Sober Shoutouts

Featured Book/Audiobook of the Month: 

Dr.  Gabor Maté In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Gabor Maté is a physician with a background in family practice, with research focusing on the links between childhood development, trauma and their effects on physical and mental health, he has also worked at the Portland Hotel Society. This book is an ethnographic account containing valuable insights and observations from his work at the PHS, a facility providing progressive services to members of the community, most of whom are people severely struggling with drug addiction. This book is worth reading due to Maté’s own compassion in dealing with people struggling this hard and his deeper ideas behind addiction. Emphasizing pain as a main contributor to addiction, Maté suggests acts of compassion are how we should interact and treat addiction as opposed to practices derived from the War on Drugs.


Featured Ted Talk of the Month:

Johann Hari Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection”

This TED talk emphasizes the flaws in previous conceptions of addiction and the new methods of treating addiction, both in policy and in research. Hari, has travelled all over the world and has met with many researchers on addiction, he emphasizes the importance of social connection in the treatment of addiction by using various compelling examples such as a research study resulting in ‘rat park’ or a social policy in Portugal decriminalizing the possession of any and all drugs. The results of both examples support his claim making this talk argumentatively compelling while remaining personable and human.

Featured Podcast of the Month:

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard Experts on Expert: Johann Hari

In this Podcast Johann Hari is a guest on Dax Shepards armchair expert show. The podcast contains a reiteration of Hari’s ideas from his TED Talk, with a push back from Dax providing substantial clarification on the authors ideas. Additionally, shame and stigma regarding drug addiction and mental illness is talked about in more detail leading to a discussion on Hari’s own personal tools and practices with his own struggles with depression and anxiety.

Archives Found Below

October’s Book/Audiobook: Erling Kagge’s Silence, in the Age of Noise

October’s Ted Talk: Guy WInch’s How to Practice Emotional First Aid 

October’s Podcasts: Recovery Unscripted’s Why Recovery Support Services Matter with Tom Coderre

September’s Book/Audiobook: Yumi Sakugawa’s There is No Right Way to Meditate: And Other Lessons

September’s Ted Talk: Britt Wray’s How climate change affects your mental health

September’s Podcast: Science VS’s Alcohol: A Pour Decision?

August’s Book: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

August’s Ted Talk: Wendy Suzuki’s The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

August’s Podcast: Soberholic’s “Serenity, Acceptance, Wisdom- Which are you looking for?”

July’s Book: Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

July’s Ted Talk: Robert Thurman’s Expanding your circle of compassion

July’s Podcast: Former monk, Jay Shetty’s Podcast On Purpose; Ashley Graham: On Body Shaming and How to Stop Negative Self Talk

June’s Book: Erica Spiegelman’s Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery

June’s Ted Talk: Judson Brewer: A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit 

June’s Podcast: Former Monk, Jay Shetty’s On Purpose: Being Open About Mental Health With Charlamagne

May’s Book: Russell Brand’s Freedom From Our Addictions

May’s Ted Talk: Jan Rader’s In the Opioid Crisis, Here’s What it Takes to Save a Life

May’s Podcast: Happy Sober Podcast’s Should I cut back on drinking or quit drinking completely?

April’s Book: Annie Grace’s Control Alcohol

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March’s Book: Angelique Graves’ Good Night, Heartache 

March’s Podcast