127 episodes

Would you like to permanently reduce your alcohol consumption by 80 percent so you don’t have to quit?

Most high achieving professional women assume overdrinking is caused by a lack of willpower--or worse, the incurable disease of "alcoholism." So they beat themselves up and avoid asking for help because they feel ashamed and out of control.

Whether you’re a daily drinker who can’t break the habit, or you're still going to sobriety meetings even though you don’t drink anymore, the real problem is that you don’t trust yourself anymore.

Which means it’s not about the alcohol. It’s about your relationship with yourself.

I’m a mindful drinking coach helping women learn how drinking less (or not at all) is actually a superpower, even when the idea of giving up the only thing that helps them quiet their mind feels impossible.

Figuring out what you really need and want in life will restore your focus. Get happy, not sober. Because happy people don’t drink themselves into a stupor.

Join me each week for holistic, evidence-based strategies to fix your dopamine deficit, regulate your nervous system, deal with post acute withdrawal syndrome, manage sugar cravings, improve your sleep and reclaim your mental health so you no longer have the urge to escape your own body.

It's Not About the Alcohol Colleen Kachmann

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 70 Ratings

Would you like to permanently reduce your alcohol consumption by 80 percent so you don’t have to quit?

Most high achieving professional women assume overdrinking is caused by a lack of willpower--or worse, the incurable disease of "alcoholism." So they beat themselves up and avoid asking for help because they feel ashamed and out of control.

Whether you’re a daily drinker who can’t break the habit, or you're still going to sobriety meetings even though you don’t drink anymore, the real problem is that you don’t trust yourself anymore.

Which means it’s not about the alcohol. It’s about your relationship with yourself.

I’m a mindful drinking coach helping women learn how drinking less (or not at all) is actually a superpower, even when the idea of giving up the only thing that helps them quiet their mind feels impossible.

Figuring out what you really need and want in life will restore your focus. Get happy, not sober. Because happy people don’t drink themselves into a stupor.

Join me each week for holistic, evidence-based strategies to fix your dopamine deficit, regulate your nervous system, deal with post acute withdrawal syndrome, manage sugar cravings, improve your sleep and reclaim your mental health so you no longer have the urge to escape your own body.

    EP126 How to reduce cravings, improve mood and feel naturally energetic with holistic hormone coach Leisha Drews

    EP126 How to reduce cravings, improve mood and feel naturally energetic with holistic hormone coach Leisha Drews

    Do you struggle to show up as your best self because you feel fat, tired and grumpy?
     
    Most high achieving women diagnose themselves as lazy or bitchy when our bodies feel like “one more problem” we have to deal with. We push through our feelings and try harder to do better, but deep down wonder what is wrong with us.
     
    But even if we’re diagnosed with a legit hormone imbalance, medications can only bandaid the symptoms and enable us to continue behaviors that lead to burnout.
     
    Blaming your body for the deficits your behaviors are creating, and restricting your food intake while using coffee (and wine) to get through the day makes life harder, not easier. 
     
    Leisha Drews is a holistic hormone coach who teaches women how to heal their relationship with their bodies so their bodies can heal. In this episode, you’ll learn:
    The beliefs and behaviors that cause cravings, fatigue and moodiness
    How to escape the “on and off the wagon” lifestyle so you can live in a permanent state of wellbeing
    Simple daily self-care practices that support hormone health and give you the energy you need to not only function but to enjoy your life
    Click here to find more on Leisha's website, LeishaDrews.com. 
    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away from our call with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.

    • 41 min
    EP125 The 5 biggest lies that keep you stuck in cycles of self-sabotage

    EP125 The 5 biggest lies that keep you stuck in cycles of self-sabotage

    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away from our call with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.
     
    How often do you hear yourself say the following: “I don’t know,” “This is going to suck,” “I don’t have time,” “The problem is…” and “Whatever, I don’t care?”
     
    Most people don’t question the stories they tell themselves. They believe everything they think and act as though it’s true. And then feel like a failure when they repeatedly try and fail to break a bad habit.
     
    The words in your brain are like familiar songs that come on the radio. You sing along even when you don’t like the tune because you know the words.  
     
    Thoughts are habits too. And the more often you repeat a phrase in your head, the more “right” it feels in your body. And that prevents you from asking, “what else might be true?”
     
    In this episode, you’ll learn how to overcome the five biggest lies you tell yourself so that you can finally gain the momentum you need to escape the cycle of self sabotage.
     
    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away from our call with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.

    • 39 min
    EP124 The science of self-compassion in treating alcohol use disorder

    EP124 The science of self-compassion in treating alcohol use disorder

    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.
     
    Are you in the habit of beating yourself up and trying to willpower your way into being a better person?
     
    Most high achieving women who use alcohol to cope with their stress are caught in a cycle of punishment and reward. They work hard and believe they deserve to play hard. And when they overdo it, they actually embrace their shame because they believe that feeling bad will motivate them to do better. 
     
    The problem with using shame to motivate yourself to drink less is that when you get it right, the shame disappears--taking with it the motivation to make a new habit out of your good behavior. The cycle is frustrating and exhausting because it’s unpredictable. You can’t ever be certain that you can trust yourself. 
     
    Being unable to trust yourself is the crux of alcohol use disorder. The shame and guilt undermine your sense of self worth and motivation in other areas of your life. You go from feeling like a woman who is capable of doing anything you set your mind to someone who just wants to get through the day. Long term goals get farther and farther away. 
     
    Continuing to focus on the problem makes the problem worse. In this episode, you’ll learn the three elements of self-compassion…which are mindfulness, kindness and recognizing your humanity. I’ll explain the science that reveals that the secret to change is allowing yourself to be where you’re at. 



    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.

    • 48 min
    EP123 The secret to weight loss is to love your body as it is

    EP123 The secret to weight loss is to love your body as it is

    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.
     
    Do you believe that accepting your overweight body as she is will make you lazy and complacent? 
     
    Most of us claim the reason we want to lose weight is so we can feel healthy. However, let’s be honest. Your brain reminds you every five seconds that the extra pounds are gross and disgusting. And you just want to be free.
     
    You may embrace the idea that big can be beautiful, but you don’t identify as a plus-size woman. You refuse to let yourself feel better until you look better.
     
    But the bottom line is the more shame you’re carrying about how you look, the harder it gets to lose weight. 
     
    In this episode, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process for how to apply my 7 core skills of emotional sobriety to your weight loss goals. So you can free yourself of the mental roadblocks that undermine the sense of safety and confidence you need to accomplish your goals.   
     
    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.
     

    • 42 min
    Ep122 Apply the 7 core skills of emotional sobriety to your next hangover

    Ep122 Apply the 7 core skills of emotional sobriety to your next hangover

    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals.
     
    And for today's episode....
     
    Is your motivation to change your drinking habits strongest  when you’re hungover…but less so when you’re actually drinking?
     
    Most high performing perfectionists are capable of doing anything they set their mind to. Which is why the frustration that comes with feeling like you can’t control your drinking can quickly erode your self-confidence. 
     
    Which causes you to beat yourself up even more…and get stuck in your head trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with you. Because how do you solve a problem if the problem is you?
     
    In this episode, I’ll teach you the step-by-step process for how to apply my 7 core principles of emotional sobriety to your next hangover. This is the exact framework my high achieving professional clients follow to reduce their drinking by 80 percent so that alcohol can go back to being a pleasure instead of a problem.
     
    Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent so you don't have to quit. If you want to feel clear about why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals, click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN

    • 50 min
    Ep121: The shocking and simple truth about why you’re stuck with Danielle Lee Darling

    Ep121: The shocking and simple truth about why you’re stuck with Danielle Lee Darling

    Are you scared of waking up in ten years and finding  yourself in the exact same place…dealing with the exact same problems?
     
    It’s so easy to get lost in the busy-ness of everyday life. Our routines are overwhelming and there’s no time to stop and consider if we even want whatever it is we think we’re working so hard to get.
     
    And when your sole purpose is to just get through the day or week so you can land back on the couch with your favorite cocktail, life quickly loses its sense of meaning and purpose. 
     
    Danielle Lee Darling is an identity-based life coach and theta healing practitioner who helps women heal their relationship with themselves so they can create a life that they love. In this episode you'll hear:
    How Danielle uses Theta healing to uncover subconscious limiting beliefs
    Why it’s never as bad as you think it is
    The lies we tell ourselves about why we can’t change (and how to tell yourself a better lie).
    The four-step STOP process you can use to interrupt negative thinking patterns
     
    Click here to BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL WITH COLLEEN Are you looking for a mindful drinking coach instead of a sobriety program? I can help you reduce your drinking by 80 percent within a month so you don't have to quit. Walk away with clarity about why you're struggling and what tools you need to achieve your goals. 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Jmsbrown1999 ,

Timely and Truthful

I love Colleen’s realistic approach to helping women who struggle with alcohol. She helps women get to the real root of why they find themselves reaching for alcohol and provides real life skills and a deeper understanding of oneself to help facilitate the journey towards a better relationship with alcohol. Excellent podcast.

Fire builder ,

Firewalking 🔥👣 with Colleen

Colleen is an awesome host.

If you get a chance to go on her show seize the opportunity.

I would go back on her show "It's Now About Alcohol" in a heartbeat.

Dave Albin
CEO
Firewalk Adventures

Dmwagg ,

Breath of fresh air!

Colleen’s ideals on sobriety and recovery are definitely a breath of fresh air! Her approach really helps change the mindset of the process for the better! I’ll be listening and taking it in over and over!!

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