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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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Music in Recovery – 360

Music in Recovery – 360

2021-05-3001:42:241

How has music supported you in recovery? What inspiration do you find there? Are there certain songs that have become the soundtrack of your life? Sonia Lee is a singer and song writer in recovery. We talked about her recovery journey and her recovery songs. Sonia's recovery started when she realized she was alcoholic. But,... The post Music in Recovery – 360 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
How have you experienced the effects of alcoholism or addiction transforming into the effects of recovery? Colleen suggested this topic, writing “we often hear about the effects of this disease, but I've never heard the phrase, the effects of recovery. It has really made me reflect, as I have found over the past couple of... The post The Effects of Recovery – 359 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
What is it like to keep working your recovery program after divorcing? Pat joined Spencer to talk about her experience. She fully recognizes that both she and her ex-husband contributed to the factors leading to their divorce. She says that she “did not want my relationship to be the example to my children of what... The post Al-Anon after Divorce – 358 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Can CODA help when you grow up in dysfunction, and then love a controlling, gaslighting partner as an adult? As a child, Geraldine lived in fear of her mother's anger, which often resulted in beatings. She became her siblings' protector, and felt that it was her job to soothe her mother's moods, and to take... The post CODA saved her life – Geraldine – 357 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
If Acceptance is the key to serenity, what do you do about unacceptable behavior and domestic violence? Kathy H joined the Recovery Show to talk about her experience with domestic violence, and the strength and hope she has found in recovery. We started with some definitions for unacceptable behavior and domestic violence. Definitions Definition of... The post Domestic Violence and Other Unacceptable Behavior – 356 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
A Son’s Addiction – 355

A Son’s Addiction – 355

2021-04-1401:09:46

How can recognizing powerlessness over a child’s addiction make it easier to detach and not enable them? Jacob joins us to tell his story and how he stopped trying fruitlessly to fix his son's addiction. He picked a couple of readings from ODAT — Jan 29 and Feb 11, saying that they have been and... The post A Son’s Addiction – 355 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Making Decisions – 354

Making Decisions – 354

2021-04-0901:18:44

Do you have trouble making decisions? What have you learned in recovery helps you make decisions? Eric, Spencer, and several of you share about indecision and making decisions. Our conversation was guided by these questions. Definition:  a choice that you make about something after thinking about several possibilities the ability to decide quickly and without... The post Making Decisions – 354 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Voices – 353

Voices – 353

2021-03-2901:45:531

What is on your mind? This episode is built from your voices, sharing your experience, strength, and hope. Sharing your dilemmas and questions. Readings and Links Some of you sent suggestions of books or other resources. Many Voices, One Journey Al-Anon's story of growth and recovery as experienced by individual members and the fellowship as... The post Voices – 353 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Inner Child – 352

Inner Child – 352

2021-03-0901:22:572

How is your Inner Child? What can you do to heal its hurts and help it grow? Becky joined Spencer to talk about how she has come to know and heal her inner child. Our conversation was guided by these questions. I’m not really familiar with inner child work, can you tell me briefly what... The post Inner Child – 352 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
How are my recovery tools helping me to live with grief and loss? How am I feeling my feelings today? My father died a few days ago. I am grieving his loss. Because of my work in recovery, I can feel my feelings. I don't have to deny them, and stuff them. What a gift! The post Feeling my feelings – 351 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
My life was out of control, but I still thought I could control my loved one’s drinking. Cold Wednesday in April. The beginning of the story but also the middle of the story. Where is the beginning? When I learned, as a child, to take care of everyone else first? That I couldn’t be happy... The post My Life was Unmanageable – 350 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Service in Al-Anon – 349

Service in Al-Anon – 349

2021-02-0101:51:18

“When I got busy, I got better”. I’ve heard this as an encouragement to service in recovery. What is service, and how can it support my recovery? Spencer and Ester talk about our experience with service, with support from almost a dozen listeners. Our discussion was guided by but certainly not limited to these questions.... The post Service in Al-Anon – 349 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
How can we use our recovery tools to help us when our loved ones are suffering from mental illness? Is it harder when our loved one is our child? Roberta shares her experience, strength, and hope around these questions. Our conversation was guided by these questions. How/when did you come to Al-Anon? Give as much... The post Teen Depression and Self-harm – 348 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
If I’m not the problem, then there is no solution. Huh? How does this make sense for my recovery. Spencer, Eric and several listeners share our thoughts about this idea. How would you have felt about this statement before you came into recovery? In what ways were you trying to fix other people’s problems? Which... The post If I am not the Problem, there is no Solution – 347 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Gratitude 2020 – 346

Gratitude 2020 – 346

2020-11-2616:31

What are you grateful for right now? Where do you have gratitude that isunexpected? How has the practice of gratitude helped you throughturbulent, stressful events and times? My gratitude this year is centered on people in my life. My brother, who is taking care of my aging, ailing parents. He is there when they have... The post Gratitude 2020 – 346 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Slow Recovery – 345

Slow Recovery – 345

2020-11-2301:27:551

Recovery takes time. That’s a good thing. Why? Ester leads us through a conversation about slow recovery, guided by these notes. Recovery, like everything in life, has its ebbs and flows.  An “ebb” in its noun form is defined in the Meriam Webster dictionary as “the reflux of the tide toward the sea” and as... The post Slow Recovery – 345 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
This has been a rough week for many of us in the United States, and outside the United States. As political processes wind their way through; as the pandemic is escalating; I wanted to take a moment to think about the ways in which I have used, and in which you can use program tools... The post Calming the Anxiety — 344 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
I heard someone in a meeting say, “the great thing is that there are no experts in Al-Anon.” What does this mean and why is it a great thing? Aren’t we all experts on our own stories? One expression of this idea is found in Tradition 8: Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional,... The post There are no experts in Al-Anon — 343 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
Are you struggling with co-parenting your children with an alcoholic? What are your challenges? What tools have you found? Join Lynne and Linzi as they share their experience in a conversation guided by these questions. What was it like before, co-parenting with an alcoholic before recovery? What made you realize that this wasn’t how you... The post Co-parenting with an Alcoholic – 342 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
In episode 337, I talked with Amanda and Becky about how recovery and activism intersected for them. I got a lot of feedback about that episode with some very thoughtful sharing. This episode has your voices, without any discussion or comment by me. I want to thank everyone who contributed. You have given me a... The post Activism and Recovery – Your Voices – 341 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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