33: David Dillard-Wright: Meditation and A Mindful Life

August 18, 2017
00:0000:00

Meditation. Head space. Calm. Om. OMG! This is THE Elephant in the Room for Meredith Atwood: the topic of meditation. And yes, that's MEDITATION, not MEDIATION, for the lawyers out there.

How DO we find time to start this practice? How does sports play a roll? What is moving meditation? All of these things are covered in this episode.

David Dillard-Wright, PhD teaches philosophy, religion, and ethics at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. His academic work focuses on philosophy of the mind and animal ethics. His practice in meditation originated in the Trappist tradition of contemplative prayer and then segued into Eastern practices. He is the author of A Mindful MorningA Mindful EveningA Mindful DayMediation for MultitaskersThe Everything© Guide to Meditation for Healthy Living5-Minute Mindfulness, and At Ganapati’s Feet.

The Books:
A Mindful Morning
https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Morning-Start-Clear-Heart/dp/1440596360/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503083435&sr=8-2&keywords=david+dillard-wright 

A Mindful Evening
https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Evening-Complete-each-heart/dp/1440598673/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503083435&sr=8-1&keywords=david+dillard-wright

The 2018 Calendar
https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Day-2018-Daily-Calendar/dp/1507204221/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1503083435&sr=8-6&keywords=david+dillard-wright

Meditation for Multi-Taskers
https://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Multitaskers-Guide-Finding-between/dp/1440524904/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1503083435&sr=8-4&keywords=david+dillard-wright 

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32: David Garrow: Barack Obama and Pulitzer-Prize Winning

August 11, 2017
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Making Barack Obama, the High Court, and more. Meredith geeks out a little about favorite Supreme Court justices with historian and author, David Garrow. In this captivating epsisode covering Obama, Roe v. Wade and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Meredith and David really dig into some interesting legal and political topics.

In his book, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, Pulitzer-Prize winner David Garrow addresses how Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. 

About David Garrow

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Star-Making-Barack-Obama/dp/0062641832 
Web: http://www.davidgarrow.com/

The Book: Rising Star

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's "rising star," Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008.

In Rising Star, David J. Garrow has created a vivid portrait that reveals not only the people and forces that shaped the future president but also the ways in which he used those influences to serve his larger aspirations. This is a gripping read about a young man born into uncommon family circumstances, whose faith in his own talents came face-to-face with fantastic ambitions and a desire to do good in the world. Most important, Rising Star is an extraordinary work of biography—tremendous in its research and storytelling, and brilliant in its analysis of the all-too-human struggles of one of the most fascinating politicians of our time.

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31: Kim Dinan: The Yellow Envelope

August 2, 2017
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One Envelope, One Thousand Dollars, and One Life-Changing Adventure.  After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away.

The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.

Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving―of ourselves―is transformational.

Kim's writing has appeared in Parks and Recreation Magazine, Northwest Travel Magazine, Trailer Life Magazine, Go Explore Magazine and OnTrak Magazine, among others. Her popular blog, So Many Places, was named one of the best outdoor blogs by USA Today and has been featured online by sites such as Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Her debut memoir, The Yellow Envelope, is available now. She lives in Ohio with her husband and daughter.

The Book:

The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World
https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Envelope-Life-Changing-Journey-Around/dp/1492635383 

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoManyPlacesTravelBlog 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimdinan 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimdinan1/ 
Blog: www.so-many-places.com 
Website: www.kimdinan.com  

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This episode is sponsored by Saris Bike Racks

Someone once said that bicycles are a simple solution to some of the world's most complicated problems. Here at Saris we believe that whole heartedly, which is why we are committed to using our resources to enhance cycling on a local, state and national level. Learn more at sariscyclinggroup.com.

Our products have been on the market since 1989 and are built to last. And as we celebrate our 25th year anniversary, we've shown that just like our racks we can withstand the test of time.

HITCH RACKS

Easy on, then you're off. That's the simple beauty of Saris Hitch Racks. Grab life by the wheels with Freedom SuperClamp, the first tray-style bike rack with locking front and rear wheel hooks. Or be amazed by the industry's lightest weight family of hitch racks, Bones Hitch.

TRUNK RACKS

Saris trunk-specific bike racks are as fashionable as they are functional, lightweight and easy to use. You'll love how the fluid, arcing lines of our Bones series add to the aesthetic image of your car. Or take it up a notch with the SUPERBones, the ultimate trunk rack.

SPECIALTY RACKS

No trunk, no hitch, no problem. At Saris, we offer a specialized rack system to fit virtually any vehicle. Our Freedom Spare Tire locks on tight, providing a low tray height for easy onboarding. Or pick up a rack especially designed for pickups or inside your SUV.

For listeners of this Podcast, we have a special giveaway now through August 19th, 2017. Listen to the episode to find out how you can be eligible to win a Saris Superclamp EX.

https://www.saris.com/product/superclamp-ex-2 

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30: Jeff Goins: Real Artists Don’t Starve

July 28, 2017
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REAL artists starve NOT. Jeff Goins is the best-selling author of five books including the The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve. He believes that, "We all have a creative gift worth sharing with the world, and that is our art. So whether you have a business idea, a book in you, or some other project you want to start, my goal is to help you get that work out of you and into the world. And here’s the thing: you don’t have to starve to share your best work. If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this is the place for you. I invite you to subscribe and sit tight. This is going to be fun."

Jeff on Social
Web: https://goinswriter.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffgoins 
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jeffgoins/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.goins  

Real Artists Don't Starve: The BOOK
https://dontstarve.com/ 

 

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This episode is sponsored by Saris Bike Racks

Someone once said that bicycles are a simple solution to some of the world's most complicated problems. Here at Saris we believe that whole heartedly, which is why we are committed to using our resources to enhance cycling on a local, state and national level. Learn more at sariscyclinggroup.com.

Our products have been on the market since 1989 and are built to last. And as we celebrate our 25th year anniversary, we've shown that just like our racks we can withstand the test of time.

HITCH RACKS

Easy on, then you're off. That's the simple beauty of Saris Hitch Racks. Grab life by the wheels with Freedom SuperClamp, the first tray-style bike rack with locking front and rear wheel hooks. Or be amazed by the industry's lightest weight family of hitch racks, Bones Hitch.

TRUNK RACKS

Saris trunk-specific bike racks are as fashionable as they are functional, lightweight and easy to use. You'll love how the fluid, arcing lines of our Bones series add to the aesthetic image of your car. Or take it up a notch with the SUPERBones, the ultimate trunk rack.

SPECIALTY RACKS

No trunk, no hitch, no problem. At Saris, we offer a specialized rack system to fit virtually any vehicle. Our Freedom Spare Tire locks on tight, providing a low tray height for easy onboarding. Or pick up a rack especially designed for pickups or inside your SUV.

For listeners of this Podcast, we have a special giveaway now through August 19th, 2017. Listen to the episode to find out how you can be eligible to win a Saris Superclamp EX.

https://www.saris.com/product/superclamp-ex-2 

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29: Annie Grace: This Naked Mind & Alcohol

July 21, 2017
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Naked Mind & Alcohol.  An interview with Annie Grace, author of the amazing book "This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness and Change Your Life."  She has an entirely new approach to cutting back or quitting drinking by addressing your unconscious thoughts and behaviors around drinking - the result is a permanent shift in mindset which gets rid of the desire around alcohol. Without desire there is no temptation - and willpower is not required. 

Another resource in the ever-necessary sobriety discussion for this day and age.

The Book:
"This Naked Mind: Contol Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness and Change Your Life."
https://www.amazon.com/This-Naked-Mind-Rediscover-Happiness/dp/0996715002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500641203&sr=8-1&keywords=this+naked+mind

Resources Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499712487&sr=8-1&keywords=power+of+now 

The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit, Amy Johnson PhD and Mark Howard PhD
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+big+book+of+little+change 

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, Dr. John Sarno
https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Back-Pain-Mind-Body-Connection/dp/0446557684/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499712605&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.+john+sarno 

Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think, Dave Gray
https://www.amazon.com/Liminal-Thinking-Create-Change-Changing/dp/1933820462/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499712649&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=dave+gray+liminel+thinking

Follow Annie Grace on Social:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisnakedmind  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anakedmind/ 
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4KpBxerD_BIksjUfUT4hVw 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThisNakedMind 
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thisnakedmind/

Workshop: https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/control-alcohol-workshop 

 

Meredith Atwood's Sobriety Story

In December of 2015, I decided that I would never drink again.

A Sobering Thought: In the Beginning
Teetotaler: One Year Sober

The story of alcohol struggles is one that is not told often, and if it is told, I am not sure it’s told very honestly (or well).

I think the shame and the barriers to discussing struggles with addiction should be destroyed, and obliterated, so that anyone (ANYONE!) who needs help will have it – and have it with LOVE and SUPPORT.

Through my work, I am seeking to break down the shame, the barriers, and the negative associations with taking a stand, grabbing our power, and deciding to be sober people.

In April 2017, I created the online support community called “Grateful Sobriety.”

Who is welcome? YOU are if you:

  • want to stop drinking;
  • think you need to stop drinking;
  • have years of sobriety under your belt and love the support;
  • are stubborn and scared about your drinking;
  • know someone who you want to support in their quitting drinking; or
  • just want to give back to your community with your gifts of counseling expertise or sobriety.

Go to www.GratefulSobriety.com to learn more. 

Resources:
http://www.drinkerscheckup.com/
http://www.hipsobriety.com 

http://www.aa.org/ 
http://al-anon.org/ 
https://www.na.org/ 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction 
http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/what-is-addiction.html

For those of you who might be struggling, please feel free to reach out or get help, and ask for help. I’m also here if you want to chat or confess or just need someone to talk to.  And I really do mean that.

The Podcast on Social:

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28: Mirinda Carfrae: Ironman World Champ and Mom-to-Be

July 14, 2017
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IRONMAN world champion and mom-to-be, Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae. 

Rinny is an Australian professional triathlete and an IRONMAN world champion. Carfrae has achieved podium positions in six of her seven attempts at the Ironman World Championships: 1st-place finishes (2010, 2013, 2014), three 2nd-place finishes (2009, 2011, 2016) and a 3rd place (2012). She also won the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. She has over 20 70.3 wins. 

In short, she's incredible. On the show, we discuss motherhood, training and other things---like her "slow" run. 

Follow Her on Social:

Web: http://www.mirindacarfrae.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/mirindacarfrae 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mirindacarfrae 

Road ID

This episode is sponsored by ROAD ID! Learn more at www.RoadID.com

Right now, save 20% off with coupon (swimbikemom) until 7/27/2017. 

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27: Natalia Cohen: Losing Sight of Shore

July 7, 2017
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Grit, rowing, and 8,000 miles. Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history. "Everyone has a Pacific to Cross."

Natalia Cohen is a writer, coach and motivational speaker and one of the women on the "Coxless Crew" who achieved the incredible feat and journey of this amazing row from America to Australia. The documentary, "Losing Sight of Shore" is a breath-taking account of the journey. 

One of the favorites on the Same 24 Hours Podcast - talking about "Fernando the Shark" and "Eduardo the Shark", rowing naked, and why the ocean really is the greatest resource and wonder we have.

The Documentary

http://www.LosingSightofShore.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LosingSightofShore/ 

Follow Natalia
Website: https://www.eyeofthenomad.com/
Twitter: @EyeoftheNomad  https://twitter.com/eyeofthenomad 

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This episode is sponsored by Saris Bike Racks

Someone once said that bicycles are a simple solution to some of the world's most complicated problems. Here at Saris we believe that whole heartedly, which is why we are committed to using our resources to enhance cycling on a local, state and national level. Learn more at sariscyclinggroup.com.

Our products have been on the market since 1989 and are built to last. And as we celebrate our 25th year anniversary, we've shown that just like our racks we can withstand the test of time.

HITCH RACKS

Easy on, then you're off. That's the simple beauty of Saris Hitch Racks. Grab life by the wheels with Freedom SuperClamp, the first tray-style bike rack with locking front and rear wheel hooks. Or be amazed by the industry's lightest weight family of hitch racks, Bones Hitch.

TRUNK RACKS

Saris trunk-specific bike racks are as fashionable as they are functional, lightweight and easy to use. You'll love how the fluid, arcing lines of our Bones series add to the aesthetic image of your car. Or take it up a notch with the SUPERBones, the ultimate trunk rack.

SPECIALTY RACKS

No trunk, no hitch, no problem. At Saris, we offer a specialized rack system to fit virtually any vehicle. Our Freedom Spare Tire locks on tight, providing a low tray height for easy onboarding. Or pick up a rack especially designed for pickups or inside your SUV.

For listeners of this Podcast, we have a special giveaway now through August 19th, 2017. Listen to the episode to find out how you can be eligible to win a Saris Superclamp EX.

https://www.saris.com/product/superclamp-ex-2 

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Producer: Carl Stover Music
Host: Meredith Atwood

Copyright 2017, Meredith Atwood, LLC

26: Kyle and Brent Pease: Ironmen Times Three

June 30, 2017
00:0000:00

Bro. If you think you can't do something, then think again. Kyle and Brent Pease are BACK on the show, with the UPDATE from IRONMAN Boulder. Check out their full story on Episode 4 -(https://thesame24hours.podbean.com/e/4-the-pease-brothers/)

They are the ultimate "no excuses" brothers. Kyle was born with cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, but that did not define anything in his life. Nothing stopped him or his brother, Brent, together from becoming IRONMAN triathletes. That's right - they completed an IRONMAN triathlon together (that's a race consisting of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon).

In this heart-warming and second inspiring podcast, Meredith Atwood sits down with the brothers in a story that will inspire, awe and make you belly-laugh. And then they flip the tables, and interview Meredith on her newest adventure with the Marine Corps Marathon coming in October of 2017, as a pusher for Team Logan. (More info here: https://www.crowdrise.com/team-logan-swim-bike-mom-meredith-atwood)

Through their Foundation, the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. Programs include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. 

Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.

The Best Wrench in Atlanta:

We shared the love for Cannon Cyclery in this episode - Curtis Henry is the BEST local bike shop in the Atlanta area. Guess what? He also does VIRTUAL bike fits. Amazing guy and talent. He's a sponsor of the Best Tri Club Ever as well.

Learn more at http://www.cannoncyclery.bike

How to Get Involved

Learn more: http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org/

Upcoming Events: http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org/events 

Make a donation:  https://www.crowdrise.com/team-logan-swim-bike-mom-meredith-atwood 

Follow the Pease Brothers and the Foundation on social:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walkingwithkp/ 
Kyle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyle.pease.3 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalkingwithKP 

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Producer: Carl Stover Music
Host: Meredith Atwood

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25: Josh Mathe: I, Athlete

June 22, 2017
00:0000:00

You are an athlete. Yes, YOU.  In 2012, I published a book with the subtitle "You can be a Triathlete. Yes, You."  And when I talked with Josh Mathe, I realized that he is cut from the same cloth in his beliefs.  

His new book, "I, Athlete" talks about awakening that ATHLETE inside of all of us - whether to acheive massive goals, or to just be the best version of ourselves. I really enjoyed this chat with Josh Mathe. Get inspired with his outlook, upbeat attitude and sage wisdom on all the things---yes, even medititation.

More on Josh

Josh Mathe is passionate about squeezing every last drop from life, and helping others do the same.  He the best-selling and award-winning author of In the Footsteps of Greatness and I, Athlete, as well as a speaker, fitness expert, nutritionist, ultra endurance athlete, and life adventurer.  Josh is the owner of One10 Performance & Nutrition, and when not in the office he spends his days running, biking, swimming, backpacking, or lifting heavy things.  Josh holds a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition, and is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and endurance coach.  He lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and three crazy animals. 

For more information or to contact Josh directly, please visit www.joshmathe.com

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24: Sarah Hepola: Blackout

June 16, 2017
00:0000:00

Alcohol. Blackout. Walking in high heels drunk. Things that Meredith and Sarah Hepola have/had in common.

For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.

But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn’t remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.

A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure — the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most — but getting yourself back in return.

Buy BLACKOUT
https://www.amazon.com/Blackout-Remembering-Things-Drank-Forget/dp/1455554588

Sarah on Social
Instagram: @thesarahhepolaexperience
Twitter: @sarahhepola

Meredith Atwood's Sobriety Story

In December of 2015, I decided that I would never drink again.

A Sobering Thought: In the Beginning
Teetotaler: One Year Sober

The story of alcohol struggles is one that is not told often, and if it is told, I am not sure it’s told very honestly (or well).

I think the shame and the barriers to discussing struggles with addiction should be destroyed, and obliterated, so that anyone (ANYONE!) who needs help will have it – and have it with LOVE and SUPPORT.

Through my work, I am seeking to break down the shame, the barriers, and the negative associations with taking a stand, grabbing our power, and deciding to be sober people.

In April 2017, I created the online support community called “Grateful Sobriety.”

Who is welcome? YOU are if you:

  • want to stop drinking;
  • think you need to stop drinking;
  • have years of sobriety under your belt and love the support;
  • are stubborn and scared about your drinking;
  • know someone who you want to support in their quitting drinking; or
  • just want to give back to your community with your gifts of counseling expertise or sobriety.

Go to GratefulSobriety.com to learn more. 

Resources:

http://www.drinkerscheckup.com/
http://www.hipsobriety.com 
http://www.aa.org/ 
http://al-anon.org/ 
https://www.na.org/ 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction 
http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/what-is-addiction.html

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