Two friends, mums and sober sisters, having the chat about reasons to love sober.
Two friends, mums and sober sisters, having the chat about reasons to love sober.
Love Sober Podcast Episode Sixty Seven 21 02 2020
Episode 67In this episode we discuss what comes up for a lot of people we talk to and our clients, the transitions between the roles we play, we are thrown from career person to parent to child to spouse, often without a moment to breathe and we have gotten used to using alcohol to ease the transition or temporarily calm the nervous system. So we have a chat about this, our it affects us personally, what tips or tricks we can employ to regulate, pause and not reach for the bottle. So grab a cuppa and let's chat x
Love Sober Episode Sixty Six 14 02 2020
This week on the pod we are delighted to welcome Sam Quinlan, Founder of ICAAD. Sam is a real sobershero having worked in the field of mental health, addiction and recovery for many years.Samantha once dreamed of being a performer; however a un-nurturing culture back in the 80s saw her being stigmatised as fat, and unsuitable to be a performer, after a performing arts school misused her vocal abilities, and she suffered from overused vocal cords, that ruined her voice and prospective career in musical theatre.She went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in production and stage management, and In the 1990s she began her mission to provide for others a nourishing and safe environment for creatives and those that had something to say, unlike her experience which left her full of shame and the burden of failure. Samantha founded the Brighton & Hove Fringe Festival, a yearly festival promoting talent and desire through arts, sports and outreach activities to include families and young people, reaching a wide audience and increasing the tourist footprint of the city. The festival is a leading event in the cultural calendar.In 2001 after fighting her demons she acknowledged she was an alcoholic and sought treatment and has for the last 16 years been sober and drug-free and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Samantha Quinlan has worked in the Behavioural Mental and Emotional Health sector for 15 years and is a founder of iCAAD. The International Conferences for Addiction and Associated Disorders, she programmes and directs conferences for professionals and the general public across Europe and the UK.Samantha founded the Leading Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (LEAP) charity, alongside starting a residential addictions facility in 2003. She completed a foundation degree in general counselling in 2012. She is also a qualified facilitator of Equine Therapy. She has devised and delivered programs for vulnerable adults and young people, adolescents with extreme childhood trauma, workplace leadership and solutions and adults with learning disabilities.Sam is committed to her personal development and leadership skills and regularly attends conferences and intensive courses, including the LCP at ONSITE workshops.She sits as co-chair on the UFENow ethics committee as the co-chair to the “International Collaborative Committee (Cultural, Migration and International Ethical Issues)” and she is on the fundraising committee of International Animal Rescue.In 2008 Samantha became a live kidney donor and today is happy to report the father to her children is alive and healthy, she believes this is nothing short of a miracle considering her history as an alcoholic and feels blessed that she has been able to be of services for the greater good.Over the years Samantha has in her own time and as a volunteer, helped support 100s of people some referred to sober support, some treatment and others to therapists across all Behavioural Mental and Emotional health care issues. She reflects that when she needed help, she felt she was one of a lucky few and was able to access help without charge or bias, so today she strives to connect those in need to the right help or to signpost them to organisations that can help.Samantha believes that many people in the UK do not know where they can go to get help and support but is hugely in favour of the sober movement and the stamping out of stigma she tries through iCAAD to offer clear signposts for those that are displaced, or struggling or isolated, and she hopes that through her work and iCAAD, that families and professionals may learn about and get the help they need. She would love for more of the general public to attend iCAAD xIn her spare time, she likes to build theatre sets and would one day love to perform again!Sam would like to offer these words of encouragement with other women in
Love Sober Podcast Episode Sixty Five 06 02 20
This week’s podcast we talk about Self Love. It’s not easy to deconstruct the process of where we are now and where we were. To that place of deep self loathing and crippling low self worth. To both be able to say, I love myself and I am my own best friend. For us the catalyst is and always has been stopping drinking that fundamental decision of self love, the consistency it has brought, the self-trust and pride is for us the key to self love. We talk about how guided meditation and working with a therapist can help, letting go of Shame and watching out for proof of the things we do well. So grab a cuppa and let’s chat. Resources mentioned:Welford Wellbeing https://www.welfordwellbeing.com/Calm - Self Love daily meditations.Sarah Blandin - Live Awake Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/fr/podcast/live-awake/id1030019034?l=enTara Brach - The Rain of Self compassion. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxfmarLIBo0
Love Sober Podcast Episode Sixty Four 31 01 20
This episode maybe what you technically call a rant lols. We just had to get something out and that’s Mum shaming.It’s happened to so many of us, everyone seems to have an opinion about mothers, and everything seems to be laid at our doors, attachment, our kids mental health, mothers are under enormous pressure and we are trying our best to get it right, but what if there are huge gaps in this conversation? What if the conversation needs an update? What if what modern mothers need is support?We know how impactful childhoods can be, but how about shifting to focus on everyone’s role? Societies role? How about women supporting women, and us moving towards a narrative that puts mothers in the firing line.This is very much an opinion piece, but it’s our story and we don’t think we’re alone. So apologies for the swears, grab a cuppa and let’s chat.
Love Sober Podcast Episode Sixty Three 24 01 20
This week we had the absolute pleasure of talking creativity and recovery with Tammi Salas. Tammi hasn’t had a drink since February 3, 2015. She is a former wine bar owner, lifelong seeker + recovering perfectionist. She is an artist, teacher, self-proclaimed late-bloomer and co-host of The Unruffled Podcast, a weekly podcast that explores all topics relating to the intersection of creativity and recovery. In sobriety, she re-enrolled in college and declared art as her major at age 44. She makes art everyday and credits this practice as the path to her spiritual overhaul and creative awakening.Tammi has self-published a book all about finding her visual voice through her daily gratitude practice, which she’s maintained for over four years. And, she shares her creative and personal pursuits, as well as her struggles and successes with sobriety. You can learn more at www.tammisalas.com or follow her on Instagram @tammisalas. Grab a cuppa and let’s chat, it’s a good one :-) Links:WebsiteInstagram: @tammisalasThe Unruffled PodcastInstagram: @theunruffledpodcastThe Proof of Life Project: 4-week online creative workshop
Love Sober Podcast Episode Sixty Two 10 01 20
Episode 62:We are delighted to welcome Simon Chapple on the pod this week. Simon Chapple is the founder of Be Sober, the author of The Sober Survival Guide and a senior alcohol coach for This Naked Mind. He has made it his life mission to spread the word about the benefits of an alcohol-free life and has helped thousands of people change their relationship with drinking. This was SOOO good, we chatted through strategies for people starting out in sobriety how to view sobriety as an exploration and to be your own detective, write about your experiences, add in rather than relying on Willpower alone. We talked personally about what sobriety has brought to Simon especially in his relationships with his wife and son. We talk about his journey which is very inspirational! We also talk about barriers to men getting help in Sobriety and his mission to change that which is fantastic. We really enjoyed this, so grab a cuppa and let's chat.