The UNcivilized Podcast

| Dec 03, 2020

A new look at sobriety with Laura McKowen

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When we talk about addictions, alcohol may be the most common due to the legality and acceptance of it in our society, but it is still a terrible addiction that can end up destroying lives. Today's guest is Laura McKowen, an ex alcohol addict, who after going through the bitter moment of losing her daughter due to alcohol excess on a wedding night, hit rock bottom and began a journey to sobriety, a journey full of ups and downs that has led her to be an amazing writer, teacher, and author.

About Laura

Laura McKowen had a long, successful career in public relations and the Mad Men–Esque drinking culture of advertising. After getting sober, she quickly became recognized as a fresh voice in recovery, beloved for her soulful and irreverent writing online and in print. She now leads sold-out retreats and courses, teaching people how to say yes to a bigger life. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her daughter.

Laura writes an award-winning blog and hosted the iTunes Top 100 HOME podcast. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, WebMD, Psychology Today, the TODAY show, The Doctors, and more.

Laura has an MBA from Babson College and spent 15 years in advertising managing million-dollar accounts for Fortune 100 companies before transitioning to writing and teaching. She’s the founder of several online programs for sobriety and personal development, The Luckiest Club, a sobriety support community, and she teaches workshops and retreats all over the U.S.

Her first book, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, released in January 2020 and was an instant bestseller. Laura is represented by Jamie Carr at The Book Group.

Connect with Laura

Instagram: @Laura_McKowen
Website: theluckiestclub.com

What you'll hear

1:42 Meditation time.
3:20 What is Laura creating and building in this world.
7:00 "If I can stay this way everything is gonna be okay". Laura talks about her addiction story.
14:38 Laura's realization moment.
18:38 Alcohol drowning Laura's inner writer.
24:03 The hardest and easiest part of sobriety.
29:41 The loneliness feeling behind Laura's addiction.
33:56 Join the UNcivilized nation.
34:48 Laura's thoughts about sobriety and pain.
41:02 The inspiration behind The Luckiest Club.
42:44 "To achieve something alcohol doesn't have a place in your life". Laura's advice.
46:30 Laura talks about leading addictions during covid.
51:52 Where to find Laura
52:08 Support Laura.

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