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Maegan & Bob | The Addictionary Podcast - The Way Out Podcast Episode 92

This week I’m absolutely ecstatic about bringing you the Podcasting duo Meagan and Bob from The Addictionary Podcast.  Meagan and Bob are father & daughter and are both persons living in long-term recovery from addiction.  Their recovery stories are both inspiring and instructive, demonstrating through their lived experience, there are many pathways to meaningful and long-term recovery and that there truly is no substitute for living your truth.  Listen Up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr

1 May 2018

Rank #1

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 77 - Brandon Novak Part One

The Way Out Podcast is on, right now.  I’m Charlie and I’ll be your host for a truly special episode with none other than Brandon Novak.  Brandon’s early life was stamped indelibly through early family turmoil juxtaposed against his incredible and clearly God given skateboarding talents.  Brandon’s rare and exceptional life fueled his self-described superiority complex; which turned out to be quite the perilous mix for this budding addict and alcoholic.  Part one of our two part series is coming right at you.  Listen Up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr

14 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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Bottoms Up: Letting Go of the Idea of Hitting Bottom with Laura L. - The Way Out Podcast Episode 72

This week I bring you my conversation with Laura L.; a dear friend of mine whom I met upon entering into recovery just over three years ago.  Laura’s story provides incredibly instructive context into the discussion on bottoms in Recovery.  With over 4 years of continuous sobriety; Laura shares how she not only recovered from Alcoholism; but also from the trauma of being an adult child of an alcoholic as well.  Listen Up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 13mins

10 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 3 - Brian

Welcome.  Thank you for joining us on the second installment of The Way Out.  Sharing stories from people just like you who have recovered from alcoholism and other addictions.  The Way Out does not speak on behalf of, nor are we affiliated with any 12-step organization.  Our purpose is to share with you, one episode at a time, what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.  This week we’ll be hearing from……Brian.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 14mins

6 May 2016

Rank #4

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Sugar-Free with Mike Collins - The Way Out Podcast Episode 153

This week The Way Out Podcast is going Sugar-Free with Mike Collins – Founder of SugarAddiction.com and chairman of Food Addiction Institute. Mike is in long-term recovery from addiction and alcoholism; 34 years long and 30 of those years have been free from both caffeine and sugar. Mike shares why eliminating sugar and caffeine was a part of his journey and we discover how much both of these substances have in common with drugs and alcohol. Spoiler alert; our relationships to sugar, caffeine, and even food can and indeed may mirror our relationships to drugs and alcohol in active addiction. I implore you to bring honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness along with you as you take this episode in, and truly allow yourself to discover and uncover your own relationship with these substances. I can attest that I cannot deny that I still am guilty of slamming my dopamine receptors with caffeine all morning and sugar in the afternoon – and there’s a likely a reckoning coming my way sooner rather than later. My discussion with Mike, his journey to a drug, alcohol, and sugar-free lifestyle is worth every second of your attention – so Listen Up.Contact Mike:Facebook.com/QuitSugarNow Facebook.com/AddictionUnlimited SugarAddiction.com FoodAddictionInstitute.org--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 8mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 15 - Adriana

Adriana shares her recovery journey and her new project, The Creative High.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

56mins

1 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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Fear & Recovery - The Way Out Podcast Episode 98

I’m Charlie and today I’m joined by my two new co-hosts Jason and Alex as we have an insightful and practical discussion on fear and recovery. We answer the question burning in every recovering person’s mind – exactly how many times does the word fear appear in the Book Alcoholics Anonymous and furthermore which chapter in the aforementioned text mentions the word fear most often? How did fear manifest itself amongst us in our own active addiction and more importantly how did we shed it in recovery? Perhaps most instructive, what do we do in practical application when fear crops up in our lives today? How do we recognize it, and what tools do we use to help us? We answer all of this and much more so Listen Up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

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17 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Parenting in Recovery | The Way Out Podcast Episode 172

This week we’re addressing an aspect of recovery, while incredibly important and impactful to many of us in or contemplating recovery, is often overlooked. There’s oodles of information about parenting in general, and some of that is quite applicable, but very little in the way of the unique challenges those of us in Recovery face. We’ll identify the key issues parents in recovery face, how we can overcome them successfully, and how we can use the tools of recovery to become more present, understanding and consistent with our children. Both Jason and I are Parents in Recovery and I assure you we’re not sugar coating the challenges we face as traverse the often-difficult dynamics that present themselves on the daily as recovering parents. As I often say, life has a habit of getting lifey and the parent child relationship is no exception to that rule. Plus we’ll share feedback from the sober and serious community and take your calls so Listen Up. Book Mentioned in this Episode: https://www.hazelden.org/store/item/458137?Sober-Dad--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 15mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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JF Benoist | Silence the Monkey Mind - The Way Out Podcast Episode 149

This week we’re stepping away from our series on the 12 Steps to bring you a refreshingly different perspective on Recovery through a truly compelling interview with JF Benoist, Author of “Addicted to the Monkey Mind – Change the Programming That Sabotages Your Life”. JF and I explore what the “Monkey Mind” is, why so many of us reside in this state of mind as often as we do; and how we can transform our minds and bodies in unison to a persistent state of awareness, what Benoist calls the “Observing Mind”. We highlight parallels to 12-Step recovery and call out some key departures along the way. This interview will indeed enlighten and engage you, perhaps in a way that you’ve never experienced, until now. Listen Up. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 13mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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12 Step Series | Step One - The Way Out Podcast Episode 140

This week we’re beginning our series on the 12 Steps. We begin, naturally, with Step One which reads “We Admitted We Were Powerless Over Alcohol, that our Lives Had Become Unmanageable”. Critical to overcoming any problem is recognizing & accepting there is a problem in the first place. Step one at it’s very core, is a surrender to our powerlessness and the unmanageability that manifests in our lives as a result. We’ll unpack the key elements of understanding what Step One means, what causes our powerlessness and unmanageability, and practical ways we can work Step One in our own recoveries. Plus we share feedback from the Sober & Serious Community and take your calls. Listen Up. Step One Worksheet: https://www.12step.org/docs/Step1_WS.pdf--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 31mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 13 - Jamie S

Jamie's active addiction took hold early in life, where she found recovery at the age of just 16.  Hear how she found long term recovery & what life is like for Jamie today--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 9mins

17 Sep 2016

Rank #11

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Joshua Shea and The Hidden Addiction - The Way Out Podcast Episode 162

This week we’re interviewing Joshua Shea and we’re talking about a subject that is cloaked in shame and marred by a social stigma reminiscent of the leapers of bygone millennia. Joshua Shea is a recovering pornography addict, recovering alcoholic and author. Joshua has appeared on over 50 podcasts, television and radio shows using his personal story to promote the ideas that porn addiction spans all demographics and those with a problem should seek help before it’s too late, as it became in his case. While drug addiction and alcoholism no doubt are still battling the bad rap of social stigma to some extent, Pornography and Sex addiction is the Secret affliction hardly a soul will speak of. Despite this deafening silence, porn and sex has never been more accessible. Alarming as it is, 35% of internet downloads are pornographic. 40 million Americans say they regularly visit porn sites and on third of all internet porn users are women. As a consequence, as much as 8% of the population admits to having a sex related addiction and the actual number is likely much higher than that. You’ll find Joshua’s honesty at once disarming and on point, realizing that though the externalities of porn and sex addiction are rather distinct, the underlying causes and conditions are quite universal. There’s little doubt you’ll take a whole lot away from this remarkable interview, so Listen Up.Books by Joshua SheaThe Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy RelationshipsHe’s a Porn Addict…Now What? will be released in late 2019www.RecoveringPornAddict.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 22mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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The Way Out Podcast - Episode 4 - Andrew B.

Andrew B's Experience, Strength, and Hope. Recovery based podcast for those whom are recovering or dealing with addiction and alcoholism.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

47mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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All You Need is Less - Peter S | The Way Out Podcast Episode 180

This week we’ll hear co-host extraordinaire Jason interview our good friend Peter S, who candidly shares his Recovery story. Peter’s called in to the show a time or three and brings unbridled honesty and spiritual truth every time. Ultimately his is a story of love, loss and redemption, Peter’s remarkably poignant story is rife with pain and anguish as a once promising career in the Wine industry complete with six figures, a beautiful fiancé and all the trappings was ultimately swallowed up by alcoholism and addiction, leaving him literally jobless, penniless, homeless, and alone. We all know better than to think that’s where Peter’s story ends, don’t we? Fact is, in more than a few ways it is truly where his Recovery story begins. I’m telling you all, this story is candid, raw, and seriously compelling and the wisdom and spiritual truth embodied herein is truly palpable, so Listen Up. Book: Varieties of Religious Experiences-William James https://www.gutenberg.org/files/621/621-pdf.pdf Recovery Resources: Opportunities for Change program by the MN Dept. of Corrections https://oforc.org/ Minnesota Recovery Connection www.minnesotarecovery.org Recovree https://www.recovree.com/ Minnesota Recovery corps www.minnesotarecoverycorps.org 2218 Alano Club www.2218alano.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

2hr 5mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Vulnerability & Emotional Risk in Recovery - The Way Out Podcast Episode 54

This week I bring you a conversation with Roger F on Vulnerability and emotional risk in recovery.  The interview was recorded while traveling from Stillwater, MN to Minneapolis MN so you’ll hear the sounds of the road in the background – a perfect opportunity to use your collective imagination to envision yourselves in the back seat of The Way Out Podcast mobile listening to this impromptu recovery discussion.  Listen Up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 6mins

26 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 44 - Michael G Part Two of Two

In part two, Michael shares how he hit unimaginable physical and spiritual bottoms; and how the 12 Steps have brought some unexpected gifts.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

51mins

20 May 2017

Rank #16

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A.A. Rule Number 62 | Don't Take Yourself Too....Seriously - The Way Out Podcast Episode 166

This week we’re talking all about Rule #62 of the 12-Step program Alcoholics Anonymous – Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. On the surface, this seems a rather simple and straightforward concept, however on further review; questions likely arise that don’t appear to have an easy answer like What does it mean to not take ourselves too seriously? How serious is too serious? Isn’t Sobriety and Recovery, at its core a serious and often life or death endeavor? How do we avoid taking ourselves so seriously and what recovery tools can we use in our efforts? We’ll answer all of these questions, share feedback from the Sober and Serious community and take your calls, so without further ado we give your our episode on Rule 62. Listen up. Ted Talk Referenced On This Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-o3piURD0U--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 25mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 45 - Big Jim Downs

Big Jim Downs is an amazing man, with an incredible story, and a huge heart. Jim is literally walking the walk - across America to raise awareness for addiction recovery.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

34mins

21 May 2017

Rank #18

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 6 - Mike Part 1

Mike’s Experience, Strength, and Hope.  Recovery based podcast for those whom are recovering or dealing with addiction and alcoholism.  Mike lost his brother at the age of 4, battled drug and alcohol addiction before entering recovery at the age of 21 – and has 37 years of continuous sobriety.  His story is a true triumph of the human spirit, made possible through recovery and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

48mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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The Way Out Podcast Episode 25 - Christopher B (Part 2 of 2)

Christopher shares his experience, strength, and hope born out of his journey to long-term recovery from alcoholism and shares his most painful bottom - while IN recovery.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-way-out-podcast/message

1hr 26mins

21 Jan 2017

Rank #20