Archive for recovery

Rachel Resnick


A Sober Cafe Podcast Interview with Rachel Resnick, author of Love Junkie. (Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.)

Rachel Resnick is the author of Love Junkie, a new and  critically acclaimed memoir.  She also wrote the Los Angeles Times bestseller, Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick, a novel.

Her essays, articles and fiction have  appeared in nearly a dozen anthologies, most recently What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories, and many magazines (including Marie Claire and Women’s Health), newspapers and literary journals.

Resnick has taught in major writing programs, among them UCLA Extension Writers Program, USC Professional Writing Program, Cal Arts, and Stanford, and she runs her own Writers On Fire writing workshops in Hawaii, France and Los Angeles.

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Patrick Haggerson


A “Three Cups of Coffee and the Truth Interview” with Patrick Haggerson, musician and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  (Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.)

Patrick uses music in his work in the field of recovery for meditation, exploring feelings, inspiration and joy. He has been playing music and using it as an expression of recovery for over twenty-one years.  He has two CDs available on Sunlight of the Spirit Music's website.

Desert Spirit – Peaceful Sounds For Meditation uses a unique blend of acoustic guitar, Native American flute, and Inca pan flute to express peaceful, relaxing melodies, which flow like a soft desert breeze.  The songs on (Recovery Spirit)2 are offered as musical expressions which explore and celebrate the changes experienced in the working of each of the 12 steps.

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Tommy Holmes


A “Three Cups of Coffee and the Truth Interview” with Tommy Holmes during the 12 Step Music Fest in the Florida Keys.  (Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.)

Tommy is a natural talent that shines from the L.A. backdrop. Known for strong melodies and thoughtful lyrics, Tommy works hard to tell the truth in his songs on his self-titled CD.

Recently, he was asked to write and record songs for the film 39 Pounds of Love. Tommy has also had several songs featured on national TV shows such as ABC’s The Nine, The WB’s Dawson’s Creek and UPN’s Jake 2.0.

In this episode of the Sober Cafe Podcast, Tommy shares about his musical background and some insights about his spiritual journey in recovery.

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Lauren Adams


A “Three Cups of Coffee and the Truth Interview” with Lauren Adams during the 12 Step Music Fest in the Florida Keys.  (Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.)

Adams’ music is a fusion of rock, folk, country, and blues – aka Americana. With stellar musicianship on her third CD, Secret Heart and production by guitar veteran Nicholas Newell Kirgo (David Lynch, Vonda Shepard), “Secret Heart,” is a virtual who’s who of the L.A. music scene.

As host of the long running Americana Music Circle (Kulak’s Woodshed, Hollywood), she has shared the stage with some of the greatest talent from every corner of the globe.

More importantly, Lauren has been actively involved with local charitable events, including Hep C Aware (Hepatitis C awareness group), the House of Hope (shelter for women & families), Children of the Night (rescues runaway teens in Hollywood), along with benefit shows for musicians in need of health care.

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford


A Sober Cafe Podcast Interview with Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of Moments of Clarity: Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery.  (Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.)

On February 17, 1986, after years of addiction and self-destruction, Lawford reached a turning point in his life, one that would mark the beginning of his long road to recovery.

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, he chronicled his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for more than twenty years.

The overwhelming response he received to his book impressed upon Lawford the number of people struggling to find their own way back from addiction and the need to share their stories. There was no easy way out for any of them. They all had to go through a moment of humility, vulnerability, and transformation and choose to take that first step of the journey. And each had their own intensely personal moment that signaled a before and an after.

The histories gathered here are the recollections of lives snatched back from the brink of a precipice so wide and deep it threatened to engulf them. As they bravely share their stories, they shed light not only on their own experiences but also on the journey we all take as human beings, looking to make sense of our world.

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