RE 191: Sobriety Gets Easier and Easier and Ends in Life

Kelly, with 8 days since her last drink, shares her story… “Addiction gets harder and harder and ends in death. Sobriety is hard work too. But it gets easier and easier and ends in life.” - Andy...

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RE 176: Dating in Sobriety

“There are many excuses to drink... but no reasons.” “When you are an addict, the only line you can cross but can not come back from is death.” Dating and Sobriety Modern dating has us drinking more, but being less successful at it.  Drinking can give us a false sense...

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RE 175: Anxiety and Alcohol

Alcohol and Anxiety Today we will look at anxiety and the role it plays in alcohol addiction. Anxiety is inevitable, but we can change what we do and feel about it, ultimately affecting the level of severity we experience and the frequency of attacks.  It shows that...

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RE 174: Addressing Self Loathing With Compassionate Curiosity

Compassionate Curiosity: a way we can get to the root of why we drink. “The problem's not that the truth is harsh, but that liberation from ignorance is as painful as being born. Run after truth until you're breathless. Accept the pain involved in re-creating yourself...

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RE 173: Burn the Ships

Burn The Ships For many people, the answer of what is it that is holding us back in our lives isn’t exactly obvious. The question of what is blocking us from obtaining that inner peace we deserve can be difficult to answer for some. The good news is that if you’re...

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RE 172: Bravery: Ready to Face and Endure Danger or Pain

Bravery:  Ready to face and endure danger or pain.  Showing Courage. Many times in life we come face to face with our next step.  We can see clearly the path ahead that will lead to our next “level up”.  We can know everything there is to know about our plight and...

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RE 171: The Reality of Alcohol and Where it Can Take us

The path of sobriety is not always easy.  Many of us will stumble, fall, relapse and find ourselves back at square one.  It's not the end of the world.  When we relapse, we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and, if necessary, reinvent ourselves. Tamara,...

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RE 169: Has Addiction Always Been a Problem?

Has addiction always been a problem? Alcohol has been around for thousands of years, but has alcoholism? In Gabor Maté's book, “In the realm of hungry ghosts” he states: “The precursor to addiction is dislocation... the loss of psychological, social, and economic...

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RE 168: Alcohol Impacts More than Just us

When we are in the throws of an addiction to alcohol, the effects go beyond just us.  They affect our family and those closest to us. After running the podcast for 3 years, Paul has begun to notice patterns emerging.  One of the biggest patterns he noticed might be...

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RE 167: Now This is Just Plain Wrong

The alcohol industry gives the government funds to prove light drinking is safe. In today's era of information overload, it can be difficult to sort the truth from the strong opinions.  As the lines between journalism, science and advertising continue to blur, it can...

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RE 166: Building Emotional Muscle

A quote from “Drinking: A love Story” by Caroline Knapp sums up the theme for today's podcast: “Early sobriety has the quality of vigorous exercise, as though each repetition of a painful moment gone without a drink serves to build up emotional muscle.” Life will...

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RE 165: Do I Have a Drinking Problem and at What Stage?

“Do I have a drinking problem?”  Part II The first episode under this particular theme came out back in March of 2015. In “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp, a questionnaire is presented that will help you determine whether or not you have a drinking problem,...

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RE 164: Do the Medications Work?

Do the medications work? Paul reads messages he received from different podcast listeners about their experiences with some of the various medications often prescribed as quit aids for quitting drinking. Though they are not known to be an effective all-in-one cure for...

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RE 162: Things Your Addiction Will Say in Your Own Voice

“Your addiction will lie to you in your own voice.” Your addiction will often appear to you as a voice in your head that sounds like your own rational thoughts.  It will tell you that it's not really that big of a deal, that you are really in control or, in many...

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