Sobriety Uncensored is a casual, conversational podcast that explores different perspectives on living life sober.
46:16Daniel and Jenna talk about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as well as other upcoming dates on the calendar that give occasion to drink. They talk about the pressure of giving up on sobriety on these days and how it can be an opportunity to prove your drunk voice wrong. They discuss their different approaches to being social, sitting it out, battling boredom, and future tripping.
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50:37Daniel and Jenna welcome their first guest, Laura McKowen. Laura is the author of a bestselling memoir and founder of “The Luckiest Club”, a global sobriety support community. Laura tells her sober story, talks about what inspired her to start writing about recovery and start an online sober community, and discusses the main theme of her upcoming book “Push Off From Here” being released on March 7th.
44:58Jenna and Daniel recall the extreme measures they went through during active addiction and believing their own lies, specifically as it applies to what they would tell their families to maintain a buzz. They remember specific scenarios where behaviors that they thought were “normal” ended up with embarrassing outcomes.
41:18Daniel and Jenna discuss their different approaches to confrontational people, specifically the practice of “tough love” and maintaining appropriate boundaries as it applies to social media as well as every day life. They talk about the “fix me” mindset and how some followers set certain expectations and get angry when those expectations aren’t met. They discuss how that mindset can also apply to addicts and their relationships with loved ones.
43:18Jenna and Daniel talk about their experiences with drunk sleep, early sobriety sleep, and genuinely good sober sleep. They discuss their prospective sleep enhancement practices, including meditation and breathing exercises, and discuss the slippery slope associated with utilizing sleep aids. They acknowledge how everyone’s path is different and that any particular method may work for some and not others. Jenna recalls the inevitable anxiety she experienced while trying to sleep in early sobriety, and they talk about how everyone’s timeline with finally experiencing good sober sleep varies.
43:18Jenna and Daniel discuss the societal designation of certain days of the week as acceptable drinking days, and how that ties in to rationalizations as alcoholics. They talk about recognizing wins and celebrating sober accomplishments, and how that contrasts with settling in to normalizing sober life.
44:26Jenna and Daniel discuss the stereotypes and stigma associated with alcoholism and their differing beginnings with active addiction. They consider the relative nature of having a “drinking problem” and the subjectivity of identifying as an alcoholic. Daniel explains his “staircase” analogy and how it applies to slips while getting sober. They talk about the concept of “Dry January” and how it is perceived differently by various types of drinkers.
43:15Daniel recalls a recent experience with car sickness which prompts a conversation about the frequency of certain physical side effects of being drunk or hung over. They address the unfortunate reality of drinking during every day duties like parenting and driving, and how their own well-being was always their lost priority in active addiction. Jenna tells a story of how her mother unwittingly enabled her to nurse a hangover before hosting a party, and they discuss their inability to relate to people who have healthy relationships with alcohol.