duration of sobriety and says he was a dry drunk. In 2012, his unconscious mind got the best of him and he drank after being sober over 2 years. That same evening around 2:30 am, Paul had a bottle of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide next to his computer and he googled which one he could drink to keep the buzz going. Talk about picking up right where he left off. Paul struggled to quit drinking for more than 2-3 weeks until September 7th, 2014. There was more wreckage in that last bout of drinking and in the 2ummer of 2014 alone, there was a DUI, release of employment from a job, and failed suicide attempt. After reaching out to family, specific friends, starting a podcast, a sobriety counter app, selecting a sponsor, eating right, and exercising, Paul Churchill took his last drink of alcohol on September 7th, 2014.

“I was one of the lucky ones. 5% of people who make the decision to quit drinking, make it to 90 days, and then 5% of the people who make it to 90 days make 2 years. 5% of 5% of people make it to two years. I could not have done it alone and I’ve had countless support from so many. I’m so glad I found out that alcohol that was causing the pain and discomfort in my life. Quitting drinking was not easy, but the life I have now is exponentially better than the life I was living in 2014. The crazy part is my life is still getting better. It took years to arrive at the poor mental and physical state I found myself in when I quit drinking in 2014, and it’s going to take time for all that to return. However, I started to see improvements immediately.”

-Paul Churchill

 

Tyrell Laurie

The elevator had not yet reached the basement when I decided to get off and begin taking the stairs up.

An old-timer who I met in early sobriety told me: “just because the elevator goes to the basement, it doesn’t mean you have to go all the way down.”  When I came through the doors of AA in 2008, I hadn’t encountered a lot of “yets.”  I had not gotten a DUI…yet; I hadn’t lost a job…yet; hadn’t lost a relationship…yet; didn’t need to take a drink in the morning…yet. I was becoming more and more isolated, more and more secretive.  I would resolve in the morning not to have a drink, to quit for a while, yet have a drink in my hand by “witching hour” (5:00 PM).  I drank after work at 9:30 PM or 10 PM, to “unwind” sit in front of the TV until I fell asleep (passed out).  I went to great lengths to hide the amount I was drinking: hiding bottles in the closet, sneaking empties out of the house, drinking wine in boxes so no one could see how much I drank.  My life was a series of secrets.

Coming into AA and saying the words “I’m Tyrrell, and I’m an alcoholic” was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Finally, I could be honest!  Since then, I’ve been able to stay sober, one day at a time.  During this time, life has happened: illness, death, financial problems, etc. and I’ve been fully present.

Around episode 25, Paul asked me if I’d be interested in helping with the Recovery Elevator podcast. Despite knowing little about podcasts, and even less about audio editing, I accepted his offer. I have officially become, a “content curator.”  I thoroughly enjoy the process and this amazing learning opportunity.  It’s also a pleasure to hear and polish these interviews before they go live!

The Café RE Private COmmunity is also in my daily sobriety portfolio, along with prayer, meditation, and reading.

Working as part of the Recovery Elevator team is a joy for me!  I’m happy to be here, happy to be sober; grateful to all of ya’ll for my recovery!

Maddy Laroya

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Maddy is our virtual assistant located in the Philippines and has been with Recovery Elevator since October of 2016. Maddy is not in recovery herself, but she loves being part of Recovery Elevator because alcoholism is a part of her family. Maddy has two beautiful daughters and lives about 4 hours west of Manila on the beach!

Mike Null

Mike Null was interviewed on episode 162 of the Recovery Elevator podcast and has been sober since June of 2016. Mike listens to each episode and then creates show notes. Mike is a professional musician from San Francisco but is currently living in Hong Kong. Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, beard and closeup

” Big Storm worked with me to improve the Recovery Elevator website and gave me the tools needed to make changes. I was awarded a grant from the state of Montana and Big Storm took on the task of taking this website to the next level which isn’t an easy task considering I can change my mind in an instant.”

-Paul Churchill

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