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Recovery Elevator

It isn't a NO to alcohol, but a YES to a better life! Best selling author Paul Churchill, along with Kristopher Oyen interview people who have stepped away from alcohol in their own lives. Each week this podcast does a deep dive into an exploration of what a booze free life might look like from various perspectives and opinions.  If you are sick and tired of alcohol making you sick and tired, we invite you to listen to Recovery Elevator. Check out what an alcohol free life can look like as others share their own stories of sobriety. If you are sober curious, newly sober, supporting a loved one or living your best life already in recovery, then you are in the right place. This podcast addresses what to do if you’re addicted to alcohol, or if you think you’re an alcoholic. Other topics include, does moderate drinking work, does addiction serve a purpose, what happens to the brain when we quit drinking, should you track sobriety time, is A.A. right for you, spirituality, and more. Similar to other recovery podcasts like This Naked Mind, the Shair Podcast, and the Recovered Podcast, Paul and Kris discuss a topic and then interview someone who has ditched the booze.
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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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Apr 6, 2015

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.

Mar 16, 2015

It's so depressing to imagine the amount of money wasted on alcohol.

 Alcohol has cost me $155,052

 

 

Celebration

 

·      Ashamed, didn’t want to tell anyone. 185 days of sobriety.

 

Accountability

 

·      Goals

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Mar 9, 2015

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.

 

Dream

 

            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

 

            Doing pull-ups

 

            Burpees         

 

            Taking a break, then buying performance enhancing drugs

 

Picture of my beautiful view while podcasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

Feb 24, 2015

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

 

This is the link to where I found the percentages of alcoholics

 

 

 

Feb 22, 2015

Answering this question is easier than you might think........

Feb 12, 2015

Paul discusses his struggles with alcohol and his experiences in early recovery. Test Content

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