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Call Recovered About Relaxing in Recovery

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On Tuesday, July 19,  2016, The Recovery Topic is “Relaxing in Recovery.”
 
Researchers have studied how quickly wounds heal in people who are relaxed compared with people who are stressed. Their results have generally shown that the calmer and more supported you feel, the faster you will recover.  This is probably true for people in recovery from drugs and alcohol as well.
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 do you relax? How do you do hobbies? What do you like to do?
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The We Part of the Program – Recovered 720

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Loneliness and isolation along with denial, are among the top killers of addicts. Part of the disease of addiction is its thirst for stripping the addict of all of her relationships, one by one, until no one is left to stand by the addict’s side. Together we succeed and enjoy sobriety and peace, but alone we might slowly die. It is much more fun to live recovery with friends, than to try and do it by ourselves.

Recovery is a “we program” not a “me program”. Alone we die, but together we live victoriously.

In Chapter 5, The big book prefaces the steps with
“Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:” Therefore, it is implied that all the steps begin with we.

The foreword to the 3rd edition of the “big book” says
“? at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.

So at the core of the recovery program are at least two alcoholics, not one.

So, let’s begin our exploration of this topic with you

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What does “This is a we program” mean to you?
How do we find recovery from sharing our experience, strength and hope? Why is this effective?

Did you ever experience a sense of relief that you are no longer alone?
First meeting: no longer alone (I was “one more”)

What is your experience with the “we” of the program?
How are Open Talks part of the “We” of the program?
What is your experience with the slogan “If you want what we have?”
A sponsor is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
A higher power is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Service work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Sponsoring people is part of the “we” of the program.
12-step work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?

We Have Calls

Clyde
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What would you say to the new guy?
How has the fellowship helped your program?

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Call Recovered About This is a We Program

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On Tuesday, July 12,  2016, The Recovery Topic is “The is a we program.”
 
Loneliness and deliberate isolation along with denial, are among the top killers of addicts. But recovery is a “we program” not a “me program”. Alone we die, but together we live victoriously.
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):
What does “This is a we program” mean to you? 
How are Open Talks part of the “We” of the program?
What is your experience with the slogan “If you want what we have then do what we do?”
A sponsor is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
A higher power is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Service work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Sponsoring people is part of the “we” of the program.
12-step work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
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Joe and Charlie Spiritual Experience – Recovered 719

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Summertime Recovery – Recovered 718

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For most of us, summer is the perfect time for recreation, outdoor activities, socializing and relaxing. For some of us, Summer is the busy time of the year and finding time for recovery is the challenge.

Now that you’re sober and summer is upon us, your idea of fun will no doubt look and feel a lot different than it did in the past?and that’s a good thing!

For those in recovery ? especially early recovery ? summertime can also present a unique set of challenges.

In the past, some of your summertime activities may have been synonymous with destructive behaviors. However, changing your lifestyle for the better doesn’t necessarily mean you have to redefine your personal definition of “fun.”

So, if you’re looking for some new summer activities that will allow you to let loose, laugh and have fun without the fear of triggering a relapse, you’re in luck. We have suggestions!

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What was your first summer like?
Did it feel odd to not use? How and why?
What were some of your triggers?
How did you cope?
What tools did you use?

What has held you back from enjoying summer as a sober person?
What is the best advice you ever received about keeping your recovery program strong during summer?
What book, website, podcast, music, movie, concert, do you recommend the new person to check out this summer?
What is something that is working for you right now in your summertime recovery program?
What do you like to do sober during the summer?

We Have Calls
Tony from Connecticut
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Ollie from London
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Nick from Australia
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Alex from Austin
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Suggestions you may want to comment on.
Go Camping, Embrace Nature
Join a Sports League
Travel and Sightseeing
Volunteer Your Time
Try a New Activity
Explore Your City or Home State
Involve Your Pets
Explore Your Creative Side
Coordinate/Vacation with Others in Recovery
BBQ
Meditate in unique places
Start an outdoor meeting

What would you say to the new guy?

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Call Recovered About Your Summertime Recovery

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On Tuesday, July 5,  2016, The Recovery Topic is “Summertime Recovery.”
 
In the past, some of your summertime activities may have been synonymous with destructive behaviors. However, changing your lifestyle for the better doesn’t necessarily mean you have to redefine your personal definition of “fun.”
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):
What do you like to do now sober during the summer?
What was your first sober summer like?
Did it feel odd to not use?  How and why?
What were some of your triggers?
Recovered Podcast is live online every Tuesday at 6:30 pm EDT 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.
 
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Anniversary of Andrew’s Death

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Friends…

Today is the anniversary of Andrew’s death, so if you could say a prayer for us today, know that it would be most appreciated.

Thank you so much for all your support and love. Please know that we keep all of you in our prayers and love you all back so much.

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Interview With Buddhist Monk Nancy Burks – Recovered 717

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Nancy Burks grew up in southeast Michigan and pursued a career as a clinical psychologist until retiring two years ago. Since then, Nancy has started a new phase of her life teaching Buddhism and meditation. Nancy became a Buddhist in 1978, and has practiced in the
Tibetan Buddhist tradition
ever since. From 1996 to 2000, Nancy participated in an intensive, cloistered retreat with 9 other women in upstate New York. Upon completing this traditional training program, she earned the title of “Lama” which means teacher. Nancy currently teaches and practices at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center. just go to
http://annarborktc.org
For more information

That link will be in the show notes
Nancy lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, and is a caregiver for for her mother and brother.

Nancy welcome to the Recovered Studio

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As you know Nancy, the Recovered Podcast is intended to be a support for those of us in 12-step recovery program.

Do you know anyone who had struggled with addiction?

As you may know, one of the obstacles new members in 12-step recovery programs have is developing a spiritual life. We encourage new members to consider that there are powers greater than self and that this power can help in sobriety. Later, we find that helps is all areas of our lives.

For example Nancy, many of our new members find their “Higher Power” in the 12-step group.

Through frequent contact with members in the 12-step community, new people find the ability to stay sober. This ability to stay sober was not possible before the group. This, we tell our new members, is a power greater than self.

Another source of “higher power” can be found in the truth. Truth itself and in others. For example, when we honestly look at ourselves and our faults and stop blaming others, we find that changing our behavior is possible. Something that was not possible before.

But when new members are told to get a higher power, the immediately think of the punishing God they grew up with, or maybe the religion of their youth. And for many, these have been terrible experiences and they want no part of that. They feel like they have been painted into a corner with no way out.

But what we encourage is for the new person to seek for themselves what a higher power means to them. There is not only one way, there are many.

Many of us in the United States have no understanding of buddhism. So I wanted to get your perspective Nancy, because you have so much to offer our listeners in regards to life experiences, psychology, and buddhism.

So our listeners get to know you a little better, let’s start at the beginning.

Your Story
Tell us where were you born; what was your family of origin like.
What were your religious experiences growing up?

Many of our listeners may not be familiar with Buddhism
Tell us your experience in Budism, how did you become buddhist.

What common feature does Buddhism share with other religions?
What is the difference between Buddhism and other religions?

Give us a brief history of the Buddha.
What is the essential characteristic of Buddhism?
How has buddhism helped you in difficult times?

Advice
What was the #1 thing that has held you back in your spiritual life?
What is the best spiritual advice you ever received?
What is something that is working for your spiritual life right now?
What is the best spiritual book you have read?

Hope
What would you say to the new guy?

Read books by Chogyam trungpa
Meditation in action
Cutting through spiritual materialism

Other Books
Pema Chodron – Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart

Jon Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living

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Joe and Charlie There is a Solution – Recovered 716

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Unmanageability – Recovered 715

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The definition of Unmanageable is

1. Difficult or impossible to manage or control:
2. Difficult to carry or maneuver; unwieldy:
When we deny our powerlessness over alcohol our lives become unmanageable. Our lives may be unmanageable in a few areas or in many areas. They may be slightly unmanageable in some areas and totally unmanageable in others. Unmanageability caused by addiction take many forms. It can include physical, spiritual, and mental problems; financial and legal problems; family and social problems. The problems may have been obvious to others or known only to us, but they were
in one form or another.

The longer I am in recovery, the more I realize how unmanageable my life had become. By accepting my powerlessness and unmanageability, I accept that I can not recover alone. I need help. That help,
the Big Book tells me in the Second Step,
will come from a Power greater than myself. My unmanageability lays the basis of my willingness to open and keep myself open to a Power greater than myself and to recovery.

Use of the plural pronoun in the First Step, “We admitted,” emphasizes that we are not alone and that we do not work our recovery program alone. AA is a “we” program. “I get drunk; we stay sober: is an old AA saying. The “we” includes us, other program members, and our Higher Power. The first word in the First Step makes that point clear.

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Survey says:
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What does unmanageability mean to you?
How did alcohol and unmanageability relate for you?
Alcohol stole time it stole the future

How does alcohol and unmanageability relate for you today?
As soon as I reject reality and try to create a situation that I desire, life becomes unmanageable for me. If I wish to change the past instead of accepting, life becomes unmanageable

How does control and unmanageability relate for you?

How did you use to be unmanageable?
How are you unmanageable today?
What tools do you use?

Who was in control when you grew up?
How did that affect you?
How does that affect you now?

How do you try to control the emotions, finances, lives of others?
How do expectations and unmanageability relate?
How does flexibility and unmanageability relate?
How does your higher power and unmanageability relate?
How does patience help?
How does acceptance help?

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OIllie
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Erika From Boston
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Bronte
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Alex
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