[MWVC] Meditations Supporting Veterans in Recovery

Season #1 Episode #95

Favorite quotes of the episode: 

“What brought me to this place in my career, was each and every aspect of what I’ve done.”

“Trauma is experienced in so many different ways and it doesn’t have to be capital T Trauma it doesn’t have to be PTSD.”

“Meditation books are designed to give encouragement.”

“If you treat the trauma without treating the substance use disorder or if you treat the substance use disorder without treating the trauma you are putting a band-aid on a bullet hole.”

“Sleep is the foundation for everything, it affects everything so I know I need to make my bedtime.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Andrea Lien. Andrea has been the editorial director of the consumer books segment of Hazelden Publishing since 2019. Before joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, she was an award-winning editorial director and writer in print media, also working in the areas of video production and podcasting. At Hazelden Publishing, she is working to expand the breadth and depth of self-help materials for greater reach; to be a source of healing and hope for more and more people.


  • Andrea’s Unique Career Path
  • Veterans supporting veterans
  • Recovery from substance use disorders
  • Leave no one behind meditation books and how to participate
  • Meditation Reading

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? I look ahead. At night I sleep better knowing what I’m going to be doing the next day.  Sleep is the foundation for everything, it affects everything so I know I need to make my bedtime.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? If I’ve noticed what I’ve done during the day. Being present because I want to remember that I’ve done it and I want to feel its significance.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? Making sure that I’m working within my values.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? That I fulfill my role authentically. You deserve to be here, they have pulled you into this because they want you. You want me to do this, that really means you want me to do this.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? It’s gotta be a balance. When to turn on and off your computer and understanding boundaries.


If you are a veteran who identifies as in recovery from a substance use disorder you can write and submit your own meditation at www.hazelden.org/writeyourown  Submission Deadline of May 2021

If you don’t identify as in recovery, please forward to other veterans or those working in or serving these communities to ensure we reach the widest audience to best support this effort.

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