Ep. #42 Sober Powered: The Science of Addiction and Recovery w/ Gill Tietz

Gill Tietz a sober scientist who specializes in addiction science and psychology, and is the host of the Sober Powered Podcast. In this episode, Gill and I discuss her journey of sobriety, the science of alcoholism and addiction, and how Gill now spends time studying addiction in order to help other people who are going through the same thing. For Gill, “Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion. We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety.  It could be something small even, but we all have our limit.  When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew.  Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power. I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.” Gill Provides people with education, inspiration, and hope in their recovery journey.

Gill Tietz

I’m Gill, and I’m the host and creator of the Sober Powered Podcast. I got sober in 2019 because alcohol caused the complete destruction of my mental health. Now, I teach what I’ve learned about why it’s so hard to stop drinking, why alcohol makes us so miserable, and how to embrace sobriety.

I spent 5 years dedicated to learning how to moderate my drinking. I researched moderation tirelessly and tried every strategy I could think of. No matter how bad things got for me, I always believed I could learn to moderate if I just had enough practice. Things continued to escalate until my drinking scared me enough to stop. I want to help you accept sobriety sooner than I did, so you don’t have to spend any more time being stuck in the drink, hate yourself, drink cycle.

Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion

We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety. It could be something small even, but we all have our limit. When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew. Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power.

I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.

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E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation Sober Powered

Gill welcomes Dr. Anna Lembke to the podcast. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world. In this episode, you'll learn:How whatever perceived positives alcohol is bringing to your life (like less anxiety) with repeated use, alcohol causes or worsens the very thing you are trying to improveWhy alcohol isn't actually your best friend or the only thing that is helping you Why a 7-14 day break isn't long enough to see the truth about your drinkingHow taking 30 days off can significantly improve your mental health for the majority of peopleWhy doctors are hesitant to ask about alcohol and drug useWays to evaluate the amount of alcohol you're consumingHow long does it take to restore balance in the brain How to set expectations in sobriety Sobriety obsession: can we get addicted to sobriety?In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Get your copy of Dopamine Nation hereWhat to listen to next:E62: Dopamine and AddictionAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit http://www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
  1. E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation
  2. E75: How Sleep Improves from Actively Drinking to Long Term Sobriety
  3. E74: Resilience Impacts How Much You Drink
  4. E73: The Obsession May Eventually Even Out (I’m 2 Years Sober)
  5. E72: Trauma Makes it Even More Difficult to Handle Our Emotions
  6. E71: Trauma May Make Drugs and Alcohol Feel More Pleasurable
  7. E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences
  8. E69: Alcohol Shrinks the Brain… But What Does That Mean?
  9. E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions
  10. E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings