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Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside, she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a MS in Biology, she set out on a quest to understand why she developed a drinking problem and other people don't. In the Sober Powered Podcast, you'll learn why it's so hard to stop drinking and how to develop the coping strategies you need to stay sober.There are many episodes of the podcast. If you are interested in a specific topic, please visit my website to view episodes by category.https://www.soberpowered.com/episodesbycat

Sober Powered Gillian Tietz, MS

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside, she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a MS in Biology, she set out on a quest to understand why she developed a drinking problem and other people don't. In the Sober Powered Podcast, you'll learn why it's so hard to stop drinking and how to develop the coping strategies you need to stay sober.There are many episodes of the podcast. If you are interested in a specific topic, please visit my website to view episodes by category.https://www.soberpowered.com/episodesbycat

    E100: [Special] Dr. Lembke Returns to Discuss Radical Honesty and Self-Awareness

    E100: [Special] Dr. Lembke Returns to Discuss Radical Honesty and Self-Awareness

    Gill welcomes Dr. Anna Lembke back to the podcast. You may remember Dr. Lembke from episode 76, which was one of the most popular episodes of all time. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, an instant New York Times bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.
    In this episode you’ll learn:
    Why lying is common in addiction and how we get into the habit of lyingWhy it’s so hard for us to be honest with ourselves about our drinking or drug useHow acceptance and self-compassion fits into thisWhy it’s critical for our mental health to accept responsibility for our role in the things that happen to usHow to practice radical honesty in your own lifeHow the way you tell your story impacts your mental health How you can recognize destructive patterns in your life and take ownership over themWhat to do if you don’t like being soberHow does social media and chasing numbers impact our recoveryHow long a dopamine fast takes to reset your reward systemGet your copy of Dopamine Nation here

    What to listen to next:
    E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation

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    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 41 min
    E99: Why We Can Never Drink Again (Neuroplasticity and Permanent Changes)

    E99: Why We Can Never Drink Again (Neuroplasticity and Permanent Changes)

    Gill discusses neuroplasticity. There’s an invisible line that we all cross, which marks the transition from social drinking into problematic drinking. The time it takes for you to cross the line depends on your genetics, how vulnerable your brain is to alcohol-induced changes, your life circumstances, how young you begin drinking, and more. Alcohol damages and changes our brains when we drink heavily for extended periods of time. Pathways are carved into the brain as we train our brains to rely on alcohol to socialize, relax, feel happy, or deal with hard times. In this episode she explains how alcohol changes the brain, why these changes are permanent, and how this influences relapse. She has some interesting studies to tell you about that looked at animal models of relapse after months of sobriety and how alcohol and other drugs encourage our reward system to have even more plasticity.

    What to listen to next:
    E46: Neuroplasticity Helps us Recover
    E97: Why We Keep Believing it’ll be Different this Time
    E62: Dopamine Deep Dive
    E91: Do You Want to be Sober or Do You Want to Drink Without the Consequences?
    E81: Why We Drink: Social Drinkers vs Problem Drinkers

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    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 16 min
    E98: Emotion Intensity and How to Start Self-Regulating

    E98: Emotion Intensity and How to Start Self-Regulating

    Gill discusses emotion intensity. Just like we all don’t experience alcohol the same, meaning some people will be more sensitive to the effects of pleasure and relaxation, we don’t all experience emotions the same way either. Some people have very intense emotional reactions to very simple, everyday things and that just makes life a lot more challenging. When we drink, we have extreme highs and lows, but some of us are naturally prone to extreme highs and lows. Research has found that people who have very intense emotions also have more complicated lives. In this episode we’re going to talk about how our emotions can vary, where emotions come from and why we have them, and 3 strategies you can use to start regulating your emotions.

    What to listen to next:
    E94: Drinking to Cope or Numb Out Doesn't Help, Here's How to Really Cope
    E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation
    E32: A Conversation With My Husband
    E35: Emotional Sobriety

    Emotional sobriety ebook
    https://www.soberpowered.com/first-step

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    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 17 min
    E97: Why We Keep Believing it’ll be Different this Time

    E97: Why We Keep Believing it’ll be Different this Time

    Gill discusses our ability to learn and adapt from our experiences. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and that doesn’t feel too far off from what we do with our drinking. We always seem to believe it’s going to be different this time, even when it’s consistently been horrible every single time before. In this episode you’ll learn about cognitive flexibility, how being inflexible greatly increases the risk of developing a problem with alcohol, and one reason why addiction is progressive. She has a lot of interesting studies to go over about how alcohol affects our ability to adapt the way we think and learn new information, and at the end of the episode she explains 5 tips for becoming a more flexible person.

    What to listen to next:
    E30: Gray Area Drinkers
    E60: How Alcohol Affects Our Cognitive Abilities
    E61: How Alcohol Memories are Triggered in Sobriety
    E68: How Heavy Drinking Changes the Way We Make Decisions

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    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 16 min
    E96: Does Craving Sugar Increase Your Risk of Relapse?

    E96: Does Craving Sugar Increase Your Risk of Relapse?

    Gill discusses sugar cravings. It’s very common to go from having no interest in desserts or sweets at all to all of a sudden be craving them all the time once you stop drinking. There’s split advice on this in the sober community. Some say to just eat the sugar and worry about it later once you’re more comfortable with not drinking, and there are other people who say to avoid sugar entirely. In episode 41 she explained in detail why we crave sugar in sobriety, and in this episode she covers what we can do about it and if we should avoid sugar or not. You’ll learn about some of the latest research on sugar cravings and alcohol use disorder, if sugar consumption really increases relapse risk, and what the science suggests we should do about eating sugar in sobriety.

    As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!
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    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 15 min
    E95: Surprise, Moderate Drinking Isn’t Good for Your Heart (New Study)

    E95: Surprise, Moderate Drinking Isn’t Good for Your Heart (New Study)

    Gill discusses a new genetic study on moderate drinking and heart health. We have believed for so long that moderate drinkers are healthier than non drinkers because they drink alcohol moderately, but this study has given us clues on why moderate drinkers may actually be healthier. You’ll learn more about this study, what they found, some other interesting studies on moderate drinking, and how you can take care of your heart health.

    What to listen to next:
    E85: Biased Alcohol Studies vs Reality
    E90: New Study Finds Just One Drink Shrinks Your Brain, or Does it?
    E17: Alcohol and the Heart
    E81: Why We Drink: Social Drinkers vs Problem Drinkers
    E20: Why is it So Hard to Moderate?

    As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!
    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krxLived is an app that connects you to the advice, tools and knowledge from a range of Guides (including me!) who have all had their own unique experiences with quitting alcohol. They’ve all figured out what worked for them, and share it through easy-to-follow audio content, to help you short-cut your own path to progress. Download the app for free at
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    • 14 min

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