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If you or a loved one are battling alcoholism or drug addiction, this podcast will give you inspiration and hope that there is a way out. Addiction isn't a life sentence. People recover everyday. It takes time and some hard work, but in the end it is worth it!

Hosted by Tom Conrad, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict himself. Tom shares from his own experiences and the experiences of others to teach you the things that you can do TODAY to start living a sober and free lifestyle!

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If you or a loved one are battling alcoholism or drug addiction, this podcast will give you inspiration and hope that there is a way out. Addiction isn't a life sentence. People recover everyday. It takes time and some hard work, but in the end it is worth it!

Hosted by Tom Conrad, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict himself. Tom shares from his own experiences and the experiences of others to teach you the things that you can do TODAY to start living a sober and free lifestyle!

    113 - 5 Min or Less: You gotta put the work in!

    113 - 5 Min or Less: You gotta put the work in!

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    You Gotta Put In the Work!
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    If you are going to take the plunge into getting sober, you have to understand that it is going to take a lot of hard work. I sometimes think that people are under the misconception that getting sober is just about stopping using drugs and alcohol. That is very far from the truth.
     
    I have noticed that when things get hard for people that is when they tend to quit. When challenges arise, or uncomfortability sets in, then they’ll throw in the towel. This is the time that you have to knuckle down and do the work that you don’t necessarily want to do. When you are in addiction treatment it is hard work. If you want to get anything out of treatment itself you have to be willing to work hard, be vulnerable, be honest and grind it out
    If you’re able to continue to work hard and to put forth all your efforts into your sobriety you will succeed. I can guarantee sobriety for anybody that is willing to work hard, nonstop! Don’t come into this looking for an end date or a graduation certificate. Come into this understanding that there is no end date and this isn’t something you graduate from, it’s a lifestyle.

    • 3 min
    112 - Brad Jensen - Founder and CEO of Key Nutrition talks drug addiction and how he became the entrepreneur he is today

    112 - Brad Jensen - Founder and CEO of Key Nutrition talks drug addiction and how he became the entrepreneur he is today

    Check out my new website where you can download any episode right from my site along with other useful information for those in recovery. Look for our new daily shows, which are five minutes or under! Listen in for yourself or for a friend. You can also find our new short episodes on our Facebook page.
    Today I will talk about the process and path of a person moving from being a "normie" to using drugs and alcohol and becoming an addict.
    In this episode, I talk with Brad Jensen, the founder of Key Nutrition, and is in recovery. He comes to us today to talk about how fitness and health have positively impacted his sobriety. Brad also talks about his struggles with sobriety. He'll talk about his experience, his awareness of the three pillars to life, and how he can assist clients with his coaching to be more successful on the path of sobriety.
    Struggling with anxiety and ADD from age 12, he tried alcohol as a release and found drinking worked to relieve his stress. Additionally, he was overweight and was picked on by friends. By age 14, Brad jumped into reading books on health and fitness and was hooked on his health class at school. He remembers wanting to look like a bodybuilder on the cover of a magazine, then realizing that alcohol would not let him achieve his goal and quit drinking. At the end of his sophomore year, he was fit, but still had anxiety and was presented with opiates at a party.
    Even with a stable family situation and a good life, Brad fell into drugs and alcohol. "This wasn't supposed to happen to a guy like me," he says, recalling his stable family life. Brad continued bodybuilding, along with his heroin addiction, until he finally ended up in prison for an extended period.
    Listen in to find out how Brad denied his addiction for years, how he recovered from his long-term addiction in November of 2012, and the best thing his parents did for him during recovery. Brad also talks about how the loss of his grandfather affected his recovery from addiction.
    Share this podcast with a friend and leave us a review! Show Notes:
    [03:59] Brad’s journey through addiction and his background with drugs and alcohol. [06:01] Brad tells his story of how he was introduced to and hooked on opiates. [08:45] His experience of trying to take more pain pills and how to get a hold of more.  [10:56] Building his identity through distributing opiates, the significant power this gave him and his first experience with heroin. [14:52] His senior year of high school his mom found a briefcase full of drugs. [22:56] Brad’s first experience with a long-term prison sentence. [26:18] How Brad’s parents stopped enabling him and how this helped him to stop using drugs. [28:06] What happened when Brad asked his mom for drugs. [30:00] Brad’s first steps to recovery after he was released from 30 days in prison. [36:54] How materialistic items can keep people sober. [46:30] How fitness and health has impacted Brad’s sobriety. [51:54] Get your anger, anxiety and issues out of your head with a good workout in the gym. [54:54] It’s not how long you’ve been sober, it’s what you’ve done during and after your recovery time. Links and Resources:
    Real Recovery Live Chat Real Recovery Talk on the Web Real Recovery Talk on YouTube Leave Real Recovery Talk a review on iTunes Rock Recovery Center Ideas for a show? Email us tom@realrecoverytalk.com and ben@realrecoverytalk.com Brad Jensen | Key Nutrition Coach

    • 1 hr 1 min
    111 - 5 Min or Less: MTV Halfway House Living!

    111 - 5 Min or Less: MTV Halfway House Living!

    MTV Real World: “the halfway house”
    In this video I will discuss the abundance of stimulus one feels while living in a sober support community.
    There is always something entertaining going on. It is the excitement of a new environment. It is the chaos of living with others.
    I discuss this topic to bring awareness and preparation for the day that you move out into the adult world. All of a sudden you will find yourself alone and dependent upon the outside support community that you have either built or have not built.
    I always tell our clients to duplicate the same sense of community they feel in treatment, outside of treatment. Being in treatment exposes one to the connection that can be felt. After being exposed, one may find value in establishing a more permanent recovery Community.
    Treatment and halfway is only temporary. Are you preparing yourself for the day that you move out? Will you feel like you have an abundance of support even though you are no longer enrolled in treatment?
    Forget halfway, and go the WHOLE-WAY!

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    110 - 5 Min or Less: You get more with Honey than you do Vinegar!

    110 - 5 Min or Less: You get more with Honey than you do Vinegar!

    Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone and it just isn’t going the way that you thought that it would? 🙋🏻‍♂️
    I know for myself when someone is not responding to me in the way I don’t want to be responded to, I get on the defense. I will start to justify why I am right and you are wrong, I will get angry, I will get defensive and in the end it’s not a productive conversation at all.  In this video I discuss why it’s important to try and have healthy conversation as an adult in recovery. We know resentment is the number one offender. So it is important for us to be able to have conversations with people in a manner that gets something accomplished rather than getting into arguments and everybody gets in a race to see who can become victim first.
    Ben taught me “You get more with honey than you do vinegar.” When I first heard that I questioned it. 🧐 I wasn’t quite sure what he was trying to say. But over time it makes sense, the goal is to have constructive conversations with people and in the end everybody is happy.
    It’s easy for me to get angry and defensive and jump on the defense but that never accomplishes anything.. We all do it, but we can all fix it!!

    • 3 min
    109 - 5 Min or Less: To Smoke Weed or not to Smoke Weed? In Recovery.....

    109 - 5 Min or Less: To Smoke Weed or not to Smoke Weed? In Recovery.....

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    To cannabis or not to cannabis in recovery?
    A very popular subject amongst the recovery community is whether or not utilizing marijuana is a relapse or not. The sober support community that I surround myself with does consider it a relapse; Though, one will find individuals who fall into both camps. Who is to say what is sober and what is not?
    I believe this is for every individual to decide for themselves. We have the only disease, that tells us we don’t have it, that has to be self diagnosed. If one chooses to take the risk, are they willing to potentially pay devastating consequences as a result of putting certain motions into play?
    Or maybe they pay no consequences? Does someone who has worked hard for their recovery really want to take the risk? In this video I will discuss my personal opinion, and look at some of the potential downfalls to partaking in cannabis use. I would advise against doing so, but that is just my opinion.

    • 4 min
    108 - 5 Min or Less: Am I the only one that I am hurting?

    108 - 5 Min or Less: Am I the only one that I am hurting?

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    Am I the only one that I am hurting?
    Often times as addicts and alcoholics we think that we are the only ones that we are hurting.  The unfortunate part is that we are hurting a lot of people around us.  The people that we are hurting the most are the people that we hold closest to us.
    The loved ones tend to think as well that they are not the ones with the problem an”why can’t he/she just stop?”  Or “its their problem, they can figure it out”.  So, loved ones, understand that you are part of the problem too.  We all play a part in this wether we like to admit it or not. 
    BUT once we are all able to admit that we ALL play a part, let the healing begin!

    • 4 min

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Wow! Research SMART Recover before you do a podcast comparing it to a 12 step program. You guys were so off base. First and foremost SMART is an acronym for Self Management and Recovery Training! There is very little to compare to AA!

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Finally a real honest approach to addiction

Tom gets to the heart of the how’s why’s and what’s of addiction. I appreciate his raw approach on this topic especially in an industry saturated in lots of talk and little helpful solutions and action.

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