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Apr 30, 2014

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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

24 Hours a Day

Apr 30, 2014

As a way of introducing this topic of Challenges of Early Sobriety, I thought we would ask our listeners what they struggled with in their early recover.  We asked, “What did you struggle with in early sobriety?”  Some of the responses we received included 

Cravings

Triggers

Relationships

Emotions

Change

Sleep

Money

The Law

What do you think was our most common response?

Let’s start our discussion with Triggers

We must be aware of our triggers, those circumstances that can lead to a desire for drink.  What were some of your triggers, then and what ARE some of your triggers now?

Cravings - The book would actually call this obsession of the mind, cravings, it the book, means that phenomenon of desire for more after you drink.  What about drinking thoughts and dreams?  Your experience?  What tools do you use to combat obsession of the mind?

Withdrawal Symptoms - can continue for weeks after the individual has given up abusing the substance. These symptoms can impact the individual’s mental state and their feelings. The aches and pains of withdrawals can make the individual feel irritable. Your experience?  How did you cope?

Overwhelming emotions - one of the reasons why people turn to substance abuse in the first place is to escape these feelings. Once the individual manages to escape their addiction it means that their emotions come alive again. If people haven’t really had to deal with these feelings in many years it can feel a bit overwhelming. You experience?  Anger, sadness, guilt, grief, which emotions were difficult for you?

How did you manage your feelings?

Change - Early recovery involves making lots of changes. It usually means [saying goodbye to acquaintances who are still drinking or using drugs](http://alcoholrehab.com/alcohol-rehab/social-support-for-drinking/). It also means making new friends. Addicts will revolve their life around drugs so when they get sober they have a big hole that they have to fill with new activities. With so many changes going on it is hardly surprising that people become emotional.  What was your experience with change?  What changes did you go through?  How did you cope?

Relationships - These will also change in recovery.  These changes can be for the good, some are extremely painful.  Grief is also part of this separation process.  What was your experience?  What steps did you use to try and evaluate current relationships?  How was this healthy?  How was this not healthy?

Sleep - Some people suffer from insomnia during the early days of their recovery. Sleep is needed for good mental health so lack of it will cause problems to the individual’s emotional state. Your experience?

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Final Thoughts

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The 12 and 12

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Apr 26, 2014

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Apr 22, 2014

Raising a Family in Recovery

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When I came into recovery, I was not on a winning streak.

And neither was my family on a winning streak.

As a matter of fact, my family was on the rocks.

I thought my loved ones would be thrilled when I came into the program, but as far as I could tell, they were just as pissed as ever.

 

Suzie…

 

Tell us a little about your family life before coming into the program.

I think you really have two stories

One with your parents

and the other with your daughter

Tell us a little about what it used to be like?

What did your family look like when you were using?

 

Janet, welcome to the studio

For the benefit of our listeners, tell us a little about yourself

what is your sobriety dat, who’s your sponsor, where is your home group?

 

Tell us a little about what it used to be like?

What did your family look like when you were using?

 

What was your experience with your loved ones before recovery?

 

How did the relationship change after recovery?

Did your recovery upset the family unit after recovery?

Was the family jealous of recovery? 

How is it changing today?

 

Did you ever explain your addiction and recovery to your family?

Did this discussion continue as the children grew older?

Did you children/loved ones ever seek recovery?

Have your loved ones ever describe what it was like for them when you were using?

How did you react?

What about the amends process, have you done this with your loved ones?

 

Making time to be together is important, how did you do this with your loved ones?

Did you ever feel the need to buy their love back?

How about recovery activities, do your loved ones attend open talk meetings?

 

Have you ever Scheduled weekly family meetings so things can be discussed openly?

They say consistency is important, 

what are your experiences with being consistent with the family?

What does inconsistent behavior do to the family dynamic?

dependable, responsible and reasonable parenting, what does this mean to you?

What does consistent behavior look like to you?

 

Your thoughts on therapy for the family?

 

Final Thoughts

 

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Apr 19, 2014

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Apr 15, 2014

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This phrase comes from the Twelfth Tradition, 'Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.'

 It is the principles of the program, not its personalities, that guide recovery and keep us sober. 

We rely on the Twelve Steps and their principles rather than on one individual or group of individuals. Individuals, regardless of how charismatic, are only human. Our ultimate reliance is on our Higher Power.

Before the program, what principles guided your life?

How did that work?

What was your spiritual foundation before the program?

What about personalities, did you have a persona you tried to maintain?

Did you have a reputation that you liked?

Did you have a reputation that you disliked?

Did you affect any body else's reputation?

We asked our listeners what they thought the principles are.

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When you came into the program, what did you first think of this slogan or tradition?

Today, What is Anonymity? My anonymity or some one elses?

How is this a spiritual concept?

What is an AA Principle?

Are some more important than others?  Why or why not?

What about some other principles of the program that we live by?

The principle of:

Giving rather than getting

Open mindedness

Surrender

Hope

Honesty

Humility

Trust

Unity

Final Thoughts

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Apr 12, 2014

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Apr 5, 2014

This is my Al-Anon Open Talk I gave in West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Thanks Danny and Andrea for inviting me.  My presentation is made exclusively for our Recovered Podcast App owners.  If you would like to upgrade to premium, simply go to recoveredcast.com and search the side bar for more information.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Apr 4, 2014

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Apr 2, 2014

There are two benefits from recovery: we have short-term gains and long-term gains.

The short-term gains are the things we can do today that help us feel better immediately.  Long Term gains may be a bit more spiritual

 

Let’s talk about the short term gifts

1.  feel better

2.  Can wake up in the morning

3.  Don’t have to lie

4.  We can remember the night before

5.  Shame is lifted

6.  We can watch ourselves grow beautiful as we shed shame, guilt, resentments, self-hatred, and other negative buildups from our past.

 

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Long Term Gifts

1.  faith

2. Family

3.  Work

new freedom new happiness

will not regret

know peace

help others

self pity will disappear

fear will leave

 

4.  We can watch the quality of our relationships improve with family, friends, and spouses.

5.  We find ourselves growing steadily and gradually in our capacity to be intimate and close, to give and receive.

6.  We can watch ourselves grow in our careers, in our ability to be creative, powerful, productive people, using our gifts and talents in a way that feels good and benefits others.

7.  We discover the joy and beauty in ourselves, others, and life.

The long-term progress is steady, but sometimes slow, happening in increments and often with much forward and backward movement. Enough days at a time of practicing recovery behaviors and piling up short term gains leads to long-term rewards.

Today, I will be grateful for the immediate and long-term rewards of recovery. If I am new to recovery, I will have faith that I can achieve the long-term benefits. If I’ve been recovering for a while, I will pause to reflect, and be grateful for my overall progress.

 

Final Thoughts

 

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