394 episodes

We are a podcast dedicated to sobriety and recovery from alcohol and drugs. (And whatever other addiction that is out there) It doesn't matter what you have been through in the past. We have all done very bad things in our addiction. This does not define who we are. We know there is a way out of addiction. Family and loved ones, you play a part in this as well. There are plenty of stories out there of families and loved ones not knowing what to do with their addicted loved one. Let us guide you on the right things to do and the right decisions to make to ensure that you and your loved one gets the help that you need.

Real Recovery Talk Tom, Ben, and Dr. Tambini

    • Education

We are a podcast dedicated to sobriety and recovery from alcohol and drugs. (And whatever other addiction that is out there) It doesn't matter what you have been through in the past. We have all done very bad things in our addiction. This does not define who we are. We know there is a way out of addiction. Family and loved ones, you play a part in this as well. There are plenty of stories out there of families and loved ones not knowing what to do with their addicted loved one. Let us guide you on the right things to do and the right decisions to make to ensure that you and your loved one gets the help that you need.

    396 - RAC: Random Ass Conversations with Tom, Ben and Steve

    396 - RAC: Random Ass Conversations with Tom, Ben and Steve

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
     
    Hey everyone!  In this episode we are having light conversations and taking a break on recovery stuff!  Of course we do incorporate it to a certain extent but this one was fun and we laughed a lot.  Hope you enjoy!

    • 36 min
    395 - The Life of a Functional Alcoholic : The Illusion of Control

    395 - The Life of a Functional Alcoholic : The Illusion of Control

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
    In this episode of Real Recovery Talk, we dive into the world of functional alcoholism, exploring how certain characteristics can mask the seriousness of alcohol dependency. Join us as we unravel the six key steps that often define a functional alcoholic and discuss how these factors can create barriers to seeking sobriety.
    Successful Professional Life: We'll start by examining how maintaining a thriving career can provide a false sense of control and normalcy, making it difficult for individuals to recognize their addiction.
    Denial and Justification: Next, we'll explore the powerful role of denial and the justifications functional alcoholics use to convince themselves and others that their drinking is under control.
    Routine Drinking Patterns: We'll discuss how the establishment of regular drinking routines can disguise the extent of alcohol consumption, reinforcing the illusion of moderation.
    Minimal Legal Issues: Functional alcoholics often avoid legal troubles, further feeding the belief that their drinking is not problematic. We'll look into how this lack of consequences can delay the realization of an issue.
    Maintaining Relationships: Many functional alcoholics are able to keep their relationships intact, which can create a façade of stability and deter loved ones from recognizing the need for intervention.
    Continued Achievements: Lastly, we'll talk about how ongoing personal and professional achievements can bolster the illusion of control and success, making it even harder for functional alcoholics to see the need for change.
    Tune in as we uncover how these six steps can collectively reinforce a functional alcoholic's resistance to seeking sobriety and what can be done to break through these barriers. Whether you're personally affected or supporting someone who is, this episode provides valuable insights into the complexities of functional alcoholism.

    • 57 min
    394 - Gender-Specific Treatment Centers: Tailoring Recovery for Better Outcomes

    394 - Gender-Specific Treatment Centers: Tailoring Recovery for Better Outcomes

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
    In this episode of Real Recovery Talk, we delve into the importance and effectiveness of gender-specific treatment centers for substance abuse. These specialized facilities offer tailored programs that address the unique challenges faced by men and women in recovery, providing a supportive environment that enhances the chances of long-term sobriety. However, there are also potential drawbacks to consider.
    Join us as we explore:
    Why Gender-Specific Treatment?: Understanding the unique needs and experiences of different genders in addiction and recovery. Benefits of Specialized Programs: How these centers provide focused care, from therapy techniques to peer support. Cons of Gender-Specific Treatment: Discussing potential downsides, such as limited social interaction with the opposite gender and possible reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Choosing the Right Center: Tips for finding a treatment center that aligns with your gender-specific needs. Tune in to gain a balanced understanding of how gender-specific treatment centers are making a difference in the lives of those battling substance abuse, while also considering the potential challenges. This episode is a must-listen for anyone considering treatment options or supporting a loved one through recovery.
     

    • 42 min
    393 - Staying Sober on the 4th of July: Your Five-Step Guide to a Safe and Fun Celebration

    393 - Staying Sober on the 4th of July: Your Five-Step Guide to a Safe and Fun Celebration

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
    In this special episode of Real Recovery Talk, we tackle the challenges and opportunities that come with celebrating the 4th of July while maintaining sobriety. With fireworks, barbecues, and parties all around, staying sober can feel daunting, but with the right strategies, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the holiday without compromising your recovery.
    We break it down into five actionable steps:
    Plan Ahead: Learn how to prepare for potential triggers and make a game plan for your day. Make Your Own Drinks: Discover delicious, alcohol-free beverages that keep you included in the festivities. Stay Busy: Engage in fun activities that keep your mind occupied and away from temptation. Have an Exit Strategy: Develop a plan for leaving situations that may jeopardize your sobriety. Utilize Your Support Network: Connect with meetings, stay in contact with your sponsor, and leverage your support system. Join us for practical tips, personal stories, and expert advice to ensure your 4th of July is both enjoyable and sober. Tune in to stay strong, stay safe, and celebrate your independence from addiction!
    Follow for more recovery insights! 💚 #RealRecoveryTalk #AddictionRecovery #Sobriety #RecoveryCommunity #4thOfJulySober #MentalHealth

    • 27 min
    392 - 4 Essential Skills to stay focused on yourself and NOT their addiction

    392 - 4 Essential Skills to stay focused on yourself and NOT their addiction

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
    In this episode of Real Recovery Talk, hosts Tom Conrad and Ben discuss four critical skills that family members and loved ones can implement today to help themselves and support someone struggling with addiction. 
    We cover the importance of good communication skills, self-care, building a strong support network, and spirituality. Tom and Ben also update listeners on their Family Reconnect Program and other resources available for those in need.
    Tune in for practical advice, personal stories, and valuable insights on navigating addiction recovery.
    00:00 Introduction and Episode Overview
    00:32 Podcast Announcements and Promotions
    01:26 Webinar and Family Reconnect Program Details 03:53 Coaching and Communication Skills
    09:34 Skill 1: Good Communication Skills
    17:50 Skill 2: Importance of Self-Care
    21:37 Balancing Work and Personal Time
    22:38 Finding Healthy Distractions
    24:47 The Importance of Self-Care
    28:41 Building a Strong Support Network
    32:36 Embracing Spirituality

    • 42 min
    391 - Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse: Expert Insights and Practical Advice

    391 - Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse: Expert Insights and Practical Advice

    5 steps to helping your loved one: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/guide
    Join our Family Re-Connect Program: https://www.realrecoverytalk.com/reconnect
    Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse: Expert Insights and Practical Advice
     
    In this episode of Real Recovery Talk, hosts Tom Conrad, Ben, and Dr. Tambini address an email from a listener struggling with her partner's alcohol addiction. The team discusses strategies for handling anger and resentment, setting boundaries, and prioritizing self-care. They introduce their Family Reconnect Program, explain the importance of community support, and answer questions about enabling behavior and professional consequences. Tune in for expert advice on helping yourself and your loved one through addiction.
     
    00:00 Introduction and Episode Overview
    00:42 Meet the Hosts
    01:38 Family Reconnect Program Announcement
    03:43 Real-Life Example and Program Benefits
    13:49 Email from a Listener: Seeking Advice
    32:52 Enabling Alcoholism: The Hard Truth
    33:05 The Importance of Stepping Away
    35:10 Codependency and Self-Worth
    36:49 The Role of Profession in Addiction
    38:37 Emotional Compromise and Seeking Help
    40:24 Reflecting on Relationships and Self-Healing
    42:11 Personal Stories and Al-Anon
     

    • 55 min

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