Jun 8, 2022
Between us, there are two big struggles, religious trauma and
addiction. These conversations are not easy, but we’ve created an
environment where it’s possible to hold space for one another, and
today we want to share that with you. Today, Sarah shares her story
of addiction and recovery, sharing the intimate details of her
journey with the goal to bring hope to struggling listeners. She
recalls a low point in her journey when she sought out the stories
of successful alcoholics, to find an overwhelming bias towards the
stories of celebrities and men. A pivotal figure in her recovery
was a female mentor in Bali, and she shares the story of how this
person turned her towards the resource she needed to change her
life - the twelve steps she had vehemently been avoiding. Join us
today to hear a story of hope, connection, and success shared
Key Points From This Episode:
- Our two respective struggles: religious trauma and
- Why it can be more painful when people ignore your pain than
when they address it.
- The misconception that you are reminding people of their
- Emily’s story of addiction in early college.
- Why interventions absolutely don’t work for an addict.
- How her drinking escalated when she went through her
- The story of how she went to rehab and realized she needed
- Where addiction sits: outside of how you usually rationalize
- Why you have to let your loved ones struggling with addiction
reach their own rock bottom.
- How her childhood trauma and abuse led to addiction in
- The realization that resentment and anger were at the root of
- How underlying trauma and a disconnect from the world around
you leads to addiction.
- Why it is so essential to take it one day at a time when you
are in recovery.
- The importance of looking beyond yourself to imagine the addict
in your life’s experience.
- Owning your shit is an important step in recovery.
- How believing in a future version of herself helped Sarah to
- Stories of successful alcoholics and how Sarah found a mentor
in Bali who brought her back to AA.
- Emily’s gratitude that Sarah is still here.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Inner Archeology Email
Sarah Turner on
Emily Pennystone on