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Meeting Types – Recovered 399

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Recovered 398 – Podcasters Roundtable

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On today’s show, our Recovery Topic is….
The recovery podcasters roundtable

Video Clips include:

Jane Velez Mitchell – Drug Test Kids?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Klx0FYQig&feature=em-subs_digest

Helping an Alcoholic
http://www.koat.com/news/health/Healthbeat-Treating-Alcoholism/-/9153616/17953996/-/qq4vsg/-/index.html

JMV – How to Helps Someone Get Sober
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiyfQlxFQ5A&feature=em-subs_digest

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Relapse Show Notes – Recovered 397

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Mark, Aaron, and Spencer discuss the Recovery Topic of Relapse.  Aaron and Mark shared that they have not relapsed since they began their time in the fellowship.  Spencer, an Al-Anon, shared that he has experienced relapse in terms that his loved-one has relapsed before.  Spencer shared that when he experienced his loved-one’s relapse, he fell back on old ways in terms of trying to control the situation.  Spencer also shared that he never saw any of the signs of relapse and his denial prevented him from seeing clearly. Spencer shared that he also was over confident in terms of his loved one’s sobriety.  Spencer eventually started to work his Al-anon program by going to more meetings.

Aaron shared that he never really tried to get sober before he came to the program.  Mark shared about his experience with over confidence in recovery.  Over confidence led him into a situation where he thought about drinking, but he called his sponsor first.  Mark learned a valuable lesson, stay accountable and always beware that relapse is only a sip away.  Aaron shared that when a friend relapses and returns to the fellowship, he notices that regret and shame is such a big part of their early re-recovery.

Spencer shared that when his loved-ones relapsed, he had to learn how to manage his craving to control the other person’s behavior.  Mark shared from the Big Book on page 34.  The lesson is to never get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely, nor Tired (HALT).

Relapse – Recovered 397

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On today’s show, our Recovery Topic is….
Relapse
we will discuss our experience strength and hope around this subject of relapse
we will look at some of the warning signs, and maybe talk about prevention.

Video Clips include:

Jane Velez Mitchell – Opinion of Drug Therapy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbfmOQoTB6M&feature=em-subs_digest

Pot less harmful than alcohol
http://on.aol.com/video/pot-less-harmful-to-brain-than-alcohol–new-study-517623888

Detropia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zkBnAp8WRDs

Newt Gingrich and His Experience with the Big Book
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87_-AtOJztw

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Making 12 Step Calls – Recovered 396

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Mark, Aaron, and Russ discussed making 12-step calls and doing 12-step work.  Russ opens the show by explaining a 12-step call.  Russ said a 12-step call is when someone who is mired in the disease of alcoholism calls into a hotline and asks for help.  The hotline then will send someone to go out to the one who called and talk to the person who asked for help.  Usually the program is explained and then the object is to go to a meeting.

Aaron said that he never called a hotline for help.  Aaron explained that he Goggled “Alcoholics Anonymous” and found clubs and meeting times.  The internet is now a common place to be 12-stepped.  Aaron knew he needed AA just because of the reputation of AA and how people talked about it.

Mark shared that AA was a possibility for hope because of his son who was the first one in the family who became a member.  6 months after his son entered the fellowship, Mark entered too.  After Mark’s first meeting, he was asked if he would like someone to visit him in his home to explain the program.  Mark’s wife was actually the first in the family to go to an AA meeting through her education as a psychologist   As part of an assignment in her graduate work, she was required to attend an AA meeting.  Mark explained that his first sponsor, Jeff, visited him and 12-stepped him.  Jeff simply told Mark his drinking story all the way up to his first AA meeting.

Russ explained that the object of a 12-step call is to get the person to a meeting.  Aaron explained that the 12-steps were first explained to him at meetings.  When a newcomer is at a meeting, the meeting is now a 12-step call.  The program should be explained and any burning desires by others should be tabled until the next meeting.  Russ said anybody is qualified to make a 12-step call, but they should not go alone.  The reason is because there may be a temptation to drink if you go alone.  Also, the situation could be dangerous so they should not go alone.

Making 12 Step Calls – Recovered 396

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On today’s show, our Recovery Topic is….

12 Step Calls

Video Clips include:

Jane Velez Mitchell – Coming Out as Alcoholic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikByHZUBNq4&feature=em-uploademail

Lw May Allow Parents to Buy Alcohol for Kids
http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2013/01/08/1819439/

Drinking at the Workplace is a Danger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddnTpEDW2B4

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Year in Review – Recovered 395

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This Episode is sponsored by Siegfried W.

Mark, Joe, Spencer, and Russ discuss their successes and failures in 2012.  Joe started the show by talking about how his work in the program has paid off this year.  The living amends Joe worked on paid off in his family relations, especially with his father, sister, and nephew.  Joe said that he received so much more than sobriety by working the steps.  The program gave him the tools to change so that his family relationships could grow.

Spencer talked about the power of steps 6 and 7.  He had worked these steps previously, but this time he really explored some fear areas of his life and he was more ready to accept them as part of his life.  By working these steps, he received relief.  As soon as he was ready, the grip on him started to be removed and he got relief.  Spencer understands that he is being relieved of these fears, they are not gone, but lessened.  There is work to be done and habits have been formed around these fears and he is working on it.  It is a relief for Spencer to talk about these fears.

Russ shared about his ability to be a citizen of the world.  Russ is more aware of his gratitude for opportunities because of his sobriety.  There have been ups and downs but he is more aware of the necessity to be open minded.  He has discovered the gifts of the program but is also aware there is more work to be done.  Just like if he was to receive a new car as a gift, he still would have to change the oil and do a maintenance program to take care of the gift.  Russ shared that growth implies change and sometimes change can be painful.

Mark shared that his so grateful to be able to go through the difficult moments sober, like the death of his son.  He is grateful for the program and the fellowship so that he can feel the feelings and not have to take a drink to cope.  Mark shared that he has more awareness of his need for his higher power.  Mark is also more aware his profound love for the people around him.  These are both gifts of the program.

Year In Review – Recovered 395

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Our Recovery Topic is the year end review

we look over our shoulder at the past year and share some of our success and share some of our failures.

Video Clips include:

new years eve sober
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CV3k0_WxEA

Jane Velez Mitchell – How To Avoid Relapse During Holidays
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azX-IW36CAs&feature=em-subs_digest

Sponsor Man and Asswipe – Anti AA Position
http://www.expaa.org/apps/videos/videos/show/17253758-sponsor-man-and-asswipe-

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Recovered 394 – Podcast Year Reflections 2012

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This episode is a small prelude to the upcoming Episode 395, the Year End Review when I’m joined by Joe, Spencer, Russ or some combination thereof.

Our Recovery Topic will be the year end review, call us at 734-288-7510 and give us your 2012 experiences in recovery. Be Part of the Show.

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Merry Christmas From Recovered

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Merry Christmas and congratulations on your new mobile device gift.  If you are in recovery, or at least thinking about it, please consider listening to our podcast.  We can support you on your way!