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This is the podcast where we use the 12 step program of recovery to solve the alcoholic addiction problem. 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.

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This is the podcast where we use the 12 step program of recovery to solve the alcoholic addiction problem. 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.

    Self Care - Recovered 1070

    Self Care - Recovered 1070

    Once you get sober, it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily life, and forget that taking care of yourself is not an option, but a priority. Taking care of yourself sounds like an easy and simple task, but the reality is that most people struggle to find healthy ways to take care of themselves, whether they’re in recovery or not.
    Tonight, we talk about Self Care
    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 three ways.
    Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify. 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 Sustaining Partners  We have three ways in which you can participate in this 12-step mission We invite you to be a partner is this work. Call Us Now  http://recoveredcast.com/speakpipe
    email mark@recoveredcast.com
    So, listeners, join us at The 2020 International Convention of AA in Detroit. If you are coming into town for the convention, the Recovered Podcast wants to meet you! If you would like to get all the information regarding the Recovered Podcast at the 2020 International Convention, just email me and we will get you on our google group. Just email me at mark@recoveredcast.com To get on our 2020 International Convention Google group
    This google group will be notified with all the Recovered Podcast Plans for the convention and will have all the information about how to find our tailgate party.  Right now, our google group has been provided with maps and general information about Detroit. Email me at mark@recoveredcast.com if you want these kinds of updates.
    Addiction and substance abuse disorders are quick to take over your life and everything that’s important to you. When you’re in active addiction, drugs and alcohol become your main priority, and the importance of things like physical and mental health, work, school, and family gets drowned out by your need to not be sober.
     
    Once you get sober, it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily life, and forget that taking care of yourself is not an option, but a priority. Taking care of yourself sounds like an easy and simple task, but the reality is that most people struggle to find healthy ways to take care of themselves, whether they’re in recovery or not. 
     
    Tonight, we talk about Self Care
     
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    Ok folks, I wanted to yet all of you know about the financial status of the Recovered Podcast.  
    There are monthly fees we incur in order to produce this show Hosting costs We use the google suite for show notes and cloud storage Mixlr for the chat room Speakpipe for the call in service Equipment costs like computers,

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    Staying Busy in Recovery - Recovered 1068

    Staying Busy in Recovery - Recovered 1068

    Keeping your mind occupied can keep you from thinking about your problem behaviors. Whether you choose to focus on working toward goals full time or spend time doing an activity that helps you relax, you must find balance.
    Tonight, we talk about Staying Busy in Recovery
    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 three ways.
    Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify. 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 Sustaining Partners  We have three ways in which you can participate in this 12-step mission We invite you to be a partner is this work. Call Us Now  http://recoveredcast.com/speakpipe
    email mark@recoveredcast.com
    So, listeners, join us at The 2020 International Convention of AA in Detroit. If you are coming into town for the convention, the Recovered Podcast wants to meet you! If you would like to get all the information regarding the Recovered Podcast at the 2020 International Convention, just email me and we will get you on our google group. Just email me at mark@recoveredcast.com To get on our 2020 International Convention Google group
    This google group will be notified with all the Recovered Podcast Plans for the convention and will have all the information about how to find our tailgate party.  Right now, our google group has been provided with maps and general information about Detroit. Email me at mark@recoveredcast.com if you want these kinds of updates.
    The goal is to keep your mind on healthy things so your life can begin to change for the better. Addiction tends to keep our mind focused on a single thing, the actual addiction. If you can learn to refocus your mind and keep it busy in other areas than it will be easier to ignore the addiction.
    What are your first thoughts on this topic?
    What do you want to say to the new person about Staying Busing in recovery?
    What did you enjoy doing as a kid?
    Sports
    Band
    Scouts
    Art
    Music
    Reading
    Collecting
    Pets
    How did drugs and alcohol affect these activities?
    When you were new, was free time a challenge?
    Was free time dangerous to your program?
    How did you fill your free time?
    Was recovery a “hobby”?
    Was recovery a ``new addiction”?
    How about today, how do you stay busy?
    Meetings
    Exercise
    Social Media
    Reading
    Journaling
    Family
    Work
    Music
    Crafts
    Automobiles
    Baking/cooking
    Pets
    Church/Higher Power
    Gardening
    How does that help your program?
    Are you too busy?
    How do steps keep you busy?
    How does your sponsor keep you busy?
    How do your sponsees keep you busy?
    How does your higher power keep you busy?
    How does service work keep you busy?
    How do 12-step calls keep you busy?
    We have calls
    ______________________________________________________
    We asked our listeners about this topic.
    Now, listeners, If you would like to participate in these weekly surveys, just email me for an invite request. Email me at
    mark@recoveredcast.com
    And I will send you an invite to our Recoveredcast Google group. This group receives the show notes for the upcoming show. You will also receive an invite to participate in the weekly survey. You will also receive a link to call into the show so you can share you experience with the recovery topic. This group helps us prepare for each week’s topic.
    Again, just email for your a google group invite. Just email me at
    mark@recoveredcast.com
    To get involved in each week’s show prep.
    We asked our listeners,
    How do you stay busy in recovery?
    Did you take the survey?
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/analyze/8K5P7yyygTQpwUhHy8Ecg_2FPrFocjDJVnLC2ezPf5_2B8IcE9xTd4YUvfGbHS8NzWWp?ut_source=my_surveys_lis

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Triggers - Recovered 1066

    Triggers - Recovered 1066

    One of the long-standing obstacles to recovery is the emotional and physical cues that we experience, which make us feel like using alcohol and drugs. These cues are most commonly referred to as triggers, and they can manifest differently for different people. For some, seeing old friends and loved ones is enough to trigger wanting a drink; for others, the stress of performing well at work or school elicits the old feelings of using performance-enhancing substances. Whatever the cause, triggers should be expected—and like many other facets of recovery, expecting and planning for them is the best course of action for success.
    Tonight, we talk about Triggers
    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 three ways.
    Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify. 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 Sustaining Partners  We have three ways in which you can participate in this 12-step mission We invite you to be a partner is this work. Call Us Now  http://recoveredcast.com/speakpipe
    email mark@recoveredcast.com
    So, listeners, join us at The 2020 International Convention of AA in Detroit. If you are coming into town for the convention, the Recovered Podcast wants to meet you! If you would like to get all the information regarding the Recovered Podcast at the 2020 International Convention, just email me and we will get you on our google group. Just email me at mark@recoveredcast.com To get on our 2020 International Convention Google group
    This google group will be notified with all the Recovered Podcast Plans for the convention and will have all the information about how to find our tailgate party.  Right now, our google group has been provided with maps and general information about Detroit. Email me at mark@recoveredcast.com if you want these kinds of updates.
    Identifying a trigger is not always easy as they can sometimes have no direct somatic effect (a physical effect on your body). However, there are several common types of symptoms brought on by an addiction trigger. These symptoms are broken down into categories—physical and psychological symptoms—and knowing about both can help you protect your recovery.
    First thoughts?
    What are triggers?
    When you were new, what triggered you to use?
    Exposure to the substance itself.
    Seeing other people using.
    Contact with people, places, times of day, and situations commonly associated with using (such as drinking buddies, parties, and bars, getting home from work, weekends).
    Particular types of emotions (such as frustration, fatigue, feeling stressed out); even positive emotions (elation, excitement, feelings of accomplishment) can be triggering.
    Physical feelings (feeling sick, shaky, tense).
    HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
    Emotions
    Stress
    Over-confidence
    Mental or physical illness
    Social isolation
    Sex and relationships
    Getting a promotion or new job
    Reminiscing about or glamorising past drug use
    Social situations or places where drugs are available
    What did it feel like?
    Did you ever succumb?
    What happened?
    Relapse is a process, what does this mean?
    How did you fight off triggers early in recovery?
    What part of the program helped (sponsor, fellowship, meetings, prayer, slogans, etc.)?
    Today, what triggers you to bad behavior?
    How do you fight off?
    What are some other methods?
    Engage in some form of distracting activity.
    Talk it through.
    Challenge and change your thoughts.
     
    What would you say to the new person about Triggers?
    We have calls
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    We asked our listeners about this topic.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Listener Jacqui Open Talk - Recovered 1065

    Listener Jacqui Open Talk - Recovered 1065

    Listener Jacqui Open Talk

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    Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1059

    Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1059

    Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting.
    A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share on. Here in the studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen.
    Tonight, we do popsicle sticks
    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 three ways.
    Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify. 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 Sustaining Partners  We have three ways in which you can participate in this 12-step mission We invite you to be a partner is this work. Call Us Now  http://recoveredcast.com/speakpipe
    email mark@recoveredcast.com
    So, listeners, join us at The 2020 International Convention of AA in Detroit. If you are coming into town for the convention, the Recovered Podcast wants to meet you! If you would like to get all the information regarding the Recovered Podcast at the 2020 International Convention, just email me and we will get you on our google group. Just email me at mark@recoveredcast.com To get on our 2020 International Convention Google group
    This google group will be notified with all the Recovered Podcast Plans for the convention and will have all the information about how to find our tailgate party.  Right now, our google group has been provided with maps and general information about Detroit. Email me at mark@recoveredcast.com if you want these kinds of updates.
    I first experienced “Popsicle Sticks” at the Thursday Midnight night meeting at the Northwest Alano Club in Wayne Michigan. At first I hated it, then I got used to it, then it became my favorite meeting.
    Flash forward to 2008ish when the PC Alano club started in Canton, Michigan. On September 28, 2008, the Canton Candlelight meeting started at the PC Alano Club. Soon after that, this style of meeting started on Thursday nights. This style of meeting continues at Canton Candlelight every Thursday at 10:00 pm and in led by are own Matt O.
    Here’s how it goes.
    Pick a stick
    Announce the topic to all
    Share on the topic
    Keep the stick
    Pass the can
    What would you say to the new person about Popsicle Sticks?
    We have calls
    ______________________________________________________
    We asked our listeners about this topic.
    Now, listeners, If you would like to participate in these weekly surveys, just email me for an invite request. Email me at
    mark@recoveredcast.com
    And I will send you an invite to our Recoveredcast Google group. This group receives the show notes for the upcoming show. You will also receive an invite to participate in the weekly survey. You will also receive a link to call into the show so you can share you experience with the recovery topic. This group helps us prepare for each week’s topic.
    Again, just email for your a google group invite. Just email me at
    mark@recoveredcast.com
    To get involved in each week’s show prep.
    We asked our listeners,
    What step are you working?
    Did you take the survey?
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/analyze/fQgrENh2wVYiy0otnLRF0a2vpxnNmAX1xg6XhLEs1wFiXizo5SRKZBrvYpGWp4on?ut_source=my_surveys_list
    What would be your answer?
    ________________________________________________________

    We have calls -
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Communication Recovered 1061

    Communication Recovered 1061

    The disease of addiction clouded how addicts related to others. It was a disease of perception. Isolated and lost in the self; they did not know how to communicate as addicts. But, in recovery, we learn how to overcome barriers to communication. It's like learning how to talk once again.
    Recovery is a second childhood. Addicts learn how to be part of society and live with life as it stands. They do this by understanding themselves and others. Like everything else, they get good at it over time. It will be a painful, scary, and embarrassing process in the beginning. As they progress, they'll realise like with recovery, it was all worth the effort.
    Tonight, we talk about Communication
    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 three ways.
    Episode Sponsorship  We will recognize you by first name only at the top, mid, and end of the episode.  Any amount will qualify. 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 Sustaining Partners  We have three ways in which you can participate in this 12-step mission We invite you to be a partner is this work. Call Us Now  http://recoveredcast.com/speakpipe
    email mark@recoveredcast.com
    So, listeners, join us at The 2020 International Convention of AA in Detroit. If you are coming into town for the convention, the Recovered Podcast wants to meet you! If you would like to get all the information regarding the Recovered Podcast at the 2020 International Convention, just email me and we will get you on our google group. Just email me at mark@recoveredcast.com To get on our 2020 International Convention Google group
    This google group will be notified with all the Recovered Podcast Plans for the convention and will have all the information about how to find our tailgate party.  Right now, our google group has been provided with maps and general information about Detroit. Email me at mark@recoveredcast.com if you want these kinds of updates.
    As a result of active addiction, addicts have lost the ability to communicate with others. A great majority of relapses have resulted from poor communication skills. Addicts have been unable to relate to their loved ones in mutual understanding.
    First Thoughts?
    What is good communication to you?
    What is bad communication?
    What gets in the way of good communication?
    Why is communication important in your program?
    Before program?
    How do you communicate with recovery people?
    What form is most effective?
    When is face to cae needed?
    History of communication in AA
    In 1940, about ⅓ of household had a telephone, so early AA communication was face to face.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/189959/housing-units-with-telephones-in-the-united-states-since-1920/
    What are essential parts for you?
    What are barriers to communication?
    Low Self-Esteem
    Perfectionism
    Dishonesty
    Lack of Boundaries
    Shame
    Inauthenticity / Masks
    Aggression / Timidity
    How can you overcome barriers?
    Self-assertion
    Self-compassion
    Engage with others
    Humility
    Have empathy for others
    How can you be a better listener?
    What do you need to work on better communication?
    Who is difficult for your to communicate with?
    Why?
    What can you work on?
    Who is easiest to communicate with?
    Why?
    How can you improve?
    When did you communicate poorly?
    What happened?
    What was your part?
    What was the other person’s part?
    What would you say to the new person about Communication?
    We have calls
    ______________________________________________________
    We asked our listeners about this topic.
    Now, listeners, If you would like to participate in these weekly surveys, just email me for an invite request. Email me at
    mark@recoveredcast.com
    And I will send you an invi

    • 1 hr 12 min

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