Episode 136- Steve Palmer of Indigo Group

Steve Palmer

Steve Palmer

November is Gratitude Month!

I interviewed Steve Palmer back in 2018 and I had to republish this interview because I am so grateful to know Steve. He has helped so many people battling addiction in the restaurant business.

Steve was featured in Bon Appetite Magazine September 12, 2019


He also just wrote his first book which comes out on November 19, 2019


We all need help and to feel like we are not alone.

Thank you to all who support me and follow me each week. I am grateful for all of you

XX Bizzy

Episode 135 Sisters in Sobriety

Co Founders of SIS on the left Amie A and Isabel H

Co Founders of SIS on the left Amie A and Isabel H

An interview with Isabel H who has 19 years of continuous sobriety and is co-founder of Sisters in Sobriety.

Isabel H and Amy A co-founded Sisters in Sobriety and Isabel describes how SIS was started and their vision and what transpired from their dream.  

What is SIS?

How can you get involved?

 Isabel is all about love and service you can hear it from her voice.

 To reach out and learn more:


Keep getting Busy Living Sober

Episode 134- Other Options

What other options are available for one to deal with addiction.

Dr. Susie Terri Coleman, PhD, LMFT is a marriage & family therapist speaks to me about how she treats clients. Trauma is real and how one may define trauma today is different than before. Dr. Susie explains different sorts of treatment that are available for people that who battling addiction and how loved ones can cope.

Breathwork is one of her forms of treatment which is not invasive. Listen to hear how she has found that it helps immensely with getting to the route of one’s troubles.

To reach Susie directly:



Episode 133- When Someone has a Problem?

What do you say?

You’re worried about a friend that is drinking/drugging too much and you want to help but you don’t know what to do.

Thank you Lisa from up North for this question.

JF and I discuss different options and real life stories that we went through when trying to help people.

Don’t let fear stand in your way.

Reach out with questions or comments to Bizzy@busylivingsober.com

Episode 130-Owning your Alcoholism and being Good to Yourself

Take care of yourself!

Take care of yourself!

Summer is over. Put away your bathing suit and your peaceful schedule. Bizzy and Weezie discuss many topics from adjusting to the school schedule , remembering to take time and be good to yourself and the freedom that comes with letting people know that you are recovering. Remember, it’s not a bad word!!!  

Episode 127- Wood Marchant Director of CRP at the College of Charleston

Wood Marchant and some of his students at the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Conference in Boston this Summer 2019

Wood Marchant and some of his students at the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Conference in Boston this Summer 2019

I am beyond thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to talk with Wood Marchant from the College of Charleston Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP).


Wood and I discuss his journey, how he went to College of Charleston and now his life has come full circle. Wood started drinking when he attended the college and now Wood has over two decades of recovery himself.


Wood shares his experience strength and hope with us and about his job as the Director of the CRP. He is boots on the ground at a college campus. Colleges are where young people tend to drink a lot. Wood has helped make a safe haven for young adults that attend the college to come and feel safe while also finding support and tools to continue on their road to recovery.


Please listen to a person in recovery that is making a difference every day on the College of Charleston campus.

Episode 126-What does a bottom look like?

Weezie and I discuss what our bottoms were, mine may be considered a high bottom but who can really judge?

Always speak to your doctor, we are only giving our opinions, and this is not FACT! Always, always consult your medical professional.

Each person is different and diagnosing another person as an alcoholic is difficult and to be honest not a very comfortable thing to do.

If someone asks you point blank, “do you think I’m an alcoholic?” how do you reply?

By definition Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Definition of alcoholism

1: continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks

2a: a chronic, a progressive, potentially fatal disorder marked by excessive and usually compulsive drinking of alcohol leading to psychological and physical dependence or addiction 

NOTE: Alcoholism is typically characterized by the inability to control alcoholic drinking, impairment of the ability to work and socialize, tendency to drink alone and engage in violent behavior, neglect of physical appearance and proper nutrition, alcohol-related illness (such as hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver), and moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms (such as irritability, anxiety, tremors, insomnia, and confusion) upon detoxification. 

b: acute alcohol poisoning resulting from the usually rapid consumption of excessive alcoholic beverages

Test to see if you are an alcoholic


Always speak to your doctor, we are only giving our opinions, and this is not FACT! Always, always consult your medical professional.

Episode 125- EGO, Easing God Out



Weezie and Bizzy talk about the importance of talking to someone. The disease of addiction wants you alone and sick! Find someone that you can be honest with, it is so important.

HALT- hungry, angry, lonely, tired

If you are feeling one of these feelings you need to address it rather than staying stagnant.

Reach out with comments and topic ideas at bizzy@busylivingsober.com








Episode 124 Christian he’s 24, an athlete and sober!

Lacrosse player

Lacrosse player

Christian and I discuss what it was like, what happened and what it is like now. He drank a little in high school and smoked a little weed and then he went to college….


Christian believes that being adopted comes with a trauma that others do not deal with, he has now started:

Adopted Voices @ The Brightening Center in Media, PA

The Brightening Center is an Alternative and Holistic Heath Center

Check out The Brightening Center on Facebook


Christian is an inspiration if you would like to reach out to Christian please email me at

Bizzy@busylivingsober.com and I will forward your message

Episode 123 Whatever Works for You!

Which direction will you choose?

Which direction will you choose?

Whatever Works

What tools do you have in your tool box to stay sober?

Bizzy and Weezie discuss what works for them. Different lives, different schedules.  We need to do what works for us but we also have to make sure that we put sobriety first.  Maybe that’s in the form of a meeting or simply reaching out to another sober person.  Whatever path you choose, whatever works for you, just make sure your tool box is full.  

Episode 122 Time Flies

A butterfly represents change and transformation over time....

A butterfly represents change and transformation over time....


A 13-year anniversary coming up!  Where did the time go?  Bizzy and Weezie reflect on the time when they thought it would never be possible to get sober.  Imagining life without a drink and imagining life if we kept drinking.  Weezie recalls a time when she believed she was one of the unfortunates that was incapable of sobriety.  How did that thinking turn into a life of patience, promise and forgiveness? 








Episode 121 Three Strong, Sober Chicks

Three Strong, Sober Chicks

Three Strong, Sober Chicks

As promised Amy, Bizzy and Weezie continue talk about what it is like dealing with life and being Mom’s battling addiction. 

Sober not ashamed.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we embraced that all the time.

How do we get rid of the shame and replace it with gratefulness.

The answers are pretty easy but as an addict we complicate everything. Too much thought. Too much noise. Let’s move on from the shame and be still, be present, be our authentic self.

Episode 120 Interview with Melanie Tolbert singer, songwriter

Melanie Tolbert

This is a first for us. Melanie’s battle was not with alcohol and drugs but with food. For the past nine years she has beat the urges. How did she get past her demons?

Listen to hear how she is on the road to recovery.

After battling this disease, she was inspired to write a song. You will find the link below.  

Thank you, Melanie, for reaching out and sharing your story.

 Please reach out with any questions to Bizzy@busylivingsober.com and I will forward Melanie any questions you may have for her.

 Keep getting busy living sober

Here is her song:

Episode 119 Three Strong, Sober Chicks

Sobriety Rocks

Three friends discuss their personal journeys

The different paths they took, the different obstacles they faced - all to receive the same gift of sobriety.  Listen as Amy describes her depression and Weezie talks about her anxiety and how those two things alone coupled with their disease almost crippled their lives.

How acceptance and surrendering transformed a life they believed would never get better into the best life ever.