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Hosted by mental health advocate and former reality television star Alexis Haines, Recovering from Reality illuminates the messy and magical path of coming home to yourself. Whether you’re on the road to recovery, seeking self-care techniques for surviving the capitalist machine, or just need a moment to remember that you’re not alone in your loneliness, we’re serving up the ultimate truth: your trauma doesn’t define you - your decision to deal with it does.

Razor sharp, modern, and culturally resonant, Alexis delivers intimate conversations and expert insights to empower you on the road to authentic wellness. Are you ready to recover from reality?
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Hosted by mental health advocate and former reality television star Alexis Haines, Recovering from Reality illuminates the messy and magical path of coming home to yourself. Whether you’re on the road to recovery, seeking self-care techniques for surviving the capitalist machine, or just need a moment to remember that you’re not alone in your loneliness, we’re serving up the ultimate truth: your trauma doesn’t define you - your decision to deal with it does.

Razor sharp, modern, and culturally resonant, Alexis delivers intimate conversations and expert insights to empower you on the road to authentic wellness. Are you ready to recover from reality?
Produced by Dear Media.

    Ep. 108 Politics and Spirituality Are Not Mutually Exclusive with Marianne Williamson

    Ep. 108 Politics and Spirituality Are Not Mutually Exclusive with Marianne Williamson

    In today's episode, I am joined by Marianne Williamson. Marianne is a bestselling author, political activist and spiritual thought leader.
     
    For over three decades Marianne has been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times best sellers. A quote from the mega best seller A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.
     
    Williamson founded Project Angel Food  a non-profit that has delivered more than 13 million meals to ill and dying homebound patients since 1989. The group was created to help people suffering from the ravages of HIV/AIDS. They have since expanded their service to any person battling critical illness. She has also worked throughout her career on poverty, anti-hunger and racial reconciliation issues. She has advocated for reparations for slavery since the 1990’s and was the first candidate in the 2020 presidential primary season to make it a pillar of her campaign. In 2004, she co-founded The Peace Alliance and supports the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace. In addition, she advocates for a cabinet level Department of Children and Youth to adequately address the chronic trauma of millions of American children. (Bio via Marianne.com)
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - The connection between spirituality and politics
    - Our purpose as humans to love others above all else
    - The widespread prevalence of childhood traumas in America
    - How ineffective and classist the American economy is and how we can shift this
    - So much more!
     
    Read Lost Connections by Johann Hari
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
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    • 50 min
    Ep. 107 Using Food as Empowerment with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

    Ep. 107 Using Food as Empowerment with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

    In today's episode, I am joined by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz (@theguthealthmd). Dr. Bulsiewicz, MD MSCI, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and gastroenterology at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. He also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Bulsiewicz is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
     
    Dr. B. is a respected clinician and the recipient of numerous awards. At Northwestern, he received the highest award in his residency program (Rambach Award), was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, and was Chief Medical Resident. At UNC, he once again received the highest clinical award and was Chief Gastroenterology Fellow.
     
    Dr. B also has an accomplished background in research, with more than 20 scientific articles published and more than 40 presentations at national meetings. He also did advanced training at the UNC - Gillings School of Public Health and received a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health. (Bio via Lowcounty Gastroenterology)
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - What is the microbiome and what you need to know about it
    - Alexis’ daily diet + paleo lifestyle to support her autoimmune health
    - How trauma can influence gut health and the microbiome
    - Dr. B’s career path + what led him to help others heal their guts
    - Navigating physical health post-eating disorder recovery
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 106 Behind the Backstreet Boy with AJ McLean

    Ep. 106 Behind the Backstreet Boy with AJ McLean

    In today's episode, I am joined by AJ McLean. AJ is a close personal friend as well as a songwriter, actor, dancer, model, and member of the Backstreet Boys.
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - AJ’s family life, parental relationships, and
    - His first stint of sobriety from 2001-2007 and perspective on recently reaching 1 year of sobriety
    - The causes of his alcoholism and how his fame and fast-paced lifestyle impacted his addiction
    - How not having a father figure in childhood impacted AJ’s adult life
    - Dealing with insecurity and his recent boost in confidence
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
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    • 54 min
    Ep. 105 Q+A The Social Causes of Addiction and Mental Health with Bob Forrest and Evan Haines

    Ep. 105 Q+A The Social Causes of Addiction and Mental Health with Bob Forrest and Evan Haines

    In today's episode, I am joined by Bob Forrest and Evan Haines. Bob and Evan are co-founders of Alo House Recovery Centers, a holistic, non-12-step rehab facility. Both former addicts, Bob and Evan have extensive experience in the recovery field and are experts in the compassionate care model.
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - Calling things into existence, manifestation, and the law of attraction
    - If therapists without addiction experience have a place in drug treatment and how they can utilize empathy and evidence based practices to increase effectiveness in modern treatment
    - Navigating weed addiction and getting sober without hitting a “rock-bottom”
    - Setting healthy boundaries with family members
    - How profoundly divorce can impact children and their mental health
    - Coparenting with a spouse in active addiction and how gender differences impact this
    - Evan and Bob’s upcoming book—America is Addiction
     
     
     
     
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep. 104 Self-Accountability and Sobriety with Kat Von D

    Ep. 104 Self-Accountability and Sobriety with Kat Von D

    In today's episode, I am joined by Kat Von D  Kat is a tattoo artist, model, entrepreneur, and television personality. She appeared on LA Ink as a tattoo artist beginning in 2007. Since then she founded and ran Kat Von D Beauty. (Bio adapted from Wikipedia)
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - Kat’s childhood and what lead to her addiction and now 14 years of sobriety
    - Navigating the feeling of not belonging
    - How parenting changes across generations
    - The importance of self-accountability
    - The impact of the pandemic and lockdowns on mental health and using service to combat this
    - Parenting and being in a relationship while sober
    - Motherhood and birth
    - Navigating public criticism and backlash on parenting and lifestyle choices
     
     
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
    Produced by Dear Media

    • 48 min
    Ep. 103 Our Brains Aren’t Broken, Our Society Is with Johann Hari

    Ep. 103 Our Brains Aren’t Broken, Our Society Is with Johann Hari

    In today's episode, I am joined by Johann Hari. Johann is the author of two New York Times best-selling books. His first, ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’, is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film by Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels, and into a non-fiction documentary series. His most recent book, ‘Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions’ is being translated into 28 languages and has been praised by a very broad range of people, from Oprah to Hillary Clinton to Tucker Carlson, from Elton John to Naomi Klein to Glenn Greenwald. It was described by the British Journal of General Practice as “one of the most important texts of recent years”, and shortlisted for an award by the British Medical Association.
     
    We dive into the following topics…
    - Johann’s profound work with depression and addiction research
    - The influence of our environment on our mental health and functioning
    - How we as a society can move towards a place of improved mental health
    - Stepping away from your ego when pursuing happiness
    - Sitting in the discomfort of pain to work towards acceptance and understanding
    - So much more!
     
     
     
     
     
    Follow Alexis (@itsalexishaines), join our Facebook group, and follow @recoveringfromreality on Instagram to stay up to date on all things RFR! You can also enroll in Alexis’ Life Reset Course at liferesetcourse.com to learn the exact, tools to recover from limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviors and replace them with new ones that will set you up for the life you deserve and are fully capable of as you integrate the learnings and tools in your life.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min

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