RE 152: Asking For Help With Alcohol: Made a Decision to Turn Our Will and Lives Over

Paul summarizes Step 3 from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Step three in a nutshell means we...
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RE 151: This Recovery Program Claims an 80% Success Rate

The American Medical Association recognized alcohol dependence as a disease over 55 years ago. Alcohol dependence fits the disease model because it is a dysfunctional state with characteristic form. Use of some drugs, including alcohol, may cause dependency. The...

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RE 150: We Can Do This

It is January 1st, 2018.  Today represents the start of a new year.  The fact that you are listening to a podcast that is all about bettering your life sets you apart from all the rest.  Addicts and alcoholics need altruistic relationships in our lives with others who...

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RE 149: Some Facts About Alcohol

Facts about Alcohol:  Less than 20% of people with alcohol abuse disorders actually seek treatment for their disease.  Excessive alcohol consumption costs the U.S. economy an estimated 250 billion dollars in lost productivity according to a study from 2010. ...

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RE 148: The Perfect Storm for Alcoholism

Randy Craig, with 49 days since his last drink, shares his story. SHOW NOTES [2:53] Paul Introduces Randy.  I was born and raised in Casper Wyoming.  I went to school in Colorado, and worked there for a few years.  Music has been a part of my life since I was very...

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RE 147: Is Alcoholism a Disease, a Habit, or Voluntary?

The 3 basic camps of addiction can be broken into the following categories: The prevailing wisdom today is that addiction is a disease. This is the main line of the medical model of mental disorders with which the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is aligned:...

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RE 146: We Came to Believe

Paul discusses Step 2 from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Mike, with 86 days his last drink, shares his story SHOW NOTES [11:31] Paul Introduces Mike.  I live in Vermont; I’m 33...

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Re 145: 4 Strategies to Utilize in Social Situations

These 4 Strategies will help us get through any social situation.  Will power can only last us so long. Accountability Play the tape forward Always have an exit strategy Stop and think.  Alcohol is a poison. Neal, with 20 months since his last drink, shares his story...

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RE 144: Gratitude is Key in Sobriety

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick What is gratitude, and how can this help us get and stay sober? Service and Gratitude go hand in hand. Here’s Paul’s Holiday challenge: Write 10 things you are grateful for 10...

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RE 143: The Reverse Intervention

Paul discusses reverse interventions.  They, “normal drinkers” don’t get it.  How can we expect normal drinkers to understand what we are going through?  What do you need to cover in a reverse intervention?  Let them know this isn’t easy for you.  Having the real...

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RE 142: We Are Powerless Over Alcohol

Paul discusses Step One: “ We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. David, with 46 days since his last drink, shares his story SHOW NOTES [10:20] Paul Introduces David.  I’m a...

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Re 141: Alcohol and “Hanxiety”

Anxiety as it relates to drinking is discussed.  Alcohol suppresses the nervous system.  It is a depressant.  If we depress the nerves for long periods through binge drinking, our body reacts once the alcohol is gone by releasing adrenaline to compensate.  This gives...

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RE 140: Those Uncomfortable Feelings Serve a Purpose

Paul discusses anxiety and depression as interpreted through an episode of the Dharmapunx Podcast. Heather, with 269 days since her last drink, shares her story SHOW NOTES [10:50] Paul Introduces Heather.  I’m 37; I live in Los Angeles, CA.  I’ve been here for about 7...

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RE 139: PAWS – Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms/Syndrome

This week’s topic is PAWS- Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms/Syndrome.  Paul explains what PAWS is, how to deal with it, and some of the signs to look for. Josh, with 15 months since his last drink, shares his story SHOW NOTES [8:13] Paul Introduces Josh.  I am from...

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RE 138: The Science of Addiction

Paul summarizes an article from National Geographic “The Science of Addiction.”  Nearly 1 in 20 adults worldwide are addicted to alcohol.  21 million Americans have a drug or alcohol addiction.  Making the disorder more common than cancer.  Addiction is a pathological...

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RE 137: The “ISM” or the Incredibly Short Memory

I want to talk about the word Alcoholism, more specifically, the tail end of that word, the ISM- Incredible Short Memory, the painful acute memories are sobriety fuel.  We cannot do this alone. Adam, with 57 days since his last drink, shares his story SHOW NOTES...

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