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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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Aug 23, 2017

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

Arrogance is considered to be one of the least attractive personality traits. Those individuals who exhibit such an overbearing attitude can be difficult to be around. Their behavior can cause a great deal of disruption and conflict. Those of us who fall into addiction will often develop an arrogant attitude. This can prevent us from seeking help for our problems. Carrying this arrogant attitude with us into recovery can lead to a bumpy ride in recovery and increase the chances of returning to our addiction.

Arrogance can be defined as an offensive display of superiority or self-importance. It can also be described as an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner. Such behavior is always viewed in a negative light. Arrogance is a subjective description and most of those individuals who have this negative attribute ascribed to them will deny it.

Why is arrogance bad for your sobriety?

Arrogance is often a sign that the individual has low self esteem.
How is your self esteem?
How can the program help with low self esteem?

If people are arrogant, they will be less likely to admit that they need help.
Do you have a hard time asking for help?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

Arrogant people tend to be poor learners. They already act as if they know all the answers.
Do you ever act this way?
When?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

Arrogant people tend to have feelings of superiority.
When do you have a feeling of superiority?
How does this affect someone who is in recovery?

How did arrogance manifest itself in you before program?
What were your triggers

How does arrogance manifest itself in you now?
What are your triggers?
What part of the program helps?

To overcome arrogance, we need to:
Overcome Low Self esteem
Answer: service work?
Become humble
Answer: 9th step? 4th step?
Reflect on behavior
Answer: 9th step? 4th step?

WE HAVE CALLS

 

As you know,
The Recovered Podcast is all about the New Guy.
Talk to that person,
What would you say to the new person about
Arrogance?

Aug 18, 2017

Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.
Aug 16, 2017

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

When we first start a recovery program, we’re often told to take things slow. We don’t want to overwhelm ourselves and jeopardize our recovery by taking on too much too soon. There comes a time, however, when we have to start thinking about what we want out of life. What do we want out of life? Ambition can be the greatest antidote to stagnation. It’s what got us off drugs and alcohol, into recovery and back on our feet and we should never stop thinking about our futures.

We don’t have to shrink from life because we’re in recovery. If we use the tools and knowledge we’ve gathered in our recovery program and keep up with our therapy and meetings, there is virtually no limit to what we can do. This is just a reminder of our extraordinary potential and the fact our recovery is not a hindrance, but rather an opportunity. It’s true that we should take things slow at first, but once we get to a place where we can start thinking about ourselves, we should be asking ourselves one question: “What’s next?” Ambition begets accomplishment and accomplishment begets confidence, emotional strength and growth.

Before program, did you have ambitions?
What were they?
Did your disease affect what you were ambitious for?
How did your addiction affect your ambitions?

In early recovery, what were you ambitious for?
How did the program help or hinder?
Did your ambitions change with experience in recovery?

What are the things in life that will make you satisfied and
contented?
What are the traits that a person must have to achieve his/her
goals?
Why do you think people have ambitions?

When are ambitions good?
When are they bad?

What is your greatest recovery ambition in life? Why?
How important is your ambition to you and your recovery?

Which of your goals have you already achieved in recovery?
How would you feel when you have achieved your goal?
What will you feel or do if you fail to achieve one of your goals?

Quote from Matt
It is the doing that makes for continuance. It is not the knowing how the doing is done.

WE HAVE CALLS

Don

Jesse


Zack

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_By9xlqDrCPivKUoOidVqw2lTde9lBAKFkShiwCiwouUGX5ZcvPa1kAgNiNAeKZfHHqJ4VBz9I1LM5vk3xEMecmClfK3mFZBwMS9B1wpveXl-5ZbFZHpm3U9Mz7ULEbHe_Nb7yKAXCLhRAOsHD0YIQJlIdW0Q

Aug 11, 2017

Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.
Aug 4, 2017

Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.
Aug 2, 2017

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

Today, most all of our activities revolve around technology. Social media is the new norm of communication, and most people would not be able to work or complete daily tasks without their devices. Most people have some type of social media: whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or a similar platform. Social media has become a way that people interact with the world. “”Social media are increasingly affecting people’s everyday behavior, including their attitudes toward health and recovery.”

Ok, here is the question for tonight,
Is it possible to engage in recovery and safely connect with others through social media? The understanding of addiction as a medical condition has helped many individuals step out of shame. This shame that used to keep their condition from being shared. While isolation and lack of support can make addiction worse, connecting with other people and gaining a support system are proven to help individuals recover. While a sense of feeling connected is an important part of recovery, tonight, we want to talk about both the negative and positive outcomes of social media.

What forms of social media do you use in your recovery program?

What are the negatives of social media and your recovery?
What are some of the positives of social media and recovery?

How has your recovery toolbox changed with technology in your program?
What did you used to use but no longer use in you program?
What are your favorite
Web sites,
apps,
social media,
Podcasts
How do you use them?

What do you see in the future as far as recovery and technology?


WE HAVE CALLS

Brock from Kansas
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_CcJ9l_VG4exdWSZXma6PgPX0vYz8TjQDMyy2PuJIubEqZLFZ1l1lcJKRDl1qgaiTwFKeaH-2k7QGoNE9vj5AR45QU_Kbtnwcxu71n72LkWUX_JVOSyFgXG0kMEDzrfyOhGxPbNKhXju6ZWR1UFcjbnQTnmPw

Clyde from Shelby Township
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_Aq0eB6t8vcXXwOgnXFcb-cPeVIi9Bdtj4QqFNWMGaOOJrDXeYFwB7v1D1tQjLYwbDPPhOoxnEiw7REyJZXCq81J7OWDtFPGyeFHNpg9WJMJEuEr4hvcYmfW0NBgXaii_PXncPzyz0h7APWpyxZf--A2mABpg

Sarah
Speakpipe

Don
Speakpipe


As you know,
The Recovered Podcast is all about the New Guy.
Talk to that person,
What would you say to the new person about
Social Media and Recovery?

Jul 28, 2017

Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.
Jul 26, 2017

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

Alcoholics and Addicts in recovery are told to
“Play the tape all the way through”
when they are thinking about drinking or using.
What does that mean? Well, it’s really quite simple.

When we start to think about drinking,
sometimes we have a tendency to
romanticize the drinking.
I
We think only the good stuff
In other words, we think about the immediate effects.

What we don’t think about, are the negative promises,
Those things that are sure to happen to me if I start drinking again.

We don’t think about the consequences,
the hangovers,
the pain we’d cause others,
the disappointment,
the shame,
the sickness of the withdrawals.

These are my negative promises.
Playing the tape through helps me to see the reality of me drinking again.

What came first to mind when you heard about the topic,
The Negative Promises?

What does the expression “The Negative Promises” mean to you?
What does “play the tape through” mean to you?
Do you ever romanticize drinking?
What good things do you remember?
How real are these thoughts?
When do you have these thoughts?
Are these thoughts dangerous?
Why or why not?
How do you feel when you have these thoughts?

What are some of the consequences that would happen to you if you started to drink again, what are the negative promises in you life?
When you play the tape through, does it help?
Why or why not?

How do you cope?
What steps, prayers, what tools do you use to combat these thoughts?

WE HAVE CALLS

Kevin from LA
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_CLj6IGg0mr7yJ4-exabeDOHSqgEyx4oBpxSn0c27EdpOaHeua68T2WesBcrRN_D0tzxNn2AeRSlHcQ5t9ifxfOUJ3j6bZApHdFn-mvJ3STUi4t3tK7Gmyhk0DzcJI02PiWPeVcX_pgK2cdm9uEz7Cz5LM1HA

Don from Boiled Owl
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages

Kevin on donations
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_DMV6I7gNBKkVBWWpJnUk1usYDs2XkrlSonMIkT81ze9BAaVrnEe-tIFU7TdubFvdKW4BdSX2dCYIOsts7hEIL7nPU8YRDzgCCqdZVKXikE68PGFoIuw072ytjzlD8j585A8GUQYAwaNaMfGOpJQGNah_BEaw
Alex from Austin
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages

Jul 21, 2017

Our generous Recovered Podcast Community allows us to be self supporting and not rely on outside contributions.  If you would like to join us, there are two ways.

  1. Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify.
  2. Premium Membership  This is the single most effective way to support the show.  Watch the video in its entirety and learn how to become Premium

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.
Jul 19, 2017

This episode is sponsored by The Recovered Podcast Reception and Live Shows
At the 2017 Tri-County Conference atthe Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On Friday, September 29th at 5:45 pm, the Recovered Podcast will be leading a panel discussion on “Recovery and the Digital Age.”  We want to you to be part of the show and add to the discussion.

Just go to http://recoveredcast.com/tricounty for more information

Our cost to participate in this event is about $2000,
And we could use your help

To support us as we spread this message of hope to the new guy
Go over to http://recoveredcast.com/donation

"Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!

Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums - we could increase the list ad infinitum.

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition."

What is controlled drinking?
Have you ever tried controlled drinking?
Do you think you ever had the ability to control your drinking?

What are the different classes of problem drinkers described in the book?
Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone.
certain type of hard drinker. He may have the habit badly enough to gradually impair him physically and mentally. this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome
The type that begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink. one symptom: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.

What class is the book intended for?
Why do you think the book suggests to try some controlled drinking

If you can control your drinking, is AA for you?
What is the only requirement for membership?
Is there a disconnect here?

Have you ever recommended someone control their drinking?
What were the results?

If you could drink safely now, would you?

WE HAVE CALLS

Kevin from LA
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_Bh-iQ6TSLtwESuicZVJwWaXxc1dDh5Vks9Pz2PuRlJHPpBBMrn9ku3AmiunlbQIeNmXlmW-PntyvVsz3_WmPsxCMtCrL8LBU8z-ELnCTZV7jkOgzSKtRGuPjjUK5fljgzLttkFyQD6kQN1-xc2DZMnaePc9w

Mike from Celebration Florida
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages

Justin
https://www.speakpipe.com/recoveredcast

Jason
https://www.speakpipe.com/messages


Don with Boiled Owl Podcast
https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_CSiEMRAHGf2ZInWe8M93C9Zs1rVTZFmZl4pGzWlt1kYeM5rH3PC95in1Rrb-yGlAHMJXclViCSlqbOwC3vDyydJkT0E-eNDbkyjrbfZKKhN8N-BN2oFx2Bkbe0u4nerdsQFibTf65lYWW_QkwhslRKNIiYIg

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