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Have you ever wished you had a personal Coach with more than a decade of experience giving you all the secrets to living a happy life? You’re in the right place with the top-ranked Addiction Unlimited podcast with Professional Coach, ex party-girl turned savvy sober entrepreneur, Angela Pugh. Her expertise? Giving you simple, actionable steps to turn your life around with a no BS approach. Can you *really* change your life, get sober, have a healthy relationship, and the job of your dreams? Absolutely. Week after week you’ll get quick tips, coping strategies, life hacks, and inspiring stories that can help you create the life you deserve.

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Have you ever wished you had a personal Coach with more than a decade of experience giving you all the secrets to living a happy life? You’re in the right place with the top-ranked Addiction Unlimited podcast with Professional Coach, ex party-girl turned savvy sober entrepreneur, Angela Pugh. Her expertise? Giving you simple, actionable steps to turn your life around with a no BS approach. Can you *really* change your life, get sober, have a healthy relationship, and the job of your dreams? Absolutely. Week after week you’ll get quick tips, coping strategies, life hacks, and inspiring stories that can help you create the life you deserve.

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English


Episodes

Setting Sobriety Goals In A New Way That Makes Sense

2/28/2024
According to research 92% of people give up on their goals or fail to follow through. What happens with traditional goal-setting – set the goal, go after the goal, not hit the goal. Not only not hit the goal, but totally bomb and feel bad about yourself. set a goal, go after the goal, reach the goal, but it happens a month late or three years later so you still feel a little bad about yourself. set the goal, go after the goal, and all of a sudden something shiny and new pops up and it looks better, or sounds like a better idea, so you move over to that thing and you feel like a loser because you bailed on the original goal. Can you relate to these?? Because I feel like I just outlined my life. Goal setting can be a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. But, are you setting the same goals; pay off the Visa, go to Hawaii, lose 10 pounds, quit drinking FOR REAL THIS TIME… ...and when you think about those goals you feel completely uninspired with no real direction? You’re about to learn an unconventional way to set and reach those goals. No stress, not fear-based feeling like you’re going to fail before you even start – but a powerful and inspirational way to look at what you truly want, feel good about what you’re going after and the way you are going after it. How do you set sobriety goals, and actually achieve them? Or, any goal, for that matter. If this is something you’ve struggled with, you’re in the right place. Links mentioned in this episode: Join the Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call The Desire Map by Danielle La Porte: https://amzn.to/3UXwiyO Core Desired Feelings Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/daniellelaporte/core-desired-feelings-library/ Empowering Words: https://wildsimplejoy.com/the-most-empowering-words/ Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:22:16

9 Simple Things Holding You Back From the Life You Want

2/21/2024
What’s holding you back from the life you’ve always wanted? When you want to make a big change in your life, you need to face anything and everything holding you back from making that change successfully. Anything that drains your energy, distracts your focus, or clutters your mind. Mental clutter is often what prevents us from moving forward at all or, at the very least, it makes our progress much slower. It’s baggage that has to be unloaded. As an expert in helping people, I can confidently say that, most times, people aren’t even aware of what’s really holding them back. You may think you are doing everything you possibly can but sometimes it takes slowing down and practicing true self-awareness to see your blind spots. If you're trying to figure out what yours are, this episode has nine simple things keeping you from getting the life you've always dreamed of. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:22:00

6 Secrets You Need to Know to Drastically Improve Your Dating Life

2/14/2024
Most people are going about dating ALL WRONG. Have you ever felt like you attract all the wrong people in your dating life? I hate to be the one to tell you... but there are reasons you keep ending up in undesirable situations and it's not because of everyone else. I know, it was a hard lesson for me, too. You see the red flags early on, and you ignore them. That person you know isn't a great fit or is a little unhealthy asks for your number, and you give it. Your date lies to you about where they were or why they didn’t call, and you let them get away with it. This is how we end up with people that aren’t good for us. The common denominator in all my failed relationships was ME. It wasn’t everyone else’s fault. I was broken, so I picked broken people, and made all the bad choices to end up in all the bad relationships. Most people are doing it ALL WRONG. You ignore red flags, accept behaviors that really aren’t okay with you, then you find yourself in a situation where you aren’t being respected or valued, and you wonder how you got there. This episode is going to shine some much-needed light on a big topic complete with action steps you can take today, to improve your dating life starting right now. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Want to see if we're a good fit to work together? Explore that here: addictionunlimited.com/call What Unhealthy Boundaries Tell Others About You: addictionunlimited.com/202 Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:39:03

Growth Principles You Need To Know For Self-Help & Healing

2/7/2024
I’m willing to bet you have a lot going on in your life right now. It feels like there are dozens of things that have to be done every day and, of course, life loves to throw those curve balls. I just had a huge curve ball of my own when my father unexpectedly had to have open-heart surgery and our whole world changed in the blink of an eye. He’s okay, btw – he is back home and we are taking his care one day at a time. And that phrase, one day at a time, is exactly the kind of growth principles this episode is about. It’s easy to wonder why things happen and how we'll get through all the curve balls. Why is this happening right now? Why do I have a problem with alcohol? Why do I have a spending problem or a food problem? How do I fix my problems? Why do I feel stuck? Why am I so overwhelmed? If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed, that’s okay. And this will be a great episode for you. And if you’re thriving and all the things are going good right now, I still want you to listen up- because this episode is jam-packed with recovery and growth principles that will take your self-help game to a new level. You may know my guest from his own top-ranked pod, The Addicted Mind podcast. And as Duane shared his story with me there were so many growth principles in every step of his journey. From the tried-and-true one day at a time, to perseverance, curiosity, asking for help, being willing to try something different, getting out of his comfort zone and facing fears and insecurity, and the list could go on and on. You’re going to hear a lot of self-help buzzwords in this episode, too, and if you stick around to the end, I’m going to give you some ideas about what you can do with those to get you farther in your self-help, healing and recovery journey. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call The Addicted Mind podcast: https://theaddictedmind.com/podcast/ Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:59:57

3 Smart Strategies for Anger Management

1/31/2024
Have you ever had one of those moments where somebody said something and you feel yourself instantly in anger? Your ears get hot – maybe your ears ring – you feel your face flush - your heart rate elevates - stomach turns... there are all kinds of indicators. We all know what anger is and we’ve all experienced it – whether it was a quick annoyance or full-blown rage. Anger is a normal, often healthy, human emotion. Feeling angry can be positive when it motivates you to make positive changes, stand up for yourself, or get out of unhealthy situations. But when it gets out of control anger can also motivate unhealthy behaviors like abuse – whether it’s verbal, emotional, or physical — isolation, food issues, depression, and self-harm - drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs might be ways of coping with anger issues... ...and you know those will just make you feel worse and likely create bigger problems. And all of those behaviors lead to problems at work, in your personal relationships, and have negative effects on your overall quality of your life. You could be angry at a specific person (such as a coworker or supervisor) or event (a traffic jam, a canceled flight), or your anger could be caused by worrying about your personal problems. If you find yourself in some of these unhealthy behaviors, it’s a good sign that it’s time to get some support. So get your earbuds ready, my friend, we're diving into solutions. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call More Episodes: addictionunlimited.com/episodes Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:36:24

The Journey of Personal Growth and Sobriety with Elizabeth Chance

1/24/2024
If you're listening to the Addiction Unlimited show, I'm guessing you're interested in sobriety and recovery, right? If you’ve struggled to make sense of it all because you are high-functioning, have a great job, a family, and a house in the right zip code... ...but you know deep down that you need to make a change, and make it last, this is the perfect episode to get serious insight on how alcohol doesn't discriminate. It doesn’t care if you have money or come from a prominent family, it doesn’t care how cool your handbag or car is, it just doesn’t discriminate. Enter Elizabeth Chance, the fabulous host of the Busy Living Sober podcast and massive champion in the recovery community. I’ve recently gotten to know Elizabeth better and it has been a blast! Elizabeth is a high-energy mom and wife who came from a country club family and followed the family legacy right into an alcohol-fueled lifestyle. From distinguished galas to exclusive fundraisers with government officials, it took the simple words of a complete stranger to get her attention, and compel her to make a change. We talk about the process of understanding you have a problem despite all the privilege and prestige, how she got sober, and how much the world of recovery has changed over the years. She has absolutely mastered her recovery lifestyle and is sharing all of her challenges, tragedies, and the many sweet sober victories with you! So listen in, my friend, because the opportunities to learn something new are endless. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Busy Living Sober: https://elizabethchance.com/ Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:51:20

9 Different Types of Overthinking and How to Stop Overthinking

1/17/2024
73% chronically overthink?? You heard that right. 73% of 25- to 35-year-olds chronically overthink, along with 52% of people ages 45 to 55 struggle with chronic overthinking. It might feel like you’re the only one lying awake at night, dwelling on a decision you made earlier that day or worrying about tomorrow’s to-do list, but if you’re nodding your head yes right now because you are an overthinker… you’re not alone. We live in a fast-paced and demanding world, and although it's easy to fall into the trap of overthinking, it can be detrimental to our mental health, productivity, and overall well-being. While overthinking itself is not a mental illness, it is associated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Ding, ding, ding... sound familiar?? The great news is – it’s a habit. And with some dedication and practice, the right strategies and mindset, you can overcome this habit and get peace of mind. And in this special episode I'm taking the guesswork off your plate and breaking down the 9 types of overthinking, and how to stop it! In this episode, I’ll help you understand… What overthinking is and how it shows up The 9 types of overthinking so you can identify what to work on Why we do it and HOW it impacts your daily life Effective techniques to stop the overthinking and regain control of your thoughts So click the play button and let's dive in! Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Work With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Mental Chatter Episode: https://addictionunlimited.com/292 Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:40:43

How to Create Accountability in Recovery and Get It Right

1/10/2024
Accountability is your secret weapon. Quitting alcohol is a powerful decision, and maintaining sobriety requires accountability. It's not just about giving up a habit; it's about creating a new, healthier lifestyle. If you’re serious about stopping the self-destruction and chaos that drinking brings to your life, this is something you want to understand, and get it right. In this episode we talk about some of the major misconceptions about recovery that will trip you up and keep you from getting the results you want. I'll also walk you through: Personal Accountability External Accountability And how to have a plan that will get you the results you actually want. Creating accountability is a process and, if you listen closely, I'll tell you the real reason behind WHY you're not doing it! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Renew You Coaching Program: addictionunlimited.com/call Dry January Bootcamp: addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp Podcast #108: Crafting Your Most Powerful Sober Vision Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:23:59

Doing the Work: Quitting Drinking Is Only the Beginning

1/3/2024
Why do you drink? Why do you have this problem? What are the underlying issues?? You've probably asked yourself these questions a million times in your journey to live alcohol-free. When you decide to quit drinking, you might have a sense of hope, relief, and optimism. You can see your new life free from alcohol, where you can finally be your true self and get your life in order. But, the reality is that quitting drinking is not a magic pill that instantly solves all your problems. It’s easy to track all of our problems back to alcohol, and to believe if you remove the alcohol, you remove the problems, but that’s not the truth. Sobriety is quitting drinking, recovery is healing. To truly transform your life and maintain sobriety, you need to do the work. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today - we’ll explore why quitting drinking is only the first step, what the underlying issues are, and how you can continue your journey to a healthier, happier, alcohol-free life. So, buckle up and let’s dive in. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Dry January Bootcamp: https://www.addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:22:56

Rebuilding Life, Having Fun, and Staying Committed to Sobriety Goals

12/27/2023
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to step into the unknown, and commit to sobriety 100%? In a world where drinking, and over-indulging are often front and center, it's easy to feel that way. You know firsthand how difficult it is to step into this process, make a decision to quit drinking, then figure out how to stick to that decision on a daily basis, figuring out how and where to get help, with the constant anxiety of, what will my family say, how will I ever have fun again, are my friends going to ditch me, am I really never going to drink again??? No one truly understands the pressure of sobriety like you and I because we live it. And if you’re a partner, and a parent, there are added pressures and anxieties that can feel too big to overcome. But, you’ve heard me say this before – if I can do this, I promise you, you can, too. And today, you’re going to spend a lot of time nodding your head in agreement as you hear this story. She’s a wife, she’s smart, was a business owner and always high-functioning, and a super-mom. And, like so many of us, she realized she was using alcohol as a coping mechanism because she didn’t have the necessary coping skills to deal with all the daily life challenges. She struggled to find help and support - devastated by the thought of leaving her family and kids to go to inpatient treatment, feeling uncomfortable with traditional support groups because of past religion trauma, and she knew she needed a private, personalized solution to help her figure out how to stay sober on a daily basis. You’ll hear Kari C. talk about how she found her perfect program, and also how she came to understand that it’s okay to take pieces from different programs and do your recovery your way. She’ll also tell you how she got through: Feeling selfish, as a mom, taking time away from her family for herself Realizing how important it is to take care of herself Finding the right support for her personal recovery plan And understanding how important it is to manage anxiety on a daily basis So, how did she find the strength to take action, and get help? You’re about to hear every detail with all the ups and downs, in this episode. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Dry January Bootcamp: https://addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp/ Sober Travel: https://addictionunlimited.com/events/ Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:40:16

How to Stay On the Journey Even When Life Throws You Lemons

12/20/2023
We all know the saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And, I get it – lemons are sour and difficult to eat on their own – but if you add some water and sugar, all of a sudden you’ve got something sweet and refreshing. Take a challenge and make something good out of it. But sometimes, life hurls lemons at you so hard they splatter when they hit. And no one can make lemonade out of that. So, what do you do when you look at your life and realize you are barely surviving? When you feel like you are in a perpetual state of just putting one foot in front of the other, keeping your head above water, stuck full on in survival mode? Well, I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers, but I am going share with you some of the best tools that have helped me over the years. And, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I have literally made almost every mistake there is to make. I have screwed up everything and have had to dig my way out of it all, all by myself. And it is true that profound transformation often comes from difficulties and challenges and pain. It’s also true that profound transformation takes a long time. And, if you’re anything like me, you want everything yesterday. I'm going to share some very specific skills you can start RIGHT NOW, that will make your life, and your recovery, a thousand times better. If you feel like life is throwing you more than your share of lemons, and you want some relief right the F now, then this episode is for you, my friend. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Dry January Bootcamp: Join the Facebook Group for all the details! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:22:46

Relapse Mistakes You Can’t Make Again

12/13/2023
Relapse - When it comes to recovery, maintaining the effort to avoid a relapse can feel like a lot. Even for someone with a couple of years sober, great kids, friends, and a job he loves. Today, we’re talking about relapse, and specifically, I’m taking you behind the scenes with one of my favorite radio personalities to share his recent experience with relapse. Scott Parks, from Dana & Parks, is sharing all the details from: pre-planning his relapse to the insanity of hiding all the empty bottles… from himself and how his co-host and family came together for an intervention where a few simple words from his daughter gave him the clarity he needed to get help and get back on the sober track And my favorite part of this story is his honesty and openness with his audience – giving us the truth and allowing us to support him as strangers, and providing hope for those still suffering who need to hear that we do recover. Rebuilding his sobriety one day at a time and here to tell you how he’s done it so far. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Dry January Bootcamp: Join the Facebook group to watch for all the details! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:01:01:57

Your Step by Step Guide to Stay Sober During the Holidays

12/6/2023
The holidays are right around the corner - along with extra stressors and temptations. But staying sober doesn't have to mean missing out on all the fun. So, how can you navigate the holiday parties and events with less stress and without taking a drink when it feels like everything centers around alcohol?? That’s exactly what I’m going to tell you in this episode. I’m giving you a step-by-step process that you can actually apply. Not more of the same stuff that comes up in a Google search over and over again. I’m here to give you the tools you need to get the results you want. You've worked so hard to get this far in your sobriety - don't let the holidays derail your progress. With some planning and the right support system, you can enjoy all the wonders of the season without compromising your sobriety or wellbeing. I've got a step-by-step plan to keep you sober during this holiday season in a way that is simple and effective. Map it Plan it Do it And you'll get farther in your journey with a lot more happiness if you have a buddy to help you through. So, as you're listening, be thinking about someone you can share this episode with so you can go through the plan (and the events) together. A quick text helps stay on track when willpower alone won't cut it. You've got this - stay strong, remember why you chose recovery, and most of all be proud of how far you've come! Happy holiday season, my friend! Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Other Sober Holidays Episodes: Stay Sober During the Holidays & Social Situations Protect Your Sobriety Through Holiday Stress 6 Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:30:59

10 Healthy Habits That Make A Difference

11/29/2023
Healthy Habits - What if I told you there are a handful of simple actions you can take right now that will definitely improve your life? Would you be willing to try? Even if you "don’t feel like it"? We’re supposed to eat healthy, get 10,000 steps a day, work, sleep, take care of your family, exercise, go to your support group meetings, do self-care… and...seriously?!? Well, I’m here for you, my friend! I found a list of some of the best tools out there and they are free, proven, and at your fingertips. Creating a life you love takes work. But, contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to be hard, or miserable, or expensive. Get your ear buds in and be ready to take some notes because this is a list of tools that will change your life... starting now. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Sober Retreat Bali 2024: addictionunlimited.com/bali Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:30:07

Tools You Can Use to Quiet the Never-Ending Mind Chatter

11/22/2023
Mind Chatter - Does your brain start chattering and seemingly never stop? Do you feel distracted and unable to focus, like your brain just won’t shut up and it can be so noisy up there it’s overwhelming? I’m right there with you, my friend. The constant mind chatter that analyzes every single thing about you and your life, your circumstances, your fears, and all of your shortcomings. Reflecting on your problems and noodling over solutions is one of the best ways to move forward in life even if it's not the most pleasant way to spend your time. But sometimes all that mind chatter in our heads gets mean. We beat ourselves up for the slightest things, talk ourselves out of doing things we should actually do, or get stuck in a loop of worry or shame. We have brains that have a life of their own, and they have all kinds of thoughts and ideas they want to share with us all day every day. And there’s no question it can be overwhelming. It’s like background noise that never ceases, from the moment you wake up to the moment you lay down to go to sleep. It can even prevent you from falling asleep. Here are some of the questions we’re going to answer in this episode: Figuring out the balance of life and recovery to lessen the mental chatter Understanding healthy boundaries The difference between sobriety and recovery and how it helps you Powerful tools to use to quiet your mind Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Episode with Matt Jerr: The Myth of Rock Bottom When You’re High Functioning Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:33:49

Long-Term Sobriety Success Story

11/15/2023
Sobriety - When you think about your sober future, what kind of life do you dream of living? What kind of impact will you have on your family? If you don’t think it’s possible to feel crystal clear on how to take your recovery and use it to build your dream life, happiness, and have a powerful impact on your family… you’ve never met Veronica Valli. Veronica is a busy mom and wife who passionately splits her time between her podcast, Soberful, writing books, and being the leader of her coaching business helping people build happy recovery. Veronica is on a mission to change the narrative on sobriety with 23 years of personal experience and a long career of helping people get sober, find happiness, and change their lives. Just like she has. Relocating from the UK to the US, raising kids, figuring out how to make sobriety fit in the mix, and growing a business is just another day in the life for Veronica. She doesn’t just talk the talk — she walks the walk. And in this episode, Veronica is breaking down how she connected all the pieces over the years to build strong long-term sobriety and purpose in her life. Together, we talk about: How she ‘accidentally’ got sober How 23 years of sobriety started with a commitment to just 30 days The key to lasting sobriety for anyone and everyone and so much more! So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait ’til you see what’s possible! Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Get the Soberful book: https://amzn.to/47zGjFg Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:45:08

Alcoholism and Relationships: Navigating the Impact of Addiction on Personal Relationships

11/8/2023
Alcoholism and Relationships - If you think being an alcoholic is hard, try being in a relationship with one! You’ve heard me talk about relationship dynamics from time to time, and just how important it is to communicate with the people around us and to be patient with one another. But I’ve never really talked about what this looks like for the family, friends, and partners. On their own, keeping your sobriety in tact and navigating a relationship are tough. Put them together? It’s an entirely different beast. The fact is, addiction brings a very different dimension to relationships. People that don’t struggle with addictions or compulsions are baffled by how our brains work and they usually have more support and empathy from friends and family members for their trials and tribulations in life. Alcoholism can be very isolating, which is one reason it’s more challenging to get support, and even harder to ask for help. So today, we’re getting into the details from both sides. In this episode I’ll tell you: Why getting sober is harder than our friends and family realize Some of the thoughts and fears your partner is having about your sobriety that they aren’t telling you How to give each other what you need, EVEN during the most stressful times What recovery requires to be long-lasting Your relationships can be as awesome as you want them to be, but it does take everyone pitching in and being part of the team. And everyone has to be willing to pause, and see the other person’s point of view. You might be surprised by all the information you get from this episode! This is every bit as important as planning your next recovery meeting or your next attempt at sobriety. You’ve got to understand what’s happening for the people around you with the same passion and intensity that you put into your recovery. Go listen now, then share this episode with the people closest to you - they will thank you for it, I promise ;-) Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Sober Retreat in Bali: addictionunlimited.com/bali Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:31:27

The Myth of Rock Bottom When You’re High-Functioning

11/1/2023
Rock Bottom - You’re all familiar with the concept. You see it in movies, all over television, and we read it in books. Someone’s life is spiraling out of control - they are getting DUIs, getting arrested, getting fired, going to prison – and when they are at their all-time low, they land at their rock bottom moment and decide they have to change their lives. The problem with this picture of addiction and rock bottom is – it doesn’t leave space for all of you that haven’t had any of those consequences. It doesn’t give you, the high-functioning person, an opportunity to see yourself and see how you fit in sobriety and what your path might look like. To be clear, not everyone destroys their lives before getting sober. You can be living a life with a nice roof over your head, a job, relationship, kids, drinking a latte and working out regularly and still have a substance problem. You may even relate to my situation where I was a little bit of both – I had some tragic moments that definitely got my attention – but the truth is, I was totally high-functioning. I made plenty of money. I lived in a beautiful home. I had an expensive car and a Louis Vuitton handbag. And none of those things had any impact on my drinking problem. It did allow me to avoid the seriousness of my problem and continue putting off taking action. Unfortunately, when it comes to understanding “rock-bottom,” there’s a lot more misconception than truth. You may know my guest from The Sober Friends Podcast – Matt J is with me to talk about what ‘rock bottom’ looks like, when you’re a high-functioning person. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Sober Vacation: addictionunlimited.com/bali Sober Friends Podcast: https://www.soberfriendspod.com/ Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:39:34

How Your Mental Health Improves When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

10/25/2023
Quit Drinking Alcohol - You may feel like alcohol helps with feelings of stress, anger, worry and sadness, but it isn't what it seems and can actually have negative effects both in the short-term and long-term. Let’s get into this topic about your mental health - how you improve when you stop drinking, are the effects of substances permanent or is it fixable, and what that journey looks like. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the surprising effects of substance use on mental health and how it impacts your overall well-being. Unlock effective strategies to improve your mental health and reclaim control of your life. Learn about the fascinating impact of alcohol on neurotransmitters and how it can disrupt your brain's natural balance. Explore practical ways to increase dopamine levels naturally and experience greater happiness and motivation. Gain insights into maintaining sobriety and how it can lead to significant improvements in your mental health. Also listen in to get the 3 most powerful ways your brain changes once you quit drinking alcohol, and eight simple (and mostly free) actions you can take today to improve your mental health and boost your dopamine and serotonin naturally. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Post Acute Withdrawal Episode: addictionunlimited.com/200 Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Resources Used in this Episode: https://batonrougebehavioral.com/depression-after-drinking-alcohol/ https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/whats-the-connection-between-the-gut-and-brain-health https://www.renewallodge.com/5-ways-quitting-drinking-affects-your-brain/ https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-dopamine#10-strategies

Duration:00:25:16

Unmasking Deception: Insights on Betrayal Trauma

10/18/2023
Betrayal Trauma - If a parent or romantic partner violates your trust, you may experience betrayal trauma. Any betrayal can cause emotional distress and that trauma may affect your self-esteem, emotional health, and relationships with others. Psychologist Jennifer Freyd first introduced betrayal trauma in 1991. She described it as a specific trauma that happens in key social relationships where the betrayed person needs to maintain a relationship with the betrayer for support or protection. Most people with addiction struggles also have trauma and most people, in general, have some traumas. What is interesting in betrayal trauma is that we have it because of our parents and partners, but we also cause it in our active addiction. Lying, deceiving, hiding details about life and addictions, these are all causes of betrayal trauma. Kristin Snowden is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and one of her specialties is addiction recovery. She's going to shed some light on betrayal trauma, what it looks like, and what to do about it. Some interesting facts you'll hear about betrayal trauma are: It can come from a parent or other childhood caregiver it can come from a romantic partner you may be willing to accept the betrayal for your sense of safety and security The struggle is real, my friend! And this topic hits close to home. We also touch on all the fears our partners experience when sobriety comes into our lives and how to change the disruptive stories you tell yourself about what will happen or how things will end. This episode is full of lightbulb moments that will change how you view your relationships, and yourself. Links mentioned in this episode: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call Kristin Snowden YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KristinSnowden Sober Retreat Bali 2024: addictionunlimited.com/bali Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I love Angela & Addiction Unlimited Podcast.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — to keep moving forward to the recovery lifestyle they want. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Duration:00:55:23