Sunday, August 16, 2015

Early Sobriety - Am I Ever Going To Feel Better?

For the month of August the co-hosts of The Bubble Hour are taking a break to refresh, renew and focus on our own self-care.  We will be back in mid-September with a fresh new format!  Until then, we are re-broadcasting some of our most popular and informative episodes.
Early sobriety can be challenging in many ways - lots of ups and downs and experiencing emotions for the first time without the numbing effects of alcohol.  On this episode we discuss tools and tips for getting through those first few days, weeks and months of recovery.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Re-Broadcast: Relapse Triggers

When people stop using alcohol and drugs they are given a second chance on life. Some embrace this new life and never look back. Others find living without alcohol and drugs to be a struggle every day. Regardless of your experience, we are all susceptible to triggers which can cause us to relapse. Recognizing and managing these triggers is important to maintaining our sobriety. 

So what are triggers? A “trigger” of addiction involves any high-risk situation or stressor that “cues” a thought, feeling, or action to use alcohol or drugs. There are two types of triggers: internal, which occur within us, and external which occurs outside of us. 

On this episode we explore common triggers and discuss ways to counteract these unhealthy reactions and develop an action plan to keep ourselves safe and sober. 


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rebroadcast: "It's Not Just A Drinking Disease, It's A Thinking Disease" (and an announcement)

ANNOUNCEMENT:

In order to protect our own "bubbles", the co-hosts of The Bubble Hour are taking the month of August to refresh, renew and focus on balance and self-care.  We will resume in mid-September with a fresh new format!


Until then, we will be rebroadcasting some of our most popular and/or informative episodes.  Last Sunday was a rebroadcast of our show:  "It's Not Just A Drinking Disease, It's A Thinking Disease".

Getting sober isn't just about putting down the drink or the drugs, it's also about understanding the way our brains work, how we think, how we process.  
In this episode we talk about how we cultivate awareness of our thought patterns, and learn how to change the way we think so we can continue to grow and learn in recovery.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Speaker Discussion "Meeting" with Greg

The heart of every show is our guests and their recovery stories.  Everyone who participates on the show is a volunteer, whose willingness to honestly share their experience, strength, and hope helps keeps us all sober.  

So this episode is an open format episode in the style of a speaker/discussion meeting, where one guest shares their recovery story.   We are thrilled to welcome Greg to the show!  Greg shared his experience, strength and hope with us.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Re-Broadcast: How To Talk To Family & Friends About Your Recovery

Many of us spend years agonizing over the question..."am I an alcoholic?" before finally admitting to ourselves that "yes, I am an alcoholic". Saying those words out loud for the first time takes a whole lot of courage...and that's just the beginning. Getting and staying sober takes a lot of work and involves changing just about everything about ourselves. Many people join support groups where people suggest we go to a meeting every day? Get a sponsor? Believe in a power greater than ourselves? Let go of our resentments? Practice acceptance, patience and tolerance? Practice self-care? It's a whole new world for us, but if we want to stay sober, we learn to embrace these changes and we thrive. 

But what about our loved ones and our friends? How do we explain our recovery process to them? Many of us have hidden our disease so well that our loved ones had no idea we were drinking too much. Some will tell us to just stop. Some will suggest we only drink on the weekends or on special occasions. Even the ones who pleaded with us to stop drinking may find it difficult to understand our recovery process. 

On this episode of The Bubble Hour we will discuss ways to talk to our loved ones about our recovery process and why it needs to be the number one priority in our lives...even above them. 




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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Truth About Honesty In Recovery

When we are drinking, we may find ourselves mired in dishonesty. This can be subtle or extreme. We may try to cover up our drinking and tell lies or exaggerations to avoid consequences, responsibility, or conflict. Dishonesty is at the root of denial including telling ourselves we can safely drink when we have evidence to the contrary. Lying may even become a habit as we hide from our addiction to cover up our true mental and emotional health to protect our ego, reputation, self image.

Choosing sobriety may be the first truly honest thing we've done in awhile. On this episode, we will be talking about how honesty has shaped our recovery, the choices we have to make to get and stay sober, how our definitions of honesty have evolved, and how dishonesty figures into the 11 stages of relapse if we let it.

Join us on Sunday, June 28, 2015, as we get honest and help each other stay honest as a core function of our sobriety.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Special Father’s Day Speaker Meeting With Frank F. – It’s A Family Disease

The heart of every show is our guests and their recovery stories.  Everyone who participates on the show is a volunteer, whose willingness to honestly share their experience, strength, and hope helps keeps us all sober. 

In honor of Father’s Day, Co-Host Amanda’s father, Frank, who is also in recovery, joined us on the show. Frank shares his own story and talks about what it was like for him to see his daughter showing signs that she was headed down the same path.

It is often said that alcoholism is a family disease. In this case, that certainly seems to be true, but this is proof that families can and do recover together.



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