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Have you ever wished you had a Life Coach with more than a decade of experience giving you all the secrets to living a happy healthy life? You're in the right place with the top-ranked Addiction Unlimited Podcast with Professional Coach, drunken mess turned savvy sober entrepreneur, Angela Pugh. Her expertise? Giving you simple action steps to turn your life around in just 10-15 minutes a day with a no BS approach. Can you *really* change your life, get sober, have a healthy relationship, and the job of your dreams? Absolutely. Week after week you'll get quick tips, coping strategies, life hacks, and inspiring stories that can help you create the life you deserve.

Addiction Unlimited Podcast | Life Coach | Alcoholic Angela Pugh

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Have you ever wished you had a Life Coach with more than a decade of experience giving you all the secrets to living a happy healthy life? You're in the right place with the top-ranked Addiction Unlimited Podcast with Professional Coach, drunken mess turned savvy sober entrepreneur, Angela Pugh. Her expertise? Giving you simple action steps to turn your life around in just 10-15 minutes a day with a no BS approach. Can you *really* change your life, get sober, have a healthy relationship, and the job of your dreams? Absolutely. Week after week you'll get quick tips, coping strategies, life hacks, and inspiring stories that can help you create the life you deserve.

    Marijuana Addiction Treatment Grows As More Potent Weed Creates More Addicts

    Marijuana Addiction Treatment Grows As More Potent Weed Creates More Addicts

    Marijuana Addiction





    Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Well, that was the story when it was still an unregulated, illegal and illicit market.



    Now, the market is shifting, legalization is spreading, and THC is bringing on a whole new range of issues and causing more people to be addicted.



    Although marijuana is just as addictive as alcohol, opioids, or stimulants, it looks different on the surface and may make you question if you have an addiction at all.



    It doesn't usually come with the classic 'rock bottom' moment you hear others talk about in their addiction stories, and the signs and symptoms aren't so easily identified.



    But that doesn't change the fact that people are suffering, they need resources, and they need support.



    In, A Doctor's Opinion About Marijuana Addiction, it says:



    "The unfortunate truth is that the lack of serious, early consequences to marijuana addiction allow for a long, slow decline, often without recognition, resulting in later-­stage addiction before the problem is confronted. An individual may wake up years into this chronic illness, without a reasonable understanding of how their life got so far off track. Often one has no major medical or legal problems, no sudden tragedy that drives the search for an answer. However, isolation from friends and family, loss of interest and lack of participation in those activities that used to bring joy, and the crushing weight of missed opportunities add up."



    If any of this sounds familiar to you, you won't want to miss this episode, my friend.



     



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Marijuana Anonymous: https://marijuana-anonymous.org/



    Find Jacob on IG:  @naturalhighsrecovery



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 36 min
    Moderation, Gray-Area Drinking, and the Stages of Alcoholism

    Moderation, Gray-Area Drinking, and the Stages of Alcoholism

    what is moderate drinking





    If the illusion of moderation is very persistent and you find yourself thinking, “Maybe I can, in fact, have just ONE drink”.



    And things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped, or you find yourself feeling left out in groups, or the lie tells you that once you ‘work through it’ then you can manage just one drink.



    If any of this sounds familiar then you, my friend, are in the perfect place right now. This is a must-listen-to podcast if you are any of those scenarios.



    So, if you’ve ever had challenges with the moderation myth or your brain keeps telling you it will different now and you’re a little bit worried about how to get through it, today is like a checklist of different areas that you can troubleshoot to make sure if you’re stuck you can move through it; and if you haven’t fallen into the trap yet, then you can side step some of these big mistakes.



    It’s important that you actually listen to this episode and not tune out because this isn’t happening for you right now. This is a weird little tick in sobriety that can happen any time. None of us are shielded from these thoughts and traps- no matter how long you’ve been sober.



    It took me a few situations before I really understood that I couldn’t control my alcohol intake. And when I say that, it doesn’t mean I never had nights out that I controlled it, I did. I had a  few of those nights when I just had a few and went home without any drama.



    But those nights were very few and far between. Just like you can quit for 30 days for Dry January or Sober October, or, sometimes we quit for much longer- and that feeds the myth that there is some level of control.



    Let’s go ahead and dive into the trouble with your moderation dreams.



     



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Signs You Should Stop Trying to Moderate Your Drinking: https://addictionunlimited.com/signs-you-should-stop-trying-to-moderate-your-drinking/



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 30 min
    Addiction On Screen: Using Movies About Addiction to Get Sober

    Addiction On Screen: Using Movies About Addiction to Get Sober

    Movies About Addiction





    Today’s episode is a little extra special.



    The reason for that is that we’re approaching this topic from a totally different angle.



    We’re not going to talk about programs. We’re not talking about pitfalls, recovery plans, and another day 1. Not that we’re not talking about any of it, but, we are going to talk about a totally different approach to quitting drinking that you’ve probably never thought of before.



    Today, we are talking about movies about addiction. That might seem a little bit weird as a way to get sober, and, if you know anything about me you already know I’m a planner and like to have things laid out. So this completely unorthodox way of approaching recovery really intrigued me.



    When my new friend, Ted Perkins, reached out to me about his book and wanted to talk about the connection between movies and addiction and how he used movies about addiction to get sober, I thought it was something I definitely wanted to explore.



    Ted is a former Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Studio executive, university lecturer, public speaker, Hollywood producer, and a successful screenwriter for film and television



    He watched 100 movies in 100 days to beat his alcohol addiction and documented his journey in his new book, Addicted in Film, and he’s here to tell you all about it! It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the best (and worst) movies ever made about addiction and recovery, and what they can teach us about living a happier, healthier, more balanced life.



    I like that Ted turned to what he knows and loves, and used it as his support to make huge changes and understand sobriety on a new level. This is the epitome of figuring out a plan that is individualized to you!



    I also really value what he shares. It’s different than how my brain works and that’s sometimes uncomfortable and always exciting at the same time. I don’t want to give it all away. I am going to let you listen in and see if this is something you might want to take action on. I know I definitely will be.



     



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Dry January Kickstarter: A 30-Day Free Bootcamp: addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp



    Addicted in Film Book:  https://amzn.to/3HGG6GZ



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 40 min
    5 Useful Methods To Make Dealing With Triggers Easier

    5 Useful Methods To Make Dealing With Triggers Easier

    dealing with triggers





    I’m going to start this episode with a mind-blowing statistic. Are you ready? Okay, here we go. Everyone has triggers. Crazy, right? I know, I know, it’s not that mind-blowing when you think about it because we are all living life, dealing with the ups and downs and the changes we have to make as we go through it.



    Change is inevitable. And when we are undergoing change, leaving old behaviors, habits, and people behind, there will be triggers.



    It’s also a little comforting to know we’re in this together because if you’ve had to overcome triggers, like I have, then we’re not alone. Actually, we’re in great company.



    Now, if I told you that you can get through all your triggers and I can show you how to do it, would you be interested? Yes? I hope you just said yes because that’s what we’re doing today. It’s important to continue talking about this topic of triggers because I know many of my clients experience it, to the point that they fear starting new and exciting endeavors or they will start and they definitely don’t follow through on these new and exciting endeavors because they begin to think, “I don’t want to deal with triggers and cravings 24 hours a day. Thursdays are a huge trigger for me and I don’t know how to get through it.” And so they don’t start, or stick with, the process.



    Have you been guilty of this? I know I have, for sure. And I’ve overcome it, and I want to talk about how you can as well. The thing is, triggers are a real thing. And if you’re dealing with them and sometimes feel like they are winning the battle, I want you to know you are far from alone, there is nothing wrong with you, and you can definitely overcome it.



     



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Episode #114, Relapse Triggers: https://addictionunlimited.com/relapse-triggers/



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 33 min
    The Truth About People-Pleasing You Can’t Ignore

    The Truth About People-Pleasing You Can’t Ignore

    people pleasing





    People pleasing is a common struggle for most people, especially those of us with addiction issues. The key is to not let those habits stop you from doing the work that you know you need to do. So what do you do when the fears of saying “no”, or setting boundaries around your time and energy threaten to throw you off your game or derail you completely? You get guidance, take action, and learn to keep moving forward. And sometimes you need a little inspiration to keep you going.



    In this episode, my friend Nick Pollard (TikTok phenom) and I are going to dig into the underlying fears and feelings people have that turn us into exhausted little people-pleasers. As a Coach, Nick’s work is to pull back the curtain on the underlying issues we have to work on to create happier lives with more energy for our friends and families, and feeling more confident in the choices we make. Some of the very things you may be experiencing now may be obstacles, but they are not insurmountable.



    This is my 15th year of being a Life Coach and Nick is in his 10th year! We’ve seen it all and have experienced ALL the fears ourselves (and still do!), so get your ear buds ready and listen in to the helpful insights Nick is sharing for you and your life!



    You’re going to learn some valuable tips and tricks that will help you navigate the fears that come with making changes in your life, cutting back the people-pleasing, and stepping into a better version of yourself.



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Dry January Kickstarter: A 30-Day Free Bootcamp: addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 49 min
    Create A Powerful New Year Plan That Will Actually Work

    Create A Powerful New Year Plan That Will Actually Work

    New Year Plan





    Can you believe 2022 is over already?



    I know it’s so cliché and everyone is saying it- but this year has gone by so fast!



    Maybe you can relate. I know when a year is packed with as many projects, challenges, milestones reached and lessons learned as 2022 has been for me, it makes time fly by.



    Some years ago I adopted a new way of thinking about it - instead of thinking about resolutions, as if something isn’t right and needs to be resolved – I think about my intentions for the upcoming year. And because my sobriety birthday is in January, I have a tradition at the end of the year I always reflect back on what my life was like before I got sober.



    Of course, that immediately puts me in a place of gratitude because I was such a mess in so many ways.



    And, it gives me fresh inspiration on how I want to approach the coming year.



    This year, I went through some major stuff. And, if we all get honest here, every year is full of major stuff.



    So as I was reflecting on the past 12 months, I was writing down so many things that I had to turn it into a whole podcast episode for you.



    Because, I want you to approach your next year with a fresh perspective and sense of determination like you’ve never had before. But also, a sense of ease. Like, we’re going to make this so effortless, and you are going to feel so empowered, that you look forward to getting started and following through!



    The strategy I’m going over today is all about a different way to approach your goals so that…



    * you will get more done

    * everything is set up for you to succeed with ease

    * you end the day feeling more satisfied with your whole life



    In particular, if you want to build a life around recovery and confidence in whatever you do, this strategy will be really applicable for you.



    It will help you get more done with less stress, less guilt, and less resources… you know, all the precious commodities we never have enough of.



    I suggest curling up with the last Christmas cookie, stir a little eggnog creamer into your coffee, and enjoy a final moment of holiday hibernation to brainstorm your 2023 intentions.



    In the end, your intentions are really all about your balance. Understanding we are working on personal growth and taking on new habits more than just accomplishing tasks. Adding too little will leave you underwhelmed and unsatisfied; adding too much is just way more stress than you need.



    This episode is your personal low-down on how to think about your intentions, and how to set yourself up for success from day one so that you can get your life and your goals aligned for an amazing year!



     



    Links mentioned in this episode: 



    Dry January Kickstarter: A 30-Day Bootcamp with Angela Pugh:addictionunlimited.com/bootcamp



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictionunlimited



    Book A Call With Angela: addictionunlimited.com/call



     



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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

blackandwhite Boston ,

Terri

Loved this episode about moderation. Loved each point. Really loved :
get honest about moderation.
Also hit home about the obsession/thinking about drinking!! All the reasons you mentioned make so much sense why we make the rules and fear that we won’t like the outcome. But we do want to feel better. The breaking of rules and promises to ourselves is what makes us drink more!!!! Thank you Angela.

JapanSilverpelt101 ,

We’re not alone after all

After 20 years of trying to solve my excessive drinking by myself I started listening to this podcast to confirm that I wasn’t really an alcoholic. To admit that I had a problem was beyond me at the time, but by listening to Angela I slowly came to realize that my life could be much better without drinking, even if I wasn’t ready to admit my alcoholism.

So I listened every week, for about a year.

Slowly the message was received and I gathered the courage to stop drinking, start a program of recovery and now I’m living the life of my dreams. True happiness, the absence of guilt and the best part: being in the moment. I’ve restored relationships, excelled at work and am finally the man I want to be.

Angela is a gift to those in suffering and I owe my new life in part to this podcast. She gives you the courage and practical guidance to deal with addiction in a funny and non-threatening way, just what headstrong types like me need.

You owe it to yourself to stick with this podcast for a bit, might just change your life.

BZeeZee ,

Love Angela

Angela is my angel. For 6 years I struggled with my life and was heading down a very bad path with depression and popping pills. I can truly say this is the first time in 6 years I am starting to see the light. I just randomly found her. She literally saved my life. I don’t know her personally but I can’t wait to meet her one day.

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