March 9, 2022

It All Came To A Head On New Year's Eve

It All Came To A Head On New Year's Eve

Many of us go through rough times in our lives. And sometimes we end up looking for ways to numb the pain. For Deb Podlogar, alcohol became her companion during these dark times.

Deb is a mother, a wife, who through a series of events became sober curious. Known as @mocktail.mom on Instagram, Deb has been sober for almost a year and has been sharing her journey, her fabulous mocktail recipes and alcohol free drink recommendations.

In this episode, Deb shares with us how she woke one morning feeling she had enough, and decided to break her relationship with alcohol. On New Year’s Eve of 2021, was the first day she was completely free from alcohol. As she goes through healing and sobriety, Deb found a way to serve others. Through sharing many non-alcoholic options and an unlimited number of delicious drinks to enjoy, she proves to us that you don’t need alcohol to have fun.

You can still have fun and still have wonderful things to drink, and your life is only going to get better. - Deb

In this episode:

[03:17] For some people, mocktails can be a trigger to wanting to drink again. But for Deb it served as a replacement for alcohol.

[04:19] Wine helped Deb numb the pain of going through divorce, her daughter getting very sick when she was little, having breast cancer, her parents passing away, and all the other rough edges of life.

[06:43] She woke up one morning and realized enough is enough, she no longer want to wake up not feeling good. 

[08:07] You can still have fun without alcohol.

[10:03] Deb shares growing up with loving parents and being entrepreneurial as a child.

[14:10] When Deb came back from China after adopting a child named Lily, her daughter Hanna had a remission and got divorced later.

[16:29] To numb the pain, Deb resolved to drink alcohol when her kids were out with their dad on weekends.

[07:01] Four years later, she remarried but soon discovered she had breast cancer and lost her parents after that.

[17:47] Deb was able to spend the last moment of her dad with her while they traveled to St. Louis together, where his father grew up.

[24:28] After her dad’s passing, she began numbing herself with drinking alcohol but no one knew about it.

[25:22] On December 31, 2020 was the first day she was completely free from alcohol.

[25:57] She started following sober curious people on Instagram.

[27:20] On day 10 of being alcohol free, she needed a creative outlet for all the alcohol free drinks that she discovered, so on Jan 9, 2021 Deb started @mocktail.mom on Instagram

[28:05] What started off as a therapy for Deb, turned out to be an inspiration for people going through the same struggles she did

[30:23] On Monday nights, Deb goes live on Instagram to promote and try non-alcoholic drinks from different companies

[33:06]You can still have fun and still have wonderful things to drink, and your life is only going to get better. - Deb

[37:20] If anybody is struggling, you are not alone. If you are the mom who’s thinking about wine too much, or more than you ever did, or it's helping you get through life, you are not alone.

[38:37] I just want my life to make a difference.We have a very short window of time. And I spent many years numbing out and I didn't need to. - Deb

 

About Deb Podlogar

Deb Podlogar is a mother, a wife, who through a series of events became sober curious. Known as @mocktail.mom on Instagram, Deb has been sober for almost a year and has been sharing her journey, her fabulous mocktail recipes and alcohol free drink recommendations. She is here to inspire and share that you don’t need alcohol to have fun.

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