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Cycling Her Way Sober (Guest Marie G)

6/7/2018
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Marie overcame addiction and trauma from sexual assault by getting on a bike. Cycling has helped her to find a new passion in life that provided an outlet for the pain and energy that was being misdirected by addiciton. Join us for this inspiring story and consider what passion you might tap into to fuel your big life changes!

Duration:01:00:54

Sober in Ireland (Guest Brid McGill)

5/29/2018
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Brid is a fitness professional, wife and mother of two who lives in Ireland. She blogs about life after alcohol at www.melivingfree.ie and hopes to bring a new energy and message of hope to women in Ireland who are struggling to find recovery in an alcogenic culture.

Duration:00:59:48

Kayak Time with Jean

5/24/2018
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Jean stuck her phone into her lifejacket and chatted away while paddling across a pristine lake in the Canadian woodlands. Enjoy this brief episode! To see footage of her adventure, pop over to www.unpickledblog.com

Duration:00:08:08

Marie's Story

5/3/2018
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Marie had gone without alcohol for years, but out of the blue let it back into her life. When she quit drinking for the second time, she discovered a whole new world of resources on the internet and realied she had never used sobriety as an opportunity to heal and change. The difference in her life has been remarkable and Marie will share insights that have helped her understand what is behind her need for comfort in the form of alcohol and how she has learned to live differently.

Duration:01:01:04

Becky's Story

5/1/2018
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Becky just celebrated a year of sobriety, after being in and out of addiction for a lifetime. She has hit some low bottoms and burned a lot of bridges along the way, but the words that changed her life came from the most unexpected source. Becky considers why, this time, sobriety is here to stay.

Duration:00:53:14

Amanda's Story

4/12/2018
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Amanda initially began to question her relationship with alcohol because she wanted to lose weight. Realizing that quitting was harder than expected began a process of undoing that required a lot of effort and learning. Amanda will reveal "how she did it" and how she manages her busy life as a mom in recovery.

Duration:01:13:32

Jan's Story

4/10/2018
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The endless loop of on-again-off-again sobriety attempts can be draining and demoralizing. Jan knows the pattern all too well - she was caught in it for years on end and was starting to think she would never "get it". But she kept trying and something clicked. Hear Jan's story and what made the difference to her eventual success in freedom from alcohol.

Duration:01:02:08

Guest: Kelley Kitley

4/3/2018
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Kelley has spent her life helping others, as a teen volunteering for service programs and as a therapist. But her own struggles with alcohol brought her to a point of needing to turn her attentions inwards and work on healing herself. The result is an even greater level of compassion and understanding that helps her connect and heal. Learn more about Kelley at www.kelleykitley.com

Duration:01:03:59

Pete's Story

3/27/2018
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Having recently celebrated two yearsof sobriety, Pete reflects on some of the reasons he may have developed an addictive pattern with alcohol and how leaving it behind has changed his life for the better.

Duration:01:02:00

Retail Therapy as Problematic Numbing

3/21/2018
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Sometimes in reovery, new problematic behaviours can emerge as we find new ways to self-soothe without the crutch of alcohol. This can take many forms, and this episode will look at shopping and overspending in recovery. Guests Wendy and Marie will share their personal experiences, and recovery expert Veronica Valli will offer insights on reasons this problem can emerge and what to do about it.

Duration:01:10:35

Amy Dresner, Author, Columnist, Comic

3/14/2018
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Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog entitled “Coming Clean.” “My Fair Junkie” is her debut book. www.amydresner.com

Duration:01:22:18

Shelli's Story of Recovery

3/9/2018
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Jean talks to a member of her online group who she has always wanted to have on the show. With humor and insight, Shelli reveals her story of addiciton and how she changed her life for the better.

Duration:01:06:06

Sherry Gaba on CoDependency and Love Junkies

2/28/2018
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You wanted to hear more from Sherry Gaba so here she is! Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Recovery and Transformational Life Coach who has helped hundreds of people cope with lifelong addictions of all kinds, including substance abuse, love and relationship addiction, and codependency. Sherry offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Her latest book "The Marriage and Relationship Junkie" was released on Valentines Day and became an instant besteller.

Duration:00:57:41

Emails from Charles

2/23/2018
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In the fall of 2014, Charles wrote to Jean after reading her blog to ask for insight. He continued to send updates over the weeks and months that followed, and then disappeared. Eventually he wrote again, this time with even more to share. His emails are read by Jean with Charles' permission, painting a story of insight and hope.

Duration:00:26:58

Bonus Edition: Jean's Interview on Recovery Today with Sherry Gaba

2/3/2018
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To welcome you back to the new season, we kick off with Jean's session on the Recovery Today series hosted by Psychotherapist and Recovery Coach Sherry Gaba. Jean will return next week with new eipsodes of The Bubble Hour! If you would like to be a guest or have topic suggestions, please visit us on Facebook and send a private message.

Duration:00:55:17

ODAAT Chat Podcast Host Arlina

2/1/2018
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Arlina is the host of "ODAAT Chat" - a podcast about sobriety - and joins Jean to reflect on her own recovery and the influence that interviewing others has had on her own personal healing and growth.

Duration:00:48:52

"Suburban Betty" Blogger Christina

12/12/2017
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Sober blogger Christina of "Suburban Betty; Clean and Serene" is reknowned for her light-hearted approach to challenging situations. Two years ago, she had enough of sitting alone and drinking for hours at the end of each day. Since quitting, Christina is amazed at all the possibilities life now holds. Christina shares her story and offers encouragement for anyone who finds themselves struggling to get through Christmas and New Year's with their recovery intact.

Duration:01:08:05

Guest: Andrea Owen

11/30/2017
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Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life. She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster). Her second book: How...

Duration:01:00:52

Jessica's Story: Back and Forth on the Decision to Quit

11/26/2017
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Sometimes recovery is about connecting the dots. Jessica never considered how other behaviours related to her alcohol addiciton, but in recovery she is learning that OCD-related patterns (hair pulling, or trichotillomania) relates to anxiety, which relates to childhood trauma, which relates to her eating disorder and drinking patterns. Over many years of attempted sobriety and relapse, these truths became revealed and now Jessica is celebrating 100 days of recovery.

Duration:01:07:59

Mini Pod: Holiday Pep Talk

11/23/2017
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Are you hiding in a bathroom or closet at a family event? Turn the volume low, put your phone to your ear and listen to this message. I am sharing a lesson form my therapy for getting you through a family gathering that is pushing all of your buttons and making you wonder what happened to all of your recovery tools. Find two more BONUS PEP TALKS on http://unpickledblog.com/2017/11/23/sos-3-holiday-pep-talks/

Duration:00:09:03