A conversation with Jean: Interview on The Bubble Hour

So I have been a long time fan and follower of both Jean at Unpickled and The Bubble Hour.

For those whoย  haven’t yet discovered the wonderful resource that this is here is how they describe it:

The Bubble Hour is co-hosted by Ellie S., Amanda F., Catherine M. and Jean M. – sober women who are dedicated to breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding the disease of alcoholism. Alcoholism effects more than 50% of American adults, either directly or indirectly, and yet it still remains a “taboo” topic and is still mostly misunderstood by the majority of people (even those effected by alcoholism and their loved ones). The Bubble Hour seeks to inform, educate and help people identify with the stories they hear, the conversations and interviews with people who are just like they are, and let people know they aren’t alone. Nobody can take the first tentative steps towards sobriety without first getting past denial, but even once they are past denial the stigma surrounding alcoholism is so strong that people are reluctant to seek help. The Bubble Hour would like to change that stigma. Our Co-Hosts, and the vibrant community of sober people they know, will be recording and downloading this show for anyone to listen to for information, community, empathy and understanding. We are so grateful for the sober people who came before them to help them find this path; this is one way they feel they can give back. Please help us spread the word about this website and the pod casts; you may be helping someone you know well but don’t even know they have a problem. Alcoholism thrives in the dark. Together, we bring light. And hope.

They have interviewed and recorded over 200 episodes that you can find on iTunes or BlogTalkRadio.

So how excited was I to be interviewed for their 202 episode!ย  We had a wonderful conversation and it felt like two old friends catching up.ย  As I say in the discussion Jean was one of the first sober blogs I discovered in my very early days and I am so grateful to her for leading the way for me ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to hear me talk about my drinking (we lived in France for 6 months not 1 year – nervous brain fart moment!), my recovery and all the things I’ve been up to since I stopped 1214 days ago you can do so here:


Supplementary links to the discussion should you be interested to read further:

The Conscious Parent is written by Dr Shefali Tsabary, Clinical Psychologist.

Attachment theory where I talked about secure and insecure attachment and omitted a very important word in the insecure categories! I should have said insecure anxious-avoidant and insecure anxious-ambivalent.

Alexithymia which I described as emotional constipation!

The groundbreaking work of Dr Dickon Bevington and team: Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT)

Thank you so much Jean for hosting me and I hope you enjoy listening in ๐Ÿ™‚

Edited to add: 20th January 2017.ย  I didn’t mention running in my conversation with Jean which I should have done as part of my sober toolbox.ย  It set me on the road to sobriety when I trained for the London Marathon in 2011 and has been a vital decompression tool ever since.ย  Which ties in nicely with this clip from T2 Trainspotting which is released next Friday and boy I can’t wait to see this film.

Renton is so right – be addicted to something else ……

13 thoughts on “A conversation with Jean: Interview on The Bubble Hour

    1. Thanks Lori! Jean being in Canada and me in the UK meant the audio was a bit spotty so I hope you could hear it okay? xx

      1. Had some “device issues” last night but was able to listen today while working ๐Ÿ™‚ Audio was fine, and great to hear your voice! xx

  1. Thank you louise and jean for coming together to create this magical, informational and heartfelt knowledge about the journey of recovery. You mentioned somatics, have a look at the work of hala Kouri and somatics.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Bhakti Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! Thank you also for the recommendation and a link to her website for anyone interested is here: http://halakhouri.com/. Somatics and yoga is the one thing I’ve not yet got to in my recovery but is next on the list ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Also, Tommy Rosen 2.0 recovery. Yoga and mediation has been a massive help, in my recovery. 13 months and 3 weeks alcohol free.
        When you talk about your go to refuge of the hot bath or bed. I can really relate to this, as I do exactly the same.
        Though my yoga and mediation practice has been my ultimate refuge.
        Once again thank you for giving a platform to get this out there.

      2. Congrats on your 13 months and 3 weeks AF!! Yes I’m a fan of Tommy Rosen too ๐Ÿ™‚ I really do need to follow up on the yoga prompts I keep getting as I think the universe is trying to tell me something ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are most welcome xx

    1. Happy you liked Skyjuice & thank you for your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  2. Great interview and I’m fascinated by your research into adolescent attachment disorders. As a teacher of adolescents with special needs, many from high-poverty homes steeped in chaos, I wonder if there are things I could be doing on a day to day basis to better meet the emotional needs of my students, especially in this era of standardized testing where mental health considerations sadly come second to academic achievement. I’ll definitely check out the links!

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