Sunday, February 22, 2015

Celebrating Sobriety Milestones

Getting sober is not easy and many say the first 90 days are critical. This is a time when we are learning a whole new way of life and it can be very difficult and confusing. Celebrating milestones, whether it’s 24 hours, 30, 60, 90 days or years, helps us to see how far we have come and re-commit staying sober. Most recovery programs celebrate milestones by giving out a token (chip, keychain, etc.). This is helpful to the recipient and to others members of the group to see that long-term sobriety is possible.

On this episode of The Bubble Hour, we talk about how celebrating milestones has helped us with our recovery and some of the special things we have done to celebrate.  



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Speaker/Discussion "Meeting" with Lisa B.

We’re always trying to think of topics that are compelling to our listeners, but the heart of every show is our guests and their recovery stories.  In recovery meetings it is common practice for one person to share their experience, strength and hope and then to pick a recovery topic for the group to discuss so we have recreated that concept here on The Bubble Hour. Hearing that there are other people just like us...with the same experiences, thoughts and feelings is revolutionary.  Tune in to this week's episode to hear our guest Lisa B's story ad our discussion.  





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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Alcohol and Hormones: Menopause, Peri-Menopause and Recovery

Did you know that heavy alcohol use can accelerate menopause onset by as much as 5 years? Do you know how to distinguish between the symptoms of detox and menopause when the feelings are remarkably similar?

How is long-term recovery affected by the onset of menopause?

Listen and learn more about an issue that affects all women, eventually.




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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Re-Broadcast: Sober Firsts, Part 1

Early recovery is full of “sober firsts”. They seem to come fast and furious in the initial weeks and months, and can be overwhelming at times. Eventually, the “firsts” are fewer and further between, but their infrequency can make them feel more jarring. On this episode of The Bubble Hour we look at “sober firsts” of three major types:
  • “Mixing with the Normies” – going back to the places and situations where drinking is part of the milieu, now as a person in recovery
  • “Engaging in Recovery” – new places and situations you encounter once you quit drinking
  • “Sober and Solo” – the things you go to or through on your own.
Join us and our guests as we talk about what these experiences were like for us and some tips for navigating these challenges of early sobriety.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Speaker Discussion "Meeting" with Lisa N. (Co-Founder and Former Co-Host of The Bubble Hour)


In recovery meetings it is common practice for one person to share their experience, strength and hope and then to pick a recovery topic for the group to discuss. We thought it would be great to recreate that concept here on The Bubble Hour. Hearing that there are other people just like us...with the same experiences, thoughts and feelings is revolutionary.  Our featured guest on this show is a voice many of you will recognize - Lisa N., one of the founders and former Co-Host of The Bubble Hour. 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Getting Unstuck

How many times did we wake up saying, "Today is Day 1," only to pick up a drink later? Maybe we said, "I'm just a binge drinker. I can go weeks without a drink," but we still have a sneaking suspicion that something is wrong and can't quite figure out how to break the habit. Or we get some sober time - 30, 60, 90 days or more - and then think, "Surely I have figured out to moderate by now!" We cycle through dark thoughts of shame and defiance to willingness mixed with confusion. How can we get unstuck and into a sober life? Join us on this episode as the co-hosts of The Bubble Hour discuss the stages of change from around a table at our first ever in-person meeting. We talk about getting into action to move out of stuck thinking and into a life of recovery.




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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Feeling Our Feelings: A Brave New World

While we are active in our addictions, we are numbing all of our feelings.  Although the initial impulse might be to dull the hard emotions - fear, anger, hurt - the actual result is that we dull of our emotions, limiting our experience of joy, contentment, and connection.  When we get sober, we find a crazy new rush of feelings - good and bad - that can be overwhelming.
 
On this episode, we discussed our experiences with our emotions and techniques for processing them.  Sobriety is a brave new world, which includes the full range of human feelings.  We're glad to be showing up for them all! 
 
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