If you think we love walking, just wait until you listen to this podcast episode of The Evolved Recovery Show! This week we chat with Chris Bailey, the man who walked across the country for recovery!! Less than two years ago, Chris was homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. His twin brother found him bloodied and at his bottom in a San Diego park. Not long after treatment and early recovery, Chris made the decision to walk from California to New York.
Enjoy this conversation today about Chris’ adventures over his 7-month journey walking across America for recovery. We talk about the undeniable connection between him and his twin brother. Chris tells us what it was like to completely unplug and be totally alone walking and how he’s turned his experience into a future of sharing his story with others. He will inspire you to seek mindfulness and celebrate recovery.
Continue reading Podcast Episode 40: Chris Bailey, Step Into Life
The #meditate14 challenge continues! How is your practice going? Don’t forget to share with us on any of our social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or here in the comments below. The contest/challenge runs until August 31 to be eligible to win a free spot in our “Six Weeks To Evolved Recovery” online course which kicks off in September! You can also win by leaving a review on iTunes. See the bottom of this post for details!
This week’s guest is one of the Organizers At Large for the UNITE to Face Addiction Event on the National Mall in Washington, DC October 4. Laszlo Jaress joins us to share his story of recovery and tell us why this rally is so crucial to starting a national conversation about addiction and how to improve recovery rates across the country. Evolved Recovery is honored to be an official partner of this event so we hope to meet you in person in DC for this amazing experience.
Continue reading Podcast Episode 33: Laszlo Jaress UNITE to Face Addiction
Last Friday I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and started seeing friends post tributes to a young woman in Louisiana who I quickly realized was in the Cajun music scene. The friends I saw posting about her are Cajun musicians. So is my husband, which is why this story got my attention. I was curious if he knew her so I clicked on the link.
As I read the story, it revealed there was another mass shooting attack (I can’t believe I even have to say “another” because one is too damn many). After reading the story and coming to some conclusions, I’d like to create somewhat of a picture of connections. I got to the end of the story and read some comments from TV news anchors that used to work in my hometown. They remarked how the shooter used to call them at the news station to complain about politics and I realized the shooter was from my hometown.
Continue reading We Are All Connected
The past week was one of the best experiences of my life and I owe it all to recovery. It was a very simple thing really. Nothing in comparison to some of the bragging rights of my past, but far outweighs any of those ego driven experiences. I went on vacation with my family. Nothing new, I’ve done this many times. What was different? Me.
Continue reading Life’s A Beach
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
― Henry David Thoreau
I used to watch a show called Charmed about three sisters who were witches with different powers. Alyssa Milano’s character “Phoebe” becomes an empath, meaning she could feel other people’s feelings. Being empathetic is not just a magical power. It’s something most humans are capable of. Well, perhaps sociopaths are incapable of being empathetic. Alcoholics and addicts can have a difficult time feeling empathy. We are generally self-centered during the time when this deadly disease is consuming our lives. A theory I’ve been looking at is that perhaps alcoholics and addicts are highly empathetic. We’re certainly a sensitive lot! I wonder if experiencing other’s feelings is too much for us. Just like pain and joy can be difficult to feel, we medicate all of the feelings, including empathy. In my quest to be more empathetic, I’ve begun a research project to better understand how empathy works. I imagine it could take years, perhaps decades, to complete this work but for now it’s a beginning.
Continue reading Empathy and The Addict
A few months ago our friend and Evolved Recovery Show guest, Allison Hudson (It’s A Lush Life,) shared that the folks from I Am Not Anonymous would be in Charlotte hosting a photo shoot. Seeing as how I never pass up the opportunity for a fancy photo session, I signed right up! Kate and Tom were so wonderful and kind at the shoot. The energy in the room was spectacular. I met people in the recovery community in my city that I hadn’t met before and one woman has become a great friend since. (My story is posted below.)
Kate is an incredibly talented photographer and she has this way of making people who’ve probably spent most of their lives in shame and self-loathing due to addiction, suddenly feel like the most beautiful person on the planet when they see themselves through her lens. The work Kate and Tom are traveling around the country doing is crucial to helping people recovery. The I Am Not Anonymous mission is to bring the SOLUTION into the conversation in hopes of helping the millions of people who remain untreated and help the world understand that addiction is not a moral failing. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this project. If they make it through your town, I highly recommend this experience!
Continue reading I Am Not Anonymous
I need to let you in on a little secret…I’ve been in kind of a funk lately. Yep, even those of us long-term sobriety folks sometimes wake up not feeling it, with the urge to stay in bed and pull the covers over our head. It all started with a darn head cold that I just couldn’t shake off which left me tired and listless – combine that with some financial insecurity and the result is me feeling like a turtle just wanting to put her head inside her shell and do absolutely nothing. Or better yet, a turtle with her head inside her shell with enough of a view of the TV to binge watch Netflix all day long! Continue reading Help Yourself by Helping Others
Today we’re celebrating Kendall’s one year sober anniversary and interviewing Nicholas Knutzen. Nick found optimal health while recovering in treatment. He loves to travel, crossfit and tennis. He is also a nutrition authority and an accomplished, experienced cook. He is currently developing a new program that he calls ReScovery, which is intended to extend current and well known recovery traditions and programs, focusing on those aspects that help create balance – transforming sobriety into joy-filled, contributing, fulfilling and productive lifestyles.
Continue reading Podcast Episode 24: Nicholas Knutzen
“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.
Continue reading One Year Sober
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.
Continue reading Podcast Episode 23: Dain Sandoval