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

Podcast Episode 28: There Is No One Fix In Health

Everywhere you turn people are touting the benefits of essential oils, smoothies, juices, juice pills, supplements. Especially thanks to Dr. Oz and those like him. People have been selling “cure alls” for centuries. Take snake oil for instance. This week we discuss the importance of holistic health and how it takes multiple components to achieve optimal health.

Kendall talks about her experiences making smoothies with over 20 vegetables and fruits every morning. Spoiler alert: pink poop is in this conversation.

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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.

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The Anonymous People Movie Review

I recently had the chance to see the film The Anonymous People while attending the REEL Recovery Festival, a film festival dedicated to showcasing filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. I was excited since the movie was released in 2013 and I hadn’t yet had the chance to see it and I had received many recommendations from friends about it. It was a fantastic film that really shed light upon four salient points that really hit home for me, so I thought I’d write an article encompassing these great points. Continue reading The Anonymous People Movie Review

Podcast Episode 26: Dr. Emily Deans, Evolutionary Psychiatry

This week we interview Emily Deans, M.D. aka the “Evolutionary Psychiatrist” to get a medical perspective on recovery and detox. Emily is a board certified adult psychiatrist practicing in Massachusetts. The overarching theory she explores is that our bodies and brains do best in conditions for which they are evolved.  She digs up scientific information and presents it in that context. She feels that by studying evolutionary medicine, we come closer to the answers for optimal conditions for health and vitality. You can find Dr. Emily Deans on Psychology Today.

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Help Yourself by Helping Others

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

Podcast Episode 24: Nicholas Knutzen

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.

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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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Is Your Coffee Addiction Really Good for You?

Recently this headline caught my attention –  “Your Coffee Addiction is Officially Good For You!” Yes, finally something I’m addicted to might actually be good for me – woohoo! The headline comes from a panel called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which gives the US Government recommendations of what to include in the dietary guidelines that they revise every five years and will be issued later in 2015. Continue reading Is Your Coffee Addiction Really Good for You?

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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