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AA Recovery Interviews explores the lives of people who have recovered from alcoholism by working the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. In each one-on-one interview, my guests share their experience, strength, and hope of what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. But, we also discuss the rest of the story by looking at the incredible challenges they’ve faced and overcome during their months, years, and even decades of sobriety. We talk about staying sober: The joys and tragedies, the good times and bad times, and just everyday life in sobriety. We discuss the work they’ve done in AA to enrich their lives and the lives of those they love.



AA Recovery Interviews is hosted by Howard L., sober in AA since January 1, 1988, one day at a time. In accordance with AA’s 12 Traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share our personal experiences of recovery in A.A. and acknowledge that the sole concern of Alcoholics Anonymous is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. In respect of all that AA stands for, my podcast protects the anonymity of each guest, using their first name and last initial only. But while you may not know their identity, by the end of each episode, you will know what’s in their heart and feel a real connection with their spirit.

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AA Recovery Interviews explores the lives of people who have recovered from alcoholism by working the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. In each one-on-one interview, my guests share their experience, strength, and hope of what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. But, we also discuss the rest of the story by looking at the incredible challenges they’ve faced and overcome during their months, years, and even decades of sobriety. We talk about staying sober: The joys and tragedies, the good times and bad times, and just everyday life in sobriety. We discuss the work they’ve done in AA to enrich their lives and the lives of those they love.



AA Recovery Interviews is hosted by Howard L., sober in AA since January 1, 1988, one day at a time. In accordance with AA’s 12 Traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share our personal experiences of recovery in A.A. and acknowledge that the sole concern of Alcoholics Anonymous is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. In respect of all that AA stands for, my podcast protects the anonymity of each guest, using their first name and last initial only. But while you may not know their identity, by the end of each episode, you will know what’s in their heart and feel a real connection with their spirit.

    Jacqui C. - Sober Since 2/1/1993

    Jacqui C. - Sober Since 2/1/1993

    Jacqui's powerful perspective on Alcoholics Anonymous is the by-product of years of hard-earned experience fraught with adversity and despair. Even after finding AA, she struggled to stay sober in the Program in the midst of one relapse after another. Finally, nearly 28 years ago, Jacqui’s disease, and its physical ravages on her body, brought her to a dismal bottom from which only a true spiritual realization could save her. That she’s alive today, after finally gaining a solid foothold in the middle of AA, is proof-positive that miracles can result from doing the hard work required by this simple Program.







    Jacqui has a direct, no-nonsense approach to AA and an eager willingness to share the gut-level truths about the Program with new-comers and old-timers alike. Her ability to put into words what she’s feeling at any given moment creates an atmosphere in which meeting attendees seem more willing to open up about what’s going on with them. Her gifts of spiritual awareness, combined with a deep understanding of the Big Book and the steps, has allowed her to make a huge difference in the lives of the women whom she has sponsored. And her service work has been a wonderful contribution to the AA community.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me, Howard L.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.







    Check out Howard’s Big Book Podcast, the complete unabridged audio version of the First and Second Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book Podcast is an engaging word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and more than 50 original stories most people have never seen. If you’ve only read the Fourth Edition, these amazing stories will be brand new to you. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Or listen on https://bigbookpodcast.com







    [Disclaimer: In accordance with A.A.’s traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share only our personal experiences with A.A. recovery. We acknowledge that AA’s sole concern is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. As members of AA, our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. - Howard L.]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tom D. - Sober 28 Years

    Tom D. - Sober 28 Years

    Tom's incredible story is one of a man whose life was turned inside out and upside down by alcoholism, drug addiction, and crime. From a difficult childhood, he emerged into a troubled adolescence, drinking at 14, shoplifting, and getting kicked out of high school. Hanging with the older boys, his drinking increased beyond sociable and his drugs got harder, culminating in ruinous heroin addiction. His 20’s and early 30’s saw him in and out of county jails and state prison, until his third felony conviction for armed robbery at age 36 finally resulted in a life sentence at a maximum security prison. With alcohol and various drugs widely available from other inmates, his life behind bars provided little chance of sobriety or parole.







    Amidst the bleak realization that he’d spend the rest of his life in prison, there came a small spark of hope ignited by memories of the early AA meetings Tom had attended during his many stints in the county jails. Though he hadn’t succeeded with the Program in the past, he started going to AA meetings in prison brought there by a small group of dedicated members of the outside AA community. He found his sponsor inside, who guided him in working the 12 steps. Slowly, he began to turn his thinking and spiritual awareness around. Ultimately, he found that service to other inmates from a genuinely humble frame of mind gave his life newfound meaning and purpose.







    But that’s just part of his story. You’ll hear the rest in the podcast. Suffice it to say that Tom’s AA program, forged in prison, was burnished in the years since he was released. He’s become a cherished member of the AA community and a vital part of the recovery scene. He’s a fine and trusted friend to many and one of my favorite people in the fellowship.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me, Howard L.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.







    Check out Howard's Big Book Podcast, the complete unabridged audio version of the First and Second Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book Podcast is an engaging word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and more than 50 original stories most people have never seen. If you've only read the Fourth Edition, these amazing stories will be brand new to you. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Or listen on https://bigbookpodcast.com







    [Disclaimer: In accordance with A.A.’s traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share only our personal experiences with A.A. recovery. We acknowledge that AA’s sole concern is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. As members of AA, our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.]

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Scott B. - Sober 32 Years

    Scott B. - Sober 32 Years

    Can someone be too smart or important to get sober in A.A.? My guest, Scott B. had his Ph.D. in neurobiology and an accelerating career in medical research to dispel any notions of being an alcoholic or drug addict. His superior intelligence, unflappable ego, and iron-will would shield him from the realities of a life rapidly falling apart around him. But his journey into the dark regions of substance abuse ultimately brought him to his knees as a ravaged and demoralized subject of King Alcohol and Lady Cocaine.







    Increasingly frequent use quickened the downward spiral of his life and career. Intelligence and will power alone were not enough to save him. Teetering on the edge of the abyss, a single lifeline, in the form of a crafty intervention by his colleagues and friends, was thrown to him. Clinging onto it as only the hopeless can, he finally let that lifeline pull him into treatment and A.A. After nearly 33 years of sobriety, Scott gratefully reflects on that crucial turning point that grew into a brilliant career, a fulfilling life, and daily service to others. His wonderous story is one that needs to be told. More importantly, it's one that needs to be heard by anyone, anywhere who reaches out for help.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me, Howard L.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.







    Check out Howard's Big Book Podcast, the complete unabridged audio version of the First and Second Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book Podcast is an engaging word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and more than 50 original stories most people have never seen. If you've only read the Fourth Edition, these amazing stories will be brand new to you. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Or listen on https://bigbookpodcast.com







    [Disclaimer: In accordance with A.A.’s traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share only our personal experiences with A.A. recovery. We acknowledge that AA’s sole concern is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. As members of AA, our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.]

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Linda G. - Sober 42 Years

    Linda G. - Sober 42 Years

    Newcomers often find it amazing that someone with so much time would still attend AA meetings on a regular basis. Linda G got sober at age 22 and has more than 4 decades of sobriety as an active and engaged member of Alcoholics Anonymous.







    I greatly admire Linda because when I was new in AA, I found it hard to believe that people with 5 or 10 or 20 years were still going to meetings. In fact, I thought that those who were picking up birthday chips came once a year. Or, at most, maybe every quarter. I figured that people with a few weeks or months or maybe a couple of years had to go all the time. But why keep going to meetings if you’ve shown you can stay sober for a long period of time? Of course, I eventually found the answer by regularly attending meetings where I met lots of sober alcoholics who not only came all the time, but actually seemed to enjoy it.







    As my own years in the Program continued to add up, I was still going to six or seven meetings a week. Not just to fortify and protect my sobriety, but to actually enrich and enjoy my life through the close interpersonal relationships with other alcoholics. Of course, this didn’t just happen.  It took time and work. And it came as the result of watching and getting to know people like my guest on today’s show, Linda G.







     I first met Linda many years ago at an AA club that we still attend. I got to know her the way we do in the program, by hearing her speak in meetings and watching her interact with others. Her sharp, no-nonsense shares always seemed to be on the mark and her references to the Big Book demonstrated a thorough knowledge of how AA works. What’s more, by coming early and sticking around after meetings, I had the opportunity to see her commitment, compassion, and understanding in action. Whether it was one-on-one or in a small group, Linda’s thoughtful and provocative comments seemed to attract people to her. I certainly wanted to get to know her better. And I did.







    Even with a very full schedule in the medical profession, in which she’s helping many people every day, Linda still makes the time to go to meetings and work with other women as a caring and dedicated sponsor. The effectiveness of her sponsorship is readily seen in the way her sponsees sponsor other women.







    If you ever want to know why someone with 40-plus years in the program is still goes to meetings and stays actively engaged in every facet of Alcoholics Anonymous, you’ll enjoy this show with Linda G. She's one of the finest people I’ve ever known.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me, Howard L.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.







    [Disclaimer: In accordance with A.A.’s traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share only our personal experiences with A.A. recovery. We acknowledge that AA’s sole concern is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. As members of AA, our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.]

    • 46 min
    Alex L. - Sober 35 Years

    Alex L. - Sober 35 Years

    Question: If you were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, would you stay sober or drink? Alex L., faced that tough choice during his sixth year of sobriety in AA when he was diagnosed with MS, an incurable and disabling disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord, and the entire central nervous system. His future would be one of certain pain, constant struggle, and debilitation of his entire body. But Alex chose not to drink, and, today, at 35 years sober, he still relies on his active AA program to get through each day and be of service to his fellows. His is an extraordinary story for which the Serenity Prayer itself could have been written.







    I first met Alex over 30 years ago before he contracted MS, while he was an active and engaged member of AA. We attended lots of meetings together, and though we lost touch for a period of time shortly after he got MS, we reconnected several years ago. We resumed a rich and meaningful friendship and credit God and AA for bringing us back into each others’ lives.  Alex has been an inspiring and influential force in the lives of many men and women in the Program. He always brings a smile to the faces in the many rooms into which he rolls with his incredible motor chair.







    Be sure to check out the Big Book Podcast, the free audio version of the First & Second Editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous". It’s an engaging and inspiring word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and personal stories, including more than 50 original stories that were left out of the 3rd and 4th editions. If you never read the 1st or 2nd Editions, these amazing stories will be brand new to you. The Big Book Podcast is read by Howard L. who receives no compensation for this vital service work.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.







    [Disclaimer: In accordance with A.A.’s traditions, my anonymous guests and I speak for ourselves only, not for Alcoholics Anonymous at large. We share only our personal experiences with A.A. recovery. We acknowledge that AA’s sole concern is the recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. As members of AA, our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.]

    • 54 min
    Adam M. - Sober 16 Years

    Adam M. - Sober 16 Years

    A shot of whiskey when he was 3, the folk-remedy for a sore throat, was Adam's first taste of alcohol, but not his last. Though he didn't start drinking until his teens, his horrible first experience with Tequila just made him want more. That began his odyssey of drinking and substance use that resulted in alcoholism and drug addiction,. A rapid decline into total despair followed until there was nowhere left to turn except to the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous.







    As my first guest on the AA Recovery Interviews show, Adam is a man I’ve known in the Program for over 14 years. When I first met Adam, I was immediately impressed with his incredible commitment to sobriety and his extraordinary willingness to do whatever it takes to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. All these years later, Adam’s enthusiasm for and dedication to AA is still unbounded. His is a story of successful and meaningful sobriety attainable through a lot of hard work and time spent in AA.







    Be sure to check out the Big Book Podcast, the free audio version of the First & Second Editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous". It’s an engaging and inspiring word-for-word reading of all 11 chapters and personal stories, including more than 50 original stories that were left out of the 3rd and 4th editions. If you never read the 1st or 2nd Editions, these amazing stories will be brand new to you. The Big Book Podcast is read by Howard L. who receives no compensation for this vital service work.







    Visit the AA Recovery Interviews website for more information and to contact me.







    To contact Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, visit aa.org.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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The person speaking, Tom, has such comfort in telling his story that I would recommend this to anyone.

He is relaxed, easygoing, somber when called for, open about deeply personal events. This is a five star podcast. Thanks for making it happen, Howard and Tom.

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AA recovery interview.

Howard‘s interview with Alex L was both moving and very informative. Obviously anyone who can stay sober and still maintain spirituality while struggling with multiple sclerosis can offer us all helpful coping strategies and guidance. Howard’s interviewing style also was very enlightening and informative. It is easy to see a meeting up with someone like Howard could open the door to AA for many of us.
I hope he continues to do such informative and enlightening interviews.

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