Al-Anon: Larcine G
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Larcine G is a member of Al-Anon and she tells her story at the Mt Baker roundup held in October  of 2020 via zoom. 


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The Addicted Mind Podcast
The Addicted Mind Podcast
Duane Osterlind, LMFT
113: Unraveled with Laura and Tom Boldt
On today’s episode of The Addicted Mind Podcast, Duane speaks with mother and son, Laura and Tom Boldt, authors of Unraveled, A Mother and Son Story of Addiction and Redemption. They talk about their story of recovery and how they worked together to get recovery. They each share how their recovery impacts each other, and how they were able to do it. It is a great story of hope, compassion, and gratitude for the life they've created in recovery together – as a family. *A Mother and Son’s Story* Coming from a family of many alcoholics, Laura was certain she wasn't going to end up like her alcoholic mom. But fast-forward to having four children, Laura fell into full-blown alcoholism when her youngest child was two years old. It was on Halloween night 2008 that everything changed for her when she got into a serious car accident. She could barely remember what happened to her the next morning. At that point, she knew she needed help. At that time when Laura stopped drinking, her son, Tom, had already experienced bullying and switched schools a few times. He simply wanted a place to belong, which he had found in drinking and drugs. While alcoholism reflected how Laura was living free and having fun, it was completely opposite for Tom. It was more violent. There was more blood and there were more hospital visits. His alcoholism worsened to the point that it not only led to broken bones, but also, broken relationships. Then one Halloween night in 2012, he got in a couple of bar fights and ended up running down the freeway. The next morning, he just decided he was done. Addiction is a family disease because everybody around you suffers from it. The family essentially has a very important role to play during this healing process and there needs to be understanding and compassion. Part of Laura and Tom’s healing process was writing the book, which was not only cathartic to both of them, but an opportunity for them to send this message of hope. *In this episode, you will hear:* * Laura’s story of alcoholism and the turning point that made her decided to stop * Tom’s story of alcoholism and drug abuse, and his decision to stop * The effects of drinking on Laura and Tom * Their journey through recovery together * The role of the family in addiction recovery * The difficulties and challenges in recovery together * What they discovered about each other * Writing the book as a cathartic process for them and as a way to send their message of hope Key Quotes: [02:36] - "When you try to control your drinking, you only realize that it's controlling you." [03:39] - "People around you are far more aware of your alcoholism before you are." [07:18] - "I could have killed somebody else. My kids could be without a mother because of drinking." [13:07] - "I was completely unaware of the effects of alcohol... I just thought it was normal." [19:56] - "I started learning so much about the disease and Laura was so amazing and would fill me in on her journey and her experience." [22:42] - "Not all families have the opportunity to heal for whatever reason. But it does make it easier for the alcoholic and the addict to have a family that plays into that healing." [23:23] - "Resentments can cause relapse... it's a daily practice for us to stay healthy." [32:48] - "My life is filled with so much joy, so much fun, and, and true laughter that's not ignited by alcohol, and it really is a more peaceful way to live." *Subscribe and Review* Have you subscribed to our podcast? We’d love for you to subscribe if you haven’t yet. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts ( ). Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast. If you really enjoyed this episode, we’ve created a PDF that has all of the key information for you from the episode. Just go to the episode page at ( ) to download it. *Supporting Resources:* Unraveled, A Mother and Son Story of Addiction and Redemption *Episode Credits* If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at ( )
37 min
Recovery Elevator
Recovery Elevator
Paul Churchill
RE 309: Curious VS Douchey
Stephen took his last drink on January 24th, 2020. This is his story of living alcohol free (AF). Odette’s weekly installment of: Finding Your Better You “The pleasures of connecting with people are much greater than the pleasures of judging people.”- Johann Hari If we show up genuinely, we can connect with someone. If we are pretending to listen, we will not connect. Only with actual connection can we truly see each other. In a little departure from talking about quitting drinking Odette is asking us to explore being a better listener. What would that mean? What would that look like? Listening to each other has the power to heal, however it’s also very hard to do. Can we be more curious and see how this can impact relationships? [6:01] Odette introduces Stephen. Stephen is 33 years old and lives in Austin, TX. He enjoys exercise, teaching tennis and using his Peloton. He’s planning to return to school in the near future. [7:30] Can you give listeners some background on your story? Stephen said he took his first drink at the age of 15. He was curious about it and remembers finding something that made him feel relaxed. Being so focused on tennis, alcohol was mostly a secondary thing. In 2008 he joined the military to be an Airborne Ranger, which is also where he noticed his drinking changed. He left the military in 2015 and the drinking followed him. With nothing to wake up for at 5am anymore, he was able to drink differently. After a few years he walked into an AA meeting and went all in for 7 months’ time. He began drinking again for 5 months which led him to January 2020. [14:59] Tell me more about your being in the military and the binge drinking. Did you question your relationship with alcohol? Stephen said he only questioned his drinking in the midst of a bad hangover. He was surrounded by so many others that drank the same way, so it was very normalized. Alcohol was a temporarily release from the stressors. [19:07] Have you shifted your thinking from that of learning to endure to finding joy? Stephen said he is still working on this. Coming from his sports and military background he was taught to do whatever it takes to get through something. He’s learned that only works in the short term, but the emotional impact last longer. In recovery Stephen has taught himself that it’s ok when things are easy and to go with the flow. He had to allow himself to surrender to the fact that he cannot live with alcohol in his life at all. [22:45] What has been different this time? Stephen said this time he had to adjust his all-in mentality. He’s more tied into recovery communities with actual people and listening to their struggles and stories. He gave up the idea of being perfect but at the same time accepted that he can’t be the best version of himself while drinking alcohol. [25:06] Have you found anything in sobriety that makes you feel relaxed and free? Stephen said running helps him and it’s when his body feels good and his mind is at peace. He’s working on trying to be ok with his own thoughts in his own head. Having real conversations with real people makes him feel free. [25:57] What do you do when you have a craving? Stephen said he eats. It’s simple and it works for him. He didn’t eat when drinking because he didn’t want to ruin his buzz. Now it’s the opposite. If that doesn’t work, he reaches out. [26:57] Tell me about this year. Stephen said at the beginning of COVID he was still able to be collecting a paycheck. He also went through a big breakup, which was different being sober. [29:30] What’s your everyday routine look like? Stephen said on a daily basis about connecting with people about his life and their life. Addressing mind, body and spirit, as well as attending therapy. [31:14] How have the interactions with family and friends been? Stephen said his family can now see the version of him that’s able to be present. He’s having conversations with family members who are questioning their own drinking. [34:01] Have you figured out the why of your drinking? Stephen said he’s been exploring a lot of deeper things with his therapist. He grew up in a home where he had to walk on eggshells. So, he thinks the drinking allowed him to be free of that. However, that led to all of his emotions being repressed and without an outlet except through drinking. Drinking allowed him to feel things and feel human. [35:38] Have you found therapy to be helpful? Stephen said yes. He’s an analytical person by nature and having someone to be a sounding board has been helpful. He wouldn’t have gone through a lot of the childhood trauma without his therapist. [37:36] Has your sleep improved? Stephen said not yet. He hopes it’s the last piece of the puzzle. [39:49] Have you gone back to AA? Stephen said yes, he’s working through the steps again. But he primarily focuses on a larger network for his own recovery. [41:07] Rapid Fire Round * What would you say to your younger self? Stop trying to find clarity and happiness in a bottle. What happened to you as a child is not your fault * What book are you reading right now? Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp * What’s your favorite ice cream flavour? Amy’s Ice Cream: Mexican Vanilla * What parting piece of guidance would you give to listeners thinking about ditching the booze? There is no perfect recovery.Find your own path, don’t look back and you aren’t alone. There are so many people living a life without booze. You may have to say adios to booze if... you jump out of a plane drunk, because you are still drunk from the night before. Odette’s weekly challenge: Only you know what is best for you. Protect your energy. What works for some might not work for you. We are all here to encourage and inspire each other. We are challenging big alcohol, you are a part of this. Upcoming events, retreats and courses: * You can find more information about our events Affiliate Link for Endourage: For 10% off your first CBD order with Endourage visit this link and use the promo code elevator at checkout. Affiliate Link for Amazon: Shop via Amazon using this link. The book, Alcohol is SH!T, is out. Pick up your paperback copy on Amazon here! You can get the Audible version here! Resources: Connect with Cafe RE - Use the promo code OPPORTUNITY to waive the set-up fee. Recovery Elevator YouTube - Subscribe here! Sobriety Tracker iTunes Sobriety Tracker Android Sober Selfies! - Send your Sober Selfie and your Success Story to “Recovery Elevator – when you show up as you are, you make all the difference for yourself and for the world - I love you guys”
47 min
Before You Kill Yourself
Before You Kill Yourself
Leo Flowers
Sara Stanizai: Setting boundaries, feeling accepted and being a first generation immigrant
Bio: Sara Stanizai, LMFT is a licensed therapist and the owner of Prospect Therapy, a queer + trans affirming therapy practice with a special focus on working with first- and second-gen immigrant and other bicultural communities. Sara and her team of therapists help individuals, teens, couples and families work through complex trauma and emotional neglect in order to create relationships in their lives that do more healing than any therapist could. She is currently offering a Afghan-American women's group program, as well as a two-month workshop series focused on Impostor Syndrome in First-Generation Americans. She is also on the board of the LA Bisexual Task Force, which promotes education, advocacy, and visibility for the Bi+ community in Los Angeles. Learn more at or follow @prospecttherapy on instagram.  If you want go from feeling hopeless to hopeful, lonely to connected and like a burden to a blessing, then go to 1-on-1 coaching, go to Let’s get to tomorrow, together.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK [800-273-8255] 1-800-SUICIDE [800-784-2433] Teen Line (Los Angeles) 800-852-8336 The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth Hotline) 866-488-7386 National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE [800-799-7233] Crisis Text Line Text "Connect" to 741741 in the USA Lifeline Chat International Suicide Hotlines:
1 hr 2 min
Always Evolving with Coach Mike Bayer
Always Evolving with Coach Mike Bayer
Stage 29 Podcast Productions
Les Brown: Find Your Calling and Invest in Yourself
In this inspiring episode Coach Mike talks to motivational speaker, author and former Congressman Les Brown about how to build confidence and re-connect to oneself and others in the most powerful way possible. Les Brown is a treasure trove of experience, strength and wisdom, and an expert storyteller who will leave you re-energized, revitalized and ready to get things done! Les Brown's approach to successful living is simple: get rid of the negative and build on the positive. He'll help you find a way to learn from your past and release negative viewpoints and self-judgments, which are a waste of time and energy and have no bearing on the future you. Too many people aim low and hit the mark! Les will help you challenge your vision and target the real success you are meant to be. The key is communication- with yourself and others, and authenticity is the key to communicating. Les helps answer the questions: Who are you? What do you have to offer? How do you invest in you so others will follow suit? Find out what others need and know you are the answer!   FB: IG: Twitter: IG: TikTok: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
40 min
Brave New Weed
Brave New Weed
OffScrip Media
Episode 98 - New Year, New Thought: Cannabis As A Gateway Drug to Health
For years cannabis was slammed as a "gateway" to harder drugs. Dr. Dave Gordon begs to differ. After 20 years of treating people with medical cannabis he tells us how it can be used as a gateway to better health and habits.  In the prohibitionist rhetoric of yore, cannabis was maligned as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it led users down the path to stronger and more “dangerous drugs,” cocaine or heroin or god forbid, psychedelics. As with much prohibitionist bunk there was never any evidence to this contention, but that never stopped our friends in law enforcement or politics from rehashing it for the next four decades. It hasn’t stopped them yet, even with reams of evidence showing exactly the opposite. The truth, of course, lies elsewhere: millions of people know that cannabis can be a gateway to improved health and wellness. It can help slow down our speeding world and enable people to change consciousness with far fewer deleterious effects than our legally sanctioned inebriant, alcohol. It can help us pay attention to the subtler things in life and in our own bodies. And it can certainly help us contend with the stress of everyday life.  But cannabis can also be a gateway to other healthful benefits. “Knowing the history of cannabis prohibition can be a gateway to educating people about the long, terrible history of systemic racism in our country, and its profound impact on social inequality. Understanding the endocannabinoid system can be a gateway toward viewing disease in a wholistic systems approach, rather than the siloed model we’re taught where each disease is a problem with a single “system.” Once people slow down and really check in with themselves and their bodies, they might be able to do that with other things -- what they eat, how much they’ve slept, the amount of time they spend on their screens...It can be a gateway to better habits without cannabis.” The last paragraph is from a conversation I had with this week’s guest, Dr. Dave Gordon, a functional medicine physician in Denver, Colorado and a passionate advocate and educator whose 20 years of medical practice has brought him to the radical idea that “cannabis is a gateway substance in the truly modern sense.” I highly suggest you listen as we say good riddance to 2020 and welcome this new year that brings with it new and much needed hope.  Footnote: Dr. Dave serves on the advisory board of Leaf 411, the fantastic free nursing hotline that educates and supports the general public about the safe use of cannabis. Click the link to learn more about this great, big hearted, service. This episode of Brave New Weed podcast is made possible with the support of Bar Capital. Bar Capital is a different class of investment firm. Their purpose is to help cannabis become as common and culturally accepted as aspirin or alcohol. Bar Cap invests in, advises, and helps raise capital for companies and fund managers operating in the cannabis space. They back entities that are innovative, audacious, and have great leadership. Bar Cap believes now is the time for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices, and Institutions to consider cannabis as an essential piece of an alternative investment portfolio. If you are looking to raise funding or are an accredited investor that would like to learn more about investing in the cannabis space, please visit and connect. You’ll also find the full regulatory disclosures and risk disclaimers on their website. Each member of Bar Capital is a Registered Representative and offers securities through Stonehaven, LLC a Member of FINRA/SIPC.
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