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Guest 1

Relationships, Codependency, Love

Sherry Gaba, author of her new book, Love Smacked: How to Stop the Cycle of Relationship Addiction and Codependency to Find Everlasting Love.

Book Synopsis: Many rehab and recovery centers are now advertising that they help clients with love addictions and codependency. But no one has approached the subject of its equally damaging cousin–relationship addiction. Relationship addicts are so in love with love, with love and romance and being coupled up that they continually move from one relationship to another, always on the rebound, never giving themselves time to heal and learn how to be independent. They get into relationships again and again, just to avoid feeling lonely–or worse, to avoid feeling “abnormal.” Love Smacked will address all of these issues, looking at early childhood trauma and how that affects our subsequent choices in partners, and how we approach love and relationships. It will discuss the lessons we learn from our upbringing and social and cultural background–lessons that sometimes teach us what healthy relationships look like, but sometimes teach us something else: that we don’t deserve any better; that a typical relationship looks turbulent and difficult; that if we ask for better for ourselves, people won’t like us or want to be with us.

There used to be the idea that codependency was that you were the enabler. You were the person that was with the alcoholic or addict. It was really around the partners of the addict or alcoholic. Over time it morphed into a much broader definition and really became more about losing a sense of self. Being someone that came from maybe a history of trauma and shame evolved from that. Becoming very other focused, feeling very invisible, when you think of codependency, is sort of a process. Addiction, such as a process of addiction, could also be love addiction or relationship addiction. The definition of codependent is moving away from this idea that it is only the partner of an addict. If you have issues like you need a lot of validation, you’re a people pleaser, you’re always wanting people to like you or you’re a person that needs a lot of attention, you’re probably a codependent. If we’re talking about someone who is in a relationship with an addict or alcoholic, it’s about supporting their recovery, just not enabling their disease. But when we talk about codependency, it’s a much, much broader definition today.

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Guest 2

Strategic Interventions, Life and Recovery Coaching

Autumn Rock from Rock Life Recovery and Success Strategies joins us for the second half of the show.

 Interventions, Life and Recovery CoachingAutumn Rock is a Strategic Interventionist, Life and Recovery Coach who specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion. She is the CEO and founder of Rock Life and Success Strategies and assists individuals and organizations in empowering themselves and others. Against the odds, she has created a success story for herself and many others. Over twenty years ago, Autumn overcame her own addictions and fought a subsequent battle with PTSD from domestic violence and abuse. Since then, she has been fiercely pursuing equality, inclusion, success and freedom for herself and other brave people in recovery, wellness, business, and life. She has worked in early childhood education and youth care and runs successful businesses for over two decades. She is trained in leadership, addictions interventions, gender-based analysis, neurolinguistic programming, and holds life and recovery coaching certificates through the International Association of Recovery Coaches, Net Institute and holds a special She Recovers Coach designation. She is the Pride Society President for her area and serves as an advisor to the board for the Canadian Center For Women’s Empowerment and is the co-founder and producer of The Women Who Inspire Conference. As a community leader, writer, public speaker, and mentor, she is devoted to helping individuals and organizations achieve their dreams and reach their highest potential both in recovery and life.

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