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Veronica Valli and Chip Somers are experts on recovery. Chip Somers was most recently described by Russell Brand in his book 'Recovery' as a 'right social liability.' Together they have been sober for almost 50 years and have a LOT of stories, messes, experience and occasionally helpful advice to share on living in sobriety. They bring all of that (and more) to the Soberful podcast. This podcast is for anyone who wants to live an alcohol-free life, is struggling to get sober or who is in long-term recovery.

Soberful Veronica Valli & Chip Somers

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 385 Ratings

Veronica Valli and Chip Somers are experts on recovery. Chip Somers was most recently described by Russell Brand in his book 'Recovery' as a 'right social liability.' Together they have been sober for almost 50 years and have a LOT of stories, messes, experience and occasionally helpful advice to share on living in sobriety. They bring all of that (and more) to the Soberful podcast. This podcast is for anyone who wants to live an alcohol-free life, is struggling to get sober or who is in long-term recovery.

    Life Enhancing Anxiety with Dr. Kirk J. Schneider

    Life Enhancing Anxiety with Dr. Kirk J. Schneider

    Veronica talks to Dr. Schneider about the human experience of anxiety. How can we deal with anxiety and understand it as part of our human functioning?

    Dr. Schneider is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University, and president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI). He is also a Fellow of five divisions of the American Psychological Association (Humanistic, Psychotherapy, Clinical, Theoretical and Philosophical, and Independent Practice) as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media. Dr. Schneider is also the recipient of Honorary Diplomas and Memberships from The Society for Existential Analysis, UK; The East European Association for Existential Therapy; and the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada, whose diploma in “Existential-Integrative” Therapy is based on Dr. Schneider’s original model of this approach. He has authored or coauthored twelve books, including The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Awakening to Awe and the forthcoming Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy. Several of these works have been translated into Chinese, German, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, Slovakian, and Korean languages.
     
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    • 35 min
    Ask Us Anything 6 Years

    Ask Us Anything 6 Years

    Veronica and Chip celebrate 6-years with the Soberful podcast. Questions answered: what was your first impression of each other? How have you changed over 20 years? Should you leave your partner if they don't support your sobriety? How to deal with stress and crabings? And can you get sober without God?
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    • 45 min
    The Alcohol Free Market With Dr. Emily Nicholls

    The Alcohol Free Market With Dr. Emily Nicholls

    Veronica meets Dr. Emily Nicholls to discuss the No and Low alcohol market. The deliberate blurring of marketing by alcohol companies and whether the alcohol-free market is a good or bad thing. Dr Emily Nicholls is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. Her research interests include gender, identity and alcohol consumption. Emily’s research has spanned different areas of drinking and non-drinking over the last ten years, from the ‘girls’ night out’ to drinking patterns and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also undertaken research into women’s experiences of early sobriety and, more recently, the ways in which ‘No and Low’ alcohol drinks are marketed and used by both drinkers and non-drinkers.
     
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    • 31 min
    Parenting as Prevention With Dr. Camilo Ortiz and Four D’s

    Parenting as Prevention With Dr. Camilo Ortiz and Four D’s

    As part of our parenting as Prevention series, Dr. Ortiz joins Veronica to discuss the four D's: Discomfort, distress, disappointment, and (mild) danger and how our kids need to manage these feelings in order to learn vital life skills as adults.

    Director of clinical training and associate professor of psychology, Dr. Ortiz conducts research on parenting, disruptive behavior problems in children, and child anxiety. Dr. Ortiz received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before joining the faculty at Long Island University-Post. Dr. Ortiz is a licensed psychologist in and runs a private psychology practice in NY. He has made a number of media appearances to bring evidence-based clinical psychology to a broader audience. His latest work, Independence Therapy for child anxiety was recently described in an op-ed piece he wrote for the NY Times. You can follow him on X @DrCamiloOrtiz.
     
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    • 40 min
    Finding Joy in Sobriety

    Finding Joy in Sobriety

    Chip and Veronica believe if sobriety wasn't joyful, fun and interesting, we wouldn't want to do it. Finding joy in sobriety is what underpins long-term sobriety. They discuss how to find your joy in sobriety.
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    • 37 min
    The Four Tasks of Mourning

    The Four Tasks of Mourning

    In the second part, Veronica and Chip take you through the four tasks of mourning and how these actions can help us move through this important process of letting go.
    To learn more, visit the show notes.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
385 Ratings

385 Ratings

jjazz ,

Excellent

This is an excellent podcast for anyone trying to stop their addition to alcohol. It works for any addiction really. Veronica and Chip are fantastic together!! This podcast has helped me immeasurably!!

GG Eriksson ,

Amazing amount of relevant content

Chip and Veronica together have so much information and experience in the recovery space. They have an amazing way of sharing it in a judgement free zone based on fact, self experience and compassion. I love the episode about hyper independence among many others. I have also gone to Veronica’s soberful programs. She’s delightful!

WLK-Kitty ,

Excellent recovery tool

Easy to listen to and enjoy. Great reminder to continue to work on your recovery.

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