Biology: You Have the Key to Turn the Wheel and Lead Yourself to Recovery

Today’s episode is about an incredible conversation with one of you in the IGNTD Recovery course. She is someone who has been doing really well in her recovery but recently relapsed due to some very real struggles currently going on in her life. After she listened in to the hour-long conversation about recovery with a friend of hers (who was using at the time, with no intention of quitting), the friend later contacted her, saying she was ready to face up to some of the stuff she had been dealing with and wanted to change her life. When my client shared this with me I was blown away. Not only did my client recommit to her recovery, her friend — who wasn’t intending to recover — also decided to take a step in the right direction!

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Savanah Deming
Alternative Approaches to Addiction Recovery with Stanton Peele

On this week’s episode of the IGNTD Recovery podcast, we have special guest Stanton Peele. Stanton is one of those people who is hard to over-inflate the amount of influence he’s had on the addiction field. He’s one of these people that, if you’re going to look into and understand other approaches to addiction, you absolutely have to know about his concepts — and today, we thoroughly discuss his main beliefs when it comes to overcoming addiction, why he believes you should not label yourself an addict, as well as his books and his online recovery center, the Life Process Program.

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Savanah Deming
Becoming Someone Who Isn’t Addicted

In today’s episode, Dr. Jaffe confronts the tough questions that he’s frequently asked, “How do I beat my addiction?”, “What’s the best tool or technique?”, or ”Will this be the medication to fix me?” It turns out those are entirely the wrong questions to be asking. What you really need to be asking yourself (and exploring) is the “why” behind your addiction. The “fix” is not about finding a given tool; it’s about honest exploration and understanding the “why” behind your addiction. We shouldn’t waste our time thinking of all the ways we can “fix” our addiction — instead, we should learn how to become the kind of person who isn’t addicted.

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Check in With Gratitude and Celebrate Your Victories

Today we talk about another incredibly important part of recovery — paying attention to and focusing on all of your victories. So much of life is spent primarily focusing on what’s not going right. But if we only focus on the negative we begin to see everything in black and white; we’re either a failure or a success. So it is absolutely crucial to celebrate your victories — especially on your journey to recovery.

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The Importance of Focus

If you want to see change, you need to focus. No more running, or hiding or avoidance. Today we’re going to talk about the importance of focus and how it can lead to real change. In order to understand why you may have developed your addiction we need to understand what you were running away from in the first place, that’s always been my way of doing things. In todays episode I explain why we find ourselves avoiding problems and how we can begin to change that behavior.

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Painful Loss and Open Minds

Todays episode is extra special because I’m bringing on my first guest and fellow podcaster, Dave from The Dopey Podcast. Dave recently lost his longtime friend, and Dopey co-host, to an overdose. We discuss what it means to open up the conversation around addiction, failure, abstinence and more. It’s an extremely powerful episode and you’re not going to want to miss it.

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You Can Successfully Save Any Broken Relationship

This week we’re discussing a subject thats very near and dear to my heart. If you’ve listened to any of the IGNTD Relationships episodes or are familiar with my story at all, you’d know my relationship with my wife hasn’t always been what it is now. In fact, it’s safe to say we hit rock bottom pretty early on. Well I’m here to tell you, there IS a way to repair relationships, even when you think they might be past the point of no return. So, if you wan’t to become your best self, and win back those you love along the way, you’re going to want to listen in on this one!

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“Once an Addict, Always an Addict” is a MYTH!

Have you ever heard the saying “once an addict always an addict”? Yeah well, me too. It was something I was constantly being told when I first began my own recovery journey and it honestly made the whole thing even more daunting- as if it wasn’t already the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. In todays episode I explain why this statement is just a myth, and how you DON’T have to struggle forever. I can’t wait for you to listen!

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