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Episode 43: Meeting Addiction Support with Love and Compassion with Melissa Sue Tucker

Today on the show is an interview with Melissa Sue Tucker of the Addiction Support Podcast. She’s an inspirational and spiritual teacher, and her desire to support those with addiction comes from having two brothers who both have struggled with addiction. After seeing the impact that their struggle has had on her family, and her own life, Melissa decided to focus on how to make things better. She believes that healing is possible, and she has discussions each week on her own show about the inspiring stories of people who have struggled with addiction, or supported those people who have.

Her approach is truly heart centered, and her departure point for her show is: “Whatever we focus on we’re going to create more of. I wanted to focus on success and I wanted to focus on people who are in recovery and doing really amazing things. And, on people who love people who are in recovery and doing really amazing things.”

I think you’ll really love her point of view and her take on life. I really enjoyed witnessing her courage, compassion, and love of life.

Meeting Addiction Support with Love and Compassion with Melissa Sue Tucker: a discussion about how to support those who suffer from addiction in your life, and what co-dependency looks like. Click to listen to this story of hope or pin for later.

Here is what Melissa and I talk about:
[4:30] Melissa’s earliest sparks of joy, growing up in Indiana
[4:25] Melissa’s favorite books growing up: Judy Bloom and comic books
[4:55] Her natural inclination to teach her four younger brothers things as the oldest child
[6:15] Melissa’s current work: a wife, mother, a podcaster at Addiction Support Podcast, sister
[7:05] Her curiosity and compassion around her two brothers’ addiction, and what inspired her to start her podcast and learn more about addiction
[4:45] Her daily podcast, 60 Seconds of Solitude
[8:25] The journey that led to starting the Addiction Support Podcast
[10:45] The power of creating her own reality around the kind of relationship she desired for her life
[13:35] Co-dependency and how ingrained it is in the addiction
[14:55] Setting boundaries when there is addiction within a group, whether that be a family or group of friends
[16:15] We talk about the books Essentialism and Loving What Is
[18:25] Melissa explains her take on “responsibility” coming from the root of respond
[19:30] How to determine if your family has “Co-dependent” aspects to it
[20:15] We talk about the book Codependent No More
[21:45] I share about my experience witnessing co dependence in a family I ultimately left (had married in to)
[22:25] How codependency can be generations deep, and why it’s hard to break “the code”
[23:35] Why addiction is hard to defeat and how healing is possible
[24:30] I share about “Women, Food, and God”
[26:15] What to do if you’re feeling obsessed about what someone with addiction and how to be calm and free of that
[28:00] What Melissa does if someone she knows is in a dark place with addiction
[30:15] How Melissa found her passion: by getting in touch with something that brought up anger and negative emotions (and she knew she wanted to change)
[31:00] An example of change and passion that Melissa and her son found from getting upset about how something was being managed politically, related to addiction (making naloxone legal)
[34:05] How “Sixty Seconds of Solitude” got it’s start and how it works (and we chat about Wayne Dyer a bit.)
[39:15] Melissa’s thoughts on how to bring your dreams into action (hint: think about how you want to feel when the dream comes true)

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Meeting Addiction Support with Love and Compassion with Melissa Sue Tucker

Melissa’s Addiction Support Podcast website
Addiction Support Podcast on Instagram
Melissa’s 60 Seconds of Solitude: Mindfulness Meditation podcast
60 Seconds of Solitude on Instagram
Melissa on Twitter

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Crown Business
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Codependent No More

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