Hosted by mental health advocate and former reality television star Alexis Haines, Recovering from Reality illuminates the messy and magical path of coming home to yourself. Whether you’re on the road to recovery, seeking self-care techniques for surviving the capitalist machine, or just need a moment to remember that you’re not alone in your loneliness, we’re serving up the ultimate truth: your trauma doesn’t define you - your decision to deal with it does. Razor sharp, modern, and culturally resonant, Alexis delivers intimate conversations and expert insights to empower you on the road to authentic wellness. Are you ready to recover from reality?Produced by Dear Media.
Today I am joined by Amanda Frances, a self-made multimillionaire. Amanda has created courses and been a life coach over the past nine years, empowering others to remove their limiting beliefs surrounding money in order to receive the abundance they deserve. My mom and I have taken two of her courses, including Money Mentality Makeover, and I’m so excited for you to hear some of what she has to share. In this episode, we talk about what it means to be an energetic match for what we want, removing judgement and the ideas surrounding whether money is good or bad, and how spirituality plays a role in what we receive. Produced by Dear Media
In this week’s episode, I am joined with Taylor Nolan. Taylor is a psychotherapist, the host of “Let’s Talk about It” podcast, contestant on season 21 of The Bachelor, and winner of season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise. We have a profound conversation about racism and current affairs in the US, substance use disorder, sexuality, and why finding a good sex therapist is important. This weeks episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Visit Thrivemarket.com or download the app and use code “Reality” for $20 off your first order Produced by Dear Media
Jessica Kent is a fellow ex-con who went Youtube viral when she shared a video about being pregnant and giving birth in prison. For months I have had requests to sit down with Jessica and have her share her story. I think as a society we have evolved in so many ways in regards to openly speaking about our addictions or mental health. But, when it comes to being a felon, I find most people instantly change their views about you when they find out that you’ve been to prison. I haven’t shared much about my experience in jail on the podcast before and I plan on doing it more now. In this podcast we discuss: - Giving birth in prison -Addiction -Childhood trauma -How poverty plays a role in the privilege debate -Bail reform -Systemic Racism -Mass incarceration -How difficult it is to rebuild your life as a felon You can follow Jessica on Youtube: Jessica Kent Or on Instagram at: @JesKen12 You can follow along with us on Instagram: @recoveringfromreality @itsalexishaines @liferesetcourse If you or someone you know needs addiction treatment please visit www.alorecovery.com Cured Nutrition: Visit curednutrition.com and use code ALEXIS25 at checkout for 25% off Sakara Visit www.sakara.com and use code “reality’ for 20% off your order Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode I am solo diving into topics like manifestation, clearing old subconscious programming, how the brain works, getting on the path to finding out who you truly are and my journey towards finding my worth. Produced by Dear Media
Today I am joined by Dr. Carder Stout, one of the therapists I met in treatment ten years ago. Carder worked at Sober Recovery Center, and he was one of my favorite therapists. I just passed nine years of sobriety, and it’s crazy to think I haven’t seen him for a decade. Dr. Carder introduced me to cognitive behavioral therapy, which changed my life. He has also written a book called Lost in Ghost Town, where he details his own struggle with addiction, finding supportive community, and dealing with his childhood trauma. In this episode, we talk about finding community in recovery, breaking generational trauma, our parenting styles and how we can move from shame and guilt to self-compassion. Produced by Dear Media
Right now many of us are in a state of grief. We may have lost our jobs. We might be grieving the loss of any sense of normality. We may have lost a love one. Maybe we had to cancel major events, like a wedding, birthday party or funeral. Maybe we still haven’t grieved our past experiences. Now that the majority of us are stuck at home, we may feel old, unresolved issues bubbling up to the surface. And we are not alone- our children are grieving too. In this weeks episode grief expert and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith joins me on the podcast, where we discuss what grief is, the stages of healing, and how we can best move forward after covid. If you enjoyed this episode you can learn more about Claire at www.clairebidwellsmith.com you can always follow along with us on Instagram @recoveringfromreality or visit our website at www.recoveringfromreality.com This weeks podcast sponsor is the amazing Cured Nutrition. To get some of the best CBD out there visit www.curednutrition.com and use code “ALEXIS25” at check out Produced by Dear Media
Today I am sitting down with Laurise McMillian, a journalist and editor at Refinery29. Laurise runs Refinery29’s Unbothered Instagram account, a page that empowers strong millennial Black women just like her. I found out about Laurise from her killer Instagram posts called, “That’s Not It Sis,” where she teaches women how to best communicate in the workplace. In this episode, we dive into her background in journalism, how she got the job at Refinery29, what it’s like being a Black woman in the workforce, and how we can all become better allies to people of color. You can follow along with Laurise on Instagram @lauriseirl Were so grateful for our sponsors visit www.sakara.com and use code “reality” at check out for 20% off and you can visit www.foursigmatic.com and use code “reality” for 15% off Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode I am joined by Rising Woman founder Sheleana Aiyana. She is a spiritual psychologist who focuses on conscious relationship, shadow work, breath work and tantric practice. She had grown her community to over 1.6 million and if you follow her account you know why people love her work. Her writings hit deep. Her profound transformation from severe early childhood abuse to healing, will leave you feeling so inspired. Here is my favorite post of hers from last week, " Life isn't trying to break you down, it's trying to break you open." You can follow along with Sheleana on instagram @sheleanaaiyana or @rising woman You can follow along with Alexis @itsalexishaines or @recoveringfromreality This weeks sponsor is the amazing Talk Space which is giving our listeners $100 of their first month with code ALEXIS25 at checkout Produced by Dear Media
Alyson Stoner is an actress, singer and dancer who has been featured in music videos like Missy Eliot’s ‘Work It’, on Disney shows such as Suite Life of Zach and Cody and movies such as Cheaper By the Dozen. As with many young child actors behind the scenes Alyson began to struggle with the pressure of her life. She began to become addicted to perfection. This quickly turned into an addiction and eventually she made the decision to get into treatment. Now, she lives life in a much different way. Her recovery is inspiring. She lives a minimalist lifestyle and creates her own content. In this weeks episode we are diving into topics like societal pressure, transactional love, overcoming eating disorders, regulating your trauma response, learning to manage depression and anxiety and the importance of compensating content creators. You can follow along with Alyson on her new podcast, Simplexity. Or on Instagram @alysonstoner And you can always follow along with us on instagram @recoveringfromreality or online at www.recoveringfromreality.com This weeks episode was brought to you by Thrive Market. Head over to www.thrivemarket.com/reality to receive up to $20 off your purchase today with a no-risk membership. And also, Four Sigmatic! Head over to www.foursigmatic.com and use code REALITY at checkout for 15% off your order of any of their delicious products. Produced by Dear Media
This week, I have the ladies from the That’s So Retrograde Podcast joining me! Stephanie and Elizabeth are the OG podcasters, especially in the wellness world, and we have a conversation about how That’s So Retrograde began, tips for starting your own podcast, and what’s happening in the wellness world right now. We also talk about being your own health guru, modern vs. natural medicine, and how diet is for our health, not the look of our bodies. Episode Highlights: Astrology Tips for having a podcast and being authentic Healing yourself Privilege and appropriation in the wellness world Debunking misinformation about diet Mental health and nutritional deficiencies Social media “influencers” Where to Find Stephanie and Elizabeth: Instagram: @ssimbari @elizabethkott and @soretrograde And you can always follow along with us on instagram @recoveringfromreality or online at www.recoveringfromreality.com Cured Nutrition: Visit www.curednutrition.com and use code “ALEXIS25” for 25% off your order of $50 or more. Sakara: Visit www.sakara.com and use “REALITY” for 20% off at checkout Produced by Dear Media
Dr. Sagan works at my treatment facility, Alo House Recovery Centers, and practices the mind-body connection modality when it comes to healing addiction and mental illness. The typical approach to psychiatry is failing many people. But thought leaders like Dr. Sagan are changing the community for the better. In this episode, we talk about medication vs. natural healing, chemical imbalances vs. environmental factors causing mental illness, learning to self-regulate our thoughts, repressed memories, and the flight or fight response.Dr. Sagan explains the difference between early childhood trauma and trauma later in life, and how that affects our nervous systems. She explains how our limbic systems are trained to react a certain way, and we need to learn to undo these responses. Having a supportive community really helps. We also talk about how to navigate repressed memories. Our brains are protecting us, but sometimes we need to work through these hard moments. I still have triggers, and have been through my own journey with psychiatric medication and TMS therapy. But thank God psychiatry and medication is an option. Episode Highlights: Self-regulation and mindfulness Chemical imbalances vs. environmental factors Psychiatric medication Early childhood trauma vs. stable childhood and addiction Flight or fight response Reparenting Book: Your Body Keeps The Score Healing from repressed memories Dr. Segan’s Mind Align Method Visit Foursigmatic.com/Reality for 15% off your order! Produced by Dear Media
Kaley Patel is a Reiki Master, yoga instructor, and meditation teacher who specializes in EFT (emotional freedom technique). I can now add author to her resume, as her book titled, Burning Bright, comes out at the end of this month! When I sat down with Kelsey the whole “interview” went out the window as we instantly connected and began talking about our stories of how our emotional pain turned into physical pain and the deep and transformative experiences we’ve had as a result. You can find Kelsey on her website www.kelseyjpatel.com on Instagram @kelseyjpatel You can follow along with me on www.recoveringfromreality.com or on Instagram @itsalexishaines and @recoveringfromreality My Life Rest: How to Recover From Reality course is now available on my website for just $39 dollars a month We are so grateful for this weeks sponsors which are: Talk Space- visit www.talkspace.com and enter code “ALEXIS25” at check out for $100 off your first month Four Sigmatic- visit www.foursigmatic.com/reality or use code REALITY at check out for 15% off your order Produced by Dear Media
This week, Evan and I recorded a Q&A for the podcast and over on Instagram live! You guys sent in a bunch of good questions, and we get deep into topics like addiction treatment, our personal recovery, relationships, and more. We share our thoughts on medication assisted treatment, or using drugs like Suboxone to reduce the chance of overdose. We also talk about harm reduction, and ways we can support those who are active addicts. Make sure to educate yourself on this topic before forming an opinion. We also answer a question about 12 Steps and how its community aspect is so beneficial. I dive into the reasons behind why people have addiction, and how we can do the work to get to the root of our traumas. Evan shares his past drugs of choice and if either of us get triggered to use. As far as relationship questions, we talk about how to navigate marital conflict, our favorite things about each other, and our favorite memories. We also talk about our age difference and whether it affects us. Evan also answers if my past scared him! Koparibeauty.com/Reality for 15% off your order Produced by Dear Media
This week, I have podcast host and reality TV enthusiast Danny Pellegrino joining me! Danny hosts Everything Iconic, where he talks about pop culture, and more recently, his mental health. Danny and I just met, but we have so much in common, and I am grateful for his time on this episode. I dish out details about Pretty Wild, my book, and the Nancy Jo meme, along with Danny’s perspective as a viewer. We also talk about Danny’s recovery from anxiety and depression, and ways we can cope with those emotions. I also touch on some LGBTQ+ matters and how we can fight stigma from loved ones. And of course, we have to get into reality TV, and whether or not Danny thinks I’d be a good Real Housewife of Orange County. https://www.curednutrition.com/ with code: ALEXIS25 for 25% off your order of $50 or more. LaurelSprings.com/Reality for your waived registration fee. Produced by Dear Media
This week, my husband Evan and I are bringing an episode to you guys while quarantined, or social distancing, in our home. We have made every effort possible to stay home, and hope you all stay safe and healthy during this global pandemic. Evan is forever calm, cool and collected, so I thought he'd be a great guest for these times. We talk about Evan’s addiction story, our relationship, marriage, and first impressions of each other, and his almost 15-year sobriety. We also talk about our treatment center, Alo House, and what’s happening in the treatment world. We know during this time of isolation, people can really struggle with mental health, so we are discussing how to handle that as well. Evan and I are highly sensitive and empathic people, as most who struggle with addiction are. We believe these empaths are truly the mystics, truth-tellers, and way-showers of our planet, and need to be properly cared for. They are not the crazy ones! Our mission with addiction treatment is to help show people their own power, and remove the stigma around suffering. TheOuai.com with code: REALITY for 3 Free Samples with your order. Produced by Dear Media
This week, I had a profound conversation with activist Ashlee Marie Preston. Ashlee is a proud black, transgender woman who is constantly advocating for LGBTQ+ youth and those who are struggling. She is now 8 years sober, and has the humility and kindness to share her story of recovery from childhood abuse, meth, prostitution and homelessness with us. Ashlee is now the messenger she has been waiting for her entire life, and I believe she is a messenger for all of us too. Ashlee grew up unsure of her gender identity in the conservative state of Kentucky. She shares her harrowing story of sexual abuse, being institutionalized as a child, and how her drug addiction began. She moved to California at 19, and found herself struggling to fit in. She was fired from her retail job for being trans and became homeless, without a shelter that would accept her and her trans identity. On the streets, Ashlee resorted to sex work as a means of survival. She turned to substances to numb out and survive. It was finally Ashlee’s understanding of her relationship with God/universe, that brought her to the breaking point. She began recovery, and found her voice in activism through working with nonprofit organizations, and seeing how poorly people like her were being treated. Everything that Ashlee thought made her broken and unworthy are now symbols of strength and beauty in her life. Without the work she’s done (in spirituality, sobriety, and service), she would not be helping people like she is today. Koparibeauty.com/reality for 15% off your order TalkSpace.com with code ALEXIS25 for $100 dollars off Produced by Dear Media
In this episode, I have an incredible conversation with Khalil Rafati about his miraculous turnover from a homeless, strung out addict to a sober millionaire helping thousands of lives every day. Khalil is the owner of SunLife Organics, a health food chain in California, and the author of I Forgot to Die, which details his childhood trauma, his battle with drug addiction, and how he came out the other side. Khalil has also known Evan and I for about a decade (which is insane), but it’s been amazing seeing how much we’ve all evolved. TheOuai.com with code REALITY to receive 3 Free Samples with your order! OseaMalibu.com/Recovering for a $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more, Free shipping on US orders of $75+ and free samples with every order! LaurelSprings.com/Reality for your Waived Registration Fee Produced by Dear Media
Tara Schuster is an author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive, currently serving as the Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central. Tara’s first book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life from Someone Who has Been There, is being published by Penguin Random House and will release on February 18, 2020. By the time Tara was in her late twenties, she was a rising TV executive who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and helped launch Key & Peele to viral superstardom. By all appearances, she had mastered being a grown-up. But beneath that veneer of success, she was a chronically anxious, self-medicating mess. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame, owing in large part to her minimally parented upbringing. After drunk dialing her therapist on her 25th birthday, she knew she needed a wake-up call. We are diving in deep into what self care actually is…SURPRISE it isn’t a face mask! And giving you a break down of simple things that you can start implementing into your routine to make your life so much better. You can follow along with Tara on instagram @taraschuster or visit her website www.taraschuster.com Cured : visit www.curednutrition.com and use promo code “alexis25” at checkout for 25% off your purchase of $50.00 or more Produced by Dear Media
This week, I am joined by fashion stylist turned health and wellness enthusiast, Luke Storey. Luke and I met years ago on the set of a Marilyn Manson music video, where he was a stylist and I made a cameo, and I’ve been wanting him to come on the podcast for forever. Back then, I was still doing drugs, but Luke was 12 years sober. Luke has now been sober for over 20 years, and hosts a podcast called The Life Stylist, where he talks with all kinds of health and wellness experts to learn and help others heal. In this episode, we talk about Luke’s addiction and sobriety, biohacking, recovering with AA or other healing modalities, and how trauma physically manifests in our bodies. We also talk about Luke’s spiritual practice, how The Life Stylist was born, and his plans for 2020! I hope you guys enjoy this insightful conversation with Luke. Cured Use code ‘ALEXIS25’ for 25% off orders $50.00 or more Oaui Use code ‘Reality' for three free travel size products Laurel Springs Use code ‘Reality’ to waive your registration fee Produced by Dear Media
Tana Mongeau is one of the biggest Youtubers in the world with nearly 6 million subscribers. She also has her own reality show on MTV, Tana Turns 21. But with all this fame at such a young age, Tana has dealt with her fair share of scandals. I really empathize with Tana. We have basically lived very parallel lives. Growing up in a household with lots of chaos, leaving home at 16, and trying to make it big in Los Angeles, eventually takes its toll. Today, Tana is coming on the podcast to talk about her challenges, toxic relationship with her parents, her marriage and shortly there after, divorce and what it is really like to live with cameras in your face every single day. I really appreciate Tanas transparency and authenticity. You can find Tana on instagram: @tanamongeau Or on youtube: Tana Mongeau She’s also on twitter: @tanamongeau This weeks awesome sponsors are: Kopari Beauty: Head to www.kopairbeauty.com/reality for 15% off your order Cured Nutrition: Talkspace: Go to www.talkspace.com and use code “ALEXIS25” for $100 dollars off your first month. Ouaii: Visit www.theouai.com *Use code: REALITY for 3 Free Samples with your order Produced by Dear Media
Katie Willcox is an author, public speaker and CEO of two companies. One of which is her blog, Healthy is the New Skinny and the other is her agency for curve models, Natural Models LA. Katie is coming on the podcast today to talk about the science behind why we are always so focused on our bodies, how corporations take advantage of us in order to sell their products, eating disorders, the body positivity movement and how we can start to navigate this space in a more thought provoking way. DailyHarvest.com Promo Code REALITY for $25 off your first box LiveHuman.com/Reality for 20% off your first purchase Produced by Dear Media
I recorded this episode on December 18, 2019, the day President Donald Trump was impeached. It was quite fitting that my guest was none other than host of the epic podcast, Mueller She Wrote. Thats right, none other than AG. AG is a government worker who must remain anonymous. Her position is unknown but it is said to be high up in a security department. She is also a comedian who started this podcast with two other female comedians. Each week they dish out the real deal news about what the f*ck is happening in our country. She is joining me today to discuss the impeachment, but more importantly what we need to do as citizens to heal our country. Welcome to RFR Fam! Here is a special discount code for you: Cured Nutrition: Curednutrition.com Promo Code: ALEXIS25 for 25% off Produced by Dear Media
Dr. Venus Nicolino is the author of the best selling book.- Bad Advice: How to Survive & Thrive in an Age of Bullshit. She is also a TV doctor and bad ass mom to two boys. She is coming on the podcast today and were talking about all the bad advice that we’ve gotten over the years….Including yours! You submitted the bad advice you’ve gotten over the years and were diving in deep to pick apart the bad advice. CuredNutrition.com Promo Code: ALEXIS25 for 25% off your order of $50 or more Talkspace.com Promo Code: ALEXIS25 for $100 off your first month Produced by Dear Media
Zahara comes on the podcast today to discuss how we can transition away from our limiting beliefs and move into our authentic selves. We discuss how we both walked away from Alcoholics Anonymous, we discussed plant medicine, buddhism and spirituality, and the tools that are necessary for l one term recovery. DailyHarvest.com w/ Promo Code: REALITY for $25 off your first box KopariBeauty.com/reality for 15% off your order Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode we are sitting down with Hunter Moreno. Hunter started working in LA after college shooting videos for YouTube starts like Tana Mongeau, Bella Thorne, and Mod Sun. A few years in, after struggling with his own mental health issues, he started on a new endeavor called ‘Make Sure Your Friends Are Okay’. We’re discussing mental health, addiction, ending stigmas and so much more in this episode. Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode I am sitting down to do a Q&A episode where I am answering live call in questions along with questions that you all submitted on the Recovering from Reality Instagram page. We are covering topics like: what to do when your loved one is in treatment, how to set boundaries, how to find a good therapist, how to overcome shame, manifestation, and how to deal with a quarter life crisis. Produced by Dear Media
Jackie Schimmel- Has from the Bitch Bible podcast joins me on the podcast today for a light hearted episode where we discuss resolutions, pop culture, podcasting and more! Visit DailyHarvest.com Promo Code: REALITY for $25 off your first box! Produced by Dear Media
Angelika Alana is a life coach who saw a need to create an online space for people to receive life tools who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a one on one coach. She is coming on the podcast today to share about how she developed her business. We are talking all things spirituality, tools, Karma, and how to heal in this crazy world that we live in. Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode i am sitting down with Kim Goldman who hosts the wildly popular podcast, Confronting OJ. Kims brother was brutally murdered 25 years ago and justice was never really served. Her brothers killer OJ Simpson was acquitted in his wildly popular trial and later found responsible for the death of Ron Goldman and his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil case. Kim joins me on the podcast today to discuss what her healing journey has looked like in the last 25 years. Produced by Dear Media
In this week's episodes I am sitting down With Amy Dresner who is the author of a memoir called, “My Fair Junkie”. Amy and I dive into topics ranging from what it was like to write a book to the ongoing debate around choice and addiction. Produced by Dear Media
In this weeks episode I am sitting down with Cathy Heller who is the host of the Podcast ‘Don’t Keep Your Day Job’. Cathy is a self made millionaire who after many “failed” attempts in the music industry finally found her way in, in a very unexpected way. Cathy comes on to talk about her story, how she did it and then how she developed her podcast where she inspires people to take major risks in order to find real “success”. Produced by Dear Media
In this week’s episode, I am joined by psychotherapist, Staci Sprout. Staci works with people healing from sex and love addictions, and came to this work through her own recovery. She works with people of all genders who are struggling with harmful sexual behaviors and relationships, and supports them in healing. During this chat, we dive into her journey healing from sex addiction and joining a 12 step recovery program, how to navigate sexual abuse and trauma, and ways we can foster our own healing. Produced by Dear Media
In this week’s episode, I am joined by my mother, Andrea Arlington, to take some of your calls and questions. We had amazing discussions with our callers, ranging from topics like manifestation, setting healthy boundaries in family relationships, and how to cultivate open communication with our loved ones suffering from addiction. Produced by Dear Media
Michele Kambolis is coming on the podcast today to talk about anxiety. Why are women more prone to anxiety? What is an anxiety disorder and what is “normal” anxiety? What are some simple actions that we can take to reduce the anxiety in our lives? Michele is answering it all. Produced by Dear Media
This week, we have my comedian of a sister, Gabby, joining us! She is asking me 73 questions in that stream of consciousness style everyone’s doing right now. Except, we don’t play by those rules. Gabby and I put our own spin on this fun game. I definitely wanted a funny episode to break up the serious stuff we discuss on Recovering From Reality, so I hope you guys laugh along with us.
In this week’s episode, I have comedian and seriously funny lady, Ali Weiss joining me. Ali creates videos on Instagram that are truly hysterical, and after seeing her Kim Kardashian parody video, I knew I had to have her on the podcast! We discuss how she started theater and comedy, her mental health journey, and the highs and lows of life in the digital age.
In this week’s episode, I am joined by the wonderful Dr. James Mellon. Dr. James is a minister at the Global Truth Center in LA, which follows Ernest Holmes philosophy, Science of the Mind. No this is not scientology. It's the philosophy that brought you The Secret! In this episode, we touch on our core beliefs like eternal life, universal truth, and the collective consciousness. Dr. James explains the power our minds have in affirming and manifesting our own goals, health, and dreams.
In this week’s episode, I am sitting down with Zach Skow, the founder of the Pawsitive Change Program. Pawsitive Change is a non-profit that runs in the California prison system, and brings rescue dogs into the prison population. Zach and other trainers help inmates become dog trainers themselves. This is an incredible program, and helps bring hope and healing to not only those incarcerated, but to the dogs being rescued.
This week I have the witty and truly hilarious Heather McDonald joining us. Heather is a comedian and the host of a podcast called Juicy Scoop. In this episode, we discuss being a comedian in an easily “triggered” culture, her background and upbringing with wild brothers, and her time working with Chelsea Handler. We also discuss the importance of having open conversations with our kids, especially around tough topics like drug abuse.
Joining me for this week’s episode is the lovely Jamie Elizabeth! Jamie is a holistic sex and intimacy coach. In her sessions with clients, she helps people discover what they really want out of their sex lives, and owning their sexuality. Jamie gives us some great tips this episode, from scheduling conversations about sex, sex dates, skin time, and drop-ins. She also gives us three approaches to have these uncomfortable conversations, through vulnerability, responsibility, and curiosity.
In this Episode I am sitting down with Joseph Sheehey, founder and CEO of Cured Nutrition, and his girlfriend, Lo Bondi. Joseph comes on the podcast to talk about how his attempted suicide turned his life and focus towards starting up a company that uses cannabinoids to help people heal. Lo is also in recovery for an eating disorder. Together, they explore the benefits of using plant medicine as a way to heal.
In this week’s episode, I had the honor of interviewing the amazing Bree Olson. You may remember Bree from being one of Charlie Sheen's "goddesses" during the time period where he was publicly dealing with many troubles. She got wrapped up even more when it turned out that he was HIV positive and she had no idea. Bree is a powerful woman and her story is one of survival. We discuss her early childhood trauma, her time in juvenile detention and how she entered the porn industry.
In this episode, I sat down with Danielle and Adam of the Marriage and Martinis podcast. I wanted to have them on because marriage can often be messy, with lots of highs and lows, and people are rarely talking about it. However, these two are so authentic and real about their experience. It’s truly refreshing to hear! I hope you guys enjoy our dialogue about marriage, mental illness, loss, and much more.
Today, I am sitting down with Sarah Nicole from @thebirdspapaya to do another call-in show! Our questions ranged from topics like accepting our past, re-branding mental health, staying authentic, and finding the balance in body positivity. We also answer some questions relating to addictions, eating disorders, and dealing with divorce and separation. Keep in mind we are totally not professionals in any of these areas! We are simply speaking from experience, and hope you will relate to our stories.
Kevin started using drugs at 12 years-old, and when we met at 15, we started using together. Because we each had so much family chaos and trauma, we truly relied on each other to get by. We eventually parted ways and I got sober. Two years later while I was working for VICE, I got a call that Kevin needed help. We ended up doing a mini doc on him and it now has over 1.2 million downloads on YouTube. Now 6 years later were catching up w/ Kevin.
What happens when you have depression, but don't respond to drugs? What if the side effects are intolerable? What if they actually make your depression worse?
That was my experience. For the last 6 years I have battled with depression and I have finally won.
In todays episode I am diving into my personal experience with depression and anxiety. I am sharing the steps that I took that made a remarkable difference in my mental health and healed my depression. And were talking about my experience with
I am sitting down with Dr. Judy Ho to answer you questions in a LIVE podcast episode.
Dr. Judy is a Licensed and triple board certified Clinical and Forensicand Neuropsychologist, with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and extensive experience working with clients of all ages, facing a variety of challenges and issues.
In this episode, I am joined by spiritual healer and overall beautiful human, Heather Auble! We get into Heather’s experience as a psychic, and how she learned to harness these abilities. She also teaches me how to protect my own energy, and different rituals I can use to refresh from a total energy overload.
Plus, she gives me a profound reading at the end, so you’ll want to stick around for that!
At 15 years old, Sydney was sent to a behavior modification program for troubled teens. This program was traumatizing, and caused her a great deal of pain. Her and I discuss being an addict in rehab at 13, why she was sent to this program, and how she is doing today, 10 years later. Sydney’s growth and recovery is incredibly inspiring to me, and my heart hurts for all children that suffered these reform “school” experiences.
In this week’s episode, I hop on a call with Triana Browne! Triana competes in pageant circuits, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2017, Miss America 2018, and Miss USA runner up.
I chat with Triana about being multiracial and embracing her race despite adversity in society, school, and the pageant industry. Triana is half African American and half Native American, and works hard to give Native Americans recognition. She speaks up for Native rights and gives her people the support they deserve.
This episode is a bit different because we are doing a call-in show with my friend Bob Forrest!
So, we gave out a number and had you guys phone in with all your questions regarding sobriety, addiction, codependency, recovery, the Bling Ring, and my supposed debt to Orlando Bloom. It gets real on this episode, so I hope you enjoy! I look forward to more connection with you guys in the future.
In this week’s episode, I’m having a conversation with the most iconic of queens, Langanja Estranja! If you haven’t heard of Langanja, seriously, where have you been?! She is a talented drag queen who was on Season Six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was recently on So You Think You Can Dance, has a huge Instagram following, is a dancer and choreographer, and is overall just fabulous.
In this episode I’m owning my story. Last week over Twitter I (half-jokingly) invited Nancy Jo onto the podcast. Well… not only did she decline the invitation, but we got into it over Instagram DMs. And let me tell you, shade was thrown guys!
In this episode, I chat with my good friend and fellow mama, Ali Levine. Ali is truly such a light in my life, so I’m excited to share her with you all! She is the host of two podcasts, Things We Are Too Lazy to Blog About and Striptd Down with Ali Levine. She is also a stylist and personality on Bravo’s TV show, Stripped. Now, she has struck a balance between work life and mama life, which is so inspiring to me.
I was definitely living a double life while filming Pretty Wild. On camera, Tess and I were just these little party girls, but in reality, we had debilitating addictions. We were a chaotic bunch, but that’s what made the show a pop culture phenomenon. I’m now so far removed from that Alexis, and truly believe going to jail was the best thing that ever happened to me.
In this episode, I sit down with my childhood friend and true inspiration, Josi Pellicano! I met Josi in middle school, and have always admired how resilient she is. She has a really interesting story to share that I know you guys will learn a lot from her strength. We talk about her dad’s incarceration for most of Josi’s life, her shifting family dynamic now that he’s out, and how she has adapted to all this trauma and adversity.
In this episode, I spend some precious time w/ my spiritual mentor & reiki master, Ute Fleishman. A few episodes back, I talked about my profound reiki experience w/ Ute! She's had such an impact on my life & spiritual journey, so I'm very grateful to have her on the podcast. We talk about how Ute started energy work & how reiki has completely transformed both of our lives. We also give you guys tips & tricks to help you move from an existence of pain to one of peace. Read more on the blog! #ANDSOITIS
In this episode, we are sitting down w/ Alexis’ mom, Andrea Arlington to talk all things early childhood, manifestation, & family recovery. Alexis asks Andrea some juicy questions, & she dishes on dating as a single parent, if she regrets Pretty Wild, & what her spiritual practice/recovery looks like today. They also serve some hard truths about family dynamics. So if you’ve ever wondered what Alexis was like as a child & in early recovery, this is the episode for you! Read more on the blog! #ANDSOI
We get political on today’s podcast with Alexis, Evan, and author, Molly Jong-Fast. Molly is an author of two novels, Normal Girl and The Social Climber’s Handbook and has a fantastic Twitter feed that makes you wonder if she ever sleeps. Today, we discuss everything scarily wrong with our political climate, from “Trumpism”, to looming racism/sexism, to climate change and of course, how we look after our collective mental health. Read more about this episode on our blog! #ANDSOITIS
For this week's episode, Alexis is solo and does a little Q&A for you guys! Alexis addresses questions from our listeners and covers topics like; surgery, shame, relapse, tattoos, spirituality, adventures with Tess, porn, and The Bling Ring—just to name a few. Read more about this episode on our blog!
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We have the lovely & inspiring Lauren Sundstrom on the podcast this week. Lauren is a proud trans woman & advocates for the LGBTQ community. She shares her story & insight with us, & we are so grateful to have her on! All women, trans & cis, deserve to speak up about their rights. Lauren’s strength & activism is amazing. People can relate & learn from her story & knowledge. Read more on the blog!
Our special guest on this week’s episode is Vanessa Fitzgerald! Vanessa is an amazing holistic health coach who helps people become their best selves. She joins us to talk about her practice, and some health/lifestyle tips to clean up our guts and minds. Her Instagram feed shares gut health info and clean eating tips, but what really drew Alexis in was her Adderall detox. Her open discussion and work detoxing clients is inspiring. So stay tuned! Read more about this episode on our blog. #ANDSOITIS
In this episode, we have the lovely Sarah Landry joining us from The Bird’s Papaya! Sarah is all about body confidence & loving yourself on & offline. We sit down to talk about her journey, the dangers of diet culture, & how we can benefit from body neutrality. Sarah believes creating awareness is key. Thank goodness for recovery, body confidence, & for Sarah’s amazing work! We are all worthy of the self-love message she is spreading. Read more about this episode on our blog! #ANDSOITIS
Given the current events in the U.S. we felt the need to address this topic. Abortion access is a human right period. This is an issue that effects 1/4 women across party lines & religious affiliations. Alexis talks about her perspective & we dive into reproductive health care w/ Robyn Pool, a licensed midwife in L.A. area. We discuss VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), circumcision, body autonomy, informed consent & more. We wrap this episode w/ a little something new, we hope you enjoy it. #ANDSOITIS
This week’s episode features special guest Lauryn Evarts Bosstick from The Skinny Confidential. She joins us to talk about her goals w/ her brand, being her authentic self, & dealing w/ a family member’s addiction. The Skinny Confidential has become a multi-platform brand full of blog posts, social media content, podcast episodes, & even YouTube videos. From wellness, to business tips, to life advice, Lauryn has it all covered. #ANDSOITIS
In this week’s episode, we have the lovely Arielle Lorre on to chat about her journey to sobriety, spirituality, & her new podcast, Over the Influence! Arielle is a blogger & health and fitness guru that posts delicious recipes, fitness tips on her beautiful Instagram account. What some people might not know about Arielle is that she's sober, & uses her recovery journey to help others. Her online presence allows her to be open about her struggles & help those that are struggling as well.
Dave, the host of the Dopey podcast, & Alexis talk about his recovery journey, if AA is still “anonymous”, and what Dopey is all about. Dave has a way of turning the darkest experiences into the funniest stories. His show is one of the best recovery podcasts out there. Recently the show’s shift from silly to serious came with Chris’ tragic death. Dave uses his voice to help others because so many people helped him.
If you or someone you love needs help, please go to alorecovery.com
I sit down with my husband (& best friend) Evan Haines as we share some lessons we've learned along our path to recovery. This week we're celebrating our 7 yr wedding anniv. & it's the perfect time to reflect on our story. He inspired me from our very 1st date. On our 2nd date he asked to meet my mom & later that night broke up with me. An example of wisdom Evan drops in the episode, "In recovery we learn to accept ourselves & in finding that compassion for ourselves, we can find it for others" #andsoitis
I'm sitting down with my wonderful, hilarious sister Gabby! Sisters have such complex, chaotic, & sometimes telepathic bond. Throw in traumatic upbringing into the mix things are bound to be a little messy. We examine the different dynamics and roles we each played within the structure of our family unit and talk about how we don't want to extend those roles into our own families. This episode covers themes of forgiveness, resentment, and emotional oppression.
In this episode, I talk about balancing hormones, genetic testing, the gut-brain connection, and why I became a birth doula. I touch on heavy metal testing, EMF blockers, GMO's and MTHFR. Fair warning, I also talk about vaccinations. America currently has the highest maternal death rate of any westernized country, so I'm going to keep sharing my opinions and letting women know that we have the right to ask questions when it comes to our own health. P.S. Kristin Cavallari, I owe you an apology.
Being a woman means accepting responsibility for your actions and owning up to your shit, right? On this episode of Recovering from Reality, Alexis sits down with NYC based satire writer Millie Moore to talk about the mastermind that is Kris Jenner, the conspiracy that is Kim K's sex tape, and the chaos that is Jordan Woods's life. Trumps presidency is briefly discussed while Alexis and Millie muse about the responsibility for comedians like John Oliver and Bill Maher to "report" vs "entertain"
Bob Forrest has been to rehab 24 times and thinks Alexis's husband, Evan, is altogether too nice. It's safe to say that this episode of Recovering from Reality covers A LOT of ground. Suboxone in the '90s, "best friend parenting" styles (think: Lindsay and Dina Lohan), and why we should all stop confusing lust with love. Alexis and Bob talk about how to collectively change the direction our society is heading by steering each other towards a more connected reality.
Being married to a Backstreet Boy isn't always easy. Rochelle McLean is here to talk about what it's like being married to a pop star, online bullying, body shaming, & more. Alexis & her dear friend Rochelle talk about online hate mail, raising body positive daughters, & cream cheese pretzels! Rochelle is a private soul who's life got a little crazy when she married Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean. During this open-hearted chat, Rochelle shares how she met AJ & how she committed to a partner who's in recovery.
For the 2nd episode, Alexis is joined by family therapist Michele Kambolis for a conversation with the ladies of Pretty Wild, the 2009 reality show on E!. Pretty Wild followed Alexis, her mom, Andrea Arlington, and her sisters, Tess Taylor & Gabby Neiers, as they coped with the chaos of addiction, trauma, & serious legal troubles. In this episode, Alexis lays the groundwork for her family to share their experiences with the show. Thank you to everyone who helped make this episode a reality - and so it is!
In the very first episode of Recovering from Reality, Alexis Haines focuses on telling her "official" recovery story. Alexis got sober at nineteen years old after facing up to six years in the correctional system due to addiction. As the former star of the E! reality series Pretty Wild, who faced a burglary conviction as a member of the notorious "Bling Ring”, Alexis understands the power of storytelling and media firsthand.