Co-hosted by recovery advocates Lisa Smith and Tawny Lara. A rock and roll-loving Gen X lawyer in 12-step recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. An equally rock-obsessed Millennial writer who found addiction recovery through blogging. Give them a couple microphones and you get the Recovery Rocks podcast, a new kind of discussion about the issues impacting those who struggle and recover, reflecting different perspectives, but finding much in common.
Episode 139: Special Guest Karolina Rzadkowolska of Euphoric
Lisa interviews Karolina Rzadkowolska, author of “Euphoric: Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier, More Confident You,” and a recovery coach. Like many of us, Karolina found herself in an unfulfilling career, not feeling good about herself, and drinking to mask the issues. But a break from alcohol led her to a whole new life that she now shares with others who could benefit from taking a break. She and Lisa chat about it all. You can find all things Karolina here: https://euphoricaf.com/ Karolina’s book: Music Minute features Portugal the Man and No Doubt.This episode is sponsored by the amazing folks at Soberlink! soberlink.com/partners/recovery-rocks
Episode 138: Special Guest Shelby John of Confident Sober Women Podcast
With Tawny on a book hiatus, Lisa interviews Shelby John, a therapist, recovery coach, and host of the Confident Sober Women podcast. She is also the author, of “Recovering in Recovery: The Life-Changing Joy of Recovery.” Shelby focuses on issues such as facing the wreckage of the past, building confidence, and parenting in sobriety. Music Minute features classic rock, worship music, and women rappers. You can find Shelby here: https://shelbyjohncoaching.com/ Confident Sober Women podcast: https://confidentsoberwomen.buzzsprout.com/Shelby's book: This episode is sponsored by the sober entrepreneurs at Sour Humanoid vinegar! Order a bottle today at sourhumanoid.com
Episode 137: Practicing Gratitude in Sobriety
What does it mean to “practice” gratitude beyond the idea of just feeling #grateful? It’s about actuallytaking an action. It can be looking up at the ceiling and saying “thank you” to the sky for wakingup sober, making a quick gratitude list in the morning, or countering negative thoughts withreasons to be grateful. Over time, practicing gratitude can become another sober reflex. Having abaseline level of gratitude helps us find it when we need it most.Music Minute features Natalie Merchant, Alanis Morrisette, and Dido/Eminem.This episode is sponsored by the amazing folks at Soberlink! soberlink.com/partners/recovery-rocks
Episode 136: Support Groups Outside of 12-Step
There are all kinds of ways to find support in recovery. From just following hashtags to meetingnew friends to getting more involved, opportunities are all over. Tawny and Lisa talk about several free support groups that exist that maybe you haven't heard of. They also support modes of harm reduction for anyone who can help.Below are links to some of their favorite groups.Music Minute/Pop Culture Minute features Hulu’s “The Bear,” which includes Al-Alon.Check out the links below:Al-Anon: https://al-anon.org/Codependents Anonymous: https://coda.org/Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA): https://adultchildren.org/She Recovers: https://sherecovers.org/Ruby Warrington (Sober Curious): http://www.rubywarrington.com/SMART Recovery: https://www.smartrecovery.org/Seltzer Squad: https://www.seltzersquad.com/Big Vision: https://www.bigvision.nyc/Road Recovery: https://roadrecovery.org/Green Recovery and Support (GRASS): https://greenrecoverysupport.com/This episode is sponsored by the sober entrepreneurs at Sour Humanoid vinegar! Order a bottle today at sourhumanoid.com
Episode 135: Sharing the Fact That You’re Sober
What is it like to tell people who that you don’t drink? And when is the right time? It’s a complicated issue because there are so many layers. Everyone’s story is their own and no one else is entitled to your story. You get to choose who knows what and when. Tawny and Lisa talk about their different experiences telling family, friends, and the world about their decisions to stop drinking.Check out Tawny’s great article on sharing your sobriety with someone you’re dating:https://www.workithealth.com/blog/when-to-come-out-as-sober-on-a-date/Music Minute features the Diana Ross, The Pretenders, and ‘Til Tuesday.This episode is sponsored by the amazing folks at Soberlink! soberlink.com/partners/recovery-rocks
Episode 134: Remembering Your “Why” - Why You're Not Drinking Today
What is your “why” for not drinking and why do we have to keep it in mind? For Tawny andLisa, remembering their “why” when things get hard or a drink looks good, has been a lifesaver.At the start, their reasons focused on not wanting to die and not wanting to go back to oldmisery. But over time their “whys” also became about wanting to be present for the lives theybuilt and looking forward to the future with hope. Your reason "why" is an important tool in the Sobriety Toolbox.Check out Tawny’s great article on the subject: https://www.workithealth.com/blog/why-quit-drinkingMusic Minute features Annie Lennox, 4 Non Blondes, and No Doubt.This episode is sponsored by the sober entrepreneurs at Sour Humanoid vinegar! Order a bottle today at sourhumanoid.com
Your book is changing my life! I have been trying to get sober for years. Your story is so similar to mine. I have been binging every episode and sharing with my sober friends about your podcast. Thank you both for the amazing work you are doing!
This pod is my ME time.
I often feel as if I’m at a restaurant w Tawny & Lisa when I’m listening to this show. I was always the most over-the-top party girl among my circle of girlfriends so dialing back & eventually quitting drinking was on my own. My awesome friends could not relate as going out and having 0 or just 1 drink was normal to them. So I appreciate this show. There’s no shame in it. It’s real life. Makes me stronger in my WHY!!!
This review is long overdue. I first came across Tawny when seeking resources and so happy to have came onboard to this amazing podcast along the way. Along with the equally rad Lisa, they are an amazing duo that really gets in there and welcomes folks from all places in recovery.