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Mike and Nat are two middle-aged suburban dads wrestling with addiction and recovery while trying to juggle home life, work, and staying sober. Listen as they discuss current topics in the recovery community including 12 Step, alternative addiction recovery and the newest medical research . Listen to the guys talk about their daily struggle to maintain their recovery and anonymity in the world of soccer moms and PTA meetings. If the neighbors only knew...

Recovery in the Middle Ages - Two Middle-Aged Suburban Dads Talk About Recovering From Addiction to Drugs & Alcohol‪.‬ Recovery in the Middle Ages

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 163 Ratings

Mike and Nat are two middle-aged suburban dads wrestling with addiction and recovery while trying to juggle home life, work, and staying sober. Listen as they discuss current topics in the recovery community including 12 Step, alternative addiction recovery and the newest medical research . Listen to the guys talk about their daily struggle to maintain their recovery and anonymity in the world of soccer moms and PTA meetings. If the neighbors only knew...

    Peeling Back Labels: Redefining Identity and Stigma in Recovery and Mental Health & The Dog Silencer's Revenge

    Peeling Back Labels: Redefining Identity and Stigma in Recovery and Mental Health & The Dog Silencer's Revenge

    Peeling Back Labels: Redefining Identity and Stigma in Recovery and Mental Health
    On this week’s show we take a look at the complex interplay between labeling, identity, and stigma in addiction recovery. This episode, inspired by a critical look at mental health interventions for teenagers, examines similar issues within substance abuse treatment. We discuss how stigma and the labeling of individuals as "addicts" can hinder recovery efforts, drawing parallels to broader mental health strategies that may unintentionally exacerbate the problems they aim to solve. Tune in to uncover how moving beyond simplistic labels can lead to more effective and compassionate approaches to recovery.
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    Recovery in the News
     
    This is Not The Way To Help Depressed Teenagers
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    High Time for Change: Cannabis Rescheduling and Its Impact on Recovery

    High Time for Change: Cannabis Rescheduling and Its Impact on Recovery

    High Time for Change: Cannabis Rescheduling and Its Impact on Recovery
    In this episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages, we explore a significant shift in cannabis legislation, focusing on the historical journey of cannabis from a Schedule I to a proposed  Schedule III substance. We explore the reasons behind this reclassification, the evolving perceptions of cannabis in society, and the science that influenced these legal changes. Additionally, we examine the implications of this rescheduling for individuals in recovery, discussing how it affects treatment options and public attitudes towards addiction and recovery. 
     
    We also look at some quirks in New York law that pertain to the selling of non-alcoholic beverages, and talk about obesity, stress and managing boredom.
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    McSorley’s Urinals
    DEA Moves to Reschedule Pot
     
    Won’t Somebody Think of the Liquor Stores?
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    Check out the website:
    www.middleagesrecovery.com 
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Intervention Season 25 Discussion & Exploring the Genetic Component of Addiction

    Intervention Season 25 Discussion & Exploring the Genetic Component of Addiction

    RMA 136: Reel Recovery: Critiquing 'Intervention' and Exploring Addiction Genetics"
    In this week’s episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages, we delve into the widely popular TV show 'Intervention.' We'll discuss both the praise and criticism it has received over the years, exploring how it portrays addiction and the recovery process. Does the show offer a realistic view of addiction, or does it sensationalize personal tragedies for entertainment? Then we shift gears to a discussion about the genetic basis of addiction. What role do genes play in addictive behaviors, and how can this knowledge empower individuals in their recovery journey? 

    Plus: What the heck have Mike and Nat been up to lately? 
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    Florida GOP Rep Trashes Hotel Room
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    Check out the website:
    www.middleagesrecovery.com 
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind
     

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dropping Acid at Drivers Ed & Staying Calm and Connected: Navigating Sobriety in Turbulent Times

    Dropping Acid at Drivers Ed & Staying Calm and Connected: Navigating Sobriety in Turbulent Times

    Episode 135: Calm and Connected: Navigating Sobriety in Turbulent Times
    In this episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages, we wrestle with the critical topics of stress management and the dangers of isolation in sobriety. We explore practical strategies for maintaining emotional and mental balance through stress-busting techniques tailored for those in recovery. We also discuss the often overlooked risk of isolation—even when surrounded by others—and how shrinking your social world can jeopardize sobriety. 
     
    Plus: What the heck have Mike and Nat been up to lately? 
     
    ALSO: What is Contingency Management and how can it be incorporated into addiction treatment?
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    Contingency Management
     
    House of Marley Turntables
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    Check out the website:
    www.middleagesrecovery.com 
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind
     

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Oh-Oh-Oh Ozempic for Addiction Recovery? Naltrexone-Like Craving Suppressant is Sweeping the Recovery Community

    Oh-Oh-Oh Ozempic for Addiction Recovery? Naltrexone-Like Craving Suppressant is Sweeping the Recovery Community

    Semiglutides in Sobriety: A New Frontier in Addiction Recovery?
     
    In this week’s episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages, we delve into the groundbreaking realm of semiglutide medications, such as Ozempic, and their emerging role in addiction treatment. As science advances, so does our understanding of how these drugs not only aid in weight loss, but also show promise in the realm of addiction recovery. We'll explore the current scientific insights on semiglutides' effects on the brain and body, specifically their potential to alter the brain's reward pathways and reduce the dopamine-driven pleasure associated with addictive behaviors.
     
    We also discuss Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) more broadly, navigating the complexities and controversies surrounding MAT in the recovery community, touching on the balance between medication use and traditional recovery methods. 
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    Fostering Pets in Recovery
     
    Fostering For Recovery Facebook
     
    Ozempic and Addiction
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    Check out the website:
    www.middleagesrecovery.com 
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind
     

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Prop 110 Collapses Under the Weight of Its Absurdity: Oregon's Legalization Experiment and the Nationwide Impact on Recovery

    Prop 110 Collapses Under the Weight of Its Absurdity: Oregon's Legalization Experiment and the Nationwide Impact on Recovery

    RMA 133: The Prop 110 Debacle: A Deep Dive into Oregon's Legalization Experiment and the Nationwide Impact on Recovery
    We are BACK! This week, we delve into the recent repeal of Proposition 110 in Oregon—a pivotal move that has sparked extensive debate and concern within the recovery community. We’ll explore how Oregon's challenges with drug legalization have not only affected local recovery efforts but also cast a long shadow across the nation, influencing perceptions, policies, and the recovery movement at large. Join us as we unpack the complexities of this issue, share insights, and discuss the broader implications for the recovery movement across the United States. Whether you're directly affected by these changes or deeply invested in the recovery community, this episode promises a comprehensive analysis of the current landscape and what it means for us all. Tune in, turn on, and drop by Castle Greyskull for some recovery talk with your favorite hosts.
     
    *This podcast does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.*
    Please remember to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on your favorite platform to get the latest episode delivered right to your devices as soon as it’s released.
    LINKS:
    Oregon Live Editorial
     
    SF Testing Welfare Recipients for Drugs
    www.soberliningsplaybook.com
    John The Can Man GoFundMe
    We are a listener-supported podcast. If you like what we’re doing here at RMA and want to support the show, JOIN THE RECOVERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES PATREON 
    Our sole mission is to help other people achieve sobriety and become their best, most authentic selves. As little as $3 a month makes a big difference and helps us keep the lights on. 
    https://www.patreon.com/RecoveryintheMiddleAges
    Visit www.soberlink.com/middle-ages to sign up and receive $50 off your device. 
    As always, we thank you for your support.
     RMA ON YOUTUBE
    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER 
    Facebook Page
    We also have a Facebook Group! Request to join the group. It’s a private space for continuing the discussion of what Nat and Mike talk about on the podcast. Hope to see you there.
    PLEASE leave us a 5 star review on I-Tunes if you’re enjoying the show and SUBSCRIBE to get the latest episodes. 
    Email:
    MikeR@middleagesrecovery.com
    Natx@middleagesrecovery.com
    Check out the website:
    www.middleagesrecovery.com 
    We all have a story. Tell us yours and we’ll share it on the show!
    E-Mail your story to miker@middleagesrecovery.com
    If you’re in trouble with substance abuse and need help, reach out. There are thousands of people who have put problems with addiction in their rear-view mirrors and you can be one of them. While we neither endorse nor condemn any particular program, the sheer number of available AA and NA meetings suggest that reaching out to those organizations would be a good first step, (but maybe not the last step), on your road to recovery.  
    https://www.aa.org/
    https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
    Marijuana Anonymous (just in case):
    This Naked Mind
     

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

UScr00ge ,

A huge help

I rarely review podcast, but when I heard the host mention a few episodes back that they were thinking of either slowing down or giving up on the show entirely, I felt compelled to review this valuable podcast for anyone in recovery. I’m in the age bracket that this podcast targets and one of the things I discovered early on in recovery was how helpful and encouraging it was to find other people sharing stories about the same challenges, fears, and accomplishments that you experienced and recovery.

I also share the hosts uncertainty about trying to decide how much you want to wrap your identity around being “a recovery person. I’m 2 1/2 years into my journey, and I am constantly having similar thoughts. But I am certain there are other middle-age listeners of this podcast who are only days or weeks into their recovery and I have to assume that this podcast is as valuable to them as it was and continues to be for me.

TLDR: Keep on truckin guys. You’re doing amazing work.

Lizbs2002 ,

So helpful and fun!

After three years I’m still Hanging on every word thanks Mike and Nat!

Preston, of CO ,

Worth checking out

So yeah, two imperfect, middle aged dudes in recovery. Sometimes they say things I do not like or agree with. I just finished listening to their entire catalog and I love their show.

Clearly, I felt these guys deserved 5 stars, but I must go further to say I’d put this podcast in the top tier of what’s still in production today. What’s so special about this content? It’s not just what they offer, it’s what they don’t.

I personally find most recovery podcast to be predictable, formulaic, and overly perscriptive. Additionally, the hosts share enough about their time using for listeners to identify with, but they don’t play into the whole depths of despair pissing contest which is so common around the scene. The conversations between Nat and Mike are for the most part unremarkable, and that’s perhaps what’s so unique about the show.

RMA’s primary focus is recovery, but most episodes feature a lot of friendly banter, current events, and concise explanations of how the hosts approach sobriety. To some, these conversations may seem mundane, but I think they do a lot to demystify recovery and remove barriers to entry for the rest of us. I used to listen to more of the guru types, or AA related podcasts, and I could never seem to access whatever they were promoting. RMA helps make clear that recovery is difficult, rewarding, and attainable for you too.

Now, if you listen to this show and you enjoy it, I’d also recommend checking out Since Right Now (still available, but no longer in production), and of course Dopey.

Be safe, have fun, enjoy the show!

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