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....
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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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RE 136: One in Eight Americans are Alcoholics

New data has revealed that one in eight Americans are now alcoholics due to an alarming rise in alcohol consumption in women, elderly people and ethnic minorities. Experts at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism say that the rise could constitute a...

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RE 135: Key Tips For Early Sobriety

Paul reads posts from members of Café RE answering the question: “What are some things that helped you in early sobriety? There are some emerging common themes from these responses.  Change, you don’t have to change much, you just have to change everything. ...

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RE 134: What I Learned at the Recovery Elevator Retreat

Paul summarizes the Retreat, which took place in Bozeman, Montana. SHOW NOTES [13:22] Paul Introduces Kristin 238 days sober, Amy 11 years sober, Dave 12 days sober, and John with 18 and ½ years of sobriety. [15:55] Paul-  What did you think the retreat was going to...

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RE 132: Don’t Beat Yourself Up – Alcohol Already Does That

Self-Loathing is rampant in addiction, and it needs to be addressed and curtailed if we want to find long-term recovery.  Self-trash talk is a double whammy when we judge ourselves harshly.  We are both the attacker, and the attacked.  Dr. Kristin Neff’s book “Self...

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Re 131: The Hungry Ghosts

Paul summarizes a talk by Tara Brach named “Healing Addiction: De-Conditioning the Hungry Ghosts” Addiction is addiction, it doesn’t matter what it is, it is applicable.  Tara talks about the “hungry ghosts” of addiction.  There is a sense that something is missing. ...

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Re 130: When Things Fall Apart

Paul summarizes the book “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron.  How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you...

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