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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 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

RE 210: Cravings - What They are and How to Deal With Them

2/25/2019
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Juan, with a sobriety date of May 29, 2018, shares his story. Congratulations to Kirk S. in Florida for hitting 1 year of sobriety. This Friday, March 1st, registration for the Recovery Elevator Retreat in Bozeman goes live. Space is limited for this retreat. You can find more information about events here After the interview with Juan, Paul will discuss detoxing from alcohol and how dangerous it can be. Paul talks about cravings. What they are, what they represent, and what to do when...

Duration:00:48:46

RE 209: 4 Themes From 4 Years of Podcasting

2/18/2019
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Bill, with a sobriety date of October 8, 2018, shares her story. We want to thank Mike Noll for his commitment to doing the podcast show notes for the previous 35 episodes and welcome Kerri, from California, to the position, who will take over doing the next 26 episodes. We still have a couple spots left for our Nashville event coming up this February 22 – 24. Registration for Bozeman Retreat will open up on March 1, and registration for our Asia Adventure will open up on July 1. You can...

Duration:00:53:04

RE 208: You Have This Power

2/11/2019
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Crystal, with 84 days of sobriety, shares her story. This is a special podcast episode! It marks 4 consecutive years of podcasting…208 straight Mondays in a row. Paul talks about how Recovery Elevator and the RE community has saved his life, and shares ways we can all help others stop drinking. SHOW NOTES [11:00] Paul Introduces Crystal. Crystal has been sober for 84 days and lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is a life style/transformation coach. She is 30 years old and recently...

Duration:00:44:58

RE 207: The Joy of Missing Out

2/4/2019
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Tom, with a sobriety date of June 6, 2018, shares his story. Events – I am excited about the upcoming events for Recovery Elevator. As already mentioned on the podcast we have Nashville on Saturday, February 23rd. We also have the Bozeman Retreat from Aug 14-18th. The Bozeman Retreat was a huge hit in 2017 and it is back on the calendar for this year. Guys, what I am particularly excited about these days is sober travel. We are putting together the sober travel itineraries and the next one...

Duration:00:58:24

RE 206: The Tipping Point in Sobriety

1/28/2019
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Dusty, with a sobriety date of 9/21/15, shares his story. On January 1st, I launched the 3rd private, unsearchable Facebook accountability group. All Café RE signups starting January 1st-January 31st will be placed in the new group. This group will be capped at 300 members to ensure intimacy. For the entire month of January, you can use the promo code 2019 for 75% off registration. If you’re a Recovery Elevator podcast listener and you live in or close to the Nashville area, join us...

Duration:00:52:10

RE 205: Recover Who We Were Meant to Be

1/21/2019
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Kane, with 49 days of sobriety, shares his story. On January 1st, I launched the 3rd private, unsearchable Facebook accountability group. All Café RE signups starting January 1st-January 31st will be placed in the new group. This group will be capped at 300 members to ensure intimacy. For the entire month of January, you can use the promo code 2019 for 75% off registration. If you’re a Recovery Elevator podcast listener and you live in or close to the Nashville area, join us Saturday,...

Duration:00:53:12

RE 204: Should I Avoid Social Events Where Alcohol Will be Present?

1/14/2019
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Lucy, with 65 days of sobriety, shares her story. Do I need to avoid social situations where alcohol will be present? The answer is yes, then no, then yes. Sorry if that’s confusing. I explain better in the episode. On January 1st, I launched the 3rd private, unsearchable Facebook accountability group. All Café RE signups starting January 1st-January 31st will be placed in the new group. This group will be capped at 300 members to ensure intimacy. For the entire month of January,...

Duration:00:51:37

RE 203: Shaken, Not Stirred

1/7/2019
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Jeff, with over 2 years since his last drink, shares his story… That could never happen… Analysis of the famed James Bond movies reveals that James Bond is a full-blown functioning alcoholic living on borrowed time. “There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the severe end of the spectrum… His workplace, MI6, needs to become a more responsible employer and refer him to support services and change their corporate drinking...

Duration:00:51:10

RE 202: 12 Reasons to Stay Sober in 2019

12/31/2018
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Warren, with 48 hours since his last drink, shares his story… 12 reasons why sober is better: 1 - Look your best. 2 - Look and feel properly rested. 3 - Alcohol fixes things you didn’t notice were broken. 4 - Make the most of your time. 5 - Build better relationships. The opposite of addiction is connection. 6 - More confidence. You can do anything you put your mind to. 7 - Less fear! 8 - Save your money. 9 - Be more present. 10 - Avoid unnecessary disasters. 11 - Create the...

Duration:00:43:04

RE 201: Alcohol, Calories and Your Waistline

12/24/2018
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Jeff, with over 38 days since his last drink, shares his story… During this festive holiday season, we will, no doubt, we encouraged to drink at one point or another. We can’t think ourselves out of long-term addiction, but in the moment, there are tools we can use to help gives us the ability to say no. Follow the drink, and play the tape forward. There is plenty of data behind us to help us make an informed decision. If I have this drink, what will happen? Remember why you quit in the...

Duration:00:47:22

RE 200: The Cure to Addiction

12/17/2018
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Walter, with 2½ years since his last drink, shares his story… The Cure to Addiction… Is it possible? Are we close to a cure? No. AA was founded in 1935, and since then we still don’t know what causes it or how to treat it. A holistic cure will attack/treat the root causes. The Rat Park experiment by Bruce Alexander points to the conclusion that the causes of addiction are social and environmental, rather than genetics or chemical dependency. In the study, the addictive tendencies...

Duration:00:56:38

RE 199: This Mindset is Key to Sobriety

12/10/2018
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Asaph, with over 6 weeks since his last drink, shares his story… A link to the mentioned Russell Brand podcast episode with Gabor Maté. Gratitude, what is it good for?... everything. Gratitude is a topic that needs to be continually covered in recovery. It’s a box in recovery that will never be checked, because it is ongoing. How do we create a mindset of appreciation? Apply some conscious attention to the things in your life that are there for you, whether it be people, or your...

Duration:00:48:56

RE198: The Importance of Letting Go

12/3/2018
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Patrick, with 10 years 2 months since his last drink, shares his story. SHOW NOTES [10:50] Paul introduces Patrick Patrick is 37 years old, and is from Brooklyn, New York. He’s been sober since August 23, 2008. He is married and has no children. He works as a stand up comedian, recovery coach, and a video editor. He likes to try to squeeze in a good meal between shows, visit friends, and snowboard. He would like to get better at rollerblading. [14:08] Give us a little background about...

Duration:00:55:27

RE 197: This is What Recovery Looks Like

11/26/2018
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Aaron, with over 1 year since his last drink, shares his story... SHOW NOTES [12:30] Paul Introduces Aaron. Aaron is 39 years old, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s been sober since October 16, 2017. He’s married with two children. He works in HR and Recruitment for a small company. He likes home improvement, the outdoors, gardening. He likes to restore and repair his house and cars. [15:30] Give us a little background about your drinking habits. He has drank every day more or...

Duration:00:53:04

RE 196: How Normal Drinkers View Addiction

11/19/2018
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Dan, who doesn’t practice abstinence based recovery, shares his story… Link to the Fox News article mentioned in the episode “To be human is also to suffer from addiction. The particular vices vary as do our degree of addiction to them, but it takes precious little searching to know we’ve all got something unhealthy that pulls at us.” - Mike Kerrigan, Fox News SHOW NOTES [11:08] Paul Introduces Dan. Paul doesn’t practice abstinence based recovery, and had a drink a few weeks ago....

Duration:00:52:52

RE 195: What Should the Bottle Say?

11/12/2018
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Corey, with 5 days since his last drink, shares his story… The mentioned article from the Irish Times SHOW NOTES [8:48] Paul Introduces Corey. Corey has been sober for 5 days. He’s from Minnesota, now lives in Boston. He’s 25 years old and is working full time. He likes to exercise. He loves music, plays guitar and piano. He has an upcoming trip to Columbia, is learning Spanish. He feels confused with life now that he has left the structure of school. [13:31] Give us a little...

Duration:00:47:57

RE 194: Should I Identify With the Label Alcoholic?

11/5/2018
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Kellie, with 2 months year since her last drink, shares her story... SHOW NOTES [11:00] Paul Introduces Kellie. Kellie has been sober for 28 days. She’s 43 years old, married with two children. She’s a real estate broker that enjoys puzzles, reading, cooking, running and hiking, and her animals. She tried alcohol for the first time around 10 years old. She dabbled in different drugs in her teens. She drank through her 20’s. She had her son at 26. She cleaned up her act and became a...

Duration:00:51:52