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Have you ever thought your drinking was out of control? Have you tried to control your drinking but have not been able to? Want to stop drinking but have no idea how? The Sober Friends Podcast is here to share our experience strength and hope overcoming our addiction to alcohol and drugs. Each week, Matt, John and Steve talk to people who have found sobriety and talk about topics that help keep the plug in the jug. If you are new, think you are alone and don’t know the next steps to getting … Continue Reading >>
Have you ever thought your drinking was out of control? Have you tried to control your drinking but have not been able to? Want to stop drinking but have no idea how? The Sober Friends Podcast is here to share our experience strength and hope overcoming our addiction to alcohol and drugs. Each week, Matt, John and Steve talk to people who have found sobriety and talk about topics that help keep the plug in the jug. If you are new, think you are alone and don’t know the next steps to getting help, you found the right place. We speak for no 12 step program but we do try to remain anonymous. You can leave a voicemail for the show at ‪(860) 281-2303 << Show Less
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Jen Saw Her Bottom was the Floor of a Cliff One of the Sober Instagram accounts we find the most inspiring is @jenmovesforward.  Jen joins us this week to talk about her story, overcoming relapse, making recovery her career and how fitness is part of how she stays sober.In this Sober Friends Episode Jen tells us:How she started using in her teensKnowing in her 20&apos;s that she had a problemLosing relationships over drugs and alcoholAlmost losing her current husbandOvercoming relapse and finding a career in the recovery worldThe place fitness plays in her journeyHer love of archeryThis was one of those podcasts we had to stop talking before the tape was rolling because it was so good.  I know you&apos;ll love Jen&apos;s story.Justifiably Proud ProductionsJustifiably Proud Productions is a podcast that recognizes life, leadership, and...Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifySupport the show
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Jen Saw Her Bottom was the Floor of a Cliff One of the Sober Instagram accounts we find the most inspiring is @jenmovesforward.  Jen joins us this week to talk about her story, overcoming relapse, making recovery her career and how fitness is part of how she stays sober.In this Sober Friends Episode Jen tells us:How she started using in her teensKnowing in her 20&apos;s that she had a problemLosing relationships over drugs and alcoholAlmost losing her current husbandOvercoming relapse and finding a career in the recovery worldThe place fitness plays in her journeyHer love of archeryThis was one of those podcasts we had to stop talking before the tape was rolling because it was so good.  I know you&apos;ll love Jen&apos;s story.Justifiably Proud ProductionsJustifiably Proud Productions is a podcast that recognizes life, leadership, and...Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifySupport the show
Working on Our Character Defects The root of our alcoholism and our alcoholic thinking is our character defects.  The 12 Steps are instrumental in getting through our character defects, especially with Steps 4 and 5.  Many of our character defects are associated with fear and ego.  Character defects have a root in selfishness and doing for others is a way to bust them.  Here are ways to work on a character defect:Acknowledgement of the defectPrayerTalk to another alcoholicJoin Steve and Matt as we talk about Character Defects, how they impact us and how we address them to live a happy sober life.Husband Material: Helping Men Outgrow PornAchieve lasting freedom from porn without fighting a frustrating, exhausting battle.Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
Getting Through Social Gatherings When You Are Sober Matt was inspired by Gill Tietz&apos;s Sober Powered episode, Staying Sober During the Holidays.  The episode is much less staying sober during the holidays, and more staying sober at events where booze is available.  Practicable advice for those in recovery for anytime.BBQsWork partiesConcertsEctJohn, Matt and Steve talked about their experience being on guard for the unguarded moment.  In this episode we talk about:Keeping your drink in your hand.  If you put it down, get anotherTell a bartender you are not drinking and stick with that person (thanks Gill)Our thoughts on non-alcoholic versions of an alcoholic drinkHow people put booze in food and to watch out.This is great advice for anyone looking at sobriety, new or old.Husband Material: Helping Men Outgrow PornAchieve lasting freedom from porn without fighting a frustrating, exhausting battle.Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify The ChurchGear PodcastAre you a church tech director? If so, this podcast exists to serve you specifically....Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
The Family After You Find Sobriety The show is brought to you by Sean, who bought us a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberfriendspod.  Sean thought it was important to put the show in the newcomer&apos;s ear.Recovery is not just for the person getting sober.  Recovery affects the family too.  For us, our family was very happy when we put the bottle down.  But they had a hard time understanding all these meetings we had to go to and all these drunks running through our house.For Matt, it was a place of friction for his wife over the first 3 years of sobriety.  His wife would talk about running out to be with his friends when his family needed him.  Over time, the family understood that the work with other alcoholics was what made him a better dad and husband.We thought this might speak to you.  Do you have challenges getting to meetings or however else you choose to get sober, due to family obligations?  What have you experienced?  We are looking for your feedback too!Holistic Life NavigationThis podcast explores how to heal stress & trauma holistically. I am your host, Luis...Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify A Little Bit of ChillFun, light-hearted Podcast full of self-help and suggestions to help you find your chillListen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
It Took Sobriety for Ryan M to Participate in Life Ryan M has made recovery a huge part of his life.  He didn&apos;t get sober, he got involved.  Ryan has been part of the service culture of AA from his entire time getting sober (March 2013).  Coming into the program in his early 30&apos;s, he was attracted to the younger people in his 12 step group and got involved the the Young People in AA organizations.  If you go to a service group in Ryan&apos;s area, chances are you will run into him.It was not always like that.  During his drinking career, Ryan isolated.  He started out being part of the crowd and as his drinking got worse, he got older and his friends moved on, his only companions were TV shows and movies.  Ryan lived vicariously through the shows he watched, never really engaging with life.  At Ryan&apos;s lowest, he was arrested at his parent&apos;s home, while picking up dog poop.  And like many of us who put down the bottle, he was able to change into something beyond his wildest dreams.Join us for this inspiring story of recovery and service from our friend Ryan M.Want to help our show?  Subscribe, review, rate and share.  Help us get the show into the ears of those who could use it the most.Cantina Blues - Take the Lead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100407Scrub TalkA podcast made for healthcare workers, students, and fans of Grey's Anatomy.Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Becoming MindStrongThe TRUTH about nutrition, fat loss, health, and fitness. Here's how to never diet again.Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify The Mindful Midlife Crisis A podcast for people navigating the complexities and possibilities of life's second halfListen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify The Brief DiveThe Brief Dive offers a unique and unlicensed teen perspective, providing advice to...Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
Staying Sober on Vacation Vacation is a dangerous time for those of us with problem drinking.  Vacation is a great time to suspend all the rules and drink as much as we want.  Hey, it&apos;s 5pm somewhere!  Am I right? Or am I right!  On this episode of the Sober Friends podcast, Matt, Steve and John talk about the trap that vacation can cause for us.  It&apos;s a risky time because we have time on our hands.  We talk about how to overcome the temptation on vacation and have a plan:Get a list of phone numbers from people you can call, when your backside is on fireIf out of the country, download apps that allow you to communicate over the internetTalk to family and friends and explain your situation and ask for supportIf you are involved in a 12 step program, go online or get booklets of meetings around your vacation spotWant to help our show?  Subscribe, review, rate and share.  Help us get the show into the ears of those who could use it the most.Clarity Cafe PodcastA little self-help & a lot of laughs in this sip-sized podcast full of good vibesListen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Time & Other ThievesReflections and conversations on the nature of existence. Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
The Difference between Abstinence and Sobriety The dictionary definitions of &quot;Abstinence&quot; and &quot;Sobriety&quot; look very similar.  For the purpose of living a happy, joyous and free life in recovery, they can mean very different things.  Overall, Matt, Steve and John identified Abstinent as being dry.  This is a state where alcohol has been removed but nothing has come in to replace it.  To get sober, you have to replace alcohol as the solution to your problems.  We drank because it numbed the pain or it enhanced the joy.  Being sober means that you can get through everyday life without leaning on the crutch of a drinkMatt, Steven and John talk about their own experiences being abstinent and being sober.Want to help our show?  Subscribe, review, rate and share.  Help us get the show into the ears of those who could use it the most.Cantina Blues - Take the Lead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100407Practically Mental A snarky, sarcastic, and practical talk about mental health and life in generalListen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
Get Vulnerable, Get Honest and Get Intimate With Those You Trust. Your Sobriety Depends on It For those of us with a drinking problem, one of the symptoms was isolation and putting up walls to drive others away.  Once some of us get sober we still have a hard time letting others in.  If you discovered what I really am like, you&apos;d see I was a fraud, an awful person and someone you&apos;d be repelled by.  Do you feel this way sometimes?John, Steven and Matt discuss the inability to get intimate with our chosen pack and how not being able to get vulnerable an honest can have disastrous consequences on our sobriety.Closer TogetherExplore the passions of others as we dive into the topics that set people's soul on fire. Listen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Playful Humans Podcast - People Who Play for a LivingRediscover the power of play for more fun, flow and fulfillment in your life and career!Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
Remembering Gratitude when Life Gives You Lemons It’s so easy to focus on the bad stuff in life and even easier to correlate them. Matt has had some issues with his house and financing the repairs. At every corner, he’s run into roadblocks (see last week’s episode). Matt’s therapist posed a question:“Have you considered a gratitude list?”So instead of focusing on all the bad stuff, why not look at what good you still have?In this episode of the Sober Friends podcast we talk about staying grateful when life gives you lemons and how you can deal with life on life’s terms.Want to help our show?  Subscribe, review, rate and share.  Help us get the show into the ears of those who could use it the most.Cantina Blues - Take the Lead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100407Artist: http://incompetech.com/The Enthusiasm ProjectDeep dives exploring the world of what it means to be an independent creator.Listen on: Apple Podcasts SpotifyWe wanted to alert you that you may hear some ads inserted into the show. We’ve carefully selected each ad to be sure it’s recovery appropriate. We are not looking to make a profit, only looking to get enough help to make this expense neutral. We’d love your feedback. You can email at matt@soberfriendspod.comSupport the show
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