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This is the podcast where life is seen through a 12 step recovery lens. This is a podcast about men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We have discovered a solution, we have a way out. We have leaned how to live sober and happy. Join us on this journey called life. Email - feedback@recoveredcast.com
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Dec 18, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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Dec 17, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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During this season which is supposed to be a message of comfort and joy, many of us have neither.  

For many of us, we relied on substances to achieve ease and comfort.  

Now that we no longer have these substances in our lives, how do we achieve this sense of ease and comfort?  

According to our Big Book, it is imperative that we again regain our sense of ease and comfort.

How we do this will be our topic today, The Sense of Ease and Comfort.

The big book says in the Chapter entitled The Doctor’s Opinion:

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks-drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery. 

Being Sober During the Holidays

Let’s break this down

What was your reaction the first time you read this?

Comment on:

everyone likes the effect of alcohol

cannot differentiate true from false

alcoholic life seems normal

restless, irritable and discontented

experience ease and comfort

seeing others enjoying drink

craving

How do you recognize you are restless, irritable, and discontented?

How do you regain ease and comfort?

steps?

prayers?

slogans?

service?

meetings?

sponsor?

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page 47 of the big book

That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe. When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, "I wish I had what that man has. I'm sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him." So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level.

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what does faith mean to you?

what are spiritual principles to you?

how has other’s faith affected your faith life?

How does simplicity in faith in particular and recovery on general give you comfort?  

Is this true for you?  

How?

Page 18 of the Big Book

An illness of this sort - and we have come to believe it an illness - involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents - anyone can increase the list.

We hope this volume will inform and comfort those who are, or who may be affected. There are many.

Comment on:

Alcoholism as illness

having cancer vs. alcoholism.  That is stigma

Talk to the newcomer who is worried and anxious about many things.  What would you say to give comfort to that person who is suffering?

Final Thoughts?

Dec 11, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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Dec 8, 2014

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This first episode of the Big Book Awakening is made available to everyone.

Future  Big Book Studies will be for Premium Members only.  Thanks for the support!  If you upgrade to Premium, your contribution will help keep us on the web.  

In the Extras area of the App, we have links to websites we like.  Just tap the lower case "e" located at the lower right hand of iPhone sceen and then tap links  Remember, in this same area of the app, we have the Big Book, the 12 and 12, along with a daily reader.  Please support Sober Life Mouthwash, your support of this product supports the podcast.

 

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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Dec 4, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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Dec 2, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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lets talks about tools steps slogans prayers on how we have stayed sober during the holidays. We just had Thanksgiving here in the us last week. This is a time when families gather and talk bullshit. This can be aa real trigger. • Have an escape plan by bringing your own vehicle or figure out the available public transportation near the holiday event that will enable you to leave if you are feeling tempted to drink or uncomfortable. • Ask another sober alcoholic to be "on call" for you to check in with during the event for additional support. • Let someone whom you trust at the holiday event know that you may need additional support during this occasion or time of year. • Find a tasty non-alcoholic beverage you can drink that will give you something to hold and may prevent people from offering you an alcoholic drink. • Come up with a standard response as to why you are not drinking that may vary depending on the type of holiday event and if you want those in attendance to know you are sober: "I don't drink anymore", "I am not drinking tonight", "I am on medication and cannot have alcohol", "I am the designated driver tonight," etc. • Be choosy about the holiday events that you attend and avoid "people pleasing" by saying "yes" to events that you don't need to nor don't want to be at. • Take care of yourself prior to these events: get enough sleep, eat regularly, exercise, relax, etc. • Find new holiday activities and traditions that you may never have tried in the past which do not involve drinking alcohol (volunteer at a soup kitchen, go ice skating, have a sober get-together and gift exchange, see a movie, take a trip, etc.) • Remember to create structure for yourself if you have time off (volunteer, exercise, make plans, got to mutual-help group meetings, therapy, etc.). • Work extra hours if needed in order to distract yourself. • Learn to say "no" if you do not want to attend an event. • Put your sobriety first and realize that others may not understand what this entails, but that it is your number one priority. • "Just say no" to rum cake! • Attend extra mutual-help group meetings during this season (ie, A.A. has "alcathons" that involve 24 hours of meetings, food, socializing at designated locations on Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Contact your local A.A. Intergroup for more information: http://www.aa.org/lang/en/meeting_finder.cfm?origpage=29) • Be honest with loved ones if you are having a hard time and let them know how to support you. • Remember that "this too shall pass" and there is life after the holidays. • No matter how you are feeling, just don't drink!

Nov 27, 2014

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The Big Book

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Nov 26, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

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What is your experience, Are there young People in Recovery?

Are there unique challenges for young people in Recovery?

Were you a young person in recovery?

What defines “young”?

Do you know any young people in recovery?

Do Young People in Recovery have fun?

Does it seem addiction is more prevalent in young people now?

Or does it just have more attention now?

What are some challenges young people face in recovery?

What resources are available to young people? 

Cristie, we have call!

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Are you familiar with the organization “Young People in Recovery”?

What do they do?

Are you Familiar with the organization “Young People in AA”?

What is YPAA?

Where is YPAA?

What does YPAA do?

What are YPAA Conferences like?

How are YPAA meetings different? 

Are there Young People NA meetings? 

Have you ever been to one?

What was it like? 

Nov 20, 2014

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This Open Talk is exclusively for our Recovered App owners.  Thanks for the support!  If you upgrade to Premium, your contribution will help keep us on the web.  

In the Extras area of the App, we have links to websites we like.  Just tap the lower case "e" located at the lower right hand of iPhone sceen and then tap links  Remember, in this same area of the app, we have the Big Book, the 12 and 12, along with a daily reader.  Please support Sober Life Mouthwash, your support of this product supports the podcast.

 

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The Big Book

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Nov 18, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

24 Hours a Day

In the US, we are getting ready for the holiday known as Thanksgiving.

Along with turkey, family, drama, …

and football, we set aside time to reflect on the year as pause for thanksgiving.  We practice gratitude in all our affairs.

First, what is Gratitude?

When you first got sober, did you have a lot of Gratitude?

What Changed?

How important is Gratitude in your Recovery?

What are some things you are most grateful for?

Have you ever sat at a Gratitude Table?

Have you Ever been to a Gratitude meeting?

What about the Phrase Attitude of Gratitude?

How do practice or show Gratitude to others?

To God?

We have calls

Bronte

Keven

Alex

What step has helped you with Gratitude?

Who are your grateful for?

What are you Grateful for?

“Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward.  In other words, if you carry the message to still others, you will be making the best possible repayment for the help given you.” 

(As Bill Sees It - pg. 29)

Have you ever read the story, “Gratitude in Action” on pages 193-199 in 4th Edition Big Book

What were your thoughts about this story? 

Do you have any favorite passages? ;-) 

Have your ever found yourself sober and ungrateful?

How did this make you feel?

What did you do to start to feel grateful again?

Do you think Gratitude could be thought of as one of the foundation stones of recovery? 

Final Thoughts?

 

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