#263 – Anything Is Possible with Paul Churchill


Veronica interviews Paul Churchill from the Recovery Elevator podcast. We discuss how anything is possible in sobriety and how Paul went from blowing up his life and living in his parents’ basement to living his dream life.

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about this episode

“Alcohol connected me when I took that first drink at 13 or 14. It was like, hello, Paul, it’s nice to finally meet you. And I kept doubling down on alcohol for a connection for years.” – Paul Churchill

This week, I’m thrilled to be joined by Paul Churchill, the voice behind the Recovery Elevator podcast, to discuss his journey to recovery and all of the good parts of sobriety.

Paul’s story is one that will be very familiar to many of us. Being away from home and dealing with loneliness, Paul’s use of alcohol as a bridge for connection became more and more unhealthy. Not recognizing how bad things had gotten, this went on for years. Yet, like so many of us, Paul experienced a turning point that led him to seek the help he needed to turn his life around.

His journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of hope.

In today’s episode, Paul and I talk about:

  • Paul’s decision to buy a bar in Spain and his progression into alcoholism
  • Recognizing the severity of his drinking problem
  • Walking away from the bar and subsequent struggles to maintain sobriety
  • Paul’s moment of surrender and decision to seek treatment
  • Why Paul started the Recovery Elevator podcast
  • The stark contrast between Paul’s past struggles and current achievements
  • The possibilities that open up after getting sober
  • Embracing your authenticity and doing the deeper work of sobriety
  • Paul’s milestones since getting sober
  • My experience as a parent and how it profoundly impacts your personal growth
  • How sobriety helps with navigating uncertainty and fear
  • Paul’s approach to sobriety, spirituality, and personal development
  • Preserving nature for mental well-being
  • Paul’s connection to nature and how he incorporates it in his daily life
  • Learning a lesson of pure love


About Paul Churchill

In 2006, at age 23, Paul Churchill moved to Granada, Spain, where he purchased a bar. Within three years, he became dependent on alcohol, blacking out close to 7 nights per week. In 2009, Paul walked away from the bar, hoping a geographical cure would curtail the drinking, but he continued to drink for another 5 years.

In February 2015, Paul launched the Recovery Elevator podcast as an accountability tool for staying sober. Today, it’s been over nine years since Paul had his last drink of alcohol, and the podcast has surpassed 10 million downloads. He talks with real, everyday people about how they have ditched the booze. The Recovery Elevator podcast is in the 97th percentile of all podcasts on iTunes and has been downloaded in all 50 states and over 145 countries.

The Recovery Elevator podcast has evolved into a private membership community with over 1,500 members from all over the world. Paul has spoken to thousands of students about alcohol awareness across the country. Along with putting on alcohol-free wellness retreats and seminars across the country, he hosts sober travel itineraries across the globe. Paul is the author of the best-selling book Alcohol is SH!T, has delivered two TEDx talks, teaches sober ukulele lessons, and plans to continue eradicating the stigma surrounding alcohol and addiction.

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