Alexis Haines hosts the raw and touching new podcast Recovering from Reality. Created to normalize the struggles many people face and provide a platform where guests get real about overcoming trauma, these courageous stories of survival provide hope and optimism for those trying to live a more fulfilled life.Stories of survival deserve to be told with pride. Recovering from Reality is for those who have gone through hell and emerged on the other side. By sharing our journeys like a badge of honor, we can begin to erase stigma, shift the status quo on addiction in our society, and open the door for others to do the same. Through interviewing guests who have done the soul excavating work of recovering, Alexis delivers raw conversations with realness and compassion, all while providing tips and expert insight to support listeners on their own journey to recovery.
In this week’s episode, I hop on a call with Triana Browne! Triana competes in pageant circuits, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2017, Miss America 2018, and Miss USA runner up.
I chat with Triana about being multiracial and embracing her race despite adversity in society, school, and the pageant industry. Triana is half African American and half Native American, and works hard to give Native Americans recognition. She speaks up for Native rights and gives her people the support they deserve.
This episode is a bit different because we are doing a call-in show with my friend Bob Forrest!
So, we gave out a number and had you guys phone in with all your questions regarding sobriety, addiction, codependency, recovery, the Bling Ring, and my supposed debt to Orlando Bloom. It gets real on this episode, so I hope you enjoy! I look forward to more connection with you guys in the future.
In this week’s episode, I’m having a conversation with the most iconic of queens, Langanja Estranja! If you haven’t heard of Langanja, seriously, where have you been?! She is a talented drag queen who was on Season Six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was recently on So You Think You Can Dance, has a huge Instagram following, is a dancer and choreographer, and is overall just fabulous.
In this episode I’m owning my story. Last week over Twitter I (half-jokingly) invited Nancy Jo onto the podcast. Well… not only did she decline the invitation, but we got into it over Instagram DMs. And let me tell you, shade was thrown guys!
In this episode, I chat with my good friend and fellow mama, Ali Levine. Ali is truly such a light in my life, so I’m excited to share her with you all! She is the host of two podcasts, Things We Are Too Lazy to Blog About and Striptd Down with Ali Levine. She is also a stylist and personality on Bravo’s TV show, Stripped. Now, she has struck a balance between work life and mama life, which is so inspiring to me.
I was definitely living a double life while filming Pretty Wild. On camera, Tess and I were just these little party girls, but in reality, we had debilitating addictions. We were a chaotic bunch, but that’s what made the show a pop culture phenomenon. I’m now so far removed from that Alexis, and truly believe going to jail was the best thing that ever happened to me.
In this episode, I sit down with my childhood friend and true inspiration, Josi Pellicano! I met Josi in middle school, and have always admired how resilient she is. She has a really interesting story to share that I know you guys will learn a lot from her strength. We talk about her dad’s incarceration for most of Josi’s life, her shifting family dynamic now that he’s out, and how she has adapted to all this trauma and adversity.
In this episode, I spend some precious time w/ my spiritual mentor & reiki master, Ute Fleishman. A few episodes back, I talked about my profound reiki experience w/ Ute! She's had such an impact on my life & spiritual journey, so I'm very grateful to have her on the podcast. We talk about how Ute started energy work & how reiki has completely transformed both of our lives. We also give you guys tips & tricks to help you move from an existence of pain to one of peace. Read more on the blog! #ANDSOITIS
In this episode, we are sitting down w/ Alexis’ mom, Andrea Arlington to talk all things early childhood, manifestation, & family recovery. Alexis asks Andrea some juicy questions, & she dishes on dating as a single parent, if she regrets Pretty Wild, & what her spiritual practice/recovery looks like today. They also serve some hard truths about family dynamics. So if you’ve ever wondered what Alexis was like as a child & in early recovery, this is the episode for you! Read more on the blog! #ANDSOI
We get political on today’s podcast with Alexis, Evan, and author, Molly Jong-Fast. Molly is an author of two novels, Normal Girl and The Social Climber’s Handbook and has a fantastic Twitter feed that makes you wonder if she ever sleeps. Today, we discuss everything scarily wrong with our political climate, from “Trumpism”, to looming racism/sexism, to climate change and of course, how we look after our collective mental health. Read more about this episode on our blog! #ANDSOITIS
For this week's episode, Alexis is solo and does a little Q&A for you guys! Alexis addresses questions from our listeners and covers topics like; surgery, shame, relapse, tattoos, spirituality, adventures with Tess, porn, and The Bling Ring—just to name a few. Read more about this episode on our blog!
If you or someone you love needs help, go to alorecovery.com
We have the lovely & inspiring Lauren Sundstrom on the podcast this week. Lauren is a proud trans woman & advocates for the LGBTQ community. She shares her story & insight with us, & we are so grateful to have her on! All women, trans & cis, deserve to speak up about their rights. Lauren’s strength & activism is amazing. People can relate & learn from her story & knowledge. Read more on the blog!
Our special guest on this week’s episode is Vanessa Fitzgerald! Vanessa is an amazing holistic health coach who helps people become their best selves. She joins us to talk about her practice, and some health/lifestyle tips to clean up our guts and minds. Her Instagram feed shares gut health info and clean eating tips, but what really drew Alexis in was her Adderall detox. Her open discussion and work detoxing clients is inspiring. So stay tuned! Read more about this episode on our blog. #ANDSOITIS
In this episode, we have the lovely Sarah Landry joining us from The Bird’s Papaya! Sarah is all about body confidence & loving yourself on & offline. We sit down to talk about her journey, the dangers of diet culture, & how we can benefit from body neutrality. Sarah believes creating awareness is key. Thank goodness for recovery, body confidence, & for Sarah’s amazing work! We are all worthy of the self-love message she is spreading. Read more about this episode on our blog! #ANDSOITIS
Given the current events in the U.S. we felt the need to address this topic. Abortion access is a human right period. This is an issue that effects 1/4 women across party lines & religious affiliations. Alexis talks about her perspective & we dive into reproductive health care w/ Robyn Pool, a licensed midwife in L.A. area. We discuss VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), circumcision, body autonomy, informed consent & more. We wrap this episode w/ a little something new, we hope you enjoy it. #ANDSOITIS
This week’s episode features special guest Lauryn Evarts Bosstick from The Skinny Confidential. She joins us to talk about her goals w/ her brand, being her authentic self, & dealing w/ a family member’s addiction. The Skinny Confidential has become a multi-platform brand full of blog posts, social media content, podcast episodes, & even YouTube videos. From wellness, to business tips, to life advice, Lauryn has it all covered. #ANDSOITIS
In this week’s episode, we have the lovely Arielle Lorre on to chat about her journey to sobriety, spirituality, & her new podcast, Over the Influence! Arielle is a blogger & health and fitness guru that posts delicious recipes, fitness tips on her beautiful Instagram account. What some people might not know about Arielle is that she's sober, & uses her recovery journey to help others. Her online presence allows her to be open about her struggles & help those that are struggling as well.
Dave, the host of the Dopey podcast, & Alexis talk about his recovery journey, if AA is still “anonymous”, and what Dopey is all about. Dave has a way of turning the darkest experiences into the funniest stories. His show is one of the best recovery podcasts out there. Recently the show’s shift from silly to serious came with Chris’ tragic death. Dave uses his voice to help others because so many people helped him.
If you or someone you love needs help, please go to alorecovery.com
I sit down with my husband (& best friend) Evan Haines as we share some lessons we've learned along our path to recovery. This week we're celebrating our 7 yr wedding anniv. & it's the perfect time to reflect on our story. He inspired me from our very 1st date. On our 2nd date he asked to meet my mom & later that night broke up with me. An example of wisdom Evan drops in the episode, "In recovery we learn to accept ourselves & in finding that compassion for ourselves, we can find it for others" #andsoitis
I'm sitting down with my wonderful, hilarious sister Gabby! Sisters have such complex, chaotic, & sometimes telepathic bond. Throw in traumatic upbringing into the mix things are bound to be a little messy. We examine the different dynamics and roles we each played within the structure of our family unit and talk about how we don't want to extend those roles into our own families. This episode covers themes of forgiveness, resentment, and emotional oppression.
In this episode, I talk about balancing hormones, genetic testing, the gut-brain connection, and why I became a birth doula. I touch on heavy metal testing, EMF blockers, GMO's and MTHFR. Fair warning, I also talk about vaccinations. America currently has the highest maternal death rate of any westernized country, so I'm going to keep sharing my opinions and letting women know that we have the right to ask questions when it comes to our own health. P.S. Kristin Cavallari, I owe you an apology.
Being a woman means accepting responsibility for your actions and owning up to your shit, right? On this episode of Recovering from Reality, Alexis sits down with NYC based satire writer Millie Moore to talk about the mastermind that is Kris Jenner, the conspiracy that is Kim K's sex tape, and the chaos that is Jordan Woods's life. Trumps presidency is briefly discussed while Alexis and Millie muse about the responsibility for comedians like John Oliver and Bill Maher to "report" vs "entertain"
Bob Forrest has been to rehab 24 times and thinks Alexis's husband, Evan, is altogether too nice. It's safe to say that this episode of Recovering from Reality covers A LOT of ground. Suboxone in the '90s, "best friend parenting" styles (think: Lindsay and Dina Lohan), and why we should all stop confusing lust with love. Alexis and Bob talk about how to collectively change the direction our society is heading by steering each other towards a more connected reality.
Being married to a Backstreet Boy isn't always easy. Rochelle McLean is here to talk about what it's like being married to a pop star, online bullying, body shaming, & more. Alexis & her dear friend Rochelle talk about online hate mail, raising body positive daughters, & cream cheese pretzels! Rochelle is a private soul who's life got a little crazy when she married Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean. During this open-hearted chat, Rochelle shares how she met AJ & how she committed to a partner who's in recovery.
For the 2nd episode, Alexis is joined by family therapist Michele Kambolis for a conversation with the ladies of Pretty Wild, the 2009 reality show on E!. Pretty Wild followed Alexis, her mom, Andrea Arlington, and her sisters, Tess Taylor & Gabby Neiers, as they coped with the chaos of addiction, trauma, & serious legal troubles. In this episode, Alexis lays the groundwork for her family to share their experiences with the show. Thank you to everyone who helped make this episode a reality - and so it is!
In the very first episode of Recovering from Reality, Alexis Haines focuses on telling her "official" recovery story. Alexis got sober at nineteen years old after facing up to six years in the correctional system due to addiction. As the former star of the E! reality series Pretty Wild, who faced a burglary conviction as a member of the notorious "Bling Ring”, Alexis understands the power of storytelling and media firsthand.