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Dec 13, 2017

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A crucial part of the first step in recovery is to tell addicted others your story. The following story shows the importance of sharing with others.

Some seventy years ago, a stockbroker who was down on his luck because of his drinking problem sat in the kitchen of a house in Akron, Ohio. The house belonged to a doctor who had the same problem. They simply could not stop drinking.

They sat over a cup of coffee discussing a letter the broker had received from Carl Jung, a famous physician and pioneer of psychotherapy. In the letter, Jung told them that if their new group was to be successful, they had to pass on their stories.

Essentially the key to success was to help each other rather than trying to recover on their own.

Telling of the story was born and has been the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The framework that the founders of this program developed has helped millions of people recover from many kinds of addiction.

Including me

Professionals tried to help for years, but it wasn’t until AA came up with the idea of the story that people began recovering from addiction. Put simply, the story is about change. It’s about admitting that you have been powerless over your addiction and that your life has become unmanageable as a result.

So tonight, the topic is Identification, or telling your recovery story

First thoughts?

What is identification?
Why is it important?
Is it important to you?

Who was the first you identified with?

When you were new, did you go to open talks?
What is an Open Talk?

What is your experience with Open Talks?
Have you given an Open Talk?

Do you read Recovery Books?
Have you read a recovery story outside of the big book that you could identify with?

Have you ever heard a celebrity talk about their recovery journey?
What are your thoughts of this type of identification?

How can the podcast help someone with identification?

Is telling your story important to your recovery?

What would you say to the new guy?


Mike from FLA

Buddy from last week - Character Defects