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Stiicky Eddie #22: ”J” is for John‘s journey toward sobriety

Stiicky Eddie #22: ”J” is for John‘s journey toward sobriety

September 21, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 22 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea.

John is one of the co-hosts of the A is for Alcoholic podcast (https://www.aisforalcoholic.com/about-us) and is a filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist. For the better part of 20 years, John was a chronic drinker. The product of a broken home, his own father suffered various ailments stemming from childhood diseases, and eventually became an emotionally, mentally, and physically abusive alcoholic. This trauma infused not only John’s own curiosity about substances, but also his massively creative and artistic abilities.  However, as is the case with so many talented artists, sometimes the substances which we believe are providing the courage to create become the roadblock to actual success and freedom.

John has survived some very scary and intense moments and is not only articulate and witty, but truly knowledgeable and invested in helping others find their own path to recovery. I hope you enjoy this candid conversation as much as we did- it was such an honor and a pleasure to learn more about John, his work, and the addiction/recovery podcasting realm.

Please, reach out to me via email with questions, comments, and suggestions: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com

On Instagram: @the_stiicky_eddie_podcast or @chelsrunsaround

John and Jerry can be found on IG @Aisforalcoholic

The book John mentions by Mishka Shubaly: https://www.amazon.com/Swear-Ill-Make-Up-You/dp/1610395581

Until next week, I wish you all peace- be well!

Stiicky Eddie #21: Champion Strong Woman finds strength in sobriety

Stiicky Eddie #21: Champion Strong Woman finds strength in sobriety

September 14, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea. 

21 episodes means we have been coming together on this show for just about 5 months now, and I cannot reiterate enough how much I appreciate everyone who's listening! What a treat this week- Kathryn Bennett is a remarkable person. 

Kathryn was Utah's Strong Woman champion in 2020. She is world-record holding female strength athlete with an advanced health science degree, and was formerly a chemist at the USADA doping laboratory. Kathryn's advanced intellect afforded her the opportunity to graduate early and start college at age 16. This newfound freedom proved toxic for her, and she quickly became a full-blown alcoholic. 

Listen in as Kathryn recounts (in her beautiful articulation) some of her most vulnerable and sad moments. Her commitment to her sober journey is another huge accomplishment and I am so in awe of her strength, physically and mentally. She is very honest, however, that this TAKES WORK. No one is perfect, and there will be setbacks. Don't beat yourself up- just keep trying and moving forward. 

 

I hope you all enjoy this inspirational conversation. You can find Kathryn on Instagram @kaybeelifts 
Her primary social media platform is: Kathryn Bennett, CPSM | LinkedIn and you are definitely encouraged to reach out! 
You can investigate the I Am Sober App here: https://iamsober.com/ 

 

I am on IG @chelsrunsaround

@the_stiicky_eddie_podcast is there as well! :)

Email me at: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com 

 

Thank you again for your support. Until next week, I wish you all peace- be well! 

 

 

 

 

 

Stiicky Eddie #20: Mental health awareness with Tim McCarthy

Stiicky Eddie #20: Mental health awareness with Tim McCarthy

September 7, 2021

Hello everyone! I find it SO cool and fitting that this is week 20 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast and I am chatting with Tim McCarthy of 20Timinutes! 

***Disclaimer: this episode touches on severe depression and suicide. Please be aware of this if you are someone for whom these are sensitive topics.***

Tim McCarthy is a mental health awareness warrior, to say the least. He talks so candidly about his personal experience with assorted diagnoses and severe depression, which almost caused him to end his life. Thankfully, he was finally able to get the help and professional support he needed to improve his mental state- and subsequently become a full-fledged advocate for improving how loved ones and society at large treat and support those who suffer.  

Aside from his intense personal journey, Tim is extremely witty and intelligent- and his offbeat humor makes him not only a riveting guest, but a very relatable champion of mental health. 

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can check out the 20Timinutes website for some extremely valuable resources here: Resources – 20TIMinutes 

 

Thank you so much for your continued support of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! Mental health and addiction are two topics which are very close to my heart, as so often they go hand-in-hand. September is both Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month. In honor of this, I encourage you all to touch base with your friends and family- make sure everyone is doing okay and really listen for the answer. Sometimes a phone call or text, simply reaching out, can save someone's life. 

 

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Email the show, I would love to hear from you! Stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com

Find me on IG: @chelsrunsaround and @the_stiicky_eddie_podcast

 

Until next week, I wish you all peace-be well!

Stiicky Eddie #19: Anika from The Sober Highway talks “harm reduction”

Stiicky Eddie #19: Anika from The Sober Highway talks “harm reduction”

August 31, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 19 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast- I'm your host, Chelsea. 

Anika is the cohost of The Sober Highway Podcast, and this week she teaches me about "harm reduction"- a topic which is becoming a little more visible in mainstream media as of late, with the rising popularity of the term "California sober." We discuss the different levels at which an addict can find comfort and pivot toward a recovery journey that works well for them, at their pace. Success in recovery is different for everyone- there is truly no "one size fits all." I am very grateful for this conversation, and I hope that perhaps it helps spark a dialogue among those who are addicted and their loved ones. 

Anika mentions plenty of valuable resources, and I am thrilled to share them here:

https://harmreduction.org

https://www.hri.global/?no-splash=true

https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

 
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You can find me @chelsrunsaround
Email the show with any questions, comments, feedback: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com
 
Thank you ALL so much for supporting this show! Until next week, I wish you all peace- be well! 
Stiicky Eddie #18: JT almost dies getting sober

Stiicky Eddie #18: JT almost dies getting sober

August 24, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to week #18 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea.

This week, author J.T. Wahlberg joins me to discuss his memoir, I Forgot to Stay Sober: How I Almost Died Kicking My Addiction to Alcohol. After a close friend breaks through to J.T. and expresses concern over his health and longevity, he finally decides to get clean and dry- after one last great binge. The next several days are an ordeal that is not for the fait of heart- J.T. experiences a painful full-body illness and powerful hallucinations. The trauma becomes so intense that eventually, days into the experience, J.T. is lucky enough to make it to E.R. for (what would turn out to be) critical-yet-temporary relief.

I commend him, and anyone else, for committing to sobriety. For an addict, it will seem insurmountable. However, to those who love you, it is the best gift you could ever give. No one who suffers from this affliction will ever do so until they are truly ready, however- a point which J.T. and I will express and reiterate a few times. Please, please, if you can- be patient with your loved one who suffers. If it is you who are the addict- be kind to yourself. Don’t give up- recognize that this is a process.

That being said, if you are an alcoholic who has decided to stop- PLEASE seek medical advice and guidance prior to doing so. This WILL save your life. J.T. knows that he is very lucky,  and that his is a rare success story of detoxing without help.

If you need assistance here in the U.S., please try https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

In Canada (J.T.’s home country):

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/alcohol

https://www.camh.ca/en/your-care/access-camh

***Even if this is not a section of the country that is near you, they can direct you to more appropriate resources nearby.

I cannot thank you all enough for continuing to listen and support this show. It means the world to me and I treasure every story, contribution, and download.

Hurricane Henri was rolling through the area during the recording of some portions of this episode, so my apologies for any discrepancies in audio quality! 

If you are interested in being a guest, or just want to send me a message, you can do so via email at stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com, DM me on IG @the_stiicky_eddie_podcast or @chelsrunsaround. I love to hear from y’all, so please feel free!

Remember, use code Eddie21 at brainwashedcoffeeco.com for 20% off your coffee order- 50% of profits go toward addiction recovery!

Until next week, I wish you all peace…be well.

Stiicky Eddie #17: Ryan walks 500 miles for OD prevention- seriously!

Stiicky Eddie #17: Ryan walks 500 miles for OD prevention- seriously!

August 17, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 17 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast- I am your host, Chelsea.

This week, I am speaking with activist, poet, and community organizer extraordinaire, Ryan Thoresen Carson. Ryan is at the forefront of the ongoing NO OD NY campaign (https://www.noodnycampaign.org/our-vision). According to their website, “NO OD NY advocates for the creation of stigma-free Overdose Prevention Centers where people who use opioids can access life-saving medical care, connect to social workers and resources within their communities, and be treated with respect.” If this sounds strange or uncomfortable to you, I strongly encourage you to listen to this episode and learn more. This is incredibly important work and a giant step toward erasing the stigma surrounding addiction.

If you are interested in learning more about Ryan, please find him @ryantcarson
NO OD NY is also on IG @noodnycampaign

If you are interested in sharing your story on the podcast, or if you have questions, comments, feedback, anything- please feel free to share! Find me on Instagram @chelsrunsaround and follow the show @the_stiicky_eddie_podcast

You can email the show: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com

Thank you so much for listening and continuing to support! Until next week, I wish you all peace- be well!

Stiicky Eddie #16: Chelsea hitches a ride on The Sober Highway

Stiicky Eddie #16: Chelsea hitches a ride on The Sober Highway

August 10, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to season 2 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea, here to talk with you about all things related to addiction and recovery. 

This week, I am coming in strong! Dan is a social worker based on Long Island, N.Y. (affectionately known to locals as "Strong Island"), and he is one of the hosts of the incredible podcast, The Sober Highway. Typically Dan and Anika, his co-host, trade opinions on matters related to sobriety and rehabilitation, as they are both professionals in this field. Dan works in a busy Emergency Department (ED) in New York City, and with me, he shares his perspective on working with those suffering firsthand, day in and day out. He also shares his thoughts on how to "meet people where they are at", which I thought was invaluable advice. I felt so comfortable chatting with Dan, I actually got quite a bit emotional toward the end of this conversation. For the sake of transparency, I did not edit these parts. Instead, I left it all in, in hopes that maybe this could help someone else feel more comfortable expressing themselves. 

 

The work that The Sober Highway puts in is really valuable to anyone in search of this type of content. Please check them out on all social media platforms (including on IG @thesoberhighway_) and catch the show wherever you get your podcasts. Typically they livestream on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Eastern time, and post their episodes every Tuesday! 

 

I am on IG @chelsrunsaround and @the_stiicky_eddie_podcast

 

I would love to hear from you, especially if you are interested in being a guest! Email: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com

 

I have a new partnership with Brainwashed Coffee Co.! Visit their site, brainwashedcoffeeco.com and use code Eddie 21 for 20% off your coffee order (does not apply to merch). 50% of their profits go toward helping those in recovery from addiction! 

 

Thank you SO much for your continued support! Until next week...I wish you all peace- be well! 

 

Stiicky Eddie #15: Brie is choosing recovery over anger

Stiicky Eddie #15: Brie is choosing recovery over anger

August 3, 2021

WE DID IT!!! Welcome to the season 1 finale of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea, and I am so grateful that you have joined me in this space. 

 

This week, I talk to an amazing human named Brie. Brie (who identifies as nonbinary) is on the Autism spectrum, was adopted as a baby, and has struggled to cultivate a relationship with their biological family. Childhood traumas, including physical abuse in school, created long-term anger issues, as well as anxiety and serious depression. 

Although these are the factors which instigated their alcohol abuse, they are also the reasons for Brie's renewed sense of strength. They have finally realized their worth after a lifetime of uncertainty, and are ready to share their story.

 

To everyone who continues to listen and support, you are my heroes. I am SO grateful. Let's continue to erase the stigma surrounding addiction! If you are new here, WELCOME! I can't tell you how happy I am that you're here. 

 

Share your story on the show!!!! email stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com or DM on Instagram @chelsrunsaround 

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions as well, so keep in touch! Be sure to check past show notes for plenty of reading material and other helpful resources related to recovery and grief. 

 

Until next time, I wish you all peace! Be well! 

 

Stiicky Eddie #14: Suzanne returns to talk grief resources

Stiicky Eddie #14: Suzanne returns to talk grief resources

July 27, 2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 14 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! I am your host, Chelsea.

Suzanne was a huge hit last week, and I loved talking to her, so we decide to expand our conversation and talk about some grief resources that helped us both, as well things we need to hear from others while grieving (and thigs that are not so helpful). Loss is HARD, and filled with anxiety, uncertainty, and all around weird feelings and experiences. Sadly, loss and addiction too often go hand-in-hand, and it's our hope that some of things we discuss today are helpful to you all, in some way. 

 

Below are some things we have compiled (books, a TED talk, types of therapies) which you may want to investigate if you are new to grief, have been grieving for a long time, or know someone for whom you'd like to be supportive. And, if you have ANY questions or suggestions, please DM me (@chelsrunsaround), or email me any time (stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com)!

 

Nora McInerny's Ted talk on grieving "forward":

https://www.ted.com/talks/nora_mcinerny_we_don_t_move_on_from_grief_we_move_forward_with_it?language=en 

 

Her books, which are witty, heartbreaking, and honestly helpful (all on Amazon):

Hot Young Widows Club

It's Okay to Laugh: Crying is Cool Too

No Happy Endings

 

Her podcast, available everywhere, which I HIGHLY recommend, is Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

 

Grief is My Side Hustle is an invaluable podcast hosted by Meghan Riordan Jarvis (also available everywhere).

 

The Grief Coach, a podcast by Brooke James, talks about every element of grief you can think of. This one really saved me in those early days. 

 

Other books (also available on Amazon):

It's Okay That You're Not Okay- Megan Devine

Grief Observed- C.S. Lewis

After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?- Claire Bidwell Smith

The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along The Long Arc of Loss- Hope Edelman

Your Life After Their Death: A Medium's Guide to Healing After a Loss- Karen Noé

Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe- Laura Lynn Jackson

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional families: 

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families: Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization: 9780978979782: Amazon.com: Books

Therapies:

What is EMDR? - EMDR Institute - EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING THERAPY

What is Reiki? | Reiki

 

These barely scratch the surface, but I hope to keep bringing you more and more info. 

Thank you all for listening this week. Until next time, I wish you peace...be well! 

 

 

 

Stiicky Eddie #13: Suzanne’s sobriety helps her grieve forward

Stiicky Eddie #13: Suzanne’s sobriety helps her grieve forward

July 20, 2021

Hello and welcome to week 13 of The Stiicky Eddie Podcast! 

 

Suzanne and her late husband, Bobby, met later in life, fell madly in love, and committed to a (sober) life of fun together. In a devastating turn, Bobby passed away suddenly in September 2020...leaving Suzanne reeling and completely unsure of her next steps. This could have completely destroyed the 11 year journey of sobriety and healthier living Suzanne had been so dedicated to. 

 

Instead, Suzanne found renewed strength and determination to maintain her goals and try to learn how to "grieve forward". 

 

We discuss her (deeply) painful and traumatic formative years, which led to her initial alcoholism, as well as the journey which brought her to helping other sober and/or grieving individuals and spouses.

 

Suzanne is selfless, witty, and inspiring. Although we both agree, we would have preferred meeting in line at Target instead of as grievers, I am so grateful our paths crossed. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did. 

 

*Note: There was a tropical storm passing over the Northeast while I was recording, so my apologies if portions of me speaking are less clear than others. :)))

 

Helpful info this week:

 

Suzanne is on IG @grievedashgrow

Her blog (which is heart-wrenching and beautiful) is: Grief (grievedashgrow.blogspot.com) 

 

Nora McInerny's TED Talk about grieving forward: (203) We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny - YouTube

 

EMDR info: What is EMDR? - EMDR Institute - EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING THERAPY

 

The "Big Book" Suzanne refers to for Adult Children of Alcoholics: ACA Fellowship Text (Hardcover) – ACAWSO (adultchildren.org)

 

I learn about new resources with every conversation I have. I am so grateful to keep doing this show, and I hope for this very reason we become a valuable resource to all of you. THANK YOU for listening and supporting!

 

Until next week, I wish you all peace...be well. 

 

You can find me on IG @chelsrunsaround

PLEASE email the show: stiickyeddiepodcast@gmail.com 

I love hearing from you!!!

 

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