Podcast Episode 31: Breaking Down Meditation

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This week we dive deeper into the practice of meditation.  We talk about the benefits of meditation and how it affects our lives in a positive way. Meditation can help with quitting smoking, fat loss, sugar avoidance, and an overall happier, more productive life.

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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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How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations

Resentment – a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair (1).

As addicts and alcoholics, nothing can lead us down the road to drinking, using and other forms of self-medication, like a good old-fashioned resentment! You know, those pesky feelings that creep up, day in and day out, as we replay situations over and over again in our heads, until they no longer portray what actually happened. In result, we wind up either feel so pathetically sorry for ourselves or reduce ourselves to such a degree of anger, that we could spit (as my mom would say). Continue reading How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations

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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The Best and the Worst Recovery Advice

My sobriety birthday, or anniversary, is coming up next month. This time of year I tend to become introspective about the passing years and take some time to remember where I was 16 years ago and all the trials and tribulations I’ve overcome in achieving sobriety. I’ll share some of these thoughts with you over the coming weeks. I can’t believe almost 16 years have passed since I took my last drink of Hot Damn 100 Cinnamon Schnapps in the parking lot of a Home Depot and did my last hit of crystal meth in a lonely motel room. In hindsight, if I had a choice, I probably would have picked a better last drink than that!

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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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Tips on Coping with Disappointment

No matter how far along you are in your sobriety, sometimes something seemingly inconsequential hits you like a ton of bricks – bringing back all that self-doubt you thought you’d left behind. Wham!

Recently, that happened to me and it brought up an important topic and feeling that a lot of us addicts and alcoholics have – the feeling that we don’t belong. For me, it started at a really young age; I remember feeling that I wasn’t part of the popular crowd in first grade. LOL, is there really a popular “crowd” in first grade?

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Podcast Episode 8: The Likely Cause of Addiction Has NOT Been Discovered

A recent article featured on Huffington Post has been making it’s way around social media. “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think” caused a stir for us and others in recovery. In this episode we discuss why we think the author has it all wrong.

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