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Mar 11, 2011

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On today’s episode, our Recovery Topic is....
Alcoholism: a family disease

Following our Recovery Topic, we will discuss what’s going on around here in our Current Events Segment.  

Then we move over to Alcohol and the Media .  In this segment  we share clips about what the media says about alcohol, alcoholics, and alcoholics anonymous.  
Today’s clips include...

Parents giving alcohol to children

Steven Tyler

In our Open Talk Segment we have
Part 2 of a 3 part Open Talk from Lois Wilson, our co-founder, Bill Wison’s wife

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After a short back, we will be back with our Recovery Topic, so don’t touch that iPod
Recovery Topic –  Alcoholism is a family disease
I opened the podcast with a question to the newcomer

Are you having difficulties with relationships within your own family?  If your response is yes you’re not alone.  This is because alcoholism is a family disease.

My drinking has affected other people.
Those closest to me I have damaged the most because they have been exposed to the disease of alcoholism the most.
Consequently, those closest to me are the sickest when it comes to their relationship with me.
They developed ways of thinking and behaving that allowed them to cope with my behavior.  
Over time, these behaviors became toxic to them and affected the way they treat and react to other people.
This is how alcoholism is a family disease.

For example, my mother would never call herself alcoholic, but her drinking has affected me.
When I was a kid, I never felt listened to, never felt heard, never felt like I got enough attention.  This is probably because my mother was not present because of her drinking.
Therefore, this is why I crave attention, I need acceptance, and I am very sensitive to criticism.

So other peoples drinking effects the way I think, the way I behave.  And this continues to this day as well.  When I work with a new guy, I sometimes get to wrapped up into his sobriety.  If he is doing well, I feel good about myself.  Conversely, if my guy relapses, I tend to blame myself.  I wonder what I did wrong.  But this is grandiose thinking.  I need to be part of the solution not part of the problem.  I need to let those people I care about to have the dignity to deal with the consequences of their own behaviors.  Otherwise, they may never find their bottom and get help.  I might be the reason they don’t hit bottom and stay sick.  Simple but not easy.

After a short break, we will be back with
Alcohol and the Media -In this segment we share clips about what the media says about alcohol, alcoholics, and alcoholics anonymous

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First up

Parents giving alcohol to childrewn


Steven Tyler

After a short break, we will be right back with Current Events, so stay tuned

Lois Wilson with her Opne Talk