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Alcoholic Spouse Choosing to get sober can be one of the scariest, wildest, and most beautiful decisions you ever make. But what about the people you share your life with and, possibly, shared drinks with? Those that held your hair while you were sick, forgave you for the awful things you said and did, who babysat you, tucked you in, and lied to yo…
 
High Functioning Alcoholic Many people deny a drinking problem because they are a high functioning alcoholic. You haven’t had a tragic rock bottom moment yet, so you can continue to tell yourself, “I’m not that bad”. But, rock bottom isn’t about tragedy or an event that happens to you. Rock bottom is that feeling you have when your mind is screamin…
 
Porn Addiction One of the fastest growing addictions is sex and porn addiction. Just because something is uncomfortable to talk about, doesn’t mean we can ignore it and sweep it under the rug because it’s awkward. Addictions of every kind are on the rise- food, drugs, sex, alcohol, shopping…all of them. And today’s guest teaches his most successful…
 
People often ask me their most challenging life questions and want to know how I manage the day-to-day struggles we all go through. And I will always tell you I live and die by knowing myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. Without that strong sense of self I wouldn’t be able to set myself up for success in all areas of my life, recognize when so…
 
You want to set healthy boundaries, but you feel guilty. A people-pleaser in a family that didn’t talk about feelings, sweep everything under the rug, and maybe you were labeled as ‘too emotional’. Then, you grew up believing you don’t have the right to say no to things or stand up for yourself. Our guest today, Amanda E. White, knows that journey,…
 
You may equate self-discipline and self-control to be virtually the same thing, and according to Webster’s Dictionary they pretty much are. But when it comes to the world of psychology, they are defined as two different processes. Having strong self-control can help you keep your debit card on lockdown and save you from impulse shopping on Amazon. …
 
You want to learn how to stop letting alcohol ruin your mood, your behavior, and damaging your life. But figuring out weekends, and vacations, and coping skills all feel overwhelming. It feels like there is so much to manage when quitting drinking. And this is why it’s so important to get back to basics and keep things super simple. Your recovery p…
 
Do you feel like you are in a bit of a personal rut? You’re in good company: the number of people struggling with their mental health has increased considerably in the past two years. Thankfully, feeling stuck in a rut is something you have the tools to deal with, and in this episode we’ll talk about how. We’ll also deep dive into the why behind ru…
 
When you work in the service industry as a bartender, server, chef, or anything else, you know firsthand the culture is all about late nights and hard partying. People who work in restaurants, food service or hospitality have higher rates of problem drinking and substance abuse than the general population. As I researched this topic, this fact came…
 
My whole life I was a quitter. I’d work out for awhile then quit. I’d lose a few pounds then quit and gain it back. I’d start a new thing I wanted to do, and as soon as it was hard I’d quit. I was so scared to fail and scared to feel embarrassed and scared what people would think of me that I wouldn’t even try. But in a single moment I knew, the pa…
 
Be happy in your relationship even if your partner won’t do a thing! Are you in the midst of a relationship rough patch or trying to heal from the last one? No relationship is free from ups and downs, but we often lack the skills to jump in, do the work, and make it better. And with the last couple of years of people being stuck at home with a lot …
 
I’m giving you my deepest codependence secrets in this one and I’m willing to bet you can relate! This is the second episode in my 3-part series, Boundaries, Codependence, & Self-Esteem. I like doing the deep dive into these concepts, figuring out how to apply it to your daily life how it makes sense for you, and getting real strategies about how t…
 
Gambling is addictive because it stimulates the brain’s reward system much like drugs or alcohol can. In fact, gambling addiction is the most common impulse control disorder worldwide. THAT… is a bold and frightening statement from addictioncenter.com and I feel like I’m still a little in shock from reading it. Not enough people are talking about t…
 
When you don’t set healthy boundaries with the people around you, it sends a crystal-clear message… and it’s one you may not be aware of. There are several types of boundaries you are setting everyday without even realizing it. When you ignore a phone call because you are in the middle of your morning routine and getting kids out the door… that’s a…
 
Taking adversity and using it to our advantage is the name of the game around here. And today is no different. Is it difficult for you to make decisions in your relationships? Do you have trouble identifying your feelings, communicating effectively and trusting yourself? If you are furiously nodding your head yes…. you’ll definitely want to listen …
 
There’s a bit more to drug and alcohol withdrawal than just the physical symptoms and discomfort. The initial withdrawal or, detox, period is mostly about your body’s healing and purging the poison. The next phase is all about your brain. Post Acute Withdrawal happens after that initial couple of weeks when you quit drinking and lay low to get over…
 
Our relationship with food has become disordered and borderline obsessive. As we ring in the new year we ring in new promises to ourselves to “be better”, “try harder”, and make all those changes we thought about last year. But, it doesn’t have to be such a struggle to learn good eating habits. Especially if you have a healthy understanding of how …
 
You know you want to change. You know you need to change. Yet, you resist change for some reason you have yet to understand. This episode’s for you. But that old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, just isn’t true. Not saying you are old… or a dog… The truth is, old habits are hard to break. And new ones are challenging to create. But …
 
Drinking less and feeling better is the desire of struggling drinkers everywhere. It’s why we start this journey in the first place, right? Less alcohol consumption, better life. My guest on today’s episode, Gillian Tietz, changed her life forever when she was forced to take a hard look at her drinking habits and as a result, her quest for moderati…
 
You can’t drive your car looking in the rearview mirror so why do you live your life that way? If you want to move forward and create a new life, you have to look forward. In this episode, I’m bringing you a BIG solution to a BIG problem. It’s big solution because it is so necessary for success in this journey. Not only the recovery journey, but th…
 
There’s a really good reason you hear “the struggle is real”. Alcoholics and the alcohol-free alike hear the word “struggle” and think, “Ah, my familiar friend. I know exactly what the struggle feels like.” It feels like poo. 💩 You could *genuinely* love your recovery! But the hours it takes from the other areas of life that need you… plus the feel…
 
Do you wish you had more balance and control over your feelings and moods? Tens of millions of people around the world struggle with anxiety, depression, and general overwhelm with life. And, although these feelings are now more common, many find it hard to understand what they’re feeling and how to find the right solutions for them. Rest assured t…
 
Are you frustrated with having to face a partner who is still drinking or using drugs, when you’ve made the decision to change your life? My guest on this episode is a master at putting together a powerful conversation with the partner you love, who is still on the drinking train. Beverly Buncher is a person in recovery, a family recovery life coac…
 
Skills, strategies, tools for your emotional toolbox… coping skills are anything, any activity that is good for your mental wellness. Let’s start with the dictionary.com definition of “coping mechanism”, then we’ll go deeper- an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behavi…
 
It can be hard to figure out how to spend your time when you leave booze and alcohol behind. At the same time, if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and make use of that extra brain power, that’s all it takes. In this episode Henry Ward talks about his recovery and this feeling of, “Is this it??”. How do you find your passion in recove…
 
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