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 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.
Episode 211: Seth Perry
Seth grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and today he is a clergy person living in Kingston, Ontario. His problem with addiction started in Vancouver, and for the last six years of his drinking, he worked as a stand-up comedian. After burning all his bridges in the industry, he left that life behind.
Since getting into recovery, Seth earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and a Masters in Theology. He uses his education and experience to work with people in recovery as a Chaplin in a treatment center, a support worker, and as a manager of a sober living house. He believes in facilitating dialogue and journeying alongside people in recovery regardless of their belief system.
Episode 210: Ben’s Friends
This episode features a conversation with Mickey Bakst from an organization called Ben's Friends, which provides a forum for people in recovery who work in the food and beverage industry. Micky talks about the history behind the group's founding and the special challenges facing food and beverage workers in recovery.
You can learn more about Ben's Friends at their website bensfriendshope.com.
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I count listening to the show as a meeting!!
It not always easy to find skeptical AA views. This show hits the mark
Life Saving Podcast!
If you think your alone in seeking a secular recovey community and program, you ARE not and this podcast is for you! You'll feel at home as soon as you start listening! It's like an AA recorded meeting with out all the religious overtones! If I need a Recovery pick me up I simple hit play and soon I'm back in my sober happy place! We need more great secular podcasts like these!
Still Great on 4th year of listening
These guys offer a great set of tools including this podcast, you tube and live meetings . Secular AA is a real thing and AA has real pamphlets about not needing GOD . This is not an AA bashing podcast. It is a without God podcast. I love the variety. Please check out the website as it has even so much more.