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Author: Gillian Tietz, MS

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Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a MS in Biology she set out on a quest to understand why she developed a drinking problem and other people don't. In the Sober Powered Podcast, you'll learn why it's so hard to stop drinking and why alcohol causes your personal brand of misery.
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Gill welcomes Amanda E. White to the podcast. Amanda is a licensed therapist and the author of the book “Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating A Sober Life You Love.” Not drinking is just the beginning of improving our lives. We also have to learn things like how to deal with emotions, how to set and maintain healthy boundaries, and how to take care of ourselves. This episode is your guide to moving forward without alcohol. In this episode you’ll learn:Amanda’s path to becoming a therapist and struggling with her drinking during grad schoolEmotions: how alcohol stunts our emotional maturity and prevents us from learning basic life skills, how to begin recognizing your feelings if you have no idea where to start, and why you don’t have to feel happy all the time- it’s not our normal baselineBoundaries: what they are, what they are not, how to set boundaries as a people pleaser or if you’ve never set them before, how to navigate tough conversations, how to deal with having your boundaries being violatedSelf-care: why alcohol isn’t self care and what real self-care isHow to start therapy and find a therapist you connect withAmanda is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Therapy for Women Center, based in Philadelphia serving clients across the country. In her clinical work, she specializes in working with individuals with substance use disorders and eating disorders. She has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Washington Post, Shape, Women’s Health Magazine, and more. Connect with Amanda:Where to get her book amandaewhite.comHer practice's website therapyforwomencenter.comInstagram www.instagram.com/therapyforwomen As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Visit www.exactnature.com to learn moreCurious Elixirs is giving you $10 your order of $50 or more with the code POWER22. Visit https://curiouselixirs.com/pages/sober-powered?utm_source=sober-powered-podcast&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=sober-powered-122 to learn more.Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out my YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday at 10 am EST.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: this is not medical adviceSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
 Gill discusses why we drink. Our motivation for drinking matters and a recent study found that why we drink coincides with the development of alcohol use disorder. She covers the main reasons why people drink: to cope with mental health and negative emotions, to unwind after work and deal with stress, to socialize, and to cope with stress from parenting. She found some interesting studies to share with you about why people drink, and one study at the end of the episode about why mom’s drink.What to listen to next:E55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give UpE63: Why Alcohol Causes Depression and Suicidal ThoughtsE79: Why We Romanticize AlcoholE54: Neuroplasticity and Using Alcohol to Escape or Numb OutE43: Drinking to CopeWhat to watch next:Can we drink on special occasions? Thoughts on "deserving" a drinkhttps://youtu.be/a-9rL2kOjPYHow to not drink after work. Getting through the witching hour soberhttps://youtu.be/C-UH_vJPJVYAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Visit www.exactnature.com to learn moreCurious Elixirs is giving you $10 your order of $50 or more with the code POWER22. Visit https://curiouselixirs.com/pages/sober-powered?utm_source=sober-powered-podcast&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=sober-powered-122 to learn more.Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out my YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday at 10 am EST.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses Dry January and how a month-long challenge can help you. You’ll learn the physical and mental health benefits of giving up alcohol for 30 days, a bit of the history of Dry January and how popular it is, and how giving up alcohol for a month can greatly improve your self-efficacy or your belief in yourself. She never did a month-long challenge, but she shares a bit about her experience giving up alcohol for 90 days and what she learned from that break.What to listen to next:E23 What your blood can reveal about your liver healthE9 From chronic day ones to forever sobrietyE16 Signs I was a problem drinkerE38 What causes withdrawal symptoms?E60 How alcohol affects our cognitive abilitiesE36 Your sober pal tell us what AA is likeE59 What to expect when you stop drinkingWhat to watch next:I quit drinking on my own, but what does that mean for you?eBook Recommendation:Quick Start Guide to Sobriety (free download)As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Visit www.exactnature.com to learn moreCurious Elixirs is giving you $10 your order of $50 or more with the code POWER22. Visit https://curiouselixirs.com/pages/sober-powered?utm_source=sober-powered-podcast&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=sober-powered-122 to learn more.Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out my YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday at 10 am EST.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses romanticizing alcohol. You’ll learn why we selectively remember the positive memories of our drinking, why the negative memories fade away, and how this can lead us to drink again. She found a very cool study to tell you about too, that looked at how quickly negative memories fade for moderate drinkers versus heavy drinkers. And if you struggle with romanticizing alcohol, then she provides some tips at the end of this episode for dealing with these thoughts.What to listen to next:E25: Staying Sober During the HolidaysE28: Is it a Bad Habit or a Problem?E32: A Conversation with my HusbandE61: How Alcohol Memories are Triggered in SobrietyE62: Dopamine and AddictionVideos:Romanticizing Alcohol?Should You Drink on Christmas and NYE?How to Stay Sober During the HolidaysAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out my YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday at 10 am EST.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill welcomes Nikki Eisenhauer to the podcast. Nikki is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, and the host of the Emotional Badass Podcast. If you struggle with alcohol, then it's highly likely that you also struggle with handling emotions in a healthy way. Gill loves the way that Nikki discusses emotions in her podcast, and knew her expertise would be the perfect addition to Sober Powered.In this episode you’ll learn:How Nikki started her career working with people who struggle with addiction and traumaHow to connect with your emotional self vs your thinking selfHow to just “be” and not deal with constant overwhelmHow to break out of the mindset of needing to get to a certain point in life to be happyWhy your emotions are okay and how to embrace feeling themHow trauma can disconnect you from your body, what that looks like (hypervigilance), and how to reconnect Connect with Nikki: Emotional Badass PatreonEmotional Badass SpotifyEmotional Badass iTunesNikki Eisenhauer (courses, work with her, etc)What to listen to next (Emotional Badass episodes):A Personal Story of Childhood, PTSD, and FencesFrom Survive to Thrive - A Strategy for Anxiety & PTSD RecoveryHow do you know where to start or focus in healing?Boundaries Gratitude, Self Worth, and CodependencyAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this episode is our interpretation of the research combined with opinion. This is not medical advice.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses non-alcoholic drinks. Some people love them, and some people think they ruin your sobriety. In this episode she explains why non-alcoholic drinks can be so triggering and how they activate the reward center. You’ll learn if it’s safe to consume drinks that have a tiny bit of alcohol in them, why you might get a fake buzz from non-alcoholic options, and how drinks that mimic the real thing can lead someone down the path to relapse or they could just be a great tool for someone else’s recovery.What to listen to next:E31: If Alcohol is Toxic, Why Can We Drink it?E61: How Alcohol Memories are Triggered in SobrietyAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill welcomes Dr. Anna Lembke to the podcast. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world. In this episode, you'll learn:How whatever perceived positives alcohol is bringing to your life (like less anxiety) with repeated use, alcohol causes or worsens the very thing you are trying to improveWhy alcohol isn't actually your best friend or the only thing that is helping you Why a 7-14 day break isn't long enough to see the truth about your drinkingHow taking 30 days off can significantly improve your mental health for the majority of peopleWhy doctors are hesitant to ask about alcohol and drug useWays to evaluate the amount of alcohol you're consumingHow long does it take to restore balance in the brain How to set expectations in sobriety Sobriety obsession: can we get addicted to sobriety?In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Get your copy of Dopamine Nation hereWhat to listen to next:E62: Dopamine and AddictionAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses how sleep changes from when we’re drinking to long term sobriety. She explains how alcohol impacts sleep, how sleep changes in withdrawal and early sobriety, and when you can expect your sleep to fully recover. You’ll learn how lack of sleep while we’re drinking exacerbates the damage alcohol causes to the brain, how insomnia impacts cravings, and 5 strategies for coping with insomnia in sobriety.What to listen to next:E3: Alcohol, sleep and drinking dreamsE59: What to expect when you stop drinkingE60: How alcohol impacts our cognitive abilitiesE22: Why you think alcohol helps your anxietyE64: Alcohol and anxiety (part 2)E69: Alcohol shrinks the brain, but what does that mean?As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comSign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses resilience. Being able to get through hardship without self-destructing is key for maintaining our sobriety. She explains what resilience is, some research on how this impacts sobriety, and other skills that contribute to resilience and staying sober. At the end of the episode she will go over 5 tips for developing resilience if this is something you struggle with.What to listen to next:E55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give UpE35: Emotional SobrietyAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill celebrated 2 years of sobriety on November 9th, 2021. In this episode, she will discuss how sobriety has changed for her from the first to the second year, obsessing about sobriety, intrusive thoughts about alcohol, an all or nothing mindset, and how to achieve balance in your sobriety.What to listen to next:E55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give UpE70: How the Brain Balances Reward and ConsequencesE21: I'm One Year Sober!As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill continues our conversation about trauma from last week's episode. She discusses a couple interesting studies about how trauma impacts our ability to regulate our emotions, and how not being able to regulate your emotions leads to relapse. You’ll learn how trauma impacts the way the brain responds to emotions, how this can lead to addiction, and what you can do to start working on improving your ability to handle negative emotions.Emotion Regulation Skills Questionnaire (ERSQ)What to listen to next:E46: Neuroplasticity Helps Us RecoverAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses how trauma increases the risk of developing an addiction. She reviews an interesting study from 2021 that looked at how trauma impacts the amount of pleasure a person will feel from drugs. You’ll learn how childhood trauma changes the way animals and humans experience pain, another reason why we can never become take it or leave it drinkers or drug users, and why science thinks trauma makes us more vulnerable to addiction.What to listen to next:E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes CravingsE11: Why Alcohol Feels Good (Endorphins and Opioid Receptors)As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses the balance between how we believe alcohol is benefitting us and the consequences it's bringing to our lives. This balance is what helps moderate drinkers know when to stop, but sometimes this balance can be disrupted and the negative consequences just don’t seem to be that bad. In this episode you’ll learn about how the brain balances reward and consequences, and some ways this balance can be disrupted to increase the risk of developing a problem with alcohol.What to listen to next:E54: Neuroplasticity and Using Alcohol to Escape or Numb OutE68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make DecisionsE55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give UpE30: Gray Area Drinkers (and positive alcohol expectancies)As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses how alcohol shrinks the brain and what that actually means. She explains how alcohol shrinks the brain, how this impacts our cognitive function, and how the brain recovers with sobriety. You’ll learn about some genetic factors that make us more vulnerable to abusing alcohol and what happens when alcohol causes permanent brain damage.What to listen to next:E26: Does the Brain Recover?E17: Alcohol and the HeartE11: Endorphins and Opioid ReceptorsAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses decision making. She explains how the damage alcohol abuse causes to the brain relates to damage caused by a type of traumatic brain injury. You’ll learn how the brain makes decisions, how alcohol abuse changes our decision making, and what you can do to make better decisions and protect your sobriety.As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses stress, cortisol and cravings. She explain how our stress response system works, and how alcohol changes this response and our hormones. You’ll learn how alcohol impacts our cortisol levels, how this impacts our cravings for alcohol, and what this means for people trying to stay sober. At the end of this episode you'll see how this topic connects to a lot of other things we’ve discussed on this podcast. This is an episode you don't want to miss!Episodes to listen to nextE40: Why Are We So Angry?E51: Why We Crave Alcohol and What to Do About ItAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses what increases our risk of relapsing. She explains how alcohol changes the brain to make it harder to not drink, so we’ll talk about changes to the reward center, how the brain communicates with itself, and how we are able to handle stress. You’ll learn how hope and the way you deal with things helps you stay sober too.What to listen to next:E26: Does the brain recover?E42: Is relapse a part of recovery?E46: Neuroplasticity helps us recoverAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses what happens when you binge drink. She explains the effects binge drinking has on different parts of the body, and you’ll learn more about alcohol overdose poisoning. At the end of the episode she shares a story of a family friend who experienced alcohol overdose poisoning.As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses anxiety and addiction. She explains how the brain keeps itself in balance, how alcohol affects this balance, and how this causes us to feel relaxed when we drink and then anxious when we don’t. You’ll learn why we get hangxiety when we try to stop drinking, how genetics plays a role, how long it generally takes for the brain to balance itself out after we quit, and more about a drug called Baclofen which is prescribed off label in some countries to treat alcohol addiction.What to listen to next:E22: Why You Think Alcohol Helps You AnxietyE43: Drinking to CopeAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietzSign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
Gill discusses serotonin and dopamine. She explains what serotonin is, how serotonin and dopamine work together, and how they are affected by alcohol. You’ll learn why alcohol causes depression and suicidal thoughts, and a fun fact at the end of the episode about serotonin, dreams, and psychedelics.What to listen to next:E13: Alcohol, Serotonin and DepressionE19: Alcohol Use Disorder and Psychiatric ComorbiditiesE62: Dopamine and AddictionAs a listener of Sober Powered, Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comSign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
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Trish James

Wow! I'm definitely going to listen again, with pen and paper at the ready. The analogy of the gremlins was super helpful. I had joy tears Gill listening to you describe your enjoyment of being awake in bed. Great to know that by improving homeostasis, means I'll be able to have more moderate enjoyment, eg bed sheets 🤣, has certainly been my experience. Thanks Gill, love your work

Dec 4th
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