Welcome to the latest episode of the Beyond Addiction podcast with our very self-aware guest, Stephen, affectionately known to his friends as “Boats”.
This thought-provoking and deeply personal episode immerses you in the riveting tale of Stephen’s journey toward sobriety and self-realization.
Right from the beginning of the podcast, Stephen paints a detailed picture of his upbringing in a family where alcohol wasn’t just a beverage, but a deeply ingrained part of their culture. It’s a scenario many listeners will relate to, evoking a vivid sense of the complex relationship many may have with alcohol.
Stephen candidly recalls a poignant incident from his childhood. In fourth grade, he made an innocent-sounding yet profound decision to swap his beer with water, to cope with the prevalent drinking culture in his family. His subsequent enlistment in the Navy presents a compelling account of how he sought alcoholic alternatives amidst deeply set naval traditions.
A turning point in Stephen’s life arrives, as he takes us down his tumultuous path where he grapples with alcohol addiction. This is where the journey to a life free of addiction begins. Stephen brings to light, the transformative and life-altering program At Gulf Breeze Recovery (GBR). He shares how GBR was not just a simple addiction recovery program, but a haven that helped him distort the bleak reality of his addiction. It provided him with what he needed not only to battle his demons but also to come out the other side, a victor.
According to Steven “The morning before I went to GBR , I found myself at the liquor store at 8:55 because they opened at nine. Yes, you heard me right, 8:55 in the morning. As I stood there feeling quite pathetic, the manager walked up to me and said, ‘Boat’s I knew it was you. ” – Steven
As we move deeper into the episode, Stephen’s words begin to reflect a wisdom born out of experience. He shares valuable insights on leadership and coping with addiction and sobriety. He emphasizes the importance of eliminating stumbling blocks in our paths and focusing our energy on the elements of our lives that we can control, leading us toward success.
He admits to initially seeking a pill or a prescription to solve his woes. Yet, through the lens of his own journey, he came to understand a valuable life lesson. The tools and keys to change, transformation, and growth lie within each individual.
Stephen manages to turn a corner in the episode, drawing intriguing parallels between respected Buddhist practices and GBR’s approach to addiction recovery. He delves into enigmatic concepts like universal consciousness, karma, kindness, and how they transcend religious boundaries and reach into the realm of practical life application.
As the episode reaches a philosophical peak, Stephen rectifies misconceptions around karma. It’s not merely a transactional concept but an understood reality of life that doing good yields positive rewards. He shares how his experiences and philosophies have engrained this belief in his life, leaving listeners in a mesmerizing introspective state.
If you are on the lookout for inspiration, meaningful insights and a fresh perspective on addiction recovery, this episode is a must-listen for you. Stephen invites you to join him on his remarkable and brave journey towards self-discovery. Discover how to tap into your own inherent strength for long-term, sustainable transformation. Tune in to this episode of the Beyond Addiction podcast right now and unlock the keys to your own personal liberation.
Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non -12 step holistic drug treatment facility on the water overlooking Pensacola Beach in Florida. We focus on helping our guests identify exactly how their addictions began and how to break free from these addictions to lead a successful life without the need for weekly meetings or sponsors.