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Safe Recovery- is a new show designed to address Predatory behavior in 12 step meetings, and it's culture. Join us to discuss new approaches in our world, our culture with alcohol and drug overuse. "Empowerment" not "Powerless" is our slogan. We will discuss and explore alternatives to AA. We want to support men and women who have written new books on healing from alcohol dependency/drug overuse. Alternative healing, both spiritual and secular to create our better selves is what we are all a ...
 
Welcome to The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. We are a community of recovering people who have overcome the odds and made monumental life changes. We don't shy away from the nitty gritty - we like to laugh give inspiration and remind you there is hope. Come join us no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Together, we have the courage to change! Subscribe and join our podcast community to hear amazing stories of courage and transformation!
 
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The International Conference of Secular Alcoholics Anonymous all day Zoom event's grand finale, held December 11th, 2021, was a reading from AA conference approved Living Sober with discussion to follow. Chairperson, Geri B of Las Vegas NV spoke about the value of the practical book of AA life: Living Sober. This 1975 record of the first 40 years o…
 
Happy 2022 from the International Conference of Secular Alcoholics Anonymous (#ICSAA) Our monthly world tour of International speaker meetings Zooms to the world in January from We Agnostics Hong Kong with Jim, Shari and John speaking to us. Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, Mexico and members from coast-to-coast in USA, Canada, Shanghai and Hon…
 
While Alcoholics Anonymous is not affiliated with Al-Anon or other peer to peer support—including 12-step fellowships—there has always been cooperation, since our early days. Today, many of us fall prey to more than affliction, simultaneously or one addiction at a time. Friends we haven’t met yet await us in many mutual-aid groups. At the 2021 Inte…
 
People, meet Brianna, Marsha, Lyra D, Janie B, Charlize and Adam M. "LGBTQIAP+, find out what it means to me!" From the OMAGOD room at the International Conference of Secular AA 2021, we heard from a sampling of Alcoholics Anonymous' gender and sexual identity members. We can find sobriety in AA without accepting anyone else's beliefs nor denying o…
 
North American and European youth join in for the 2021 International Conference of Secular AA ( #ICSAA ) to talk recovery over Zoom. Join Teun, Zoe, Adam and Lina, who kick off the conversation; joining in are fellow atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is a peer-to-peer community where people get and/or stay sober. All …
 
William Schaberg wrote Writing the Big Book: The Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous (2019) after over eleven years of primary documentary research. William reflects on the three things the research revealed that drastically altered his core beliefs about early AA: 1. Bill Wilson was a fabulous storyteller and not a reliable source for accurate histor…
 
The 2021 International Conference of Secular AA, December 11 2021, presents a third decade of the 21st century contemporary update from our 80+ year old text, Alcoholics Anonymous. From "The Doctor's Opinion" to "A Vision for You," we take to heart how the book wraps up: "... the book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize that we know only a l…
 
Dr Paul F has worked as a physician in the field of addiction medicine and occupational medicine for more than twenty-five years. His interest in addiction medicine has morphed over those years into a greater curiosity related to addiction recovery science and treatment. Dr. Paul S, full-time addiction medicine physician, focusing on occupational a…
 
It's so hard to believe that we are already at the end of Season 3! This season we produced 52 episodes, introduced our Ask the Expert, and met so many amazing people. Tune in to hear Ashley Loeb Blassingame and Ashley Jo recollect the exciting moments from Season 3, review the top 10 episodes of Season 3, review the top 10 episodes of all-time, an…
 
Born at only 3lbs 6oz in 1962, Lesa Thomas was sent home to die but the universe had a different plan. Unfortunately, this plan didn’t mean that Lisa’s life would be easy as she experienced severe childhood neglect and trauma. As a result, Lisa feels almost no pain. She eventually turned to alcohol to cope, but found Lionrock Recovery in early 2020…
 
Leanette was born into an addicted family. Her father was a severe alcoholic and her mother struggled with drug use. When her parents' lives became overrun with drugs and alcohol, Leanette decided to leave. She was only 13 years old. She dropped out of school in the eight grade and began couch surfing to make ends meet. She spent much of her life j…
 
In early 2019, Christiana was tapped to co-create The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. With a background not only as a marketer and project manager, but as a professional dancer and songwriter, she knew she would cut recordings and set up processes, so that’s where she started. Over the last two (almost three) years Christiana and I have deve…
 
Wilderness Therapy with Evoke’s Executive Clinical Director Dr. Brad Reedy is the Owner & Executive Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs where wilderness therapy is provided. He has a BS in Family Science and an MS and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Reedy’s research and clinical experience includes parenting issues, family trauma, t…
 
In this special episode, Ashley Loeb Blassingame sits down with her mother, Hillary Clayson Loeb, to understand a mother’s perspective on addiction. They discuss everything from how Hillary felt when Ashley would disappear, to what it was like attending family therapy sessions, and why people are so uncomfortable talking about addiction, to how ind…
 
November's first-Sunday-of-every-month world tour of secular AA speakers travels North by North-West: Our Seattle AA coffee club features Lori, Bruce, Eric and Marilyn. Following the speakers on this Zoom meeting November 7th, 2021, members from around the world chime in. Part of AA as a whole, the International Conference of Secular AA is special-…
 
Mary Beth O’Connor is a retired Administrative Law Judge who has been clean and sober for 27 years. Substance use disorder is only part of her story as she is also in recovery from abuse and trauma. Mary Beth currently serves as the Director and Secretary for She Recovers Foundation and is a Director for LifeRing Secular Recovery. In August 2020, M…
 
Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer and speaker. She is the author of the memoir, I Am Yours, and the forthcoming dystopian novel, Paramita. She is the creator and lead writer of the TV show Snap. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thailand, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her rescue chihuahua, Fia the Fierce. You can find her @reemazaman a…
 
Arlina Allen is a speaker, life coach, and host of Sobriety: The One Day at a Time Recovery Podcast. She has been free from drugs and alcohol for more than 27 years and originally shared her story in Season 2, Episode 71 of The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast. She’s joining us again today for an Ask the Expert where we discuss the power of th…
 
Tom Farley is a marketing and communications consultant, non-profit executive, and recovery advocate. He was the Founder and President of The Chris Farley Foundation, named for his younger brother, the late actor and comedian who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, The Chris Farle…
 
Victoria Abel is a therapist, chef, and certified addiction nutritionist. She began her work in 1994 within inpatient treatment, being trained as a therapist working with trauma, family systems, and all types of addiction. During this time, Victoria received her first Master’s degree in counseling. Being raised in a holistic family, Victoria was re…
 
June 19th, 2021 was the first European hosted International Conference of Secular Alcoholics Anonymous (ICSAA) and it was two Zoom rooms, 11 AM - 11 PM. Attendees were largely delighted with the days events. The grande finale was an around-the-world AA discussion of the brief history of Zoom & AA, with opening comments by Mark from Tus Nua Freethin…
 
Markisha Dryden’s story is one that truly shows that we do recover. Being born to parents who struggled with substance abuse, Markisha was the youngest of three kids raised primarily by her grandmother. After being introduced to crystal meth by a boyfriend, her story includes having multiple children, jail, check fraud, abuse, multiple cases with c…
 
Our October 2021 world tour stop for our secular Alcoholics Anonymous speakers meeting is Glasgow, home to Happy Heathens. At the time of recording Glasgow offers both in-person and online (Zoom) AA for atheists, freethinkers, agnostics. Today with David in the secretary seat, we hear from a co-founder of Scotland secular AA, Dante as well as Karen…
 
Dr. Jason ZW Powers is the creator of the Positive Recovery© approach to treating addiction and serves as Chief Medical Officer of Positive Recovery Centers. Dr. Jason has a private addiction medicine practice in Houston, Texas, works as an interventionist, and is a published author of When the Servant Becomes the Master (2nd Edition) - the a A-to-…
 
Samantha & Nicole Senia are a dynamic, passionate mother daughter duo supporting each other in sobriety. Samantha is a born entrepreneur. When her marriage fell apart, she drowned herself in chardonnay until she was no longer functioning. With sheer grit, she joined the road to recovery and started a new empire out of her garage, determined to teac…
 
Stephen Donnelly’s memoir, A Saint and a Sinner, details the rise and fall of a beloved Catholic priest living two lives. Having been enticed by a lifestyle that involved drinking and drugging in his 20’s, it may seem odd that Stephen entered seminary to become a priest in his 30’s. But at the age of 42, Stephen was ordained as a Roman Catholic pri…
 
Every month the International Conference of Secular AA world tour brings you a local feel from different agnostic/atheist/humanist AA communities around the AA world. September 2021, hosted by Jenny, we feature the New Englanders: Dan found sobriety 50 years ago at the age of 27. His first International AA convention was Colorado in 1975. Several m…
 
Teri Homan is an award-winning filmmaker and solo piano composer who received her bachelor of arts in social work in 1991 and holds a master’s degree in IT Management. She identifies as a lesbian, is twice divorced, and has two children. Teri is known for her compassion and sense of humor and considers herself a life-warrior who manages three diffe…
 
Kristin Arden is the lead clinician at Mindbloom, a mental health and wellbeing company on a mission to help people expand their human potential. Mindbloom offers science-backed treatments for anxiety and depression through guided ketamine therapy. Kristin is a proponent for alternative forms of treatment such as psychedelic medicine. She is a boar…
 
Charlie Gray is a mid-30’s, white, gay man living in Midwest America. For years he suffered as a high-functioning alcoholic experiencing chronic relapse. On July 8, 2020, Charlie entered sobriety and began penning his memoir as part of his healing process - At Least I'm Not The Frog: A Zany Memoir of Alcoholism & Recovery. His book begins shortly a…
 
Vanessa Hurr is an award-winning editorial portrait Photographer and resident Corporate Development guru for Lionrock Recovery. Her journey from entrepreneur to Lionrock teammate began in March of 2020 when a world-wide pandemic put a quick halt to her life as a photographer in the live events industry. Within weeks of coming onboard the Lionrock t…
 
As the drummer for the Canadian rock band Bonds of Mara and the cult cartoon and band, Sons of Butcher, Daryl Ralph is a musician. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Daryl had early aspirations of being a rockstar. At the age of 19, he moved out west, settling in White Rock, Kelowna and Vancouver, BC. The intent was for Daryl to embed his roots …
 
Dr. Nicole Labor is an addiction specialist who attended and graduated medical school in Erie Pennsylvania at the Lake Erie College of osteopathic medicine. Following graduation and residency she completed a fellowship in addiction medicine through Geisinger in northeastern Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the medical director at OneEighty, a …
 
Archie Messersmith-Bunting is known as 'The Feelings Guy.’ He is a mental wellness professional speaker who helps people discover how leading with their feelings can improve their quality of life and save the lives of those they come in contact with. Archie’s passion stems from his personal life experience. He was adopted at a young age and grew up…
 
Joshua Shea is a pornography addiction expert, certified betrayal trauma coach, and the author of three books about pornography addiction, including He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and Former Addict Answer Your Questions. Since 2018, Joshua has given more interviews about pornography addiction and betrayal trauma than anybody in the world. D…
 
"i" stands for International; "PAN" stands for All Addictions (substance use disorder, process addictions) and this is a Zoomiverse only fellowship for anyone seeking recovery from anything by any means. For more information: eMail: freethinkingipan@gmail.com The primary purpose of iPAN is to provide a comfortable and safe environment for people to…
 
Angie A is secretary and host with speaker, Neil "Sam" Samworth, former Strangeways Prison Officer. Addiction, treatment, recovery, mental health, trauma, life on the inside will be the discussion kicking of Sam's comments and followed by Q and A from participants. Neil “Sam” Samwoth YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/hieOsLGS8so More International C…
 
June 19, 2021 was the first All Europe International Conference of Secular AA. Held on Zoom in two rooms running 12 hours each, it was a day of many firsts, for Alcoholics Anonymous, for agnostics and atheists in AA and the greater recovery community. At 4 PM in the Tus Nua Room, there was a cancellation, a change of schedule and Chantal asked Zann…
 
Rachel Quast is a Master's level counselor, author, national speaker, and counseling group leader. Surviving anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and spiritual and family trauma paved the path for her career in counseling. Rachel specializes in eating disorders, emotional eating, relationship struggles, issues with faith and spirituality, and depressio…
 
Welcome to the AUGUST 2021 monthly World Tour first-Sunday-of-the-month secular AA speaker meeting, brough to you by International Conference of Secular AA. August 1, 2021 our Zoom plane touched down in Canberra Australia. It was “our normal time,” 2 PM Sunday—but that was local time AEST, which meant we were 9 PM Saturday Pacific time, Midnight (0…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week you'll hear short clips from Mike McAllister's story which was originally shared in Season 2 Episode 39. You'll hear Mike discuss feeling like his skin was too tight as a child. He'll shar…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re sharing clips from Jodie Sweetin who melted our hearts and made us laugh for eight years as cherub-faced, goody-two-shoes middle child Stephanie Tanner. In this episode short, we sh…
 
The Episode Short is back for our brief mid-summer break! In this bite sized episode format, you’ll hear audio clips from one of our favorite episodes. This week, we’re going all the way back to the beginning by featuring our very own Ashley Loeb Blassingame. You’ll hear three clips from Season 1 Episode 1 including why Ashley calls cocaine the dru…
 
Another “first” for EURO ICSAAA secular LGBTQIA+ Ireland Meeting. There are AA meetings for LGBTQIA+ members in Ireland. There are secular AA meetings for people in Ireland. At the European-wide International Conference of Secular Alcoholics Anonymous we host the first Irish LGBTQIA+ Secular AA meeting. In accordance with meeting and committee wish…
 
Jeffery Munn is a licensed marriage and family therapist from Santa Clarita CA where he has professionally and personally been involved in the field of addiction recovery for over ten years. Antonia and John of the Stonehenge Freethinker's AA Step Study meeting moderate a two hour Staying Sober Without God book author Q&A with questions provided by…
 
Alcoholics Anonymous and our Cooperation with the Professional Community. AA presentation on the role Secular AA as a special purpose group. A recent About AA: A Newsletter for Professionals sited the March 2020 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews “AA and other 12-step programs for alcohol use disorder” and findings that "increased AA participa…
 
Français Rencontre avec Chantal et Claire Bienvenue à la première Conférence Internationale Européenne des Alcooliques Anonymes laïcs pour athées et agnostiques, le 19 juin 2021. Pour plus d'informations sur l'I.C.S.A.A. visitez https://aasecular.org Welcome to the first European International Conference of secular Alcoholics Anonymous for atheists…
 
Producer Christiana Kimmich is back for this After the Episode. CK and Ashley Jo review clips from the stories of Don Cummins, Lyon Herron, Titus Gardner, and Alison Haase. E106 | Don Cummins Don Cummins is a bank robber turned bank software developer. At a young age, he witnessed the tragic suicide of a family friend. Throughout this ATE, CK and A…
 
Vince Hawkins ( a pen name) started a secular AA meeting in Valencia Spain. It didn't seem to go as planned. Vince took his concerns to secular AA/recovery social media for feedback. In this ICSAA workshop, Vince shares the first-hand experience and practical advice received from Facebook with this European International Conference of Secular AA Ju…
 
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