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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.

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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.

    More voices – your sharing – 319

    More voices – your sharing – 319

    Sharing experience, strength, and hope in your voices.







    * Thoughts on apologies and amends.* A mother wants to help her adult son who drinks too much.* A survivor muses on the possible benefits of trauma.* What is this detachment thing, anyway?* Learning to talk, trust, and feel when the family “training” was “don't talk, don't trust, don't feel.”* Thoughts and experience inspired by episode 318, A Walk in the Woods on a Snowy Day — the healing force of nature, how our higher power speaks to us, and the power of memory.* Recovery from anger and loss.* Compassion – finding it.* Loved one in rehab / coming home from rehab. How to deal?* Sharing on changes, Steps 10 and 11, and “First things first.”* 3 acronyms for FEAR.















    Readings and Links







    Listener shares brought up so many past episodes:







    * Parents Roundtable – 22* Compassion – 33* Step 9, Amends – 40* Chaos – 45* Changes – 47* Step 10 – 48* Step 11 – 50* First things First – 51* Relapse – 59* Detachment – 64* Living with Alcoholism or Addiction – 70* Powerlessness and Power – 160* My Codependency, My Body – 204* Mary Pearl T on Step 1 – 259* Marc and Michele’s son is in prison – 287* Jennifer – Free from Obsession – 302* Being Heard – 313







    Upcoming topics







    Our topic for next week is “surrender”. What does surrender mean to you? How has surrendering given you power? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.















    Music from the Show











    blink-182 – Not Now

    • 54 min
    A Walk in the Woods on a Snowy Day — 318

    A Walk in the Woods on a Snowy Day — 318

    Saturday morning, I awoke to fresh snow. I had a fairly hectic and noisy time going to the gym, getting ready for the day, etc. Then I stepped out into a lovely, hushed silence. I decided I needed more of that, and later went to a nature area for a walk in the woods. I share a brief reflection on what I found there.







































    Upcoming topics







    An upcoming topic is “dual program members.” If you are in a program other than Al-Anon (plus Al-Anon), I'd love to hear your experience. How do the programs complement each other? How are they different? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

    • 7 min
    Peggy G – Speaker – 317

    Peggy G – Speaker – 317

    Today, I’m sharing with you a talk by Peggy G.







    I hope you’ll enjoy Peggy’s sense of humor as much as I did. Peggy talks about feeling rejected as a child and about getting married early after “finding love in the back seat of a Ford.” She felt she had a “hole in her gut” and tried many things to fill it (booze didn’t do the trick for her.)







    She speaks of, for the first time, being desperate enough to make “a sincere prayer to the God I didn’t understand.” Eventually, she found her second husband, “Mr. Wonderful”. Of course, he was an alcoholic. I’m sure some of you will identify with each of the things she did to try to get him to stop drinking. And when she felt “I wish [he’d] just get, just get dead somewhere without hurting anybody else.” You may be right there with her when she hit her bottom after an emotional blackout. 







    But of course, that’s not the end of her story, it’s the beginning of the rest of it. I had tears in my eyes when she described finding compassion for her daddy and making amends to him as he lay in his coffin.







    Readings and Links







    On February 14 and 15, 2020, from 8AM – Midnight EST, there will be a “Marathon of Recovery Stories”. I have included an image of the flyer below. Here is the contact information from the flyer:







    Dial-in number in the US: (425)436-6200, access code 280194#







    International dial in numbers can be found at https://fccdl.in/i/meganbbsolution9







    Join the meeting online at http://join.freeconferencecall.com/meganbbsolution9







    If you have questions, email megan.bbsolution@gmail.com















    A listener asked about our business cards. You can print these out and share them with your friends. And if you forget how to find them, you can just click on the link under “Our Stuff”, to the right (if you're on a computer) or below (if you're on a phone.)







    Upcoming topics







    ‘m still welcoming shares by “dual program members”. If you are in another twelve step program, please share your experience. How do the programs support each other or conflict? How do you (or don't you) share that part of your life in Al-Anon meetings?  Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Men in Al-Anon – 316

    Men in Al-Anon – 316

    Men are a minority in Al-Anon. Is this a problem? An asset? What is your experience?







    Join Spencer and several guests, both men and women, as we share our experience.







    Some of the topics we address are these:







    * What is your experience as a man in Al-Anon? * What difficulties and challenges have you experienced?* Did you feel you didn’t belong?* Or do you feel perfectly comfortable and accepted?* Were you able to find a sponsor?* What boundaries have you set for yourself with members of the “opposite sex?” (Recognizing that not all people fit comfortably into the gender binary.)* Does the presence of men in a meeting inhibit you from sharing or does it enhance your experience?















    Readings and Links







    A listener asked about the experience of atheists in Al-Anon. I remembered listening to an interview on the Sober Speak podcast with an AA member who leads an Atheist AA meeting.







    Upcoming topics







    I'm still welcoming shares by “dual program members”. If you are in another twelve step program, please share your experience. How do the programs support each other or conflict? How do you (or don't you) share that part of your life in Al-Anon meetings? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.















    Music from the Show











    Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine











    Trixie Mattel – Moving Parts

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Belonging — 315

    Belonging — 315

    The only requirement for membership in Al-Anon is that there is a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. How many other groups are so inclusive? How does this help you? How is this a challenge for you?







    Today is MLK day, the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Perhaps naturally, my thoughts turned to the ideas of inclusion, diversity, and belonging. And from there, to how inclusive the Al-Anon program is. Our third tradition says, in part, “The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.”







    * What did this mean for me when I first came to Al-Anon?* How have I seen this tradition work for others when they first come to Al-Anon?* How does the diversity of experience and opinion support my recovery?* Can I recognize our similarities instead of focusing on our differences?* How do I know that I belong in my Al-Anon groups?







    Readings and Links







    We read from Courage to Change, July 4, and How Al-Anon Works, Chapters 16 & 44.







    A listener shared her recovery Spotify playlist.



















    Upcoming topics







    Our topic for next week is “in all our affairs”. How do you use your recovery tools and principles in your daily life? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.















    Music from the Show











    Jess Glynne – I'll Be There











    Pat Benatar – We Belong











    Steve Winwood – Higher Love

    • 49 min
    Integrity – 314

    Integrity – 314

    What is integrity and what does it have to do with recovery?







    * Definitions* the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness* the state of being whole and undivided* “the root of integrity is about doing the right thing even when it’s not acknowledged by others, or convenient for you.” (Psychology Today article)* “In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.” (Wikipedia)* In episode 101, I said that for me, having integrity means that “I act in all things according to my true self. I state my beliefs honestly and openly.”







    Recently, I was thinking about this topic, and also about how I have not lived with integrity. And then, I thought about how practicing the 12 steps has brought me closer to living with integrity in all my affairs. What are some of the ways in which I did not practice integrity?







    * Denial vs acceptance. When I deny the truth of reality, I am not being honest with myself, no matter how much more comfortable that denial might make me.* Pretending to be someone I am not, to believe something I don’t, to not have an opinion that I have. Typically I would do this because I thought if I was honest about my thoughts and beliefs, you wouldn’t like me or I would offend you.* Volunteering to do something that I didn’t want to do. And then doing a bad job at it.







    How did recovery help me live with more integrity?







    * Breaking denial, especially about the alcoholism in my family.* Teaching me how to accept with grace, and that acceptance does not mean condoning.* That “searching and fearless moral inventory” brought me greater clarity about who I am, how I act, and what I believe.* I can ask a power greater than myself for help in changing!* Teaching me to set boundaries, so I only “sign up” for the things I can actually accomplish.















    Readings and Links







    We read from







    Courage to Change, December 10







    How Al-Anon Works, Chapter 16 Twelve Traditions, Tradition 12







    Upcoming topics







    We are interested in your sharing on two topics







    * Being a man in Al-Anon.* Being a dual member (also known as “double winner.”)







    Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

    • 47 min

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