What Recovery Really Looks Like

Today I’m here to talk with you all about what recovery really looks like when you do it well. If you’ve been listening to the podcast long enough, you all know my stance on recovery and that it’s is not really about abstaining, but instead about creating a different reality for yourself and changing the circumstances of your life. But what does it look like to recover? And to do it well?

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Why Focusing on the Positive is a Decision

This week I’m here for a really simple — yet, important — topic. This is something that I deal with, with many of my clients — and that is, making the decision to focus on the positive. When I was at my lowest point, I considered myself a realist. I was proud of the fact that I saw things exactly as they were. And for me, at the time, that meant a pretty strong existential crisis. My whole world was focused on these dark topics with depressing themes, which I considered at the time to be a very realistic way to view the world.

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National Recovery Month Special: Why Recovery is Not Abstinence

With this month’s theme being recovery — and not just in the IGNTD space, but nationally — I thought it would be the perfect time to continue the conversation about recovery and what it means to recover.

The official government definition of recovery reads, “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” And what I think is so critically important with this definition is that it does not mention abstinence at all. For a lot of people, recovery tends to be synonymous with abstinence and 100% sobriety, when it really should be the process of simply improving your life.

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The Role “Framily” Plays in Recovery

Continuing with the ‘framily’ theme we’ve had going with this month, I’m going to talk about the way that ‘it’ applies to recovery and mental health struggles.

None of the stuff I was able to do would’ve been possible at all without the support of my family; I wouldn’t be where I am right now. My parents supported me in my arrest, helped pay for my lawyer, supported me during the trial, came to see me in jail, helped me financially after I got out of jail, and then helped pay for my schooling. Through that support, I was able to get where I am today. They seriously had my back through those years. 

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Sherry Gaba on Sex Addiction, Toxic Masculinity, and Recovery

Today is a bit of a special episode; we have a guest joining us! Sherry Gaba is a Holistic Psychotherapist and Life Coach. One of Sherry’s specialties is working with couples and relationships that are struggling around sex addiction. She was even on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew! She is truly a groundbreaker when it comes to her take on the law of attraction in the context of addiction. She has also written a couple of books and has really been challenging the way people think about addiction.

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How to Clear Out Space in Your Life

Today we’re going through clearing space. Right now, in the IGNTD household, we’re super busy with being in the process of buying our first house. As exciting as it is, I had no idea what kinds of challenges it would bring along! And here’s the thing about life: we’re constantly recycling and re-figuring out what we have to do to keep our head up above the water. So today, I want to talk with you about how to clear out space in your life! Because, if you make the tough decisions and clear out the things in your life that are causing the most stress, pressure, and noise in your life, you will be making space for new, incredible opportunities.

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