113 episodes

Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. After years of rationalizing why her drinking wasn’t that bad, Gill reached her breaking point. With her background in biochemistry, she set out on a quest to understand why some of us struggle with addiction and others don’t. In the Sober Powered Podcast, Gill uses science, psychology, and compassion to help you understand why you struggle to moderate, why it's so hard to quit drinking, and how to develop the coping skills you need to stay sober. Not sure where to start? Episodes 76, 91, 94, 99, and 102 are very popular!

Sober Powered Gillian Tietz

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 445 Ratings

Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. After years of rationalizing why her drinking wasn’t that bad, Gill reached her breaking point. With her background in biochemistry, she set out on a quest to understand why some of us struggle with addiction and others don’t. In the Sober Powered Podcast, Gill uses science, psychology, and compassion to help you understand why you struggle to moderate, why it's so hard to quit drinking, and how to develop the coping skills you need to stay sober. Not sure where to start? Episodes 76, 91, 94, 99, and 102 are very popular!

    E112: Drinking More Coffee in Sobriety? Here’s Why

    E112: Drinking More Coffee in Sobriety? Here’s Why

    Have you noticed that you’re drinking more coffee in sobriety? Recent surveys from the National Coffee Association have found that 70% of Americans drink coffee every week, and 62% drink it daily. Surveys on people in AA found that 90% drink coffee daily. That’s a big difference. Lots of people recently have been mentioning that they drink way more coffee in recovery, so Gill thought she'd try to find out why we do that. In this episode you’ll learn how caffeine affects the brain, how the brain adapts when we drink a lot of coffee regularly, and some really interesting information about caffeine and cravings for alcohol. She will also compare caffeine to alcohol for a few different factors like addictiveness, tolerance, and withdrawal.

    What to listen to next:
    E11: Why Alcohol Feels Good (Endorphins and Opioid Receptors)
    E22: Why You Think Alcohol Helps Your Anxiety
    E33: Why Do We Feel So Tired in Early Sobriety?
    E64: Anxiety and Alcohol (Part 2)
    E75: How Sleep Improves from Actively Drinking to Long Term Sobriety
    E108: Why You Feel Anxious, Depressed, and Empty After Drinking Alcohol

    Resources I offer:

    Free courses on YouTube. Each month is a new topic and videos are released every Tuesday at 12 pm EST. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeSyBTEFmsP49h2q_mxqMOw


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    A free 3 day quit drinking challenge https://view.flodesk.com/pages/62f2cb3de5ea6b3d8aea4ab2


    Buy me a coffee to support my work. There are also some eBooks on this page that you can grab. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered



    Sources are posted on my website

    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.

    • 14 min
    E111: Drinking Alone Drastically Increases Your Risk of Getting Addicted

    E111: Drinking Alone Drastically Increases Your Risk of Getting Addicted

    Drinking alone let's us drink the way we really want to, but it greatly increases your risk of developing alcohol use disorder. In this episode, Gill will describe some recent studies from the past few years about solitary drinking, and one study even called it “serious drinking”. In this episode you’ll learn more about how drinking alone increases the risk of developing a problem and especially developing a severe problem. You’ll learn why drinking alone becomes so attractive to us and how getting into this cycle creates a major problem.

    What to listen to next:
    E43: Drinking to Cope
    E29: The Link Between Drinking as a Teen and Developing an Addiction
    E30: Gray Area Drinkers
    E81: Why We Drink: Social Drinkers vs Problem Drinkers
    E87: Why Shame Increases Loss of Control Over Alcohol and How to Manage Shame
    E91: Do You Want to be Sober or Do You Want to Drink Without the Consequences?

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    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.

    • 16 min
    E110: 5 Reasons People Relapse and What To Do About It

    E110: 5 Reasons People Relapse and What To Do About It

    Relapse can seem to come out of nowhere and just get you. Many people say they have no idea why they drank, they just did. This is really dangerous because if you don’t know what got you, then how can you protect yourself from it next time? In this episode you’ll learn 5 reasons why people relapse. This is not a comprehensive list, but it will give you some ideas on what to work on.

    What to listen to next:
    E9: From Chronic Day Ones to Forever Sobriety
    E59: What to Expect When You Stop Drinking
    E60: How Alcohol Affects Our Cognitive Abilities
    E20: Why is it So Hard to Moderate?
    E43: Drinking to Cope
    E55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give Up
    E79: Why We Romanticize Alcohol
    E80: Benefits of a Dry Month
    E91: Do You Want to be Sober or Do You Want to Drink Without the Consequences?
    E94: Drinking to Cope or Numb Out Doesn't Help, Here's How to Really Cope
    E97: Why We Keep Believing it’ll be Different this Time
    E98: Emotion Intensity and How to Start Self-Regulating
    E99: Why We Can Never Drink Again (Neuroplasticity and Permanent Changes)

    Resources mentioned:
    Sober Friends Podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sober-friends/id1448968830

    Article from Blair Sharp
    https://medium.com/@blairsharp/want-not-drinking-to-get-easier-grab-your-sparkling-water-and-read-this-d9bbd36a2640

    My interview with American Addiction Centers
    https://youtu.be/5VnbEmQqi0o

    My YouTube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeSyBTEFmsP49h2q_mxqMOw

    PAWS eBook
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered/e/70147

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    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.

    • 17 min
    E109: New Study: People Under 40 Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol

    E109: New Study: People Under 40 Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol

    A study published this week in The Lancet found that people under 40 shouldn’t drink alcohol at all. This was a big study that looked at a lot of data, so in this episode Gill explains where the data came from, what they focused their analysis on, and the outcomes. Since this study is calling for the guidelines to be revisited, she also explains how the guidelines are even determined in the first place. You’ll learn about the limits of this study, some criticisms about its conclusions, and how studies on alcohol and health are normally performed.

    What to listen to next:
    E85: Biased Alcohol Studies vs Reality
    E90: New Study Finds Just One Drink Shrinks Your Brain, or Does it?
    E95: Surprise, Moderate Drinking Isn’t Good for Your Heart (New Study)
    E63: Why Alcohol Causes Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
    E65: What Happens to the Body When You Binge Drink

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    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.
    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
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    • 13 min
    E108: Why You Feel Anxious, Depressed, and Empty After Drinking Alcohol

    E108: Why You Feel Anxious, Depressed, and Empty After Drinking Alcohol

    We drink expecting all of these good things to keep coming our way, but there’s a limit to the amount of alcohol that causes pleasure and good feelings. If you continue to drink after that point, you only get the bad stuff. In this episode you’ll learn why this drink limit exists and what’s going on in the brain to cause the discomfort, anxiety, depression and an emptiness that we experience after the alcohol wears off, and how opioid antagonists like Naloxone and Naltrexone work in the brain. Gill explains dynorphin, which is also known as the “feel bad” chemical, and how alcohol changes the dynorphin system in the brain to make us feel so miserable that we drink again to get relief.

    What to listen to next:
    E11: Why Alcohol Feels Good (Endorphins and Opioid Receptors)
    E62: Dopamine Deep Dive
    E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings
    E106: What Happens in the Brain When We Are Overwhelmed (The Amygdala Hijack)
    E22: Why You Think Alcohol Helps Your Anxiety
    E64: Anxiety and Alcohol (Part 2)

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    And if you're enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it. 
    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.
    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krx
    Support the show

    • 15 min
    E107: 10 Things No One Tells You About Quitting Drinking

    E107: 10 Things No One Tells You About Quitting Drinking

    Most of us have no idea what to expect when we stop drinking because usually when we quit we are so ashamed we just try to get through the beginning. In this episode Gill explains 10 things that happen when you quit drinking that no one is talking about. We hear people online say how grateful they are for hangover free mornings and sober sleep, but what about dreaming that you drink alcohol? So this episode is about the positives, but mostly the unexpected neutrals or negatives that you encounter when you stop drinking. Make sure to listen to episode 80 too if you’re participating in dry July because I talked about the benefits of quitting drinking for 1 month and those are the positive physical and mental improvements you’ll experience. Episodes to listen to next:
    (1) Emotions: episodes 40, 98, 83, 106
    (2) Sleep: episodes 3, 75
    (3) Sugar: episodes 41, 96
    (4) Obsession: episodes 73, 86
    (5) Things getting worse: episodes 73, 33
    (6) Mental health: episodes 19, 22, 63, 64
    (9) Relapse/moderation: episodes 20, 27, 28, 30, 42, 56, 61, 79, 81, 91, 92, 97, 99, 103
    (10) Doing the work: episodes 78, 82, 86, 102, 104


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    Sources are posted here.
    Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspiration
    Join the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra support
    And if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it. 
    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion. This is not medical advice.
    Soberlink is offering you $50 off an alcohol monitoring system that includes a breathalyzer device with facial recognition that allows you to share your sobriety in real time. Soberlink has also created a free resources guide specifically for Sober Powered listeners “How to Hold Yourself Accountable in Early Recovery”. Use this link to get your copy of the guide
    https://bit.ly/3Bp2krx
    Support the show

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
445 Ratings

445 Ratings

jonesetal ,

The science behind drinking

If you are wondering how your drinking got to where it is, and are interested in the science behind alcohol and addiction, this is gold. Gill presents legitimate research-backed studies and relates it to your life. I found this so valuable in understanding my own drinking. She also related to her own past alcohol use in which I find many similarities to myself.

mendingtrauma ,

Must listen

Gill’s podcast is gold! Her transparency around her own sobriety mixed with neuroscience is powerful. This is a must listen for anyone who is sober curious, newly sober or wanting to support a loved one on their sober journey.

AmyERF ,

Excellent sobriety podcast!

Absolutely love this podcast! Favorite things about it:
• Love the conciseness. 15-20 minute episodes that I listen to in the car or while cooking or whenever I’m struggling with sobriety.
• Lots of straightforward facts, citing sources, but not in an overwhelming way
• Great episode topics! Specific enough that if I’m struggling with something in particular, I can search the titles and usually find an episode that relates
• Not program specific. It’s refreshing to have a sobriety podcast that isn’t AA central, but still super factual and reliable.
You can clearly tell how much work the host puts into this podcast - love it and appreciate it SO MUCH
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