This Naked Mind Podcast

This Naked Mind Podcast
Bestselling author Annie Grace invites you to explore the role of alcohol in our lives and culture without rules, pain, or judgement. Ready to make a change? Join The Alcohol Experiment - a FREE 30-day challenge designed to deliver happiness, wellbeing and self-respect. Check out The Alcohol Experiment at

282: Reader Question - Are you really having more fun in life without drinking alcohol?
May 23 • 5 min
We hear it all the time. It must suck not to drink. Life must be so boring. But, did you know there is definitive evidence that removing alcohol does not strip away our ability to have fun? Did you know that it’s actually alcohol that steals the…
281: Naked Life Story - Andrew S.
May 22 • 33 min
Andrew had his first sip of sherry at the age of three. He loved it. It wasn’t until he was nearing his forties in a job with a strong drinking culture where booze equaled camaraderie and a way to let off steam and ignore problems that Andrew began…
280: Reader Question - Why Isn’t Everyone Addicted?
May 16 • 12 min
If alcohol is addictive, why doesn’t everyone become addicted to it? Who are these magical beings who can drink without becoming addicted? Or not drink at all? Is it genetic? Does it have something to do with their personality? Are some people just…
279: ‘What is Enough’ with Omar Pinto
May 15 • 49 min
On today’s episode, coach, podcast host, and self-described life-long seeker Omar Pinto joins Annie Grace from Costa Rica. From his first drink at 16 years old, Omar felt magic in the way alcohol quieted the noise in his head and made the negative…
278: Reader Question - How can friends and family support someone who is changing their relationship with alcohol?
May 9 • 19 min
Can you easily refuse a drink or limit your alcohol consumption? Are you having a hard time understanding the way someone in your life is dealing with (or not dealing with) their drinking? If you are a partner, spouse, parent, child, sibling, or…
277: Naked Life Story - Meagan
May 8 • 38 min
After being introduced to alcohol by a babysitter before she was even a teenager, Meagan drank for more than 20 years. In college, she took pride in her ability to go out and drink all night while continuing to earn straight As, maintain scholarships,…
276: Reader Question - Why do I crave a drink when I’m calm and relaxed?
May 2 • 13 min
Why, when we feel calm and relaxed and comfortable and completely at ease, do we desire alcohol? We know we’re not stressed or anxious or upset, yet somehow we still want a drink. It doesn’t make sense. How do the cravings show up when we already…
275: Naked Life Story - Amy
May 1 • 43 min
Growing up, Amy wasn’t sure where she belonged. She questioned her sexuality but also wanted to be faithful to God, to do and be all the things she “should” do and be. Amy felt she was different but chose to look the other way, finding comfort…
BONUS EP: It’s OK To Not Be OK
Apr 29 • 41 min
Where are you on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? And, have you filled your safety bucket? In today’s special bonus episode, Annie Grace shares her recent interview on the After the Crisis podcast with This Naked Mind coach in training Victoria…
274: Reader Question - My biggest obstacle is that I love the taste of wine, I understand I acquired the taste but I still love it!?
Apr 25 • 9 min
Can our brains really unlearn something we spent so long teaching them? Why, when we know something is harming us and we need to remove it from our lives, do we pine over it for so long? On today’s episode, Annie Grace answers a question from…
273: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Apr 24 • 26 min
On today’s episode, This Naked Mind head coach Scott Pinyard answers four great questions: I drink because I’m unhappy; how am I going to deal with all that stuff without alcohol? How do I avoid losing my connection with my friends when after our…
272: Reader Question - How do I handle cravings and people pleasing?
Apr 18 • 10 min
As Kim approaches 100 days without alcohol, she’s noticing some strong cravings and is also curious about changing her people pleasing tendencies. Where do cravings come from and what happens when we try to resist them? And, what are the different…
271: Naked Life Story - Marc
Apr 17 • 36 min
Marc spent decades in a career where he was told drinking was part of the process, that it was necessary for success. But when his alcohol consumption shifted from something reserved for sales events or weekends or vacations to a daily 4:00 p.m….
270: Reader Question - How do I stay creative and finish my studies without drinking?
Apr 11 • 18 min
What is the scientific connection between drinking alcohol and creativity? Why do we believe alcohol fuels creativity? How does it impact the creative part of our brain? Why do we feel like we can focus better on things like writing - filling a blank…
269: Breaking Up with Sugar with Molly Carmel
Apr 10 • 49 min
On today’s episode, Annie Grace talks with fellow brain science lover Molly Carmel, an eating disorders and addictions therapist and author of Breaking Up with Sugar. Molly shares her story - from the beginning of her relationship with sugar in…
268: Reader Question - Sneaking Drinking, Ways to Rebel Without Alcohol
Apr 4 • 10 min
Chelsea asks, “I seem to have a deep seated need to have a private secret outlet or vice or I feel like something is missing from my life; what can I do to satisfy my wild side and still stay sober?” On today’s episode, Annie Grace shares three…
267: Naked Life Story - Martha
Apr 3 • 53 min
From a teenager letting the good times roll in the Big Easy to the “cruise director” among her college drinking buddies to balancing life as a winery owner, wife, and mom (for 20 years) to removing alcohol from her life and becoming a This Naked…
266: Reader Question - Why do we desire alcohol for celebration?
Mar 28 • 12 min
On today’s episode, Joy asks, “When we’re celebrating and our brain is flooded with happy chemicals, why are we triggered to turn to alcohol, something that will dampen our experience?” It makes sense to use alcohol to numb, right? But, what…
265: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Mar 27 • 21 min
Three great questions in this episode. First, how can you stay alcohol free when the seasons change and it’s time for warm weather and outdoor drinking activities? Then, do you need to only have positive thoughts to stop drinking; what if negative…
264: Reader Question - How do I date without alcohol?
Mar 21 • 12 min
On today’s episode, Nancy writes that she has never dated anyone or started a relationship without the presence of alcohol. So, what is it like connecting with someone through a sober lens? How do you work up the courage to do it? What if someone…
263: Naked Life Story - Cheryl
Mar 20 • 52 min
As a young teenager, Cheryl swore off alcohol when she saw how alcoholism, OCD, and phobias shaped her father’s quality of life. But, by 18 she was drinking, and at 35 she was a new mom suffering from postpartum anxiety and turning to alcohol to…
BONUS EPISODE: Help! Coronavirus is making me drink.
Mar 18 • 37 min
Did you drink? Did you get too stressed? Did you panic that you might not make it through this unprecedented time in our history without alcohol? Do you feel ashamed? Like a failure? Weak? Are you beating yourself up? Are you not sure what to do next?…
262: Reader Question - How do I deal with death and grief without alcohol?
Mar 14 • 10 min
“My husband passed away suddenly of a heart attack three weeks ago, and I started drinking again,” writes Jan. Is it really possible to get through the death of a loved one and endure all the grief without alcohol? What does alcohol actually do to…
261: Naked Life Story - Simon
Mar 13 • 25 min
In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Simon, a man whose passion for alcohol free living is absolutely contagious and led him to create his 2020 catchphrase, “Liquid Vegan.” Simon talks about how reading This Naked Mind helped him realize you can…
260: Reader Question - Why does change feel impossible?
Mar 7 • 11 min
On today’s episode, a reader says, “I can’t even imagine changing. It seems impossible. I’ve been drinking for decades.” When we think about life without something, like alcohol, we’re actually telling our brain it’s even more important…
259: Naked Life Story - Alex & Lisa
Mar 6 • 38 min
Best friends since they were 11 and 13 years old, Alex and Lisa spent almost 30 years drinking together. In fact, they did everything together — from working as a dynamic duo behind the bar at Lisa’s family’s pub in the UK to … wait for it ……
258: Reader Question - If I don’t drink daily will I still have positive effects of sobriety?
Feb 29 • 8 min
If you abstain from alcohol during the week and only drink on the weekends, can you still reap all the amazing benefits of sobriety? Great question! What happens to your body when you introduce alcohol just once or twice each week? Do the sober days…
257: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Feb 28 • 24 min
Relationships. We talk a ton about relationships in our programs and coaching and online communities. What if you stop drinking but your spouse doesn’t? Can you hang out with drinking friends once you’ve stopped? How do you meet other alcohol free…
256: Reader Question - How to loosen up for sex without alcohol
Feb 22 • 9 min
When we’ve always perceived and used alcohol as an aphrodisiac, something we need to loosen up for sex, finding a way to relax with our partners without booze can be a big challenge. Did you know that sex and orgasm can create some of the same…
255: Naked Life Story - Peggy
Feb 21 • 53 min
After experiencing her first alcohol buzz at the age of seven, Peggy’s drinking career spanned more than 40 years and included failed marriages, homelessness, and nearly losing her daughter. In today’s heartfelt and emotional episode, Annie Grace…
254: Reader Question - Is allowing my teenager to drink dangerous?
Feb 15 • 15 min
As parents, we’re constantly agonizing over decisions we make for our children. We want to keep them safe and healthy and set them up for success as adults. If we allow our teenagers to drink alcohol, will it create more problems for them in the…
253: Sleep, with Michael Gradisar
Feb 14 • 41 min
In today’s episode, sleep psychologist and researcher Michael Gradisar joins Annie Grace to talk about how the first stages of removing alcohol are like insomnia and how sleep deprivation keeps us trapped in the vicious cycle of starting and stopping…
252: Reader Question - How can I say no to a free drink in business class or at an all inclusive resort?
Feb 8 • 9 min
Free stuff … things we don’t buy with money. But are they ever truly without some sort of cost? How do we say no to free alcohol? What can we do to manage triggers that show up in situations when we’re accustomed to drinking? Annie shares some…
251: Sober Curious with Ruby Warrington
Feb 7 • 42 min
If you look up the definition of problem drinker, you won’t find a picture of Ruby Warrington. Yet, for as long as she can recall, she couldn’t ignore her numinous curiosity and the constant pull to examine her relationship with alcohol. Now…
250: Reader Question - Do non drinkers experience the same optimism as someone who goes alcohol free?
Feb 1 • 7 min
People who’ve removed alcohol from their lives rave about the joy and happiness they feel, even those who’ve been alcohol-free for years and years. “Do non-drinkers experience this same optimism or do they just recognize it as normal?” What is…
249: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Jan 31 • 22 min
In today’s episode This Naked Mind head coach Scott Pinyard answers questions about sustaining change. What do you do when, after a long time and a lot of work, you finally remove alcohol from your life and then wonder, “Is this all there is?”…
248: Reader Question - Why can’t I get unstuck?
Jan 25 • 11 min
“My subconscious does not want to change and it’s fighting my conscious desire to change … I feel like I need a brain transplant.” How do we move past the cycle of drinking and stopping and drinking and stopping over and over again and shift…
247: Naked Life Story - Wyatt & Mary
Jan 24 • 62 min
In today’s episode, Annie talks with college professor Wyatt (who has changed their name and pronouns since the podcast was recorded) and their partner, Mary, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, about Wyatt’s journey to live alcohol free. Wyatt…
246: Reader Question - How do you deal with anger or emotions when alcohol free?
Jan 18 • 8 min
Alcohol free and still feeling angry, annoyed, emotional at times? Totally normal. While we tend to expect permanent sunshine and rainbows when we stop drinking, in reality life will always be ups and downs and roller coasters with all sorts of bumps…
245: Imperfectly Natural with Janey Lee Grace
Jan 17 • 40 min
In today’s episode, Annie talks with Janey Lee Grace, mom, author, presenter, and holistic living expert who once toured the world as a rock and roll singer. Among other things, Janey Lee talks about how she went from having an off switch for…
244: Reader Question - Do other countries have as much of a problem with alcohol as we do in the U.S.?
Jan 11 • 10 min
Do people in other countries where wine is a cultural thing have the problems with alcohol that we do here in the US? Is it just recently that our society seems to revere the wine stops, the wine clubs, the wine collectors, and if so, why is that? In…
243: Naked Life Story - Gayle
Jan 10 • 29 min
Last summer, Gayle from Sober Bliss interviewed Annie (EP: 201 - Sober Bliss with Gayle). In today’s episode, Annie interviews Gayle. A married mom of two sons who was raised in the northeast of England, Gayle was not exposed to alcohol until she…
242: Reader Question - Why Am I Not Getting It?
Jan 4 • 12 min
Unconsciously drifting back into drinking. It’s more common than you might think. What happens when we understand all the science and logic but continue slipping back into old drinking habits? Is it really possible for the brain to permanently…
241: ‘We Are the Luckiest’ with Laura McKowen
Jan 3 • 48 min
It’s a reunion! Author, teacher, and speaker Laura McKowen returns to the podcast today to talk with Annie about her new book, We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life. In addition to Laura’s story and the book, they share…
240: Reader Question - How can I not feel guilty for all the time I’ve spent trying to fix myself?
Dec 28, 2019 • 10 min
Guilt … it’s such a common feeling. What if we didn’t try to fix ourselves? What if we continued to let ourselves down and maintained a hold on things that no longer serve us? Annie shares her perspective on guilt and how the time we spend on…
239: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Dec 27, 2019 • 21 min
In today’s episode, This Naked Mind head coach Scott Pinyard answers three questions about navigating the holidays while keeping alcohol small and irrelevant. Whether it’s dealing with with family and office gatherings, or all the stuff that…
238: Reader Question – I use alcohol to be a better wife and mother. What is your advice?
Dec 21, 2019 • 9 min
There are so many beliefs that keep us trapped in the pattern of drinking. What if we are stuck on the belief that being a wife and mother is just easier with alcohol? What if we’re afraid to let our families see who we really are without drinking?…
237: Naked Life Story - Christine
Dec 20, 2019 • 46 min
In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Christine. Despite having a family history of alcoholism, Christine took a “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude when it came to alcohol for most of her life. However, when boredom led to over-eating and drinks…
236: Reader Question – How long does it really take to form a habit?
Dec 14, 2019 • 5 min
Can a habit really be formed in 21 days? Or is that old, outdated research? In today’s podcast, Annie will shed some light on the topic of habits and how long it takes to rewire the brain. Find out where this idea of developing a habit in 21 days…
235: The Year of No Nonsense with Meredith Atwood
Dec 13, 2019 • 49 min
She’s BACK!! After two years, Annie welcomes back Meredith Atwood, a busy wife, mom, athlete….Meredith spent more than two decades using alcohol to numb her feelings and avoid dealing with her “stuff”. After a chilling moment of realizing,…
234: Reader Question – What Causes a Hangover?
Dec 7, 2019 • 6 min
Hangovers – a badge of honor for some. But what really causes this unwanted response to a night of drinking? From your endocrine, immune, digestive, circulatory, and filtration systems, you’ll learn the unpleasant response that your body has to…
233: Drink Like a Man with Johann Cabrera
Dec 6, 2019 • 33 min
Partying, dancing and fun appears to be the way of life in the colorful Caribbean….the place where today’s guest grew up. Meet Johann Cabrera from the Drink Like a Man podcast. As a young boy in the Dominican Republic, Johann was told to he needed…
232: Reader Question - How can I stop compulsive lying about my drinking?
Nov 30, 2019 • 10 min
Lying is an easy habit to fall into…but not such an easy one to break. If we’ve been open about the fact that we want to change our drinking habits, but it’s proving easier said than done, we don’t want to look like a failure. SO….sometimes…
231: Gratitude with Scott Pinyard
Nov 29, 2019 • 79 min
Here in the United States, we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday! So, in the spirit of giving thanks, Scott Pinyard, This Naked Mind’s head coach, sits down with 4 amazing women who were members of the PATH (our year-long, one-on-one coaching…
230: Reader Question – Reader Question - Why do people drink after a workout? When they are feeling great?
Nov 23, 2019 • 9 min
Does it seem strange to you that there’s a cultural trend toward drinking alcohol after a great workout? Why would anyone do this when they’re feeling so great? Annie educates us on how alcohol affects us differently after exercise and explains…
229: A Sober Girl’s Guide with Jessica
Nov 22, 2019 • 39 min
She was “that girl”….that DJ / party girl. Jessica, the founder of , joins Annie today for a charismatic, funny, RAW interview that you CANNOT miss!! Jessica tells us about the party life she lived in the city of angels and what kinds of…
228: Reader Question – Does regular drinking dull your sense of smell and taste?
Nov 16, 2019 • 3 min
After a few drinks, I feel like I can’t taste or smell as well. Is this all in my head? Or does drinking alcohol affect our taste and smell? Annie dives into the science behind what happens physiologically to these particular senses when we drink…
227: Naked Life Story – Harvey
Nov 15, 2019 • 46 min
Alcohol and nutrition – two topics with seemingly very little in common. When today’s guest started to improve his health and nutrition, he quickly realized that there wasn’t room for alcohol in his healthy lifestyle. Annie welcomes…
226: Reader Question – Does moderate drinking make you live longer than exercise?
Nov 9, 2019 • 5 min
Once in a while we see a headline about how drinking is actually good for you. Is this legit? Annie blows up this misleading information and gets a little fired up in the process! Annie shares research and statistics that will make you rethink these…
225: Naked Life Story – Marietta
Nov 8, 2019 • 49 min
Originally from Holland, today’s guest now resides amongst the rolling hills and endless vineyards in the south of France. Annie welcomes Marietta, who shares her journey to a naked life. Marietta was once a victim of narcissistic abuse and used…
224: Reader Question – How do you mend the relationships you hurt while you were drinking?
Nov 2, 2019 • 8 min
So many of us have hurt the ones we love because of drinking. What’s the best way to go about trying to restore those relationships now that we’ve kicked alcohol to the curb? And how do I mentally prepare for the possibility that some may not be…
223: Naked Life Story – Shelley
Nov 1, 2019 • 34 min
Stuck on repeat and sure that she would lose everything, today’s guest decided she needed to make a change. Annie welcomes Shelley, who has been alcohol free for over 2 years now! But before her life-changing decision that brought her freedom,…
222: Reader Question – What if my marriage is dependent on alcohol?
Oct 26, 2019 • 9 min
Unfortunately, drinking is often the one thing married couples do together. So, what happens when one or both of us quit? Will we even know each other without the comfort zone of drinking? Can our marriage survive without alcohol? Annie gently…
221: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Oct 25, 2019 • 24 min
Here in the United States, we’re enjoying the fall season – the season of change! Leaves are changing, the weather is changing, and there’s a chilly excitement in the air on a Friday night at the high school football game! Speaking of…
220: Reader Question - Doesn’t wine add to the ‘foodie’ experience?
Oct 19, 2019 • 12 min
What about us foodies? What if we no longer drink, but we have yet to convince our minds that wine doesn’t really enhance a nice meal. Annie goes back to ancient times to show us where this belief may have started. Find out how cognitive dissonance…
219: Naked Life Story – Calley
Oct 18, 2019 • 37 min
Completely stuck and struggling to keep it together. Sound familiar? For today’s guest, that was her reality. Annie welcomes Calley to the podcast. Once Calley decided it was time to unveil what was behind the curtain of alcohol and let her mind get…
218: Reader Question - I know I want to drink less but my husband NEVER comments on it - ever (despite my being obviously drunk multiple times!). Why is this!?
Oct 12, 2019 • 9 min
It’s not like we all need someone to tell us that we’re drinking too much – we already know! But when it’s so obvious that we should probably cut back, why doesn’t anyone say anything? Listen in as Annie answers this question with some ideas…
217: Naked Life Story - Laura
Oct 11, 2019 • 43 min
Growing up in Wisconsin, where drinking was just a way of life, today’s guest describes her relationship with alcohol as “disgusting”. Meet Laura, who lived the “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll” lifestyle. For years, she lived in a box that…
216: Reader Question - How do I deal with people being uncomfortable with my not drinking?
Oct 5, 2019 • 5 min
There’s no denying that there’s an awkward tension in the room when we’re the only ones not drinking – especially when we’re newly alcohol free. So, how do we deal with this? Annie tells us not only HOW to deal with this, but also gives us…
215: Naked Life Story - Brandy
Oct 4, 2019 • 32 min
Sheltered and naïve, today’s guest, Brandy, went wild once she was out on her own. A whole new world of drinking, smoking, drugs, and partying led her down a path that landed her in some scary situations. But things have turned around for Brandy,…
214: Reader Question - Why is alcohol considered a depressant but it seems like drinking makes me happy?
Sep 28, 2019 • 9 min
Got a question? Ask Scott, the head coach at This Naked Mind. Once a month, Scott tackles the top 3 most frequently asked questions and answers them using research, personal experience, and tips to help us in our journey to an alcohol free existence….
213: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Sep 27, 2019 • 28 min
Got a question? Ask Scott, the head coach at This Naked Mind. Once a month, Scott tackles the top 3 most frequently asked questions and answers them using research, personal experience, and tips to help us in our journey to an alcohol free existence….
212: Reader Question – Why do I crave alcohol more when I have PMS?
Sep 21, 2019 • 5 min
Why would us girls crave a drink more at “that time of the month” than at other times? Is there any kind of link or is it all in our heads? Annie Grace tells us what she’s learned in her research about this topic. Find out what studies done by…
210: Reader Question - Why hasn’t my family noticed?
Sep 14, 2019 • 5 min
Why do smokers get all the accolades when they decide to quit but when someone quits drinking, it’s a different story. And even worse yet, what if nobody notices that we’ve quit drinking? Annie gives us some possible reasons why those who are…
209: Naked Life Story: Ken
Sep 13, 2019 • 38 min
Join us for today’s interview, where Annie sits down with Ken – who thought he had achieved spontaneous sobriety…until one relapse, which ultimately led him to find This Naked Mind. Ken was then able to do things his way, avoiding the…
208: Reader Question - What about my coffee addiction?
Sep 7, 2019 • 6 min
Is there such a thing as being addicted to coffee and is coffee something that we should be careful with? Annie shares her view on the great coffee debate. Find out if Annie, herself, drinks coffee or if she’s a water only kind of gal. Are you…
207: Naked Life Story: Simone
Sep 6, 2019 • 29 min
From an 8th grade dropout to a registered nurse, today’s guest packs a powerful podcast punch! Annie introduces Simone, who found herself trying to cope with traumatic events from her childhood and youth by using alcohol to numb the pain. But…
206: Reader Question - I’m entertaining and alcohol free. Do I need to provide booze for guests?
Aug 31, 2019 • 6 min
What’s the best way to be a good host if we are living alcohol free? Is it necessary to still provide alcoholic beverages to our guests? Or maybe it’s best to just exempt ourselves from hosting altogether? Annie answers this question with your…
205: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Aug 30, 2019 • 24 min
Our favorite furry-faced friend, Scott Pinyard – the head coach at This Naked Mind – is BACK to answer some frequently asked coaching questions. Today, Scott unpacks 4 questions that SO many of us can relate to! Ever experienced FOMO? Most…
204: Reader Question – Why doesn’t willpower always work?
Aug 24, 2019 • 6 min
Sometimes when offered a drink, it’s an easy “no thank you”. Other times, it’s almost impossible to say no. Why is it that sometimes we’re okay and other times it’s such a struggle? Annie Grace dives into the world of willpower…
203: Naked Life Story – Brittany
Aug 23, 2019 • 48 min
Religion and alcohol can be an interesting topic of discussion, especially for those raised in the Mormon faith - where alcohol is strictly forbidden. Today, Annie chats it up with Brittany, a young mom of three and a former Mormon. Find out how…
202: Reader Question - How do I deal with anger?
Aug 17, 2019 • 6 min
What happens when we are able to change our relationship with alcohol – for the better – but some emotions emerge that we haven’t appropriately dealt with for a long time? How do I channel anger, specifically? Find out what Annie has…
201: Sober Bliss with Gayle Macdonald
Aug 16, 2019 • 53 min
In today’s podcast, Annie doesn’t get to do the interviewing! Nope – she’s the one being interviewed. Listen in as Gayle from puts Annie in the spotlight and gives her the chance to share her story. Annie tells all – from her…
200: Reader Question - How to avoid drinking at a boozy sales meeting?
Aug 10, 2019 • 9 min
The alcohol really flows at most annual sales meetings. But what if we don’t want to drink, yet we also aren’t ready to tell people we’ve given up drinking - for fear that they’ll think there was a problem? Annie opens up with advice from her…
199: Naked Life Story – Lorraine
Aug 9, 2019 • 25 min
In her group of friends, Lorraine was the one who liked to drink the most. But that all changed when she found This Naked Mind. Annie welcomes Lorraine, who seemed to have alcohol coming at her from every direction – almost from birth. From her…
198: Reader Question - Alcohol free drinks? Are they OK?
Aug 3, 2019 • 9 min
Sometimes it feels like an alcohol free beverage would take away the awkwardness of social situations. Other times, it feels like an AF beer would help erase some of our cravings. Is this okay? Find out what Annie has to say about this commonly asked…
197: Naked Life Story - Nicole
Aug 2, 2019 • 43 min
Come down under with Annie as she interviews Nicole, a participant from the January Live Alcohol Experiment. Like many countries, Australia has a drinking age of 18 and for Nicole, that’s when the partying started. For her, drinking became synonymous…
196: Reader Question - I’ve used wine to numb physical pain - now without it my quality of life is way down. What can I do?
Jul 27, 2019 • 10 min
Pain….whether it’s physical or emotional, many of us have used alcohol to cover up the pain. But what happens when we are able to kick our bad drinking habits, but the pain remains. While we know that it’s not healthy to use alcohol to cover up…
195: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Jul 26, 2019 • 21 min
Welcome back to coaching questions with Scott, This Naked Mind’s head coach! If you’ve ever had a question that you just can’t bring yourself to ask, listen up! Scott takes a break each month to bring us answers to some commonly asked questions…
194: Reader Question - How do you define alcohol and alcoholism?
Jul 20, 2019 • 19 min
This topic….’what makes someone an alcoholic’….is a hot spot for many. One person may label themselves an ‘alcoholic’ while another might be completely offended by this term, despite having no control over their own drinking. So when is it…
193: Naked Life Story – Tiffany
Jul 19, 2019 • 31 min
Think professional people wouldn’t show up to work impaired? Well, think again, because it does happen. Sometimes even the best of the best of them fall victim to addiction that impairs their professional judgment. And today, you’ll meet a nurse…
192: Reader Question – How can I talk to my husband about his drinking?
Jul 13, 2019 • 9 min
When we’ve quit drinking but our spouse hasn’t, it can be challenging to coexist. So, how do we approach this topic with him/her? Annie answers this frequently asked question for us and gives us helpful advice on what do to and what not to do. Are…
191: Naked Life Story – Raegan
Jul 12, 2019 • 32 min
Fancy bars near Capitol Hill. Cocktails with U.S. Senators and Congressmen. Annie welcomes Raegan, who can relate to the drinking culture that permeates not only corporate America, but also politics. How did Raegan go from being a non-drinker in high…
190: Reader Question – How to be alcohol free at a wedding?
Jul 6, 2019 • 10 min
Summer is wedding season and a summer wedding without booze is unthinkable! Or is it? Find out how to say no to the open bar and champagne toast as Annie gives us her best advice for dancing the night away without relying on liquid courage. Are you…
189: Naked Life Story – Molly
Jul 5, 2019 • 58 min
In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Molly, who takes us on her journey that started with obsessive dieting and exercise. But with life’s curveballs (including motherhood, the market crash, and a hurricane), she began to rely on alcohol as her way…
188: Reader Question – Quitting drinking is hurting my relationship. Any advice?
Jun 29, 2019 • 8 min
What happens when one person in a relationship or marriage decides to quit drinking? And what if the other person doesn’t have any interest in quitting? How do we avoid a negative impact on our relationship? Tune in as Annie answers this difficult…
187: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Jun 28, 2019 • 22 min
Genetics. Labeling. Marriage. There are a lot of unknowns to navigate through when we venture into a life without alcohol. Scott Pinyard, This Naked Mind’s head coach, gets asked loads of questions every day and today he’s here to answer some of…
186: Reader Question – Does Alcohol Affect Your Immune System?
Jun 22, 2019 • 4 min
Have you ever felt like you’re coming down with a cold or sore throat on a Friday night, you go out and party pretty hard only to wake up with a full blown illness the next day? Is this a coincidence? Does alcohol really have anything to do with…
185: Naked Life – Rachel’s Story
Jun 21, 2019 • 37 min
Annie Grace takes you Down Under today with Rachel Hind! Rachel is a wellness coach and the founder of Be Your Best Self and a professionally trained addiction and sobriety coach, as well. Rachel gets real about her history of binge drinking and…
184: Reader Question – Does alcohol advertising really work?
Jun 15, 2019 • 16 min
From billboards to commercials to magazine ads, alcohol marketing is everywhere. But does this really work? Or is it geared for a certain ‘addictive’ audience? With greater than 10 years of marketing experience, Annie shares fascinating research,…
183: Naked Life - Terrance
Jun 14, 2019 • 33 min
Sometimes the journey to freedom from alcohol has a lot of peaks and valleys; curves and turns; and stops along the way. For Annie’s guest, Terrence, this journey began with what seemed to be an ‘incredible romance’ with alcohol that started in…
182: Reader Question – Since I stopped drinking I noticed my friends drinking less. Is this normal?
Jun 8, 2019 • 8 min
Is it pure coincidence that my friends have been drinking less ever since I stopped drinking? Annie addresses this interesting social phenomenon and gives us startling statistics surrounding social habits that may help explain this “coincidence”….
181: What’s Working Now with Katie Richardson
Jun 7, 2019 • 47 min
Why would someone who has never touched alcohol want to interview Annie Grace? Enter, Katie Richardson, who hosted Annie as a guest on her podcast “What’s Working Now”. Katie is a personal and business mentor who’s helping others with…
180: Reader Question – How do you deal with family members who still drink?
Jun 1, 2019 • 12 min
We can choose our friends, but we can’t choose our family and so… do we deal with this issue if our close family members still drink? Should we just go off the grid and avoid them? Should we insist that they don’t drink when you’re…
179: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
May 31, 2019 • 21 min
Community. It’s such an important part of life and there are a plethora of questions surrounding this topic when it comes to quitting drinking. Join Scott Pinyard, head coach at This Naked Mind, as he focuses on answering questions about how…
178: Reader Question – If I’m not drinking do I just need to stay out of the pub full stop?
May 25, 2019 • 8 min
Anxiety is something that many of us struggle with and when it comes to socializing without our crutch of alcohol, the temptation to drink can become overwhelming. How can we overcome this? Should we just stop socialize altogether? Annie delivers her…
177: Naked Life Story - Kim
May 24, 2019 • 19 min
Problematic? Not so much. Social and fun? Definitely yes! Today, Annie introduces Kim! Kim is an energetic 61-year-old who became a proficient, enthusiastic, social drinker and stuck with it for 40 years….until her ‘bell of consciousness’…
176: Reader Question – But I love the taste of Bud Light, what can I replace it with?
May 18, 2019 • 9 min
I know I need to give up drinking and I plan to do this, but I absolutely love the taste of one specific drink! What’s the best way to go about giving this up? Or can I find something to even replace it with that’s non-alcoholic? Annie shares some…
175: “Your Life By Design” with Pleasance Silicki
May 17, 2019 • 57 min
Ready for something special? On March 20, Annie was the podcast guest of Pleasance Silicki – founder of LOLA Community. Pleasance wears many hats – she’s a mother, an author, yoga instructor, and a health coach – to name just a few….
174: Reader Question – How do I gracefully say no to alcohol?
May 11, 2019 • 6 min
Isn’t it interesting that we have to feel bad about saying no to a drink? But since that’s just the way it is, what are some tips on how to say no gracefully when offered alcohol? Find out what kinds of things Annie has done to help dodge the…
173: Naked Life Story: Monica
May 10, 2019 • 19 min
Is it hard for you to imagine going to your lake home for the weekend or the Fourth of July and not drinking? Cruising on the pontoon with only bottled water and lemonade in the cooler? For Monica, she doesn’t have to imagine it – this is her…
172: Reader Question - Can online forums keep me stuck?
May 4, 2019 • 8 min
Often times when we give up a bad habit (like drinking), support groups and online forums can be extremely helpful….until they’re not. Can they eventually keep us stuck and drag us down? Annie answers this question from a personal perspective and…
171: Naked Life Story: Jordan
May 3, 2019 • 21 min
Born into an alcoholic home, Annie’s guest, Jordan, shares with us what life was like growing up in Sin City. Parties that started at midnight; surviving one hangover just to suffer another; and endless bottles of liquor finally led Jordan to…
170: Reader Question - How do I talk to my kids about drinking alcohol?
Apr 27, 2019 • 13 min
With our alcohol-infatuated culture and society, it seems inevitable that we will need to discuss the topic of drinking with our kids. But is that the right thing to do? If so, what’s the best way to do this? How? And at what age? As a mom of three,…
169: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Apr 26, 2019 • 27 min
Scott Pinyard, head coach at This Naked Mind, is BACK! In today’s episode, Scott tackles another batch of commonly asked questions – 4 to be exact! Scott answers these with so much great insight, information, and personal experience, that you…
168: Reader Question – How did you come out as a non drinker?
Apr 20, 2019 • 10 min
Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of giving up drinking is the part where we “come out” to our friends and family. While this isn’t a big deal for everyone, it’s a real fear for some. Find out the 3 different methods Annie used when she…
167: Naked Life Story - Michael
Apr 19, 2019 • 19 min
We’ve heard Annie discuss the drinking culture in New York City, but what about the west coast? Those California beaches, the vineyards, and all that sunshine! Meet Michael from Orange County, CA, who shares his Naked Life story with us . Find out…
166: Reader Question - Why do I dream about drinking?
Apr 13, 2019 • 6 min
Is dreaming about drinking normal? And does it mean that I still want to be drinking? Is it possible to wake up “hungover” after a dream like this? While not an expert on the science of dreams, Annie does share her opinion on this question and…
165: Naked Life Story: Jacqueline
Apr 12, 2019 • 29 min
In today’s podcast, Annie introduces Jacqueline from the Netherlands, where drinking is part of the culture, as it is in many parts of the world. But something was different for Jacqueline. When her husband had a heart attack at age 41, she decided…
164: Reader Question - Are vacations and holidays more fun without drinking?
Apr 6, 2019 • 9 min
Imagine this - a powder white beach, crystal blue water, and a balmy 85 degrees….finally a much-deserved vacation and some R&R. The only thing missing from this picture is the classic umbrella drink. So what happens when I give up drinking? No…
163: Naked Life Story - Carrie
Apr 5, 2019 • 61 min
In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Carrie, who shares a complicated story of how she went from a naïve high school girl to a sorority party girl in college. Carrie gets real about her difficulties with friendships, an abusive ex-husband, single…
162: Reader Question - Why does alcohol get a free pass in society when it is so dangerous?
Mar 30, 2019 • 12 min
Have you ever wondered if alcohol is as dangerous as some say it is? And if so, then why does our society support it so much? Annie Grace shares facts and statistics that may or may not surprise you. Learn about the tricks and secrets that the…
161: Coaching with Scott Pinyard
Mar 29, 2019 • 28 min
Welcome to this month’s Q&A episode with This Naked Mind’s head coach, Scott Pinyard,. Today, Scott discusses one of the most powerful thought processes that impacts our overall health. In this episode, Scott gives you the answer to the…
160: Reader Question – Is addiction genetic?
Mar 23, 2019 • 10 min
Have you ever wondered if addiction is truly genetic in nature? If it is, are we doomed to become an alcoholic if there is alcoholism in our family history? Annie discusses genetic influence, susceptibility, and long term exposure. Annie use…
159: Naked Life Story: Taryn
Mar 22, 2019 • 35 min
Ready to meet someone super cool? Annie Grace chats it up with Taryn Strong – one of the founders of She Recovers – an organization aimed at connecting, supporting, and empowering women. Taryn takes us back to her first drink at 12 years old and…
158: Reader Question – How do you deal with stress without alcohol?
Mar 16, 2019 • 7 min
Annie recently answered a question regarding alcohol and stress. But today, she addresses what exactly she does to relax after a long, stressful day. When reaching for a drink is no longer an option, then what could possibly be as effective? Annie…
157: Naked Life Story - Karolina
Mar 15, 2019 • 26 min
Today, Annie welcomes Karolina, who was a gray area drinker for many years. Karolina went from being a college party girl to a weekend binge drinker to now being alcohol free. But when work, marriage, and weight gain forced her to use boundaries…
156: Reader Question – What is the difference in binge drinking vs. daily drinking?
Mar 9, 2019 • 15 min
What defines binge drinking? If we drink heavily on the weekends and then take a few days off only to repeat the cycle, does that make me a binge drinker? Find out what Annie says about the difference between being a daily drinker and a binge drinker…
155: Naked Life Story: Tricia
Mar 8, 2019 • 30 min
This Naked Mind and Annie Grace welcome Tricia, the host of Recovery Happy Hour podcast. Tricia was a self-proclaimed, overachieving, co-dependent alcoholic until she finally decided that her luck was bound to run out. Tricia shares what was the…
154: Reader Question - Why am I having sugar cravings during a break from alcohol? Annie Grace answers
Mar 2, 2019 • 10 min
Is it odd to miss something we never really had? When sugar isn’t something that we really had a lot of BEFORE quitting alcohol, then why the insane craving AFTER quitting? Annie leads us to an understanding of the physiological reason we actually…
153: Naked Life Story: Kerry
Mar 1, 2019 • 37 min
Most of us have some sort of drinking history from college, but not Kerry – today’s guest. Annie highlights Kerry’s naked life story today. Kerry is a hard-working, southern gentleman who found himself using alcohol to numb the pain…
152: Reader Question - Alcohol & older adults, what we need to know
Feb 23, 2019 • 9 min
We’ve heard that drinking is becoming a problem for an unsuspecting age group – those over 50. Is this true? And if it IS true, what explains it? Annie answers this inquiry by confirming that yes – the demographic statistics of…
151: Coaching Questions with Scott Pinyard
Feb 22, 2019 • 28 min
Scott Pinyard – head coach at This Naked Mind – comes on podcast with us today to answer frequently asked questions. Scott fields a question about how to handle the temptations during an important business meeting and gives us tips on how to…
150: Reader Question - What is a Naked Mind?
Feb 16, 2019 • 9 min
This Naked Mind is such an interesting name. What exactly does it mean? Find out what inspired Annie to use this unique name for her book and what exactly it means to have a ‘naked mind’.
149: Naked Life Story: Rachel
Feb 15, 2019 • 30 min
Today, Annie introduces Rachel from Rachel Hart Coaching. Annie and Rachel share the same passion, which is helping people find freedom from alcohol. In college, Rachel used alcohol to access the fun, confident version of herself. But it wasn’t a…
148: Reader Question - Should I start drinking socially?
Feb 9, 2019 • 8 min
I fear that my break from alcohol won’t be a realistic, permanent option. What about my family, who are big drinkers, and my friends who depend on me to have a drink with them? Maybe I should drink socially so that I can maintain my relationships?…
147: Naked Life Story - Angela
Feb 8, 2019 • 25 min
An absent mother, a violent father, life as a single mom, and a brother who was murdered created the perfect storm for today’s podcast guest. Annie meets up with Angela, who shares her painful (yet amazing) naked life story of recovery. …
146: Reader Question - What is the link between drinking and binge eating?
Feb 2, 2019 • 7 min
There seems to be a correlation between binging food and binging alcohol. If there is a link, what is it? Annie Grace answers this question, giving us three theories that might help explain this. She discusses the ‘forbidden fruit’ syndrome,…
145: Stop Fighting Food with Isabel Foxen Duke
Feb 1, 2019 • 60 min
WOW! In today’s podcast, Annie introduces Isabel Foxen Duke, the founder of and you will be amazed by this information-packed interview. From a young child, Isabel began a relationship with food that trapped her in an unhealthy, vicious cycle…
144: Reader Question - Does everyone have alcohol withdrawals?
Jan 26, 2019 • 6 min
My conscious mind has agreed with my subconscious mind and I no longer want to drink! So, let’s talk withdrawal. I haven’t had any withdrawal symptoms the past three nights, but should I be prepared for some to come? And what can I…
143: Coaching Questions: Introducing Head Naked Mind Coach Scott Pinyard
Jan 25, 2019 • 16 min
Today, Annie introduces This Naked Mind’s head coach, Scott Pinyard. Scott will be hosting a monthly podcast called ‘Coaching Questions’, where he will answer some of the difficult, intense questions surrounding quitting drinking. Get to…
142: Reader Question - Reader Question - Why do I feel better the day after drinking?
Jan 19, 2019 • 5 min
Most people feel miserable and hungover the day after drinking. Why do some people have the opposite effect? I feel full of energy and great! Annie explains why this does happen and why alcohol is sometimes referred to as the ‘dirty drug’.
141: Naked Life Story: Jamie
Jan 18, 2019 • 29 min
Being alcohol free is all sunshine and roses, right? Annie visits with Jamie, who decided to give up drinking in September of 2017. Although Jamie has no regrets about quitting, she gets real about the struggles that can arise after quitting -…
140: Reader Question - After a while not drinking, when I drink again I feel so much worse than before. Why is this?
Jan 12, 2019 • 8 min
I don’t drink nearly the amount I used to, but when I do – I now get the worst hangovers. Is this normal? Annie explains that YES, this is normal and tells us why. She educates us on the chemicals involved in this and why even a…
139: Naked Life Story - Mike
Jan 11, 2019 • 42 min
Growth happens outside of our comfort zone – Annie Grace meets up with Mike, who attended the Naked Mind Live Event in October – and for Mike, this is absolutely true. He stepped out of his comfort zone nearly a year ago and took back…
138: Reader Question - How do I reach the same level of fun conversation without alcohol?
Jan 5, 2019 • 9 min
I fear that I won’t be able to have the same type of connection and fun if I’m not drinking. Can you reassure me that socializing will still be fun even if I’m the only one not drinking? This is a question that we have all had when…
137: Quit Pain Pills with Dr. Leslie Cole M.D.
Jan 4, 2019 • 40 min
Our country is in the midst of a crisis – an opioid crisis. When we have pain – we immediately want it taken away and when that pain is relieved – we form an attachment to the source of rescue (in many cases, this is pain pills). …
136: Reader Question - Do you have to figure out all the stuff inside you before you can heal?
Dec 29, 2018 • 16 min
Do I need to go back and relive what caused me to start drinking in the first place in order to fully heal? Annie Grace answers this question using research and study findings to help answer this question. She shares the importance of taking…
135: The Pitfalls of 30 Day Alcohol Free Challenges with Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard
Dec 28, 2018 • 33 min
Annie Grace sits down with Scott Pinyard, This Naked Mind’s head coach, to discuss tips and topics that will help you be successful with a 30-day break from alcohol – The Alcohol Experiment! Annie and Scott will walk us through six things…
134: Reader Question - I quit drinking. When will I lose my spare tire?
Dec 22, 2018 • 5 min
I thought when I quit drinking, I’d lose a bunch of weight. It’s been a while now, so why am I not losing like I wanted to and thought I would? Annie shares her personal experience of the ups and downs of losing and maintaining weight…
133: Naked Life Story: Nate
Dec 21, 2018 • 26 min
In today’s episode, Annie welcomes Nate, who at one time was a happy-go-lucky, athletic college student who could enjoy life without even the thought of a drink. Find out how alcohol quickly wove a messy web that trapped him into a world of…
132: Reader Question - Why don’t I get bad hangovers anymore?
Dec 15, 2018 • 9 min
Sometimes I have close to two bottles of wine at night, but don’t really get a hangover the next day. Why is this? Annie Grace answers this question with science, personal experience, and reasons why hangovers do and don’t happen. Find out…
131: Mingle Mocktails with Laura
Dec 14, 2018 • 27 min
Diet tonic water, seltzer with a twist of lime, diet cola, ginger ale.….to name just a few. If you’re living a sober life, these drinks might sound familiar (and honestly, kind of boring). Annie’s guest, Laura from Mingle Sparkling Mocktails is…
130: Reader Question - How to deal with loneliness?
Dec 8, 2018 • 8 min
What do we do about the loneliness we feel when we’ve given up drinking? Alcohol was what used to fill that void, but now there’s longer alcohol to fill that space. Annie shares some great ideas of how to overcome this issue of loneliness – and…
129: Naked Life Story: Erika
Dec 7, 2018 • 29 min
From leaving the car running after a drunk drive home to threatening divorce while under the influence, today’s guest sits down with Annie to share about her journey to a naked life. Erika worked hard to surround herself with people who were…
128: Reader Question - How to deal with alcohol triggers?
Dec 1, 2018 • 10 min
What’s the deal with triggers? And how do I deal with them? Annie delivers an answer for this common question, that will help us connect the dots and understand why triggers and cravings are so problematic, including the role dopamine plays in…
127: Naked Life Story: Heather
Nov 30, 2018 • 45 min
Today, Annie welcomes Heather, a 34-year-old writer from California, to today’s podcast. Heather shares the story of her 3-phase drinking career and how she broke free! Heather talks about the importance of granting ourselves permission to…
126: Reader Question - Alcohol Free: Is it worth it?
Nov 24, 2018 • 11 min
Is giving up alcohol really worth feeling like my life is consumed with quitting drinking? Annie gives us reassurance and presents the question….if your house was burning down, wouldn’t you want to get out? It’s easy to lose sight of…
125: Naked Life Story: Mike
Nov 23, 2018 • 34 min
Have you ever done something so embarrassing while you were drunk that you wanted to crawl in a hole the next day? Annie welcomes Mike to the podcast, who shares his ‘David Hasselhoff’ drinking moment and how this was a turning point for…
124: Reader Question - I stopped drinking and my husband has no intention of stopping. How do I deal?
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
Should it bother us if we’ve quit drinking but our spouse hasn’t? And should we force our newfound lifestyle on others? Annie Grace calls on a friend and early reader to help shed some light on this question. Find out what their thoughts are…
123: Naked Life Story: Sara
Nov 16, 2018 • 32 min
Annie welcomes Sara to today’s episode of This Naked Mind. Sara delivers an honest, emotional interview about her path to freedom and the reasons she gave up drinking. Annie and Sara discuss the ‘mommy wine culture’, the emotional pain of…
122: Reader Question: Why do I feel detached when I’m not drinking?
Nov 10, 2018 • 9 min
Let’s face it…..when we are the only ones not drinking, it can leave us feeling detached, separated, and awkward. How do we deal with this and put a positive spin on these types of scenarios? Annie gives us reassuring tips on how to approach…
121: Naked Life Story: Danita
Nov 9, 2018 • 42 min
Today, Annie Grace welcomes Danita, a 61-year-old who has a truly inspiring Naked Life story! At 61, Danita brings a perspective from one of the fastest-growing demographic groups of drinkers…..women over 50. Danita highlights the…
120: Reader Question - I can’t be sober for more than 12 days. Can you help?
Nov 3, 2018 • 13 min
What is the problem here? Why do I consistently break my sobriety at 12 days? In today’s episode, Annie hands over some great resources to help us overcome those “sticky” spots of sobriety. We will learn about the art of ‘urge…
119: Why Am I Stuck?
Nov 2, 2018 • 17 min
For some people, the transition to a sober life is not such a slam dunk. Rather, it feels like an unreachable goal that will never be achieved. Join Annie in today’s podcast as she addresses the issue of feeling ‘stuck’….
118: Reader Question - Why Don’t You Drink Alcohol?
Oct 27, 2018 • 12 min
Why do some people choose to drink in moderation while others choose to quit altogether? If I never had a “rock bottom” or “aha” moment, then should I still give up drinking completely? What are the benefits of being completely…
117: Rock Bottom with Annie Grace
Oct 26, 2018 • 16 min
In today’s episode, Annie talks ‘rock bottom’. What does hitting rock bottom mean for you and why do some of us just accept that we must get there before we change? Would we be better off if we had thoughtful foresight for our future…
116: Reader Question - Does alcohol really relax us?
Oct 20, 2018 • 11 min
Why do we automatically assume that a drink will help us relax? Do we really get the desired effect of “relaxation”? What effect does alcohol actually have on our bodies and minds with regards to “relaxation”? Annie answers these important…
115: The Pretty Side vs The Ugly Side
Oct 19, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s episode, Annie gives us a sneak peek at an upcoming podcast she will be doing with an inspirational man she met during a recent speaking engagement. Listen in as Annie shares why she finds this individual to have a story worth…
114: Reader Question - How do I handle my social anxiety without alcohol?
Oct 13, 2018 • 12 min
Why do I feel more anxiety about socializing when I know I won’t be drinking? Is it best to just avoid going out altogether? Annie Grace unpacks several tips for helping us deal with this common problem. Find out what safety…
113: Naked Life Story: Andrew
Oct 12, 2018 • 54 min
How did your ‘relationship with alcohol’ actually develop? Or how about your ‘relationship with food’? Did you choose this relationship? Or was it influenced by others? On today’s episode, Annie meets with Andrew Shanahan, the…
Episode 112: Reader Question: Why does it seem so easy for others? Why can’t I get free?
Oct 6, 2018 • 10 min
Why is abandoning addiction so hard for some and easy for others? What are we doing wrong? Is it just me? Or is this normal? Are there other resources I can use? Annie Grace reassures us with her advice on what to do when we just aren’t…
Episode 111: The Abstinence Myth with Dr. Adi Jaffe
Oct 5, 2018 • 38 min
Can we be successful at beating addiction if we don’t abstain altogether? Annie Grace welcomes back her first-ever, second-time guest, Dr. Adi Jaffe in today’s episode to discuss his book, “The Abstinence Myth.” Dr. Jaffe’s unique…
110: Reader Question - I stopped drinking alcohol but now I binge on Netflix and ice cream. What’s the deal?
Sep 29, 2018 • 11 min
How do we avoid trading one addiction for another? Is it always a bad thing to replace our focus on alcohol to something new? Join us as Annie shares her advice on this issue and some of the tools she personally used to refocus her energy when she…
109: Naked Life Story: Greg
Sep 28, 2018 • 33 min
Annie Grace heads to New York City for today’s interview with Greg! Listen in as Annie and Greg discuss their thoughts on the effect alcohol has on the social fabric of NYC, as well as the disproportionate impact that drugs and alcohol have on…
108: Reader Question - How can I handle my guilt and regret from my drinking days?
Sep 22, 2018 • 12 min
It seems expected to go through a period of guilt and regret while on the recovery journey, but is it possible to make this a positive experience instead of a chapter full of self-loathing and guilt? If so…how? Can we avoid letting this…
107: Relationship Junkie with Sherry Gaba
Sep 21, 2018 • 30 min
Hang out with Annie Grace as she interviews Sherry Gaba - author, psychotherapist, and a certified recovery coach (most notably on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab)! Sherry discusses the ins and outs of “love addiction”, the fear of being alone, and…
106: Reader’s Question - Why does living alcohol-free feel lonely?
Sep 15, 2018 • 7 min
From baby showers to funerals – alcohol is everywhere we turn. Has it become the glue that holds our social life together? And what do we do with this issue of loneliness when we’re the only one not drinking? Annie Grace gives us LEGIT…
105: Naked Life Story: James
Sep 14, 2018 • 24 min
Annie sits down with James, who’s celebrating six months of sobriety! Way to go! But James didn’t always have much to cheer about! Find out what it finally took to prompt James to seek help for his addiction. Check out how his life has…
104: Reader Question - How did you tell your friends you stopped drinking?
Sep 8, 2018 • 10 min
Why is it so hard to ‘come out’ about the fact that we no longer drink? And why do we feel like we owe people an explanation for declining a drink? Find out how Annie Grace tackled the task of telling friends, family, and colleagues that she…
103: Naked Life Story: Steven
Sep 7, 2018 • 31 min
Tune in today as Annie Grace hears Steven’s Naked Life story! Follow along as Steven shares how he went from an all-American, non-drinking athlete in high school to slowly developing a problem with alcohol in college and young adulthood and…
102: Reader’s Question - Did you stop drinking all at once or a bit at a time?
Sep 1, 2018 • 11 min
Are there rules about how to begin this process of going alcohol free? Should we force the issue of going cold turkey? Annie Grace shares her thoughts on finding peace with starting the process of quitting drinking. Episode Links:
101: Naked Life Story: Liz
Aug 31, 2018 • 37 min
Getting drunk after the kids’ basketball games and waking up at 3 a.m. every night was getting old for this week’s guest! Join Annie Grace and Liz – a fellow podcaster, mother, and ‘retired’ drinker, as they get real about what life…
100: 100 Reasons with Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard
Aug 25, 2018 • 63 min
It’s the 100th episode!!! To celebrate this milestone, Annie Grace and Scott Pinyard create an impromptu ‘top 100’ list of advice, learnings, and insights they have gained on their journey. This casual, lighthearted episode boasts a wealth…
99: The Grind with Joey Tork and Jason Harmon
Aug 24, 2018 • 55 min
Annie Grace was recently interviewed by Joey Tork and Jason Harmon from The Grind podcast. The interview was so amazing, that she wanted to share it with the This Naked Mind audience! Joey and Jason discuss with Annie how they came across her…
98: Reader Question - How long does alcohol take to leave the body?
Aug 18, 2018 • 5 min
I’ve heard that it takes one hour for our liver to metabolize one unit of alcohol…if this is true, why do you say it can take up to 10 days for alcohol to leave the body? Annie clears up this head scratching question and explains the science…
97: Is Addiction a Disease?
Aug 17, 2018 • 28 min
Join Annie and her lead certified Naked Mind coach, Scott Pinyard, as they discuss one of the most difficult and frequently asked questions, “Is alcohol addiction a disease…..or not?” Annie and Scott dissect this challenging question and give us…
96: Reader Question - What is PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)? And does it happen for everyone?
Aug 11, 2018 • 7 min
In what stage of recovery does PAWS occur and does it happen to everyone? Annie answers questions about PAWS and shares scientific research and her opinion on why it happens, how long it lasts, and how to change our thinking in order to avoid it.
95: MindBody Mastery with Katelyn Michals
Aug 10, 2018 • 38 min
Annie was recently interviewed by Katelyn Michals, creator of MindBody Mastery podcast. Listen as Katelyn interviews Annie Grace about her own journey to recovery. Annie shares with Katelyn, how she applied Dr. John Sarno’s methods…
94: Reader Question – I Stopped Drinking but My Friends are not Supportive. How to deal?
Aug 4, 2018 • 8 min
What do we do when our friends are judgment or not supportive of our decision to change our drinking habits? Annie speaks about her own personal experiences with this and provides some great insight and advice as to how we can approach these scenarios.
93: Overcoming Family Odds with Jeanne Foot
Aug 3, 2018 • 25 min
Jeanne is a mental health advocate, certified addiction counselor and recovery specialist. Jeanne shares her story with Annie which includes growing up in a family that seemed to be constantly dealing with one crisis after another, much of which…
92: Reader Question – Should I Count Alcohol Free Days?
Jul 28, 2018 • 7 min
Is it better to keep track of our alcohol free days or just to not think about it? Annie answers this question that we all have asked ourselves by describing her own personal experiences as well as providing some insightful information about the…
91: Naked Life Story: Sheila
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
Sheila had a 45 year history with alcohol where she thought many times about trying to stop drinking before she finally did. She shares her story with Annie about how she grew up around alcohol being a very normal part of life and discusses when…
90: Reader Question – Does the Euphoria of Becoming Alcohol Free Wear Off?
Jul 21, 2018 • 10 min
When we finally find freedom in our relationship with alcohol, many of us experience feelings of pure elation and joy. But what happens if that feeling wears off? How do we cope with the end of the “honeymoon phase” of being alcohol…
89: Alcohol Can Make You Fat
Jul 20, 2018 • 9 min
Does Alcohol really contribute to weight gain? Annie Grace explains the three main reasons why alcohol makes us fat, according to scientific research. She also debunks some widely accepted myths about alcohol and it’s sugar content as well as…
88: Reader Question – Social Drinking – How Do I Muster the Willpower Not to Drink?
Jul 14, 2018 • 8 min
We may have absorbed all of the information we need to experience a mindset shift when it comes to our desire to drink, but then we go out with friends and all of that seems to fade away. How are we supposed to get through social interactions…
87: Naked Life Story: Dean
Jul 13, 2018 • 31 min
Dean is a husband, father, business man and a special constable (part-time police officer) in the UK. Dean tells Annie about his story and how is relationship with alcohol started out, like so many of us, by casually going out drinking with his…
86: Reader Question – How long does it take to start really feeling better after I stop drinking? With Dr Adi Jaffe
Jul 7, 2018 • 12 min
I’ve stopped drinking, but how long does it take to really start to feel the changes as my body recovers from the damage alcohol has done? Annie and Dr Jaffe address this commonly asked question by Annie sharing her own personal experience…
85: Naked Life Story: Danielle
Jul 6, 2018 • 28 min
Danielle Baldino started drinking while in college and over the next few years found herself shifting from drinking with friends for fun to weekend binge drinking as a way to cope with loneliness and life as a newly married woman being at all what she…
84: Reader Question – Why can’t I stop drinking alone?
Jun 30, 2018 • 12 min
I’m drinking at home alone at night to quiet the noise, relax and fall asleep faster, so how can I stop doing that? Annie explains why alcohol seems to provide a temporary sense of relaxation, why quieting the noise isn’t actually a great idea and…
83: What About Food? With Kaelin Tuell Poulin
Jun 29, 2018 • 31 min
Kaelin Tuell Poulin is the founder of LadyBoss Weight Loss and her mission is to “help women lose weight while loving themselves again”. Annie gets so many questions about food and sugar cravings and addiction so she brought her friend, and an…
82: Reader Question – What are Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method?
Jun 23, 2018 • 10 min
Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method come up all the time in reader’s questions to Annie. Annie spends some time explaining what Naltrexone is and how The Sinclair Method works based on her research as well as the feedback from so many of her…
81: Beyond the Bars with Rob Lohman
Jun 22, 2018 • 57 min
Rob Lohman is the founder of The Addiction Recovery Hub and Host of the Beyond the Bars Radio Podcast. Rob shares with Annie about his story of immense addiction and his amazing journey through recovery in such an honest and raw way. …
80: Reader Question – I drink to f*ck my brain up, just for a little while, can you help?
Jun 16, 2018 • 11 min
So many of us have turned to alcohol in times where we just want to lose ourselves and escape the pressure and noise. What can we do to get out of this cycle? Annie answers this question with some great information and amazing advice….
79: The Truth About Alcohol with Lee Davy
Jun 15, 2018 • 41 min
Lee Davy is the founder of The Truth About Alcohol. Lee shares his incredible story with Annie of how he found spontaneous sobriety after years of excess partying and how “The Truth About Alcohol” came to be from his desire to help others…
78: Reader Question – How Did I Stop Drinking?
Jun 9, 2018 • 9 min
In this episode, Annie describes her own personal journey that brought her to the research behind and how her method of unconscious conditioning worked to finally bring that ultimate freedom in her relationship with alcohol. Episode Links: by…
77: Naked Life Story: Jenna Sinclair
Jun 8, 2018 • 44 min
Jenna Sinclair spent much of her childhood in pubs observing her mom drinking too much and being carried home by some of the locals on a regular basis. It didn’t take too long before Jenna realized she was following in her mom’s footsteps…
76: Reader Question - Does drinking really prevent Alzheimer’s?
Jun 2, 2018 • 12 min
Annie responds to an article titled “Moderate to Heavy Drinkers are More Likely to Live to 85 Without Developing Dementia” by breaking down the details from the study and providing her own research. Annie also addresses the headline culture…
75: Allowing with Laura McKowen
Jun 1, 2018 • 43 min
Laura McKowen somewhat reluctantly overcame what she describes as a “life-threatening drinking problem”. She then started to share her story with others through her website and podcasts before she decided to leave her successful corporate…
74: Reader Question – Are you happier without alcohol?
May 26, 2018 • 8 min
Is it really possible to be happier without alcohol? That can be really hard to even imagine. Annie describes her thoughts around happiness with alcohol and happiness without it by providing some specific examples for various emotions that…
73: Drinking in Full Control with Ruari Fairbairns
May 25, 2018 • 39 min
Ruari Fairbairns is the co-founder of One Year No Beer and the author of The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge. Ruari shares his story with Annie starting with how he got drunk for the first time at the age of 12, to having a career in his 20s that…
72: Reader Question – Did you quit forever?
May 19, 2018 • 12 min
Annie gets asked this question all the time. Did she go into this with the plan to quit forever or just to drink less? And does she consider herself someone who has quit drinking forever? Annie describes her intentions and the outcome of…
71: Naked Life Story: Sasha Tozzi
May 18, 2018 • 37 min
Sashi Tozzi started drinking at 15 years old as a way to overcome her shyness and social anxiety. By the time she turned 20, things had escalated to the point where her family staged an intervention with her about her drug and alcohol use. …
70: Reader Question – How Do I Overcome Guilt & Regret
May 12, 2018 • 13 min
When we finally find freedom in our relationship with alcohol, what are we supposed to do with all of the guilt and regret for the things we did in our past? Annie offers some amazing insight into how guilt and regret can be both a positive and…
69: Allowing Feeling with Scott Stabile
May 11, 2018 • 33 min
Scott Stabile has a very traumatic past and yet has made it his mission in life to “spread as much love as possible” and is doing just that with his social media presence and his writing. He is the author of Big Love, a book that is made up of a…
68: Reader Question - How can I not be a zealot about the fact that I no longer drink?
May 5, 2018 • 10 min
When we finally find that freedom in our relationship with alcohol, it can be so hard not to try to push it on everyone around us. Annie gives us some great advice on how to approach those around us who may still be struggling to find their own…
67: The Billion Dollar Body with Nicholas Bayerle
May 4, 2018 • 34 min
Nicholas Bayerle is the CEO of Billion Dollar Body. Nicholas has an immense passion to help men find and live into their amazing potential. Annie and Nicholas discuss the amazing transformation that can happen when we realize that we are all in…
66: Reader Question - I’m trying to moderate and I’m wondering why does the day after drinking feel so bad?
Apr 28, 2018 • 14 min
If we are doing pretty well at moderation, then what are the scientific reasons behind why we feel so terrible the day after we have a drink? Annie explains why this might be happening and provides a lot of great insight into what we should be…
65: Moderation
Apr 27, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s podcast, Annie reveals her most recent research on the topic of Moderation. She explains that there are two reasons we might want to moderate and two possible outcomes. She then outlines 6 vital things science says about…
64: Reader Question - Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Are they okay?
Apr 21, 2018 • 13 min
Should we start drinking non-alcoholic wine or beer after we have eliminated alcohol? And can it cause some sort of trigger to crave alcohol again? Annie provides some great information on how we should approach this question.
63: Natural Healing from Alcohol with Dr Terry Trinka
Apr 20, 2018 • 42 min
Dr Terry Trinka is a neurological optometrist and certified nutritionist who specializes in helping people with both vision and health problems. Annie Grace started seeing Dr Trinka two years ago when she was looking for a holistic approach to…
62: Reader Question – What is the science behind why I feel like I want to drink so badly?
Apr 14, 2018 • 12 min
When we have made a conscious decision to no longer drink, what is the scientific reason for why we find ourselves desperately wanting a drink? Annie provides us with some great research on what is happening in our brain when we drink and why we feel…
61: Naked Life Story: Paul Churchill
Apr 13, 2018 • 40 min
Paul Churchill is the founder of Recovery Elevator Podcast, which started out as a personal accountability tool and now has over 2 million downloads! Paul tells Annie about his own struggles with alcohol addiction and what led him to start the…
60: Reader Question – I see no benefit to alcohol, why can’t I just quit?
Apr 7, 2018 • 8 min
If I understand and agree with pretty much everything I read in This Naked Mind, why am I having such a hard time actually quitting? Annie gives us some great information on why we might be experiencing this frustrating situation and provides…
59: Workaholism with Dawn Nickel
Apr 6, 2018 • 53 min
Dawn Nickel is the co-creator of She Recovers. Dawn talks to Annie about her personal struggles with addictions to alcohol, marijuana and most recently, work. Her recovery work in all of these areas led her down the path to creating She…
58: Reader Question – Am I an alcoholic?
Mar 31, 2018 • 8 min
How do I know if I am an alcoholic? So many of us have asked ourselves this question at some point. Annie tackles this question with information on the term “alcoholism” vs the newer term of “alcohol use disorder” and provides us with a better…
57: Naked Life Story: Andy Ramage
Mar 30, 2018 • 35 min
Andy Ramage is the co-founder of One Year No Beer and the author of The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge. Annie and Andy discuss how One Year No Beer started by Andy describing his own personal journey with alcohol. Andy found freedom his…
56: Reader Question – Is Drinking Just Truly a Habit?
Mar 24, 2018 • 9 min
Annie discusses how to expose the unconscious belief that drinking is just a habit by explaining Liminal Thinking and how our experiences, observations, assumptions and conclusions have determined our current reality.
55: My Fair Junkie with Amy Dresner
Mar 23, 2018 • 44 min
Amy is a former professional comedienne who struggled with addictions to anything and everything. After getting sober in 2012, she wrote a beautifully honest addiction memoir, My Fair Junkie. Amy talks to Annie about her addictions and the…
54: Reader Question – How Can I Not Forget All the Reasons I Quit Drinking?
Mar 17, 2018 • 9 min
When we are finally settling in to sobriety, it might be easy to forget how bad things actually were when we had no control in our relationship with alcohol. How do we stay mindful and aware. Annie provides some great advice and tips on…
53: Science & Social Conditioning with Annie Grace & Michael Patrick
Mar 16, 2018 • 23 min
Annie was recently interviewed by Michael Patrick for the Podcast. Annie and Michael discussed spontaneous sobriety, the unconscious mind, societal conditioning around alcohol and whether or not alcohol can truly relax us. …
52: Reader Question – How To Overcome Cravings?
Mar 10, 2018 • 23 min
When we truly believe that alcohol is not helpful to us in any way, but still find ourselves craving it, how can we stick to our decision and fight against cravings? Annie provides an explanation for what a craving is and where it is coming from…
51: The Unconscious Root of Addiction with Steve Ozanich
Mar 9, 2018 • 43 min
Steve Ozanich discovered personal healing through Dr John Sarno’s work and has dedicated his life to helping others in the same way. He is an author and teacher specializing in TMS or MindBody Syndrome. As a result of Annie’s own…
50: Reader Question – How Can I Loosen Up Without Alcohol?
Mar 3, 2018 • 11 min
Can we still enjoy social settings that involve alcohol when we have made the decision to stop drinking? And if so, how can we loosen up to enjoy ourselves without drinking? Annie shares her personal experiences with social drinking…
49: Naked Life Stories: Kelly Fitzgerald & Carly Benson
Mar 2, 2018 • 43 min
Kelly Fitzgerald is the author behind the blog Sober Senorita and Carly Benson is the founder of Miracles are Brewing. Kelly and Carly both tell Annie about their stories of addiction and their experience with spontaneous sobriety and how they…
48: Reader Question – I Quit Drinking But My Spouse Has Not. Any Advice?
Feb 24, 2018 • 10 min
When we make the big decision to stop drinking, but our spouse is still drinking, how do we handle that? Annie gives some great advice and discusses the common mistakes that we can make in our relationships during this major change in our own lives.
47: Naked Life Story: Jolene Park
Feb 23, 2018 • 34 min
Jolene Park is a functional nutritionist and health coach who works with purpose-driven companies and individuals. She is also one of the Certified This Naked Mind Coaches. Jolene recently did a TED Talk on gray area drinking. Jolene…
46: Reader Question – How Do I Let Go of Self Sabotage?
Feb 17, 2018 • 11 min
How can we find enough love for ourselves to stop the self-sabotage and truly find freedom? Annie shares her advice on how to change how we treat ourselves and move towards a life of gratitude and happiness. Episode Links: by Shawn Achor
45: Naked Life Story: Holly Glenn Whitaker
Feb 16, 2018 • 38 min
Holly Glenn Whitaker is the founder of Hip Sobriety and co-host of HOME podcast. Holly shares her story of multiple addictions and her journey to recovery that uncovered a passion to help others find the same freedom she found. Holly and…
44: Reader Question – How Do I Talk To A Loved One Who Is Drinking Too Much?
Feb 10, 2018 • 19 min
It can be so difficult to have a conversation with someone about their drinking. Annie shares great personal insight and her research on how to approach this topic by providing five suggestions.
43: Naked Life Story: Annick Ina
Feb 9, 2018 • 33 min
Annick shares her amazing sober social life - from going out until all hours to dealing with pressure from drinking friends. Get ready for an upbeat, positive and incredibly empowering look at a hugely social alcohol free life. Episode Links: , by…
42: Reader Question – How Do You Pull Yourself Out of the Guilt Around Drinking?
Feb 3, 2018 • 11 min
When we start to experience the hyper awareness about our relationship with alcohol, we often experience a crippling sense of guilt. Annie discusses this topic with great information about Cognitive Dissonance as well as a message of hope for…
41: Relationships, Marriage & Alcohol with Stacey Martino
Feb 2, 2018 • 41 min
Stacey Martino is a relationship expert with so much energy and passion to help others have the best relationships they can. Stacey and Annie discuss the strain alcohol can have on relationships and most surprisingly, the difficulty that is…
40: Reader Question - How Do I Maintain My Determination When The Horrors Of Drinking Fade?
Jan 27, 2018 • 9 min
After any period of success with not drinking, it can be easy to forget how bad things were at our worst and only remember the good times. Annie details the “experiment” she did for this exact reason and provides some great tips on how we…
39: The Sinclair Method with Claudia Christian
Jan 26, 2018 • 47 min
Claudia Christian has had a hugely successful career as an actress, producer, author and much more. Claudia tells Annie about her own struggles with alcohol use disorder and how after multiple failures with rehabs and other treatment options,…
38: Reader Question - How Long Does it Take for Miserable Cravings to Go Away?
Jan 20, 2018 • 14 min
After three to four months of sober living, why do I suddenly have a new wave of stress induced cravings crashing down on me? Annie Grace answers this reader’s question by explaining the impact stress can have on our minds and bodies and how…
37: Naked Life Story: Catherine Gray
Jan 19, 2018 • 35 min
Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who found herself consistently drinking a “life-endangering amount of alcohol”. Catherine vulnerably and honestly shares her story with Annie as they discuss her former fears of what a…
36: Reader Question – Cravings & Triggers: What Exactly Are They And How Do You Deal With Them?
Jan 13, 2018 • 12 min
What are cravings and triggers and how can we get over them? Annie explains how cravings and triggers work and then provides great insight into how we can work through them by mindfully paying attention to them rather than trying to force them to…
35: Naked Life Story: Mary
Jan 12, 2018 • 54 min
Mary is the artist behind the cover of This Naked Mind. In her early twenties, she found herself living a blackout drunk life in New York City, but has been able to gain control, freedom and happiness as very occasional and moderate drinker. …
34: Reader Question – Alcohol and Depression?
Jan 6, 2018 • 13 min
What is the relationship between alcohol and depression? Annie answers this question by describing her own personal experiences with depression and explaining her thoughts on the link between alcohol and depression.
33: Detoxification with Helena Cavan
Jan 5, 2018 • 46 min
Helena Cavan is the owner and director of The Milestone Detox, a boutique juice and raw food detox retreat company based in the Cotswolds. Annie and Helena discuss how the toxins of alcohol affect our bodies and why the detoxification process…
32: Reader Question – How Do I Overcome the Trigger of Boredom
Dec 30, 2017 • 13 min
Why is overcoming boredom so difficult? Annie shares her research into boredom and why it is actually an amazing part of being human. She answers this question by sharing great insight into ways to turn boredom into a truly positive…
31: Naked Life Stories: End of Year Interviews
Dec 29, 2017 • 18 min
We are constantly overwhelmed by the stories that we hear from so many readers who have had their lives changed as a result of This Naked Mind. To end this beautiful year, Annie shares just a few of these messages as another reminder that we are not…
30: Reader Question - How Can I Prevent Relapse and Does All Sober Time Count?
Dec 23, 2017 • 14 min
Why is it so easy for us to fall back into the trap of alcohol after we seemingly escaped for a time? And does that mean our success up to that point doesn’t count? Annie answers these questions with her message of “no judgment, pain…
29: Naked Life Story: Meredith
Dec 22, 2017 • 49 min
Meredith is a very busy and active wife, mother, attorney and triathlete who woke up after almost two decades of heavy drinking and knew she had to make a change in order to survive. She openly and honestly shares her story with Annie and…
28: Reader Question – How Do I Get Free When I’m Trapped in Alcohol Addiction?
Dec 16, 2017 • 18 min
If it is so easy to get sucked into the trap of Alcohol Addiction, how are we possibly supposed to escape? Annie explains Allen Carr’s Pitcher Plant analogy and then provides valuable information, resources and hope for finding our way out of the trap.
27: Naked Life Story: Jamie
Dec 15, 2017 • 36 min
Jamie is a Registered Nurse who was living a very boozy life in Manhattan. Jamie tells Annie about how the life she wanted since she was a little girl was found on the other side of the bottle. Jamie’s story is truly hopeful, straightforward and honest.
26: Reader Question – How Can I Combat the Depression After Giving Up Drinking?
Dec 9, 2017 • 10 min
Why do we feel so depressed when we initially stop drinking? Annie provides some great information on why we might feel so down during the first few weeks after giving up drinking as well as why it will all be worth it in the long run. Episode…
25: Naked Life Story: Debi
Dec 8, 2017 • 28 min
Debi, a successful flight attendant, has changed her entire life for the better by cutting out alcohol. She has even opened her own business as a result! Listen to Debi’s inspiring story.
24: Reader Question – Why Do Our Friends React Badly When We Stop Drinking?
Dec 2, 2017 • 9 min
First, our friends were worried about our drinking, asking us to take it easy and now that we’ve stopped they seem almost offended by our decision!? What is behind the bizarre phenomenon of how our closest friends are not exactly happy when we make…
23: Naked Life Story: Scott
Dec 1, 2017 • 34 min
Scott joins Annie Grace with a big beard, a huge smile, and an incredible journey of being true to himself and really waiting for the internal mindset—going from ‘I never get to drink again’ to ‘I never have to drink again’. Not only does Scott share…
22: Reader Question - Does Alcohol Make You Happy?
Nov 25, 2017 • 9 min
People sure seem happy a few drinks in, yet we all know that alcohol is defined as a depressant? How can this be? Does alcohol really make you happy or is that just an illusion? What does the science say and more importantly why do we feel happy when…
21: Naked Life Story: Dr. Denise
Nov 24, 2017 • 40 min
From the perspective of a Dr. of Chiropractic, Denise shares her journey to freedom from alcohol. Denise and Annie touch on the cognitive dissonance around working in wellness, yet still drinking and the void that comes after alcohol and how pain is…
20: Reader Question - What do You do about Missing the “High” from Drinking?
Nov 18, 2017 • 13 min
What goes up must come down… But wow, do we like the ‘up’? How do you deal with missing the alcohol-induced ‘high’? And is there really anything to miss? Annie explores this topic based on compelling evidence.
19: Naked Life Story: Maureen
Nov 17, 2017 • 34 min
Maureen tells an incredibly honest and uplifting story of her life, both with, and now without alcohol.
18: Reader Question - Is Not Drinking Really More Fun?
Nov 11, 2017 • 6 min
What’s the verdict? Could a life sans alcohol actually be more fun? Annie answers this question and gives compelling evidence as to how a life without alcohol can truly be a happier, more fun and more joyful existence.
17: Naked Life Story: Jenn
Nov 10, 2017 • 39 min
Jenn tells her story without holding anything back. Wow! Thank you, Jenn, for your transparency and honesty.
16: Reader Question - Should We Stop Using the Word “Alcoholic”?
Nov 4, 2017 • 17 min
What’s wrong with the term ‘alcoholic’? Why is it harmful? How does it encourage problem drinking? Would society and individuals actually be healthier without the ‘alcoholic’ label? Is the term doing more harm than good and keeping people stuck? Annie…
15: Elevating Your Life with Alex Charfen
Nov 3, 2017 • 45 min
Alex Charfen had his last drink 14 years ago. Not because he had ‘a problem’, but because he realized alcohol was a barrier to the life he wanted, a barrier to the contribution he was destined to make in this world. Alex gives us hope, showing us how…
14: Reader Question - Can I Become an Occasional Drinker Again?
Oct 28, 2017 • 15 min
It seems to be every ex-drinkers dream to be an occasional drinker again. Is that possible? If we can what do we need to do in order to achieve it?
13: Alcohol Explained with William Porter
Oct 27, 2017 • 38 min
William Porter, author of Alcohol Explained, dives deep into how alcohol works in the body. Why is alcohol both a depressant and a stimulant? Why does alcohol help you fall asleep but leave you awake at 3am? Why is it that alcohol can feel so good…
12: Reader Question - I’m Drinking Again - How Do I Stop?
Oct 21, 2017 • 13 min
Why is it so hard to stop drinking again? Especially when we know we can? After all we’ve stopped before, sometimes for months even years - so what gives? Annie Grace explores this important question.
11: Naked Life Story: Michelle
Oct 20, 2017 • 33 min
Michelle explores her relationship with alcohol giving an intimate look at how alcohol was all tied up in an unhealthy relationship with sex. Annie Grace and Michelle deep dive into the ties between drinking and sex and how life looks on the other…
09: A Better Question with Dr. Adi Jaffe
Oct 14, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Adi Jaffe, Behavioral Neuroscientist and Ph.D. joins Annie Grace in discussing ‘The Abstinence Myth’. Dr. Jaffe gives his insight into prescription medications for reducing drinking and finally Dr. Jaffe and Annie decide that there is question to…
08: Reader Question – Is moderation possible?
Oct 13, 2017 • 13 min
Annie explores the topic of moderation. When it works, when it doesn’t and what neurologically, physiologically and psychologically someone needs to know when moderating.
07: Naked Life Story: Emma
Oct 7, 2017 • 36 min
Emma is a highly successful P.hD. who share’s her journey of drinking more than she wanted and getting back in the driver’s seat in her relationship with alcohol.
06: Reader Question – Did I relapse in my journey through alcohol addiction?
Oct 6, 2017 • 15 min
Annie Grace talks about her journey and bumps in the road. Important insight about ‘relapse’ and why we might consider getting rid of that concept altogether.
05: Exploring Willpower with Dr. Amy Johnson
Sep 30, 2017 • 46 min
Dr. Amy Johnson author of The Little Book of Big Change joins Annie Grace to talk about thoughts, cravings and willpower. A truly powerful episode!
04: Reader Question – How do I stop drinking at home alone?
Sep 29, 2017 • 8 min
How do I stop drinking at home alone when I feel like alcohol is my only friend in these times of loneliness? Today Annie Grace is answering reader’s questions.
10: Reader Question – Overcoming a Craving: My Best Advice
Sep 26, 2017 • 6 min
Annie explores surprisingly effective ways to overcome cravings. Hint: No willpower involved! Episode links: / .
02: Reader Question: Why do I have so much anxiety the day after drinking?
Sep 21, 2017 • 10 min
Annie explores the relationship between alcohol and anxiety. A short, effective answer packed with research and insight.
01: Who is Annie Grace & What is a Naked Mind
Sep 19, 2017 • 29 min
This Naked Mind with Annie Grace