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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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Mar 30, 2017

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Mar 29, 2017

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  3. For you, Ms. New Person, Life is all new now that you’re in recovery.
    For all of us, It’s all about a second chance,
    an opportunity to create a
    new direction in our life that
    we never before thought possible.

    If you are new,
    You may be one of the lucky ones who are
    brimming with excitement and hope for the future –
    Now, on the other hand, you may be feeling terrible.
    Don’t be disappointed if these happy feelings don’t come right away.

    After all, you’re new
    and you may still feel a bit uncertain
    for some period of time.

    But, Looking ahead,
    you may wonder how to get recovery all at once.

    This is why you may want to put together a
    Workable plan of action for your recovery –
    This is why you may want to set some priorities.
    A plan to work recovery, one step at a time as it were.

    That is what we are going to talk about this week,
    Setting Priorities in Recovery.

    Ok, Chrissy, you’re first.

    When you were new, what were your priorities?
    After some sober time, did those priorities change?

    I would ask myself a question, “How important is it?”
    Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?

    What steps help with setting and executing priorities/goals
    What other tools help and how?

    Just making the decision to work a program automatically made recovery a priority.

    What specific goal are you working on now?

    Retirement
    Maintaining a spiritual life
    Tri-County Conference
    Picking up up to two more sponsees
    Write a book?
    Talk at a prison
    Call sponsor more
    Date nights/more romance

    Here are some tips, I would like to get your experience:
    Tip 1
    Set Aside Some Planning Time
    How?
    Where?
    Experience?

    Investigate What It Will Take
    We all want to be a Harvard grad, but is that realistic?

    Include Family Members in Your Decisions

    Basics First, Then Slowly Build

    Give Back When You Are Able
    We Have Calls

    Clyde
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    Ollie - March Roundup
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    Lena Ontario - Spiritual exercises
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    Jen - anger vs rath
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    Ruth - Conventions
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    Jerry Ohio - grateful for show
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    What would you say to the new guy about Setting Priorities?
    Final Thoughts?

Mar 24, 2017

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Alison Paine is the mother of a college student with
co-occurring substance use disorder and major depressive disorder.
She has been a NAMI volunteer for 5 years and
is one of many volunteers for NAMI Washtenaw County.
She teaches in their Family to Family program and
presents information on mental health to teachers and
parents in schools .
Alison is passionate about learning more and sharing information on mental health to anyone who will listen because there is such a need for knowledge and understanding.

Alison, welcome to the Recovered Podcast Studio.

Alison, let’s talk about your journey.
Let’s start with your story and then we can move on to NAMI
Alison, tell us about yourself.

What was your attitude regarding mental illness before your involvement with NAMI?
What was your biggest misconception around mental illness?
Talk about the special challenges for someone with co-occurring substance use disorder and major depressive disorder.

How does stigma affect treatment?
How do you try and deal with stigma?

What is NAMI?

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization
dedicated to building better lives for
the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families in 1979
has grown into the nation's leading voice on mental health.
Today, NAMI is an association of local affiliates, \
state organizations and volunteers who
work to raise awareness and provide support and education

How did you get involved with NAMI?
What does NAMI do?

Tell us about your Family to Family Education Program

We educate.
How does education help?
Give an example of how education helps
How do you educate?
Who do you educate
What do you teach?
Where do you teach?
We advocate.
What do you hope to accomplish with advocacy?
Who do you advocate for?
Who do you advocate to?
We listen.
Why is listening important?
How do you listen as an individual?
How do you listen as an organization?
We lead.
Why lead?
If you don’t lead, who does?
How do you lead?

What was the #1 thing that is holding NAMI back from success?
What is the best Mental Illness advocacy advice you ever received?
What is something that is working for NAMI right now?
What is the best book you have read on Mental Illness?

How can our listeners get involved?
How can you be contacted?

What would you say to the person who is new in recovery and who has mental health challenges? What advice would you give to that person?

Thank you for joining us today

Mar 23, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
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Mar 22, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Now, let’s move on to our topic.
The 2017 March Roundup and our impressions

The 2017 March Roundup has come an gone and
We have had some time to reflect on it.

Anna, I thought we would share our experience with this years roundup.

What did you think when I first mentioned my intentions on the reception and live show to you?
What were your expectations?

Have you been to a convention before?
Was this similar?
Different?

Let’s share our thoughts on the following:
Turn out
Facilities
Timing
Content
Coffee
Cookies
Sound
Tee shirts
Jeff vande zande
Who did you meet?
What do you think we did well?
What do yo think we should change?

We have calls

Brett V
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Gregg from LA
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Mar 16, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

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Mar 15, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

No two people are the same,
and it’s important to create a self-care program that works for you —
and you alone.
However, there are aspects of self-care that are
applicable to most anyone in recovery.

Since life is multidimensional,
we must address each part to form the whole:
the physical, the spiritual, the emotional and social.

Let’s start at the beginning
What first came to mind when you heard that
Self Care was going to be the topic?

How did you do self care before program?
After program?
Now?

Why is self care important to you?
What steps do you work which are self care to you?

Everyone is different and there are different way to do self care.
I have listed are nine basic steps for creating a successful and
balanced self-care plan in recovery.
Let’s talk about them.

Under the category of Physical Self-Care
Exercise
Get sleep
Eat Healthy

Now, let’s talk about Spiritual and Emotional Self-Care
Love Yourself
Relax
Find Balance

Finally, Social Self-Care
Find Support
Talk to Someone

We have calls

Kitt from So Cal
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Kelly (anonymous)
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Cathy from Georgia
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Valerie
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Mar 12, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast March Roundup Reception and Live Podcast.  On Saturday, March 11, Recovered Podcast will be hosting this event and we want to meet you.

Just go to March Roundup for more information.  

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000, so we could use your help.  If you would like to support this event , go over to Roundup Donation

Going to a conferences for the first time gives you an idea of how big AA is.
At conferences, we can meet new people and establish friends all over the world.
At conferences, we can really celebrate our new way of life

Why do you go to conferences?

What has been your experience so far?
Describe the March Roundup
Have you been to Roundup before?

What is this event called March Roundup?
How long does this last?
What is the format?
Do you have to attend everything?
Are there al-anon events?
What social activities?
Are there meeting available?
Can you purchase recovery material?
What other things/activities are there?
What are the costs
What has been your experience?
What other conferences have you attended?
How were they structured?
What do you gain by attending?
What was your best experience?
What was your worst experience?
Best speaker?
Worst speaker?

We have calls

Hannah from London
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Vickie from the UK
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Alex from Austin
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Alex From Austin
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Roundup Wrap Up Speech

We have now come to the end of this celebration of Recovery.

First, I want to turn my attention to the person with lots of sobriety.

Talk directly to the new guy

If you’re new and you are scared. Welcome
If you are lonely, Welcome
If you are not feeling so well, welcome.
If you're new and you are so uncomfortable with everything around you, especially all these people here, welcome.
You are in the right place.
Why? Because we have all felt that way once before. We understand what you are feeling.

But there is a solution
There is a way out

Love the new guy
Andrew always wanted to make a difference.
Took me to first meeting, Andrew made a difference in my life on that day.

Andrew helped me start a new meeting at the pC Alano Club
Canton Candle light, if you have been helped by that meeting, Andrew has made a difference in your life.

On November 22, 2007, we launched our first episode of the Recovered Podcast.
Andrew is the one who suggested to me to start this podcast.
If you have been helped by this podcast, Andrew has made a difference in your life.

But we deal with a disease that cunning baffling powerful
On July 2, 2012, Andrew succumbed to his heroin addiction and mental illness. On that day, Andrew took his own life.

My life has changed and can never be the same.

For the next year, we lost, a ship without a rudder.

I was angry
Angry at God, Angry at AA, Angry at Al Anon

Why did this happen

Russ said that maybe someday, the reason why wont be so important.

That happened about one year after his death.

Plan A
Plan B

Plan B better
That is up to me to find out
Was Andrew’s life waste?

I so no.
But it is up to me to make sure it wasn’t a waste
It is up to me to find meaning with the experience of Andrew in my life?

Andrew took me to my first meeting, Andrew changed my world
Andrew helped start Canton Candle Light, Andrew has changed the lives of those who call Canton Candle Light their home group
Andrew helped with this podcast, Andrew has changed the world of those listeners who have been helped by the show.

And if you’re new, Andrew can change your world.
The only reason I am here talking to you is because of Andrew in my life.

If you’re new and you want a new way of life.
I offer you everyone in this room.
We will go to the ends of the earth to help you find a life that is happy joyous and free.
But you have to ask,
It is our responsibility to take your hand when you offer it.

This is the life we offer.
One of hope love and joy
Do not miss the opportunity

But you may be asking, how do I do this

Do what we did.

Abandon yourself to god and admit your faults, clear away the wreckage of the past and give freely

God bless and see you next time

Mar 9, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast March Roundup Reception and Live Podcast.  On Saturday, March 11, Recovered Podcast will be hosting this event and we want to meet you.

Just go to March Roundup for more information.  

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000, so we could use your help.  If you would like to support this event , go over to Roundup Donation

Mar 8, 2017

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The Recovered Podcast Community is not a glum lot.  They contribute to the show and what they share is exactly what someone else needs to hear.  The new guy needs to hear your story.  So honor your 12th step obligation by calling in and help the guy who has not yet gone to his first meeting, you may make the difference in his life.  There are two ways to add to the show:

  1. Speakpipe Use your mobile or computer and leave a message.  This is the preferred method because the sound quality is excellent.
  2. 1-734-288-7510 is our voice message line.

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast March Roundup Reception and Live Podcast.  On Saturday, March 11, Recovered Podcast will be hosting this event and we want to meet you.

Just go to March Roundup for more information.  

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000, so we could use your help.  If you would like to support this event , go over to Roundup Donation

A symptom of alcoholism and addiction is an almost complete inability to be present and to stay in the moment. There is a constant stream of thoughts seeking to bring you to the past or into the future. So often, the present is left neglected. Yet, it is in the present where life occurs. So not being in the moment results in missing out on all that is happening around you, now.

When a person finally gets sober, they are often given the daunting task of attempting to stay in the present. They are given a number of valuable suggestions on how to go about doing this, but finding what works for you can take time and effort.

So, How To Be In The Moment?

When I first got sober I found that I really couldn’t meditate well. I would go to meditation meetings and sit there in the silence and sometimes I’d be able to quiet my mind enough, but mostly I sat there thinking about what everyone else was doing. Because of this, I personally had to find other ways to quiet my mind.

I’m going to start with you Matt,
When you heard of the topic for tonight, what came to mind for you?
How did you stay present before program?
How did you learn about the importance of staying in the moment?
How do you do it today?\
Why is it important?
What does being present do for you?
How is this important for your sobriety?
What is the opposite of being in the moment? What results?

Here are some other suggestion, what is your experience?

Exercise/Yoga

Playing or listening to music listening to recovery messages
Your experience?

Writing or creating art

Meditation

Working the Steps

We Have Calls

Bianna
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Alex
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Mike
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What would you say to the new guy?

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