Episode 35: Step 5

May 31, 2017

In Step 5, "we admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." Jackie and Jon explore what "exact nature" means as well as discuss the benefits of step 5 as presented in various big books.


Episode 34: Step 4- The Fearless Inventory

May 22, 2017

In this episode, Jon and Jackie discuss the 4th step and the "big inventory" and how to take it in chunks. The fourth step can be where everything changes.


Episode 33: Step 3

May 15, 2017

What does it mean to 'become willing to surrender...?' Jon and Jackie dive into step 3- looking at willingness and surrender through the lens of the 12 steps.




Episode 32: Step 2

May 8, 2017

Jackie and Jon continue their series examining the 12 steps through different fellowshps' literature. Step two describes all of the ways that "we came to believe" and the ins and outs of what exactly is the nature of what we came to believe.


Episode 31: Step 1

May 1, 2017

Jon and Jackie take a look at Step 1- across 8 different 12 step fellowships. Every fellowship has a little bit of a different approach and understanding to working the steps- most people will be benefited by learning about powerlessness and unmanageability from a few different angles.


Episode 30: New Hope Recovery with Jeff Zacharias

April 25, 2017

We were privileged to have Jeff Zacharias, the President of New Hope Recovery in Chicago as a guest. Jeff talked about the intersection of trauma, addiction, and mental health in the LGBTQQI community- YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EPISODE- Jeff's insights and work highlight the importance of having a safe, healthy, and connected recovery community.

You can learn more about Jeff and New Hope Recovery at http://www.new-hope-recovery.com/center  and http://www.jeffzacharias.com/website/



Episode 29: What’s Missing? The ability to argue

April 17, 2017

We're back to another installment of "What's Missing?" In this episode we look at the fine art of argument- the ability to state your own feelings, position, wants, and needs, while hearing that of another's without becoming defensive or shut off. This ability is critical in healthy differentiated relationships.


Episode 28: Closing the backdoors in recovery

April 10, 2017

There are many ways to get around working a rigorously honest recovery program and keeping recovery just on the edge. We explore the concept of forcing a helpful choice as it relates to healing from addiction.


Episode 27: Using the front door in recovery

April 3, 2017

Jackie and Jon explore the concept of "going through the front door" in recovery. This is a follow up to the series on being a functional adult where we further explore exactly what it looks like to be a functional adult in your day-to-day life.


Episode 26: Things Functional Adults Can Do: Part 5

March 27, 2017

Balance is ever-elusive for most of us. Functional adults have the ability to come from a centered place rather than the extremes. Jon and Jackie touch on some of the key moments in the growth of their therapy practice and learning to recognize what keeps them coming from the center.