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23: How to Tell People You Don't Drink Anymore

10/17/2018
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We noticed a lot of people ask this question in the Soberful Facebook group and decided to address it in the podcast. Because there is such an expectation to drink alcohol (and others are so used to you drinking) it can often feel difficult the first to say 'No thanks, I don't drink anymore.' Chip and Veronica walk you through how to deal with this. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:45:39

22: Alcohol Use and Sexual Assault

10/10/2018
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Recorded the day after the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh, we discuss the role of alcohol in sexual assault. We also discuss feminism and the role patriarchy has in preventing women from coming forward. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:46:04

21: The Normalization of Abnormal Drinking

10/3/2018
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We discuss how the alcohol industry has tricked us into believing alcohol is harmless and beneficial to us. And how they have convinced us that without alcohol we are missing out on something. We challenge the myths and assumptions that have lead to the normalization of abnormal drinking. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:47:48

20: Grief

9/26/2018
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When we lose something that matters we grieve. We discuss the grief process as it applies to giving up alcohol and drugs as well as losing someone you love. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:46:59

19: Boundaries

9/19/2018
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**Trigger warning** How do you learn boundaries when they were violated as a child? We discuss why healthy boundaries are crucial to recovery and how you can begin to learn how to develop them. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:49:14

18: Veronica's Story Part 2 - Healing

9/12/2018
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The biggest challenge Veronica faced was dealing with romantic relationships. At 3 years sober she was suicidal again. With nothing left to lose she had to find a way to deal with old demons and stay sober. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:47:03

17: Veronica's Story - Part 1

9/5/2018
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In this episode, we cover Veronica's story. How she became an alcoholic, what happened, and what led her into sobriety. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:50:15

16: Denial

8/8/2018
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Denial is how we lie to ourselves. It is a psychological defense mechanism that prevents the alcoholic from seeing the truth of what they are doing to themselves. In this episode, we break down the different ways denial manifests itself and offer suggestions on how to deal with it. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:51:59

15: How Do I Help Someone Realize They Have a Problem?

8/1/2018
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How do you help someone who drinks? We consider how dealing with kids and teenagers needs a different approach than adults. We discuss how to have boundaries and what to say. How to deal with someone who keeps relapsing. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:53:49

14: Chip's Simple Steps

7/25/2018
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In this episode, Chip deconstructs the 12-steps into simple, applicable everyday language. If you have read Russell Brand's book 'Recovery' and were looking for further insight into how the 12-steps work then this episode is for you. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:43:24

13: Recovery Language

7/11/2018
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Recovery has its own language but what does all of it mean? We deconstruct different recovery terms like 'alcoholic,' 'problem drinker,' 'alcohol use disorder.' We also look at what it the difference is between being 'recovered' and 'recovering.' We also look at what it means to be a 'dry drunk' and how stopping drinking is only a small part of the challenge. The main problem is dealing with our feelings and emotions, particularly resentment and fear. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:45:36

12: Recovery Groups

7/4/2018
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If you want to stop drinking should you join a recovery group? What kinds of groups are there? Chip and Veronica discuss the pros and cons of recovery support groups. Do you have to believe in God? What if I'm an atheist? What alternatives are there to AA? All these questions answered and more. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:47:40

11: We Answer Your Questions - Part 2

6/27/2018
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*Trigger warning* Discussion of child sexual abuse. In this episode, we answer questions from 'Sarah' in Australia who asks how she can forgive her alcoholic mother. We also answer 'Jasmine's' question on how to overcome the suicide of the family member who sexually abused her. We discuss the process of forgiveness, dealing with resentment and accepting the relationship you have with your parents instead of the one you feel you 'should' have. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:44:15

10: How to Have Fun in Recovery

6/20/2018
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One of the biggest fears about quitting alcohol is that we will no longer have fun. In this episode we discuss how having fun in recovery is entirely different from having fun drunk. Sober fun is unplanned it happens naturally and usually has no price tag to it. We also talk about how scary it can be in early recovery just trying to do new things and how you can overcome these feelings so it becomes your new normal. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:41:00

09: We Answer Your Questions

6/13/2018
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Chip and Veronica answer questions from listeners on the subjects of going to 12-step recovery meetings, living with someone who drinks and still having cravings at 2-years sober. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:39:34

08: Healing

6/6/2018
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*Trigger warning* Discussion of overcoming childhood sexual abuse. How do you heal from abuse and trauma? Can you overcome childhood abuse and go on to have a happy life and fulfilling relationships? Chip explains exactly how he did that. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:47:28

07: Chip's Story

5/30/2018
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*Trigger warning* Discussion of childhood sexual abuse. In this episode, Chip tells his incredible story of recovery. He grew up in an upper-class British family with no love or warmth, was abandoned to a boarding school at age seven where he was bullied. By 18 he was sticking needles in his arms. He spent time in prison and five days on life support. Listen to his amazing story of transformation. In next week's episode, we will discuss how he healed and overcame all of this...

Duration:00:38:02

06: Loneliness

5/23/2018
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More than anything else loneliness is one of the biggest challenges for people who want to stop drinking. Both hosts describe their loneliest moments and how they overcame them. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:50:47

05: Trauma and Addiction

5/16/2018
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*Trigger warning* We will be discussing the relationship between trauma and addiction. The reality of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how Connection is the answer to all trauma. To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:21:52

04: The First Year of Recovery

5/9/2018
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There are so many 'firsts' in the first year of recovery. your first sober Christmas, birthday, summer etc. How do you get through them? What are the highs and lows to prepare for? To learn more, visit the show notes.

Duration:00:34:13