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 104: Special Guest Swan Huntley, author of GETTING CLEAN WITH STEVIE GREEN
Swan Huntley is the author of the new book GETTING CLEAN WITH STEVIE GREEN, a novel about one woman’s messy (and very funny) journey from self-delusion to self-acceptance. Lisa couldn’t put the book down and talked to Swan, who’s been sober for 11 years, all about it. They covered the humor we find in our stories, letting go of trying to control all we encounter, and learning to be kind to ourselves, as well as how there is no right or wrong way to recover. Music Minute features classic Counting Crows. You can find Swan’s writing and more here: https://www.swanhuntley.com/
Episode 103: Welcome to 2022!
New Year, same pandemic. Tawny and Lisa talk about the keeping sane in a continuing crazy time. One key is not putting pressure on themselves with New Year’s resolutions or other vows to “fix” things. Even something like meditating can become a stressor if the pressure to do it is amped up. It’s all about progress, not perfection, and staying in the day. They also talk about the fun they’re having taking an online Tarot class together. There’s joy to be found in sharing hobbies that don’t feel like “work.”Music Minute features Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, and Season of the Witch.Sponsor: soberlink.com
Episode 102: Special Guest Shahjehan Khan – KING OF THE WORLD Podcast
Shahjehan Khan is the creator and host of KING OF THE WORLD, a riveting, bingeable podcast about his experience as a Pakistani American Muslim teenager who comes of age post 9/11. He also happens to be 11 years sober and a member of an internationally renowned punk rock band! Shahjehan talks with Lisa about all of this and more, including stigma, relationships with family and friends, and all the possibilities a sober life can offer. You can find Shahjehan here: https://www.shahjehankhan.com/KING OF THE WORLD podcast: https://www.rifelion.com/shows/kingoftheworld
Episode 101: Special guest Amanda White, @therapyforwomen
Amanda’s book, Not Drinking Tonight launched this week, and Tawny and Lisa were thrilled to talk all about it with her. Amanda is a therapist behind the insanely popular Instagram account, @therapyforwomen. The book goes far beyond how to stop drinking. It addresses the history of stress, addiction switching, recovery strategies, drinking culture, how our biology fits in, and much more. Not just for sober folks, the book will help anyone weighing the risks and benefits of drinking.Buy Not Drinking Tonight here: https://www.hachettego.com/titles/amanda-e-white-lpc/not-drinking-tonight/9781549136344/Music Minute featured Taylor Swift and Amanda’s Tik Tok!
Episode 100: Our 100th Episode!
Tawny and Lisa celebrate 100 episodes of Recovery Rocks! They talk about how the showstarted, how it’s evolved, and how much joy it brings them. What began on a big, red couch inNew York City has gone bi-coastal and virtual. They extend a special thanks and appreciation toall the listeners who have made continuing this podcast possible.Music Minute features that that time Tawny and Lisa went to a Rolling Stones show, Red HotChili Peppers, and Bo Burnham.
Episode 99: Finding and Loving Hobbies
In sobriety, life can get big. Tawny and Lisa talk about using their newfound time to do thingsboth fun and cathartic. Hobbies can be tools in working out energy, anger, and difficultemotions in recovery. But they should also be activities you enjoy without necessarily having agoal. Whether it’s crafty, cerebral, outdoorsy, or experimental, hobbies are a great way to enjoynew ideas and adventures that weren’t possible when so much of their time was spent drinkingor hungover.Music Minute features getting out there to see live music, as well as listening to and learningabout old favorites and new artists.https://www.thediscoveryhouse.com/new-diversions-9-unique-hobbies-for-recovering-addicts/
a tremendous resource
Tawny and Lisa use a dynamic combination of intellect, humor, graciousness and humility to create a fantastic resource for the sober community. whether you’re sober, sober curious, dating someone who is, or simply a human living in this (alcohol-laden!) world, this is a must listen!
Keeps me grounded in my recovery at work
This is one of the better recovery podcasts that I’ve listened to. I’m a person who utilizes 12 step so Lisa’s perspective is familiar but I enjoy hearing Tawny’s non 12 step ideas as well!
I like how both women have different modalities that work for them.