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Emily's Story: Six Months

10/21/2018
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It is important to mark and celebrate milestones in recovery and there are may ways to do so. Emily has chosen to acknowledge her sixth-month mark by sharing her story here. She is celebrating by giving service to others in a way she has found helpful in her own recovery. Listen in to hear Emily reflect on the experiences and lessons of life after alcohol in the first six months.

Duration:01:05:39

Kate's Story: Alcohol-free by choice

10/14/2018
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If the writing is on the wall, is there any reason to continue until things get worse? Kate found herself in a troublesome relationship with alcohol and realized she didn't have to take it any further in the wrong direction. There is a downside to deciding on abstinence without a "rock bottom" incident, though, and that can be staying motivated for the long haul. Listen in for Kate's take on things, and how her perception has shifted looking back. Kate's blog is...

Duration:01:17:02

Laura Ward, Blogger and Recovery Coach

10/10/2018
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Laura is a busy wife and mom with a PR consulting business who writes about recovery on her blog www.quitwining.com. She is also a community contributor for today.com and huffpost.com. Sober since 2014, Laura is dedicated to helping others and has become a recovery coach to further her ability to share the freedom she has found in sober living.

Duration:01:08:53

John M. of Sober Speak Podcast

10/4/2018
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John M has been sober since 1989 using a tradtional 12-step program. He will share his story of recovery and also discuss the impact of his podcast, "Sober Speak". Listen in and learn about looooong term recovery from John's perspective. Be sure to check out John's podcast at https://www.soberspeak.com/

Duration:01:05:19

Renee's Story - 3 Months Sober

10/2/2018
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Renee was sucked into "wine mom" cultrure and found herself quickly spiralling. She shares candidly about regrettable behavior, betraying a friend, and drinking even more to numb the shame and isolation that followed. Now, just a few months later, she is digging into recovery to uncover the "why" behind it all and to truly nuture hersef to a better place. Follow Renee at @soberwitch on Instagram and on her blog at www.soberwitch.com

Duration:01:11:22

Lisa Boucher, Author of "Raising the Bottom"

9/6/2018
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Lisa Boucher is the author of Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture, an award winning book that won the 2017 Best Book Awards in the category of women’s health and placed as a finalist in the category of addiction/recovery. She is also a speaker. After short stints where she trained polo horses, worked as a flight attendant, hairdresser, and bartender, she realized that the time to implement serious change had arrived. She gave up drinking, revamped her life and...

Duration:01:16:23

Taylor's Story

9/4/2018
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Taylor's recovery from alcohol addiction revealed many other ways that pain was showing up in her life: struggles with weight, grief, relationship troubles, overachieving, perfectionism, and anxiety all turned out to be connected. The more she heals, the more she learns about herself

Duration:01:10:19

Cathy Taughinbaugh of Treatment Talk

8/16/2018
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Cathy Taughinbaugh helps parents and family members of young adults who struggle with addiction. We will hear about how Cathy has chosen to make this field her life's work and what we all need to know about helping the young people in our lives. And, as always, we are likely to learn a little more about ourselves in the process. Cathy's website is www.cathytaughinbaugh.com

Duration:01:02:04

Dana Bowman, Author of "How to be Perfect Like Me"

8/14/2018
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Full of humour and insights, "How to be Perfect LIke Me" follows up on Dana's recovery story in "Bottled: A Mom's Guide to Early Recovery" Dana will discuss relapse, writing about recovery as a healing tool, and all she has learned about getting and staying sober. To read more about Dana and order her books, visit https://momsieblog.com/

Duration:01:04:22

A Letter from Ella

8/13/2018
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A "normie" by all appearances throughout her life, the unstructured freedom of retirement caused a shift in Ella's drinking pattern that triggered a pattern of addiction and spiral out of control. Listening to podcasts became such an important supplement to Ella's traditional 12-step program that she wanted to give back by sharing her story. Though not comfortable appearing on air herself, Ella took the time to write her journey in letter form.

Duration:00:53:38

Sara's Story

8/8/2018
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Sara is a therapist who has been alcohol-free for three months. She reflects on what has made the difference after unsuccessful attempts in the past, and why people in the mental health profession may feel additional shame and stigma in recovery.

Duration:00:56:45

Thoughts on Recovery from Dawn Nickel

7/30/2018
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Dr Dawn Nickel, co-founder of SheRecovers, has over two decades of recovery and has helped thousands of women find their way to a better life. Along the way, her perspective has shifted and grown, as each person she encounters has shaped her understanding of what it truly means to be "in recovery". Host Jean asks Dawn some difficult questions about the harder aspects of recovery - accepting the choices of others with whom we may disagree, how to be supportive of someone who relapses while...

Duration:01:10:34

Erin W Part 2: Jean Becomes The Guest

7/23/2018
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Jean and Erin W continue their conversation from the previous week, only Erin turns the tables and puts Jean on the hotseat as the guest. They touch on using the word "alcoholic" as a label, having enough, being enough, imposter syndrome, the theme song (aka Jean's singer-songwriter days), Jean's dream guest, and more.

Duration:01:07:59

Erin W., Managing Editor of She Recovers Blog

7/16/2018
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Erin W is tired of being silent about the imperfections of life and done being quiet about life after alcohol. No more playing it small. She shares her perspectives and insights on the SheRecovers Blog, where she is managing editor and lead writer. https://sherecovers.co/blog/

Duration:01:27:00

Victoria's Story: A Crisis of Health

7/12/2018
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Recovery touches many aspects of our life and often people find that when they quit drinking, seemingly unrelated parts of life are impacted by the process. The same can be true in reverse order, and this has been the experience of Victoria who has found that a diagnosis of breast cancer and the ensuing treatment has given her a new energy and determination to kick alcohol for good.

Duration:01:06:28

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:01:02:29

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:01:01:53

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:00:09:41

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:01:03:39

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:00:55:49