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Recovery Rocks: Ep.19
Jan
30
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.19

Self-Care in Sobriety

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Taking care of ourselves and taking time out to do it is critical to our recovery. Tawny and Lisa talk about what works for them and how they learned to make self-care part of their lives. From making your bed and opening your mail to watching TV on your couch and taking naps, it all matters. Sex and the CIty, anyone?

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.17
Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.17

Coping with Co-Existing Mental Health Issues while in Recovery

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It's common to self-medicate mental health issues with substance abuse. Lisa and Tawny did this for years before embracing sobriety. This week they share what their depression and anxiety look like, now, and how they deal with these issues in healthy, productive ways.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.16
Jan
9
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.16

Control Issues: We've Got Them

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When Tawny and Lisa got sober, these crazy things called "feelings" showed up and they couldn't drink them away. Some of those feelings included regret and shame about the past. Not to mention dealing with grief and "emotional hangovers" while sober. In this episode, they talk about how they deal with these feelings today.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.15
Jan
2
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.15

Control Issues: We've Got Them

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Tawny and Lisa both struggled with what they could and could not control, including their drinking and drug use. In sobriety, they still face this challenge, but have developed tools, from yoga to practicing acceptance, so they can handle what they can't control without picking up a drink or drug.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.13
Dec
19
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.13

Sobriety vs Recovery: What’s the Difference?

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When we put down drugs and alcohol, we learned about the meanings of sobriety (abstaining from certain substances and behaviors) and recovery (working on ourselves to understand why we had the desire to pick up in the first place). But, as with everything on this journey, they mean different things to different people and they can be done in all kinds of ways.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.12
Dec
12
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.12

Entertain Us! Our Favorite Recovery Books, Movies, and More

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Lisa and Tawny dish on their favorite recovery-related movies, TV shows, books, and blogs. From Mom to Love to Shame to Party Girl to Some Kind of Monster to My Fair Junkie to Slash and Anthony Kiedis's autobiographies, we could go on and on. These works give insight into recovery from all kinds of substances and behaviors from all kinds of perspectives.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.8
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.8

Allies in Recovery: Asking for Help and Supporting Others

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Lisa and Tawny discuss the important role that allies play in the recovery community. They also discuss the parallels between sobriety and being in the LGBTQ+ community. The perpetual coming out, the stigma that keeps us from embracing our true selves, and how allies can help us feel safe.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.6
Oct
31
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.6

Our Relationships to Alcohol and Why We Dumped It

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Not everyone's relationship to alcohol is the same. Tawny was a career bartender and social butterfly who rarely drank alone. Lisa was a so-called "high functioning" alcohol abuser who frequently drank alone to numb out. They discuss the similarities and differences of how they finally decided to quit drinking.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.4
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.4

Love/Hate relationship with Social Media

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Social media. It's the ultimate double-edged sword. It can inspire us and give us community. It can also be toxic and make us feel less than those we see with seemingly "perfect" lives. This week, Tawny and Lisa discuss their love/hate relationship with social media and how they try to navigate its rocky waters.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.2
Oct
3
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.2

Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

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While the "get outside your comfort zone" rhetoric can be helpful at times, Lisa and Tawny discuss the beauty of comfort zones and the important role they play for someone in recovery. They also explore the necessity of self-forgiveness, learning to give yourself grace, and setting boundaries to preserve said comfort zones.

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Recovery Rocks: Ep.1
Sep
25
12:00 PM12:00

Recovery Rocks: Ep.1

Welcome to Recovery Rocks!

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Lisa and Tawny welcome you to the debut episode of Recovery Rocks podcast! Lisa talks about being a lawyer/author in recovery while living in Manhattan. Tawny talks about being a sober blogger/event coordinator in recovery in Manhattan. They also share their opposing opinions on the extremely important topic of The Grateful Dead with John Mayer vs. Jerry Garcia.

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Light Hustler
Nov
28
11:00 AM11:00

Light Hustler

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"Coming Out About Your Addiction with Lawyer Lisa Smith"
Light Hustler with Anna David

It’s one thing to be open about your addiction when you’re a writer in LA—aka a person most people assume WOULD be an addict.

It’s quite another when you’re a high-powered attorney.

But Lisa F. Smith is a trail blazer. The author of the hit book Girl Walks Out of a Bar is also probably my favorite person I’ve never met. (Side note: I’ve slept in her bed despite not having met her; it’s not as sexy as it sounds but that’s something we get into in the interview.)

What’s fascinating about Lisa’s story is that she was so high functioning that the day she got sober was just like any other day where she was headed to work—although instead of going to work, she went to detox.

In this episode, we discuss her fear around coming out, the way addiction can start with food and how she feels when men in AA are called sexual harassers, among many other topics.

(BTW, Lisa is featured in my Guide to Becoming a Light Hustler, where I profiled the people I know who have taken their darkest experiences to share their light and in some cases built careers off of it. If you want to be one of them, be sure to get the free guide here: www.annadavidcoaching.com.)

 

 

 

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Don't Freak Out with Allison Micco
Jul
10
4:00 PM16:00

Don't Freak Out with Allison Micco

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“Girl Walks Out of a Bar with Lisa Smith“
Don't Freak Out
 with Allison Micco

Here’s my favorite gems from this week’s episode [Allison Micco] :

  • Lisa’s journey from addiction to recovery

  • How to stay sober despite work hard/play hard culture

  • How writing helped her heal from addiction

  • There’s more sober people than you realize (you’re not alone!)

  • How sobriety helps you to show up as the best and most empowered version of yourself

  • How to shift your focus to enjoying events rather than looking forward to drinking

  • Your real friends will support and nurture your recovery

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Addiction in the Legal Profession
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Addiction in the Legal Profession

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"Addiction in the Legal Profession"
Cityscape with George Bodarky

A recent study found that lawyers struggle with substance abuse, particularly drinking, and with depression and anxiety more commonly than some other professionals. Our guest on this week’s Cityscape knows all too well about problem drinking in the legal profession. Lisa F. Smith was addicted to alcohol and drugs while working at prominent New York City law firms.  Lisa has been sober for just over 12 years, and shares her story of addiction and recovery in her new memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar.

Aired on WFUV, 90.7 FM in New York City

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Home Podcast
Jun
7
12:30 PM12:30

Home Podcast

"Coming Out About Your Addiction with Lawyer Lisa Smith"
Home Podcast with with Laura McKowen and Holly Whitaker

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“Lisa Smith is a writer and a lawyer based in NYC. Girl Walks Out of a Bar (released today!) is her story of addiction and recovery. Prior to beginning her more than 15-year legal marketing career, Lisa practiced corporate finance law at a leading international law firm.

We talk to Lisa about what it's like leading a double life as a successful, career-driven woman who was secretly relying on coke and alcohol for years to get her through, her friendships, meeting her husband and how she approached the, "Hey, I don't drink" conversation, and navigating the legal profession sober.”

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Reading with Robin
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Reading with Robin

“Girl Walks Out of a Bar with Lisa Smith”
Reading With Robin with Robin Kall

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“This is one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long time. Anyone who has ever struggled with any type of addiction or has someone close to them who has, will connect with this well paced and wonderfully written book by Lisa F. Smith. I had a great time chatting with Lisa and am thrilled that she’ll be joining me at Point Street Reading Series on Tuesday, August 16th!”

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