...warning - talk of trauma in this episode which may effect some listeners.... my guest for this episode - Dr. Victoria F. Burns from Instagram account @betesandbites got sober in 2013 and is a fierce advocate for ending stigmas around trauma, addiction and mental health. She is a courageous trailblazer in her profession - a profession that typically suggests to “be quiet” about being in recovery. She is a transparent warrior, who speaks her truths about being in recovery while holding a PhD and treating others.
In this episode I get to talk (and laugh a lot!) with my friend , Carmell , from www.carmellpelly.com, who inspired me a few years ago to lean into my desire to begin a recovery podcast . She has been sober for 15 years and has a comprehensive website that houses her own podcast in Recovery LifeStyles , coaching classes, zoom interviews with many inspiring humans in the recovery realm, and so much more ! Follow her on Instagram at @carmellpelly
Cassie, from Instagram account @cass.andralynn , lived a turbulent life as a youngster in her family of origin where she first starting using drugs and alcohol. Pull up her Instagram account while you listen to her extraordinary story of transformation from drug addiction to a Certified Life Coach “obsessed with activating women to achieve their full potential and create a life of their dreams.”
I am incredibly humbled to have Jay Barnard of chefrecovery.com, on my podcast for this episode . He shares his jaw dropping story of drug and alcohol addiction, prison time , institutions, suicide attempts and how he finally got sober . Now, over 12 years clean and sober he is a highly successful CEO & Corporate Chef at Freshwater Cuisine in Ontario, Canada. The rest of his time is spent doing service work from the rooms of his recovery program to venues all over Canada , like The Salvation Army and TEDx talks. Thank you Jay for taking the time to join my podcast family non helping me to share and celebrate the hope in recovery !!
Tim, a former IV heroin drug addict, shares with incredible transparency and courage about how he always felt something was missing - a void- and how an opiate prescription from a car accident turned into a means of numbing his emotions that were never addressed. Opiates to IV Heroin drug use....Learn how an emotional breakthrough and surrendering to his disease resulted into a renewed self love, sense of belonging and purpose. This “Sober Guru” created a huge online support program (The Sober Guru), and a 34k following Facebook page . This is an episode that inspired me being measure. PLEASE Take an hour to soak up this Incredible story of hope and redemption. Visit his Facebook site “The Sober Guru and his website http://www.thesoberguru.com/ or call at (866) 316 - 4557
Never feeling comfortable in her own skin, Mackenzie turned to alcohol to help her feel “normal,” and medicate her anxiety. Her entire young life she was Riddled with shame, guilt and perfectionism - this only fueled her addiction. Until one night, after hours of drinking , she was left on a snow bank ..... listen to Mackenzie’s incredible story of courage and willingness to end her battle with alcohol. See her beautiful life on Instagram at @mackenziekiesel .
Today’s guest is a brave young man who got sober while working as an Intelligence Specialist with the Navy. He is a husband and father and is so grateful to finally be free of the chains of addiction . He went to rehab to bravely wrestle with some past demons and let go of some difficult emotions. He was a joy to talk with and listen to his happiness with being sober.
Learn the amazing way I met my special new friend , and the guest of today’s episode . Karen shares her story from active alcoholism to 9 years of sobriety. She truly believes that her desperation , willingness and courage helped her to get sober. Her daily work in AA and gratitude is what keeps her sober, one day at a time. ❤️🙏🏻
Today's guest is Author and awakened spiritual seeker, Kenny G. Down. Kenny's story is amazing! His transformation from active addiction to recovery is incredibly inspiring. Now that he is sober, he spends time writing. Through his writings and Vlogs, he encourages spiritual seekers to rid themselves of harmful thinking and pursue their hearts desire; creating the life they were meant to live. Kenny has an incredible calmness and peace about him. I actually felt so relaxed and serene after our conversation. After the episode , be sure to visit his website at newthoughtlife.org. There, you can connect with him and his work and learn more about what he can offer you in enriching your spiritual life.
Twitter Account @newthoughtlife
Steven Michael Matthews, Host of the anchor podcast "Stuck in Attic"
and Instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/soberlife78/
tells of a life of drugs, alcohol, chaos and consequences, that is now turned into a life of faith, service, health! He considers himself a "sober athlete" inspiring people to take action and improve their lives! He is 12 years clean and sober!
Steve's transformation is one to celebrate and shows us how much hope there is in recovery from addiction and alcoholism.
In today’s episode , I speak with Michelle , an autism mom, former educator and special education specialist with a focus on autism spectrum disorders . Michelle is a fierce advocate for creating and maintaining an education system that fits all children. She also hugely advocates for parental self care . Michelle uses her educational credentials, knowledge and creative gifts to offer various ways for parents in recovery with special needs children , to express their feelings about daily living. Michelles biggest accomplishment is being a proud mom in recovery. She is dedicated to reaching out and helping other moms fighting to get and stay sober . See and buy her work on amazon.com/author/michellegutierrez The Link in her Instagram bio. Her Instagram account is www.instagram.com/wakingupfree
My guest in this episode is Dan. He has been in recovery for over 10 years & is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor & Certified Clinical Supervisor at the Caldwell Counseling Center in Houston Texas. Dan also offers teletherapy through his practice in many states ! www.caldwellcounselingcenter.net
Gigi Langer, received her PhD at Stanford University and is an award winning author having written "50 Ways to Worry Less Now." She is also a recovering alcoholic.
Gigi's story tells us that alcoholism does not discriminate.
Gigi Langer, PhD
50 Ways to Worry Less Now
Winner: 2018 Indie Excellence Award
My Guest for this episode is, Gabby, from www.recoveringartfully.com. She is an Autism Mom and she is Sober.
She shares about difficult personal experiences in active addiction including a suicide attempt, and her courageous work to change her program of recovery, with the help of another alcoholic. She shares her gratitudes in sobriety including an improved relationship with her husband, and becoming a more present mother to her son with Autism.
I love Gabby's story because it is an example of how when we, as parents, make positive progress through sobriety, our children make progress, too.
For Gabby, getting sober gave her a better and more manageable life. It also meant finding peace in recovery as an Autism Mom.
I can really identify with Gabby's story. I have 2 children with Autism. For me, getting sober meant no more blaming myself for my childrens' challenges.
In my experience, drinking alcohol was a coping mechanism for issues in my life. One of those issues was coping with my own insecurities and fears with being an Autism Mom. In recovery, I developed the tools that helped me parent with more confidence and selflessness, and I see the positive results in my children today!
If you are parent who is struggling, it is never too late to ask for help.
If you have a child with Autism and need help, call The American Autism Association at 877 654 GIVE
For help with addiction or mental health issues, call 800 662 HELP.
Clay, from, instagram.com/sarcastic.aa.book , is an author and a podcast host with long term sobriety. He is a funny guy who doesn't take himself too seriously, and has humbly achieved 30 years of sobriety, one day at a time.
Check out Clay's website! www.sarcasticbigbook.com ("The Version no one should take seriously")
Check out Clay's podcast! Recovery Radio- KMP3, recoveryradio.buzzsprout.com
Brad, from, Instagram.com/just_brad_mmxv , shares how he came from near homelessness, and is now working towards a career in addiction counseling. An amazing story of transformation that you won't want to miss!
In this episode, I had the pleasure to speak with Julie from https://www.instagram.com/julie__ann__davidson/
Recording this episode was initially scary for her, but she found the courage to "punch fear in its face," and go for it!
You will be glad she knocked out fear because she will truly inspire you with her passion for life and the gratitude she has because she quit alcohol for good!
She shares how she pealed some layers to find the reasons why she drank, and then discovered the incredible freedom that comes from living a sober life!
She is so excited to share with you the FREEDOM in sobriety, and hopes that her story will help at least 1 person.
I have a feeling she will help many more.