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Sober Shares - Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Interviews and Speakers.

Sober Shares - Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Interviews and Speakers.

By Michael Q
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Interviews and Speakers.
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44. Chris F.
Chris SHARES his sober life with us and what it is like being a married man who is a father to two young girls.  Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
02:20:15
September 24, 2022
43. Sarah Hepola
Sarah SHARES her sober story as we learn about her life as a working journalist. She is the author of the best selling book called BLACKOUT as well as the host of a podcast about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders called AMERICA'S GIRLS. Sarah is working on a new book that will talk about dating and sex in sobriety and the lessons she has learned along the way. Please visit her website www.SarahHepola.com to learn more about her impressive and entertaining collection of professional work. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
01:54:57
September 13, 2022
42. First Birthday Show
Happy birthday to Sober Shares! During this celebration episode you will learn about the shows conception, launch, and our future goals. We have announced a theme song contest that will pay $200 to the first place winner, so get to work making that music for us. Thank you for making us your first choice for inspiring addiction recovery stories. We have reached 40,000 downloads and are aiming to be the #1 recovery show in the world. So join the Sober Shares Podcast family and lets spread the good news that recovery is possible, fun, and rewarding. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
27:30
August 30, 2022
41. Clancy Imislund
Clancy SHARES his AA journey and how he helped skid row drunks at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com  Email: mike@SoberShares.com
01:22:42
August 13, 2022
40. Jenny L
Jenny SHARES her sobriety and the meaning of "get in the car”. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
01:43:26
July 30, 2022
39. Jordan C
Jordan SHARES 9 year of sobriety with us in this epic story. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Visit our website and click the donate button to support SOBER SHARES and keep it AD FREE www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
01:59:52
July 24, 2022
38. Tom B (Al-Anon)
Tom SHARES his Al-Anon program and how it helped him when things became difficult. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
47:20
July 13, 2022
37. Lauren Gillette
Lauren SHARES 20 years of sobriety and her journey to a higher level of spirituality.  Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
02:34:43
July 02, 2022
36. Bob D
Bob D. SHARES his sobriety journey in AA with us from a talk given in 2013. Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
55:43
June 28, 2022
35. Barbara R
Barbara SHARES 13 years of sobriety and explains how the 12 steps saved her life. Click link to donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email: mike@SoberShares.com
01:02:58
June 17, 2022
34. Angie P
Angie SHARES her addiction recovery story and sings Amazing Grace at the end of her talk.  Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com
01:04:47
June 08, 2022
33. Tony H
Tony SHARES his recovery story which was recored at the Pacific Group in Los Angles California in 1991. This recording was made when he had 16 years sober, Tony is still sober today and has 46 years of continuous sobriety. Please click the link below to make a donation to this podcast so we can keep it ad free. Our Paypal user name for donations is mike@sobershares.com Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
34:31
June 06, 2022
32. Jimmy Daniels ( PART 4 )
Welcome home friend to Sober Shares episode 32. Jimmy Daniels ( PART 4 ). Jimmy SHARES his experience, strength, and hope on steps 9, 10, 11, and 12 as he wraps up this 4 part series which was recored in Greenville, Texas in 2005. Please listen to all four episodes of this set of Alcoholics Anonymous talks that was orginally recorded over a four week period. You can hear each talk in chronological order in episodes 29, 30, 31, and 32 of Sober Shares.  Please remember to support us with a financial gift by visiting our website www.sobershares.com and clicking on the DONATE button or you can find a clickable link at the bottom of this episode description that will take you to PayPal to make a quick and easy donation with your debit or credit card. I would like to keep this show AD FREE, so thank you advance for helping me. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:00:55
May 17, 2022
31. Jimmy Daniels ( PART 3 )
Welcome home friend to Sober Shares episode 31. This episode is titled Jimmy Daniels part 3. Jimmy SHARES his experience, strength and hope on steps 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 as he tells his powerful and intimate stories about his sober journey in Alcoholics Anonymous. Jimmy's story is one of hope and redemption we can relate to. I remember thinking to myself every time I was around him that if Jimmy could do it, I could do it. He radiated hope and was a true example of a way out of addiction that everyone could believe in. Please remember to support this show with a finical donation by visiting our website SoberShares.com and clicking the donate button. You can also find a clickable link in the show notes for this episode that will lead you straight to paypal.com where you can make a donation with a debit or credit card. This donation process is secure and will you take less than 2 minutes. I have encountered additional hardware and software related expenses to be able to convert and edit these old audio compact disk files. So if you could help me cover these costs I would be grateful. A special THANK YOU to Daniel J who made a donation and left us a note that says “Thanks for helping me stay sober. I’ve got one year coming up and these stories help me on my daily walks.” And now its time to enjoy your new friend Jimmy Daniel’s. Take it away brother. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
43:35
May 13, 2022
30. Jimmy Daniels ( PART 2 )
Welcome home friend, to a very special edition of Sober Shares. This episode is titled Jimmy Daniels ( PART 2 ). Jimmy was an AA step speaker who specialized in presenting his life story and how the twelve steps worked in his life. Mr. Daniels was extremely popular and he was booked several months to several years in advance due to his powerful message. This episode will highlight steps 1, 2, and 3. Please remember to support this show with a finical donation by visiting our website SoberShares.com and clicking the donate button. You can also find a clickable link in the show notes for this episode that will lead you straight to paypal.com where you can make a donation with a debit or credit card. If you need help figuring out how to make a donation please email me at mike@sobershares.com and  I will respond to with you a link to our donations page. This donation process is secure and will you take less than 2 minutes. I have encountered additional hardware and software related expenses this month to be able to convert and edit these old audio files. So if you could help me cover these costs I would be super grateful. And now its time to enjoy your new friend Jimmy Daniel’s. Take it away brother. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
43:32
April 28, 2022
29. Jimmy Daniels ( PART 1 )
Welcome home friend, to a very special edition of Sober Shares. Over the next four episodes you will hear a set of AA talks given by my late sponsor Jimmy Daniel’s. This type of AA talk is commonly referred to as “DOING THE STEPS”. Jimmy got sober on June 10th, 1982 and went on to help thousands of alcoholics get and stay sober. I asked Jimmy to be my AA sponsor during my 5th year of sobriety. I was sponsoring myself at the time and having a hard time with life. I knew I needed help and was actively going to recovery meetings to try and find it. I heard Jimmy speak one night at the Unity Church of Dallas. That night changed the course of my life in and out of the rooms of AA. He reached down into my soul that night and shook me awake with his honesty about who he was, where he came from and maybe more importantly where he was going. I approached him in the parking lot after the meeting as he was walking to his car and asked him to be my AA sponsor. He said yes and we began our journey together that night. The first and only question he asked me that night was, “Michael, how is your prayer life”?Over the next several years he lead me closer and closer to my High Power and it was glorious. Jimmy is my guy, he was everybody’s guy. His life story is an epic journey from the bottom of life to the glorious victory of a deep and heavy spiritual awakening that he ached to share with others. This series of talks was recorded in 2005 and can be heard on the Sober Shares Podcast in episodes 29, 30, 31, and 32. Please listen to all of them in order to get the most out of this content because they build upon each other as they were recorded on a weekly basis. Please remember to help support this show with a finical donation by visiting our website SoberShares.com and clicking the donate button. And now its time to enjoy your new friend Jimmy Daniel’s. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click this link to Donate to Sober Shares with your debit or credit card: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
49:27
April 25, 2022
28. Brad Sullivan
Brad SHARES 15 years of sobriety with us and explains what it was like to grow up in Buffalo, New York. We cover his childhood which was filled with some bullying events by kids and adults in his neighborhood. As Brad got older his anger and fear grew to uncomfortable levels. Brads physical gifts allowed him to attend a Division 1 school on a Football scholarship and he hoped that the new geographical location would allow him to create a new life. Brad was using Drugs and Alcohol in a destructive manner to get a break from the daily pressures of college life. His drug use ramped up during his football playing days in college. After his playing career was over he moved deeper into the bitter moras of addiction and crime. Depression and living the low life became to much for him to handle. Brad went to several addiction treatment centers and was intervened upon by his family in friends. Brad was sent to Texas to be a patient in a long term treatment center for almost 11 months. Brad was able to get a fresh start on his sobriety in the treatment center and was able to take the first few steps towards Alcoholics Anonymous. We cover his entire length of sobriety and what has happened during the last 15+ years. Its a very long episode that is packed with so much recovery and truth that it must be heard. Please enjoy this episode and listen to the whole thing. It is packed with solid AA recovery. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
03:53:50
April 15, 2022
27. Michael McCoy
Michael McCoy SHARES 4 years of sobriety with us and explains how Alcohol and Drugs helped him to feel comfortable during his early days of partying in High School. His College years were fueled with alcohol and drugs. Mike had a great deal of fun for many years until his addictions started to rage out of control. The wheels started to fall off as his adult years started wiz by. Mike worked as an executive for several professional sports teams and also worked in commercial real estate for many years. He got sober at 54 years old and for most of his life he saw nothing wrong with his level of Alcohol intake. Denial is a powerful adversary when it comes to getting sober. Mike made it into recovery after getting battered by addiction and a couple failed suicide attempts. His sober life is based on his faith in his Higher Power and his sober friends in Alcoholics Anonymous. Humility and Grace are the foundation of his life as he reaches out to help others. Michael founded CHEF TO THE SHELTERS and is working to grow that program to bless as many people as possible. Please listen to this entire episode and you will be enlightened and entertained by its content. It is a fun ride, you will laugh, cry, and learn from his story of redemption and hope. Please visit cheftotheshelters.org to learn more about his passion project. Chef to the Shelters’ mission is to provide meals and share their experience, strength and hope with men and women early in their recovery through our walk in faith and our journey in sobriety. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
03:15:24
March 31, 2022
26. Damon Dobson
Damon Dobson SHARES 10 years of sobriety with us as we explore his drinking, which started at age 13. He moved so much as a child it was hard for him to put down roots and feel safe. Damon’s football and academic efforts helped to contain his drinking for a time while in High School. Blackouts are a big part of his story and the damage done was usually told to him after the episode had taken place. The blackouts caused problems with his family, law enforcement, and work. Damon realized he had an alcohol problem around age 19. Damon struggled with illegal street drugs and prescription drugs for a period of time. He has been fired for drinking, in jail for a time due to drinking alcohol and in big trouble with his family due to his drinking. Damon’s family held a secret intervention on him at a local hotel in Dallas. He tells us in detail how that went and his feelings about the experience. Damon has been able to turn his life around with the help of his higher power and the 12-steps. He as acquired so many tools to deal with life on life’s terms without using alcohol or drugs. He has learned to rely on family, friends, health care professionals, and God to keep him sober and happy. Life is still in session and hard sometimes, but he has found a way to be happy and keep going towards positive outcomes. His powerful description of his 9th step amends with his father and brother are my favorite parts of this episode.  Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:23:43
March 13, 2022
25. Megahn C
Megahn SHARES 6 year of sobriety and her journey to becoming a sober mother and wife. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
03:00:04
March 03, 2022
24. John M
John SHARES 14 years of sobriety with us and explains how acceptance is the answer to all his problems. Since getting sober his life has changed in reference to how he views himself, God, and those around him. His relationships at work and with those around him have all seen a marked increase in quality. Working with others and being of service are taking on a much larger roll in his life over the last couple years. The opportunities to be of service to others are increasing at a rapid pace. We cover driving while intoxicated and the consequences of that behavior. We discuss dating in AA and what it is like to commit to marriage while living a sober life. Please enjoy this episode and make sure to click the links below to email me, visit our website and to make a monitary donation to the show to help us cover on monthly expenses. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:24:57
February 16, 2022
23. Stan Mongaras
Stan SHARES his 33 years of sobriety and explains the importance of practicing the principals in all of his affairs. We cover the topics of honesty, making direct amends and the importance of sponsorship. Stan tells us how he aims to attend at least three AA meeting per week to keep in emotional balance and to stay sober. His relationship with GOD is the only reason he was able to get and stay sober. Stan explains THE ART OF FLING and how he uses it to help himself stay sober when he finds himself in a potentially dangerous relapse situation. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:11:31
February 11, 2022
22. Patrice Olootu
Patrice SHARES her 3 years of sobriety with us and explains how alcohol almost destroyed her. Her drinking really took off during her college days and made it hard for her to concentrate on school or much else other than drinking. Her drinking progressed quickly and she decided to get married and have kids soon after her drinking escalated. Patrice did not believe she had a problem with drinking for a very long time because she was being a wife, having kids, and working at a good job. Soon after her last child was born things began to get harder to hold together. Loss of jobs, encounters with the police and frequent blackouts soon became a problem and made life very difficult. She decided to leave her family so she could drink the way she wanted to and deserted them for a time. Her family, law enforcement, and employers all noticed that she was an alcoholic long before she did. As her life came crashing down around her in 2012 she decided to seek help to try and get sober. That attempt at sobriety failed because she was not ready quit and was only seeking help to try and not get fired from a job. She began to drink soon after treatment and lasted a few more years on the active drinking plan. After a few more years of pain and drinking she asked for help from the Magdalen House. After a two week stay at Maggies House Patrice moved onto the 24 hour club and long term sober living after that. She has just recently returned home to her family as a sober mom and wife after 2.5 years of living in structured sober living housing in the North Texas. Please listen to this entire episode and hear a strong Texas woman tell us how her addiction to alcohol almost killed her and how she has overcome that with the help of God, AA, Sober living homes, and her loving family and friends. This is a true recovery miracle story! Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:05:16
January 27, 2022
21. Leslie K
Leslie SHARES her 16 months of sobriety by telling us about getting sober DURING the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. She explains that she believes she may have already been an alcoholic long before alcohol ever touched her lips. She has always been a seeker and that seeking is the reason she found alcohol and fell in love with it. Alcohol was fun and magical for many years until it turned on her and almost destroyed her. Leslie lived a double life for a long time and food was her first addiction, a few years later alcohol and drugs took on a larger roll in her life. Leslie survived a physical assault by an acquaintance that scared her and only increased her alcohol and drug use. Leslie realized she may have a problem with alcohol when she entered law school. As her drinking escalated Leslie was confronted by her younger brother who suggested Alcoholics Anonymous. As the pandemic raged and the world began to shut down, so did she. Her use of alcohol, food, and drugs went off the charts. She reached out for help and found it via her family and her Higher Power. Please listen to this story of healing and redemption and how being a sober mom is one of the biggest rewards she has been blessed with since getting sober. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:39:47
January 13, 2022
20. Casey W
Casey SHARES his 31 years of sobriety with us and shows it is possible to get sober as a teenager and stay sober. He began to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes early in life by modeling the behavior of adults that were close to him. He was lonely as a child due to his parents working long hours. Left to his own devices he began to allow his drinking to take on a larger roll in his life. The Alcohol was working for him at this point until things began to get out of control during his high school days. Phone calls home from school to report bad behavior, sleeping in his car sometimes, automobile crashes, and a general disintegration of his morals and behavior all led to him having to go to an AA meeting to GET THE HEAT OFF. Caseys sobriety date is 2 weeks after his first AA meeting. He was super uncomfortable during his first few AA meetings and had a few beers before he would attend those first few recovery meetings. He was very disappointed to find out that God was involved in this recovery plan. One of my favorite moments of this episode is when Casey said “it was not possible for me to love God as much as I loved drugs and alcohol so I did not love God anymore.” That is hitting bottom for real. His journey from that thought to where he is today is a miracle. We also talked about his love for young people in recovery and the importance of recovery based conferences and making new sober friends. We talk about how young people may not stay sober long term at first but while they are here they can gain a base knowledge about the AA recovery program and come back later in life when they hit another bottom. We talk about sponsorship and address the idea that “boys should sponsor boys and girls should sponsor girls”. We talk about relocating to another city or stare during long term sobriety and how drifting away from the AA program can be dangerous. Humility is a focal point of Caseys program and his step work. He explains that one way to think about how to define Humility is to “come back to god.” He points out that Humility is the foundation of all 12 steps and something we must develop to become truly happy. The 10th and 11th steps are covered in great detail and we explore the massive importance of quiet time in the morning “upon awakening”. This is a huge 3+ hour episode. I would love for you to listen to all of it please. I know it is a huge time commitment and I value your time and attention. This episode is packed with solid information from beginning to end. It's all good, so please invest in yourself and digest this whole episode, even thought it may take you few sessions to hear it all. You will be enriched, I promises. Stay blessed my Sober Friends. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
03:07:23
December 15, 2021
19. Jennifer Huddleston-Kelley
Jennifer SHARES her life story with us as we explore what long term sobriety looks like. We explore her drinking career and pin point the time she began to drink against her will. We cover dating in AA and how that worked out for her. Jennifer talked about how she has grown closer to her God via the growth opportunities of living life on life terms. We explore the dangers of sponsoring yourself and why that is not a good idea. God continues to meet her where she is on a daily basis and gives her the power to move forward and help others. Connection to others is a key component to her sobriety and how she stays close to her higher power. I know this is long episode, please listen to the whole thing even though it may take you several sittings. It is packed with solid information that will enlighten you. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
03:31:09
November 22, 2021
18. Will Evans
Will SHARES his sober journey with us and how it all began while he was in treatment and he said to a counselor  "I need help, I cannot live this alcoholic life anymore". His total surrender unlocked the willingness to follow his treatment teams advice to work the 12 steps and move to a sober living house in Atlanta, Georgia. Will developed rules for himself in early sobriety like never being alone in a car at night. His biggest fear was relapse because he knew to use again was death. Will realized that he did not need to have a full working knowledge of the AA program for it to work. Will turned his will and life over to the program and his treatment team during the first year of his sobriety and the blessing from the decision are still manifesting in his life today. At one point during our talk Will remarked that our addictions steel us from ourselves and that it is sobriety and God that can restore that broken connection. If we do the work and remove the things that block us off from the sunlight of the spirit then we can return to true freedom and peace of mind. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:57:13
October 30, 2021
17. Krista M
Krista SHARES her 25 years of sobriety and takes us on a journey though her life story. We learn about the early years of her drinking and how she could feel the fear leaving her body as she drank. The alcohol was a great comfort to her during the early years of her addiction. She remembers being able to breath, relax, and deal with life for the first time as she got drunk. Her drinking history was full of things that damaged her life and relationships towards the end of her active addiction. She talks about wanting to control everything and everyone. AA taught her to be sober and spiritual and Al-anon taught her how to be happy. During the early days of her recovery she asked a bunch of old-timers how she was going to stay sober for the upcoming weekend. They told her to pray. Krista said, “That will never work”. But she tried it anyway and she has been on a spiritual quest ever since. Krista placed herself in the middle of AA and has never left. Her sponsor has helped her recover in every area of her life and as Krista works with her sponsees she is able to stay focused and sharp in her program. She explains how her sponsor delivers feedback and perspective with the scalpel of truth and the antiseptic of love. She has allowed others to get to know her in the program which has helped release her shame of the things she did while drunk. When Krista is working with a new girl she allows herself to become a vessel or open channel for her Higher Powers love and forgiveness. Because when the love comes through you and flows into another person you get to experience it first, and that is the magic of AA. All you get is all you give, so give it all you got! Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:53:51
October 21, 2021
16. Chico West
Chico West SHARES his 32 years of sobriety and explains how he was raised in a family where alcohol was part of the fabric of his life as a young person. The death of his father and aunt in separate alcohol related automobile accidents created fear and anger in him as a young boy. Chico started to drink regularly soon after his fathers accident and it helped ease the pain and sadness. Chico began to act like a wild child when he drank during the teen years of his life. His alcoholism escalated quickly and blackouts soon became a problem. After he assaulted a peace officer in Texas he knew it was time to ask for help, he was scared. Chico ended up at a treatment center called Sierra Tucson and then was transferred to a sober living facility in Atlanta, GA. This were he was introduced to twelve step AA recovery and began his journey to long term sobriety. Chico grew up with a strong belief in God, but he did not believe that he would be forgiven for his sins. As he gained traction in recovery and learned about forgiveness via the AA program his understanding of the Bible opened up in a whole new way and his life took off in a positive direction. Mr West has owned sober living houses, Drug and Alcohol treatment centers and provided assistance to facilitate interventions on loved ones. Addiction counselor Chico and his wife Shannon host a podcast called FILTER OPTIONAL that lends their years of experience to offer a unique perspective from both the filter (Shannon) and the no filter (Chico). Mr West no longer lives on the corer of fear and insecurity, he has indeed changed locations to the corner of Hope and Serenity. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:06:31
October 10, 2021
15. Stephanie Crawford
Stephanie SHARES her story of being a young woman in recovery who is doing the work to stay sober and help others on a daily basis. We discuss step one and what that looks like in the real world as a young person who is out there hustling and doing whatever it takes to survive. Stephanie has always been a seeker and she explored many faiths as a child looking for something to soothe her. She was alway trying to fill a GOD shaped hole in her life and was not able to fully do so until she got sober. We talk about being a single mother in recovery and how the balance between family, work, and sobriety takes help from others to make it happen. One of the most powerful statements she made in regard to whole family recovery was "THAT IT IS AS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO BE CONSISTENTLY PRESENT AS I WAS CONSISTENTLY ABSENT". We discuss dating and sex in sobriety and how much information is in the recovery literature to teach us about this important topic. This is a long interview and it may take you a few sittings to hear it all, but please stay with it because Stephanie brings a massive amount of great information to this episode. My favorite part of the interview was when we talked about how our addictions blocked us off from the sunlight of the Spirt and how we suffered from that, and in return when we got sober the things that blocked us off from that power were removed and we began to live again. That is when she made a statement which I will always remember. She told me, "IT IS NOT LIKE I HAVE MORE GOD IN ME TODAY, IT IS JUST THAT I HAVE LESS OF ME". In other words, her higher power has ALWAYS been there for her and she just had to learn how to access it via a spiritual experience. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:36:58
October 03, 2021
14. Cary B
Cary SHARES with us how a relationship with his Higher Power is the foundation of his emotional and physical sobriety. We talk about loneliness and how recovery can lead to a new life of fellowship and family. We explore the fine line between solitude and isolation in recovery and how that translates into why going to recovery meetings is important. The topic of sex, marriage and fatherhood are discussed in this episode at depth. We explore the topic of losing his brother to cancer and how that looked as Cary walked through that experience and learned many lessons while maintaining his sobriety. Finally, we learn that Cary made a decision in early soberly to not allow his past to define him and how he started doing estimable acts so he could learn how to feel better about himself and others. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:50:24
September 11, 2021
13. Gary Coffman
SOBER SHARES RECOVERY PODCAST episode #13. Gary SHARES his moment of clarity and what it looked like when he hit rock bottom with his drinking and drug use. He said to himself “I can not live like this anymore, I do not want to live like this anymore.” Gary was a young man when he got sober and he understood the causes of his woes were directly related to his alcohol addiction issues. Gary reached his breaking point and said to his Higher Power “God if you are there please help me.” Gary has been sober since that day. His long term sobriety has been his ticket to a good life that is full of great family and friends. The foundation of his faith is the love and service he provides to others to help them learn to live a better life. He is a joy to be around and I am proud to call him my friend. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:00:19
September 03, 2021
12. Pete Kysiak
Pete SHARES how his alcohol and drug addiction caused problems in his personal and work life to the point where he had to make a choice to keep using or sober up. He said the prayer that many drunks who make it out of addiction say and those three words were “God Help Me”. Soon afterwards he was intervened upon by his caring family and lead into a new life without drugs and alcohol. Petes long term sobriety has been a gift to all who know and love him. He is still working to repair the damage of the past with some of his close family members with love and patience as his guide. The 12 steps and service to others help Pete stay on track in his spiritual quest for a deeper understanding of his higher power. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:42:30
August 31, 2021
11. Andi V
Andi shares her moment of clarity that sprang her into recovery while she was detained on a driving while intoxicated charge. What the female jailer said to Andi changed the direction of her life for the better. We explore "the promises" and how they have manifested in her life in relationship to her career and a recent promotion. Her love of recovery literature is explored with a few important readings from the Big Book. Andi explains how she is now filled with a unshakeable faith that her Higher Power has given her and it is more that she could have ever imagined. We close this episode with a message of hope about how recovery and freedom can happen for all of us.  Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:47:37
August 23, 2021
10. Dan P
Dan Shares the life lessons he has learned over the decades he has been sober in the AA program. His long term sobriety and continued involvement in the program is inspiring. He tells us how his medical diagnosis of a mental health issues in addition to his alcoholism has played out during his recovery journey. He explains how his prayers to a Higher Power have shifted from "I am sorry" to "Thank You". We explore the gift of change in prospective that come with years of attempting to let go of our old drinking life and then somehow embracing a new life with new tools that bringing us into harmony with our Higher Power. This conversation was fun to record and we laughed most of the way through. I read "How it Works" from Chapter 5 of the Big Book for the first time on the show. I also shared a story that made me get emotional (cry) for the first time on the Podcast. So please enjoy this episode of my friend Dan P who is a super kind, intelligent, and thoughtful man. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:37:29
August 18, 2021
9. Sumera S
Sumera shares her recovery journey with us as she explains the complexities of being raised in a western country while dealing with the daily influence and culture of being raised by a family with an Indian background. The mishmash of cultures was difficult for her to process as a child and culminated in her escaping an arranged marriage with the help of the British Consulate and a stranger she meet at a call center. Her alcohol use increased as she entered young adulthood and progressed to a cascade of negative consequences years later. She experienced blackouts and the loss of jobs and finally arrived at the general feeling that something was wrong with her, even though she had no idea what it was. Her entrance into recovery was swift and beautiful. Her love of the AA program and helping others is strong and inspiring. Her future looks bright and she has embraced 12-step sobriety for all its worth. She also tells us about her love for the arts and baking. You may see her soon on the Food Network if things go according to plan and it is meant to be. Please enjoy this super charged episode of recovery and you will hear how Sumera carries herself today as a loving, kind, compassionate, and tolerant woman. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:54:19
August 08, 2021
8. Sam S
Sam Shares his Alcohol and Drug RECOVERY journey and reminds us “If you are trying to stop drinking and you find you can’t do it you are not alone”. Sam tells us how praying for others helped him feel closer to his Higher Power and those about him. Towards the end of our talk Sam reflects on his decision to go to his first AA meeting and how it was the single best move that he ever made. Although, he did not know it at the time. Please enjoy Sams journey and his message of hope and redemption. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:53:17
August 02, 2021
7. Tad B
Tad shares his story of alcohol and drug addiction and how it slowly chipped away at his quality of life until he hit bottom. Tad had an amazing interfacing with law enforcement that helped him turn his life around. Tad tells us about his service work that helps make the North Texas recovery community operate smoothly. We end the podcast with Tad telling us his side of the story about picking Gabriel Pimentel, Sober Shares guest episode 6, from jail and how they took the long ride to the 24 hour club and what happened next. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:10:54
July 28, 2021
6. Gabriel Pimentel
Gabriels SHARES his sobriety journey with us and explains that his drinking did not start until age 18, but soon took on a very powerful roll in his life. His alcoholism grew and started to damage his life in conjunction with learning to deal with  PTSD and anger from his tank getting blown up overseas in battle while in the military. He also mentions a God Shot that happened as he was being released from a stint in jail. The work he did in jail on forgiving his mother via writing a letter is POWERFUL. He show us how life can fall apart and be put back together with faith in a higher power. Gabriel tells us how he has come to terms with his past and is building a powerful and bright future for his family. Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:57:12
July 22, 2021
5. Vanessa Guild
Vanessa shares her recovery story in vivid detail in this world wind episode. She explains how addiction and trauma can be converted into love and forgiveness. Vanessa works as a mindfulness instructor and life coach to help people learn how to thrive and succeed in life. Please listen to her story to find out more about her moment of clarity during a late night of drinking in New Orleans. You can find out more about our guest by visiting www.VanessaGuild.com Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:02:42
July 21, 2021
4. Rachel Stacy
This power house guest is a multi-talented artist who shares her life with us as we explore her recovery story. You will love her honesty and how this singer, song writer, and musician uses her skills to deliver a message of hope with her lyrics and melodies. We talk about 12 step recovery and also explore her experience with the Al-Anon program. Rachel ends this episode by blessing us with a live performance of her recovery based song she wrote called GODSPEED.   Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:52:20
July 08, 2021
3. GP Theriot
GP takes us on a wild ride and shares his story about overcoming his alcohol addiction. There is so much recovery and truth in his words about his journey. He just celebrated 10 years sober. Please listen to this episode now to learn more about my friend GP Theriot. DO THIS!!! Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
02:01:32
July 07, 2021
2. Nancy C
Nancy SHARES 6 years of sobriety with us provides hope to our listeners in this fascinating episode of recovery and hope.  Website: www.SoberShares.com Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Click link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:22:53
July 01, 2021
1. Michael Molthan
Michael SHARES 4 years of sobriety with us and delivers real talk on solutions to addiction, alcoholism, and unmanageable habits. This is our very first episode and I am grateful you have found us.  The purpose of this podcast is to help people and to document what real life alcohol recovery stories sound like. I would like to thank Michael Molthan for helping us launch this show by agreeing to be our first guest. We cover topics like hitting bottom and where do we go from there. We talk about being reborn and getting a second change at life after our alcoholism ravages us in our active addiction. This mans story will entertain and enlighten you so please enjoy our very first effort to make a top quality recovery podcast for you. Email:  mike@SoberShares.com Website: www.SoberShares.com Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=MD6DFY5RUYT5A
01:43:38
June 22, 2021