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Healing Early Trauma Through Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting
"Let's talk a little bit about what semantic experience in. It is because a lot of people listening. That term doesn't have meaning so explain that a little bit because i think it's important of what we're gonna talk about your book and some of the things you say in your book to really know what that is. Sure sir let me talk about fanatic experiencing and grant spotting together because even though they're different modalities. they're really both trauma. Healing modalities at focus on nervous system regulation. And when i say that what i mean is let me give you an example dwayne. So let's say you're on the freeway and somebody cuts wasch. Oftentimes what happens in our nervous system. Is we go into either fights or flight right we can either yet range full or we completely shut down. It depends on our particular nervous system. Now one of the keys to regulating the nervous system is knowing when we're this regulated right so at this regulation would be something like rage or panic or hyper-vigilance something like that which is what we might call a regulation or it could be something in the other direction like a down regulation which is disconnection dissociation depression shutting down etc.
Interview With Dennis Berry of Funky Brain Podcast
"Let's take a minute and welcome dennis berry to the show. Hi dennis how are you. Oh so awesome. Everything's really great. I'm happy beer and talk with you again. 'cause you're a bundle of energy funny because i'm such an introvert. I do like connecting with people. Though i do enjoy like having some people time i just appreciate that. It's in my house in our houses. All houses right so take a minute and tell everybody a little bit about you in what you do. I am a life. Nasseri coast mostly addiction recovery but work with couples of loving relationship stuff just high performance health and wellness. All around stuff. And i've been since a sobriety thing had been sober for eighteen years until i in the beginning they said you know what you need to be of service and i was like. I don't have time to be of service but now i've set my life up to help people not have to suffer the same way i did or for his long amen to that so talk to me. Eighteen years sober. What was your path to sobriety. I think when we say eighteen years sober. It's kind of obvious. But what did you do to get sober and It was a long time coming. You know just like everybody else. I want people know like when you see somebody has long term sobriety like if you look at me or you you see these late you know happy healthy successful. People that are smiling. But we don't see is the dozens and dozens or even hundreds of failed attempts leading up to that moment.
Pregnancy and Addiction With Dr. Charles Schauberger
"And today my guest is charles. Shaw burger and he is an obgyn and a doctrine addiction medicine. And we're going to talk about a topic. That i don't know is talked about a lot out there or there might not be a lot of resources about it. We're gonna talk about pregnancy and addiction and charles. I'm so thankful that you reach out to me and wanted to come onto the podcast. Because i think this is a topic that Like i said earlier just might not be out there and there might not be a lot of resources about it with. Thank you dwayne. I have enjoyed your podcast for probably the last year. Urine a half. And you're correct. I have not seen or heard many podcasts. In the addiction world that relate to the subject of pregnancy and re patient with substance use disorder. So i appreciated the opportunity to bring this discussion to the public and help to answer questions. Perhaps and to compete in a better frame of reference when it comes to understanding how the two interact awesome. So i i wanna just know a little bit about your story and how you got into this field as an obgyn and specifically working with people who are struggling with substance use disorder. And how kind of came together for you walls Interesting question and i think my journey is relatively first of all so many people in my profession do have a personal history of addiction. But i have been blessed to have not had to take that course and i have no personal addiction Other than maybe that sugar addiction which was mentioned a couple of weeks ago.
How to Find the Right Mentor and Why Its a Game Changer
"I'm going to share something with you. That isn't a secret at all. The thing that has helped me thrive in my recovery business building fitness journey digital ceo hood All of that. The thing that has helped thrive has been working with a mentor. Whenever i'm working through something. I immediately turned to my mentor or coach. In one thing i know now is when i have to make big changes in my life. I have to get connected to other people who are doing the same thing. I have to link arms with and be connected to people who are facing the same challenges and working through them if nothing else to be reminded where all in this together also a mentor is someone who shows up in their life. The way you want to show up in your life and you can count on them to show up with you. And lastly from more than fifteen years in recovery and slowly working through a ton of issues and character defects. I know from experience that mentors are essential to my success. No matter if you're just getting started or if you're well into your journey and enjoying some sober success. I believe you always need a mentor. Or if you're like me. Many of them so mentors are equally important for me today as they were on day. One and just to make sure you're with me here. A mentor is someone who has already walked the path before you
Stop Hiding and Start Healing With Craig Brown
"So break introduce yourself. Tell us a little bit about your story and how you got there. You got the book. All of that stuff. Appreciate the invite. Thank you for having me my story. Short version. I grew up in the church. My dad was a minister. I had it. We grew up in a church. Family that i come to find out as i got older and became an adult and had to deal with some rather dysfunctional things. I looked back. I realized that it wasn't all what i thought it was at that time but as children you just don't know you know any different but Yeah i had. I had to be as a as ministers kid a similar to other professions. I had to be on all the time out of my family. Look good dad look good. It was just a ton of pressure from my sisters and i to be in that kind of environment and always have to kind of fake. It and you know what i saw from the pulpit from my dad was entirely lot different than what i saw at home. He had a lot of demons lot. Struggles things you know. And some took him out on us. You know as as children and so at a very young age i had learned coping mechanisms and skills and escape plans. And everything else to deal with that. What i was going through. Sharpeville didn't have a real good nurturing emotional mental spiritual development. You know Because of that and for the last twenty two years i've been serving others who have very similar backgrounds and it's very hard to find Someone that had a real nurturing caring loving parents that invested in them and just you know supported them and gave them their own identity. Very hard to find very hard to find. My parents were very old school much older than most of the parents at that time. But i just grew up in that environment and it was a fun of armagh to be in but little did i know that everything our whole purpose was to make daddy look good and in seemed be that way for a very long time and then once i got the highschool drinking socially searching just looking searching his good athlete but i had this huge voided in how many mission purpose of controls of discipline so when it came time to go to college man. I was out
How to Avoid Loneliness, Cut out Boredom, & Have Fun
"You guys. I am so excited to do this. Episode in this is almost in its own way a part too because we had somebody from this organization on the show a longtime ago back in the very beginning like i think probably in my first twenty episodes maybe britney was on. And she was talking about the phoenix. Such a cool organization in today. We have scott strode with us. Who is the originator. i will call him. Hey scott thanks for coming on the show. Thank you so much for doing this with me. Thanks thanks for having me on. Why don't you take just a minute and let everybody know about you and what you do sure. So on on the executive director and the founder of the phoenix and the phoenix is a nonprofit that uses the inherent transformative power of activities and connection to help people who are healing from substance use disorder. So we use activities Such as yoga meditation outdoor activities cross fit boxing climbing whole bunch of things. They're all free Most of our active leaders are volunteer peers recovery or someone who's been touched by addiction in their life and there were all across the country we started in colorado but we're now in fifty five plus communities and just getting started and i'm i'm in recovery myself. This is a big part of my own journey to the to start moving my body and find a group of people who would rather get up at five in the morning and climbing mountain than stay up till five in the morning drinking and using
The Ultimate Recovery Recipe
"People look from the outside in at my recovery my lifestyle. They see a busy professional life. They see that. I have confidence and clarity in control of my lifestyle and some even say. They hope to have a similar lifestyle. One day well my friends. That's certainly didn't happen overnight. But over the years through so much trial and error. I feel like i've cracked the code. And now i'm spilling my secrets. On how i built my lifestyle so if you want to know how to thrive in your life and not just survive and you went to be clear about what needs to be done to move you forward you wanna feel in charge and you wanna make sure you absolutely love the life you create than this episode is for you because when it comes down to it. There's one thing i know you need to move to the top of your list. You may need to move this to the very top of your to do list to begin shifting toward a lifestyle that you love. It's your recovery recipe and i know that doesn't sound super exciting but hold up because i'm gonna flip that script for you today. I'm showing you just how important the recipe is whether you are two days into sobriety or fifteen years. People often ask me like angela. What's your secret and i always say. I live in die by routines
Overcoming Addiction in the Restaurant Industry With Mickey Bakst
"All right everyone. Welcome to the addicted mind. Podcast my guest. Today is mickey faxed. And he's going to talk about a little bit about his own story. I think and a little bit about his community ben's friends and how that came to be and everything like that. So mickey please introduce yourself twain into pleasure to meet you and all audience and everybody out there. My name is making baxter's twain said. I am the co founder of an organization called ben's friends which was created to help struggling addicts in the food and beverage industry find sobriety. I am a forty seven year. Veteran of restaurants mostly high end fine dining. I am thirty eight years sober. And i'm going to take it back to ben's friends You know for me in terms of my history. I over thirty years old from sixteen to thirty. My life was nothing but a living hell. I'm not gonna go into details. Orient evolve the story did die from an alcohol and drug overdose on an emergency room table. They found me in a hotel room. After four days of non-stop round the clock drugging and drinking. They opened up the door. Thank god 'cause they didn't know what was going on and they died at an emergency room table as a result of that they found me just in time.
10 Things to Tell People Why You Aren't Drinking
"Today. We're talking about all awkward summertime situation or how we make them awkward before they even happen. Because we're future tripping about how uncomfortable we're going to be an anxious about what people will think if you're not drinking and what will you say. And how will they react today. I have ten things you can tell people why you aren't drinking to help you get through the summer situations with confidence and with yours. Sobriety in tact now listen. I don't think it's a great idea to put yourself in super awkward situations especially when you're newly sober. But i also know you are on your own journey and you have to learn for yourself what works for you and what doesn't if you are going to go into challenging situations or if you have to go into challenging situations because it's a family thing or a work that you can't avoid then i want you to be prepared. Today's episode is a cheat sheet to fast track. You from struggling with overwhelming zaidi about what you'll say and how everyone else will react to being able to relax and feel confident like you've been alcohol-free for hundred years it ain't no thing all by planning ahead if you take some time to think about in advance what you'll say and how you'll respond to people then it doesn't seem so scary
Cant See the Forest for the Trees
"I just had a major breakthrough moment the other day about this rough patch that i've been going through and i shared with you guys a few weeks ago that i've been going through a rough spot and at the time i couldn't pinpoint what was happening Because i was too close to it. But i knew like my energy was down. I wasn't following through on things. But you know when you're in it you're in it and you can't always see the pieces clearly because you're just in it and you know that saying you can't see the forest for the trees. I didn't understand what that meant for a long time. And it's only been in the last few years that i've come to understand what it really means and it makes sense to me and this is exactly what i just went through so when you're in the middle of your life in the minutia the day-to-day stuff you're in survival mode. Like jumping from one minute to the next trying to keep it all together. The kids in schools in pick ups and drop offs and working spouses and houses. And i mean it's a lot right. You're just trying to keep it all together. That's the trees you're in the trees and when you take a breath and look up all you can see. Are the trees all you can see over the next five things you have to do. And the last five things. You didn't get done right like that's the trees but if you could jump in a helicopter and fly up above the trees and look down you see the whole forest when you have that thirty thousand foot view the past becomes more and yes. I know helicopters. Don't go thirty thousand feet airplanes thirty thousand feet. But you know what i'm saying. You can look down on the whole forest in easily. See the path. You can see where to go where to turn left go straight turn right because you're looking down on the whole picture. That whole picture is your life but when you're in the trees yet can't see the path because you look up and see nothing but trees you can't see the forest for the trees. That's how i describe the value coaching too. By the way you hire a coach or mentor because they have the thirty thousand foot view and then they can see all the moves where all you can see are the trees. You need the person that isn't so close to it to see accurately what moves need to be made.
Interview With Army Veteran, Tom Spooner
"I guess we should start with the documentary. Tell us more about what what we're going to see their what the reason was for the documentary. And give me all the particulars. Okay said the number one reason for the documentary was to continue to spread the word and get the word out about warriors heart in about the struggles that our veterans and first responders that population firefighters. What they experience so that that was that was really the why behind it then And then we captured it with the warriors heart story which is is pretty rare. Rica's it's a little bit behind the scenes of we have staff members that are on there that tell their stories and also what we do that that connect the dots. You know 'cause we talk a lot about veteran issues like hey how do we actually go about. You know what goes on behind behind closed doors per se you know with the actual treatment. Most people don't even really know what that means. And what what treatment means. Yeah yeah we gotta talk about that but keep going with this population For those that know this the population that we treat here is primary diagnosis chemical dependencies with co occurring conditions. Pt s more grief injury although buffet that we know that we all have and But that's with the active duty. Veterans offers responders. Emt's law enforcement that whole group and there's a lot of them have the same specific something from just a curiosity from a treatment. Standpoint is mixed gender or do you have to separate its makes gender obviously separate for the for the housing aspect of whenever it comes to the treatment modalities in everything that we do is together which it mimics the what they did on the profession. You know as far as working females males together you it always says that same dynamic
Be a Free-Thinker in Your Recovery
"As you know. Many years ago. I found myself at that same fork in the road where i had to make a super tough decision and break up with alcohol. I didn't go to detox. They didn't go to treatment. Not because i didn't want to. But because i didn't know back then how dangerous withdrawal is and i thought treatment was only for celebrities so i went to aa. All i knew about a was that that's where people went when they didn't want to drink anymore and i knew i wanted to be a person who didn't drink anymore. Also i got sober a long time ago and there weren't dozens of different options back in the day. And you know you're getting old when you start using phrases like back in the day a long time ago. I'm since i got sober. I became a life coach. I went to school for addiction counseling. I went to social work school. I got certified as a recovery coach studied in lp and neuro psych. And i've learned so much more about everything not only recovery in quitting drinking but about life and how our brains work in human behavior and how we act and react trauma self esteem breaking habits and thousand other things. What i've learned on this journey is that changing. Your life is about knowing yourself. It's about knowing who you are. What works for you and knowing your limitations you have to have that self awareness to know what you aren't great at too because you will have to work around those areas to be successful. Like i know i don't like to drive so my gym has to be right up the street or i won't go you know when i got sober. I was the same way with my. aa group. I found a group that was right up the street from my house. Because i knew that's the only way that i would go. I know i struggle with being lazy and wanting to quit things in wanting to shortcut. And i'll talk myself out of doing things because it'll take too long so if i want to be successful. Whatever i'm doing. I have to find ways to work around those issues.
Drinking and Exercise With Mike
"All right. Let's get to mike. And hey mike happy third sober birthday. Hi mike how are you doing. Well i'm good. Thank you so much for sitting down with me this morning to share your story and well. Let's start with the basics. Tell me what your name is and your sobriety date. Would you have described yourself as a high or a low functioning. Drink gra some name. Is mike schuck actually keep going. Mice june scenes of two thousand and eighteen. So june nineteen eighteen. Yeah i would like to describe myself as a high functioning drinker until i was not once and and with the everybody else news for you now. I love it when people say that. Because it's owed relatable it's like when do you go from one to the other. It happened so fast well before we get into your story. Tell me a little bit about you right now where we live. How old you are career. Hobbies family find anything like that. So originally from slowly Ben in dc. About what four or five years at this point Work i actually work with a non alcoholic beer company which is huge huge Aesthetic company and for hobbies. I may try which is also huge. will get into here but is it and how old are you. I'm thirty four. Twenty eight hundred eighteen so you got sober when you were thirty one long
Paying Attention to the Subtle With AdaPia D'Errico
"Hello everyone welcome to the addicted. Mind my guest. Today is to rico and we are going to talk about intuition and and your book productive intuition but i i love to hear your story and how this all evolved. Yeah thanks so much joining such a pleasure to be here when we were kinda speaking prerecording. I was saying that you know this book and even me being here and talking about it has so much to do with a time in my life. one of many but Specially point in time in my life where i was so completely lost where i essentially went through with. A lot of people would call a spiritual crisis. It was out it. Was this time in my life. Where the person that i thought i was successfully especially around career. I've always been like really career driven. I'm going to get things done. I'm in business. I wanna like do things in the world. They want to be a human doing instead of a human being. Right right link. Everything i knew how to do was not working. And i completely lost my marbles because i was like i can't be effective can't make money. I can't do anything. And then i didn't know who to talk to. I didn't have anybody to talk to you. Because i sounded in my own crazy person. How how how do i explain to people that this basically at that point is twenty year career that i had worked so hard to build up. I typically walked away from it with this idea that i was going to use a purposeful work and i was gonna you know i was gonna make really meaningful more meaningful than what i was doing so i was prejudging myself before even going into something into something new and instead what life or the universe or god delivered to me was just failure
Why People Pleasing Isn't Healthy for Your Recovery
"All right. Let's talk about people pleasing this topic. I've discussed on episode six or seven and it's been a few years so i have some more thoughts on this. So miriam webster defines people pleasing is an emotional need to please others often at the expense of his or her own it needs or desires. So that's what we're talking about today. Not people pleasing in a general sense of wanting other people to be happy but doing it at the expense of your own needs. Many events can connect drinking problem in some small way to being people pleasers and like i always say the problem isn't the alcohol. It's what's underneath the alcohol. What's causing you to want to drink and being a people pleaser. Isn't the problem either. Actually still the symptom of something else. Perhaps he grew up in a scary household where fear or a sense of danger. Were ever present in your daily life. My guess is that you were probably a people pleaser and it helped you as a survival mechanism and then those habits gained in you early on and usually continue to repeat themselves throughout adulthood. Perhaps you're a people pleaser in the form of needing validation from other people to boost your competence. The people pleasing again. Not the problem. It's the symptom of problem and the problem is probably closely related to having deep rooted self esteem issues self esteem issues and growing up around. Fear are really common issues within the recovery. Stories that you've heard shared on the show people pleasing is not unique and drinking. Alcohol is a very common coping mechanism but the point is that quitting drinking doesn't automatically solve this. You don't stop drinking and suddenly you're not a people pleaser you have to peel back the layers to understand where the root of everything begins and that's recovery. It's quitting the substance so that you're in a sober state of mind to dig in and explore the feelings around what you've been numbing.