Co-hosted by recovery advocates Lisa Smith and Tawny Lara. A rock and roll-loving Gen X lawyer in 12-step recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. An equally rock-obsessed Millennial writer who found addiction recovery through blogging. Give them a couple microphones and you get the Recovery Rocks podcast, a new kind of discussion about the issues impacting those who struggle and recover, reflecting different perspectives, but finding much in common.
Episode 92: Alcohol and the Workplace
Big shout out to our listener Andy who floated the topic of dealing with the ubiquity of alcohol inthe workplace! Tawny and Lisa talk about how the “let’s grab drinks after work,” or “workhard/play hard” culture is problematic with respect to physical and mental health. They share tips on how to be inclusive, by offering booze-free bonding opportunities for colleagues. Change is certainly possible but the message must come from the top.Music Minute features Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, Izzy Azalea, and yes, Guns ‘n Roses.
Episode 91: Sober Celebrities
Sober celebrities can be a source of inspiration, providing an example to relate to in similarstruggles, not to mention de-stigmatizing and normalizing substance use disorders, which saveslives. Those in 12-step have a different perspective on going public. Tawny and Lisa discusssober celebrities from their individual perspectives and dig in on the ones they love – many ofwhom aren’t sober or in recovery but have simply chosen an alcohol-free lifestyle!
Episode 90: It’s Never Too Soon to Ask for Help
Tawny and Lisa talk about how whether you’re choosing sobriety or sober curious, it’s nevertoo soon to connect with a community and peer support (even as a lurker). Tawny shares thestory of her first sober year, which she did on her own. Instead of sober buddies she leaned onfamily and friends who were not the best qualified to help. No matter where you’re at on thisjourney there are bound to be others navigating their way, too. You never have to go it alone!Music Minute features The Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Soul Asylum.
Episode 89: Special Guest Anna David Talks About the Re-Release of Her Novel, Party Girl!
Lisa has been fan-girling Anna David for many years and now she and Tawny call her their friend.Anna joined the show to talk about the relaunch of her book, Party Girl, which was at theforefront of the #quitlit genre. It’s the book that taught Lisa that the cool kids get sober! Thediscussion covers the changes in recovery over the years, breaking ground, and putting yourselfout there. Come for the recovery tips, stay for the rock star hook-up stories!Music Minute features Third-Eye Blind, Hinder, and Taylor Swift.
Episode 88: Emotional Hangovers
After emotionally intense times, such as traveling, spending time with family, holidays, or big events, Tawny and Lisa can feel exhausted and maybe a little cranky – almost like they used to feel after drinking. These are “emotional hangovers,” when our emotional juice has been depleted. Tawny expresses it as having an “emotional budget,” the amount of feeling and thought we have to expend. Life keeps happening so it’s important to budget your emotional juice to the extent you can. Self-care is criticalMusic Minutes features Jackson Browne, the BeeGees, Destiny’s Child, and the Rolling Stones (RIP Charlie Watts)
Episode 87: Our Sobriety Toolboxes
Tawny and Lisa break down what a sobriety toolbox actually is to them, both a maintenance kit and something to grab onto in break-glass moments. Tawny’s kit includes therapy, medication, self-care, and “silliness.” Lisa does the same and also talked about her higher power and doing service. As always, connection and communication with sober friends and community is key. Tawny notes Johann Hari, who said “the opposite of addiction is…human connection.”Music Minute changes it up with bedtime stories from Rege-Jean Paul, Harry Styles, and Matthew McConaughey to relax. Tawny discusses her love for her record player and vintage magazines.
It’s like sitting in a living room with a couple of sober friends chatting about what’s top of mind.