Randy Raphael has 8.5 years of sobriety and he tells how getting sober doesn't have to be such a struggle.
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.
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
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:
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
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
I was headed to Cusco, Peru as a chaperone for a group of highschool students around this same time last year, and when I started drinking on the first flight I kept drinking all night and up until moments before meeting the students. It was insane, which is exactly what this disease is.
It's so depressing to imagine the amount of money wasted on alcohol.
· Ashamed, didn’t want to tell anyone. 185 days of sobriety.
The research is conclusive. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, did a study on goal-setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.
Goal: Quit drinking. Must have a date, a plan, details, etc.
Paul sums up his summer of 2014 and drinking career with one dream explaining why he decided his elevator had gone down far enough.
Points to discuss during Podcast
-It works! It's keeping me sober. Talk about every Monday at 6am goal and how someone reached out.
Fear of creating podcasts is no one will listen, mine is that people will actually listen.
Peace, Calm, unity, free
Gary Jules - Mad World Dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had which describes how Paul felt in the summer of 2014.
Repeating statements, words etc. Broken Record. Are you not listening to your own podcasts?
Addiction doing laps on ten-speed bike
Addiction can dunk a basketball
Taking a break, then buying performance enhancing drugs
Picture of my beautiful view while podcasting
The only way you're going to be able to quit drinking is to get outside of your comfort zone. If you are not willing to do this, then your chances of getting sober are bleak.
Show Notes for Episode 2: What is covered
· Why you are a lucky one
· Myths debunked
· Can I ever drink again?
· Comfort Zone
· Success Rates
· Answer to quit drinking
Answering this question is easier than you might think........