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About This Show
Hello, I'm Paul and I've come to the realization that I am an alcoholic. When I start drinking, I cannot stop, despite how many times I tell myself I'm only going out for just a couple. I've lost that battle 99 out of 100 times. I've tried to set boundaries on my drinking like never drink alone, and not before 3pm but several times found myself drinking alone well before 3pm. When I'm not drinking, I feel fidgety, contentious and anxious which eventually leads me back to the bottle. After grappling with alcohol for over a decade and a summer from hell in 2014, I decided on September 7th, I HAVE to stop drinking. The Recovery Elevator Podcast is a medium to help keep me sober in addition to helping other struggling alcoholics quit drinking and maintain a healthy recovery. Don't make the same mistakes I did in early recovery. Hear from guests who are successfully navigating early sobriety. It won't be easy, but you can do this.
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RE 123: The Drunkest Cities in America
3 days ago
Mary, with 3 years since her last drink, shares her story…. We all think that the cities we live in should be on the “Nations Drunkest Cities” list. The state of Wisconsin wins the prize for the largest number of cities on this list. Listed below are a few of the favorites: Greenbay, WI O’Clair, WI Appleton, WI Fargo, ND Missoula, MT Iowa City, IA Lincoln, NE Milwaukee, WI SHOW NOTES [6:31] Paul Introduces Mary Mary – I am 3 years sober, live in Louisiana and am married with 5 children. I like to run and bike and am currently raising puppies. I am a college student and am enjoying getting to know my new sober self. [9:32] Mary tells the story of her younger 13 year old self Mary – I was 13 years old and baby-sitting an infant. I invited some friends over and we started drinking. I left the baby in her crib and we drove around. I backed the car into a ditch and hit a palm tree. The police ended up bringing me home. [12:23] Mary describes her drinking habits Mary – I was a daily beer drinker and would try to abide by my rules of not drinking before 5 pm. This never worked. At night, if I couldn’t sleep, I would have a drink. If I woke up later in the night, I would have another drink. Pretty soon my window of “not drinking” had shrunk. [14:00] Did you see any signs that you had a problem? Mary – If I went out, I would immediately have to have a drink and was always looking for the next one. I would start my night with some drinks at home. In my 20’s and 30’s, I surrounded myself with other drinkers so it seemed normal. My drinking really took off in my 40’s. I started noticing I had a problem more when I became a mom. [17:21] What was the progression like into alcoholism? Mary – 1 drink was never enough. I started focusing more on when I could have a drink. Alcohol helped me cope with life. I hated myself. [18:03] Tell me about this self- loathing
Rated 5 out of
An awesome resource
Thanks so much for your work on this podcast Paul. It has been a key part of my recovery tool kit! Keep up the awesome work
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of
Thanks for sharing
Stay sober Paul and be sure to tell us how you managed to do it.
Date published: 2015-03-11