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Atheists in Recovery

Adina Silvestri

15 episodes

Dec 3, 2020

(Encore) How to Find Recovery Without A Belief in A Higher Power 

Welcome to today’s show!

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN:

 

  • How John’s early view of religion helped shape his identity in the world
  • Why did John ultimately decide to conform to religious beliefs even though his family had decided religion was not a part of their worldview
  • How John’s traumatic experience (and how he absorbed that experience) led to his accelerated drinking 
  • How after 25 years in AA, John came to the conclusion that he was an Atheist
  • Why John rejects the concept of a higher power and how this led to a fracture with his home group
  • What informed John’s decision to start the AA Beyond Belief community
  • John talks about how he has changed as a person from the beginning of the podcast until now
  • What would John write on a billboard for all to see

RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

 

 

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
  • Subscribe to the A.I.R. newsletter where you will learn to identify patterns of dysfunctional thinking, change the dysfunctional thinking into something more positive, and find hope in recovery.
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Dec 3, 2020

3 Experts share “The one affirmation I use in recovery” (and the December pause) 

Welcome to today’s show!

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN:

This episode features a few of our past guests. Each guest submitted an audio recording answering the question: “What’s the one affirmation I use in recovery.” The holidays are upon us and not everyone loves the holidays! Affirmations can be a great way to focus your attention on something positive. This episode is also the last new episode of 2020. After this episode, I am taking December off but I will be back in January with brand new episodes. 

 

  • Rob Imbeault shares how this “cheesy” affirmation changed his future self through new habits, motivation and perseverance 

Rob’s website is: https://www.robimbeault.com/

  • Dr. Brandon Bergman shares a reminder of how to get through the holidays sober through a acronym that has been empirically proven to work

Dr. Bergman’s website is: https://www.recoveryanswers.org/

  • Adina shares her holiday affirmation and how she uses it in her extensive morning routine

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

  • Subscribe to the A.I.R. newsletter where you will learn to identify patterns of dysfunctional thinking, change the dysfunctional thinking into something more positive, and find hope in recovery.

Nov 26, 2020

Why Traditional New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work And What to Do Instead 

Welcome to today’s show! 

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN

 

  • This is the final episode in our November series, A Care Package for The Holidays
  • How Katie Vernoy’s earliest roots of familial stability helped her to become someone who spoke out even when teachers and others told her she was “too much”
  • What is the difference between goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions
  • Katie teaches us goal setting using a ladder metaphor-Adina thinks you’re going to like it
  • How procrastination plays into goal setting (e.g. I am going to be a marathon runner but I’ve  barely run around the block).
  • Why it’s helpful to have an end in mind (a picture of what your future self looks like) so that you can reverse engineer it into mini steps
  • How does whimsy play into our goals and does it help with motivation?
  • Katie shares her B.O.S.S. acronym she uses to help people make decisions
  • Katie shares her B.O.S.S. goal with the A.I.R. community
  • What message Katie has for the A.I.R. community

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

 

  • If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it with friends, family, and other professionals by using the social media buttons on this page.

Nov 12, 2020

28 Days: Movies That Move Us 

Welcome to today’s show!

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN:

 

  • Episode 69 starts our November series, A Care Package for The Holidays
  • Learn why Adina loves this movie and its relevance in the recovery space
  • The movie portrays what it's like to go into treatment when forced by external factors
  • Learn what it means to be codependent and the underlying intergenerational trauma as a thread weaving it’s way throughout the movie
  • Discover what regret does to our recovery journey
  • What Adina doesn’t like about the movie-which involves “looking for reasons” that someone is an alcoholic or addict
  • Identify your role in a family living with addiction and how you can heal
  • The final scene of the movie leaves Adina feeling like she wants a sequel. What does life look like after recovery?
  • Adina shares one of her go-to resources to help you in your recovery journey

RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

  • Subscribe to the A.I.R. newsletter where you will learn to identify patterns of dysfunctional thinking, change the dysfunctional thinking into something more positive, and find hope in recovery.

 

  • If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it with friends, family, and other professionals by using the social media buttons on this page.

 

Oct 15, 2020

Sex & Love Addiction, Co-dependency: Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places 

Welcome to today’s show!

WHAT WE’LL LEARN

  • How D.J.’s earliest roots were “tangled, buried, diseased and complex. Learn why D.J. thought he was adopted (even at a young age) because things were “just so bad”
  • D.J. talks about his fearful experience of spirituality growing up and how God would not “show up for” him and he had proof that God was not showing up 
  • D.J. feels all of what he went through led him to the person he is today-a healer
  • D.J.’s recovery journal began when he felt like “giving up” but then went to Al-Anon and discovered his husband wasn’t really the issue and that he was the issue
  • D.J. feels he is “not a bad person” he’s just been to hell and back. And survived
  • When working the 4th & 5th steps, D.J. was tasked with outline all the things he accomplished prior to getting sober. And D.J. felt this was what broke him
  • How D.J. was sending people to 12 steps before he started getting help and going to 12 step meetings
  • What was so “serene” about being in these 12 step meetings and finding a sponsor
  • What behaviors D.J. engaged in that contributed to his recovery 
  • What is Co-Dependency and what do healthy boundaries look like
  • What message D.J. has for the A.I.R. community

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

 

  • If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it with friends, family, and other professionals by using the social media buttons on this page.

 

Oct 8, 2020

Harm Reduction, The Opioid Crisis, and The Miracle Future 

Welcome to today’s show! 

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN

 

  • How David’s earliest memories were rooted in sadness & depression and he felt like something was terribly wrong with him
  • David was put on anti-depressants is his early teens but felt “nothing was working”
  • How a Cop was the greatest endorsement for heroin use
  • When at Hazelden, David was told by staff he needed to put his life & will in God’s hands and work the steps of A.A.
  • David, as a devout Atheist, felt this treatment approach was not going to work for him
  • After parents gave David “tough love” and an ultimatum, he went to a halfway house but felt “it was a joke” be/c all he wanted to do was use again
  • David then went on a mission to show his parents that addiction was not a disease and he could stop at will
  • After his friend overdosed and thinking about the permanence of death, David believed this would motivate him to stop using heroin
  • How David found buprenorphine when looking for a reliable, safe source of an opioid to start the healing process
  • What the struggles were with obtaining buprenorphine from doctors in 2008
  • What’s David’s response to the Opioid Crisis
  • What David thinks the “miracle future” of addiction treatment looks like (hint: it involves science and facts).

RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

 

  • If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it with friends, family, and other professionals by using the social media buttons on this page.

 

Oct 1, 2020

Writing as A Vehicle for Truth-Telling, Healing, and Recovery 

Welcome to today’s show! 

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN

 

  • How Valley’s earliest sense of self was formed during “alot of using and instability”
  • Valley’s mother thought since Valley grew up in AA those values would transmit but Valley had other plans
  • Valley majored in love addiction, alcohol addiction, and codependency during her college years
  • When Valley sat with her dying horse’s (Hooker) corpse she realized she was pregnant and had to “own it”
  • How she was confronted by her then fiance to stop drinking and Valley said “no way” drinking for her was the solution and not the problem
  • How getting a heart wrenching letter from her her ex-fiance prompted Valley to get “free therapy”
  • AA helped Valley become “right sized” because she felt she was either an Angel or the Devil
  • What is Life in 10 and can you use this tool to heal
  • The brain research behind sharing our vulnerable stories
  • What’s Valley’s advice to start sharing one’s writing in a group

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

 

 

For more info, head over to atheistsinrecovery.com and subscribe to our email list. And thank you for listening!

 

  • Leave an honest review on ITUNES.  Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

 

 

  • If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it with friends, family, and other professionals by using the social media buttons on this page.

 

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