Videos

Livestream: Recovery Jeopardy

Join us live Saturday, Nov 12th at 12:00 PM Eastern Time for a game of Recovery Jeopardy. Learn, have fun, win a prize! Subjects to include: Education, 12 Step, Consequences, Treatment, Recovery...

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Beyond Belief Sobriety Livestream: Freedom

This week’s livestream is all about Freedom, inspired by the November 5th reading from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. “Freedom means having my choices back, about...

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Addicted in Film

Film is a medium uniquely able to capture emotional nuance, and that’s especially true when it comes to narratives about addiction. This episode of Beyond Belief Sobriety features an accomplished...

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The Recovery Cycle

Maybe you’re familiar with the Cycle of Addiction, a repeating set of stages (and downward spiral) that many of us have experienced to one degree or another. Host John Sheldon’s guest on this episode...

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Magnify Maggie

Although of different generations, Host John Sheldon and his guest on this episode of Beyond Belief Sobriety find commonality both in the loss of a loved one to suicide and their perspectives on...

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Amy Willis: Sobriety & Mindset Coach

 When it comes to alcohol, it’s easy to fall into myopia and focus on our own particular circumstances, but this episode reminds us that actually we’re all part of a much larger context – one that...

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About LifeRing with Casey Cannizzaro

 When it comes to promoting recovery, there is liberation in knowing that it can come in all kinds of packages. On this episode of Beyond Belief Sobriety we are learning about LifeRing, a secular...

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Mind, Body & Recovery With Ryan Mack

You know that expression, “The only way out is through?” It’s a truism that has never been truer than in the case of Ryan Mack, who fought his way back from serious addiction, mental anguish and a...

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Matt Gardiner’s Recovery Roadmap

Everyone’s recovery story is unique, but in the case of my guest for this episode, there are some unmistakable parallels that resonate with us both. Matt Gardiner is a certified recovery coach, sound...

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Martin Lockett | Prison to Purpose Pipeline

Highjacked by trauma and a profound desire for validation, Martin Lockett attached himself early on to gangs, drugs and violence – all in the name of fitting in. It was a path that took him into a...

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My Story for the 34th Time

July 20, 2022 marks thirty-four years since my last drink, so in the spirit of sobriety anniversaries, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my recovery story. It’s a story I’ve told many times...

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Higher and Friendly Powers

Is it possible that the “higher power” concept that animates Bill W.’s framework for Alcoholics Anonymous is based on an overly narrow reading of William James, a preeminent psychologist and...

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HIGH: Confessions of a Cannabis Addict

Things could have played out very differently for Leonard Lee Buschel. A powerful combo of early-childhood trauma, a “professional” opportunity, and luck combined to foster a 27-year drug dealing...

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Etel Leit | UnAddicted To You

Can you become addicted to a person and if so, how can you become unaddicted? With her book, UnAddicted to You: Loving Yourself Through the Darkness, Etel Leit answers these questions through the...

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Improving Addiction Treatment & Accessibility

In this episode, I speak with Sam Arsenault Wilson, the Chief Quality Officer, and Co-founder of Confidant Health, an app-based hub of resources and clinical providers that help people with mental...

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Roger C. and the Story of AA Agnostica

This video is taken from a live stream we recorded on April 9, 2022 and highlights a website that has been a welcome refuge for alcoholics seeking to decouple religious faith and sobriety. Roger C...

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Dr. Daniel Hochman | Self Recovery

Our guest for this episode has built a unique online addiction treatment program that features many modalities because – as we know – recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Dr. Daniel...

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Gable Rosales

This was recorded about two years ago when I was working on a podcast called “My Secular Sobriety.” The interview starts a little late because I didn’t press record when we first...

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Staying Sober Through Difficult Times

This video was from a live stream recorded on Saturday, March 26th. Every Saturday, we live stream on our YouTube Channel at 11:00 am Central Time, 12:00 pm Eastern. Every day we are flooded with...

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The Sinclair Method With Katie Lain

This was recorded two years ago when I was working on a podcast I called “My Secular Sobriety” I discontinued that podcast because the subject matter is identical to what I cover on this...

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Beyond Belief Sobriety Announcements

As a person in recovery, I learned that community and connection are vital to my well-being, and as a podcaster, I know that I’m connecting with thousands of people from all over the world...

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Secular Sponsorship in AA

  In this episode, I speak with Anne Porter about secular sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous. Anne has been listening to our podcast for years but was compelled to write after hearing my...

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Another in the Fire

This episode features a conversation with Aaron Reed, author of “Another In The Fire”, a book that chronicles Aaron’s addiction to methamphetamine, his experiences as an...

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Motivational Interviewing

In this episode, we discuss how Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy fit in with the SMART Four Point Program. Timestamps 00:00 Motivational Interviewing 02:04 Three models...

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A SMART Look at Self-Acceptance

Here’s a true story from my distant past. I was selling life insurance for a living. Well, I was supposed to be selling life insurance, but I was really bad at it. So, my Sales Manager, being...

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Atheism and Sobriety

In this episode, I have a conversation with John Huey about atheism and sobriety. This is the first in a series of essays that John will be writing about atheism and sobriety, and in this essay, he...

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A New Year At Beyond Belief Sobriety

Happy New Year. I like New Year’s Day because I can’t help but reflect on the year that has passed and think about all the ups and downs, the people I’ve met, and what I learned along the way. I do...

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SMART Talk with Joe Gerstein

Welcome to SMART Talk! In this episode Arthur Shenker and I spoke with Joe Gerstein, founding President and a current Board Member for SMART Recovery. Joe has facilitated SMART Recovery meetings...

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After Gambling with Jamie Salsburg

Jamie Salsburg is the host of “The After Gambling Podcast.” He is a former problem gambler who hasn’t gambled since July 15th, 2010, and he created the website and podcast “After...

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SMART Talk with Arthur Shenker

Arthur Shenker is a certified meeting facilitator for SMART Recovery and works as SMART’s National Outreach Liason to introduce SMART Recovery to treatment facilities. Arthur previously...

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Barb’s Secular Sobriety

Barb was adopted into a conservative, Catholic family where she had a happy home life with parents who cared and provided for her. There wasn’t anything in her childhood that was especially...

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How William James Inspired the 12-Step Movement

If you’re interested in AA history, this podcast is for you. Most likely you are aware that Bill Wilson was influenced by William James’ book, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human...

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The Untapped Keg Podcast

This episode features a conversation with RJ Zimmerman and Montee Ball from the Untapped Keg podcast. RJ and Montee share their personal stories and talk about how and why they started their podcast...

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Is Moderation Ever an Option?

In this episode, I had an interesting conversation with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli about the idea that some people who are in the early stages of losing control over their drinking may benefit from...

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The Proactive Twelve Steps Sixth Edition

Serge Prengel is a therapist and life coach, and co-founder of the Integrative Focusing Therapy Online Training Program. He is also the author of The Proactive Twelve Steps: A mindful Program For...

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The Road to Sobriety: A Personal Experience

Timothy Clancy is an independent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Counselor who specializes in self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse and eating disorders. He is a certified SMART Recovery...

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The Fallacy of Secular Spirituality

In this episode, John Huey and I have a conversation about spirituality, secularism, and recovery. Is there a place for spirituality in a secular recovery program?

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Paul Churchill From The Recovery Elevator

In this episode, we meet Paul Churchill, author, podcaster, and a person in long-term recovery. When Paul’s life went into meltdown in the summer of 2014, he came to a realization that he...

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Why Do Atheists Bother with AA?

In this episode, John Huey returns to ask why atheists and agnostics bother with AA. Is it a waste of time for them to try and find a place in an organization with deep religious roots? Questions for...

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Sacred Masculinity with Sam Morris

Sam Morris learned that instead of waiting for someone else to save him, he was responsible for saving himself. Overcoming severe anxiety, depression, and struggles with drugs and alcohol, led him to...

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A Brief History of Secular AA

This is a talk I gave about the history of secular AA meetings at the Secular Overeaters Community Gathering on June 13, 2021. I spoke for about twenty minutes and then took questions from the...

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Happy Hypnosis and the Twelve Steps

Don Ross is a certified hypnotherapist and a person in long-term recovery who has incorporated hypnosis in his recovery and helps others do the same. In this episode, we learn how Don incorporates...

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Story and Connection with Kayla Connor

Kayla was introduced to AA while in treatment, and though she had a problem relating to the religious language of the program, she could appreciate the importance of community and the connection that...

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ARISE Interventions with Jack Bloomfield

Jack Bloomfield is a person in long-term recovery with over 45 years of sobriety. In this episode, Jack shares his story and talks about how he became involved with interventions and how an ARISE...

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Samer from The Sober Pod

Meet Samer from “The Sober Pod” podcast. This was recorded live on YouTube on June 11, 2021. Samer talks about how the podcast came about and its impact on his recovery. He also responds...

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Recovery Coaching with David Greer

Meet David Greer, a successful business coach who also happens to be a person in long-term recovery. Seeing a connection between the two, and a need to meet, he added recovery coaching to his...

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Katie’s Godless Awakening

Katie drank abnormally from the start, and early in life, developed a pattern of working hard and playing hard. In high school, she got involved in a relationship that became an obsessive attachment...

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Kylie Butler: A Meaningful Life By Design

Kylie Butler is a podcaster, a writer, a career coach, a recovery coach, and a person in long-term recovery. Through her podcast and coaching business, “A Meaningful Life By Design”, she...

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Nate Kelly from The Sobriety Diaries

Meet Nate Kelly, host of a new video podcast called “The Sobriety Diaries.” Nate shares his story of recovery, how he got involved with podcasting about addiction recovery, and his hopes for the new...

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SMART Recovery with Steve Bergier

In this episode, my friend Ben and I speak with Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery facilitator. Steve walks us through the Four Points of SMART Recovery: building and maintaining motivation...

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The Online Soberish Book Club

In this episode, we meet Susie Darin from the Online Soberish Book Club, a monthly, international, free, alcohol-free, sobriety-focused book club, open to anyone on the spectrum of questioning their...

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Books, Podcasts, and Sobriety with Matt M.

Matt didn’t ease into alcoholism. He got drunk the first time that he drank when he was in the seventh grade. By the time he was in high school, he was taking all the drugs and alcohol he could find...

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Modern 12 Step Recovery, by Glenn Rader

Modern 12 Step Recovery: Alcoholics Anonymous for the 21st Century, published in January 2021, provides a contemporary introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. In this episode, I...

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Randy Haveson | The Ego Cleanse

Randy Haveson is a person in long-term recovery, a life coach, an author, and a full-time keynote speaker with a passion for helping people build their self-esteem. In this episode, we learn about...

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Misery is Optional

John Huey makes his eighth appearance on the podcast, and in this conversation, he is expressing his concern about agnostics and atheists who make themselves miserable by comporting to someone...

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Seth Perry

Meet Seth Perry. Clean since April 12, 2010, Seth grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and today he is a clergy person living in Kingston, Ontario. Seth’s problem with addiction started in...

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Ben’s Friends

This episode features a conversation with Mickey Bakst from an organization called Ben’s Friends, which provides a forum for people in recovery who work in the food and beverage industry. Micky...

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Luke Worsfold: Inside Addiction

Luke Worsfold is an entrepreneur who fell into addiction as he began to equate his self-worth with his net worth. Quickly, his life spun out of control and he lost everything. In this episode, Luke...

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Measuring Recovery Capital

 In this episode, we meet David Whitesock, who shares his story of addiction and recovery, and how his journey led him to develop the Recovery Capital Index, a useful tool for measuring recovery...

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