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The Bubble Hour is hosted by Jean M., a sober woman dedicated to breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism effects more than 50% of American adults, either directly or indirectly, and yet it still remains a "taboo" topic and is still mostly misunderstood by the majority of people (even those effected by alcoholism and their loved ones).

The Bubble Hour seeks to inform, educate and help people identify with the stories they hear, the conversations and interviews with people who are just like they are, and let people know they aren't alone. Nobody can take the first tentative steps towards sobriety without first getting past denial, but even once they are past denial the stigma surrounding alcoholism is so strong that people are reluctant to seek help.

The Bubble Hour would like to change that stigma. Jean and the vibrant community of sober people who join her here, will be recording and offering this show for anyone to listen to for information, community, empathy and understanding.

We are so grateful for the sober people who came before us to help find this path; this is one way to give back.

Please help us spread the word about this website and the pod casts; you may be helping someone you know well but don't even know they have a problem.

Alcoholism thrives in the dark. Together, we bring light. And hope.

The Bubble Hour The Bubble Hour

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8, 40 Ratings

The Bubble Hour is hosted by Jean M., a sober woman dedicated to breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism effects more than 50% of American adults, either directly or indirectly, and yet it still remains a "taboo" topic and is still mostly misunderstood by the majority of people (even those effected by alcoholism and their loved ones).

The Bubble Hour seeks to inform, educate and help people identify with the stories they hear, the conversations and interviews with people who are just like they are, and let people know they aren't alone. Nobody can take the first tentative steps towards sobriety without first getting past denial, but even once they are past denial the stigma surrounding alcoholism is so strong that people are reluctant to seek help.

The Bubble Hour would like to change that stigma. Jean and the vibrant community of sober people who join her here, will be recording and offering this show for anyone to listen to for information, community, empathy and understanding.

We are so grateful for the sober people who came before us to help find this path; this is one way to give back.

Please help us spread the word about this website and the pod casts; you may be helping someone you know well but don't even know they have a problem.

Alcoholism thrives in the dark. Together, we bring light. And hope.

    Jenny's Story

    Jenny's Story

    Jenny, the youngest child in a big family with little parental supervision, was introduced to alcohol at a young age by her older siblings. She soon became an episodic blackout drinker and the pattern continued into her adult years. 

    Now in her 40s, Jenny is celebrating a year of sobriety and shares her story to mark the occasion. 

    For links to resources mentioned in this episode, click here: www.jeanmccarthy.ca/the-bubble-hour

    Visit host Jean McCarthy's blog UnPickled and be sure to check out her latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Guest Ben Heldfond

    Guest Ben Heldfond

    After 25 years of freedom from heroine addiction, Ben realizes that his sobriety has the power to transform every aspect of his life. When he and his wife divorced, he used the principles of recovery to examine his role in the breakdown of the marriage and shifted from anger and resentment into a solution-seeking frame of mind. Ben and his ex-wife Nikki DeBartolo wrote about the experience in their book, Our Happy Divorce.

     

     

    Host Jean McCarthy's books and blog are available via www.jeanmccarthy.ca and www.unpickledblog.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Listener Q&A with Jean

    Listener Q&A with Jean

    Topics discussed in response to questions from listeners include:
    OCD/BFRB (body-focussed repetitive behaviours)What happens if a former podcast guest relapses?Former co-hostsStaying creativeShedding anonymityA few poems about recovery from The Ember Ever There by Jean McCarthy
     Links to purchase Jean's books are at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

     

    • 53 min
    Maria's Story

    Maria's Story

    "Being a grateful alcoholic means no living in the wreckage of my past," says Maria R. as she looks back on six years of sobriety. Maria did not start drinking problematically until her 40s, but once addiction took hold of her life it dragged her to a bottom that would not be easily escaped.

    Learn more about Maria on her blog, Sober Blessings

    Read host Jean McCarthy's blog UnPickled at www.unpickledblog.com and learn abou ther latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

     

    • 1 hr
    Erica C. Barnett, author of QUITTER

    Erica C. Barnett, author of QUITTER

    A must-listen episode for anyone struggling to understand chronic relapse.

    Erica C. Barnett had her first sip of alcohol when she was thirteen, and she quickly developed a taste for drinking to oblivion with her friends. In her late twenties, her addiction became inescapable. Volatile relationships, blackouts, and unsuccessful stints in detox defined her life.


    By the time she was in her late thirties, Erica Barnett had run the gauntlet of alcoholism. She had recovered and relapsed time and again, but after each new program or detox center would find herself far from rehabilitated. “Rock bottom,” Barnett writes, “is a lie.” It is always possible, she learned, to go lower than your lowest point. She found that the terms other alcoholics used to describe the trajectory of their addiction–“rock bottom” and “moment of clarity”–and the mottos touted by Alcoholics Anonymous, such as “let go and let God” and “you’re only as sick as your secrets”–didn’t correspond to her experience and could actually be detrimental.


    With remarkably brave and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands on her personal story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts. At a time when opioid addiction is a national epidemic and one in twelve Americans suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, Quitter is essential reading for our age and an ultimately hopeful story of Barnett’s own hard-fought path to sobriety.

    Host Jean McCarthy's blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com. Learn about her latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

    • 1 hr
    Wanja's Story

    Wanja's Story

    Wanja Joy believed in hard work and good behaviour. She had strict rules for her daughters, a career she loved, and thought she was doing everything right. But one day she felt a desire to escape rising within her, and she answered it by allowing her daughters a rare morning of cartoons and cereals as she added wine to her orange juice. It seemed to come out of nowhere, this desire for alcohol, but it helped. 

    In time, Wanja learned that the need to escape was stemming from the pain of past events, long buried and disregarded.

    Today, Wanja lives her life in connection with herself and her gifts. She has faced the trumas of her past and helps others do the same. Learn more abot Wanja Joy on her website https://www.actionsinrecovery.com/air

    Host Jean McCarthy's blog is at www.unpickledblog.com and her latest book releases are at www,jeanmccarthy.ca/books

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

wiwnersrule ,

Awesome blog

I listened yesterday to the last podcast by Emily Paulson. I appreciated Jeans comments. There are pieces in every story that resonate with me. Thank you so much for all your work and kind sharing

Kassandra Bell ,

Great tool for recovery

I love the bubble hour and Jean is the most gracious host ever.

FitsandStarts60 ,

Smart, funny and wise

So grateful for the guiding authenticity of those who participate in this work and of the host, Jean McCarthy.

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