Archive for self-help

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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Robin Richardson


A “Three Cups of Coffee and the Truth Interview” with Robin Richardson, musician and psychotherapist.  (Running Time: 23 min. 42 sec.)

As an incest survivor, healing from an eating disorder, and a recovering alcoholic, these are her truths and yet Robin Richardson is so much more than these labels.

Robin is now singing her truth as an inspirational source for girls and women. She recorded her CD, “Wild Bird” in the spring of 2008 and uses the songs in her performances at schools and conferences across the United States and Canada.

The songs on Wild Bird chronicle Robin’s journey: from victim to thriver, from addiction to recovery, from self-hatred to self-honoring, and from hopelessness to embracing life. Each song represents a stage of growth, a new learning or a discovery along the path.

Robin also collaborated with Tom Wasinger and created Soul Comfort, an instrumental CD that was initially created as the musical backdrop for an eating meditation and designed to be a relaxing, nurturing aid to those struggling with compulsive eating. This hour-long continuous piece of music is recommended to all who seek universal connection and relief from stress and compulsivity.

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Benoit Denizet-Lewis


A Sober Cafe Podcast Interview with Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life. (Running Time: 27 min. 07 sec.)

America Anonymous is the unforgettable story of eight men and women from around the country — including a grandmother, a college student, a bodybuilder, and a housewife — struggling with addictions.

For nearly three years, acclaimed journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis immersed himself in their lives as they battled drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, and compulsive gambling and sexuality. Alternating with their stories is Denizet-Lewis's candid account of his own recovery from sexual addiction and his compelling examination of our culture of addiction, where we obsessively search for new and innovative ways to escape the reality of the present moment and make ourselves feel “better.”

Are Americans more addicted than people in other countries, or does it just seem that way? Can food or sex be as addictive as alcohol and drugs? And will we ever be able to treat addiction with a pill? These are just a few of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores during his remarkable journey inside the lives of men and women struggling to become, or stay, sober.

As the addicts in this book stumble, fall, and try again to make a different and better life, Denizet-Lewis records their struggles — and his own — with honesty and empathy.

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Andrew Jerome Pace "Out Of Darkness Into Light"


(Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.)

Andrew Jerome Pace is best known for his work as the drummer “Babe” Pace for C&C Music Factory, the 1990's sensation that gave us the hit song, “Gonna Make You Sweat / Everybody Dance Now,” which went multi-platinum and sold over 8 million copies.

Andy Pace, a Certified Addictions Counselor, set out to create a type of music that would allow addicts and alcoholics in recovery to experience a healthy message that is progressive and powerful, resulting in Out of Darkness Into Light.

This Urban / R&B CD is self-help with bittersweet lyrics in spoken word, that reminds us of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction and the joy of recovery.
Sponsored by:  Sunlight of the Spirit Music