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Why Don’t You Drink – Recovered 807

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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I’m doing this topic because it came up when talking to someone new in the program

And you know who you are

We talked about, How to respond to someone who asks, “Why don’t you drink?”

It’s a question that I have been asked a bunch of times.

I’ve never really had the perfect advice to give and I still don’t have the perfect advice to give,

But here at the Recovered Podcast, we don’t give advice.
We talk out our experience.

I thought we would share our experience

On how to respond when someone asks
why you don’t drink?

So, Let’s jump into this topic, How do you respond when someone asks, “Why Don’t You Drink?.”

Let’s start with you Angelo
Why do you think someone would ask this question?

How did you used to respond when you were new?
How do you respond now?
What suggestions would you give to the new guy?

Does it matter who is asking?
When is it ok to lie?
When is it not ok to lie?

Do people ask you this frequently?
Where are you usually when this is asked?

When do people most often notice you not drinking alcohol?

If we are ashamed of being an alcoholics
What character defects are in effect?
Fear?
What people think?
How it affects our social status?

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Peter from Maine
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Valerie
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Call Recovered About Why You Don’t Drink

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I’m doing another podcast because I was asked an interesting question the other day and it’s a question that I have been asked a bunch of times.  So the question that was asked for me is, what do you do if someone asks why you don’t drink?
 
Let’s talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
 
How did you used to respond when you were new?
How do you respond now?
What suggestions would you give to the new guy?
 
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If you would like to listen to the live stream of the show, just tap Recovered Chat and Live Stream.  We give away an Amazon gift card each week, you could win if you join us on Tuesdays.  
 
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Why Don’t You Drink?

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Tuesday night, the Recovery Topic is “How do you respond when someone asks, “Why don’t you drink?””
 
Every once in a while you will find that person who sort of looks at you weird and they ask you why and sometimes they me even ask “c’mon, what do you mean you don’t drink? It’s just one.”  How do you respond?
Let’s talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (preferred because the sound quality is excellent.  Use this method especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
How do you respond when someone asks you, “Why don’t you drink?”
Recovered Podcast is live online every Tuesday at 6:30 pm EST as we record the show.  Join the fun and be part of the show.
If you would like to listen to the live stream of the show, just tap Recovered Chat and Live Stream.  We give away an Amazon gift card each week, you could win if you join us on Tuesdays.  
 
Click on our Show Notes we will use Tuesday night.

Audrey and Julie Steps 3 and 4 – Recovered 807

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Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Recovered Podcast Featured in Web Article

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Washington DC based Journalist Emanuel Cavallaro came across our podcast in his research on AA in the digital age.  Emanuel interviewed me and Chrissy and they sent our a photographer to the studio on March 28th.  Check out the article and let us know what you think of the coverage.  Here is a link to the article entitled “Meet the Podcasters Bringing Alcoholics Anonymous Into the Digital Age” http://recoveredcast.com/article

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Recovery and the Digital Age – Recovered 806

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Monday, an article about the Recovered Podcast was released on a website called narratively. The article is entitled Meet the Podcasters Bringing Alcoholics Anonymous Into the Digital Age and Chrissy and I were interviewed and there are some photographs included. If you would like to read the article, just go to recoveredcast.com/article

I thought we would take the opportunity to discuss some of the main points of the article.

The article starts
In church basements and community centers, AA has helped people stay sober for 82 years. But is this decidedly old-school organization ready for a brand new spin?

What were your thoughts of the article?
Why do you podcast?
How do you use the internet for recovery?
Are you concerned about anonymity?
What app?
What blog?
What podcast?

What would you say to the new guy about Recovery in the Digital Age?

Also, wanted to cover Group Conscience
Group Conscience

We asked our listeners about Group Conscience. We asked our listeners,
“What is the purpose of the Group Conscience meeting?”
What do you think the purpose is of a Group Conscience meeting?

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It should be said that the Recovered Podcast is not AA, we do not speak for AA, we do not represent AA. However, we are going to attempt to share our experience relative to this topic, we are not an authority. So, if you hear us espouse anything contrary to the 12 step fellowship that you are a member of, disregard our opinions, because that is all they are, our experience and opinion. None of us are authoritative.

A.A. is a spiritual movement and as Tradition 2 states clearly: Our sole authority is a loving God as He may express Himself in the group conscience. The group conscience strives for a state of being unanimous. The group conscience is the collective conscience of the group membership and this represents substantial unanimity on one issue before definitive action is taken.

But how is this practically achieved? This will be our topic tonight, Group Conscience.

AA literature uses the phrase Informed Group Conscience. AA literature suggests that Informed Group Conscience is achieved by the group members through:
the sharing of full information,
Sharing of individual points of view,
the practice of A.A.’s principles, and
willingness to listen to minority opinions with an open mind.

What is the basic purpose of the group?
what is group conscience?
How is it different from a business meeting?
Is it majority rule? If not, what is it?
How do you get there?
What topics are suitable for group conscience?
What topics should not be put to the rigor of Group Conscience?

What does sharing of full information mean to you?
Why are individual points of view important relative to group points of view?
What principles are needed?
What is willingness?
What is an open mind?
Why is the minority voice important?

How does an informed group conscience differ from
a group opinion or
a majority vote, or
a business meeting?
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Audrey and Julie Steps 1 and 2 – Recovered 805

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Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

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Meeting Etiquette – Recovered 804

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Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Let’s jump into our topic, “Meeting Etiquette.”

The dos and don’ts of attending a 12 step fellowship

Recovery meetings can be intimidating to newcomers
who have decided that they want to stop using.

Early sobriety is an uncomfortable time and
stepping into the rooms without
knowing any of the rules or conventions
only adds to this discomfort.

The last thing a newcomer needs is
to be confronted about an unwritten rule.

Here at recovered, we don’t have etiquette rules,
but we may have suggestions.

We may have disagreements between ourselves
About what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

We will find out

Let’s start out by giving some advice to the new guy.

What are some of the rules that the new guy should be aware of?
Be on time.
Be courteous
Be honest
Don’t steal
Be sober

Ok, I turning to you first, what are some of your pet peeves

language
arrive time
departure time
leaving a donation
eating all the cake
stealing candy/pop
creating a bio hazard in the restroom
candle wax
dirty dishes after eating cake
smoking
texting
personal hygiene
long shares
drunk a log
romancing the drug/drink
violence
handguns
taking others inventory during share
going to a meeting sick
camara at meeting
Bringing pets
Bringing kids
Gossip
decorum in other’s buildings
Double share

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Valerie from Cali
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Chris
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Alex from Austin
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What would you say to the new guy about Meeting Etiquette?
Final Thoughts?

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Audrey and Julie Steps 8 and 9

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Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Mary Pearl Part 5 – Recovered 803

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Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

 

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