The Beyond Belief Sobriety Podcast features the personal stories of people who have found a secular path to addiction recovery. We also post interviews with authors and experts in the science of addiction and explore all secular recovery options.
Podcast episodes are posted weekly and we live stream every Friday at 7:00 pm Central on YouTube and Facebook.
Episode 217: Books, Podcasts, and Sobriety with Matt M.
In this episode, Matt M. talks about his recovery from alcoholism, his relationship with a good sponsor, and the unique AA meetings he helped start with topics taken from books, podcast episodes, short stories, and songs.
Episode 216: Mari Q.
Mary Q. shares her story of addiction and the phases of her development over the many years she has been in recovery – a process she describes as a healthier practice. The Twelve Steps are only one piece of her recovery. She learned much more outside of Twelve Step meetings that she incorporates into her recovery.
Episode 215: Modern 12 Step Recovery, by Glenn Rader
"Modern 12 Step Recovery: Alcoholics Anonymous for the 21st Century", published in January 2021, provides a contemporary introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. In this episode, I had a conversation with the author, Glenn Rader who talked about why he thinks it's important that AA and the Twelve Steps be framed within the context of modern psychology.
Episode 214: Randy Haveson | The Ego Cleanse
Randy Haveson is a person in long-term recovery, a life coach, an author, and a full-time keynote speaker with a passion for helping people build their self-esteem. In this episode, we learn about Randy's life-journey and discuss his book "The Ego Cleanse: Becoming Your Own Best Friend". In this book, Randy discusses the difference between ego and self-esteem, the common obstacles to building self-esteem, and practical actions that can be taken to overcome those obstacles.
Episode 213: Misery is Optional
John Huey makes his eighth appearance on the podcast to follow up on a previous conversation we had about deprogramming from AA. In this conversation, John is expressing his concern about agnostics, atheists in AA who are making themselves miserable comporting to the dogma found in traditional AA meetings.
Episode 212: Until You Try
Stephanie S. crossed a line when her drinking changed from a want to a need. In this episode, she describes the insidious nature of addiction and shares a song that she wrote about her struggle entitled "Until You Try." The song, performed by her son David, does a magnificent job of capturing the emotional pain of repeatedly trying and failing to stop drinking.