Now Sober Podcasts

Now Sober Podcasts

Now Sober is dedicated to building a community that helps people understand the connection between childhood abuse and addiction, so they can stop their destructive behavior and embrace freedom from past trauma and shame.

Episodes

August 14, 2022 69 mins

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In this week's podcast episode, we talk with Dr. Stephen Lloyd, Chief Medical Officer at Cedar Recovery and advising doctor for the Hulu miniseries, Dopesick. As an internal medicine physician and addict in recovery since 2004, Dr. Lloyd has a deep understanding of addiction giving him a unique approach to patient care that includes quality treatment and compassionate care. 

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In this week's episode, we talk to author Ray Vance, author of A Road Through Hell. Many of us in recovery know about the hell we put ourselves through while in active addiction. We've experienced our lives in chaos, legal problems, broken relationships, relapse after relapse, and defeat. But what do we do when our child has watched us go through all this and decides to follow that road anyway?

Ray Vance kno...

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We talk to Josh and Hollie, authors of Bang Head Here about the self-destructive behaviors that result from emotional pain. Much of how people are conditioned to deal with pain mirrors the way their caretakers dealt with pain. When a loved one acts out destructively it is easy for the caretaker to place blame on their loved one, instead of reflecting on how their own pain management skills have been passed ...

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May 13, 2022 42 mins

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, we talk to Janet Gourand who struggled with alcohol for many years. She tells how she finally got sober in 2015 when she found her "people." She used her 25 years of experience in training and development to design and facilitate workshops to help people quit drinking. Her membership program, Tribe Sober, provides workshops, coaching, and connection.

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Charlene Madden joins this episode of Back Porch Chats to share her story of childhood sexual violence, domestic abuse, mental illness, and suicide ideation in an open and authentic discussion to help remove some of the stigmas that surround those topics. 

Charlene is a mother of 3 children, wife, daughter, and reiki practitioner. She is the creator of the Ignite Your Life BC Women's Workshop, speaker, author, a...

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March 23, 2022 74 mins

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Stephan Neff is an anesthetist, bestselling author, speaker and show host, and alcoholic in recovery. Stephan knows the challenges of trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD firsthand. As a man trying to drown his sorrows, he found out the hard way that the critters can swim. But the past does not equal the future. In this episode, Stephan and Vince dive deep into masculine ideas of anger and shame, where it...

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March 5, 2022 49 mins

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, we talk to the author of seven books, Paul Trammell about living sober as a solo sailor. Paul talks about how his decision to stop drinking alcohol led to living a nomadic life on the sea and the completion of his book Alcoholics Not Anonymous, A Modern Way to Quit Drinking. His book focuses on how he designed his own method of sobriety without the help of AA. Paul is the author ...

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to Steve Bisson about managing trauma and addiction with therapy and getting help from sober communities.

Steve Bisson has worked in the mental health/addiction field since 1999 as a therapist, coach, author, and podcaster. He has owned his private practice, Straight to the Point Therapy, since 2011. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Steve has worked i...

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January 26, 2022 52 mins

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to Serge Prengel who looks at the science behind 12-step programs in his book, The Proactive Twelve-Steps: A Mindful Program for Lasting Change.

Serge is certified in Focusing, Core Energetics, and Somatic Experiencing. His work draws from Systems-Centered theory. He is a co-founder of the Integrative Focusing Therapy training program and the author of four b...

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Listen in as Vince and Jeanna talk to Theo Fleury, best known as an Olympic Hockey gold medalist and Stanly Cup winner, Theo Fleury now takes his story of abuse and addiction recovery public. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, offer tools that help people who have experienced trauma learn to live healthy lives.

In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Theo tells his story and ...

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On November 20, 2019, Laura Stack's 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-THC marijuana concentrates. Laura responded by forming the nonprofit, Johnny’s Ambassadors, to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide. 

In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Laura talks about the dang...

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January 3, 2022 59 mins

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to Tamlin Allbritten who has worked for 40 years with families, children, and people in rehab using art to help them understand each other, their feeling, and recovery. 

During the month of January, Tamlin will be working with the Drug Education Council in Mobile, Alabama to celebrate Art in Recovery. They will have a booth at the art center in Fairhope on Ja...

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Meet Peter Murphy, writer and recovering alcoholic with 50 years of sobriety. In this episode, Peter tells how he was abused as a child by a priest, his descent into alcoholism, waking up drunk in a gutter, and how writing helped inspire his recovery.

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  • Burying his mother's suicide in his memory.
  • Traveling through Wales to run from the trouble.
  • Being haunted by his past in drinking dreams and ...
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Are you ready for a sober Christmas? Here at Back Porch Chats, we are. In this episode, Vince and Jeanna talk to Mary Hadley, a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors with the Drug Education Council in Mobile, Alabama. Listen to this lively episode to hear Mary's story and learn some tips you can use to enjoy a sober Christmas. 

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  • The illusion of the Norman Rockwell Christmas.
  • Mary&a...
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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna meet John Giordano, author of several books including, "How to Beat Your Addictions and Live a Quality Life" and most recently, "The Kid From the South Bronx Who Never Gave Up." His experience as a childhood molestation survivor and child of a heroin dealer eventually led him to addiction, recovery, and founder of the highly awarded G & G ...

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to Lydia Barber, organizer of the Out of Darkness Walk in Daphne, Alabama, about what you can do to help with suicide awareness and fight the emotional chaos you may be going through after the loss of a loved one. In 2011, Lydia lost her son to suicide. Listen to this episode to hear Lydia’s story.

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Lydia’s Story and the loss of her son, Ala...

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to Certified Inner Child Recovery Process Specialist, Bob Herdon about recovering from sex and porn addiction. Listen as we chat with Bob to understand how his addiction started, where it lead, and what you can do if you or a loved one is struggling with sex and porn addiction.

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  • What Inner Child work is.
  • Why people develop sex addictions.
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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to life mastery coach, Dennis Berry. Dennis has helped people worldwide for over 15 years. He is the author of the best-selling book “Funky Wisdom: A Practical Guide to Life” and host of The Funky Brain Podcast. Sober since April 8, 2003, Dennis knows what it is like to be helpless and hopeless with no positive direction.

To hear Dennis’s take on va...

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In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to KL Wells. For more than twenty years, KL collaborated with hundreds of non-profit organizations, effectively leading initiatives with CEOs, senior executives, board directors, trustees, and philanthropists to attract hundreds of millions of dollars igniting organizational and community-wide change.
 
Recently, however, KL has launched Voices In Co...

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Anyone can open a sober living home for people in recovery. Unfortunately, sometimes these homes have low living standards and don’t provide the support for successful recovery. 

In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk to three women who are trying to change that. Haley Beason, Lisa Teggart, and Laurye Brunson are instrumental in establishing regulations in Alabama for sober living homes. Listen to...

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