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In this edition of The Way Out we have a stellar interview with Hollywood Actress and person in long term recovery, Dedee Pfeiffer. Dedee has dawned both big screen and small and after a 10-year absence from Hollywood, Dedee Pfeiffer is back starring on the outstanding ABC drama "Big Sky." Which is about to drop its season 3 premier this Wednesday September 21st on ABC and Hulu. A single mother of two young men, Pfeiffer has been hard at work during her recent time away from Hollywood earning a bachelor's degree in psychology at Pierce College, Valley College and California State University Northridge. It was at UCLA where she earned a Master of Social Work. Her area of concentration includes mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. Dedee shares her journey to and through recovery to this point with tremendous humor, disarming humility, true candor and the keen insight that can only come from the one and only Dedee Pfeiffer who’s greatest message just might be the extremely freeing and empowering feeling of Recovering Out Loud, which she does at every opportunity online, in person and with us here on The Way Out Podcast so listen up.  More about Dedee Pfeiffer:  https://abc.com/shows/big-sky/cast/dedee-pfeiffer  More about the ABC series Big Sky:  https://abc.com/shows/big-sky  Instead of Quit-Lit: Positive IG Affirmations & finding spirituality and love in animals and nature  Best piece of Recovery advice: Go from the identified problem to the identified solution and Get out of your own way  Song that symbolizes Recovery: The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc  Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast!  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz  (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out I’m pleased to bring you my interview with author of the new book High: Confessions of a Cannabis Addict, editor of The Addiction Recovery E-Bulletin, and Producer of the 14 year old Reel Recovery Festival, Leonard Lee Buschel. With 28 years of continuous sobriety, Leonard shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with extraordinary insight combined with great storytelling, as you might expect from a newly minted author who’s been sober as long as Leonard has been. One of the greatest pearls of wisdom Leonard bestows upon us is the phenomenon of slowbriety, which has been invoked on this podcast more than a few times, yet bears highlighting, nonetheless. As the term infers, slowbriety is a term that describes our slow but sure emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental evolution in Recovery that results in an increasingly sound mind, body, and soul and the sounder we are in these three areas of being, the more fulfilling and rewarding our recovery and ultimately our lives are so listen up. Contact Leonard: leonard@writersintreatment.org Learn more about High: Confessions of a Cannabis Addict https://www.amazon.com/HIGH-Confessions-Leonard-Lee-Buschel/dp/1737926601 Learn more about the Addiction Recovery eBulletin: https://addictionrecoveryebulletin.org/ Learn more about the Reel Recovery Festival: https://www.writersintreatment.org/reel-recovery-film-festival/ Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) recommendation: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41580312-be-here-now Best piece of Recovery Advice: Slowbriety and One Day at a Time Song that symbolizes Recovery: Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2FW1WJc0lg Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out, the raddest recovery podcast co-host in all the land brings us his interview with person in long term recovery Stancil Tootle. Tootle as most folks call him, shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with us, which includes a whole lot of experience, strength and hope. Tootle was born blind and grew up in the country in rural Georgia. He just celebrated 32 years of continuous sobriety and has an amazing recovery story. Tootle shares openly and honestly about the barriers that he and others with disabilities have had to, and still face which are all too common, and his recovery is proof recovery is available to all folks regardless of physical ability. We can all get engaged with Tootle's warm hearted and joyful spirit so listen up. Contact info for Tootle: 229-254-6630 Supporting Disabled People in Recovery Resources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/938394900445342/ Best Piece of Recovery Advice: Keep Coming Back! Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Reccomendation: Love is Letting go of Fear: Gerald G. Jampolsky https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003E8AJ4W/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1 Song that symbolizes recovery: I got my mojo workin'- Muddy Waters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM_86-k2h9o or hear Tootle sing it here!!! https://youtu.be/MxMqPevbdZk Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out I am honored to bring you my interview with Person in long term recovery, Tedx Speaker, career and life coach, Creator of the Recovery Playbook and co-founder of StartUp Recovery Gregg Champion. Gregg shares with us his journey to and through recovery to this point in a way that inspires hope and conjures true relatability not so much through the specific events that highlight his coming of age or his highs or lows of active addiction and subsequent recovery – which I for one found quite relatable -  but very much through the exceedingly human emotions and feelings behind these experiences, which we all can very much relate to indeed. One of the overarching messages that comes through loud and clear in Gregg’s Recovery story are, number one – sobriety and physical abstinence are merely just the beginning. The true magic of recovery is when we begin to incorporate daily routines that build our personal recovery capital across as many of the key recovery capitol domains as possible, which are broadly speaking personal, family and social, and community recovery capital. Equally as instructive in Gregg’s story is the fundamental truth that one of the greatest gifts we can experience in Recovery is that of having true purpose, or as Gregg calls it, passion – which along with building our recovery capital is key in achieving meaningful and enduring recovery so listen up. Contact Gregg: https://www.startuprecovery.com/contact Learn more about StartUp Recovery: https://www.startuprecovery.com Documentary mentioned in this episode: The Mask You Live In: https://therepproject.org/how-to-watch-the-film-the-mask-you-live-in/ Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Fankl: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mans-search-for-meaning-viktor-e-frankl/1116930713 Gregg’s Recovery Advice: Remain willing to be willing Songs that symbolize Recovery: One by U2: https://youtu.be/ftjEcrrf7r0 We are the Champions by Queen: https://youtu.be/KXw8CRapg7k Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of the The Way Out I’m absolutely delighted to bring you a fascinating interview I had the pleasure of conducting with Moral Philosopher, Dr. of Philosophy and Author of the new book Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering, Peg O’Connor. Peg shares with us her extremely relatable journey to and through recovery with us with tremendous insight and self-awareness and how her self-described recovery journey experiment brought her to her important work on the varied nature and practical value of spirituality in recovery. At it’s very essence, spirituality has the profound ability to transform our suffering into a life of purpose and meaning, one that allows us to have right and rewarding relations with ourselves, our higher or friendly power or powers, and others. Peg and I have a wide ranging and amazing discussion on the history of the Higher Power concept in 12 Step recovery, the destructive myth of having to reach Rock Bottom in order to Recover – spoiler alert – you don’t, your bottom is when you stop digging, and what precisely Higher and Friendly powers can do for us in a very practical way in our own recovery so listen up. Contact Dr. Peg O’Connor: https://gustavus.edu/profiles/poconnor Learn More about Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering: https://www.amazon.com/Higher-Friendly-Powers-Transforming-Addiction/dp/1736075063 Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendation: The Urge: Our History of Addiction by Dr. Carl Erik Fisher https://www.carlerikfisher.com/book Best piece of Recovery advice - Trust yourself Songs that symbolize Recovery: Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive: https://youtu.be/gYkACVDFmeg Sister Sledge - We Are Family: https://youtu.be/uyGY2NfYpeE Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m beyond excited to bring you my interview with fellow Recovery podcaster and person in long term recovery, Matt J. Matt shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with a remarkable forthrightness and with the unmistakable tenor of someone that takes his program of recovery and his sobriety seriously and at the same time of a man that doesn’t take himself too seriously which in many respects is what we’re all after in recovery.  Matt and I had a fantastic time as he regaled his recovery story and we then launched into a lively discussion that traversed the proverbial sobriety waterfront, from 12-Step history to the value of multiple recovery pathways as well as the value of both in person and virtual recovery meetings and last but certainly not least the tremendous value of Recovery podcasts like The Way Out Podcast and the Sober Friends podcast so listen up. Check out the Sober Friends Podcast with Matt J: https://soberfriendspod.com/ Recovery literature (quit-lit) recommendations: Living Sober: https://www.aa.org/living-sober-book Writing The Big Book by William H. Schaberg: https://www.writingthebigbook.com/ Best piece of Recovery Advice: This too shall pass Song that symbolizes recovery to Matt: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4 Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m absolutely delighted to bring you my interview with Hollywood Actor and person in long term Recovery, Richie Stephens. Richie Stephens is an Irish actor and writer who lives in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for playing villains on TV and in films, including Blue Bloods, MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and Days of Our Lives, his appearances in multiple Florence and the Machine music videos, and his ability to do a broad range of accents. He has appeared in over one hundred stage and screen productions and is a member of Oscar-winner Bobby Moresco’s Actor’s Gym—an exclusive group of working actors and writers. He’s been a circuit speaker in recovery groups, and he actively works with the homeless at The Midnight Mission and The Center in Hollywood. Richie can now add Author to that impressive list of film, stage, and TV credits with his new book The Gangster’s guide to Sobriety: My Life in 12 Steps. Richie shares with us his journey to and through Recovery to this point in his unique and compelling brand of storytelling, which is laced with distinctively dark humor and poignant moments that carry powerfully universal spiritual and recovery truths throughout a life story that's as captivating as it is inspirational and is proof positive that meaningful and long-term recovery is not just possible but absolutely worth every ounce of effort it calls us to put forth so listen up. Learn more about Richie Stephens: http://richiestephens.com/ Learn more about The Gangster’s guide to Sobriety: My Life in 12 Steps: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Gangsters-Guide-to-Sobriety/Richie-Stephens/9781637581902 Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation: Book The Big Book Best piece of Recovery advice – Take sobriety One Day at a Time Song that symbolizes Recovery: The Black Eyed Peas - I Got a Feeling https://youtu.be/ipii7KbbJLY Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out we bring you my interview with author of the new book Fireflies - Finding Light on a Journey Through Addiction and person in long term recovery on the family side, Lea Lauks. Lea shares with us her journey to and through recovery and sheds important light on how addiction and alcoholism affects the lives of those who live with and love the person suffering from a substance use disorder. She shares that there’s help for those who find themselves in the throes of the chaos created by addiction, and Lea found that help in large part through the support and working the 12-Steps of Al-Anon. As you’ll soon hear for yourself Lea’s story, and thus her book, serves as a testament that recovery on the family side of addiction is possible and absolutely worth it so listen up. Contact Lea: fireflysobriety@gmail.com Learn more about Lea Lauk’s book: Fireflies: Finding Light on a Journey Through Addiction https://www.amazon.com/Fireflies-Finding-Journey-Through-Addiction/dp/B09RGQR3K3 Book - Courage to Change (Al-Anon): https://al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/literature/feature-publications/courage-to-change-one-day-at-a-time-in-al-anon-ii-b16/ Advice - It works if you work it so work it because you're worth it! Song that symbolizes Recovery to Lea - Cage the Elephant Love’s The Only Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XKOREmeskA Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out, we bring you my interview with Author of the new Book “My Life with Karma”, Recovery Coach, and person in long term recovery Travis Sackett. Travis shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with true humility and genuine relatability. Travis’s story is ultimately one of survival of a tumultuous childhood and subsequent, rather wicked addiction to OxyContin which lead to nearly losing everything but his life, a life which Travis contemplated ending. Everything, including his job in law enforcement and indeed his freedom in having to spend time in jail as a former law enforcement officer. Everything, and Everything, except his rescue dog, aptly named Karma. Travis and Karma became constant companions in recovery, a recovery which led to successfully treating and addressing both his addiction and mental health, and that lead no longer merely surviving, but truly thriving in recovery and indeed life so listen up. Contact Travis: https://www.facebook.com/travis.sackett.1 Learn more about the Book “My Life with Karma” by Travis Sackett: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Karma-Travis-Sackett/dp/1637304544 Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation Book - The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/the-big-book Best Piece of Recovery Advice - Be honest with yourself and others Song – Crash by The Dave Mathews Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7in-9E3ImQ Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this installment of The Way Out, I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you my interview with Life Coach, Author, Speaker, and person in long term recovery Kellan Fluckiger. Kellan shares his journey to and through Recovery to this point with unmistakable transparency and with a clear and powerful message: You can recover, regardless of anything or anyone and then you can discover, develop, and serve yourself and others with purpose through your unique gifts in the spirit of genuine love. As Kellan reminds us, this kind of life is made possible if we’re willing to lean in and do the hard work, we’re being called to do in our personal recovery journeys. Indeed, we can work to heal our emotional injuries, shed counterproductive thought and behavior patterns, connect to a Higher Power or Higher Self, reconnect to and love ourselves, so that we can truly connect to and love others with our unique gifts and talents. This all may sound unattainable, but I assure you it’s not only possible it’s absolutely worth every bit of effort we put into it and to that end I submit as evidence to the affirmative the interview that’s about to unfold before your very ears as Exhibit A so listen up. Contact Kellan: https://www.kellanfluckiger.com/ Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation: The Waterfall Effect by Paul H. Burton: https://www.amazon.com/Waterfall-Effect-Principles-Productive-Leadership/dp/0981891144 Best piece of Recovery Advice: Love and Forgive Yourself Freely! Song that symbolizes recovery: Hallelujah Road by Kellan Fluckiger Kellan's Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5mzbIgEQIQPIjDqE6AaAC4 https://open.spotify.com/artist/5mzbIgEQIQPIjDqE6AaAC4 Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out I’m over the moon excited about bringing you my interview with Author, Poet, Teacher, and person in long-term Recovery Peter Murphy. Peter shares his journey to and through recovery to this point with a candor and wry humor that’s as compelling as it is enlightening. Anyone who is in recovery from addiction is by definition a truly remarkable human being, and Peter is no exception, especially considering his childhood trauma and chaotic family of origin. After years of struggling with the internal and external consequences of alcohol addiction, Peter has a fateful encounter with the Bahai Faith which offered much of what 12-Step Recovery offers us – spiritual connection, community, self-examination, amend making, and abstinence from drugs and alcohol and thus Peter’s recovery journey began in earnest and provided the fertile soil for Peter to uncover and unleash the Poet, Author, and Teacher within him. Far from being a happily ever after, peter experienced a sober bottom that prompted his active participation in 12-Step Recovery, which led him to lean in and do the hard work that ultimately resulted in meaningful, rewarding, and enduring recovery made up of beautiful relationships so listen up. Contact Peter: Email peteremurphy9@gmail (dot) com or leave a message at 6zero9 823 5zero76 Peter Murphy’s Writing: https://peteremurphy.com/ https://murphywriting.com/ More about the Bahai Faith: https://www.bahai.org/ Recommended Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block: https://lawrenceblock.com/books/eight-million-ways-to-die/ The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison: https://www.amazon.com/Recovering-Intoxication-Its-Aftermath/dp/0316259616 Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney: https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Lights-Big-City-McInerney/dp/0394726413 Best piece of recovery advice - Don't give up! Song that symbolizes recovery: Marlene Dietrich "You Go To My Head": https://youtu.be/AwJ-kY15eFE Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
I’m Charlie in this 300th rendition of the They Way Out we’re counting down our top ten recovery truths we’ve collectively learned up to this point from each of our individual recovery journeys as well as through the work we’ve done on this very podcast. Each and every person we’ve had the distinct honor of having on the show has taught us and reinforced universal recovery truths that have had a profound impact on our individual recoveries, and therefore our lives and we’ve been able to increasingly incorporate this collective truth into each episode for the sole purpose of aiding you, The Way Out Podcast listener in your journey to and through recovery. Regardless of where you are in that journey, our primary purpose is to Recover Out Loud with as much spiritual and recovery truth as possible so that others understand that Recovery is not only possible, it’s absolutely worth every ounce of effort we put toward it. What’s about to unfold before your very ears is our best effort in presenting a culmination of everything we’ve learned through our individual recovery programs and journeys as well as everything everyone has taught us about Recovery so listen up. *It has come to our attention that we neglected to cover #7 (Self-Care is critical to our recovery and well-being) on our Top Ten List of Recovery Truths in this episode. Our bad! Just another example of how easy it is to neglect self-care! The good news is that we've done two entire episodes on this topic, so check 'em out: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/episodes/Self-Love--Care-Vs-Selfishness--The-Way-Out-Podcast-Episode-174-eafiku https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/episodes/Boundaries-in-Recovery---The-Way-Out-Podcast-Episode-128-e3e2tq Top Ten Recovery Truths We’ve Learned Thus Far: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Agoc2NGKvVF2malvs3e9rzfKLFgYyw?e=bpIpIB Blog post referenced in this episode: https://thewayoutasobrietyrecoverypodcast.wordpress.com/2022/06/14/the-journey-to-a-god-of-my-understanding/ (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of the The Way Out the finest recovery podcast co-host in all the land had the distinct pleasure of talking with Vince Garrett and as you all will soon find out they had a ton in common. This commonality is no more evident than when they delve into the depravity that intravenous drug use brought out of them in their respective active addictions, such as the insane, reckless things they were capable of just to feed the proverbial monkey on their backs. On the flip side Jason and Vince also discuss the tremendous blessings that came from finding a safe space to share, and how the God of their respective understanding works in the most unexpected ways! Without question this discussion goes unflinchingly deep into the dark spaces and unapologetically into all of the light places so listen up. Contact Vince- siwatugarrett@gmail.com Book recommendation: Narcotics Anonymous: How it works and Why https://www.amazon.com/Works-How-Why-Traditions-Narcotics/dp/1557762554/ref=sr_1_1?crid=MYP1LNSERG9E&keywords=na+how+it+works+and+why&qid=1653881441&sprefix=na+how%2Caps%2C506&sr=8-1 Best Advice: "Do what's right in front of you" Song that symbolizes recovery: Don't Give Up by Gil Scott Heron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3UYtwWk31Q Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you what turned out to be a conversation that was at once extremely resonant and outright entertaining with Amanda White. Amanda is a licensed therapist, author of the new book Not Drinking Tonight – A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love, and person in long term recovery since 2015. Perhaps one of the most enlightening aspects of Amanda’s recovery is the immutable truth that our last bottom doesn’t have to be our lowest or worst bottom, that we don’t have to hit a proverbial rock bottom, and then ultimately our bottom is when we stop digging. Equally as instructive is the undeniable value of adding therapy to our program of recovery, especially if we have experienced trauma, adverse childhood experiences, or have a mental health issue. Finally, as you’ll soon hear, much of the work Amanda does professionally and writes about in her new book is centered on the truth that we are not stuck with our default thought and behavior reaction patterns for eternity, that indeed we can change and choose to mindfully respond instead of reacting to our counterproductive auto-thoughts. Often referred to as emotional sobriety in 12-Step recovery and an aspect of recovery we work hard to highlight and demystify, this next level recovery allows us to recognize these counterproductive auto-thoughts, pause, and then make a choice to act in a way that’s consistent with the people we truly want to be – and that my brothers and sisters is more than half the battle and what it looks like to get out of our own way so we can authentically connect to ourselves and then others in a meaningful way. Amanda shares with us her journey to and through recovery to this point with disarming humor, clear insight, and with the unique perspective of a licensed therapist who’s herself in recovery so listen up. Contact Amanda: https://amandaewhite.com/ More about Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love: https://amandaewhite.com/book Recovery literature (Quit-Lit) recommendation - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: https://brenebrown.com/book/daring-greatly/ Best piece of Recovery advice - Willingness without action is fantasy. We can be willing to be willing! Song that symbolizes Recovery: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield https://youtu.be/b7k0a5hYnSI Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out The best recovery cohost in the business has a tremendous conversation with new friend, Brett Morris, who created the Recovery Survey Podcast and Co-hosts the Recovery Revolution Live podcast! Brett is also a new Dad, a loving husband and an all-around fantastic human! His passion for spreading the message of recovery is only surpassed by his commitment to it! Brett shares so much of the good stuff in this episode, including how to maintain a healthy balance through it all, which may be the most elusive recovery goal of all so listen up. contact info: brett@recovery-revolution.org http://www.recoverysurvey.com https://m.facebook.com/recoverysurvey https://www.instagram.com/recoverysurvey/ https://mobile.twitter.com/recoverysurvey Book recommendation: NA Basic Text Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text 6th Edition Hardcover: Anonymous: https://www.amazon.com/Narcotics-World-Service-Office/dp/1557767343/ref=sr_1_1?crid=EUN22MQZTI4I&keywords=na+basic+text&qid=1650824418&sprefix=na+basic%2Caps%2C482&sr=8-1 Best piece of advice: " You can't have one foot in and one foot out of recovery. You're either all in or you're all out." Song that reminds Brett of recovery: Modest Mouse - The Good Times Are Killing Me https://youtu.be/7_uuetc0Jns Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out we have for you a phenomenal interview with addiction therapist, person in long term recovery, and author of The New Book “Resolving Spiritual Skepticism in Recovery: Putting the Universe to Work for You, Andrew Pierce. Perhaps one of greatest hurdles folks have in embarking on the 12-Step program of recovery or the compatible Minnesota Model of addiction treatment is the concept of adopting a Higher Power that can aid in our Recovery. Those of you Way Out faithful that have listened to this podcast for a hot minute know that prior to entering recovery I had deep seeded resentment, skepticism, and an unhealthy dose of ambivalence on the idea of God, especially one that could help me in any meaningful way. Andrew’s work in his new book centers squarely on this barrier that I and many others have faced in a particularly practical manner in that it focuses on what the problem is, which is the maladaptive thought and behavior patterns that make up addiction and precisely how spirituality both functionally works and can be of enormous value to our recovery journey. His work passes the proverbial smell test in that what he lays out in the book aligns with my own collective spiritual experiences and journey to this point. The HOW of Recovery, Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are essential in an effort to embark upon an individual spiritual journey and to develop a relationship with a Higher Power that can really work for you no matter where you are at with regard to your current attitudes and beliefs with respect to all things spiritual. Andrew’s work amounts to a field guide that can help us understand the nature of addiction, the process of recovery, and how even the deepest spiritual skeptic can develop a sense of practical spirituality that can make a real difference in our lives. What we’re ultimately working to achieve is first authentic connection to our true selves, then authentic and rewarding connection to others and ultimately an authentic and meaningful connection to a Power Greater than Ourselves and to that end Andrew’s book is an essential contribution to that goal and the interview that is about to unfold before your ready and willing ears will most certainly make a compelling case for resolving your own spiritual skepticism so listen up. Contact Andrew and learn more about his new book Resolving Spiritual Skepticism in Recovery: Putting the Universe to Work for You https://www.andrewgpierce.com/ Book - Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Habit-Being-Yourself-Create/dp/1401938094 Advice - You have Choice what you choose to hitch your emotions to. You don't have to be victimized by your emotional response to life's events and circumstances Song - She Talks to Angels by the Black Crowes: https://youtu.be/H58gMiQQRm0 Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of The Way Out, our extraordinary co-host Jason speaks with woman in long term recovery Honesty Liller. Honesty is the Author of the new memoir "Scattered Pink: A Diary of a Woman in Recovery" and she is the CEO of The McShin Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit Recovery Community Organization based in Richmond, Virginia. Truly living up to her name in her discussion with Jason, Honesty doesn't hold back the truth of how messy, difficult, and beautiful recovery can be as she shares her extremely relatable journey to and through recovery to this point. Out of her harrowing bout with addiction, Honesty began to truly connect to her peers in Recovery at McShin, got to work on her recovery, and began to work for The McShin Foundation, which she credits for saving her very life and his given her true purpose and a meaningful and enduring recovery so listen up. Contact Honesty: honestyliller@gmail.com Instagram: @diaryofawomaninrecovery FB: @honestyliller Recovery Resources and her book: Scattered Pink - eBook https://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Pink-Diary-Woman-Recovery-ebook/dp/B09MVH6B2R/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3ADC4M7XHXM7M&keywords=scattered+pink+ebook&qid=1647976887&sprefix=scattered+pink%2Caps%2C57&sr=8-1 Scattered Pink - Paperback https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scattered-pink-honesty-liller/1140956208?ean=9798985274103 The McShin Foundation http://www.mcshin.org/ Book recommendation: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist https://www.amazon.com/Present-Over-Perfect-Leaving-Frantic/dp/0310346711/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1648311751&sr=1-1 Best piece of advice: "Don't use no matter what!" Songs that symbolize recovery: You don't do it for me anymore by Demi Lovato https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maR-BfpOarc Is This Love by Bob Marley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2RHvGSvYQ Don’t forget to check out “The Way Out Playlist” available only on Spotify. Curated by all our wonderful guests on the podcast! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6HNQyyjlFBrDbOUADgw1Sz (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out, our prodigious co-host with the most has an outstanding discussion with person in long term recovery, peer recovery specialist, mental health professional and recovery advocate Tom Jackson. Tom is a longtime and self-proclaimed "policy nerd" who has been doing recovery advocacy work on the national legislative level since the days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980's. Tom shares his decades long journey to and through recovery to this point with us along with his hard earned wisdom and experience, all of which is yours to relish in the interview that’s about to unfold before your very ears, so listen up. Contact Info: jacksonta@gmail.com Resource links: http://wsh.dbhds.virginia.gov/ https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaRecoveryAdvocacyProject http://recoveryvoices.com/ Book recommendation: The Urge: Our History of Addiction by Carl Erik Fisher: https://www.harvard.com/book/the_urge/ Listen to Carl Erik Fisher’s interview with Charlie in Episode 254: Flourishing After Addiction with Dr. Carl Erik Fisher | The Way Out Podcast Episode 254 https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/episodes/Flourishing-After-Addiction-with-Dr--Carl-Erik-Fisher--The-Way-Out-Podcast-Episode-254-e15vi9a Best piece of advice: "Don't take yourself so damn seriously" Song that symbolizes recovery: Elton John - The One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85B_REWeNcM (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this rendition of The Way Out I’m beyond excited to bring you an exceptional interview with person in long term recovery on the family side and author of The Connected Leader: 7 Strategies to Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others, Karen Hardwick. Karen shares with us her journey to and through recovery to this point and embodied with it an empowering message of the power of connection. Karen shares how only authentic connection to our true selves and inner truth can result in genuine connection to others which is in many ways the antidote to addiction. The Way Out faithful will recall the familiar refrain of what the 12-Steps remedy on a macro level, and in a word it’s relationships. First, we address our problematic relationship with substances, behaviors, or people. That’s Step One. Next, we address our relationship with a power greater than ourselves. That’s the 2nd and 3rd Steps. In Steps 4 through 7, we address our relationship with ourselves. Then and only then, can we repair and build genuine relationships with others, because we’re connecting from our authentic selves, which creates the kind of pure acceptance that cannot be imitated by any substance or addictive behavior. We then have the opportunity to take this relationship transformation to the next level which is all about continuing the process we started of embracing our true selves and systematically discarding counterproductive thought and behavior patterns, flaws or character defects if you will, that get in the way of true connection to ourselves and others. Karen likes to call this being flawsome! Our flaws, which are often rooted in big or small traumas, reveal the ways in which we have opportunities to grow in our recovery. To be sure, the 12-Steps aren’t the only way to do this important work, as we’ve highlighted on this podcast in a variety of ways and will continue to do so. Dating way back to our hunter and gatherer days we’ve been biologically programmed to seek this sort of authentic connection for our very survival, because not being accepted into a group then meant certain death from predators or starvation. This fundamental drive is just as important to our well-being today as it was then because the lack of connection and acceptance can wreak havoc on us in myriad ways mentally, emotionally, and physically. Karen shares how we can make the daily, active decision to lean into, and indeed embrace our true selves and begin the transformational journey of authentically connecting to our selves and others so that we can truly recover and if we chose, become connected leaders for ourselves and the people we surround ourselves with so listen up. Contact Karen Hardwick: https://karenjhardwick.com/ More about The Connected Leader - 7 Strategies to Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others: https://connectedleaderbook.com/ Karen's Recovery Literature (Quit-Lit) Recommendation: The Bible How Al-Anon Works: https://al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/literature/feature-publications/how-al-anon-works-for-families-and-friends-of-alcoholics/ Best Piece of Recovery Advice: Call Your Sponsor! Song that Symbolizes Recovery for Karen: Rescue by Lauren Daigle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PugD11k3JU (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
In this edition of The Way Out, our spectacular recovery co-host Jason brings us a must listen interview with a tireless, passionate, and humble servant in the Minnesota Recovery community, Bridge May Sky! Bridge has had a long hard road, especially with her recovery. Service turned out to be the magic ingredient that she needed to achieve meaningful and enduring recovery. Bridge shares her journey to and through recovery to this point and how being of service has completely changed the game for her. A single mother of 5, Bridge is an absolute superstar - a true champion for the recovery community and a fantastic mom to boot! Bridge is also the creator and host of her own live interactive podcast called K.I.S.S. Recovery 101 where both Jason and I had the honor of being guests to share our stories and talk Recovery. In addition, Bridge is also a recovery coach at Minnesota Recovery Connection and true to her M.O. she has some other exciting things in the ‘ol works! You’ll definitely want to stay tuned to hear Bridge’s amazing recovery story and all of the spiritual and recovery wisdom embodied within it so listen up. Contact: Bridge Sky Recovery Navigator MN Recovery Connection 612-584-4158 minnesotarecovery.org Recovery Resources KISS Recovery 101 https://youtu.be/OXja21AsO1E Bad Mom's https://www.facebook.com/groups/badmomsclub247/ Back to Basics https://www.facebook.com/groups/3608037505877185/ Serenity Shores https://www.facebook.com/groups/495983208307652/ Treatment/Literature Committees https://www.facebook.com/groups/7232320436841673/?ref=share Rise Up Hour https://www.facebook.com/groups/riseuphour/?ref=share Best Advice- "Don't live in the past, or the past won't let you live." Book Recommendation: 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman https://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Secret-that-Lasts/dp/080241270X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=COTR2MJ251N8&keywords=5+love+languages&qid=1649286151&sprefix=5+love%2Caps%2C262&sr=8-1 Song that reminds Bridge of recovery: Meet me in the woods by Lord Heron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJOsLdBqbPA (c) 2015 - 2022 The Way Out Podcast | All Rights Reserved Theme Music: “all clear” (https://ketsa.uk/browse-music/) by Ketsa (https://ketsa.uk) licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message
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