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Alcoholic wife and addict husband chatting with like-minded, inspirational peers about stigmatized topics such as; mental illness, sexual orientation, addiction, sex work, parenthood, age, sex life, and more. We are not scientist nor doctors, we only aim to have honest and raw conversations in order to learn, connect and share. Wanna share your story? Visit https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/ to share your story! Our motto is honesty, open-mindedness, and humor. Chat soon!

Alcoholic wife and addict husband chatting with like-minded, inspirational peers about stigmatized topics such as; mental illness, sexual orientation, addiction, sex work, parenthood, age, sex life, and more. We are not scientist nor doctors, we only aim to have honest and raw conversations in order to learn, connect and share. Wanna share your story? Visit https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/ to share your story! Our motto is honesty, open-mindedness, and humor. Chat soon!
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Alcoholic wife and addict husband chatting with like-minded, inspirational peers about stigmatized topics such as; mental illness, sexual orientation, addiction, sex work, parenthood, age, sex life, and more. We are not scientist nor doctors, we only aim to have honest and raw conversations in order to learn, connect and share. Wanna share your story? Visit https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/ to share your story! Our motto is honesty, open-mindedness, and humor. Chat soon!

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English


Episodes

Episode 17: Love After Addiction With Steph & Pete

11/4/2019
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We have TWO guests in episode 17! That’s double the stories, laughter and inspiration! Melissa and Cody share a conversation with Stephanie and Pete, a couple who found love after addiction. The foursome discuss love, addiction, chaos and the beauty in the other side. Pete is a recovering alcoholic and Stephanie is the ex-wife of alcoholic, and we couldn’t help but ask ourselves, how does this work?! Turns out, Pete & Steph are happy to tackle the question, and we couldn’t be more grateful....

Duration:01:05:01

Episode 16: Anorexia Nervosa w/ Kelly Douglas

10/21/2019
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In episode 16, co-hosts Melissa and Cody have an eye-opening conversation about eating disorders with Kelly Douglas. Kelly is a 24-year-old woman who’s been living with her eating disorder for 4 years and has been in treatment and recovery for her anorexia nervosa for the past 8 months. There’s so much to learn in this episode, from disordered eating to derogatory terms, root causes, triggers, and what ED treatment looks like, we promise you’ll discover ways to support your loved one,...

Duration:00:57:18

BONUS: Witchcraft with Venus In Tulle

10/14/2019
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It’s our first bonus episode and we’re getting witchy with it! Melissa and guest co-host Julie (from episode 2) are chatting with the enchanting Amy Lea, about all things witchcraft! Sisters Melissa & Julie are on their own witchcraft journey, so they take this opportunity to ask all of the questions and learn all of the things. Amy Lea shares how she started her witchcraft practice, how she came out of the broom closet, and what her life looks like today. Her passion is spreading her...

Duration:01:08:58

Episode 15: Mental Health Hospitals 101

10/7/2019
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In episode 15 of We Are The Stigma, married co-hosts Cody & Melissa settle in for a candid conversation with BPD (borderline personality disorder) advocate, Megan Glosson. The conversation centers around one main thing - mental health hospitals. Megan, who recently completed her own treatment, explains the ins and outs of seeking help for ones mental health. The trio discusses stigma, judgment, and misconceptions of mental institutions while laughing over shared experiences. Melissa and Cody...

Duration:00:57:16

Episode 14: Stomping On Cerebral Palsy

9/23/2019
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In Episode 14 of We Are The Stigma, your co-hosts share an inspiring chat with cerebral palsy advocate and writer, Tylia Flores. The trio share an eye-opening and honest conversation about what CP (cerebral palsy) is, the common misconceptions, and how able-bodied members of society can better support the disabled community. Tylia’s message and infectious positive attitude have inspired Melissa and Cody to stomp on their stigmas one day at a time, and we know she’ll do the same for you! As...

Duration:00:47:09

Episode 13: Young & Sober w/ The Sober Bitch

9/9/2019
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In episode 13 the sober couple sit down with The Sober Bitch, Beth Holden. Beth got sober at 19 years old and now spends her days supporting other fellow young people on the sober journey. Beth shares the events that led her to rethink her alcohol and drug use, the pains of her first year sober, how she did it, and what her recovery looks like now. Beth explains how there wasn’t a place for her in AA, so she created a place of her own which she now shares with others. The trio talk about...

Duration:01:05:19

Episode 12: The Infertility Journey

8/26/2019
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In episode 12 of We Are The Stigma, the married co-hosts share a candid conversation with Courtney Anderson about all things infertility. Courtney is a sober badass babe from Detroit, Michigan, who’s publicly open about the infertility journey her and her husband are on. When it comes to infertility, everything is talked about - financial, shame, guilt, the toll it can take on one's relationships, the business of making a baby, sex becoming a chore, what to say and what not to say - all of...

Duration:00:55:49

Episode 11: Grief & The Tragic Accident

8/12/2019
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In Episode 11, the co-hosts welcome Tyler Cowdry to the show, and together they explore tragedy and grief. In 2016, Tyler was involved in a tragic, fatal car accident which turned his world upside down. Tyler now had to choose how to move forward. From mourning the love of his life, to realizing that the tragedy does not define him, Tyler embarked on a profound journey. As Tyler explains, there’s no one way to grieve. His process involves travel, his community, ayahuasca ceremonies, nature,...

Duration:01:02:01

Episode 10: The Alcoholic co-host

7/29/2019
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It’s Episode 10 and co-host Melissa is sharing her story. The hosts sit down together and delve deep into Melissa’s past; what her active addiction looked like, self-harm, self-hate, and grief. Join the couple as they walk through darkness and into hope. As always, they cry, they laugh, they learn and connect. Please be aware, this episode discusses self-harm in a way that may be triggering, if at any time you feel the need for support, please contact your local crisis center, for further...

Duration:01:14:42

Episode 9: The Addict Co-Host

7/15/2019
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It’s episode 9, and we’re diving into addiction! Your co-hosts sit down together and delve into Cody’s story. Cody was an alcoholic, but when alcohol no longer served its purpose, he traded in his bottle of vodka for a bottle of pain pills. Cody shares about his opioid addiction and the very dark places those pills took him in only a years time. Cody also suffers from OCD, depression, self-hate, and is a suicide survivor. In episode 9, the married couple laugh and cry together as Cody shares...

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 8: Get Vulnerable, Man

7/1/2019
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Cody’s back from Iceland and the couple take a deep dive into vulnerability and toxic masculinity. Chatting with long-time friend, Poe, the trio take a self-discovery journey while discussing culture and the pressure men feel to swallow their emotions. After promising to live an honest life, Poe has spent the last 2 years discovering his authentic-self by embracing his truths and sharing them openly. Poe candidly discusses vulnerability and toxic masculinity in a way that anyone can relate...

Duration:01:13:59

Episode 7: Addicted To Love

6/17/2019
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In episode 7 of We Are The Stigma, Cody and Melissa chat with Esther Nagle to discuss a topic that hits close to home, Love Addiction. Thanks to Esther’s honesty and vulnerability, the couple are able to unbury some truths of their own. The trio discuss, self-esteem, insecurity, trauma, bullying and what it’s like to heal oneself. Esther also shares about her alcoholism, ADHA, and how she finally learned to breathe. Esther is a yogi, a sober mom, an author, speaker, truth teller, and a...

Duration:00:50:31

Episode 6: Aging Like You Mean It

6/3/2019
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In Episode 6 the couple are chatting with Lori Massicot about all things aging! It’s the night before Melissa’s 31st birthday and the conversation couldn’t have come at a better time! Lori teaches women how to create a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically, so that they stop numbing out and start feeling happier and more confident in the middle of life; alcohol-free. The topic is perimenopause, but as usual the conversation gets SO much deeper! Listen along as the trio discuss...

Duration:00:54:06

Episode 5 : Sex Work: You Can Dance If You Want To!

5/20/2019
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It’s episode 5 of We Are The Stigma! Melissa and Cody are chatting with 35-year-old dancer, Harlow. Harlow has been in the sex work community for almost 15 years, she is a queer woman and a dedicated student. Needless to say the couple learn a lot more than they could have dreamt. The trio talk about strip clubs, the physical and mental tolls of dancing, living life in the closet, and end with a moment of deep empathy and respect. Melissa and Cody learn more about life than they do about...

Duration:01:00:50

Episode 4 : Quietly Transgender

5/6/2019
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In episode four of We Are The Stigma, Cody and Melissa sit down with 23-year-old trans woman, Evelyn Hendig. Evelyn (aka Eve) shares candidly about her transition, along with the physical and mental turmoil she faces today. The couple learns not everyone in the trans community lives out loud and proud, and that it can be best to hide from stigmas rather than confront them. In this episode it is clear - the most damaging battles are the ones we have with ourselves. Join Cody and Melissa as...

Duration:00:54:09

Episode 3: Panic Disorder Is Wild

4/22/2019
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It's Episode 3 and the couple is chatting with Candace from Canada - a fellow podcaster and mother who's been diagnosed with Panic Disorder since the age of 16. Listen along as Melissa has her mind blown and is left unable to say anything other than "That's crazy!" Candace details the pivotal moments of her mental illness (a psychedelic trip and a terrifying wildfire) From paranoia to an accidental eating disorder, this conversation is engaging and educational! Panic disorder is SO MUCH more...

Duration:00:43:50

Episode 2: That BPD Life

4/21/2019
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On Episode 2 of We Are The Stigma, Melissa and Cody share a deep and honest conversation with 23-year-old Julie Lorton who's diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Julie discusses living life on BPD terms and the literal ups, and downs that it comes with. She chats about her mental health rock bottom which landed her in a psych ward, her recovery, and why she's chosen to leave old friends behind. The trio delve into stigmas, DBT, and the idea that mental health excuses shity...

Duration:00:53:51

Episode 1: Get To Know Us

4/18/2019
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In this episode of We Are The Stigma, Melissa and Cody take some time exploring their motivations behind starting their podcast journey. Next, they share about their personal stigmas - drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness - they unpack it all! From rock bottoms to finding hope, nothing is off limits! To share your story, contact us via wearethestigma@gmail.com & you can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/_wearethestigma https://twitter.com/_wearethestigma Enjoy! xox

Duration:00:29:37

Season 1 Trailer : F*%k Stigmas

3/8/2019
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We are an alcoholic wife and addict husband who chat with like-minded, inspirational peers about how to survive, while simultaneously breaking the stigma - we aim to explore all types of circumstances, beliefs and experiences!

Duration:00:01:08