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Live Rehab Addiction Radio tackles important addiction, recovery and sobriety topics. We've been helping people get sober on their own terms since 2012 and have helped over 1,395 students with their recovery. In that time we've discovered all kinds of tips, tricks and fundamental info that can help anyone in their recovery. Sobriety Success radio is all about taking actionable steps on your road to beating addiction. Each episode contains stories and information specially tailored for anyone who wants to get sober but can't afford to leave their friends, family or furry friends to visit a treatment center. Through the power of the internet we've built an incredible community dedicated to helping you succeed and live the absolute best version of yourself.

Live Rehab Addiction Radio Denise Roberts

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Live Rehab Addiction Radio tackles important addiction, recovery and sobriety topics. We've been helping people get sober on their own terms since 2012 and have helped over 1,395 students with their recovery. In that time we've discovered all kinds of tips, tricks and fundamental info that can help anyone in their recovery. Sobriety Success radio is all about taking actionable steps on your road to beating addiction. Each episode contains stories and information specially tailored for anyone who wants to get sober but can't afford to leave their friends, family or furry friends to visit a treatment center. Through the power of the internet we've built an incredible community dedicated to helping you succeed and live the absolute best version of yourself.

    Addiction Recovery Radio EP012 – Taking Inventory

    Addiction Recovery Radio EP012 – Taking Inventory

    Welcome to another edition of Addiction Radio! This episode of Addiction Radio we’re specifically talking about taking inventory of your life. This isn’t about working in retail but instead is around understanding what changes you need to make now to your life.



    Taking inventory helps you to understand the impact of your addiction from a few different angles:

    Taking Inventory of your finances

    Your financial life has likely taken a bit of a hit during your addiction. For one reason or another, you prioritized addictive behaviors over things like paying bills on time, saving money or even investing.



    The problem with this is that you now likely must deal with those repercussions.



    If you haven’t been paying your bills on time for instance, you might have to be playing catch up for a while financially speaking.

    Taking Inventory of your time

    Addiction is a HUGE time sucker.



    It sucks the time out of your day for so many reasons. Think about all the time you’ve invested in your addiction.



    From the process of partaking in your addiction all the way through to those nasty hangovers the next day, these behaviors take a massive bite out of your life.



    Now that you’ve stopped your addiction (or are actively working to stop it) you need to start making some smart decisions about what you’re going to be filling that time with.

    Taking Inventory of your emotional life

    When you take inventory of your emotional life, you are probably going to run into some uncomfortable feelings. You can think of your own mental health and the people in your life to frame your emotions.



    This process of taking inventory in these three areas of your life though isn’t just limited to understanding what you were previously dealing with.



    In fact, this episode of addiction radio is specifically about you learning about what to do next with your life in these areas and more.



    Take money for instance.



    It’s a misconception to think you are going to suddenly have a ton more money in your life just because are you aren’t spending it on booze.



    Unfortunately this just isn’t true.



    You are going to have to catch up on bills, payback friends/families and generally start investing in a healthier lifestyle choice.



    We provide the tools you need to really make some positive impact and change in your post-recovery life.



    There is a lot to cover in this episode so jump right in and let us know what you think!

    A message from Live Rehab: 

    Are you looking for online rehab or alternatives to AA or NA?



    Here at Live Rehab, our online drug and alcohol courses help people obtain sobriety without having to leave their homes. 



    Does rehab really work? 



    For some people, traditional rehab does work but it’s clear that the option is not for everyone. This is why we have created rehab alternatives. Taking courses online means you have the flexibility to work on your sobriety on your own time. 



    Visit liverehab.com/pricing for more information. 

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    Addiction Radio EP011 Managing Triggers

    Addiction Radio EP011 Managing Triggers

    We're excited to kick off another episode of Addiction Radio! This episode we're diving deep into the topic of managing triggers.



    Managing triggers can seem like a never ending battle because people can often be triggered in recovery by almost anything. While this is true, it is possible to make sure that you are prepared in the event a trigger happens.



    You can't avoid them all.



    Just learning how to manage triggers can prove to be something that helps you avoid relapse completely and that's why we created this latest podcast episode.

    What is a trigger anyway?

    Triggers are those things which cause you to have feelings which can lead to you partake again in your addiction. These triggers can be known or sometimes they can be unknown- that's the rub!



    Here's a little breakdown of what we cover in this episode:

    How managing triggers can prevent a relapse

    For many people, relapse is something that they have been told is inevitable. Or, that relapse is something they should get used to dealing with. We say that's complete crap. In fact, if you go in with this mindset, you might be setting yourself up to fail right from the start.

    H.A.L.T

    H.A.L.T (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired) is a neat little acronym that will help you to recognize some of the more common feelings that are associated with relapse. When you recognize these feelings you can then take action to make sure you aren't risking your sobriety.

    Writing a letter to yourself

    Writing a letter to yourself provides some interesting introspection for most people and involves an exercise that can help you manage triggers in the moment. The letter you end up writing will provide some much needed clarity when you need it most.

    People, Places and Things

    Unfortunately there just isn't getting around the fact that there are so many things which can be a trigger and threat to you recovery. It is critical that you know what those things are, at least as much as possible, and that you have a plan to battle them.



    We hope you enjoy this episode of Addiction Radio and that you like, rate or subscribe to future episodes.



    Got an idea or topic you want to see us talk about? Get in contact with us and let us know. We'd love to hear your ideas and thoughts so make sure you let us know!

    A message from Live Rehab:

    Are you looking for online rehab or alternatives to AA or NA?



    Here at Live Rehab, our online drug and alcohol courses help people obtain sobriety without having to leave their homes.



    Does rehab really work?



    For some people, traditional rehab does work but it’s clear that the option is not for everyone. This is why we have created rehab alternatives. Taking courses online means you have the flexibility to work on your sobriety on your own time.



    Visit liverehab.com/pricing for more information.

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    Addiction Radio EP010 Setting a Quit Date

    Addiction Radio EP010 Setting a Quit Date

    You need to set a quit date.



    If you have any hope of successfully overcoming your addiction, your quit date is incredibly important. We thought it was the right time to talk about why it’s so important, how to do it and what you need to be thinking about in the process.



    Our latest episode of Addiction Radio talks through setting a quite date. Here’s some of the key points:

    Why Setting a Quit Date is Important

    Setting a quit date is important because it shows that you are thinking critically and strategically about how you want to proceed in the recovery process.



    When you don’t have plan or you just wing things then your chances for success greatly diminish.



    By setting a date, you can take the time leading up to that date to properly prepare. There are many things to prepare for and to think about.



    The date that you set will be a date that you will remember forever, this will be your anniversary date - sort of like getting married.



    You commit to something different, commit to a new beginning and you will celebrate this every year for the rest of your life.

    What to Think About When Setting a Quit Date

    First, your quit date depends entirely on your physical dependence.



    If your detox and withdrawal won’t be as bad you might be able to push through certain things. However, if you’re going to have a detox or withdrawal that puts you out for days it’s important to take that time and not try to push yourself through any situation really.



    If you are detoxing from alcohol or barbiturates you’ll need to have a medically monitored detox and sometimes you don’t get a choice in that date - it might be chosen for you.



    If you are detoxing from alcohol or barbiturates it might also be an option to taper down so your official quit date won’t be until you are safe to completely be off those substances. If you are detoxing from alcohol or barbiturates and you have a physical dependence please talk to your doctor.



    If you are a binge drinker on the other hand and your body is used to going days without drinking alcohol, you can set your quit date but please be cautious and if you start to feel any sort of physical withdrawals, contact your doctor ASAP.

    Things to Consider About Your Quit Date

    When you’re looking at your calendar, think about important events that might be coming up.



    Are you wanting to quit and have a good amount of sober time before that event?



    Or if the event is in the near future you may want to think about waiting until it’s over.



    Maybe it’s a family birthday or reunion, maybe you have a big project at work or school, a wedding,



    Whatever it is, just don’t schedule your quit date on those dates or just right before because you don’t want to be withdrawing or going through detox during that time.



    If those events are far out, try and set your quit date sooner than later - because you really don’t want to drag this out any longer than you have to.

    What to do Before Your Quit Date

    What do you do between now and your quit date?



    For starters, think about who you can tell.



    Think carefully about because you want to tell people who are supportive of you but also people who you know you don’t want to let down. The more you hype it up the better your chances. Don’t be cautious but rather confident and proud.



    Don’t’ be afraid to ask for help.



    Depending on who knows about your addiction, reach out - ask for a babysitter, ask for time off work, ask for someone to come check on you during this time. If you think you can’t do it alone, ask for company.



    You’ll also want to get rid of things that will trigger you. Are there things around your house?



    Have a plan on how you’re going to get rid of drugs or alcohol by your quit...

    • 13 min
    Addiction Radio EP009 Intentional Living

    Addiction Radio EP009 Intentional Living

    Do you live life fully?



    Have you ever felt like you were just going from moment?



    Perhaps travelling between events or situations without even really knowing why?



    Are your feelings about things unclear?



    Even if you’re in a great state right now with your recovery and sobriety, there is a lot to consider when it comes to living within intention.



    Living with intention is interconnected with every single activity in your life. This means that it plays a role both in your active recovery but also played a role in your addiction (consciously or subconsciously).



    You need to be making incredibly intentional decisions in your life in order to drive the kind of change and impact you want to see.



    In this months podcast episode of Addiction Radio, we’ll talk in detail about what is intentional living, how you can apply it to your life and the power that it has for recovery.



    To your recovery!

    A message from Live Rehab:

    Are you looking for online rehab or alternatives to AA or NA?



    Here at Live Rehab, our online drug and alcohol courses help people obtain sobriety without having to leave their homes.



    Does rehab really work?



    For some people, traditional rehab does work but it’s clear that the option is not for everyone. This is why we have created rehab alternatives. Taking courses online means you have the flexibility to work on your sobriety on your own time.



    Visit liverehab.com/pricing for more information.



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    • 26 min
    Addiction Radio EP008 Spirituality

    Addiction Radio EP008 Spirituality

    But I'm not spiritual...



    And, I'm DEFINITELY not religious...



    It's a phrase we hear all the time from people who are dealing with addiction. You see, most people check out programs they've heard about before that have been around a long time. These programs tout a specific approach to recovery that basically forces you to be religious.



    Which brings us to the problem...



    Not everyone considers themselves religous. In fact, according to a study printed in The Guardian, almost 50% of people in the UK consider themselves non-believers.



    So, what does that mean for people who need help with their sobriety and recovery?



    It's a solid question and you'll be relieved to know that there IS an answer...



    Listen to the podcast to hear our take on the subject.

    A message from Live Rehab:

    Are you looking for online rehab or alternatives to AA or NA?



    Here at Live Rehab, our online drug and alcohol courses help people obtain sobriety without having to leave their homes.



    Does rehab really work?



    For some people, traditional rehab does work but it’s clear that the option is not for everyone. This is why we have created rehab alternatives. Taking courses online means you have the flexibility to work on your sobriety on your own time.



    Visit liverehab.com/pricing for more information.

    • 15 min
    Addiction Radio EP007 Mental Health

    Addiction Radio EP007 Mental Health

    What is it about mental health and addiction that go together so frequently? It’s a question we wanted to dive into during this months podcast episode. Upfront, we’d like to just say that they don’t have to go together and they are definitely not always linked in ways you might think. However, we do frequently hear from people who ask about this very subject.



    Mental health is an important subject to consider when talking about addiction.



    Do you have a mental issue that is perhaps the cause of your addiction?



    Did your addiction potentially cause a mental health issue for you?

    What came first? The Chicken or the egg theory.

    There’s this thing in the addiction community called the chicken or the egg theory. We talk about this when we talk about co-occurring disorders. A co-occuring disorder is when someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder as well as a substance use disorder. The reason we call it the chicken or the egg theory is because many times we don’t know what came first.

    Co-occurring disorders - why you have to treat both at the same time

    If you were already struggling with a mental health disorder then it’s important that you treat that at the same time as your addiction.. You’re going to need the help of a mental health professional.



    Here’s why you must treat both at the same time.



    You can go into recovery from a substance use disorder by simply not drinking or taking any mind altering substances. That’s great if that happens and for some, that’s all that’s needed to live a productive healthy life. But for others, there’s much more to it than that.

    Unsure? Take the 30 day test

    Oftentimes, in the beginning of sobriety, people go through the honeymoon phase. This means that after detox they feel quite well, ambitious, and energetic. But then once real life starts to set back in, mental health symptoms may start to appear and triggers or post acute withdrawal syndrome start and start to become super strong. This is one of the main reasons for relapse. But if you’re armed with the knowledge of what to expect you can prevent this.



    So, the 30 day test is this. If you stop your behavior or substance use for 30 days and you don’t have any major mental health struggles then you’re likely okay to just keep on doing what you’re doing and continuing to take care of your mental health by doing things from home. However, if after 30 day of abstaining from your addiction you still have mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and so on then it’s important that you make an appointment with a mental health professional.



    Those symptoms will not go away on their own.



    You need to take action and take charge so that you can also obtain a life free from your addiction.

    How to find a mental health professional in your area and what to expect.

    So now that we’ve talked about how important it is to tackle your mental health at the same time as your addiction let’s talk about how to go about finding a mental health professional.



    There are many ways you can talk to a professional. The first thing you’ll want to do it decide what kind of professional you need.



    Some people start with counseling. Counseling is a good way to get professional help if you’re struggling with things are that are currently going on. Let’s say you’re dealing with the death of a loved one, having a hard time being a parent, or maybe you are having problems in your marriage. A counselor is there to counsel, to give professional advice.



    Some of you may prefer a therapist. A therapist will provide you with therapy. There are different types of therapy that therapists can offer but in the grand scheme of things, a therapist will be able to treat psychological problems through therapy. So for example,

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