Erica Spiegelman Rewired on Rebellion Dogs Radio 

Erica Spiegelman is a UCLA trained California State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADAC).  Erica and Joe C. chat about Book Expo America (New York City 2015) and his reaction to her new book, Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery.  To recovery, we have to get real - be authentic. That's a far cry from "fake it 'til you make it" isn't it?

Is this a new, bold modality? Or is it a fresh look at age-old wisdom? Why become the author of our own recovery? The Buddha would say, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” For those who think Jung, as in Carl Jung, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Erica looks at a dozen ideas: Authenticity,  Honesty, Evolution, Solitude, Time Management, Self-Care, Healthy Relationships, Gratitude, Compassion, Love, Affirmations & Intentions, and Hope. 

We also look at AA's structure (inverted triangle) and how critical this paradigm is to new members taking responsibility for their own recovery and finding groups with a unique way to carry it's message to the addict (or alcoholic) who is still suffering.

Help yourself to a PDF transcript of Episode 15 with Erica Spiegelman HERE

Click REWIRED for a link to her new book.

 

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3 comments

  • Steve K

    Steve K UK

    Hi Joe, enjoyed the discussion on your radio show, as always intelligent and thought provoking conversation/ideas. I was really interested in the theme of authenticity and trusting the intuitive voice within. I think learning to connect with and identify our authentic self comes with being clean/sober, practising honesty with oneself and others (sharing), self-reflection and quiet time/meditation. During the conversation with Erica questions were raised in relation to what we here in AA regarding not trusting our "best thinking" and i would also suggest that this can often be true as well as learning to be authentic. Particularly in early recovery we can be cut off from our healthy/authentic voice within due to distorted thoughts and feelings which make it difficult to identify/hear what is good for us. It can be hard to distinguish between the heathy and unhealthy! I think this is where seeking guidance from outside of oneself is helpful also and I've found experienced, wise sponsorship invaluable in this respect. It's also good to look to moral/spiritual principles as well when seeking direction. Ultimately i'm responsible for my life but considering feedback from trusted and experienced others is worthwhile. Look forward to future radio shows Joe. kind regards, Steve K.

    Hi Joe, enjoyed the discussion on your radio show, as always intelligent and thought provoking conversation/ideas. I was really interested in the theme of authenticity and trusting the intuitive voice within. I think learning to connect with and identify our authentic self comes with being clean/sober, practising honesty with oneself and others (sharing), self-reflection and quiet time/meditation. During the conversation with Erica questions were raised in relation to what we here in AA regarding not trusting our "best thinking" and i would also suggest that this can often be true as well as learning to be authentic. Particularly in early recovery we can be cut off from our healthy/authentic voice within due to distorted thoughts and feelings which make it difficult to identify/hear what is good for us. It can be hard to distinguish between the heathy and unhealthy! I think this is where seeking guidance from outside of oneself is helpful also and I've found experienced, wise sponsorship invaluable in this respect. It's also good to look to moral/spiritual principles as well when seeking direction. Ultimately i'm responsible for my life but considering feedback from trusted and experienced others is worthwhile.
    Look forward to future radio shows Joe.
    kind regards,
    Steve K.

  • Christopher G

    Christopher G Califoronia

    Hi Joe Thanks for the show. Erica's book sounds intriguing. I will definitely check it out. Sometimes I couple the remark of "knocking wood" for good luck by rapping my skull and following with, "someday I'll be a real boy". Pinnochio is one of the great stories of the hero's journey spoken of by Joe Campbell regarding authenticity and awakening, much like the Velveteen Rabbit you also used recently. Keep up the good work. CG

    Hi Joe
    Thanks for the show. Erica's book sounds intriguing. I will definitely check it out. Sometimes I couple the remark of "knocking wood" for good luck by rapping my skull and following with, "someday I'll be a real boy". Pinnochio is one of the great stories of the hero's journey spoken of by Joe Campbell regarding authenticity and awakening, much like the Velveteen Rabbit you also used recently. Keep up the good work.
    CG

  • Woodstock

    Woodstock New York

    I thought Erica's podcast had many important and helpful insights and instructions but what turned me off was her promotion of her book, therapy business, and the recovery centers which she participates in. Perhaps next time you have her speak you could instruct her to leave out the professional therapy and business model promotion part and stick to recovery. Thanks Woodstock

    I thought Erica's podcast had many important and helpful insights and instructions but what turned me off was her promotion of her book, therapy business, and the recovery centers which she participates in.

    Perhaps next time you have her speak you could instruct her to leave out the professional therapy and business model promotion part and stick to recovery.

    Thanks
    Woodstock

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