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Recovered 389 Preview – Gratitude

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On Monday November 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm est, Mark, Joe, Spencer, and Russ will discuss the Recovery Topic of Gratitude.  During this season of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we thought we’d take this opportunity to discuss the things, people, and events we are grateful for.

Please call into our voice mail system at 734-288-7510 and share what you are grateful for or ask a question regarding gratitude.  If you don’t want to use your voice, please comment on the blog or email us at feedback@recoveredcast.com and we will discuss it on Monday’s show.

Recovered 388 Show Notes – Dating in Recovery

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This week, three single guys talk about dating in recovery.  Mark talks with Joe, Aaron, and Chris about their experience, strength, and hope regarding dating in recovery.

Joe started by sharing that he was in relationship when he first came into the program.  Initially, the fact that Joe was sober helped their relationship. Unlike other women that Joe had dated before recovery, this woman didn’t drink much.  After about a year of being sober, they decided to part ways.  One of the reasons was that the fellowship took a lot of Joe’s attention.

Aaron came into the fellowship “single” and was terrified of the thought of dating in sobriety.  The main reason for this fear was that Aaron thought that everybody drank and he just didn’t want to be around drinking people early on.  After a little bit of time, Aaron realized that most people don’t drink like he used to.  The first person he dated was not in the fellowship and was a very light drinker.  Aaron didn’t think it to be appropriate or “ethical”  to date new people in the fellowship.

When Chris came into the program, Chris was married.  Initially, the program helped his marriage and she was supportive of his involvement in the fellowship.  However, Chris did stay at home with the kids for functions that included drinking when they would have gone as a couple.

Joe along with Aaron shared their reservations of dating people inside the fellowship; mainly because of their observations that it doesn’t work very well.  Joe shared about fear of dating someone who may relapse during the relationship. The panel also shared about the suggested “no relationships for a year” rule.

Alex and Russ called in.
Helen contributed with an email.

Recovered 388 – Dating in Recovery

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Our Recovery Topic is Dating in Recovery

what was it like?
what is it like now?
what is your experience?
what are some of the challenges?

Video Clips include:

Dating and Drinking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci78g84Qx8U

Dating Independent Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pirSM5IjosY

How to Prevent Addictions for Youth – Jane Velez Mitchell on the Fix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb2vOvIYSNw&feature=em-subs_digest-newavtr

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Recovered 388 Preview

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This week, Joe, Aaron, and Chris will discuss dating while in recovery.  They will discuss what their initial thoughts and fears were when they first came into the program and they will discuss what it is like now.  We will also discuss dating inside and outside the fellowship and the pluses and minuses of both options.

Please call into our voice mail system at 734-288-7510 and ask a question regarding dating in recovery.  If you don’t want to use your voice, please a comment on the blog or email us at feedback@recoveredcast.com and we will discuss it on Thursday’s show.

Hey, don’t forget to vote everyday at podcastawards.com for this podcast Recovered for the best in the Health/Fitness category.  Thanks, we are trying to arrange for one of our hosts to go to Las Vegas for the Awards Ceremony.

Recovered 387 – First Time in Recovery

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Our Recovery Topic is Doing This for the First Time in Recovery

The first New Year’s Eve Party
The First Christmas
The first Wedding
The first funeral

What was it like
What were the triggers
We will talk about it.


Tips for the Holidays
Tip #1: Be sure to get enough rest.
Tip #2: Be selective about what invitations you accept.
Tip #3: What’s in your glass only matters to you.
Tip #4: Have back-up plans ready.
Tip #5: Go late and leave early
Tip #6: Spend your time with fellow 12-step members.
Tip #7: Give thanks for your sober days.
ip #8: If you feel you might stumble, call your sponsor.
Tip #9: Keep busy
Tip #10: Take time to enrich your spirit.


Video Clips include:

Best Movie on Addiction?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COZBx75j9f8&feature=em-uploademail-new

Dr. Drew Rehab Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXC-uX64uj8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

baby Boomers More Likely to Suffer Alcohol Harm Than Young
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19920718




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Music For Recovered 387

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The Topic on Thursday is “Doing Things for the First Time in Recovery. Therefore, the music selected has a similar theme.

TV Show Elementary

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I’m thinking about starting a fan podcast for the TV show Elementary, a show about Sherlock Holmes, an addict, and his sober coach, Dr. Joan Watson.  I’ve watched every show and like the murder mystery with the hero being an addict in recovery.

The fan podcast would be about the CBS TV Show Elementary. Elementary which stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes, a recovery addict, and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, Sherlock’s sober companion, in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases.

I’m trying to get my wife to co-host this show with me.  I would look at the show from the Sherlock or addict point of view, while Anna would take the Joan or co-dependent view. The show would start with an overall reaction to the episode.  Then a detailed synopsis would follow.  I would think we would have a separate segment about how recovery is portrayed and how realistic it is, whether it’s myth or not. I’m building the website, I’m working on the album artwork, looking into domain names and planning the show name.

I would have to purchase the shows I don’t have saved on my DVR.  We would start with the Pilot show and work our way through Season 1.  I think there may be good response, especially from the recovery community, since there doesn’t appear to be an active fan podcast on this show.

Recovered 386 – Best of Recovered In Memory Of Andrew S.

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Our Recovery Topic is in the Memory of my son Andrew Mark S.

Video Clips include:

World Health Organization’s Report on Alcohol Use
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuaN6Hz3Eh4

American Indians and Big Beer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17865105

What is Spice?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTUBEZOEIDU

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Recovered 385 – Podcast Awards

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Our Recovery Topic is
Voting for the Recovered Podcast in the for Best Health and Fitness Category at podcastawards.com

This is a solo episode, I’m all alone in the studio.

Today’s show is all about asking you to make a difference.
You can help carry this message of recovery hope to the world.
And you and do all of this in the comfort of your our home.
I will explain.

Daniel J. Lewis at the audacity to podcast .com
is the voice of authority on how to podcast.
His podcast is one show I never miss.  
As a matter of fact, I follow Daniel’s advice so closely that he is my virtual podcast coach.  
Over the course of the last year, I have listened to all of his episodes and his advice has advanced this Recovered podcast in quality and content.  
His podcasts have helped us especially in improving audio quality and the quality of our website at recoveredcast.com.

And Daniel J.Lewis has endorsed our podcast as Best Podcast in the Health and Fitness category for the Annual Podcast Awards Celebration.  I am so honored.

The 8th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony will be Held at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Jan 7th, 2013!  This Ceremony recognizes outstanding podcasts in various categories.

Over 5,000 podcasts were nominated for the 8th annual Podcast Awards. Only 220 made it in for final voting.  And we are one of the 220 podcasts that made because of your hard work in nominating this podcast.  thank you so much.

Please vote our podcast in the Podcast Awards at podcastawards.com.
I’m honored that you worked  so hard to nominate our podcasts,

I have compiled a list of podcasts that I am going to vote for every day during the course of the election period of November 1 through November 15 at podcastawards.com.  

Please vote for these every day, November 1–15.  


  • Comedy: the Ramen Noodle, cleancomedypodcast.com
  • Entertainment: ONCE podcast, oncepodcast.com
  • Technology: The Audacity to Podcast, theaudacitytopodcast.com



So, please vote for us everyday from November 1 through November 15 in the health and fitness category at podcastawards.com

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Please Vote for Recovered Podcast in the Podcast Awards

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Because of your 12-step work to nominate our podcast, we are excited to announce we are  finalists in the 8th Annual Podcast Award in the Health / Fitness Category!  Please vote every day from November 1 through November 15.  Just go to

Podcast Awards

The 8th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony will be Held at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Jan 7th, 2013!