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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.
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Do you feel that IT is your fault? How can recovery help you understand what is really your responsibility and what is absolutely not? Spencer and Eric discuss these questions along with shares from many of you. This topic was inspired by the scene “it's not your fault” from the movie Good Will Hunting. A... The post It’s Not Your Fault – 339 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
The serenity prayer asks for the wisdom to know the difference. What does this mean? And how does it happen? Ester joined me for a conversation about these questions. We thought we might structure our conversation by starting with the idea of “Knowing when I don’t know.” Then how “wisdom to know the difference” in... The post Wisdom to Know the Difference – 338 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
How can recovery, the serenity prayer, and the traditions of Al Anon guide me in working for societal change? When should I “let go and let God” and when should I work to “change the things I can”? Spencer, Amanda, and Becky have a wide-ranging discussion around these questions and others. We were joined virtually... The post Activism and Recovery with Amanda and Becky – 337 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Do you find yourself becoming irritable and unreasonable. Maybe without knowing it? How does your program of recovery help you out of that? Eric, Spencer, and several of you share our experience, strength, and hope around these questions and many others. The suggested Al-Anon/Alateen opening says Our thinking becomes distorted by trying to force solutions,... The post Irritable and Unreasonable – 336 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Humans are “obligatorily gregarious”. We need other people. When we don't have the connections we need, we suffer. We suffer emotionally with depression, anxiety, and hyper-vigilance. But we can also suffer physically with symptoms like high blood pressure and heart disease. In these days, we are all isolated. Some more, some less. Our usual ways... The post The Impact of Isolation — 335 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Many Voices – 334

Many Voices – 334

2020-06-1801:27:111

Once again, we hear your voices. Topics range through Meetings as Medicine, Step 7, patience and tolerance, loss, and the length of shares. Readings and Links A listener wrote about using Discord for recovery meetings. Eric sent us a link to an Insight Timer meditation about patience. I talked about the reading from Hope For... The post Many Voices – 334 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Are you finding it difficult to be patient? How are you tolerant of a world that isn’t going the way you want it to go? Definitions Tolerance is a personality trait. It reflects an attitude of open-mindedness, an acceptance of the behavior, beliefs and values of other. It is a term that is associated with... The post Patience and Tolerance – 333 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332

Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332

2020-05-2801:15:022

Spencer was a guest on the Sober Speak podcast, with a conversation about Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Al-Anon. Sober Speak has mostly an AA focus, but the host, John M does sometimes invite members of Al-Anon to share their experience, strength, and hope. We talked about how I suddenly felt my powerlessness one... The post Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Julie joins us to tell her story. She grew up with an alcoholic father and an “untreated Al-Anon” mother. As a child, from the age of 10, she thought it was her job to mediate between her parents, and especially to try to help “settle” the arguments they had. Now, she recognizes that it never... The post Choosing Love Over Fear One Day at a Time – Julie L – 331 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Boundaries Today – 330

Boundaries Today – 330

2020-05-0801:00:01

Why are boundaries important to me right now? How am I setting and keeping healthy boundaries, today? A couple of listeners shared their experience of boundaries. Spencer's discussion is guided by this outline. How Al-Anon Works, Chapter 11 Detachment, Love, and Forgiveness has a section titled Personal Boundaries. “… many of us find it difficult... The post Boundaries Today – 330 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
The God Word – 329

The God Word – 329

2020-04-3001:07:551

Did the God language in the 12 steps put you off? How have you worked this program of recovery in that case? Spencer and 3 listeners contribute their experience of working the twelve steps of recovery, even though the God language was not “working” for us. We share the ways in which we were able... The post The God Word – 329 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
How do we find hope when it all seems hopeless? Eric and Spencer have a conversation about hope, inspired by these discussion points and questions. Hope definition a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. want something to happen or be the case. Often when we say “hope” we really mean... The post Hope means possibility – 328 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Fear – 327

Fear – 327

2020-04-1001:47:381

What do you fear? What tools do you use to let go of, move through, and live with fear? Barb joins me to talk about fear. We had scheduled this conversation before the Corona Virus pandemic was declared, but it seems so appropriate now. We roughly followed this outline. What fears did you have before... The post Fear – 327 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Are you a member of more than one recovery program? How do you balance them? How do they support each other? Listeners and members of more than one recovery program share their experience. We hear from members of Al-Anon Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) Adult Children of Alcoholics... The post Dual Program Members – 326 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Are you “sheltering in place”? How are you able to participate in recovery when you can’t meet face to face with other members? Spencer and Marylou discuss how they are experiencing recovery during this time of isolation and “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our conversation was sparked by an email that Marylou sent... The post Recovery in a time of Isolation – 325 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
In a recent online meeting, the almost unanimous choice of topic was fear and anxiety. We were all feeling it in one way or another. We started with a reading from Courage to Change, January 10. It talks about “mental static” of worry, and then says “I'm learning to focus all my attention on this... The post Fear and Anxiety – 324 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Do you struggle with the God language in the 12 steps? Josh did. His inability to fully engage with the steps was probably a factor in his relapses. Josh talks with us about a couple of recovery programs based on Buddhist principles, centered on meditative practices. These programs are Recovery Dharma and Refuge Recovery. Our... The post Josh R – Recovery Dharma – 323 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Online meetings

Online meetings

2020-03-1504:10

As we are moving into a time of social distancing, where many of our meeting places are closing down, but also when we may be feeling anxious, confused, and scared, we still need meetings. My Saturday morning meeting met this morning online and by phone using the BlueJeans service. This service has both video and... The post Online meetings appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Although Deborah came from an alcoholic family, and married an alcoholic, she only came to Al-Anon when her son was having problems with alcohol and drugs. And only because a colleague told her of his experience with his son's problems. He didn't tell her what Al-Anon was about, he just said “go”. So she did.... The post Deborah C – Hands Off Pays Off – 322 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Trigger warning: Diana's story includes some violent and abusive episodes from her childhood. You can skip forward to about 21:00 to avoid those descriptions. Diana H had a turbulent childhood. Her mother suffered from mental illness. Her house was full of alcohol, drugs, and violence. We talk about how her work in recovery has helped... The post Diana H – Born Into Crazy – 321 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
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E J

This is a great podcast

Jul 14th
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E J

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you.

Jul 3rd
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E J

Can't believe I have not been aware of this podcast before now! 👍👍

Jun 30th
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E J

Thanks for the recommendation

Jun 30th
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E J

Agree agree agree!

Jun 30th
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Jeff Christianson

this message came at the perfect time, thank you!!

Jun 30th
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Heather Michelle

I needed this today.

May 9th
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Jeff Christianson

this message came at the perfect time, for me!! thank you

Apr 28th
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wearsunscreen

This may be a good podcast, but the quality is so poor, I'll never know.🤨

Nov 2nd
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Denise L Jones

This was right on time. Thank you for sharing your incredible ongoing recovery. The promises are real.

Sep 28th
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anonymous none

Wow Mary Pearl my mom sounds just like yours. I am one of seven children raised in alcoholic family and the only one in Al-Anon. I am going to pass this one. Thank you for sharing. ❤

May 8th
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anonymous none

Wow Mary Pearl my mom sounds just like yours. I am one of seven children raised in alcoholic family and the only one in Al-Anon. I am going to pass this one. Thank you for sharing. ❤

May 8th
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Asia Nichole

thanks so much for this episode on anger. it is a daily battle for me. i wish there was more help for people who realize their anger is a problem and they want help, it's just not readily available.

Apr 14th
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anggnbama

Shame - Episode -13 Yes! I can understand Swetha's comments: 1st person in the history of AlAnon to be kicked out! After a year and half I still get that feeling! I have to stay out of my own head! It does creep in though - and I have to work with hard to stay out of my own head - as Nics says putting others on that "pedestal" is something I am working on - I needed someone to admire as all the people in my life were affected by the Addict/Alcoholic in my life and I just put some Al-Anon members on that Pedestal and it was broken when they became human and had flaws. So I am a work in progress and not perfection as Spencer said. Working my Steps, specifically 4 & 5 I have grown, overcome and understand who I am and why I took those actions now and in my past. This allowed me to forgive myself, STOP holding on, move on! Let Go Let God! My Higher power, sponsor, weekly meetings has given me that understanding to get healthier. Thank you for your time and sharing so much details with us. I do listen to the most current and the beginnings- Love and Prayers Angie in Bama

Feb 5th
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anggnbama

Thank you! Needed to hear, feel, apply this message!

May 2nd
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anggnbama

Wow! Linda L! This was an amazing share! I am Grateful for this - my perception - perspective and understanding of my life is starting to come together! Thank you Spencer for this wonderful time of healing, growth and understanding. Love, Hugs and many Blessings, Angie J.

Apr 19th
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