Episode 45: Reward Deficiency Part 1

We’re back with a new episode of the Evolved Recovery show discussing reward deficiency! (Listen here)

We’ve created a two-part podcast series with some of the points made in our recent presentation on reward deficiency at the Nutritional Therapy Conference.

In this first part, we discuss what the relationship between addicts and dopamine resistance is. We also explain why reward deficiency should matter to your recovery.

 

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Surviving the Holidays: How to be Happy and Fit In Your Clothes

Welcome to Podcast Episode 41 (listen here) on how to survive the holidays while being happy and not worrying about your waistline in the process!

Let’s not kid ourselves, the holidays aren’t the “happiest time of the year” for recovering alcoholics and addicts. It’s the time of year when most relapses occur and some of us slip into our deepest depressions. Whether it’s past trauma, being triggered by family, or just the general change in weather and light, it’s a tough time for so many in recovery. What if there’s a better way? One that doesn’t involve self-medicating or relapsing. As a bonus, what if you could get through the holidays without adding those extra holiday treat pounds?

We’ve found a better way to cope with the holidays and we’d like to share these tips with you in the hopes that your holidays turn out to be merry and joyful (and most of all sober!)

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Podcast Episode 40: Chris Bailey, Step Into Life

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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.

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From the Bottle to 26.2: Why Recovering Alcoholics Are Becoming Marathon Addicts

Every year in the fall and spring many half and full marathon races take place in my city, forcing major roads to close down to one lane. Orange cones line the streets, while police officers man corners to prevent cars from potentially driving into runners. Tents with speakers and music blaring surround several mile markers with the intention of keeping the runners momentum going towards that coveted finish line.

Before we go any further, let me express my love and adoration to my friends and all of those recovering out there who have returned from the depths of hell to become law-abiding and contributing members of society and most of all cross finish lines they never thought possible in their darkest days of addiction. I am proud of the accomplishments you have made to better your lives and your health.

Having said that, I believe the current message in the recovery world of trading “bad” addictions for “good” ones, may not be supporting us in our quest to find long-lasting, optimal health in long-term recovery. Hopefully, I will offer some insight to those who have found solace after they put down the bottle or substances and traded the demons for that sought after, endorphin release affectionately known as the “Runner’s High”.

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Podcast Episode 38: Tera Bucasas, Yoga For Healing

It’s our first podcast since we got home from Washington, DC for the UNITE to Face Addiction event. We give a brief recap before we chat with our awesome guest today!

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Our t-shirts were a huge hit at UNITE to Face Addiction and lots of people asked where they could purchase them. Here you go:

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Podcast Episode 33: Laszlo Jaress UNITE to Face Addiction

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, TwitterInstagram, 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.

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14 Day Meditation Challenge

Science now backs the benefits of meditation, but more than that, it just makes everything better! The thing about meditation is that it can be a lot like eating healthy or getting to the gym, which means it can be challenging to stay accountable.

That’s why we created the #meditate14 challenge! Let’s team up to dedicate 10 minutes of our day for at least 14 days to meditate and see if we notice any differences in our lives. We can be partners in our practice by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or here in the comments below. Use the hashtag #meditate14 plus tag us on any of our social media outlets and we’ll enter you into the drawing to attend our online Six Weeks To Evolved Recovery course coming soon!

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You Are Not Who You Once Were

As my 30-year high school reunion quickly approached this summer, I was filled to the brim with ambivalence and negativity about attending. High school really was NOT my favorite thing, I didn’t enjoy it and I don’t have the fond memories some people often have. Many factors play into this sentiment, one of the primary reasons being that I moved around often as a child and high school was, by my count, the 10th school I attended. As the perennial new girl, in order to fit in and feel comfortable in my own skin, I drank and later used my way through my teenage years. Continue reading You Are Not Who You Once Were

Life’s A Beach

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.

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Podcast Episode 27: Addiction In The News

This week Susan and Kendall check in and discuss alcohol and recovery themed articles.

We welcome your questions and topics by email at info@evolvedrecovery.com. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.

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