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Setting Boundaries – Recovered 925

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Your issues with boundaries come from your past. You may have grown up where boundaries were strict and harsh. This could lead to an inability to express your feelings or to keep everyone at arm’s length. Having no boundaries will lead to you and others being enmeshed. When this happens, your roles are interchangeable and blurred and you will not establish your sense of identity. As you get older, your relationships mirror those of the past and history begins to repeat itself. As you fall into the same patterns, you increase your risk of experiencing depression or anxiety and may fall into drugs and alcohol to help cope.

Establishing boundaries in your life is important, especially in recovery. By setting boundaries, you no longer allow others to take advantage of you and you begin to find your voice and learn how to use it. Your communication with others improves as you express your thoughts and feelings. Healthy boundaries lead to healthy relationships with people who have your best interests in mind, support and respect you and are willing to work with you. An added benefit is that you begin to establish your sense of self.

This topic is much more popular in al-anon than in AA.
Woulds you agree?
When was the last time you had the topic of boundaries at your table?
Why do you think the topic of boundaries is more popular in al-anon?
Because we are the ones typically crossing the boundaries.

First thought?

What are boundaries?

What Are Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries?
How do you Know the difference between healthy and unhealthy boundaries ?

For you, what are some unhealthy boundaries you have developed before program?

Here are some possible examples

Telling someone else how to think or feel
Sacrificing your personal values and beliefs to please someone else
Forcing your advice or beliefs on others and pressuring them to follow your advice or think the same
Allowing someone else to define you and dictate your actions
Taking responsibility for someone else’s feelings

For you what are healthy boundaries you have developed in recovery and why?

Here are some examples
Encouraging sharing feelings and thoughts
Honoring your personal values and beliefs even if others may not agree with them
Respecting others
Taking responsibility for all that you do or say
Taking full ownership and responsibility in defining yourself

Today, when are you most vulnerable and allow unhealthy boundaries/
How can the program help?
Steps
Sponsor
Sponsee
Service work
Meetings
Prayer

What are some boundaries you don’t want crossed?
How do you communicate these boundaries?
What do you do when they are crossed?

Have you ever crossed someone else’s boundary?

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Mary P Al-Anon Open Talk – Recovered 924

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Medicine Depression and Recovery – Recovered 923

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Just because an individual has managed to escape from addiction does not always mean that their life will be fine thereafter. There will usually still be challenges to face, and part of this might be dealing with depression. Many people will have turned to addiction in the first place because they were suffering from depressive symptoms. This can mean that when they stop using these addictive substances they can be back to where they started, in pain and without a solution. I

t is important that anyone who is dealing with depression in recovery, please never ignore this symptom of chronic depressive feelings.

If you feel like you are battling depression, please go and see a professional. There is no shame in admitting you have depression. As a matter of fact, it is one of the principles of recovery, the principle that you are worth it. You deserve to take care of yourself for a change. Please recognize that a diagnosis of clinical depression coupled with addiction is very dangerous. The morbidity rate is very high. Just read the headlines about celebrities who have passed away who have had these serious diseases.

If it turns out that you go to a therapist and you find out that you have non-clinical depression and are experiencing normal reaction to painful life events and/or physical, mental and emotional stress and 12-step recovery is what you need, then great!! No harm, no foul. Going to therapy for a short time won’t hurt you. But, if you are working hard on your 12-step program, working the steps, staying in touch with a sponsor and a higher power, doing service work, eating right, and you just can’t shake the blues, please consider adding professional psychological help to support your recovery program

Now, let’s define Depression.
Depression is more than just feeling a bit down. It’s a medical illness that involves both mental and physical elements. Depression can impact every aspect of the individual’s life and can make normal functioning almost impossible.

Rick, let’s turn to you first,
What are your first thoughts on the opening statements?
Where do you want to start, what is it you want to say?

In recovery, do you battle depression?
What does it look look to you?
Have you seen a professional?
How was that for you?

For the new person who may think they have depression, how should someone seek professional help?
What should they expect?
What is the process like?
How long should they expect to be in therapy?

What are some of the obstacles to seeking therapy?
Stigma, within the AA community
Stigma, how it affects you reputation
Stigma, how it affects your self-esteem
Cost
Working with insurances
Time
Commitment
Fear
Availability of therapists

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Chuck I Al-Anon Open Talk – Recovered 922

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What to Expect at Your First Recovery Meeting – Recovered 921

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So you’ve made the decision to check out a Recovery meeting. Maybe people have been subtly (or not-so-subtly) suggesting you go, maybe you’ve heard good things about Recovery and think it might be able to help you, or maybe you’re just not sure of where else to turn. Whatever your reason, attending your first meeting can be a stressful experience. Will it be a bunch of people smoking cigarettes in a church basement, like in the movies? Will you have to get up and share your whole life story in front of strangers? After meny years of regular Recovery attendance, here’s what I can tell you: No two meetings are exactly the same. Tonight, we will talk about some of the unexpected things you ought to expect from your first Recovery meeting.

What come first to mind?
What so you want to say to the person contemplating this?
What was your first meeting like?

What can someone expect?
What should they do?
What should they not do?
What are your suggestions on how to prepare?
What should they do during the meeting?
Does it cost money?
Do you have to pray?
Do you have to share?
Do you have to sign up for anything?

Do you have to use your real name?

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Barbara k Open Talk – Recovered 920

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Having Fun in Recovery – Recovered 919

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Just because you’ve decided to quit drinking and doing drugs, have started to go to meetings are now in what’s termed “recovery,”

 

That doesn’t mean that you need to resign yourself to living the rest of your life in a ho-hum, boring existence. While you may think that being clean and sober is just plain dull, the truth is that your life in sobriety can be fulfilling, exciting and extremely rewarding. Some might even call it fun. But that, of course, depends on your point of view.

 

Here we take a look at how newcomers to sobriety can discover healthy ways to have fun in recovery ? without jeopardizing all the gains they’ve made so far. Don’t worry. Nothing here is out of reach of the average individual. All it really takes is a desire to create a new life for yourself,

 

Go to you first,

First to mind?

 

Why is having fun in recovery important?

 

What used to be your idea of fun before program?

What was your idea of fun early in program?

 

When you were new, was it hard to have fun?

How did your fun change?

Did you suffer from depression when you were new?

Did you isolate when you wee new?

How did the program help, what steps, slogans, prayer, service?

Was it hard to laugh early on?

 

Did you change, how?

Today, what is your idea of fun, what do you do today?

Do you find recovery boring?

Today, what are your thoughts of a life with drinking at the center?

Do you view that as boring today, why?

 

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Having Fun in Recovery – Recovered 919

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Just because you’ve decided to quit drinking and doing drugs, have started to go to meetings are now in what’s termed “recovery,”

 

That doesn’t mean that you need to resign yourself to living the rest of your life in a ho-hum, boring existence. While you may think that being clean and sober is just plain dull, the truth is that your life in sobriety can be fulfilling, exciting and extremely rewarding. Some might even call it fun. But that, of course, depends on your point of view.

 

Here we take a look at how newcomers to sobriety can discover healthy ways to have fun in recovery ? without jeopardizing all the gains they’ve made so far. Don’t worry. Nothing here is out of reach of the average individual. All it really takes is a desire to create a new life for yourself,

 

Go to you first,

First to mind?

 

Why is having fun in recovery important?

 

What used to be your idea of fun before program?

What was your idea of fun early in program?

 

When you were new, was it hard to have fun?

How did your fun change?

Did you suffer from depression when you were new?

Did you isolate when you wee new?

How did the program help, what steps, slogans, prayer, service?

Was it hard to laugh early on?

 

Did you change, how?

Today, what is your idea of fun, what do you do today?

Do you find recovery boring?

Today, what are your thoughts of a life with drinking at the center?

Do you view that as boring today, why?

 

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Mike from Fla

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Patrick

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Ed M. Open Talk – Recovered 918

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Adam T _ Recovered 917

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