6 episodes

My Secular Sobriety is an addiction recovery podcast covering issues of interest to secular people in recovery. We discuss all addictions, all support groups, and all treatments. Our guests will include people in recovery, experts in the science of addiction, and authors.

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My Secular Sobriety is an addiction recovery podcast covering issues of interest to secular people in recovery. We discuss all addictions, all support groups, and all treatments. Our guests will include people in recovery, experts in the science of addiction, and authors.

    Episode 6: How to Handle AA as a Secularist

    Episode 6: How to Handle AA as a Secularist

    In this episode John and Ben have a conversation about how to navigate Alcoholics Anonymous as a secular person. They briefly touch on what a person can expect to experience at their first AA meeting, and how to handle the overtly religious nature of most AA meetings. 



    Topics covered in this episode include: 



    How to deal with the praying. 

    How to approach the steps. 

    Avoiding Conformity. 

    Finding a Secular AA Meeting 

    Online Resources

    AABeyondBelief.org

    AAAgnostica.org 

    SecularAA.org 

    • 42 min
    Episode 5: LifeRing Secular Recovery

    Episode 5: LifeRing Secular Recovery

    In this episode, Ben and I spoke with Robert Stump who has been the Executive Director of LifeRing Secular Recovery since 2012 when the founder, Marty Nicholas stepped down. In this episode Robert shares his personal story in recovery and how he found LifeRing to support him in his sobriety.  

    • 41 min
    Episode 4: Harm Reduction

    Episode 4: Harm Reduction

    Sally Sanders, a SMART Recovery facilitator and advocate for harm reduction explains the principles and science behind harm reduction. We talked about how harm reduction saves lives and why it should be included as a treatment option. Sally is a proponent of increasing the availability of narcon to help saves lives that are needlessly lost to overdose from opiods.

    • 42 min
    Episode 3: David B. Bohl | The World Post AA

    Episode 3: David B. Bohl | The World Post AA

    David B. Bohl, is an independent Addiction Consultant at Beacon Confidential, and author of Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth. In this episode he joins Ben and John to share his thoughts on the world post AA.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 2: SMART Recovery

    Episode 2: SMART Recovery

    In this episode, Ben and John talk with Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery facilitator. Steve walks us through the Four Points of SMART Recovery: building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

    • 42 min
    Episode 1: An Introduction

    Episode 1: An Introduction

    In this episode, John introduces himself through his recovery story, talks about how he became interested in podcasting, and what he hopes for this new podcast, "My Secular Sobriety."

    • 20 min

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