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Apr 27, 2016

In one way or another, drug addiction affects most us in AA. For me and my experience with my son’s drug addiction, it stirs my deepest interest and sympathy. In the world around us, we see legions of men and women who become addicted to heroin who started with a legitimate prescription to an opiate such as vicodin. Then they find they are trying to cure or escape their problems by using that prescription until it becomes so expensive. The, heroin is the logical alternative because it is relatively cheap. Many A.A.’s, especially those who have suffered these particular addictions, are now asking, “What can we do to help?”

So, this is our topic, Problems other than alcohol.

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We asked our listeners a simple question on this topic. We ask, “Do you have a drug addiction?

Survey Results
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Let’s go to you first Zach,
Are you in recovery because of polysubstance abuse?
Tell us about some of your using patterns.
How are they similar or different from your alcohol use?

I’m pretty sure I’m a heroin addict, I’m not positive because I’ve never tried it. I’m sure if I did, I would love it.

What about the ritual of use, does drug ritual mean anything to you?

How does your fellowship help you navigate recovery with problems other than alcohol?
What are some of the challenges?
How do you share at meetings regarding your drug use and triggers?

Have you sponsored someone whose primary problem was not alcohol?
How do you sponsor this type? What are some of the challenges?

Can a non alcoholic drug addict become an A.A. member?
Desire to stop using alcohol? If no, then no
Interesting question, do you have to be an alcoholic to be in AA?

Can someone with a drug addiction, who also has a genuine alcoholic history, become a member of A.A.?

What do you think about special-purpose groups for say people who have polysubstance problems?
What do you think about A.A.’s who have suffered both alcoholism and addiction. What do you think about special-purpose groups forming to help other A.A.’s who are having drug trouble? Do you think this helpful? What could be some problems that could arise from such a formation?

Could such a special purpose group call itself an A.A. group?

Could such a group also include nonalcoholic drug users?

Is there any objection if A.A.’s who have had the dual problem join outside groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous?

Dave
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Zach
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Bronte
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Alex
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Clyde
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What would you say to the new guy about this topic?

Apr 22, 2016

We have a special guest in studio tonight. Anna, we are in the presence of greatness.
Welcome to the recovered Podcast studio attorney Melissa Cox.
BELL RING

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Melissa is currently an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan

Melissa's expertise is primarily in criminal defense, municipal prosecution, and family law with a focus on divorce, child custody, adoption, and child support. Her skills in the courtroom have earned her the recognition as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past 5 consecutive years.. Melissa has fought for her clients across southeast Michigan in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, Macomb, and Monroe counties, as well as various district courts.

Again, Melissa, welcome to the Recovered Podcast

In the spirit of full disclosure, Melissa’s family means a great deal to Anna and me. Our son Andrew and Melissa’s brother knew each other quite well and that is how we got to know Melissa’s mother and father. When Andrew passed away in 2012, it was your mother who accompanied us to Florida to settle Andrew’s affairs there. I don’t know what we would have done without her. It was your father who transported us to and from the airport. It was your grandmother who provided our lodging while in Florida. It was your brother who also supported us when we were in florida and gave Steven, our son, Andrew’s fishing pole he used in Florida. And you gave us council when the Police detective was giving us the run around when we were down there. For all of this, we owe a great deal to you and your family.

But, Melissa you have decided to try something different and that is the topic for today’s show.

Melissa is running for Wayne County circuit court judge in the great state of Michigan. This is the subject of our get together, Melissa’s run to be judge and why she wants to be judge.

So, Melissa, tell us a little about yourself.

What is the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
What is the difference between a good judge and a great judge?

Why did you want to be a lawyer?
Where did you go to school?
Where do you practice?
What do you do?

Why do you want to be a judge?
You use the tagline, firm but fair, what does this mean to you?
Where are you in the process of getting elected?
You have great endorsements, who has endorsed you?
Any surprises?
When is the election?

We Have Calls

Kurt from Canton
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Carl
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We at the Recovered Podcast are people who have troubles with substances and therefore have had experience with the criminal justice system.

If one of our listeners is facing a criminal substance charge, what council would you give?
What should our listener be looking for in an attorney?
What are some warning signs when one is looking for a lawyer to represent them?

What role does a judge play with someone who is guilty of substance charges?
What role does a judge play in sentencing someone guilty of a substance charge?

Thank you for joining us in studio
How can people help?
How can our listeners contact you?

Remember...abandon yourself to God

Apr 13, 2016

Personally, I really didn’t know anything about AA before I came in, and so I did not have many prejudices against joining. As a matter of fact, I did see that AA was helping my son Andrew before I came to my first meeting. So I was grateful that AA was there for Andrew.

The problem is that for many people looking for help have turned to AA but have had experiences that can only be described as bad AA. Also, many have heard exaggerated stories about AA. Both these experiences have left people with no desire to associate with AA.

So today, I would like to discuss some of the most popular misconceptions about AA and what our understanding is. We will look at 5 popular reasons why people say they hate AA and we will try and see if we have reasonable responses.

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AA is a cult - why do you think AA is not a cult?

Cult - a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.

Preamble - Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
AA has a hidden agenda - do you think AA has a hidden agenda? Do you think certain members of A have a hidden agenda? What are they? What can we do about it?

Hidden Agenda - a secret or ulterior motive for something.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

“No one should be told they’re ‘powerless'”. Are you powerless? What does this mean?

Powerless - unable to do something or to stop something
Powerless over alcohol, but responsible for your recovery
“You’re just replacing one crutch with another”
Yep

“It doesn’t work. Only a 3% success rate.

Need to research this
http://recoveredcast.com/uncategorized/12-step-under-the-microscope

We Have Calls

Ben from Tuscon
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Justin from LA
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Alex from Austin
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What would you say to the new guy about this topic?

Apr 7, 2016

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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Apr 6, 2016

The Twelfth Step sums up our Twelve Step recovery program as a lifetime undertaking based on the practice of spiritual principles and service to others with the same addiction or compulsion. Bill Wilson writes, “The joy of living is the theme of AA’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word...Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.” The transforming power of the Twelve Steps is now focused on the whole of life, and the recovering alcoholic moves to a larger, more encompassing dimension: the world of the spirit.

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What does the term “spiritual awakening” mean to you?
Have you had a spiritual awakening? How are you different than before program?

How does working the steps lead you to a spiritual awakening?

What message do you carry to the alcoholic who still suffers? Why is this important?
What 12 step work do you do?
What are the principles that we practice in all our affairs?

We Have Calls!
Bill from New Jersey
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Nick from Austrailia
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Alex from Austin
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Clyde
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What would you say to the new guy about this Step?

Apr 2, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, The Recovery Topic is Step 12. Tonight, the topic is Step 12
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Twelfth Step sums up our Twelve Step recovery program as a lifetime undertaking based on the practice of spiritual principles and service to others with the same addiction or compulsion. Bill Wilson writes, “The joy of living is the theme of AA’s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word...Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.” The transforming power of the Twelve Steps is now focused on the whole of life, and the recovering alcoholic moves to a larger, more encompassing dimension: the world of the spirit.

Let's talk about this solution. Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):

How does working the steps lead you to a spiritual awakening?
What message do you carry to the alcoholic who still suffers? Why is this important?
What 12 step work do you do?

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