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Happiness – Recovered 851

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This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
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I have come to know a lot of people in different stages of recovery. Some are happy and doing well and some are not. It’s clear that alcohol and drugs don’t lead to happiness. If you have worked the steps, you have learned that you used drugs and alcohol to cope with unwanted feelings. However, it’s been my experience that the amount of time spent sober doesn’t guarantee happiness and wellness, either.

So how do you find a feeling of satisfaction in your life and get over the feeling of depression in recovery? The answer lies within you.

Happiness in recovery is not a guarantee. The reality is that everyone is responsible for their own happiness. However, for some, it’s not easy for them to reach it. The path to happiness requires work on our part and doesn’t require a lot of money or worldly success.

Let’s go to you first…

What was first to mind when you heard happiness was going to be the topic? Why?

What is happiness?
Can happiness last?
Is it guaranteed?

What made you happy before program?
What made you happy in early recovery?
What makes you happy today?

What steps help with happiness and why?
What slogans help with happiness and why?
What prayers help with happiness and why?

How do you get happy?
How do you take care of yourself?
How do you give back?
Who are your loved ones that can bring you happiness?
What achieved goals gave you happiness?
How does forgiving give you happiness?

What is the difference between happiness and joy?
What os the difference between satisfaction and happiness?
What is the difference between serenity and happiness?

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Adriana from France
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Mike from FLA
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages

Liane

Alex from Austin

 

As you know,
The Recovered Podcast is all about the New Guy.
Talk to that person,
What would you say to the new person about
Happiness?

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Scott and Bob Part 2 – Recovered 851

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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.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
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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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Frustration – Recovered 850

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This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
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When lack of results toward recovery goals brings about increasing frustration, it’s all too easy to get so caught up in the emotion that you miss out on the bigger picture. Recovery isn’t a straight-line progression of one success after another. Often, the learning curve takes a number of twists and turns before flattening out and heading toward a desired goal.

In the meantime, when frustration threatens to overwhelm you and cause you to cast aside your recovery goals, instead of giving up, get it together. Take constructive action. Get to Work.

First to mind on topic?
Let’s talk lions…

Before program, what was your greatest frustration?
In early sobriety, what was your greatest frustration?
Today, what are some of your frustrations?
Who do you get frustrated with most often?

When you are frustrated, how do you act?
What tools of the program help?

Do expectations play a role with frustration in your life?

Do you get frustrated with yourself?
Do you get frustrated with your program/fellowship?

How does having a plan help with frustration?
Have you ever made a recovery plan?

How can flexibility help with frustration?
How flexible are you in recovery?

How can expectation affect your frustration level?
How do you set expectations?

When you have multiple things to get done, how do you decide what to do first?

How do you handle failure?

How can the fellowship help with frustration?

How does attitude help?

WE HAVE CALLS

Valerie on Forgiveness
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Holly D – Recovered 849

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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.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
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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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Forgiveness – Recovered 848

150 150 Mark S

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
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Those individuals who feel full of resentment and bitterness about the past can struggle to find happiness in life. They may well have been wronged badly in the past but to continue to hold a grudge can become detrimental to the individual. In order to heal the individual will need to let go of their grudge and offer forgiveness. This is particularly important for those people who are recovering from an alcohol or drug addiction. Their grudges and resentments can pull them back to substance abuse if they are not careful.

One way of defining forgiveness would be to say that it occurs when people cease to feel resentment against an offender. It is all about getting rid of bitterness and letting go of grudges. When people decide to forgive it means that they stop feeling angry and resentful about things that they perceive have been done wrong to them. It also means that they are no longer seeking retribution or punishment for the wrongdoer.

Addicts tend to be full of resentment. They will have a list of grudges that they can rely on to justify their bad behavior. So long as the alcohol or drug user is able to blame other people they can use this as an excuse to keep doing what they are doing. Their rationalizations may sound bizarre to other people, but to the addict they will make perfect sense. Instead of seeing how alcohol or drugs is destroying their life they will still be blaming those who hurt them in the past. The individual may take their grudges with them all the way to the grave. It is only when they are able to see beyond their resentments and lame justifications that they become willing to enter recovery.

What was first to mind when you learned of this subject?
What did forgiveness look like to you before program?

What does forgiveness mean to you today?
Does someone have to ask for forgiveness in order for it to be given?

Is it easy for you to forgive?
What do you get out of forgiving?

What has been the most difficult thing to forgive in recovery?
What did you gain?
What did you lose?

Have you ever been forgiven?
Have you ever had to forgive a sponsee?
Have you had to forgive a sponsor?
Are there things you will not forgive?

WE HAVE CALLS

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Scott and Bob Part 1 – Recovered 847

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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.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.

Check out this episode!

Complacency – Recovered 846

150 150 Mark S

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

Complacency can be defined as a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy. To say an individual is acting complacently means that they are taking things for granted. They have developed a type of smugness over their achievements, and they just expect that things will remain the same forever. When an individual becomes complacent they no longer feel that they need to work in order to find success in life ? they view it as something they have already earned.

Those individuals who are recovering from an addiction need to be particularly careful not to take their sober life for granted. If they become complacent they might stop doing the things that have been keeping them away from alcohol or drugs. This could then spell disaster for them.

What are your first thoughts about this topic?

What does complacency look like for a recovering person?
Why is it bad in for recovery?

Do you tend to be more susceptible to complacency now compared to when you were new?
Why or why not?

What is the relationship between talking to the new person and complacency?

What is the difference between confidence and complacency?

What is the relationship between being honest with self and complacency?

Before program, were you a complacent person? What did that look like?
In early recovery, did you experience complacency?

How does complacency manifest itself with you today?

What are some reasons (red flags) for complacency?

What recovery tools do you use to battle complacency?

WE HAVE CALLS

Mike from FLA
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages

Don Boiled Owl

As you know,
The Recovered Podcast is all about the New Guy.
Talk to that person,
What would you say to the new person about
Complacency?

Check out this episode!

Jay Bill and Matt Part 10 – Recovered 845

150 150 Mark S

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.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.

Check out this episode!

Arrogance – Recovered 844

150 150 Mark S

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

Arrogance is considered to be one of the least attractive personality traits. Those individuals who exhibit such an overbearing attitude can be difficult to be around. Their behavior can cause a great deal of disruption and conflict. Those of us who fall into addiction will often develop an arrogant attitude. This can prevent us from seeking help for our problems. Carrying this arrogant attitude with us into recovery can lead to a bumpy ride in recovery and increase the chances of returning to our addiction.

Arrogance can be defined as an offensive display of superiority or self-importance. It can also be described as an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner. Such behavior is always viewed in a negative light. Arrogance is a subjective description and most of those individuals who have this negative attribute ascribed to them will deny it.

Why is arrogance bad for your sobriety?

Arrogance is often a sign that the individual has low self esteem.
How is your self esteem?
How can the program help with low self esteem?

If people are arrogant, they will be less likely to admit that they need help.
Do you have a hard time asking for help?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

Arrogant people tend to be poor learners. They already act as if they know all the answers.
Do you ever act this way?
When?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

Arrogant people tend to have feelings of superiority.
When do you have a feeling of superiority?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

How did arrogance manifest itself in you before program?
What were your triggers

How does arrogance manifest itself in you now?
What are your triggers?
What part of the program helps?

To overcome arrogance, we need to:
Overcome Low Self esteem
Answer: service work?
Become humble
Answer: 9th step? 4th step?
Reflect on behavior
Answer: 9th step? 4th step?

WE HAVE CALLS

 

As you know,
The Recovered Podcast is all about the New Guy.
Talk to that person,
What would you say to the new person about
Arrogance?

Check out this episode!

Jay Bill and Matt Part 9 – Recovered 843

150 150 Mark S

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.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.

Check out this episode!