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Episode 16: Sobriety Awareness Month

Updated: May 5, 2021

This episode features Jené Thompson, a 29-year-old Alaska Native woman who is on a journey of healing and sobriety. She grew up between Utqiaġvik and Fairbanks and is now living in Anchorage, where she works full-time in the Alaska Army National Guard. She is in love with life and all things healthy living.

"You don't have to see the whole staircase to be able to take the first step. It was more of a feeling for me than it was a plan. So I didn't start really writing things out and doing the research and understanding what it means to lead a healthy life until after. Those things just come naturally. And you have to give yourself time and you can't be hard on yourself." - Jené Thompson

This episode is sponsored by Recover Alaska which is a multi-sector action group pursuing a solutions-based approach to reduce excessive alcohol use and harms across the state. Recover Alaska is partnering with several podcasts that are sparking conversations about sobriety for Sobriety Awareness Month in March. The vision for Recover Alaska is for Alaskans to live free from the consequences of alcohol misuse, so we are empowered to achieve our full potential. For more information, visit

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I really enjoyed listening to Jene's story. She's such an inspiration. I, too, have embraced minimalism. I'm 4.5 yrs sober. There's something about loving the things you have & getting rid of the excess, or letting go of things. I wasn't able to let go of much when I was drinking. Not so anymore. Thanks for the great interview!

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