Created to give those suffering with addiction a place to hear about the promise of sobriety. You Are Not Alone, A Recovery Podcast is a show where we share our experience, strength and hope on our journey from addiction to sobriety. On this show, you'll hear personal stories and topics engage anyone with an interest in putting down the bottle or drug. We speak for no 12 step program but we do try to remain anonymous. You can leave a voicemail for the show at (857) 256-0352
Steps 10 and 11
John I and Steve C join the show to continue our discussion of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This week, it's Steps 10 and 11.
Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly
Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with
God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and
the power to carry that out.
We talk about how these steps give us an outlet for when we are not perfect and the path to talk to the higher power of our own on doing the next right thing.
We have a related discussion about Back to Eden Gardening and Paul Gautschi, as it relates to letting go and letting God.
You can watch the Back to Eden Film by clicking here.
Steps 8 and 9
Steve C and John I join the show for our continued work on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We talk about why it's important to make good with those we've harmed and why it's critical to do this step with a sponsor.
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make
amends to them all.
Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do
so would injure them or others.
Steps 6 and 7
Steps 6 and 7 have the shortest write up in the big book. It does not make them any less important. These are two steps Matt J says he puts into his daily life most frequently. Steve C and John I join the program to wrap up Step 5 and talk about how to quickly get into being ready to let go of our defects of character and then asking our higher power to remove them.
Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 - Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Steps 4 and 5
Steps 4 and 5 go together, much like Steps 8 and 9. One step is the inventory of our wrongs and the other is when we actually speak them out loud. They separate the men from boys and can derail someone in early sobriety. Much like Steps 8 and 9, they cause anxiety in the new person in recovery but can be the path to moving past things that tripped us before. They are the steps to unload what is no longer necessary and the journey to a new way of life.
John I and Steve C join the show to talk about their experience with Steps 4 and 5.
Step 4: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature
of our wrongs.
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature
of our wrongs.
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Steps 1, 2 and 3
John I and Steve C join the show to talk about what each step is and how it's implemented in the 12 steps of recovery.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we
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Each week we've focused on the alcoholic but the family is affected by this disease too. For this episode, I invited my old friend Gerri who has been surrounded by alcoholics in her life. Alcoholism affects more than just the alcoholic, it affects family and friends too.