One Year Sober

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

It has been an emotional roller coaster the last few days leading up to this momentous occasion. One year ago I couldn’t imagine what this day would be like, or fathom the person I could become in 365 days. Thankfully I didn’t have to imagine any of that. I just had to stay in the day, at times just in the moment. I had to not drink and I had to do some big work on myself.

What It Was Like

A year ago, I was a broken soul seeking pain and running from pleasure. I’m not talking about the kind of pleasure that two glasses of wine, a donut, or a good-looking man bring you. This is the kind of pleasure and joy that is derived from being loved by the right kind of people or the pleasure of knowing that you’re being a productive, contributing, and stable human being. Nothing overtly bad happened to make me desire sobriety. I was just tired of running. I was tired of making excuses for why I had become the person that I was. Mostly I was tired of not being the person I pretended to be and truly desired to be like.

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Podcast Episode 23: Dain Sandoval

Dain Sandoval is originally from San Diego, but has called Chico home since 1998. He has had an illustrious past in radio as the Program Director of 106.7 ZRock. He handles websites and technical work for Everyday Paleo‘s Sarah Fragoso. He began experimenting with Paleo while training with Robb Wolf in 2006. Dain was 220 pounds and wearing size 44 pants. He was also in a deep battle with alcoholism. He realized he had to change his lifestyle or likely be dead  30. Through practical application of Paleo living in addition to physical training and a program of recovery he says he now wears size 31 pants and is generally a nicer person to be around. He has been clean and sober since Feb 19, 2007.

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Podcast Episode 22: Leonard Lee Buschel -Reel Recovery

Susan and Kendall catch up on their family happenings over the holiday weekend. Then they welcome this week’s guest, Leonard Lee Buschel, founder of Writers In Treatment (W.I.T.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization grounded in the arts and recovery. W.I.T.’s primary purpose is to save lives through promoting and providing ‘treatment’ as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. W.I.T. also offers educational, prevention and awareness programs through their nationally acclaimed REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL and SYMPOSIUM presented in Los Angeles, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco,, Houston and Vancouver BC.

He also is the editor and publisher of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin that reaches an audience of over 17,000 individuals. Mr. Buschel is a California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with years of experience working directly with people struggling with addiction. He believes strongly in exercising the mind and continues to develop himself as counselor, psychological thinker, non-profit executive and writer. He does this through his own personal work in 12-step programs and has attended seminars by the most influential thinkers of our time.

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Podcast Episode 20: Shira Goldberg – Sober Coach

This week Susan interviews Shira Goldberg, host of the YouTube show The Addiction Show. Shira is also a Master Recovery/Sober Coach and Recovery Coach Trainer. Susan and Shira discuss sober coaching, how and why she started The Addiction Show, legalizing drugs, the criminal justice system, regulating Sober Living Environments (SLE’s) and how we can’t let our past define us.

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Chasing The High

The summer before I started high school, I watched the movie Top Gun at least 200 times. It was one of two VHS tapes that didn’t bore me at my dad’s house, where I was spending the summer. I lived vicariously through Maverick and Goose. I wanted to fly those planes because I knew even back then that there had to be a high in that. I will fill you in on a small, but possibly important detail. At that point in my life, I had never even been on a commercial plane. But I was addicted to the idea of a thrill and I wanted it.

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Are You Sober If You Take Mental Health Drugs?

I was sober for three years when I got pregnant the first time. I was also on mental health medications that I didn’t feel safe taking during pregnancy so I weaned off of them. They had never worked well anyway because I was wrongly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Instead of seeking out better help and finding the right medications and right diagnosis, I demonized mental health medication and vowed never to use it again. I ended up letting go of my sobriety a year later and white knuckling through the ups and downs of my diseases (mental health and addiction) for the next decade.

I spent years trying every natural concoction for mental health. Juicing, smoothies, supplements, yoga, herbs, and some wild berry from some rain forest that claimed to be the cure all. There was no end to the lengths I would go to feel sane as long as it was “natural.” Every time I hoped the next thing would be the thing that would fix me, but it never did. I just ended up having severe mood swings.

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Podcast Episode 12: Q & A

Susan and Kendall answer your questions in this week’s episode of Evolved Recovery.

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The Price of Parenting and Addiction

In any addict’s life there is a time when the addiction is so consuming that they have to make a decision to either let go of the addiction or risk losing what is precious to them. For parents in addiction, we risk losing our children. Perhaps it’s losing them physically because they are taken away or we let them go because we are incapable of caring for them. Although we may not lose them physically, living with our addiction damages our emotional relationship with them. As a mother of four daughters I can attest to the latter.

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Podcast Episode 11: James Gregory, Ideas For Happiness

This week we’re talking with James Gregory, known in the Ancestral Health world for his recipe sharing site Fastpaleo.com. James works as a Japanese interpreter and is an entrepreneur. After living a fast-paced, drug and alcohol addicted life for a time in Japan, he moved back to the states and got sober. In this episode James tells his story of recovery and discusses his path of sobriety. Read more about his “Ideas For Happiness” Jamesagregory.org.

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Podcast Episode 10: Heavy Drinkers Versus Alcoholics

We’re back with episode 10 this week discussing an article in the news that sent out a survey to study whether heavy drinkers are alcoholics.

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