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

Hello, I'm Paul, and I've realized that alcohol is shit. Alcohol isn't what I thought it was. Alcohol used to be my best friend, until it turned its back on me. When I first started drinking, I could have a couple and then stop, but within time stopping became a struggle. I've tried to set boundaries on my drinking like never drink alone, and not before 5 pm but eventually found myself drinking alone before 5 pm, oops. When I'm not drinking, I'm thinking about alcohol. When I am drinking, I think I should probably quit. After grappling with alcohol for over a decade and a summer from hell in 2014, I decided on September 7th, 2014 to stop drinking and haven't looked back. I started the Recovery Elevator podcast to create accountability for myself and wasn't too concerned about if anyone was listening. Five million downloads later and the podcast has evolved into an online recovery community, in-person meet-ups retreats and we are even creating sober adventure travel itineraries to places like Peru, Asia, and Europe! 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. Similar to other recovery podcasts like This Naked Mind, the Shair Podcast, and the Recovered Podcast, Paul discusses a topic and then interviews someone who is embarking upon a life without alcohol.
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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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