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Episode 45: Scott Kiloby – A Non-dual Approach to Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction

Episode 45 Scott Kiloby: A Non-dual Approach to Recovery form Alcoholism and Addiction Our guest this podcast is Scott Kiloby, teacher of non-dual recovery and founder of the Kiloby Center for Recovery. Scott speaks with clear articulation and intentionality, and with a gentle heart. It is a delight to listen. Bob, Doug and John weave […]


Episode 44: Sacrifice – Its Role in Recovery and Growth

Episode 44 sacrifice its role in recovery and growth In this podcast, our 3 musketeers dive into the topic of sacrifice and its role in recovery and growth. Whether you are in recovery for addiction or any other condition that ails the human spirit, sacrifice can be a useful part of the journey. With humor […]


Episode 43: The Hidden Gifts in our Addiction, Suffering, and Pain

Episode 43 revealing the hidden gifts in our addiction, suffering, and pain “We can never see past the choices we don’t understand … You’ve already made the choice. Now you have to understand it.” – The Oracle, The Matrix Reloaded I spent many years, both in my active addiction, and before it, running away from […]


Episode 42: Surviving the Holidays and Honoring your Recovery

Episode 42 Surviving the Holidays Honoring your Recovery this Season The Holiday season is upon us again. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Rohatsu, something else altogether, or none of the above, the annual festivities abound. For many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. A crisp layer of powdery snow blankets the ground, […]


Episode 41: Carlos Alvarez – Restorative Practice – Ending the Cycle of Addiction and Violence

Episode 41 carlos alvarez restorative practice ending the cycle of addiction and violence Are you sitting down? If not, take a seat, because what I’m about to say may shock you… I’ve made mistakes. I’m not talking about harmless accidents the occasional typo in a blog post, either. I’ve made some terrible decisions in my […]


Episode 40: Something Bigger than Ourselves – Finding Meaning in Recovery and Life

Episode 40 something bigger than ourselves: finding meaning in recovery and life Is recovery heroic? On the outside, our heroes may be different. Some of us consider the athlete at the top of her game, like Florence Griffith Joyner, a hero. For others, a hero is an entrepreneur like Elon Musk, who persisted against all […]


Episode 39: Right-Sizing the Ego – Balancing the Finite Self and the Infinite Self

Episode 39 right-sizing the ego: balancing the finite self and the infinite self In the depths of my addiction, I believed redemption, healing, and forgiveness were reserved for people who had something worthwhile to contribute to the world. I had heard plenty of stories about people who struggled with drugs, alcohol, or behavioral addiction, and […]


Episode 37 – How do you Define Addiction? AQAL Quadrants and the Art of Taking Multiple Perspectives

Episode 37 How do YOU define addiction? The Art of Holding Multiple Perspectives and the Quadrants of the AQAL Map The Price of Certainty “The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.” – Bertrand Russel “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” – […]


Episode 36: Breaking the Stigma of Recovery

Episode 36 Breaking the stigma of recovery and the boldness to walk the path of sobriety Society has a lot of ideas about addiction. And it has a lot of ideas about recovery. Most of them are wrong. Some of those wrong ideas are harmless enough, but the perception that normal, happy, fun people drink […]


Episode 35: Holly Whitaker – Hip Sobriety – Creating a Life You Don’t Need to Escape From

Episode 35 Holly Whitaker Hip Sobriety Creating a Life you Don’t Need to Escape From Is it normal? Every time we log into our social media accounts, we see the smiling faces of our friends, families, and colleagues. We see people’s successes and celebrations. Maybe we even post a few of our own, carefully curating […]


Episode 34: Practice and Habit Building in Early Recovery

Episode 34 Practice and Habit Building in Early Recovery Finding Motivation and Crushing Resistance Our habits shape our destinies. We are what we repeatedly do. Your brain is lazy. That’s not a personal indictment. My brain is lazy, too. In fact, all of our brains are lazy. Evolution engineered us that way for energy efficiency, […]


Episode 33: Dr Charles Flores – Legalizing Marijuana: An Integral Exploration of a Complex Reality

Episode 33 dr. charles flores, ph.d legalizing marijuana an integral exploration of a complex reality “Pot is not a crime!” I remember the rallying cry. That message, among many others, decorated the sea of poster board signs as thousands of people gathered outside the Colorado state capital building in support of marijuana legalization. For years, […]


Episode 32: Dr Charles Flores – Breaking the Chains of Addiction: Recovering your Life

Episode 32 dr. charles flores, ph.d breaking the chains of addiction and recovering your life Dr. Charles Flores, a true pioneer and trailblazer in the Integral approach to treatment, has facilitated healing and recovery for people with a wide array of addictions, from drug and alcohol abuse, to behavioral and interior neurochemical addictions, including sex […]


Episode 31: Waking up to What? Spiritual Practice and Finding your Purpose

Episode 31 waking up to what? spiritual practice and finding your purpose “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” – Abraham Maslow In the depths of addiction, there’s never enough. Almost by definition, addiction is the attempt to fill a craving that’s impossible to satisfy. The addict is […]


Episode 30: Sometimes Life Sucks (and that’s okay) – Dealing with Challenges in Recovery

Episode 30: Sometimes Life Sucks (and that’s okay) Embracing Challenges in Recovery I have a confession: I was always bothered by the word “surrender”. Every time I heard it in a twelve-step meeting, I winced. Doesn’t struggle mean that we care enough to keep fighting? Doesn’t releasing our control mean we’ve given up? Not at […]


Episode 29: When Others Don’t Want us to Change – The Dynamic Self, The Addict Self, and the Infinite Self

Episode 29: When Others Don’t Want us to Change The Dynamic Self, The Addict Self, and the infinite self Recovery changes us. Thank God. Our ways of being the world, our coping mechanisms, and our relationship strategies were killing us, and we needed to make some radical shifts. So with the best of intentions and […]


Episode 28: Going Home – Resentments, Challenges, and Opportunities

Episode 28: Going Home Resentments, Challenges, and Opportunities All our relationships are complex and nuanced, but perhaps none more so than our relationships with our family. And unless we learn how to navigate this inherently thorny terrain, we jeopardize our continued sobriety and unfolding evolutionary growth in every dimension of the AQAL map. No matter […]


Episode 27: Relationships A Catalyst for Growth and Recovery

Episode 27: Relationships A Catalyst for Growth and Recovery Here’s a theory to consider: The modern-day salute was adapted from the practice of medieval knights who, as a gesture of mutual respect when passing one another on the battlefield, would lift the visors of their helmets in greeting. It’s a romantic notion. It may or […]


Episode 26: Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. Shadow Work: Exploration, Integration, and Turning Towards our Pain

Episode 26: Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. Shadow Work: Exploration, Integration, and Turning Towards our Pain Can you be intimate with all you are? There’s a saying, in Alcoholics Anonymous, that we’re only as sick as our secrets. And most of us who’ve done the deep and challenging work of opening up, whether to a sponsor, […]


Episode 25: Habit Formation and Goal Setting – Recovery, Discipline, and the Way to Mastery

Episode 25: habit formation and goal setting recovery, discipline, and the way to mastery Our habits are powerful. But an addict in recovery hardly needs convincing of that. Our habits shaped our experience for years; an unrelenting force that caused considerable damage in our lives. As you undoubtedly know by now, practice is the core […]