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Sobriety Power Topics and Powerful Recovery Stories to Jumpstart Your Sobriety and Enhance Your Recovery!

The Way Out | A Sobriety & Recovery Podcas‪t‬ Hosted by Charlie & Jason

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Sobriety Power Topics and Powerful Recovery Stories to Jumpstart Your Sobriety and Enhance Your Recovery!

    Brothers in Recovery with Brandon Rudeen | The Way Out Podcast Episode 236

    Brothers in Recovery with Brandon Rudeen | The Way Out Podcast Episode 236

    This week we’ve got a truly extraordinary interview for you with two brothers in long term recovery from alcoholism and addiction. We hear what it was like for these brothers to grow up in the same house, with a single Mom and Dads that were either barely there, or not there at all. That’s right folks, our exceptional co-host interviews his younger brother, Brandon Rudeen on his own journey to and through this point in his recovery and let me tell you right now folks, it’s one wild ride with a whole lot of spiritual and recovery truth layered in. This interview is a genuinely special one to Jason, as evidenced by the deep talks they get into about recovery and the evolution of their relationship over the years. They used to get high together, and now by the grace of God they do recovery together so listen up.

    Contact Info: Brandon.rudeen59@gmail.com

    Best piece of advice: Bring the body, the mind will follow

    Book recommendation: Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

    Song that reminds Brandon of my recovery: Nice to know you - Incubus

    Recovery Resource: Will Work for Recovery

    https://willworkforrecovery.org/

    Daily Routine:  Start with a daily meditation reading and periodically talk to God


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    An Indigenous Journey to Recovery with Michael Wanbdi Gdeska OConnor | The Way Out Podcast Episode 235

    An Indigenous Journey to Recovery with Michael Wanbdi Gdeska OConnor | The Way Out Podcast Episode 235

    In this edition of The Way Out, we’ve got an incredibly special interview with a person in long term recovery from the Native American Indigenous Community. His Native American name is Wanbdi Gdeska, which translates to Spotted Eagle, and he’s otherwise known as Michael Oconnor. Michael’s journey through and to this point in his recovery is both strikingly similar to, and profoundly different to so many we’ve had the sacred opportunity to share. So many of us can relate to adverse childhood experiences, and the trauma that can haunt us. So many of us can relate to the allure and vicious and seemingly unbreakable spell alcohol, drugs, and addictive behaviors can have on us. Indeed many of us can relate to reaching spiritual and emotional bankruptcy, and the unmistakably awful feeling that accompanies it. The truly fortunate among us have had the experience immediately following of a profound and sincere surrender and a genuine willingness to truly change and do whatever it takes to get better. Not too many of us, however, can truly understand how growing up as an indigenous person in America, complicates life. Likely very few of us can relate to the underprivileged conditions that are pervasive in the Native American community. Very few of us can truly relate to the experience of not seeing anyone that looks like you in recovery. No doubt, many of us thought we were unique and different, but the astonishingly low rates of recovery in the indigenous community make it very difficult for those in the indigenous community to find someone from their own community to relate to and serve as a mentor in recovery. Michael has taken this on as important part of his own recovery, to provide an example to those in his community that enduring, meaningful, and rewarding recovery is possible. Despite the very real differences in his journey to recovery, we get the unshakable feeling that the spiritual and recovery truths that Michael so humbly shares with us are with out a doubt universal and indeed achievable to all who earnestly seek them so listen up.


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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Jesse Plumley Didn't Come This Far Only to Come This Far | The Way Out Podcast Episode 234

    Jesse Plumley Didn't Come This Far Only to Come This Far | The Way Out Podcast Episode 234

    This week our magnificent co-host Jason has a genuinely instructive interview with person in long term recovery, Jesse Plumley.  Jesse’s story of overcoming his battle with drugs and alcohol reinforces truly universal truths about alcoholism, addiction and what it takes to achieve durable recovery. We must, as Jesse did, admit to and face the fact we have a problem and then, and this is so critical, we must reach out and seek help from those who have overcome similar problems. We must, as Jesse did, be willing to do whatever it takes to get better and recover and be willing to help others just as we were when we needed it most. We must, as Jesse did, make fundamental lifestyle changes and surround ourselves with others who’ve done and are doing the same. Jesse’s recovery is not rooted in any one particular program, yet his journey and lifestyle changes mirror many of the fundamental principles of any well-known recovery program! No doubt about it, there’s lots of great recovery insights in this episode so listen up.

    Contact Jesse at jesseplumley1986@gmail.com

    Best Piece of Advice: Take it one day, or one moment at a time!

    Book Recommendation: Anything by Brene Brown

    Song that symbolizes recovery to Jesse: The Package by Perfect Circle

    Recommended recovery resources: Unlocking Us Podcast AND having a support network


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    A Recovery Journey to The Balanced Self with Will Black | The Way Out Podcast Episode 233

    A Recovery Journey to The Balanced Self with Will Black | The Way Out Podcast Episode 233

    In this installment of The Way Out we’ve got an outstanding interview with person in long term recovery, Yoga and meditation practitioner and advocate, as well as a Yoga Teacher and founder of The Balanced Self – Will Black. Will recounts his journey through alcoholism and to and through recovery to this point in extremely relatable, authentic, and transparent fashion. Of specific value is to hear Will share about his personal struggle with alcohol and depression and how tapping into a recovery community combined with meditation and ultimately Yoga provided a transformational pathway to lasting and meaningful recovery. Undoubtedly one of the key recovery truths Will’s story highlights is how important connecting to a recovery community with others in sobriety is in entering and maintaining recovery. This is how we learn and really begin to believe that if other folks that are like us can get better, then indeed we can too. Of equal importance is finding a recovery pathway that both speaks to you and works for you, in Will’s case Meditation and Yoga, so that integrating it into your daily routine allows for it to truly become a way of life you actually enjoy living. Regardless of your preferred recovery pathway there’s much we can learn from Will’s journey to sobriety and ultimately the Balanced Self so Listen Up.

    Reach to Will:

    https://www.willowenblack.com/

    R/StopDrinking on Reddit:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking/


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    A Savage Journey to Recovery with Stephen J Sacchi | The Way Out Podcast Episode 232

    A Savage Journey to Recovery with Stephen J Sacchi | The Way Out Podcast Episode 232

    In this edition of the way out our exceptional co-host Jason brings us an outstanding interview with person in long term recovery and author of the new addiction memoir Savage: A Journey Through the Opioid Epidemic, Stephen J Sacchi. If you’re like us, you’ll be instantly smitten with Stephen’s quick wit and always honest and often dark and self-deprecating humor that is artfully interwoven into a spellbinding recounting of his often-rocky road to recovery. He shares honestly about the struggles he had along the way and what it was like writing his memoir Savage. Without question, Stephen’s story illuminates two irrefutably universal truths about addiction and recovery. First, our rock bottom is when we stop digging and often that is an emotional and spiritual bottom – not a monetary or material one. Second, and equally as instructive, is that recovery and building a new life is a process that takes time, often years or even decades. If we allow ourselves to be patient and bite it off in one day at a time chunks, we will get better and in turn, life will follow suit. After all the lessons Stephen’s learned there's lots of instructive wisdom in this episode so listen up.

    Best piece of advice- It takes years to build a better life

    Book Recommendation- The War of Art: by Stephen Pressfield:

    https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QF7HZA4CWMZH&dchild=1&keywords=the+war+of+art+by+steven+pressfield&qid=1614791057&sprefix=The+war+of+art%2Caps%2C216&sr=8-1

    Song that symbolizes recovery to Stephen

    Drive : by Incubus

    Contact Info: @unclesacchi on Instagram

    Stephen's book Savage is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble:

    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/savage-stephen-j-sacchi/1138379483


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    50 Ways to Worry Less Now in Recovery with Gigi Langer | The Way Out Podcast Episode 231

    50 Ways to Worry Less Now in Recovery with Gigi Langer | The Way Out Podcast Episode 231

    In this installment of The Way Out we have an ultra-informative and super-instructive interview with person in long term recovery and Author of the new, and folks I don’t say this often, absolute must-read book  - 50 Ways to Worry Less Now -  Gigi Langer. Gigi shares with us her journey to and through recovery and what she’s learned up to this point in 35 years of sobriety including many of the recovery, spiritual, energy, and cognitive tools that can put an end to the pernicious worry, anxiety and ultimately fear that dogs so many of us prior to, and even in sobriety. Without question one of the overriding and compelling elements arising out of Gigi’s story is the series of reckonings and recoveries that occur throughout her recovery journey, starting with addiction and alcoholism, all the way through codependency and being an adult child of an alcoholic. Equally as fascinating is the phenomenon and experience of being an a Highly Sensitive Person, first identified by Dr. Elaine Aron and how profoundly important it was for her to understand and accept this about herself and then undergo a process of learning, acquiring, and applying an assortment of tools to bring about a transformative recovery rooted in the 12-Steps and a Higher Power. There’s so much spiritual truth and recovery tools in this here interview so you might just have to play this one twice but whatever you, do make sure you listen up.

    50 Ways to Worry Less Now: Reject Negative Thinking to Find Peace, Clarity, and Connection

    https://gigilanger.com/

    Other Books and Resources Recommended by Gigi Langer:

    Pema Chodron:

    https://pemachodronfoundation.org/product-category/books/

    Dr. Kristin Neff:

    https://self-compassion.org/

    A Course in Miracles:

    https://acim.org/

    Emmet Fox:

    https://www.unity.org/sites/unity.org/files/files/Free-Materials/2018/Exerpt-GoldenKey-booklet.pdf

    http://www.metaphysicspirit.com/books/The%20Sermon%20on%20the%20Mount.pdf

    The Shack:

    http://wmpaulyoung.com/the-shack/

    Highly Sensitive Person (Elaine Aron):

    https://hsperson.com/


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