The Bubble Hour S8E28 Listener Q&A with Jean

S8E28 Listener Q&A with Jean

Topics discussed in response to questions from listeners include:

  • OCD/BFRB (body-focussed repetitive behaviours)
  • What happens if a former podcast guest relapses?
  • Former co-hosts
  • Staying creative
  • Shedding anonymity
  • A few poems about recovery from The Ember Ever There by Jean McCarthy

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The Bubble Hour S8E27 Maria’s Story

The Bubble Hour S8E27 Maria R

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“Being a grateful alcoholic means no living in the wreckage of my past,” says Maria R. as she looks back on six years of sobriety. Maria did not start drinking problematically until her 40s, but once addiction took hold of her life it dragged her to a bottom that would not be easily escaped.

Learn more about Maria on her blog, Sober Blessings

Maria mentioned one of her favourite books, Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas.

Host Jean McCarthy’s blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com. Learn about her latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

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The Bubble Hour S8E26 Erica C. Barnett

The Bubble Hour S8E26 Erica C. Barnett

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A must-listen episode for anyone struggling to understand chronic relapse.

Erica C. Barnett had her first sip of alcohol when she was thirteen, and she quickly developed a taste for drinking to oblivion with her friends. In her late twenties, her addiction became inescapable. Volatile relationships, blackouts, and unsuccessful stints in detox defined her life.

By the time she was in her late thirties, Erica Barnett had run the gauntlet of alcoholism. She had recovered and relapsed time and again, but after each new program or detox center would find herself far from rehabilitated. “Rock bottom,” Barnett writes, “is a lie.” It is always possible, she learned, to go lower than your lowest point. She found that the terms other alcoholics used to describe the trajectory of their addiction–“rock bottom” and “moment of clarity”–and the mottos touted by Alcoholics Anonymous, such as “let go and let God” and “you’re only as sick as your secrets”–didn’t correspond to her experience and could actually be detrimental.

With remarkably brave and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands on her personal story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts. At a time when opioid addiction is a national epidemic and one in twelve Americans suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, Quitter is essential reading for our age and an ultimately hopeful story of Barnett’s own hard-fought path to sobriety.

Host Jean McCarthy’s blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com. Learn about her latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

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The Bubble Hour S8 E25 Wanja’s Story

The Bubble Hour Season 8 Episode 25 Wanja’s Story

Wanja Joy believed in hard work and good behaviour. She had strict rules for her daughters, a career she loved, and thought she was doing everything right. But one day she felt a desire to escape rising within her, and she answered it by allowing her daughters a rare morning of cartoons and cereals as she added wine to her orange juice. It seemed to come out of nowhere, this desire for alcohol, but it helped. 

In time, Wanja learned that the need to escape was stemming from the pain of past events, long buried and disregarded.

Today, Wanja lives her life in connection with herself and her gifts. She has faced the trumas of her past and helps others do the same. Learn more abot Wanja Joy on her website https://www.actionsinrecovery.com/air

Host Jean McCarthy’s blog is at www.unpickledblog.com and her latest book releases are at www,jeanmccarthy.ca/books

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The Bubble Hour S8E24 Maestro George Marriner Maull

The Bubble Hour S8E24 Maestro George Marriner Maull

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George Marriner Maull is a conductor, violist, television host and music educator with over 50 years of experience as a professional classical musician. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and venues in Europe and has recorded for the Naxos label leading the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. 

Founder and Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, a nonprofit music education organization, Maull has devoted his career to making classical music accessible. He has helped millions of individuals around the world develop the active listening skills to deeply connect with music and become “virtuoso listeners.” 

Maestro Maull reflects on the ways in recovery has changed his life. With over 36 years of sobriety, Maull continues to maintain an active program of recovery and exlain why this is important to him.

Resources discussed in this episode:

The Discovery Orchestra www.discoveryorchestra.org

“Inside Music” on WWFM https://www.wwfm.org/programs/inside-music-george-marriner-maull#stream/0

“The Discovery Orchestra” on Amazon Prime Video https://discoveryorchestra.org/tv-shows/

Host Jean McCarthy’s blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com Learn about Jean’s latest book releases at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books

The Bubble Hour S8E23 Lucy Hall

The Bubble Hour S8E23 Lucy Hall

Her mother died of alcoholism when she was six and left behind seven children some of whom later lost their lives to substance abuse. The impression her mother left in her life inspired Lucy to reach out to women who suffer from addiction and women with children. She desired to help bridge the gap from troubled lives and help women become independent and self-sufficient. Today, her dream has become a reality with Mary Hall Freedom House (MHFH), named in memory of her mother. Through a community of sisterhood, Lucy coaches women to free themselves from the past and live every day for the future. Over 10,000 women and children have achieved recovery through Mary Hall Freedom House since founded in 1996; by empowering them to end the cycle of generational addiction, poverty and homelessness.

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The Bubble Hour E8E22 Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire

The Bubble Hour S8E22 Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire

The Sober Lush authors Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire share their personal stories of recovery and explain how their friendship unfolded into a writing partnership. The Sober Lush is not your average recovery memoir, but a collection of essays and reflections on how life’s beauty and decadence can be heightened by sobriety.

Affiliate links for resources discussed in this episode:

The Sober Lush by Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Here Kitty Kitty by Jardine Libaire
Endings Beginnings Movie, screenplay by Jardine Libaire

Visit host Jean McCarthy’s blog UnPickled here and learn about here latest book releases here.

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S8E21 The Bubble Hour: Margaret’s Celebration

S8E21 The Bubble Hour: Margaret’s Celebration

Margaret shares her story as part of her double celebration: 50 years old and 1000 days sober!

As a kid who felt awkward but just wanted to fit in and be liked, Margaret lost herself into the expectations of others, choosing a career she wasn’t passionate about and allowing her own wishes to fade into the background in an effort to stay agreeable. When she discovered wine, it seemed like a solution to her discomfort. As her pattern with alcohol became problematic, she had to overhaul her thinking completely.

Resources discussed in this episode:
A Woman’s Way Through the 12 Steps by Stephany Covington

Margaret’s favourite noise cancelling headphones for sleeping
Margaret’s favourite board game: Catan

Jean’s blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com. Learn about Jean’s latest book releases here

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The Bubble Hour S8 E20 Lynn Matti

The Bubble Hour E8E20 Lynn Matti

Lynn Matti is a therapist who has been sober since 2010 when she checked herself into Hazelden Betty Ford to free herself from alcohol and benzodiazepines for good. She hosts a weekly podcast called The Sober Therapist and is the author of 5 Weeks to Self Confidence. Learn more about Lynn at www.sobersoulrecovery.net and follow her on Instagram at Sober Soul Recovery.

Host Jean McCarthy’s blog UnPickled is here and her latest books are at www.jeanmccarthy.ca/books. Follow Jean on Instagram here

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The Bubble Hour S8E19 Kara’s Story

S8E19 Kara’s Story

Kara epitomized the image of a good girl. She was brought up in a deeply religious family, followed the rules, and helped to care for her younger siblings. She did not drink alcohol until her 21st birthday, and even then it was an innocent experience. After she was married and became a mother, she discovered that a bit of wine helped her get through hard days with little ones and things quickly unravelled.

Resources discussed in this episode:
Educated by Tara Westover
We are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen
But It’s Your Family by Sherrie Campbell

Jean’s blog UnPickled is at www.unpickledblog.com. Learn about Jean’s latest book releases here

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