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Have you ever thought your drinking was out of control? Have you tried to control your drinking but have not been able to? Want to stop drinking but have no idea how? The Sober Friends Podcast is here to share our experience strength and hope overcoming our addiction to alcohol and drugs. Each week, Matt, John and Steve talk to people who have found sobriety and talk about topics that help keep the plug in the jug. If you are new, think you are alone and don’t know the next steps to getting help, you found the right place. We speak for no 12 step program but we do try to remain anonymous. You can leave a voicemail for the show at ‪(860) 281-2303

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Have you ever thought your drinking was out of control? Have you tried to control your drinking but have not been able to? Want to stop drinking but have no idea how? The Sober Friends Podcast is here to share our experience strength and hope overcoming our addiction to alcohol and drugs. Each week, Matt, John and Steve talk to people who have found sobriety and talk about topics that help keep the plug in the jug. If you are new, think you are alone and don’t know the next steps to getting help, you found the right place. We speak for no 12 step program but we do try to remain anonymous. You can leave a voicemail for the show at ‪(860) 281-2303

    Jen Saw Her Bottom was the Floor of a Cliff

    Jen Saw Her Bottom was the Floor of a Cliff

    One of the Sober Instagram accounts we find the most inspiring is @jenmovesforward.  Jen joins us this week to talk about her story, overcoming relapse, making recovery her career and how fitness is part of how she stays sober.

    In this Sober Friends Episode Jen tells us:
    How she started using in her teensKnowing in her 20's that she had a problemLosing relationships over drugs and alcoholAlmost losing her current husbandOvercoming relapse and finding a career in the recovery worldThe place fitness plays in her journeyHer love of archeryThis was one of those podcasts we had to stop talking before the tape was rolling because it was so good.  I know you'll love Jen's story.
    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    • 54 min
    Working on Our Character Defects

    Working on Our Character Defects

    The root of our alcoholism and our alcoholic thinking is our character defects.  The 12 Steps are instrumental in getting through our character defects, especially with Steps 4 and 5.  Many of our character defects are associated with fear and ego.  Character defects have a root in selfishness and doing for others is a way to bust them.  Here are ways to work on a character defect:
    Acknowledgement of the defectPrayerTalk to another alcoholicJoin Steve and Matt as we talk about Character Defects, how they impact us and how we address them to live a happy sober life.
    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    • 35 min
    Getting Through Social Gatherings When You Are Sober

    Getting Through Social Gatherings When You Are Sober

    Matt was inspired by Gill Tietz's Sober Powered episode, Staying Sober During the Holidays.  The episode is much less staying sober during the holidays, and more staying sober at events where booze is available.  Practicable advice for those in recovery for anytime.
    BBQsWork partiesConcertsEctJohn, Matt and Steve talked about their experience being on guard for the unguarded moment.  In this episode we talk about:
    Keeping your drink in your hand.  If you put it down, get anotherTell a bartender you are not drinking and stick with that person (thanks Gill)Our thoughts on non-alcoholic versions of an alcoholic drinkHow people put booze in food and to watch out.This is great advice for anyone looking at sobriety, new or old.
    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    • 37 min
    The Family After You Find Sobriety

    The Family After You Find Sobriety

    The show is brought to you by Sean, who bought us a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberfriendspod.  Sean thought it was important to put the show in the newcomer's ear.

    Recovery is not just for the person getting sober.  Recovery affects the family too.  For us, our family was very happy when we put the bottle down.  But they had a hard time understanding all these meetings we had to go to and all these drunks running through our house.

    For Matt, it was a place of friction for his wife over the first 3 years of sobriety.  His wife would talk about running out to be with his friends when his family needed him.  Over time, the family understood that the work with other alcoholics was what made him a better dad and husband.

    We thought this might speak to you.  Do you have challenges getting to meetings or however else you choose to get sober, due to family obligations?  What have you experienced?  We are looking for your feedback too!




    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    • 38 min
    It Took Sobriety for Ryan M to Participate in Life

    It Took Sobriety for Ryan M to Participate in Life

    Ryan M has made recovery a huge part of his life.  He didn't get sober, he got involved.  Ryan has been part of the service culture of AA from his entire time getting sober (March 2013).  Coming into the program in his early 30's, he was attracted to the younger people in his 12 step group and got involved the the Young People in AA organizations.  If you go to a service group in Ryan's area, chances are you will run into him.

    It was not always like that.  During his drinking career, Ryan isolated.  He started out being part of the crowd and as his drinking got worse, he got older and his friends moved on, his only companions were TV shows and movies.  Ryan lived vicariously through the shows he watched, never really engaging with life.  

    At Ryan's lowest, he was arrested at his parent's home, while picking up dog poop.  And like many of us who put down the bottle, he was able to change into something beyond his wildest dreams.

    Join us for this inspiring story of recovery and service from our friend Ryan M.

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    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    Staying Sober on Vacation

    Staying Sober on Vacation

    Vacation is a dangerous time for those of us with problem drinking.  Vacation is a great time to suspend all the rules and drink as much as we want.  Hey, it's 5pm somewhere!  Am I right? Or am I right!  

    On this episode of the Sober Friends podcast, Matt, Steve and John talk about the trap that vacation can cause for us.  It's a risky time because we have time on our hands.  We talk about how to overcome the temptation on vacation and have a plan:
    Get a list of phone numbers from people you can call, when your backside is on fireIf out of the country, download apps that allow you to communicate over the internetTalk to family and friends and explain your situation and ask for supportIf you are involved in a 12 step program, go online or get booklets of meetings around your vacation spotWant to help our show?  Subscribe, review, rate and share.  Help us get the show into the ears of those who could use it the most.
    Athletes in Motion: From Race to RecoveryWho’s an athlete? Anyone that moves! Inspiring stories and great conversations.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
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    • 37 min

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Hey Guys,

My name is Chris and I’ve been listening every week for the past year or so from London, England. I wanted to send love and gratitude especially as I have just reached one year sober! This podcast is a huge part of my recovery and really added to the richness of my understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous, especially of the traditions, steps and joys of recovery. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, funny, moving but also clearly extremely well intended understood and researched. Thank you 🙏

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