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Here’s an idea. When you’re a closet alcoholic who’s quit drinking more times than you can count, start a podcast to hold yourself accountable as publicly as possible. Share your struggles, your triumphs, and every lesson you’re learning along the way. While you’re at it, invite others to share their stories of addiction and recovery so that you can learn from them and be reminded: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Getting sober is just the beginning. Staying sober, and then becoming the person I know I’m meant to be is the real adventure. Join me?

Here’s an idea. When you’re a closet alcoholic who’s quit drinking more times than you can count, start a podcast to hold yourself accountable as publicly as possible. Share your struggles, your triumphs, and every lesson you’re learning along the way. While you’re at it, invite others to share their stories of addiction and recovery so that you can learn from them and be reminded: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Getting sober is just the beginning. Staying sober, and then becoming the person I know I’m meant to be is the real adventure. Join me?
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Here’s an idea. When you’re a closet alcoholic who’s quit drinking more times than you can count, start a podcast to hold yourself accountable as publicly as possible. Share your struggles, your triumphs, and every lesson you’re learning along the way. While you’re at it, invite others to share their stories of addiction and recovery so that you can learn from them and be reminded: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Getting sober is just the beginning. Staying sober, and then becoming the person I know I’m meant to be is the real adventure. Join me?

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Episodes

RE 230: Calming the Mind

7/15/2019
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Mark, took his last drink on April 19th, 2019 - This is his story. On today’s episode Paul shares the status on his upcoming book release! Alcohol is Sh!t should be launched the end of July – to mid-August. Graphics for the front cover, the back, and the eBook are done. Thanks to everyone that voted on the tagline and subtitles…this is what we came up with; How to ditch the booze. Reignite your life. Recover the person you were always meant to be. Paul also talks about calming the mind...

Duration:00:58:51

RE 229: Alcohol Has Been Ruined For Me

7/8/2019
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Melissa, with a sobriety date of October 29, 2018, shares her story. Paul shares one of his favorite emails. Dale from Pittsburgh says…Paul, you son of a bitch. You have completely ruined alcohol for me. Your experience with alcohol may no longer be the same after listening to the podcast! Don’t worry about the how…that always solves itself. SHOW NOTES [11:00] Paul introduces Melissa. Melissa says that sobriety is the most badass gift she has given herself. The biggest milestone. She is...

Duration:00:54:16

RE 228: Only in My Darkness Did I see My Light

7/1/2019
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Sara, with a sobriety date of January 16, 2019, shares her story. On today’s episode Paul shares an internet meme that he saw and loved… “Only in my pain, did I find my will. Only in my chaos, did I learn to be still. Only in my fear, did I find my might. Only in my darkness, did I see my light.” Starting to see a theme, Paul added a few lines… Only through my self-loathing was I able to love myself. Only through my fears was I able to see how little it has ever served me. Only...

Duration:00:58:19

RE 227: 8 Things to Remember When Going Through Tough Times

6/24/2019
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Chris, with a sobriety date of February 12, 2019, shares his story. On today’s episode Paul shares 8 strategies that you can implement when you are going through hard times. will SHOW NOTES: [13:40] Paul introduces Chris. Chris has been sober since February 12, 2019 and is 35 years old. He is a technology trainer for a finance company. He is divorced and has three boys, ages 15, 10 and 7. For fun Chris likes to sing and play guitar in a band, he also does improv and stand up comedy....

Duration:00:55:55

RE 226: Americans Are Drinking Less Alcohol

6/17/2019
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Tim, with 2 days of sobriety, shares his story. On today’s episode Paul talks about 2 articles that discuss alcohol use. Links for these articles can be found following the show notes. The first article, published on May 7, 2019 in USA Today, says that alcohol use is soaring worldwide, with the average adult now consuming about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year. Just in the past 27 years the total volume of alcohol that people consumed globally increased by 70%. Even though on a global...

Duration:01:00:49

RE 225: Why I Drank After 2.5 Years Alcohol Free

6/10/2019
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Nick, with 101 days of sobriety, shares his story. Paul is asking the listeners what they want to hear on the podcast. Do you want more interviews with industry professionals, such as recovery coaches, authors, and wellness leaders? Or do you like the podcast just the way it is with Paul interviewing sobriety badasses? Leave a review on iTunes and let Paul know! On today’s podcast Paul shares that he was recently interviewed on a podcast called, Self Made and Sober by the host Andrew...

Duration:01:03:24

RE 224: Which Wolf Will You Feed?

6/3/2019
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Gerald, with a sobriety date of November 16, 2015, shares his story. Registration for the RE Asia Adventure is now open! You can register and get more information about this event here On a recent Café’ RE webinar, our host Odette, who is a sobriety warrior, brought a fantastic topic to the webinar. The Cherokee parable titled Two Wolves. It is about an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. He tells the grandson that he has a fight going on inside him between two wolves. One is...

Duration:00:59:50

RE 223: Let Authenticity Replace Positivity

5/27/2019
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Alex, with 63 days of sobriety, shares his story. On today’s podcast Paul talks about what researchers, that studied the drinking habits of people that work with the public, discovered. They found that employees that forced themselves to smile and be happy around customers were more at risk to heavier drinking after work. Because of this, employers may want to rethink their ‘service with a smile’ policies. Employees that work with the public may be using a lot of self-control, so later...

Duration:00:50:57

RE 222: The 20/40/40 Rule

5/20/2019
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Ryan, with 90 days of sobriety, shares his story. On today’s podcast Paul talks about the 3 major players when it comes to sobriety. The players are; the mind, the body, and the breath. Paul likes to call this the 20/40/40 rule, because that is how we should allocate the importance to these 3 major players. The mind (20%) should be used as a radar to scan the body, do not try and use the mind to solve addiction. The body (40%) never lies, it is your unconscious mind. The breath (40%)...

Duration:00:49:29

RE 221: In Sobriety, We Must First Learn Who We Aren’t

5/13/2019
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Liz, with a sobriety date of July 8, 2017, shares her story. Workshops for the Bozeman, MT, retreat in August are lined up! There are still a few spots left! You can find more information about this event here On today’s podcast Paul talks about a common misconception people have as they move forward in a life without alcohol. That misconception is that when we get sober, we will finally find out who we really are. But that isn’t how it works. We do get to that point, but first we must...

Duration:00:49:40

RE 220: Depression, Stress and Anxiety

5/6/2019
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Nick, with 111 days sober, shares his story. On today’s episode Paul discusses anxiety, depression and stress. “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” ~ Rumi. Depression is when mental energies are stuck in the past, anxiety is when we are living in the future, and stress accumulates when the end goal is more important than the task at hand. Liberation from all three of these dysfunctions resides in the present moment. There is an undeniable connection between alcohol...

Duration:00:58:53

RE 219: Let's Talk Surrender

4/29/2019
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Sami, with a sobriety date of July 21, 2018, shares her story. On today’s podcast Paul discuses surrender. What does is really mean to reach a point of surrendering? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Surrendering simply means yielding to your next stage in life. As Paul mentioned on a previous podcast, addictions are no more than sign posts in life, and surrender is when we fully accept them and make, what is most likely to be the most important change in our life, quitting...

Duration:00:47:51

RE 218: Let's Talk Relapse

4/22/2019
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James, with a sobriety date of November 12, 2016, shares his story. Recovery Elevator is on Instagram! Please follow Paul and Ben here . On today’s podcast Paul discuses relapse. For some, and Paul has only met a few, relapse isn’t part of their story. But for the vast majority it is, and it isn’t something to be ashamed of. Spontaneous sobriety is rare. Paul feels that the word ‘relapse’ is another word in recovery, similar to the word ‘alcoholic’, that needs to be thrown out. The...

Duration:00:52:23

RE 217: 10 Ways to Ground Yourself in Sobriety

4/15/2019
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Brad, with a sobriety date of August 31, 2018, shares his story. Paul talks about the ‘now’ and ways we can ground ourselves while we find ourselves taking this thing one day at a time. At some period in our journey we will find ourselves logging our days in our tracker like it ‘ain’t no thing’. Then there are other days when we wake up and keeping the mind in check can be a constant struggle. Paul shares some of his own favorite personal techniques that he uses to ground himself. If you...

Duration:00:57:04

RE 216: The Unfu*ck Yourself Movement

4/8/2019
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Libby, with 112 days of sobriety, shares her story. Paul talks about a trend he noticed in the airport bookstore. Amongst the ’20 best sellers’ there were several books with clear, unambiguous titles. Our society is collectively starting to wake up and are looking for ways to unf*ck ourselves. He says that all of these books, including the one he is currently writing, are not fulfilling a trend or a niche, but that it’s a movement. https://newrepublic.com/article/153153/age-anxiety Paul...

Duration:00:52:02

RE 215: Addictions are Signposts in Life

4/1/2019
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Ashley, with 192 days of sobriety, shares her story. Paul talks about how alcohol is the invitation. What is this invitation? It’s called addiction. Depending on how you RSVP you could have a life filled with infinite joy. The fact that you are listening to this podcast right now is a good clue as to how you’re going to RSVP. At first the invitations may not show up with enough frequency to connect the dots. But, sooner or later, these invitations will start to show up more frequently, once...

Duration:00:58:25

RE 214: Your Body and Mind Have the Capacity to Heal Itself

3/25/2019
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Dr. Sue Morter, talks to us about how our bodies and minds have the capacity to heal themselves if we allow it. Registration is now live for the Recovery Elevator retreat in Bozeman, Montana this upcoming August. You can find more information about this event here Paul discusses addiction and how there are hundreds of definitions for what addiction is. He has covered several of them on this podcast already, and covers many more in the book that he is currently writing. Some definitions are...

Duration:01:00:56

RE 213: The Most Controversial Word in Recovery

3/18/2019
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Mina, with a sobriety date of May 30, 2017, shares his story. You can sign up for a FREE 5-day Recovery Elevator video course here. Paul discusses the most controversial word he has encountered in AA. The word is recovered, as in your addiction to alcohol is behind you. Although recovered is mentioned in the books of AA, after Paul said the word in an AA meeting, he noticed a shift in the energy in the room. Ty (who has been editing the podcasts for over 150 episodes straight…Thank you...

Duration:00:51:32

RE 212: The Body Tells us Where to go Next in Recovery

3/11/2019
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Tricia, with a sobriety date of November 14, 2016, shares her story. Sometimes we reach a moment in our journey where we say, “what’s next?”. Paul discusses what he would recommend when you reach this moment. Do not go ‘seeking’, that reinforces a mind state that we are lacking something. Instead, listen to the body. The body is going to tell you where to go next. SHOW NOTES [7:30] Paul Introduces Tricia. Tricia with a sobriety date of November 14, 2016, is 37 years old and lives...

Duration:01:01:38

RE 211: Courage to Face the Unknown in Sobriety

3/4/2019
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Steven, with a sobriety date of August 7, 2016, shares his story. Registration for the Bozeman, Montana Retreat opened up this past Friday. Space is limited for this retreat. You can find more information about events here Internet memes…a picture, coupled with a few short words, can spread powerful messages. Paul describes one he saw the other day. It was an old school telephone with the words, “when the phone was attached with a wire humans were free”. Paul encourages listeners to put...

Duration:00:46:56