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Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholic's Anonymous, wrote in 1952, "If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root some unhealthy dependence and its consequent demand." Wilson suggested that if we could identify and continually surrender these unrealistic and unrecognizable demands, that we may then be able to accomplish what he imagined to be recovery's next frontier - something he called emotional sobriety.
 
Flash forward 70 years, and join psychotherapists and best-selling authors Thom Rutledge and Dr. Allen Berger, who have taken up the mantle of exploring Bill Wilson's new frontier. Welcome to Emotional Sobriety.

Emotional Sobriety: The Next Step in Recovery Allen Berger & Thom Rutledge

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholic's Anonymous, wrote in 1952, "If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root some unhealthy dependence and its consequent demand." Wilson suggested that if we could identify and continually surrender these unrealistic and unrecognizable demands, that we may then be able to accomplish what he imagined to be recovery's next frontier - something he called emotional sobriety.
 
Flash forward 70 years, and join psychotherapists and best-selling authors Thom Rutledge and Dr. Allen Berger, who have taken up the mantle of exploring Bill Wilson's new frontier. Welcome to Emotional Sobriety.

    Life Goes On

    Life Goes On

    Carol Carter drops by to help us read the latest in Emotional Sobriety from the AA Grapevine - the first article in our series that has some objectionable beats, which Allen and Thom get into. Some emphasis this week on the loved ones we lose during our recovery, and how we can manage the grief that arises.
     
    This week’s “Emotional Sobriety” Grapevine Article, “Life Goes On” can be accessed here via .pdf: https://drive.google.com/file/d/107HghvemUOnUxBG0oQ0LRQK5lUvsk5OM/view?usp=drive_link
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between workshops.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

    • 27 min
    Get Quiet, and Listen

    Get Quiet, and Listen

    Earnie Larsen once said, “Your program cannot take you further than your definition of recovery.” Take a moment and answer the following question: What is your definition of recovery?
     
    Happy Father's Day from Allen, Thom, and Patrick to all who celebrate.
     
    This week’s “Emotional Sobriety” Grapevine Article, “Tink, Tink, Tink,” can be accessed herehttps://www.aagrapevine.org/magazine/2024/jan/tink-tink-tink
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between meetings.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.
     
     
     

    • 24 min
    Connection/Hope/Identity/Meaning/Empowement

    Connection/Hope/Identity/Meaning/Empowement

    Joe C. brings the CHIME recovery model from a recent workshop into our eternally unfolding discussion of what it means to be emotionally sober. Even when we’re falling off the beam, there’s lessons in the struggle to stay balanced. 
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between meetings.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

    • 48 min
    Never Judge Your Earlier Self by What You Know Today

    Never Judge Your Earlier Self by What You Know Today

    Thom and Patrick discuss the latest emotional sobriety-centric AA Grapevine article and talk work, God, and acceptance. Next week, Joe C. returns to the pod.
     
    This week’s “Emotional Sobriety” Grapevine Article, “Fishing Heaven” can be accessed here via .pdf: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1otV6dF4dRNV-36_fCrzh95ZSHMOrLcLf/view?usp=sharing 
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between meetings.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

    • 32 min
    Spiritual GPS

    Spiritual GPS

    Allen, Thom, and Patrick delve into the latest Emotional Sobriety-centric AA Grapevine article. We discuss rock bottoms, taking action, and the role of prayer in disentangling ourselves from misery to embrace a burgeoning consciousness of emotional freedom.
     
    This week’s “Emotional Sobriety” Grapevine Article, “Enter my Lonely Heart” can be accessed on the website here: https://www.aagrapevine.org/magazine/2024/jan/enter-my-lonely-heart
     
    I will update the show notes with a .pdf version as soon as possible.
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between meetings.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

    • 38 min
    Any Way You Slice It (Cheerio to London!)

    Any Way You Slice It (Cheerio to London!)

    Allen and Patrick record face-to-face during some downtime from the three-day Recovery Reimagined event in London to discuss bringing Emotional Sobriety to different parts of the world, before delving into the next Grapevine article on Emotional Sobriety. Next, Patrick touches base with event organizer Patrick McAteer to review speakers, concepts and gratitudes from the event (spoiler: it was a whopping success and something he’ll be seeking to replicate in the near future!)
     
    For more info on Ingrid Clayton, Dr. Judy Grisel, Samantha Duggan and other speakers at Friendly Circle Berlin’s Recovery Reimagined: https://friendlycircleberlin.org/london2024
     
    This week’s “Emotional Sobriety” Grapevine Article, “Any Way You Slice It” can be accessed via pdf here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nEfhc8IjA3bhaZwJjOf7SHII31jVLWKb/view?usp=drive_link
     
    Check out Howard Malitz’ Seasons of Sobriety podcast: https://pod.link/1460539626
     
    Upcoming events with Allen Berger: https://abphd.com/events/
     
    Follow us on social media.
    Podcast Twitter: @EmSobrietyPod
    Instagram: thomrutledge2
    Joe C. Twitter: @Rebellion_Dogs
     
    Friendly Circle Berlin Workshop Group meets every Monday @ 7:30pm (Berlin), 6:30pm (Ireland & UK), 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST
    Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5505019905
     
    Allen’s book, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety: https://www.amazon.com/12-Essential-Insights-Emotional-Sobriety/dp/1955415129/
     
    Thom's book, Embracing Fear: https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Fear-Turn-Scares-Greatest/dp/0062517759/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
     
    Join Allen & Thom at our Thursday night, 7pm PST Zoom meeting on Emotional Sobriety and the Steps (login information below):
     
    https://zoom.us/j/330149513
    Password: 375986
     
    For our ongoing workshop video series on Emotional Sobriety and the 12 Steps, visit our YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEM2-kqLkfp3I4c0jy-X-g
     
    Also, please join our “Emotional Sobriety and Recovery” FB Group at the following link:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/120450976662519
    We’d love to stay in touch in between meetings.
     
    We appreciate feedback! Contact Patrick, our producer, at pndirective4@gmail.com for any questions or comments.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

DianePfandler ,

Thank you

Thank you.
I asked my HP for help and you'll delivered.

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My top sobriety podcast

I discovered this when Celeste Yvonne came on. Now I listen every night. Such good work and helpful thinking around emotional sobriety. Thank you for the gift of creating and sharing something so important and thoughtful. You have helped me a lot as I do my own work.

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Thank you guys for this episode. It’s right on time for me and much needed. Blessings from Tennessee.

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