Unpacking The Science Of Sobriety With Gillian Tietz
April 15, 2024

Unpacking The Science Of Sobriety With Gillian Tietz

In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen get into the intricacies of sobriety with the insightful Gillian Tietz from the Sober Powered Podcast. This conversation sheds light on the nuanced relationship between biochemistry, personal experiences, and alcohol use disorder, aiming to provide listeners with a deeper understanding and relatable perspectives on sobriety.

The episode teases out broad discussions on prevalent myths surrounding willpower in addiction, the significant roles of anger management and crisis intervention in recovery, and the biochemical effects of alcohol on the brain. These topics promise to unravel misconceptions and offer new insights into the journey toward sobriety.

Listeners can expect to walk away with key educational takeaways on how alcohol affects the brain, contributing to the challenge of quitting drinking. With Gill's background in biochemistry and her own journey to sobriety, she brings a unique blend of expertise and personal insight, making complex scientific concepts accessible to all. The discussion aims to empower listeners with knowledge on the underlying causes of addiction and the brain's ability to recover, highlighting the importance of support and community in the path to sobriety.

Gillian Tietz, host of the Sober Powered Podcast and a chemistry professor with a specialization in biochemistry, brings her personal experience and scientific expertise to the table. Having started her podcast to share how she overcame her struggle with alcohol using her scientific background, Gill offers a perspective that is educational, empowering, and deeply personal. 

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  • [00:02:16] Gill's mission to demystify alcohol's effects on the brain explained.
  • [00:03:33] Gill shares her personal journey to sobriety, highlighting her late start to drinking.
  • [00:04:56] The role of grad school in intensifying Gill's drinking habits.
  • [00:07:57] Discussion on the early consequences of Gill's drinking and her initial denial.
  • [00:09:00] Sonia and Kathleen relate their experiences with alcohol in academic and professional settings.
  • [00:10:09] Gill confronts the reality of her increasing tolerance and its implications.
  • [00:11:34] Examination of willpower in the context of addiction and the myths surrounding it.
  • [00:14:32] Exploring the vulnerabilities and factors that predispose individuals to addiction.
  • [00:17:00] How drinking affects brain adaptability and decision-making processes.
  • [00:19:11] Gill discusses the critical phase of brain development in teens and its susceptibility to alcohol.
  • [00:20:26] Long-term effects of alcohol on brain function and recovery challenges.
  • [00:23:58] The importance of time and lifestyle changes in recalibrating the brain's reward system.
  • [00:25:14] Discussion on activities that may aid in the brain's healing process.
  • [00:28:41] Clarification on the concept of cycles of detox and its impact on addiction recovery.
  • [00:32:35] Gill's stance on moderation versus abstinence for people with a history of problem drinking.
  • [00:34:36] Comparison of the brain's response to drugs and alcohol, and the similarities in addiction mechanisms.
  • [00:35:23] The concept of behavioral addictions and the challenges they pose in recovery.


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