In this episode of the radio show, the host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, follows the tradition to open with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. A layout of the topic on the power of labels over addiction follows. Trending topics in the local and national news are discussed in detail.

In The News:

  • Discussion of an article on addicts defying the “junkie” stereotype in The Herald News
  • Discussion of an article in the Psychology Today by Stanton Peele on Bi-Sexuality and Recovery
  • Discussion on an article about Addiction labels by Vicki Abelson in The Fix
  • Discussion on an article about Drew Barrymore’s occupation as a wine maker

The Interview:

The host Dunbar introduces the guest Shira Goldberg – a personal sober/recovery coach that focuses on evidence based, non 12 step alternatives to traditional addiction treatment. She is also the host of The Addiction Show, as well as a full time student at University of San Francisco, aspiring to become a psychotherapist. 

 Dunbar and Goldberg discuss the power of labels over addiction specifically, and in general.  Goldberg shares her personal experience with overcoming substance use, her strategies to empower people through her sober/recovery coach practice, and her take on sober living houses.

 The Listeners’ Questions:

Dunbar concludes the radio show by answering questions posted by listeners on the topics of motivation to stop drinking, as well as reconnecting and rebuilding a relationship damages through substance use.

  • “Philip” from Scotia, age 49: I had a drinking problem for most of my adult life. My wife supported me to get clean and did for awhile, but it kind of felt forced and I was angry all the time. Then I started drinking again and she left me and now I don’t know what to do. I don’t even feel like I want to stop drinking, there is nobody to do it for. I have a well paying job, but I don’t feel motivated to make any change at all. I just want my wife back but I know it can’t happen. How do I find a way to stop drinking, since my health is declining?
  • “Grace” from Troy, age 22: I grew up in a family where drugs were used on a daily basis. My father completely destroyed his relationship with my siblings and my mother ( who eventually left him)through his use of drugs.  Now, 10 years later, he is trying to reach out, telling us that he is sober and wants to rebuild the relationship. I am really not sure how I feel about that. At first I was completely against it because I don’t trust him at all, and because of all the hurt he caused, but then he is still my father. I don’t want to regret not trying one day. What do you think I should do? Can an addict change?