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What is the power of alcohol and the demon in the glass bottle that intrigues so many people to follow it's smell of sweet promises? How can you learn to leave all that behind as it is 'just on illusion'; can you see what is really going on here and how to break loose from the lullaby it claims to seduce you each day?
My guest is Scott Stevens, author of Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud, which is his personal story about relapse, sobriety and day to day living. Scott shares so many personal stories that you can relate if you have also been on this path. He leaves nothing to the imagination, he puts everything on the table no matter what the cost as he will tell you, he has lost much in his life.
Sobriety is day to day, challenges or gifts, ease or pain, they all seem to appear but it is how you respond that is really what will heal your heart and help you move forward.
For more information on Scott and to purchase his book visit: www.alcohologist.com
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Reflecting on the tragic loss of Robin Williams to suicide, Ken Seeley talks about depression in sobriety, revealing how he ordered a gun and planned to kill himself at ten years sober (15 years ago). Also featured, Chelsea Edwards, Steven Richitt and Eric McLaughlin.
Ken Seeley is an internationally acclaimed interventionist known to millions of people from the A&E reality TV show, Intervention. He is a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and ABC on the topics of addiction and intervention, and is also the author of Face It and Fix It, about overcoming the denial that leads to common addictions while bringing guidance to those struggling with addiction.
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Produced in association with Nicholas Snow Productions LLC.
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Bajeerao Patil joins us for our first show of 2014 about addiction and how to get and stay sober. He will share details from his work and books to help listeners understand more about this important subject. The Wellness Coaches are proud to be part of Patil's 2014 Lifelong Sobriety Virtual Book Tour. Join us.
Alcohol; a simple drink, a binge of your 'freer years' or the chain that drags you down to the bottom of the pit. How has alcohol affected you, your family, your relationships in the past? So, you stop drinking, do the rehab and AA rounds but something, somewhere down inside of you, still turns the compass to bring you back to the bottle, why? Do you love misery? Are you destined to destroy yourself? Maybe you just have not recognized the 'Symptoms of Sobriety'.
My guest is Scott Stevens, journalist, former mutual fund industry executive and author of the 2013 award winning Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud which is his personal experience with relapse and sobriety. His story is very uncensored, direct but also provides hope and inspiration for those who have stopped drinking. It is not enough to just put down the bottle, you need to know how you got there and what brings you to that place. Almost every alcoholic relapses, so Scott would like you to know, it is not enough to just stop drinking. He will be sharing his personal story with tips to know why relapse happens, how to hold it at bay and why every non-alcoholic should care.
For more information visit Scott's website here and to purchase his book click here.
You've kept sober for a year, doing daily work to shine gentle, healing light on the roots of your disease, to heal yourself and your relationships, and to recover the core of who you are. A sober birthday is a cause for celebration! Then why does it feel so...strange? Sobriety anniversaries are a mixed bag of emotions - elation and satisfaction as we reflect on the positive outcomes sobriety has brought to our lives - but also fear and uneasiness, perhaps even the potential for relapse. Join us as we speak to guests at various stages in their recovery who have dealt with recent anniversaries and share their experiences with these emotional landmarks.
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety with author Scott Stevens
Nine out of ten people who quit drinking relapse at least once. The 2013 Indie Book Awards self-help finalist, "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud" shows why it's not just once... without pithy slogans or trademarked solutions. From the author of "What the Early Worm Gets," a startling book defining Alcoholism, here's a book explaining how and why relapse happens, how to hold it at bay and why every non-alcoholic should care. Sobriety is a state of illness and its symptoms, left untreated, lead directly to lapse. Addressing the Symptoms of Sobriety is essential.
The narrative dashes along peaks of anger, joy, desperation, relief and hope interspersed with solid data on the disease and guidance for avoiding relapse traps. It's not enough to just stop drinking.
Click here to purchase Scott's book from Amazon.com
Visit Scott's Blog at: http://alcoholauthor.blogspot.com/
For more information visit: http://www.alcohologist.com/
On the Thursday, April 3rd 2014 broadcast at 7PM PT/10PM ET Mike C and Gregg M return to the studio for a conversation on emotional sobriety and anything else on their mind's.
Join us as we talk about recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of body and mind... and we're fond of reminding ourselves and others: 'we are not a glum lot.'
Here's some context on emotional sobriety as discussed and defined by Bill W. c-founder of AA:
I think that many oldsters who have put our AA "booze cure" to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next major development in AA -- the development of much more real maturity and balance (which is to say, humility) in our relations with ourselves, with our fellows, and with God. Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance -- urges quite appropriate to age seventeen -- prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.
Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually. My God, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible, and how very painful to discover finally, that all along we have had the cart before the horse! Then comes the final agony of seeing how awfully wrong we have been, but still finding ourselves unable to get off the emotional merry-go-round. How to translate a right mental conviction into a right emotional result, and so into easy, happy, and good living -- well, that's not only the neurotic's problem, it's the problem of life itself for all of us who have got to the point of real willingness to hew to right principles in all our affairs.
Join two lunatics as they try to stay on the sunny side of the street one day at a time!
Jeff and Chris address issues of mental, physical and spiritual health, the realities of not being the only addict in the family, and Jeff confidently claims his faith while Chris kinda dances around claiming his atheism.
David Foster Wallace and his work are woven through much of this episode. He’ll likely keep coming up because he was a genius tormented by his addictions and himself.
Chris’ Step (Up) 2: The Streets: As many of you might imagine, much of the faith-focused talk stems from our discussion of AA’s Step 2. The “Surrender” Steps do seem to be proving a bit of a sticking point for Chris.
Intro/Outro and Musicians In Recovery: We’re looking for help with a theme song and soliciting submissions from musicians in recovery who’d be interested in having a bit of their music played during outros of upcoming episodes. RightNow@KLENandSOBR.com or ChrisA@SinceRightNow.com
For full show notes—including links to things mentioned in this episode—please visit SinceRightNow.com
When we stop drinking most people experience physical withdrawal symptoms (acute) which can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It's not fun, but most people expect it and are rewarded with immediate physical benefits once the alcohol or drug is purged from their system. Our lives begin to improve and we are happy, BUT then there are other things that seem to be getting worse - mood swings, anxiety, irregular sleep, etc. - and we want to scream, "I did NOT get sober for this!"
The good news and bad news is this is completely normal. What we are experiencing is called PAWS or Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, which feels like an emotional roller coaster. PAWS can be very difficult to deal with and is a huge trigger for relapse, but drinking will only make the process start all over again and who wants to do that?!!! So how do we get through it? How do we manage the roller coaster ride of early sobriety?
Join us on this episode of The Bubble Hour as we talk to our guests about their experience with early sobriety and the tools they used to alleviate PAWS symptoms.
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