By Veronica Valli & Chip Somers
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Veronica Valli and Chip Somers are experts on recovery. Chip Somers was most recently described by Russell Brand in his book 'Recovery' as a 'right social liability.' Together they have been sober for almost 50 years and have a LOT of stories, messes, experience and occasionally helpful advice to share on living in sobriety. They bring all of that (and more) to the Soberful podcast. This podcast is for anyone who wants to live an alcohol-free life, is struggling to get sober or who is in long-term recovery.
||Explicit22: Alcohol Use and Sexual Assault||Recorded the day after the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh, we discuss the role of alcohol in sexual assault. We also discuss feminism and the role patriarchy has in preventing women from coming forward. To learn more, visit the show notes.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: The Normalization of Abnormal Drinking||We discuss how the alcohol industry has tricked us into believing alcohol is harmless and beneficial to us. And how they have convinced us that without alcohol we are missing out on something. We challenge the myths and assumptions that have lead to...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20: Grief||When we lose something that matters we grieve. We discuss the grief process as it applies to giving up alcohol and drugs as well as losing someone you love. To learn more, visit the show notes.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19: Boundaries||**Trigger warning** How do you learn boundaries when they were violated as a child? We discuss why healthy boundaries are crucial to recovery and how you can begin to learn how to develop them. To learn more, visit the show notes.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: Veronica's Story Part 2 - Healing||The biggest challenge Veronica faced was dealing with romantic relationships. At 3 years sober she was suicidal again. With nothing left to lose she had to find a way to deal with old demons and stay sober. To learn more, visit the show notes.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17: Veronica's Story - Part 1||In this episode, we cover Veronica's story. How she became an alcoholic, what happened, and what led her into sobriety. To learn more, visit the show notes.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16: Denial||Denial is how we lie to ourselves. It is a psychological defense mechanism that prevents the alcoholic from seeing the truth of what they are doing to themselves. In this episode, we break down the different ways denial manifests itself and offer...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: How Do I Help Someone Realize They Have a Problem?||How do you help someone who drinks? We consider how dealing with kids and teenagers needs a different approach than adults. We discuss how to have boundaries and what to say. How to deal with someone who keeps relapsing. To learn more, visit...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Chip's Simple Steps||In this episode, Chip deconstructs the 12-steps into simple, applicable everyday language. If you have read Russell Brand's book 'Recovery' and were looking for further insight into how the 12-steps work then this episode is for you. To learn...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: Recovery Language||Recovery has its own language but what does all of it mean? We deconstruct different recovery terms like 'alcoholic,' 'problem drinker,' 'alcohol use disorder.' We also look at what it the difference is between being 'recovered' and 'recovering.' We...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Recovery Groups||If you want to stop drinking should you join a recovery group? What kinds of groups are there? Chip and Veronica discuss the pros and cons of recovery support groups. Do you have to believe in God? What if I'm an atheist? What alternatives are there...||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: We Answer Your Questions - Part 2||*Trigger warning* Discussion of child sexual abuse. In this episode, we answer questions from 'Sarah' in Australia who asks how she can forgive her alcoholic mother. We also answer 'Jasmine's' question on how to overcome the suicide of the family...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: How to Have Fun in Recovery||One of the biggest fears about quitting alcohol is that we will no longer have fun. In this episode we discuss how having fun in recovery is entirely different from having fun drunk. Sober fun is unplanned it happens naturally and usually has no price..||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: We Answer Your Questions||Chip and Veronica answer questions from listeners on the subjects of going to 12-step recovery meetings, living with someone who drinks and still having cravings at 2-years sober. To learn more, visit the show notes.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit08: Healing||*Trigger warning* Discussion of overcoming childhood sexual abuse. How do you heal from abuse and trauma? Can you overcome childhood abuse and go on to have a happy life and fulfilling relationships? Chip explains exactly how he did that. To...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit07: Chip's Story||*Trigger warning* Discussion of childhood sexual abuse. In this episode, Chip tells his incredible story of recovery. He grew up in an upper-class British family with no love or warmth, was abandoned to a boarding school at age seven where he was...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit06: Loneliness||More than anything else loneliness is one of the biggest challenges for people who want to stop drinking. Both hosts describe their loneliest moments and how they overcame them. To learn more, visit the show notes.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit05: Trauma and Addiction||*Trigger warning* We will be discussing the relationship between trauma and addiction. The reality of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how Connection is the answer to all trauma. To learn more, visit the show notes.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit04: The First Year of Recovery||There are so many 'firsts' in the first year of recovery. your first sober Christmas, birthday, summer etc. How do you get through them? What are the highs and lows to prepare for? To learn more, visit the show notes.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit03: How to Manage Change in Recovery||Dealing with momentous change and keeping your sobriety can be a real challenge. In this episode, Chip and Veronica discuss how to keep your resolve, stay calm, and remember why you became sober in the first place. To learn more, visit the ...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit02: Relationships and Recovery||Relationships in recovery can be challenging! Chip and Veronica discuss their own dating disasters, how vulnerable we are in early recovery, and how we all just want to be loved...but go about the wrong way of getting it. To learn more, visit...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit01: Spirituality for Atheists||Chip is a life-long committed atheist. Veronica is 'spiritual but not religious.' In this episode, they discuss whether or not you need 'god' to get and stay sober and what spirituality actually means. To learn more, visit the show notes.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00: Introducing the Soberful Podcast||Veronica Valli and Chip Somers introduce their new podcast. Together they have over 50 years of sobriety (Chip has 33 years and Veronica has 18). They bring this experience to the Soberful podcast as well as discussing their own struggles and...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Such a helpful tool
Veronica and Chip have come together to create a tool that will help anyone who is reexamining their relationship to alcohol. Whether you are planning to take a break, quit for good, or are just thinking about the hows and whys of your drinking behavior, this podcast will have a positive impact.
Helpful, informative, compassionate
This is a great podcast for people in recovery from any addiction! I just listened to a couple today while working out, and really enjoyed it. Veronica and Chip both have their own experiences in recovery, and are also trained therapists, so they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the show. They don’t preach any one path to recovery, either, which is so refreshing,
My new favorite podcast!
No matter the topic related to recovery, I really enjoy listening to Veronica and Chip pull it apart and give helpful information and their perspectives. I’ve gained so much from listening to this podcast. Whether you’re thinking of quitting drinking, newly sober, or sober for years there is something for you. It’s my new favorite and a must listen every week.