Sunday, February 7, 2016

Special Guest - Mary Killian, Author of "The Roustabout Heart: Adventures in Recovery"

We are excited to have Mary Killian, author of "The Roustabout Heart: Adventures in Recovery" as a special guest on our show!  We talk to her about her addiction/recovery journey, what her life is like today, and discuss her amazing book! 
More about Mary:
She loves talking about her recovery. It's her favorite topic in the whole world. Being sober is the most important thing in her life. All the other neat stuff she knows and enjoys depends on this commitment. She has wonderful friends, a solid marriage and a happy, healthy family. She believes in her heart that she deserve these privileges. Her relationship with God is strong and beautiful. She's got dreams and goals. These are all huge developments.
She's okay with letting folks know the details of her experience.She likes sharing her feelings. She is hopeful and proud of the person she is becoming.
Find Mary on the interwebs here: 
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Special Guest: Anna David, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, AfterParty Magazine

    Photo courtesy of Anna David
    We are very excited to welcome special guest Anna David to our show! 
    Anna is the NY Times bestselling author of six books as well as a journalistTV talking head and college speaker who focuses on addiction, recovery and relationships. She’s the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of AfterPartyMagazine and RehabReviews, is the host of the AfterPartyPod podcast and has been sober over a decade-and-a-half.  
    We talk with Anna about all kinds of things, including pink clouds (and what to do when we fall off them), how we grow in recovery, learning to get comfortable with discomfort, accepting life on life's terms, and what her life is like today.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dropping the "A" Word - Moving From Contemplation to Action

We get a lot of emails from people saying they are still drinking but are concerned they may have a problem, or are trying not to drink and listen to this show as one of their tools. We are so grateful that the show helps people on their journey towards, or in, sobriety.  One pattern we see is that the arc of contemplating “am I or aren’t I an alcoholic?” looks very similar for most people.  This is especially true of people who are earlier on in this process and who have yet to experience many outward ramifications from their drinking.
We can spend a lot of time thinking about whether or not we are truly an alcoholic, and this is an obstacle to taking action about your drinking.
On this show we talk about what this contemplative arc looks like, for many people, and provide a few resources that can be helpful in finding community that can help (because, as we talk about all the time on this show, community is the key to getting sober).
We mention the following online communities in this show, and we encourage you to check them out! If you want more information on the Booze Free Brigade ("BFB") and how to join this private FB community, please email us at and we can tell you how.
The other resources we mention on the show are as follows: 
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Signposts of Alcoholism, And An Honest Conversation About "Hitting Bottom"

On Sunday's show Ellie, Amanda and Catherine talked about early warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism, as we reflect back on our own sobriety journeys.  

We also have an honest conversation about "hitting bottom", what it means to hit an 'emotional' bottom, and some of the different challenges faced by people who get sober before any dire legal, financial, familial or medical issues occur.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Speaker Discussion "Meeting" with Liz F. - Getting Sober When You're Young

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 have recreated this concept here on The Bubble Hour. Hearing that there are other people just like us...with the same experiences, thoughts and feelings is revolutionary.  
On this show, our guest Liz F., who is currently 23 years old and got sober young, will share her story and the impact recovery has had on her life.
Liz's message of recovery applies to any age, but if you are young and struggling, or newly sober, or if you are the parent of a young person who is struggling, or new to recovery, this message is particularly relevant for you.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Teaching People How To Treat Us - Setting Boundaries in Early Recovery

Setting boundaries is an essential skill in life, especially for people in recovery. Alcoholic and addicts often have dysfunctional boundaries: either too rigid (leading to suppressed emotions or distant relationships) or too enmeshed (depriving us of a sense of personal identity). If we don't learn how to create and maintain healthy boundaries interpersonal relationships may continue to be defined by old roles and patterns, increasing the risk of relapse.

As part of recovery, we learn how to set boundaries and to respect other people’s boundaries in return. 

But, especially in early recovery, this can be daunting.  An important aspect of setting healthy boundaries is learning, simply, how to say "no".  Another important part of setting boundaries is identifying how we are feeling; something that can take practice when we are newly sober. We can't teach other people how to treat us if we can't identify our own thoughts, feelings and emotions.

On this show we discuss what boundaries are, why they are important, and share tips, tools and advice on ways we identify, build and strengthen them, with an emphasis on how to do this when you are newly sober.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Re-Broadcast: From Self-Medicating to Self-Care

“I need a drink” is a common catch phrase people use to sum up a bad day.  The culture is rife with advice that a “nice glass of wine” is all it will take to feel better about whatever challenges life dishes up.  So, when we are faced with big health issues, like anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses; physical illness or changes in our physical health; or stress caused by any social or familial changes or losses, it can seem like an easy fix to pick up a drink to “take the edge off.”  
As alcoholics, this response becomes our go-to.  We come to depend on alcohol to deal with our problems.  It becomes a vicious cycle as our bodies and brains are stressed from processing the alcohol, as we stuff our emotions deeper and deeper down inside, and as we become dependent on the drink to fix us.
We find great freedom from that dependence in sobriety, but it can be daunting to realize that even though we are now sober, we still have the same issues we had before we sought relief in the bottle - the same anxiety, the same depression, the same hormonal changes, the same trauma.  

On this show, our guests share their experiences about how they found new and better ways to deal with their lives.  From menopause to dual diagnoses, we can move from self-medicating to proper self-care!
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