10Nov/19

9: Interview with Lukas – Am I an alcoholic?

Hi all

After doing an interview with my friend, another person was interested in talking to me about alcoholism.

It’s another long conversation, and there’s a big sound jump after about 8 minutes because we had some tech problems.  Sorry for the lack of professional editing.

I decided to keep the whole conversation unedited, so you can get the whole thing, rather than just snippets.

Thank you Lukas for coming onto the show, and sharing part of your life story with so much openness and humility.  I really enjoyed the conversation and still am so interested in our ideas of what an alcoholic really is and whether or when it’s time to stop drinking.

Looking forward to your feedback.

 

03Nov/19

How do you eat an elephant?

Hi everyone

 

Todays podcast is one that came to me after my interview with my friend last week.  I’ve since done a similar interview, which I will post next week.

The interviews can be quite long, so I thought I’d pull some highlights and put them in a seperate podcast, as well as mention some thoughts around points which I didn’t mention during the podcast.

The elephant in this case represents a problem.

I won’t give too many more spoilers, I hope you enjoy it.  

Finally, as I am now on most major podcasting apps, it would be really awesome if you could subscribe and share my podcasts with as many people as you know (if you like my content, that is).

25Oct/19

Is my friend an Alcoholic?

Hi everyone

I have been talking to a friend of mine about alcoholism for a couple of years now.

In this episode he wanted to test if he is an alcoholic. We spoke at length and did two tests.

The first test is to see if he is a primary alcoholic, which involves drinking 3-5 shots of very strong alcohol to get your heart rate up.  If your heart spikes by more than 8 beats per minute it could suggest that you are a primary alcoholic.

The second test involved a questionnaire.

I have quite a few thoughts on the episode, which I will cover in my next podcast.

I hope you all enjoy it and find it insightful.  Look forward to hearing what you think as well as any questions or comments you may have.

19Oct/19

My friend Cal

Hi Everyone

Today’s podcast is a bit different than usual.  It’s a tribute to my friend Calum, who sadly passed away recently.

The podcast is separated in two parts, the first part is some funny stories that Calum created and some of which I was lucky enough to share a part in.

The second part is to do with some of the lessons that I have learnt from knowing him.

This was the 4th podcast I recorded, but I waited for approval from his family before I published it.  I say this only in case you’re counting the number of podcasts I’ve published and are wondering why I open saying it’s the 4th one.

I hope you enjoy the stories and hopefully find some life lessons as I have.

13Oct/19

Forests, rivers, monkeys and rat parks – with some added culture

Hi everyone

In this podcast I recap the most important part of my 2nd podcast after receiving some feedback that a few people got lost.

Thanks to those who pointed it out!! 🙂

This podcast is essentially different visualisations as well as some truths that exist in nature and scientific experiments that you can use if you feel as though you’re in a mental rut so to speak.

I also talk briefly about the drinking culture at the end of this podcast, I could talk about this topic much more, but it wasn’t my intention in this podcast!

Hope you enjoy it!

06Oct/19

How to help someone with Alcoholism or depression

Hi everyone,

Someone asked me to a do a podcast on this topic, so here it is 🙂

The podcast is structured in 2 parts, one is more to do with the person struggling him/herself, and what it might mean to help.  The second part is more practical things that you could actually do.

First half:

1.  It’s not always up to you to be able to help.  The person who needs help needs to be WILLING to be helped.  The age old saying, you can bring a horse to the water, isn’t a saying for nothing.

2.  What it actually means to be willing to help

3.  Why you need to take seriously.  Don’t pretend to know the answers, it can be very dangerous if you get it wrong.

Second half:

1.  Active listening

2.  Don’t make the problem bigger or smaller than it needs to be.

3.  Don’t mislabel things, but don’t underestimate the power in labelling things accurately.  Labelling is NOT bad, but mislabelling IS!!

4.  Don’t give medical advice – some people need anti depressants and some don’t.  If a person is depressed (and not drinking ;-)) and taking medication, maybe they just need to switch to different medication.  Get a good doctor, not all car mechanics are amazing and not all doctors are amazing.  BUT some are incredible 🙂

5. If someone asks you for a specific favour, try to help them as directly as you can, as long as it doesn’t harm them, others or yourself.  They may be so troubled that they see no other way.  Your act of kindness could mean much more to them then you will ever know.

6.  AA specific, if you know someone suffering from alcoholism and can’t talk to them for some or other reason there is a group called al-anon, which is worth going to.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

29Sep/19

3: “Just do something” nihilism, egoism and meaning

Hi everyone

In this podcast I discuss how I was struggling to break through from the feeling of doing nothing and feeling as though things were essentially void of any meaning.

I hope you find it helpful, as that is my overarching goal in every episode.

I also make these podcasts for my old self, which was being an active alcoholic, I wonder if these podcasts would’ve reached that person.

22Sep/19

2: In Search of.life

Hi guys

Thanks heaps for the very sincere and positive feedback on my first podcast.

It’s inspired me to keep going.

This one is on:

* Anxiety

* Includes a really amazing visualisation,  which morphed into a slightly different visualisation, that I can briefly explain in the next podcast if you like?

* an extract of my personality profile from understandmyself.com, maybe you can relate to the snippet, maybe not.

* This leads to the carnivore diet

I try to keep the pod casts to between 30-45 minutes, but I can really talk about some of these in much more detail (if you can bear it!)

I hope you like this one too, if yes, I already have the topics for the 3rd one in mind! 😀

15Sep/19

My name is Evert and I am an alcoholic

The most powerful admission I have made in my adult life.  

Saturday the 14th of September marked 2 years since I made this admission and my life has been outrageously better since.

If you’re curious about alcoholism or think you may be one, feel free to listen.  I am passionate about talking about it, get in touch if you feel like you are stuck in a corner!