Soberful

Soberful

Veronica Valli and Chip Somers are experts on recovery. Chip Somers was most recently described by Russell Brand in his book 'Recovery' as a 'right social liability.' Together they have been sober for almost 50 years and have a LOT of stories, messes, experience and occasionally helpful advice to share on living in sobriety. They bring all of that (and more) to the Soberful podcast. This podcast is for anyone who wants to live an alcohol-free life, is struggling to get sober or who is in long-term recovery.

Episodes

November 30, 2022 42 min

Alysse Bryson is started the sober curator during lockdown. She wanted to create a fun uplifting space for people in long-term recovery. In this conversation, she candidly discusses becoming a single mom and twenty.

 

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Veronica wanted to hand over this topic to Chip as he is the 'old one.' But then realised she qualifies as 'getting old' too! Chip and Veronica discuss all this related to ageing and sobriety. Including the risks of drinking as we age. Health issues and
medication.

 

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Mandy Manners and Kate Baily have a new book out 'Love your sober year,where they guide women through the rythms of life. We discuss how we have different needs at different times and we need to honor what the seasons tell us. We can then become more reflective, intuitive and support our sobriety as we allow ourselves to flow into, not resist changes.

 

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November 9, 2022 43 min

In their 200th episode, Chip and Veronica celebrate the podcast by answering questions on any subject. What do they like about the other person the most? What changed when they were 10 or 20 years sober? Why they celebrate birthdays is among the many questions that got answered.

 

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Dr. Robb Kelly is one of the leading voices in the addiction recovery movement. In this episode, he tells his miraculous story of recovery from homelessness to a Ph.D. He explains the significance of neuroplasticity combined with spiritual awakening is the key to recovering from alcoholism.

 

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October 26, 2022 44 min

Is anger justifiable? Why is my anger out of control? When I get angry I drink to calm myself down. Chip and Veronica answer all these questions and more.

 

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Veronica is joined by Arlina Allen from the One day at a Time podcast. Arlina shares how she has been sober for 28 years, her experience of the 12-steps and why working on self-esteem is so important.

 

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Dave Yates is a sober comedian. He discusses his relationship between comedy and sobriety and how the highs and lows of performing.

 

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Michelle Farris is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping people with codependency. In this honest conversation, she explains how codependency affected her, its origins in childhood and how we can begin to forge healthy relationships.

 

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September 28, 2022 33 min

Chip and Veronica answer your questions on how to deal with alcohol and drinking triggers.

 

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September 21, 2022 30 min

Sarah Brassard has been helping women recover from trauma for decades; in this episode, she breaks down what trauma really is and how we can recover.

 

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In this not to be missed episode, Veronica Interviews Jessica Lahey author of The Addiction Inoculation about what to tell our kids about alcohol and drugs.

 

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September 7, 2022 38 min

Can we sometimes be drama addicts? Chip and Veronica explore how they have created drama in their own lives and how creating drama is a way of meeting needs.

 

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Chip and Veronica are back from their summer break and kick off this season by discussing how our childhoods affect us and how our relationship with our parents plays out in our romantic relationships. They discuss how we can't change the past but we can change the meaning we give it and how it affects us in the present.

 

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August 25, 2022 28 min

In this special bonus episode, Veronica joins forces with long-time colleague Joe Schrank. They discuss how we need to change the alcohol culture by producing a TV show called 'Are you sober curious.' To do this, they need your help. We are asking our sober community to help crowdfund the pilot episode.

Find out more info here: https://seedandspark.com/fund/are-you-sober-curious

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June 29, 2022 39 min

In their last episode before their summer break Chip and Veronica discuss dealing with disappointment, how it feels when others are disappointed in you and how expectations and grace are the two things that help us navigate things that disappoint us.

 

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Lenore Skenazy believes our children are in crisis. That we are over-parenting them and stealing vital growth opportunities from them. If kids don't build resilience and have confidence in their abilities then they pay a price in adulthood.

 

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**Trigger warning*** Kelly Wallace shares her moving story of childhood sexual trauma, alcoholism and recovery.

 

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In our monthly question we look at fear. Our listeners are particularly concerned with fear of relapse, of what others think of them and fear of leaving a relationship in order to stay sober.

 

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Laura Willoughby has gone from drinking all the beer to being one of the leading voices of the alcohol-free movement in the UK. In this episode she discusses the extraordinary success of her alcohol-free off license.

 

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