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Recovery in the Middle Ages - Two Middle-Aged Suburban Dads Talk About Recovering From Addiction to Drugs & Alcohol.

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Mike and Nat are two middle-aged suburban dads wrestling with addiction and recovery while trying to juggle home life, work, and staying sober. Listen as they discuss current topics in the recovery community including 12 Step, alternative addiction recovery and the newest medical research . Listen to the guys talk about their daily struggle to maintain their recovery and anonymity in the world of soccer moms and PTA meetings. If the neighbors only knew...

Mike and Nat are two middle-aged suburban dads wrestling with addiction and recovery while trying to juggle home life, work, and staying sober. Listen as they discuss current topics in the recovery community including 12 Step, alternative addiction recovery and the newest medical research . Listen to the guys talk about their daily struggle to maintain their recovery and anonymity in the world of soccer moms and PTA meetings. If the neighbors only knew...

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Mike and Nat are two middle-aged suburban dads wrestling with addiction and recovery while trying to juggle home life, work, and staying sober. Listen as they discuss current topics in the recovery community including 12 Step, alternative addiction recovery and the newest medical research . Listen to the guys talk about their daily struggle to maintain their recovery and anonymity in the world of soccer moms and PTA meetings. If the neighbors only knew...

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English

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Episodes

Today, We Review ”Drinkers Like me” by Adrian Chiles & Moderation Management

6/16/2022
RMA-Episode 86 Show Notes: A triumphant return! Season 2 of RMA kicks off with a review of the BBC documentary film Drinkers Like Me. Mike and Nat talk about the perils and pitfalls of moderation and non-abstinent recovery. Is such a thing even possible? Is it advisable? Does preaching the possibility of moderate drinking to the masses harm people who should be sticking the plug firmly in the jug? Tune in to find out. We also have an extended life-update, a scientific Recovery in the...

Duration:01:43:42

* RMA HIATUS-VIDEO CALL UPDATE * Nat X & Mike R Spill The Beans!

6/5/2022
RMA-Episode 85 Show Notes: And, We’re Almost Back! This morning we started a zoom call to catch up, Mike hit the record button, and we both realized how much we missed doing the show. What we planned as a quick discussion turned into an hour of material so we decided to release it as a stand-alone episode. Highlights include Nat visiting a “CBD” dispensary and recording the walk-through with Mike on the phone, some riffing on future show ideas and the planning process, and a talk about...

Duration:01:05:30

”Your Best Thinking Got You Here!” And Other Questionable Things Said To Us In Early Recovery

5/6/2022
RMA-Episode 84 Show Notes: Your best thinking got you here. It’s a common enough slogan in AA and other 12 Step programs, but what does it mean? Einstein said that you cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that caused it. Does that mean we shouldn’t question the methods and philosophical underpinnings or recovery programs? Or is there perhaps a place for self-empowerment and self- reliance in recovery. Mike and Nat debate the implications of checking your brain at the door and...

Duration:02:03:09

April’s Top Recovery Stories on a VERY Special ’Take 3 SLP’ LIVE edition!

4/29/2022
RMA-Episode 83 Show Notes: This week on RMA-it’s a Take 3 Takeover! RMA and Sober Lining Playbooks’s own Grant Boyken joins Mike and Nat to discuss involuntary civil commitment, alcohol awareness month and process addictions. Also, Monkster’s Speak,the week in Weird and the life-update, on a slowly recovering, technologically challenged, newsworthy episode of RMA. Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your...

Duration:01:35:08

The Great Debate: Recover or Recovered? Is It Possible? Does It Matter? Find Out!

4/22/2022
RMA-Episode 82 Show Notes: And we’re back! Sort of. Mike is still wrestling with COVID but the show must go on and so it does, in all of its audio-challenged glory. This week, spring is in the air and weed is everywhere. We continue our discussion about cannabis and kombucha, psychedelics and shamans, and where any of that fits into a recovery program. For the main event we ask the perennial question that vexes 12-step meetings across the land, “Are we recovered, or recovering?” You don’t...

Duration:01:53:57

RITN EXTRA!!! The Next Big Addiction Treatment & What Are Trauma Informed Workplaces?

4/8/2022
RMA-Episode 81 Show Notes: This week on a very special episode of RMA, Mike and Nat do an extended news wrap-up which includes a discussion of the latest research on psychedelics for addiction treatment, a break-down of what it means to have a trauma-informed workplace, and why that is important, especially to people in recovery. Also, a looong Monkster’s Speak and a new segment we call “A Particularly Pertinent Post”, coming straight to your earholes on this week’s RMA. Please...

Duration:02:00:31

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Recovery - ¡GetSmart! with Erin & The Big 3 with SLP

4/1/2022
RMA-Episode 80 Show Notes: This week on a very special episode of RMA, Mike and Nat welcome Erin back to the podcast to talk about boundaries and codependency. Boundaries are the rules you create to let people know how to treat you. Healthy boundaries create separation between people. In codependency, these boundaries are weak. You feel responsible for how other people feel and want to make them feel better. Mike and Nat, two people-pleasers that don’t like to say no, try to understand...

Duration:02:12:00

How YOU doin?! Compare and despair: how keeping up with the jones’ can cause depression, anxiety and relapse!

3/25/2022
RMA-Episode 79 Show Notes: Compare and despair! It has been said that comparison is the thief of joy, but we still do it all the time. Why? Maybe it’s grounded in self-esteem, an area that typically proves challenging to a person suffering with substance abuse disorder. One theory is that you have an unconscious belief that you lack self-worth. Because you already believe you are in some way inadequate, your brain constantly searches for evidence to support its theory. When you compare...

Duration:02:02:02

Can America Recover? Author and Recovery Luminary Evan Haines Joins Us!

3/18/2022
RMA-Episode 78 Show Notes: Can America Recover? Evan Haines sure thinks so, and he is our guest this week on RMA. In addition to being the co-founder and co-CEO of Oro House Recovery Centers, Evan, along with his partner Bob Forest, are the authors of the new book, Can America Recover, a sprawling look at the past, present and future of the recovery movement in America, and where America itself fits into the addiction narrative. Can America Recover posits that treating the symptoms of...

Duration:01:57:45

PTSD & Trauma in Recovery - Mike’s Story of Acid & Delinquency with the Grateful Dead

3/11/2022
RMA-Episode 77 Show Notes: This week Mike and Nat continue their mini-series on mental health in recovery by tackling the multi-headed beast that is PTSD. What is it? How does it manifest? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Traditional treatment of substance abuse in America often focuses on the symptoms (alcohol or drug use), rather than the underlying problems, (trauma and underlying mental health issues). Much like giving someone an Advil when they have a brain aneurysm,...

Duration:01:46:37

”The Weight of Air” by David Poses - The Big 3 with SLP - Treating Depression in Recovery

3/4/2022
RMA-Episode 76 Show Notes: AND, we’re back! After a week of darkness, RMA returns with an episode for the ages. Mike and Nat dive into a review of David Poses groundbreaking 2021 work, The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery. In The Weight of Air, Poses chronicles his struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction. By age nineteen, he'd been through medical detox, inpatient rehab, twelve-step programs, and a halfway house. He saw his drug use...

Duration:01:57:20

Nat’s Super Bowl Relapse & What is self care, and why is it important?

2/18/2022
RMA-Episode 75 Show Notes: What is self care, and why is it important? Building off this week’s Monksters Speak, Mike and Nat do a deep dive into the concept of self care and talk about how getting your life in balance is important to a healthy and successful recovery. Making sure you set aside the time for self-care is an important tool for attaining and maintaining that balance. But what is it really? Sometimes self-care looks like going out for a run and eating a salad, but other times...

Duration:01:49:57

MISHKA SHUBALY - The Definitive Interview!

2/11/2022
RMA-Episode 74 Show Notes: Mishka Shubaly wears many hats; writer, musician, ultrarunner, podcaster. His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. His first hardcover memoir, "I Swear I'll Make It Up to You" is a compelling and important book that describes in detail Mishka’s journey from alcoholic drug abuser to...

Duration:01:56:32

Are Fewer Women Seeking Addiction Treatment - Decriminalized Fentanyl Test Strips - AND MORE

2/4/2022
RMA-Episode 73 Show Notes: This week on RMA it’s the Recovery in the News Roundup, coming to you from the new studio at Castle Greyskull! Mike and Nat combed through SoberliningsPlaybook’s Wednesday Weekly, and picked out some stories that bear further investigation. We do a deep dive on Dry January’s effect on small business, why women aren’t seeking SUD treatment at the same rate as men despite an uptick in use and overdoses, whether long-term support in recovery is a desirable avenue...

Duration:01:50:07

Are You You Talkin’ To Me? ¡GetSmart! Tackles Negative Self-Talk - Grant Boyken’s Big 3 W/SLP

1/28/2022
RMA-Episode 72 Show Notes: Are You Talkin’ to Me? Negative self-talk and a poor self-image are recurring issues for people in recovery. Thoughts are powerful, and they can shape a person’s life and impact the way they experience the world. This week, on a special Get Smart with Erin, the gang does a deep dive into the world of negative self-talk and discusses strategies to quiet that voice in your head that keeps whispering those pesky negative thoughts. Plus, this week RMA, in...

Duration:01:57:42

”The Anonymous People” Documentary Discussion, The Disease Model of Addiction & MORE

1/21/2022
RMA-Episode 71 Show Notes: Is anonymity in recovery a good thing, or does it stand in the way of the effort to de-stigmatize addiction? The movie Anonymous People purports to answer that question, and it is the topic of discussion on today’s episode. According to the filmmakers of this groundbreaking 2013 documentary, deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in widely successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The...

Duration:01:49:30

Health & Fitness in Recovery, Sledding, Mike’s Car Almost Gets Stolen, Nat’s Panic Attacks and MORE!

1/14/2022
RMA-Episode 70 Show Notes: We spend a lot of time here at RMA talking about the mental health aspects of addiction and recovery. This week we are going to shift gears and get physical. What are the roles of diet and exercise in recovery and how do they fit into the maintenance of sobriety over the long term? What are the benefits of starting and maintaining some kind of exercise program? How do years of drinking or drug use impact the body’s ability to process nutrition? For the answer to...

Duration:01:44:35

Discussing ”Life of Crime, 1984-2020” & Surviving a Snowstorm Sober

1/7/2022
RMA-Episode 69 Show Notes: Imagine being a documentary filmmaker and following your subjects around for 36 years. That’s what Jon Alpert did when he documented the lives of three petty criminals and drug addicts in Newark NJ, from 1984 to 2021. The resulting movie, Life of Crime, is an achingly candid and at times brutal documentary for HBO spanning a lifetime of crime, incarceration and the compounding ravages of addiction. Mike and Nat discuss the film and what lessons it teaches about...

Duration:01:48:03

RMA New Year’s Special! Grant Boyken Recaps All Things Recovery in 2021

12/31/2021
RMA-Episode 68 Show Notes: Happy New Year! It’s the RMA New Year’s special! This week Mike and Nat are joined by Grant Boyken, editor-at-large of the RMA newsroom, moderator of the RMA Facebook Group and the mastermind behind the preeminent recovery news website SoberliningsPlaybook.com. Grant, Mike and Nat break down the year in recovery, highlighting the stories that made news in the recovery universe and getting caught up on recent developments. There are book and movie recommendations...

Duration:02:05:52

RMA Holiday Spectacular! Monksters Call In & We Discuss The Pain of Holiday ”Joy”

12/23/2021
RMA-Episode 67 Show Notes: Merry NatXmas! It’s the RMA holiday special! This week we play listener voice-mails, share some holiday cheer and get in tune with the spirit of the season. There’s music, laughter and poetry coming your way. Happy holidays to all. Plus, Recovery in the News, The Week in Weird and Monksters Speak on a fully boosted, aggressively festive, live from the North Pole episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages LINKS: Recovery in the News: How to Spot a...

Duration:01:35:58