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Recovered 384 – Faith

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Our Recovery Topic is Faith

Tonight, we focus on the solution.
Tonight we talk about the spiritual part of the program.
Tonight, we talk about faith
Faith in yourself
Faith in the program
Faith in the fellowship
Faith in a higher power

Then we will discuss This Week in Recovery This segment we talk about news from the home group as well as news from the family room.

The, we turn our hearts and minds on over to
Alcohol and the Media –In this segment we share clips about what the media says about alcohol, alcoholics, and alcoholics anonymous

Video Clips include:

Use of Mood Altering Medicine for Addicts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-VeayFA3MSc#!

12 Step Jokes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiCSHfJ3iik&feature=related

AA depicted Family Guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWt-259jTjs

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Recovered 383 – Best of Recovered

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While we enjoy a week off, sit back and listen to one of our previous episodes.

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Recovered 382 Show Notes – Hitting Bottom

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Mark, Joe, Spencer, and Russ discuss our recovery topic: Hitting Bottom
Hitting Bottom is that moment when life has become so painful that recovery is made possible.

During the Interview Segment, we talked to Bob, Kyle, and Liz about the Recovery Topic: Hitting Bottom

Helen Sponsored our show tonight by making a generous contribution to the show by using the paypal donation button on the site.  THANK YOU HELEN! Helen, an Al-Anon, also emailed us and we shared her thoughts.

Lisa from Illinois called in and let us know she nominated this podcast as best in Life and Fitness for the annual Podcast Awards.  You can do this too at

Podcast Awards

Lisa shared her thoughts regarding last week’s topic: expectations.  Thank you Lisa.

Regarding our recovery topic, Joe started the show off by telling us about his one year long approach to his bottom.  The decline began with a failed suicide attempt, a secrete he kept until doing his 5th step.

Spencer, an Al-Anon, shared that Al-anons also have bottoms which helps them to reach out for help.  Spencer described his bottom in terms of when his loved one confessed to him that they didn’t think they could live sober.  The realization that his loved one may not get recovery lead to a feeling of despair and loneliness, similar feelings as Joe shared.

Russ shared that he could relate to both Joe and Spencer’s stories.  Russ has a moment of clarity when he read his Physician’s medical notes and the said that Russ was a CHRONIC alcoholic.  That category gave him a moment of pause that lead him to recovery.

Recovered 382 – Hitting Bottom

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Our Recovery Topic is Hitting Bottom

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Recovered 381 Show Notes – Expectations

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Mark, Russ and Aaron discuss the Recovery Topic Expectations

High expectation are premeditated resentments while low expectations are premeditated disappointments.
This topic was suggested by listener Liz from Louisiana.  Thanks Liz.

Tonight, the following people were interviewed:

John
Tammy

Liz, who has less than one year of sobriety and is working on her 4th step, and is finding that she is trying to figure out what is a reasonable expectation.

Russ applauded Liz regarding her ability to have introspection and discover that expectations are a problem.  Russ suggested that the third step prayer as shown in the Big Book be done before the 4th step is attempted. Russ shared that he had lots of expectations early in his sobriety which resulted in frustration.

Aaron also related with similar feelings regarding expectations early in sobriety.  Aaron remembered that he was warned to watch expectations because they lead to resentments.

Russ and Aaron used the fellowship, the sponsor, and steps 2, 4, 5, and especially 10 to deal with expectations and to try to determine reasonable expectations.  Unreasonably high expectations is like going to the hardware store for a loaf of bread.  We need to figure out what our loved ones are able to do and resist the temptation to expect more than they are able.  If I need recovery support and encouragement, I need to go to people who are able to give it.

Nominate Recovered for Best Health and Fitness Podcast

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Please take 5 minutes and nominate our podcast in the category “Health and Fitness” at
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click on Podcast Name and
enter Recovered: #1 Recovery Podcast
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Recovered 381 – Expectations

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Our Recovery Topic is Expectations

Recovered 380 Show Notes – Discipline

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Mark, Russ, Spencer, and Joe discuss the Recovery Topic Discipline.

We interviewed:
Jillian S.
Elaine C.
Dan
Russ shared his vision of being disciplined by contrasting his being undisciplined when he first came into the program.  As a matter of fact, his lack of discipline was a major reason for his coming to the tables.  Russ’ first effort at discipline was to make 90 meetings in 90 days, which he accomplished.  Russ did this as a pain avoidance mechanism.
Spencer shared from his Al-Anon perspective.  Spencer came into the program to get relief from the pain caused by other people’s drinking.  His first act of discipline was to make meetings which was followed by a commitment to a group to work the steps with his AWOL (A Way Of Live) group.  Making a commitment to a group helped keep him accountable and helped him finish what he started.
Joe shared that he come into the program undisciplined.  Joe was happy to hear the slogan “let it go” at first but then learned that discipline was needed to work the steps, get involved in the program, and to become part of the group.

Recovered 380 – Discipline

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Our Recovery Topic is Discipline

On today‚Äôs show, our Recovery Topic is….
Discipline
We will talk about the virtue of an organized life. The benefits of getting things done.

Then we will discuss This Week in Recovery
This Week in Recovery – This segment we talk about news from my home group at the club as well as news from home group in my family room.

The, we turn our hearts and minds on over to
Alcohol and the Media –In this segment we share clips about what the media says about alcohol, alcoholics, and alcoholics anonymous

Clips we will cover today include:

Charlie Sheen and AA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br21rihKsIQ&feature=related

Dr. Drew – Sheen has a point on AA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOVtWfN_8BU&feature=related

Dr. Drew – You Are Responsible for Treatment
http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/09/11/refuse-treatment-alcoholism-dr-drew-has-message-you

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Recovered 379 – Letting Go

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Join Mark, Russ, Spencer, and Joe as they discuss the Recovery Topic “Letting Go”.

Materials Referenced During This Show
The Goldern Key

Russ opened the show by sharing that  letting go is is a process, something you do.  A process much like the grieving process.  Emotions such as anger, denial, bargaining are all part of both processes.  Grief and Letting Go both get better when acceptance is achieved.  Positive steps such as putting the banner “Let Go and Let God” right on his refrigerator.

Spencer shared that AA’s have to let go of alcohol, but Al-Anons. such as Spencer,  have to learn how to let go of the alcoholic.  “Let Go” was one of the first things he could do in the program.  He put the words” Let Go” right on his phone screen.  He started to let go of trying to control some one else’s drinking.  After a period of time in the program, Spencer learned how to separate the disease from the person and to let go of the disease.  Step one was the beginning of letting go.  Spencer experienced that his loved one moved toward recovery after he let go.

Joe shared that when he first came into the program, he had a fair share of anger toward God which made letting go and letting God near impossible, so Joe  set it aside until he was able to develop a relationship with his higher power.  Joe shared that he let go of drinking, but picking up again remained an option until he could trust his higher power.