The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

7 | Overcoming Bulimia, Substance Abuse Recovery and Being a Wildly Successful Sober Mommy

Episode Summary

Emily McAllister is a writer, photographer and content creator. A Boston native, she now calls Southern California home, and lives with her husband and 2 daughters. Emily writes about recovery, honest motherhood and anything to do with personal development. She specializes in lifestyle, family and childbirth photography, capturing raw, candid, 'in-between' moments. Emily has been sober since September 25, 2009. She is fueled by spontaneous dance parties and copious amounts of coffee. Connect with Emily: Blog: https://chasingmcallisters.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/chasingmcallisters Instagram: http://instagram.com/emilymcallisterphotography Facebook: http://facebook.com/chasingmcallisters

Episode Notes

Emily McAllister is a writer, photographer and content creator. A Boston native, she now calls Southern California home, and lives with her husband and 2 daughters. Emily writes about recovery, honest motherhood and anything to do with personal development. She specializes in lifestyle, family and childbirth photography, capturing raw, candid, 'in-between' moments.

Emily has been sober since September 25, 2009. She is fueled by spontaneous dance parties and copious amounts of coffee.

Connect with Emily:
Blog: https://chasingmcallisters.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/chasingmcallisters
Instagram: http://instagram.com/emilymcallisterphotography
Facebook: http://facebook.com/chasingmcallisters

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Show Notes:
1:38 - Emily’s recent accident (hit by a drunk driver)

6:25 - “We still feel the same way everyone else who does NOT have the disease would feel”

9:22 - Where Emily was raised

11:45 - When Emily first started drinking and why

13:32 - Struggling with social anxiety

14:00 - “I thought that pot could change the world”

14:45 - Early stages of her eating disorder

15:23 - “It all started with depression”

17:50 - “I didn’t understand I was never going to look like that”

22:08 - The re-occurring theme

26:03 - Leaving Boston to make a new life

33:33 - It was “go time”

35:04 - The things we make okay / switching addictions

39:55 - The first time reaching out for help

44:30 - Technically homeless

48:35 - The broken toothbrush

53:05 - Relapsed right out of rehab

1:01:56 - The first time Emily and Ashley met

1:09:40 - The night they almost decided to drink again after getting sober

1:11:18 - The importance of being connected to a community, showing up and people knowing what is going on with you

1:11:55 - When Emily first met her husband

1:14:14 - Her relapse in Prescott

1:19:22 - Emily’s friend, Nicole, passes away from her addiction

1:22:22 - A spiritual awakening through grace

1:25:08 - “Your husband is a different person now”

1:29:10 - Emily’s life today and how it happens

1:34:12 - Getting present and changing negative self-talk

1:37:22 - “I’m not willing to kill myself to fit into one mold”

1:39:42 - My life looks so different

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