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.
154: Religious Abuse, Addiction and the LGBTQ+ Community With Dr. Jamie Marich
46:49In this continuing series on the relationship between religious abuse and addiction. Veronica talks to Dr. Jamie Marich about how the LGBTQ+ community has been affected by religious abuse. To learn more, visit the show notes.
153: HALT SBH
51:57What do we need to look out for when we first get sober. Chip and Veronica go through H.A.L.T (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired) as well as Stress, Boredom, and Hormones as triggers that lead to a drink. To learn more, visit the show notes.
152: Saved by a Song With Mary Gauthier
48:54Veronica interviews Mary Gauthier, a grammy nominated sing songwriter and author of the book 'Saved by a song.' Mary's book is about the songwriting process and her recovery from addiction. At its core, she explores her return to authenticity. To learn more, visit the show notes.
151: Sobriety and Mental Health
51:59Chip and Veronica explore the relationship between addiction and mental health. To learn more, visit the show notes.
150: Party Girl with Anna David
40:03Veronica speaks to Anna David a long time recovery advocate and author about the re-release of her book 'Party Girl.' Party Girls is a semi-autobiographical novel set in L.A. in the 90's. Credited with kicking off the whole 'quit lit genre' Anna discusses why she wanted to publish the book and what she hopes people get out of it. To learn more, visit the show notes.
149: How Secrets Keep You Sick
43:23Everyone comes into sobriety with secrets. Secrets are like a cancer that grow and weigh us down. Chip and Veronica explore the nature of secrets, confessing to some secrets and how secrets effect our relationships. To learn more, visit the show notes.
148: We Answer Your Questions
42:58Chip and Veronica are back from their summer break! They answer listener questions such as: do they ever miss drinking? Can you drink on special occasions? Do you need to spend money to get sober? And, how do you get over the shame in early sobriety? To learn more, visit the show notes.
Sober Summer Soundtrack: Maintaining Sobriety As The World Opens Up
40:16Lockdown restrictions have given you an opportunity to be away from everyday drinking and social pressures that would normally present themselves in social situations. Having that time has allowed you to build a really good foundation for your recovery so that you’re coming out of lockdown with a substantial amount of time and strength in recovery under your belt. On the flip side, after being isolated you haven’t had the opportunity to build up your defences against everyday distractions and triggers. In this episode, we’re talking about how to create a plan for strengthening your sobriety so you’re ready to maintain your sobriety as we come out of lockdown and enter the new normal. To learn more, visit the show notes.
Sober Summer Soundtrack: Using Emotional Intelligence as a Tool for Growth with Julia Ford-Carther
35:36Julia wants everyone to recognize their emotions for what they are - data. Emotions are the information your brain is trying to tell you about how you feel about what's going on at that moment. You are not your emotions or your thoughts. When you do the work to develop your EQ, you'll find yourself in a much better place to take control of the experiences and interactions you have every day, rather than reacting from your conditioning. To learn more, visit the show notes.
Sober Summer Soundtrack: Processing Shame and Guilt with Laura McKowen
1:02:40How does a mother overcome shame and guilt?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Laura McKowen shares how she finally came to sobriety, how her drinking affected her daughter, what she sees as the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to therapy and self-healing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She believes that WE are the lucky ones because “regular” folks will never understand the depths of pain we had to fight through and will never have the motivation we have built to see us through. We’re unstoppable. To learn more, visit the show notes.