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Sisters In Sobriety

Author: Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen

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You know that sinking feeling when you wake up with a hangover and think: “I’m never doing this again”? We’ve all been there. But what happens when you follow through? Sonia Kahlon and Kathleen Killen can tell you, because they did it! They went from sisters-in-law, to Sisters in Sobriety.

In this podcast, Sonia and Kathleen invite you into their world, as they navigate the ups and downs of sobriety, explore stories of personal growth and share their journey of wellness and recovery.

Get ready for some real, honest conversations about sobriety, addiction, and everything in between. Episodes will cover topics such as: reaching emotional sobriety, how to make the decision to get sober, adopting a more mindful lifestyle, socializing without alcohol, and much more.

Whether you’re sober-curious, seeking inspiration and self-care through sobriety, or embracing the alcohol-free lifestyle already… Tune in for a weekly dose of vulnerability, mutual support and much needed comic relief. Together, let’s celebrate the transformative power of sisterhood in substance recovery!

Kathleen Killen is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) and certified coach based in Ontario, Canada. Her practice is centered on relational therapy and she specializes in couples and working with individuals who are navigating their personal relationships.

Having been through many life transitions herself, Kathleen has made it her mission to help others find the support and communication they need in their closest relationships. To find out more about Kathleen’s work, check out her website.

Sonia Kahlon is a recovery coach and former addict. She grappled with high-functioning alcohol use disorder throughout her life, before getting sober in 2016. Sonia is now the founder of EverBlume, a digital tool that offers a unique approach to alcohol recovery support.

Over the last five years, she has appeared on successful sobriety platforms, such as the Story Exchange, the Sobriety Diaries podcast and the Sober Curator, to tell her story of empowerment and addiction recovery, discuss health and midlife sobriety, and share how she is thriving without alcohol.

Her online platform EverBlume launched in February 2023, and was featured in Recovery Today Magazine and deemed an ‘essential sobriety resource’ by the FemTech Insider.
The company champions self-improvement and mindful sobriety, with support groups designed by and for women struggling with alcohol.

So how can EverBlume help you meet your sober community? By offering deeply personalized support. Members get matched based on their profiles and life experiences, and take part in small group sessions (max. 16 people). In your support group, you will meet like-minded women, discuss your experiences, and gain confidence, knowing you can rely on your peers in times of need.

Whether you identify as a binge drinker, someone who developed a habit during the Covid-19 pandemic, a high-functioning alcoholic, or an anxious person using alcohol to self-soothe… There is a support group for you!

Current EverBlume members have praised the company’s unique approach to alcohol detox. “No one is judging me for not being sure I want to be sober for the rest of my life” ; “I felt so heard and understood and today I woke up feeling empowered to make the change in my life”.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the EverBlume sobriety community at joineverblume.com, or simply listen to Sisters In Sobriety.

Your sobriety success story starts today, with Kathleen and Sonia. Just press play!
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This week on Sisters in Sobriety, we explore the transformative power of art therapy in addiction recovery. Joining us is Sarah Smith who will guide us through the fascinating intersections of creativity and healing. Sarah is a passionate artist and non-traditional art therapist, owning Soul-Full Art Therapy where she helps individuals explore the wellness benefits of the creative process. Sarah is a member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and has chosen to maintain her focus on art for wellness rather than merging with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She facilitates art workshops at Sweet Spot Family Counselling and offers private sessions for individuals seeking a creative outlet for wellness. Her servIn this episode, we dive deep into the role of art as a therapeutic tool. Key questions we'll explore include: How can art therapy support individuals in their recovery journey? Do you need to be artistically talented to benefit from art therapy? What are some practical ways to incorporate art therapy techniques at home? These discussions will highlight keywords such as "art therapy," "addiction recovery," and "creative healing." Listeners will gain insight into several key concepts, including the importance of open-mindedness in art therapy, how art therapy can complement other forms of therapy like mindfulness and physical exercise, and the cognitive and emotional benefits of engaging in creative processes. We'll also discuss practical art therapy exercises like art journaling, and how to identify and interpret personal symbols in your artwork. Our guest, Sarah, shares her compelling personal story about her journey with art therapy. You'll hear about a transformative moment in her own art therapy experience, where she discovered hidden themes in her work that led to profound personal insights. This segment underscores the deep emotional connections that art can reveal and how it can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our Substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:00:00] - Sonia introduces the self-paced seven-day reset program designed to help reset your relationship with alcohol.[00:01:34] - Kathleen shares her initial hesitation about art therapy due to perceived lack of artistic talent.[00:01:55] - Sarah explains that no artistic talent is needed; an open mind is what counts in art therapy.[00:02:19] - Sarah describes starting with collage and art journaling for those who feel intimidated by drawing.[00:02:56] - Sarah recounts her personal story about discovering a recurring heart theme in her artwork during art therapy school.[00:04:00] - Sarah reflects on how she realized she wasn't paying attention to her own needs, leading to an emotional breakthrough.[00:05:02] - Discussion about the importance of a non-judgmental, supportive environment in art therapy.[00:06:06] - Sarah emphasizes that there is no judgment in art therapy and encourages self-expression without self-criticism.[00:07:13] - Sarah explains the benefits of focusing on the process and feelings rather than the final product in art therapy.[00:09:16] - Kathleen suggests using art therapy techniques in couples therapy and mindfulness practices.[00:10:00] - Sarah talks about the art therapist's role in helping clients interpret and understand their artwork.[00:11:00] - Sarah shares a story about a boy who stopped speaking and how art therapy helped uncover and address his trauma.[00:12:33] - Kathleen recalls her childhood trauma and how it influenced her drawings, highlighting the subconscious power of art.[00:14:00] - Sarah discusses the use of repetitive and grounding activities, like mandala drawing, to manage overwhelming emotions.[00:15:22] - Sarah identifies common challenges clients face when starting art therapy, such as apprehension about their artistic skills.[00:16:56] - Sarah shares her experience working with dementia patients and how art therapy helps them express themselves.[00:18:46] - Sonia and Sarah discuss the cognitive and emotional benefits of art therapy, such as improved mood and emotional expression.[00:20:31] - Sarah provides practical advice for starting an art journal at home, emphasizing the importance of just starting and letting the process unfold.[00:25:00] - Kathleen and Sarah talk about the holistic benefits of art therapy in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities, emphasizing the mind-body-soul connection.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSisters in Sobriety InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen explore the powerful role of art in healing, wellness, and recovery from alcohol use disorder. Joined by Sarah Smith, the compassionate owner of Soulful Art Therapy, the discussion delves into how art therapy can transform lives, providing a unique and effective outlet for emotional expression and long-term sobriety. Today, Sonia and Kathleen will guide you through the fascinating world of art therapy, sharing insights and stories of transformation.Sarah is a passionate artist and non-traditional art therapist, owning Soul-Full Art Therapy where she helps individuals explore the wellness benefits of the creative process. Sarah is a member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and has chosen to maintain her focus on art for wellness rather than merging with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She facilitates art workshops at Sweet Spot Family Counselling and offers private sessions for individuals seeking a creative outlet for wellness. Her services are not a replacement for therapy and are not covered by insurance, serving instead as a tool for healing and recreation.This episode unpacks the multifaceted role of art as therapy in the recovery process. Key questions addressed include: How can engaging in creative processes provide a powerful outlet for emotions? What are the unique benefits of art therapy compared to traditional talk therapy? How does art therapy support long-term sobriety and emotional well-being? Through these discussions, listeners will gain a comprehensive understanding of how art therapy can be a vital tool in their recovery journey. Listeners will learn about the core concepts of art therapy, including its ability to foster self-awareness, emotional expression, and healing. The episode highlights how art therapy can address common misconceptions and explains how the creative process can help individuals regain a sense of control and manage their emotions effectively. Sarah shares practical insights and examples of art therapy in action, demonstrating its therapeutic impact and the potential for profound personal transformation.Sarah shares a touching story from her practice about a man who initially resisted art therapy but ultimately experienced a significant emotional breakthrough. This powerful narrative illustrates the deep impact art therapy can have, revealing underlying emotions and facilitating healing in unexpected ways. Through Sarah’s compassionate guidance, this story serves as a testament to the transformative power of art in recovery.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our Substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:01:00] - Introduction of guest Sarah Smith, owner of Soulful Art Therapy, and her work in guiding people on their wellness journeys through art.[00:01:34] - Kathleen discusses the role of art as therapy in recovery, exploring its benefits in providing an outlet for emotions and supporting long-term sobriety.[00:02:03] - Sarah introduces her sidekick, Louie the dog, who might be heard snoring during the episode.[00:02:31] - Sarah shares her background, how she became an art therapist, and her journey from being an artist to discovering art therapy.[00:04:10] - Sarah explains why she chose to practice art for wellness rather than merging with the College of Psychotherapists.[00:04:38] - Sarah defines art therapy and explains how it differs from other forms of therapy.[00:05:30] - Discussion on common misconceptions about art therapy, such as it being child's play or requiring artistic skill.[00:07:00] - Kathleen and Sarah discuss the judgment people face in school art classes and how it impacts their willingness to engage in art therapy.[00:08:12] - Sarah explains how art therapy can help people in addiction recovery by providing a sense of control and a healthy outlet for emotions.[00:09:13] - Sarah talks about the unique elements of art therapy that make it effective for those dealing with addiction, such as self-expression and emotional release.[00:10:13] - The importance of the process and how art holds the space for individuals, helping to lighten their emotional load.[00:11:00] - Sonia shares her experience with photography as a form of art therapy during her sobriety journey.[00:12:59] - Sarah explains the various art mediums used in art therapy and how they are chosen based on individual needs.[00:15:00] - Discussion on how the process of creating art, rather than the finished piece, is essential in art therapy.[00:17:06] - Sarah describes the typical process of an art therapy session, including grounding exercises and personalized art directives[00:20:09] - Sarah explains that the art therapy process for those in recovery is the same but tailored to individual needs, addressing physical, emotional, and mental aspects.[00:21:00] - Discussion on how creating art helps people process their emotions by shrinking them to a manageable size.[00:22:00] - Sarah shares a powerful story about an inpatient unit participant who found emotional release and self-discovery through art therapy.[00:29:00] - Sarah discusses how art therapy addresses trauma and severe anxiety, commonly associated with addiction, by providing a healthy escape and emotional management.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen continue their insightful discussion on mindfulness and its vital role in the recovery process. Today, they delve deeper into practical mindfulness techniques and guide listeners through a mindful meditation practice designed to foster grounding and mindful decision-making.Expect a comprehensive exploration of mindfulness, addressing key questions such as: How can mindfulness be effectively integrated into daily life? What are common challenges in starting a mindfulness practice? How can group settings enhance the practice of mindfulness in recovery? These questions set the stage for a rich discussion filled with practical advice and personal experiences.Kathleen and will educate listeners on several mindfulness concepts, including the "SOBER" meditation technique, urge surfing, and grounding exercises. She will also discuss the importance of starting small and gradually building a mindfulness routine. Key terms such as "mindfulness," "grounding techniques," and "urge surfing" will be thoroughly explored.Sonia shares how the guided meditation has transformed her understanding of mindfulness. She discusses the challenges she faced with traditional silent meditation and how Kathleen's guidance has provided the support she needed to stay focused and present.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our Substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:01:13] - Kathleen begins guiding listeners through a meditation practice.[00:02:43] - Kathleen introduces the SOBER meditation technique.[00:03:02] - The first step: Stop, pause, and take a deep breath.[00:03:25] - The second step: Observe thoughts and feelings without judgment.[00:04:19] - Observing physical sensations and surroundings.[00:05:00] - The third step: Breathe deeply and slowly to calm the mind.[00:05:14] - The fourth step: Expand awareness to include all observations.[00:06:00] - The fifth step: Respond mindfully to the situation or set an intention.[00:07:08] - Sonia shares how guided meditation was helpful for her.[00:08:21] - Kathleen addresses common misconceptions about mindfulness.[00:09:15] - Discussing the benefits of group mindfulness sessions in recovery.[00:10:25] - Kathleen explains common challenges when starting mindfulness practices in sobriety.[00:11:43] - Kathleen emphasizes starting small with mindfulness practices.[00:12:10] - Techniques like urge surfing are explained.[00:13:26] - Discussing the importance of grounding techniques.[00:14:22] - Best practices for mindfulness when feeling overwhelmed or in a crisis.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia tackles the timely topic of staying sober while on vacation. She dives deep into how to keep your recovery journey strong, even when you are sipping mocktails poolside. Whether you're facing social gatherings, airport temptations, or hotel happy hours, Sonia will help you pack your bags with tools and confidence for your next trip.Throughout this episode, she'll answer some key questions like: How can you handle social events that often involve alcohol? What strategies can you employ to stay strong in airports and hotels where alcohol is readily available? How do you communicate your sobriety needs to travel companions? With practical advice and relatable insights, this episode is packed with tips on how to manage common triggers and stay sober during your travels.Listeners will learn how to identify and avoid triggers in various vacation settings, the importance of planning and setting boundaries with travel companions, and engaging in sober-friendly activities. Sonia emphasizes the benefits of staying engaged in activities that do not involve alcohol, helping you to appreciate your vacation spot better and maintain your sobriety.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our Substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights: [00:01:15] - Listener Question: Jill from Houston asks about staying sober at an all-inclusive resort.[00:01:38] - Temptations on Vacation: Discussion on the various temptations one might face while on vacation.[00:02:00] - Common Triggers: Exploring common settings where triggers for drinking might appear.[00:02:20] - Social Gatherings: Tips on managing social gatherings that involve alcohol.[00:02:41] - Airports: How to handle the stress and accessibility of alcohol in airports.[00:03:00] - Hotels: Managing the availability of alcohol in hotels and during happy hours.[00:03:04] - Planning Ahead: Importance of having a plan for social situations where alcohol is present.[00:03:21] - Sober-Friendly Destinations: Choosing vacation spots that support sobriety.[00:03:39] - Travel Companions: The importance of traveling with supportive people.[00:04:01] - Engaging in Sober Activities: Planning activities that don't involve alcohol to stay engaged.[00:04:21] - Mental Preparation: Preparing mentally for the presence of alcohol in airports.[00:04:35] - Alternative Relaxation Spots: Finding quieter zones in airports to avoid bars and lounges.[00:04:57] - Alcohol-Free Accommodations: Requesting alcohol-free rooms in hotels.[00:05:16] - Avoiding Happy Hour: Planning activities during happy hour times to avoid temptation.[00:05:39] - Communicating Sobriety: Tips on explaining your sobriety to travel companions.[00:06:14] - Setting Boundaries: Importance of setting and maintaining boundaries with companions.[00:07:00] - Sober Activities: Ideas for engaging in sober activities while on vacation.[00:08:00] - Overcoming FOMO: Strategies to handle the fear of missing out when others are drinking.[00:10:25] - Enhanced Engagement: Benefits of engaging fully with your environment while staying sober.[00:11:51] - Playing the Tape Forward: A technique to visualize the consequences of drinking.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen explore the transformative power of mindfulness in the recovery journey. They will delve into how mindfulness can help manage stress, recognize triggers, and cultivate a sense of peace and stability, all of which are crucial for long-term sobriety.Join the discussion as Sonia and Kathleen unpack the concept of mindfulness. What does mindfulness really mean? How can it be integrated into daily life and recovery efforts? They will answer these questions and more, providing valuable insights into emotional regulation, improving focus, and fostering a deeper connection with your inner self. Listeners will learn about the key principles of mindfulness and its significant impact on both physical and mental health. The episode will cover how mindfulness helps in recognizing triggers, managing stressors, and creating a calming effect. Non-judgmental awareness, present moment focus, and mindfulness techniques for managing cravings and emotional triggers will be discussed. Kathleen shares her personal journey with mindfulness, from her initial intimidation to integrating it into her daily life through yoga and meditation. Her story highlights how mindfulness has helped her manage ADHD, anxiety, and depression, providing a relatable and inspiring example of its benefits. Tune in to hear more about how mindfulness has transformed her life and can potentially transform yours too.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our Substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:01:06] - Kathleen talks about the importance of mindfulness and her excitement for the topic.[00:01:33] - Sonia shares a personal story about running for the first time in years and the impact on her physically.[00:02:07] - Discussion on the concept of mindfulness and its relevance in a fast-paced world.[00:02:27] - Kathleen outlines the key principles of mindfulness and its benefits in recovery.[00:03:00] - Kathleen introduces Jon Kabat-Zinn and his definition of mindfulness.[00:04:14] - Sonia shares her initial struggles with understanding and practicing mindfulness.[00:05:02] - Kathleen defines mindfulness in her own words as being fully present in the here and now.[00:05:21] - Kathleen talks about integrating mindfulness into her life through yoga.[00:06:47] - Kathleen shares her experience with meditation during her yoga teacher training in Mexico.[00:08:00] - Discussion on how mindfulness helps manage stress and recognize triggers in recovery.[00:08:46] - Kathleen explains the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness for those recovering from addiction.[00:10:07] - Sonia and Kathleen discuss the impact of mindfulness on anxiety and how it helps manage emotional triggers.[00:11:36] - Kathleen explains how mindfulness allows for mindful choices rather than impulsive reactions to triggers.[00:12:47] - Kathleen describes the process of observing cravings and urges like waves, emphasizing the temporary nature of these feelings.[00:14:41] - Sonia talks about her personal experience with cravings and how they typically last about 20 minutes.[00:16:38] - Discussion on the stages of recovery where mindfulness is especially beneficial, particularly in early sobriety.[00:18:59] - Kathleen shares how mindfulness reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression by focusing on the present moment.[00:19:58] - Sonia and Kathleen discuss integrating mindfulness with other forms of therapy and treatment.[00:25:25] - Kathleen talks about her participation in a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group and the positive impact of mindfulness research.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia and Kathleen explore the multifaceted world of recovery support, diving deep into the roles of one-on-one coaching, sober companions, and group support systems. They are joined by Alida Flannery. Alida is the Founder of Epiphany Recovery Inc., an organization that provides Recovery Coaching, Companioning, and Case Management services to individuals who are struggling with substance use and disordered eating. She is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Companion, who completed her Intervention training with Earl Hightower in 2018, and has previously worked for several in-patient treatment centres across Canada. Alida is the Co-Founder of SOULBRIETY, a sober collective for women offering retreats, events, and group workshops to those who are sober-curious, sober-exploring and sober-serious. She also works with Amazing Grace Canada, a charity whose mission is to bring recovery to families and communities affected by addiction in developing nations.Throughout the episode, listeners will hear a broad discussion on the different paths to successful recovery. Key questions include: What is the role of a sober companion in the recovery process? How does one tailor recovery support to meet individual needs? What are some common misconceptions about sober companionship? These questions are dissected, offering a thorough understanding of the nuances involved in each recovery pathway.Listeners will gain valuable knowledge on the educational aspects of recovery support, such as the importance of a safe transition from rehab to home, the challenges of maintaining sobriety in a familiar environment, and the need for personalized recovery plans.Alida shares her own experiences and stories from her work as a sober companion. She reveals the small yet significant victories in recovery, such as a client successfully setting boundaries or enjoying a sober weekend with family. These stories underscore the emotional and transformative journey of recovery, making the episode relatable and inspiring.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:01:08] – Alida explains the public perception of sober companionship, mentioning its association with the rich and famous.[00:01:27] – Alida describes the role of a sober companion, providing support throughout the day.[00:02:00] – Alida talks about the challenges of returning home from rehab and the importance of having a sober companion during this transition.[00:03:06] – Discussion on the need to navigate interpersonal relationships and daily challenges after rehab.[00:03:45] – Alida elaborates on providing support for those who can't leave their lives for extended treatment, such as single parents.[00:04:22] – Kathleen asks how Alida tailors her companionship to individual clients, and Alida explains her intuitive approach.[00:05:18] – Alida talks about receiving briefings from families or treatment centers and the importance of the right fit for effective companionship.[00:07:06] – Alida emphasizes observing and understanding the client's daily routines and interpersonal interactions.[00:08:00] – Kathleen inquires about common misconceptions of sober companionship, and Alida addresses these.[00:09:34] – Alida clarifies her role as a motivator, cheerleader, problem solver, and advocate, not a housekeeper or chef.[00:10:17] – Discussion on the importance of the recovery doing the work themselves for successful outcomes.[00:12:08] – Alida shares her personal commitment to protecting her own recovery fiercely.[00:13:14] – Sonia asks Alida to describe a typical day as a sober companion, and Alida explains the variability in her daily routines.[00:15:17] – Alida highlights the importance of establishing a new recovery routine and lifestyle at home.[00:17:49] – Alida discusses the challenge of rewiring daily activities that were previously associated with substance use.[00:19:22] – Establishing a daily routine involving making the bed, nourishing oneself, and incorporating activities like prayer, meditation, and journaling.[00:20:00] – Alida reflects on the transformational moments and small victories that signify successful recovery.[00:24:41] – Closing remarks by Kathleen, expressing gratitude to Alida and inviting her for future discussions.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In today's episode of Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia and Kathleen are excited to welcome Alida Flannery, a passionate advocate for sobriety and the founder of Epiphany Recovery. Alida brings her unique experience as both a sober companion and recovery coach to the conversation, sharing her inspiring journey from addiction to aiding others on their paths to sobriety. Stay tuned as Sonia and Kathleen delve into Alida's multifaceted approach to recovery.Alida is the Founder of Epiphany Recovery Inc., an organization that provides Recovery Coaching, Companioning, and Case Management services to individuals who are struggling with substance use and disordered eating. She is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Companion, who completed her Intervention training with Earl Hightower in 2018, and has previously worked for several in-patient treatment centres across Canada. Alida is the Co-Founder of SOULBRIETY, a sober collective for women offering retreats, events, and group workshops to those who are sober-curious, sober-exploring and sober-serious. She also works with Amazing Grace Canada, a charity whose mission is to bring recovery to families and communities affected by addiction in developing nations.This episode will explore various paths to recovery, including one-on-one coaching, sober companionship, and the benefits of group support. Alida will address key questions like: What are the unique challenges and benefits of each recovery approach? How can someone determine the best recovery path for their individual needs? These discussions will be enriched with Alida's personal insights and experiences, providing a comprehensive look at addiction recovery.Listeners can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process, including practical strategies for managing triggers and maintaining sobriety in real-world scenarios. Alida will discuss the importance of creating a supportive environment and how tailored recovery plans can significantly enhance the success of one's sobriety journey. This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights[00:03:10] - Alida's role as a sober companion is explained, highlighting her commitment to 24/7 support for her clients.[00:04:18] - Alida joins the conversation, expressing her gratitude for being part of the podcast.[00:04:33] - Alida shares her personal journey with addiction and the impact of hitting a profound emotional and physical bottom.[00:06:44] - Discussion about the pivotal moments that lead to seeking change and the universal nature of pain in the journey to recovery.[00:07:26] - Alida speaks about the challenges she faced in recovery, particularly the overhaul of her lifestyle centered around substance use.[00:08:39] - The concept of 'rewiring behaviors' in sobriety is explored, discussing the difficulties of adapting to a sober life.[00:10:05] - The personal story continues with Alida discussing how recovery coaching and sober companionship work in practical scenarios.[00:11:57] - Alida discusses the inspiration behind starting Epiphany Recovery, linking her experiences in the corporate and philanthropic worlds.[00:13:49] - Alida recounts her early experiences as a COVID coach during the pandemic, aiding clients in isolation.[00:15:20] - Sonia and Alida discuss the integration of personal recovery experiences into coaching methods, stressing authenticity and relatability.[00:17:15] - The conversation shifts to the importance of not using personal sobriety metrics as a standard for others' recovery.[00:18:12] - Alida and Kathleen discuss misconceptions about addiction, like not having a DUI meaning you don't have a problem.[00:20:11] - The discussion touches on the personal lows and the concept of 'slipping faster than lowering standards' in addiction.[00:22:04] - Alida explains the brain science behind addiction, particularly how substances affect the prefrontal cortex and decision-making.[00:23:32] - How Alida's approach to recovery has evolved over time, emphasizing a need to stay informed about new methods and therapies.[00:25:19] - Closing thoughts on resilience in recovery, discussing whether it's something that can be taught or needs to be embodied and lived.LinksGet In Touch With Alidahttps://www.epiphanyrecovery.com/https://www.soulbriety.ca/info@epiphanyrecovery.comSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
Today, we're addressing a common concern among our listeners—navigating the temptations of summer while maintaining sobriety. This episode is dedicated to answering questions from you, our listeners, about dealing with the triggers that come with warm weather and social gatherings.Understanding and Managing TriggersOur listener SP from Houston shares her anxiety about summer being a trigger to drink. We start by acknowledging that feeling anxious about seasonal changes is normal and discusses strategies for managing these feelings. Sonia emphasizes the importance of recognizing triggers and preparing mentally, akin to packing sunscreen to protect your skin, to maintain sobriety during challenging situations.Proactive Planning for Social EventsSonia shares practical tips for planning ahead when attending social gatherings. Suggestions include:Bringing a tasty non-alcoholic drink or a sober-friendly friend to help navigate through drinking pressures.Setting personal boundaries and declining invitations that might jeopardize your recovery.Establishing a support plan with your sober circle to stay strong during tougher times.Setting BoundariesUnderstanding when to say no and how to communicate your needs is crucial. The episode covers how to set boundaries effectively:Being honest with yourself and others about your limits.Offering alternatives to typical alcohol-centered activities.Preparing responses for uncomfortable situations to ease pressure.Establishing New TraditionsSonia encourages listeners to create new, sober-friendly traditions that focus on connection and fun without alcohol. Some ideas include:Morning hikes, sober picnics, group workouts, craft nights, and exploring new recipes.Hosting game or movie nights where the focus remains on fun, not drinks.Keeping Non-Alcoholic Options HandyThe importance of having non-alcoholic beverages available is discussed, with suggestions on how to incorporate them into various social settings effectively.Feeling nervous about seasonal changes is normal but manageable with the right tools and support. She encourages all listeners to embrace the summer with confidence, knowing they are equipped to enjoy it sober and strong.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In today's episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen take a deep dive into the world of self-soothing and its crucial role in maintaining sobriety. Self-soothing isn't just about keeping calm; it's a vital skill for balancing emotions and preventing relapse, which can be a tricky path to navigate. Join them as they unpack strategies and personal stories, providing you with tools and insights to bolster your recovery journey.Throughout the episode, Sonia and Kathleen will explore essential questions that touch the core of self-soothing: What exactly does it mean to self-soothe? Why is it so important, especially during recovery? How can you transition from harmful old habits to beneficial new routines that genuinely support your well-being? They'll also tackle the nitty-gritty challenges many face, like finding the focus to meditate amidst chaos or discovering hobbies that genuinely soothe rather than inadvertently stress you out.Listeners can look forward to gaining a richer understanding of emotional regulation, the transformative power of mindfulness, and how to craft a personalized toolkit of strategies for tough times. Whether you’re just starting your sober journey or you’re a seasoned veteran, this discussion is packed with insights on fostering resilience and emotional autonomy.Join us at "Sisters in Sobriety," where we mix honest talks with hearty laughter, all while supporting each other in redefining our relationship with alcohol. Don’t forget to check out our substack for a treasure trove of supportive advice and to connect with a community that roots for you every step of the way. Come for the strategies, stay for the stories, and leave feeling empowered!Highlights:03:19 - Discussion of common pitfalls when trying to meditate and how social media can be a distraction.00:03:44 - Sonia and Kathleen address significant questions on beginning the self-soothing process.00:04:12 - Kathleen describes various self-soothing techniques and emphasizes the importance of finding what uniquely works for each individual.00:05:31 - Sonia relates self-soothing to the concept of infants learning to calm themselves, drawing parallels to adults in recovery.00:06:09 - Exploration of how self-soothing helps manage triggers and stressors without resorting to alcohol.00:07:00 - Sonia explains the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of self-soothing.00:08:11 - Sonia shares a personal story about recognizing the need for self-soothing in challenging moments.00:10:05 - Discussion on the transformation from using substances as self-soothing to finding healthier alternatives.00:14:06 - The hosts delve into how the journey of self-soothing began with their sobriety.00:15:00 - Sonia shares insights into the early difficult days of sobriety and finding things that calmed her mind.00:17:20 - Kathleen discusses misconceptions about self-soothing and emphasizes its immediate and practical benefits.00:18:35 - Kathleen explains the RAIN technique for emotional awareness and self-soothing.00:20:36 - Discussion of specific triggers for self-soothing and personal responses to emotional challenges.00:22:31 - Advice on recognizing the need for self-soothing and developing mindful awareness throughout daily activities.00:25:20 - Kathleen clarifies that successful self-soothing is about managing, not suppressing, emotions.00:28:01 - Sonia shares how self-soothing techniques helped prevent potential relapses during her divorce.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
On today's episode, Sonia and Kathleen delve into the vital topic of protecting your peace. As life throws its many challenges at us, finding and maintaining inner tranquility is more crucial than ever, especially when it comes to sustaining sobriety and mental health. Join them as they explore strategies to safeguard your emotional and mental balance, ensuring you stay strong and serene no matter what life brings your way!Ever wonder how to keep your cool when life gets tricky? Or how to say 'no' without feeling guilty? Sonia and Kathleen have got you covered! They’ll be unpacking how to set boundaries that stick, ways to dodge life’s curveballs, and the secrets to building your personal calm zone. It's all about finding peace in the chaos and making sure it stays that way.Today’s takeaway is all about real-life strategies: learning how to recognize when you’re stressed before it’s too late, setting up your personal boundaries like a pro, and mastering the art of 'me time.' By the end of the episode, you’ll have a toolkit full of ideas for maintaining your emotional balance that you can start using right away.And because everyone loves a good story, Sonia and Kathleen will share their own experiences with keeping peace at the forefront. They'll tell tales of personal trials and triumphs, bringing to life the strategies discussed and showing that if they can do it, so can you!This is Sisters in Sobriety, your go-to community for transforming your relationship with alcohol. Don't forget to check out our substack for more handy tips and heartfelt advice.Highlights[00:02:01] Explanation of what "protecting your peace" means in the context of maintaining emotional and mental balance.[00:02:19] Kathleen talks about the importance of setting boundaries for peace protection.[00:03:01] Kathleen explains protecting peace in simple terms and how to filter experiences.[00:04:24] Sonia relates protecting peace to both physical environment and emotional stability.[00:05:14] Kathleen shares a personal anecdote about changing job environments to protect her mental health.[00:06:07] Sonia and Kathleen discuss the role of self-awareness in avoiding emotional spirals.[00:07:51] A detailed account of how Sonia has learned to handle family disagreements without spiraling.[00:10:30] Sonia and Kathleen delve into how gossip can affect personal peace and discuss strategies to avoid it.[00:12:44] Celebration of Sonia's seventh sobriety anniversary and its emotional significance.[00:14:26] Sonia recounts a poignant memory tied to a breakup and how seasonal changes can trigger emotional responses.[00:16:30] Discussion on the impact of social media on emotional well-being and how to manage exposure.[00:19:00] Sonia talks about the physical symptoms she experiences when her peace is disturbed, particularly by family dynamics.[00:20:21] First-time disagreement story shared by Sonia, focusing on maintaining peace during confrontations.[00:22:10] Kathleen emphasizes that healthy conflict is possible and shares insights from her professional experience as a couples therapist.[00:23:27] The complexities of family relationships and how they challenge personal peace discussed by Kathleen.[00:25:13] Kathleen explains her need to step back from family drama to protect her peace, ensuring it wasn't perceived as abandonment.[00:27:31] Strategies for managing unexpected changes and maintaining stability during uncertain times.[00:33:13] Sonia and Kathleen discuss essential self-care practices and rituals that help maintain their peace.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In today’s episode of Sisters in Sobriety, Kathleen and Sonia delve into the critical connection between anger management and recovery. They are joined by Gill Tietz, an educator, who sheds light on how anger can act as a major hurdle on the path to recovery, its origins, and the practical steps to navigate it. This discussion promises to enlighten listeners on dealing with anger in healthy ways, especially within the context of overcoming addiction.The episode is an insightful discussion on the prevalence of anger among individuals struggling with addiction, exploring why anger is often a secondary emotion masking deeper issues such as shame, pain, or humiliation. Gill emphasizes the importance of recognizing anger's roots and provides practical advice for managing it effectively. Listeners will be intrigued by the exploration of questions like how prevalent is anger in those dealing with addiction, in what forms does it manifest, and why is it considered a significant trigger for relapse?Listeners can expect to walk away with valuable knowledge on identifying and managing anger, understanding its impact on recovery, and learning coping strategies to navigate through the emotions underlying anger. The conversation will cover key concepts such as the importance of acknowledging anger as a secondary emotion, the role of empathy and humor in anger management, and the crucial steps towards recognizing and managing one's anger in the journey of recovery. The discussion also highlights the significance of self-esteem work in addressing the root causes of anger.Gillian Tietz, host of the Sober Powered Podcast and a chemistry professor with a specialization in biochemistry, brings her personal experience and scientific expertise to the table. Having started her podcast to share how she overcame her struggle with alcohol using her scientific background, Gill offers a perspective that is educational, empowering, and deeply personal. This is "Sisters in Sobriety," the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources to aid in your journey.Get In Touch With Gill!Podcast: https://www.soberpowered.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/sober.poweredHighlights[00:02:42] Gill explains anger as a secondary emotion, hinting at deeper, more uncomfortable feelings that lead to anger.[00:04:03] The conversation touches on the ironic behavior of 'drinking at people' as a misguided attempt to manage anger.[00:04:48] The first steps towards recognizing and managing anger in recovery are outlined by Gill, emphasizing awareness and coping skills.[00:07:26] Gill shares unique anger management techniques, including the use of humor to diffuse anger.[00:10:16] A shift in demeanor, from tension to calmness, is highlighted as a visible sign of progress in managing anger.[00:13:32] The role of family and friends in supporting loved ones through their anger is discussed, with validation and humor being key.[00:15:38] The episode delves into how anger can act as a barrier to seeking help and acknowledging addiction issues.[00:18:29] Forgiveness's place in managing anger and facilitating recovery is pondered, emphasizing the difficulty but necessity of the process.[00:20:35] Gill defines crisis intervention within the context of addiction recovery, painting a vivid picture of the aim and process.[00:23:24] Real-life applications of crisis intervention strategies are shared, illustrating the importance of staying calm and regulated.[00:26:47] A family's intervention experience is recounted, showcasing the power of calmness and brevity in communication.[00:31:04] Triggers that might precipitate a crisis needing intervention are explored, with unmet basic needs being a common theme.[00:34:06] Gill teases potential projects, including refining her anger management program and the idea of writing a book.[00:36:15] How to sign up for Gill’s upcoming anger management course is shared, pointing listeners to useful resources.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen get into the intricacies of sobriety with the insightful Gillian Tietz from the Sober Powered Podcast. This conversation sheds light on the nuanced relationship between biochemistry, personal experiences, and alcohol use disorder, aiming to provide listeners with a deeper understanding and relatable perspectives on sobriety.The episode teases out broad discussions on prevalent myths surrounding willpower in addiction, the significant roles of anger management and crisis intervention in recovery, and the biochemical effects of alcohol on the brain. These topics promise to unravel misconceptions and offer new insights into the journey toward sobriety.Listeners can expect to walk away with key educational takeaways on how alcohol affects the brain, contributing to the challenge of quitting drinking. With Gill's background in biochemistry and her own journey to sobriety, she brings a unique blend of expertise and personal insight, making complex scientific concepts accessible to all. The discussion aims to empower listeners with knowledge on the underlying causes of addiction and the brain's ability to recover, highlighting the importance of support and community in the path to sobriety.Gillian Tietz, host of the Sober Powered Podcast and a chemistry professor with a specialization in biochemistry, brings her personal experience and scientific expertise to the table. Having started her podcast to share how she overcame her struggle with alcohol using her scientific background, Gill offers a perspective that is educational, empowering, and deeply personal. This is "Sisters in Sobriety," the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources to aid in your journey.Get In Touch With Gill!Podcast: https://www.soberpowered.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/sober.poweredHighlights[00:02:16] Gill's mission to demystify alcohol's effects on the brain explained.[00:03:33] Gill shares her personal journey to sobriety, highlighting her late start to drinking.[00:04:56] The role of grad school in intensifying Gill's drinking habits.[00:07:57] Discussion on the early consequences of Gill's drinking and her initial denial.[00:09:00] Sonia and Kathleen relate their experiences with alcohol in academic and professional settings.[00:10:09] Gill confronts the reality of her increasing tolerance and its implications.[00:11:34] Examination of willpower in the context of addiction and the myths surrounding it.[00:14:32] Exploring the vulnerabilities and factors that predispose individuals to addiction.[00:17:00] How drinking affects brain adaptability and decision-making processes.[00:19:11] Gill discusses the critical phase of brain development in teens and its susceptibility to alcohol.[00:20:26] Long-term effects of alcohol on brain function and recovery challenges.[00:23:58] The importance of time and lifestyle changes in recalibrating the brain's reward system.[00:25:14] Discussion on activities that may aid in the brain's healing process.[00:28:41] Clarification on the concept of cycles of detox and its impact on addiction recovery.[00:32:35] Gill's stance on moderation versus abstinence for people with a history of problem drinking.[00:34:36] Comparison of the brain's response to drugs and alcohol, and the similarities in addiction mechanisms.[00:35:23] The concept of behavioral addictions and the challenges they pose in recovery.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
Welcome to another Q&A episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," where your host, Sonia, delves into the complex emotions and questions surrounding the journey to sobriety. Today's focus is on a common concern among individuals in recovery: the fear of replacing one addiction with another, such as substituting alcohol with excessive running, Netflix binge-watching, or indulging in ice cream.Insights:Healthy vs. Unhealthy Activities: It's essential to evaluate new activities based on their impact on your life. Are they adding value, or are they becoming a new form of avoidance or compulsion?Evaluating New Habits: Sonia provides actionable steps for assessing whether a new activity, like running, is beneficial or potentially problematic. Key considerations include examining your motivations, assessing the activity's impact on your life, ensuring balance, setting healthy boundaries, and seeking support when needed.The Power of Choice and Change: The episode challenges the notion of "once an addict, always an addict," highlighting the importance of recognizing the human capacity for growth, change, and adaptation. Healthy coping mechanisms, when integrated mindfully, promote well-being and recovery.This episode of "Sisters in Sobriety" offers a compassionate and thoughtful exploration of how individuals in recovery can navigate the process of replacing old habits with new, healthier ones. By emphasizing the importance of understanding one's motivations, seeking balance, and embracing a holistic approach to recovery, Sonia provides valuable guidance for anyone looking to build a more fulfilling and sober life.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
In this episode of Sisters in Sobriety, Sonia and Kathleen dive into the world of friendships through the lens of sobriety. They tackle how navigating sobriety not only changes us but also shines a light on our friendships, encouraging us to think deeply about who we choose to spend our time with. This episode is all about finding the joy in discovering and nurturing relationships that truly reflect our sober selves.Get ready to explore the highs and lows of friendship in sobriety, from the tough goodbyes to the joy of making new connections that really get it. Sonia and Kathleen will touch on important questions like how sobriety can reshape our friendships, what it means for our social lives, and how to create a circle that supports our sober journey.Listeners will learn about the key ingredients of friendships that flourish in sobriety, including tips on how to spot the ones worth holding onto, setting healthy boundaries, and how to make new friends who share your love for a sober lifestyle. This episode is packed with advice for anyone looking to enrich their social life in a way that aligns with their sobriety.You won’t want to miss Sonia and Kathleen share their own friendship adventures in sobriety. Their stories showcase the beautiful, sometimes messy journey of building deep, meaningful connections in sobriety.Join us at Sisters in Sobriety, your go-to spot for making sobriety feel like the ultimate friendship adventure. Don't forget to swing by our substack for all the best sobriety tips, tricks, and tales. We’re all about helping you find your tribe and keep your sobriety journey fun and fulfilling.Highlights:[00:01:59] The conversation shifts to how sobriety transforms friendships and the need to reevaluate relationships.[00:02:17] Kathleen emphasizes the journey of peeling back layers of oneself in recovery and its impact on friendships.[00:03:18] The hosts discuss the importance of understanding how sobriety reshapes personal connections.[00:04:08] Sonia delves into how sobriety can deepen some friendships while leading to the end of others.[00:05:08] A discussion on the isolation and loneliness that can accompany sobriety, and how to navigate these feelings.[00:06:19] Kathleen shares her personal story of how her friendships changed dramatically after she stopped drinking and using drugs.[00:07:28] Sonia talks about her initial isolation in sobriety and how she gradually built a new social circle.[00:09:49] The hosts explore normal feelings about changing friendships post-sobriety and how to deal with them.[00:11:18] Kathleen gives advice on how to discuss sobriety with friends who still drink.[00:12:56] Sonia reflects on the importance of finding a sober community to combat feelings of isolation.[00:14:12] A candid conversation about when and how to let go of friendships that challenge sobriety.[00:16:19] Discussion on recognizing signs that a friendship may not be conducive to recovery.[00:17:29] The impact of social media on sobriety and friendships, exploring both the positive aspects and potential triggers.[00:19:09] How to approach a friend you believe may have a drinking problem.[00:21:07] Kathleen recounts how her social circle and partying habits changed after she became sober.[00:23:36] Sonia provides tips on building new, healthy friendships in recovery.[00:25:20] The significance of having sober friends and the positive impact they can have on one’s recovery journey.[00:27:15] A discussion on navigating social situations and gatherings as a sober individual.[00:30:34] Closing thoughts on how sobriety can improve the quality and depth of friendships, even with those who aren't in recovery.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety EmailSonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcastKathleen’s Instagram
Join Sonia and Kathleen on a lively journey into the world of breaking free from the cycles of alcohol use in this episode of Sisters in Sobriety, by shining a light on the patterns that can ensnare us and offering hope for breaking free. The episode poses crucial questions that resonate with many: What are the cycles of drinking that keep us trapped in a loop of consumption and abstinence? How can we identify and confront our triggers to break free from these patterns? And crucially, what steps can we take towards lasting change, moving beyond mere recognition of the problem to actively reshaping our relationship with alcohol? Join us as we explore the power of mindfulness, habit change, and the support of community in reclaiming our lives from the grip of alcohol. They're here to chat, share, and dive deep into how we can spot those sneaky habits that keep us in a loop and how to jump off that not-so-merry-go-round for good. Listeners will leave this episode armed with key insights into cycle breaking, trigger identification, and the development of healthy coping mechanisms. The episode demystifies the process of changing ingrained behaviors, offering practical advice on creating a supportive environment for recovery. Through an understanding of habit loops and the importance of small, consistent changes, the episode illuminates the path toward a life unburdened by alcohol.In this episode is Sonia’s personal story, a raw and real look at the journey through the lens of someone who’s walked the path. Welcome to Sisters in Sobriety, where we're all about making changes, finding joy, and supporting each other in the journey away from alcohol. Don’t forget to swing by our substack for more tips, stories, and a little extra sunshine for your day. See you there!Highlights:[00:01:44] - Discussion on the importance of recognizing and confronting unhealthy patterns of drinking.[00:02:12] - The concept of mindfulness in confronting triggers and making lasting habit changes is introduced.[00:03:10] - Kathleen explains the cycle of drinking: from initial overuse to attempts at moderation, and the frustrating return to old habits.[00:04:30] - Sonia dives into what "cycle breaking" means and the steps involved in actively changing one's relationship with alcohol.[00:07:29] - Sonia shares her personal story of daily cycles of anxiety, drinking, and the temporary relief it brought, highlighting the challenges of breaking free.[00:10:11] - Strategies for becoming more mindful of alcohol consumption, including the importance of tracking drinking habits.[00:13:40] - Kathleen shares techniques for managing cravings and urges to drink through distraction and delay tactics.[00:17:08] - Sonia reflects on the process of acknowledging triggers and the role of honest self-reflection in cycle breaking.[00:20:08] - Discussion on the significance of understanding the root causes of one’s drinking patterns and whether delving into the past is essential for recovery.[00:23:25] - The therapeutic journey of connecting past experiences to current behaviors and how therapy can aid in uncovering and addressing these connections.[00:27:57] - Kathleen recounts how her triggers and cycles evolved over time, illustrating the complexity of addiction.[00:31:29] - Sonia discusses the importance of not panicking in response to emotional triggers as a step towards breaking the cycle.[00:33:32] - The role of routine and structure in supporting recovery efforts, including the concept of habit stacking, is explored.[00:37:54] - The importance of forgiveness, both of oneself and others, in the recovery journey and how it can impact cycle breaking.[00:38:11] - How to build and leverage a support system for breaking cycles, including the different forms that support can take.[00:40:13] - Sonia highlights the "delay and distract" technique as a memorable takeaway for managing cravings.[00:41:05] - Kathleen emphasizes the value of small, manageable steps in the process of changing habits and breaking cycles.[00:42:00] - Closing remarks, summarizing the episode's key messages and encouraging listeners to seek support and resources available through Sisters in Sobriety.[Throughout] - The episode is punctuated by relatable anecdotes, practical advice, and supportive dialogue that underscores the theme of community and mutual support in the journey to sobriety.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - ALL THE CONTENT YOU CRAVE! Find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety Email Sonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website *Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcast*Kathleen’s Instagram
Welcome to another Q&A episode where we delve into the complexities of relapse, or as some prefer, a return to use or a slip. Patricia shares her recent experience of drinking after a period of sobriety, grappling with feelings of guilt, shame, and disappointment. This moment opens a door to discussing the importance of acknowledging these emotions as part of many people's journeys, emphasizing the necessity of self-compassion and the avoidance of self-judgment. Insights:Acknowledgment Without Judgment: We explore the significance of acknowledging a slip as a fact rather than a moral failing. This approach helps us heal and grow by observing our experiences without harsh self-criticism, much like observing clouds in the sky - they pass without defining the sky.Reflect, Learn, and Adapt: We delve into the importance of reflection to understand triggers and stressors that led to the slip. This insight acts as a roadmap for fortifying recovery strategies and making necessary adjustments to our plans, coping mechanisms, and environments.Reaffirming Your 'Why': Rediscovering the reasons behind choosing sobriety can reignite motivation. This segment emphasizes reconnecting with one's 'why' to refuel determination and remember the life one is striving to build.This episode underscores that recovery is a journey marked by moments of vulnerability, learning, and growth. Patricia's story and the insights shared illuminate the path forward, reminding us that we are not defined by our slips but by our resilience and the compassionate strides we take towards sobriety. In embracing this journey with empathy and support, we move closer to becoming the best versions of ourselves, together.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - ALL THE CONTENT YOU CRAVE! Find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety Email Sonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website *Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcast*Kathleen’s Instagram
In today's episode of Sisters in Sobriety, we're diving into the transformative journey of balancing nutrition and sobriety with our special guest, Dr. Brooke Scheller, a pioneer in the field of clinical nutrition with a focus on sobriety. Sonia and Kathleen are here to guide you through an enlightening discussion on how to harness the power of functional foods to not only manage alcohol consumption but to thrive in your recovery journey.Throughout the episode, we'll be exploring pivotal questions: How can nutrition profoundly impact your sobriety? What are the myths surrounding alcohol consumption and health? And how can the intentional inclusion of functional foods in our diet support not just our physical well-being, but our emotional and psychological recovery as well? These questions will uncover the interconnectedness of diet, health, and sobriety, shedding light on common misconceptions and empowering you with knowledge. This conversation is not just about abstaining from alcohol; it's about nurturing the body and mind to foster a resilient, sustainable sober lifestyle.Listeners will walk away with a deeper understanding of key concepts such as the effects of alcohol on nutrient absorption, the importance of a balanced diet in managing cravings, and the role of specific functional foods in enhancing overall well-being. This educational journey is designed to inspire and inform, helping you make informed decisions about your health and recovery.Dr. Scheller shares her personal story, providing a candid look at her own challenges and triumphs in the realm of nutrition and sobriety. This intimate narrative promises to resonate with many, offering hope and practical strategies for those navigating their own paths to wellness.*Dr. Brooke Scheller, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, stands at the forefront of a transformative movement in health and wellness. As the esteemed founder of Functional Sobriety and the author of "How to Eat to Change How You Drink," Dr. Scheller has dedicated her career to revolutionizing the approach to alcohol recovery and holistic well-being.This is Sisters in Sobriety, the support community that helps women change their relationship with alcohol. Check out our substack for extra tips, tricks, and resources.Highlights:[00:02:06] Dr. Scheller's unique approach to combining nutrition with sobriety efforts is outlined, highlighting the importance of diet in managing alcohol consumption.[00:02:49] Brooke shares her personal motivation for writing her book and diving deep into the relationship between eating habits and drinking behavior.[00:03:30] Discussion on the struggle with alcohol and the realization of its impact on mental health and professional integrity.[00:04:16] Brooke's journey from research on substance use disorders to personal sobriety, highlighting the role of nutrition and supplements.[00:06:32] Exploration of high-functioning alcoholism and the difficult decision to quit drinking, shedding light on the complex dynamics of success and substance dependence.[00:10:19] Debunking common misconceptions about alcohol's impact on health, emphasizing the widespread physiological effects beyond liver damage.[00:14:03] Discussion on persistent myths about alcohol, including the misleading belief in moderate drinking benefits for health.[00:16:38] Challenging the notion of "everything in moderation," especially in the context of alcohol consumption and its universal harm.[00:20:44] Insights into the various types and effects of alcohol, debunking the myth of "healthier" alcoholic beverages.[00:22:17] The connection between alcohol consumption and nutrient depletion, and its profound effects on the body's functions.[00:25:27] The psychological and physiological repercussions of using alcohol as a stress relief tool, emphasizing its counterproductive nature.[00:29:23] Highlighting the statistic that 95% of alcoholics may suffer from low blood sugar, exploring its implications for cravings and recovery.[00:32:54] The critical role of the gut microbiome in overall health and how alcohol adversely affects it, underlining the need for dietary intervention in sobriety.[00:37:49] Introduction of the concept of "functional foods" and their significance in supporting sobriety and physical well-being.[00:41:18] Explanation of drinking archetypes (social, stress, habitual drinkers) to help listeners identify their patterns and find tailored nutrition advice.[00:45:29] How functional foods directly influence mood, decision-making, and, by extension, alcohol consumption habits.[00:48:19] Brooke offers practical tips for integrating functional foods into one's diet without feeling overwhelmed, advocating for incremental changes.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - ALL THE CONTENT YOU CRAVE! 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This episode, delves into the innovative realm of medically assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder with guest, Jonathan Hunt Glassman, the visionary behind OAR Health. This episode promises to enlighten listeners about the scientific and personal dimensions of recovery, offering a new perspective on the role of medication in the path to sobriety.The conversation aims to address common curiosities surrounding recovery options beyond traditional methods. It explores naltrexone, a medication used in treating alcohol use disorder, examining its place within a holistic approach to recovery. The episode poses critical questions about integrating medically assisted treatment with therapy and lifestyle changes, underscoring the importance of personalized recovery plans.Listeners can expect to gain valuable insights into combining naltrexone with psychotherapy and other support mechanisms to create a comprehensive treatment strategy. The episode highlights the significance of tailoring recovery efforts to fit individual needs and preferences, emphasizing the diversity of effective recovery paths.Featuring compelling narratives of individuals who have experienced significant transformations through medically assisted treatment, the episode showcases the profound impact of incorporating medication into the recovery process. These stories not only provide educational value but also offer inspiration, demonstrating the multifaceted nature of recovery and the potential for renewal and change.*Jonathan Hunt-Glassman is the CEO of Oar Health, which makes it private and convenient for people who want to drink less or quit to get access to safe, effective medication proven to help. Jonathan founded Oar to help others get access to the same medication that helped him take back control over alcohol after struggling with alcohol misuse for most of his adult life. Sisters in Sobriety serves as a supportive community for women seeking to alter their relationship with alcohol. The podcast encourages its audience to visit their substack for additional resources, tips, and stories that foster hope and encouragement on the journey toward sobriety.Highlights:[00:02:37] - Introduction of Jonathan Hunt Glassman, founder of OAR, and discussion on naltrexone.[00:03:09] - Exploring the impact of naltrexone on redefining recovery pathways.[00:03:28] - Jonathan shares his personal journey and the inspiration behind starting OAR.[00:04:59] - Discussion on the historical approach to treating alcohol dependence and the evolution towards medication-assisted treatments.[00:07:42] - The shift in understanding addiction as a chronic brain disease and its treatment implications.[00:10:14] - Exploring the diversity of recovery goals beyond abstinence.[00:11:53] - Detailed explanation of how naltrexone works and its benefits.[00:14:21] - Addressing the under-prescription of naltrexone and exploring reasons behind it.[00:17:18] - Introduction to the Sinclair Method and its application in ORR's treatment plans.[00:19:33] - A typical initial treatment plan at ORR, combining naltrexone with psychosocial support.[00:22:25] - The ongoing support and resources provided by OAR post-initial treatment.[00:24:28] - Addressing common side effects of naltrexone and how to manage them.[00:26:16] - Jonathan's approach to defining and managing relapse or return to use among patients.[00:30:13] - Strategies for addressing the stigma and public perception challenges of medically assisted treatment.[00:32:12] - Advice for individuals hesitant about changing their relationship with alcohol.[00:34:25] - The synergy between naltrexone and psychotherapy or holistic approaches in treatment.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - ALL THE CONTENT YOU CRAVE! Find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety Email Sonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website *Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcast*Kathleen’s Instagram
In this Q&A session, we'll talk about reconciling past behaviors influenced by alcohol, and the path to healing without shame or guilt. We'll discuss the importance of moving forward, offering heartfelt advice on apologizing, rebuilding trust, and self-kindness throughout recovery.Topics discussed are:Understanding Apologies in Recovery: Learn how to apologize for past mistakes while respecting your sobriety journey. We explore how sincerity, accountability, and acknowledging the impact of your actions can pave the way for meaningful amends. Rebuilding Trust: Hear inspiring stories from individuals who have successfully rebuilt trust in their relationships post-sobriety. From Alex's commitment to open communication and therapy to Anne's heartfelt letters and engagement in family activities, these stories highlight the power of consistent behavior change and transparency in mending relationships.Managing Guilt and Shame: Discover effective techniques for dealing with guilt over past actions. The episode covers the importance of apologies, self-forgiveness, mindfulness,  and engaging in peer support to navigate these challenging emotionsThank you for joining another episode of "Sisters in Sobriety." Remember, you're not alone on this journey. The path to recovery is paved with challenges, but with the right support and dedication to healing, it's possible to rebuild trust, manage guilt, and move forward with integrity and kindness.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety Email Sonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website *Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcast*Kathleen’s Instagram
In today’s episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen are joined by Samantha Barnes, a Registered Psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. Samantha brings an invaluable perspective on guiding families through the tribulations of addiction. Their conversation illuminates the profound effects of addiction on family dynamics, highlighting the pathways to recovery and the indispensable role of communication and support.Samantha shares insights into how addiction reshapes relationships within the family, especially impacting children, and offers strategies for families to navigate these challenging times. The discussion reveals how addiction influences children’s roles within the family, fostering environments of secrecy and instability, which can significantly affect their self-esteem and ability to form healthy relationships.Listeners will discover the critical importance of self-care in recovery, learning that taking care of oneself is not an act of selfishness but a foundation for being able to support others. Samantha stresses the significance of supportive environments and provides practical advice for building strong family connections despite the hurdles posed by addiction. Key concepts include viewing addiction as a disease, the necessity of honest conversations about addiction with children, and expanding the definition of self-care to include reaching out for support and prioritizing one’s well-being.The episode also addresses the complexities surrounding "mommy wine culture," challenging the normalization of alcohol use as a coping mechanism for parenting stress. Samantha emphasizes the need for redefining self-care and seeking genuine support systems that respect individual needs in the journey toward sobriety.Furthermore, they delve into the importance of having open, age-appropriate conversations about alcohol and drug use with children and teenagers, highlighting the value of early discussions to foster a safe and understanding family environment. Samantha’s advice underscores the significance of creating a non-judgmental space where family members can express their emotions and struggles freely.Join them for an enlightening episode filled with empathy, guidance, and a deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of overcoming addiction within the family. Don’t forget to check out our substack for additional resources, tips, and support on your journey to change your relationship with alcohol.*Samantha Barnes is a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with over two decades of experience working with children, youth, and families on their wellness journeys. She leads a small group practice based in Barrie, Ontario, dedicated to supporting both local families and those across Ontario through virtual services. Her practice offers individual, couples, and family counseling, in addition to hosting a variety of workshops and events tailored for children and parents. To learn more about her work or to get in touch, visit her website at www.sweetspotcounselling.com or follow her on social media at @sweetspotcounselling.Highlights:[00:02:36] Discussion on addiction's impact on family dynamics begins.[00:04:34] Samantha explains the ripple effect of changing a family dynamic.[00:06:00] Insights into the specific effects of addiction on children.[00:07:28] Sonia addresses the misconception about "functional" alcoholism.[00:08:21] Challenges kids face in forming healthy relationships.[00:10:34] The impact of addiction on children's self-esteem.[00:14:16] Exploring the nuances of sobriety and parenting responsibilities.[00:18:07] Importance of self-care in the journey of sobriety.[00:22:35] Recommendations for managing stress and triggers.[00:26:19] Advice on building supportive environments for sobriety.[00:27:17] Discussing how to talk to children about addiction and recovery.[00:33:41] Importance of open conversation about drugs and alcohol with teenagers.[00:37:14] Explaining addiction as a disease to children.[00:40:37] Discussion on the "mommy wine culture."[00:44:23] Finding new activities and communities in sobriety.[00:46:13] Final advice from Samantha on not giving up in finding supportive spaces.LinksSisters In Sobriety Substack - ALL THE CONTENT YOU CRAVE! Find more tips, tricks, resources, and communitySisters In Sobriety Email Sonia's EverBlume WebsiteSonia’s EverBlume InstagramKathleen’s Website *Kathleen does not endorse any products mentioned in this podcast*Kathleen’s Instagram
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