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Recovery Elevator | Stop Drinking, Start Recovering. | Alcohol, Addiction & Life in Sobriety

Hello, I'm Paul and I've come to the realization that me and alcohol no longer get along. When I start drinking, I cannot stop, despite how many times I tell myself I'm only going out for just a couple. I've lost that battle 99 out of 100 times. I've tried to set boundaries on my drinking like never drink alone, and not before 5pm but several times found myself drinking alone well before 5pm. When I'm not drinking, I feel fidgety, contentious and anxious which eventually leads me back to the bottle. After grappling with alcohol for over a decade and a summer from hell in 2014, I decided on September 7th 2014, I HAVE to stop drinking. The Recovery Elevator Podcast is a medium to help keep me sober in addition to helping others struggling with alcohol quit drinking and maintain a healthy recovery. Don't make the same mistakes I did in early recovery. Hear from guests who are successfully navigating early sobriety. It won't be easy, but you can do this.
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Now displaying: May, 2015
May 25, 2015

Randy Raphael has 8.5 years of sobriety and he tells how getting sober doesn't have to be such a struggle.

May 18, 2015

Eric finds himself in a wheelchair at 6 months of sobriety and doesn’t drink. He talks about what he thought sobriety was going to be like and what to expect.

 

May 11, 2015

Alcoholism is a progressive disease and Paul, with 34 years of sobriety explains how he has made it this long with out a drink. Below are the key points Paul discusses.

 Drinking destroys the intelligence

After 34 years is still taking it one day at a time

Drinking destroys in this order: Spiritual, Mind then body. Healing is in reverse order

This disease is beautiful (the solution, continuing to be of service to the community and others)

ISM – incredibly short memory

Wants to be reminded on a daily basis that is doesn’t get any better

Gets gooder and gooder and gooder

Sick and tired of being sick and tired

 

 

 

May 4, 2015

Moira has 9 months of sobriety, has lost 55 pounds and explains how her life is so much better without alcohol.

 

A dry drunk is someone who:

1.     Has made no emotional or behavioral changes.

2.     Someone who simply doesn't drink and does not work a programs or invest time into their recovery

7 Characteristics of a Dry Drunk:

1.     Selfish

a.      Alcoholics are all extremely selfish and we think we are in total control at all times. We think we have beat the system

2.     My Way or the Highway – Tom Cochrane "Life is a highway"

a.      Spontaneous decisions with only one person in mind

3.     The Blah……

a.      Things are getting boring. You’ve quit drinking, you're riding the pink cloud, but soon things start to get mundane and boring

4.     We start to forget

a.      The magic of how our brains are wired to forget the past

5.     Sunsets aren’t quite as magnificent

               a. Interesting things in life have lost their allure

6.     Negativity

               a. A continuous trend in negativity

7.     You’re still bat shit crazy

a.      Drinking is a thinking disease and not a drinking disease

b.     Our drinking is but a symptom of our disease

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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