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105 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Worry Less — 385
Does your mind automatically tune into the worry-and-fear channel? Are you suffering from worry about your loved ones? What tools have you found to help escape from constant worrying? Gigi joins Spencer to talk about strategies and tools to worry less. We started with some of her story of codependence and worry. She identifies “whispered... The post Worry Less — 385 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
84 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Leaning into Faith – 384
How have you found faith, and how has it helped you let go of fear? Kathy joins Spencer to dig into these questions and to share some recent experiences that prompted this topic. Our conversation touched on and was inspired by these topics: Fear and old behavior Fear of the G-O-D word How believe in... The post Leaning into Faith – 384 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
88 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Laurel S — Alcoholism Ended her Marriage — 383
Laurel's story begins: My wife was 6 years sober when we met – but not in program. “AA doesn’t work for me”. She remained sober another 6 years. After our first baby and a big move for my career (that put her closer to her family) she decided she “wanted to try drinking again. I... The post Laurel S — Alcoholism Ended her Marriage — 383 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
71 minutes | May 30, 2022
Remembrance — 382
How do you remember the loved ones you have lost? How do you measure their lives? When my grandfather died, my father wrote a thoughtful, personal remembrance of him. At that time, I thought “I’d never be able to do that!” Because of the work I have done in recovery, I can do that. The... The post Remembrance — 382 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
29 minutes | May 7, 2022
Acceptance is a Gift of Recovery – 381
How is acceptance a gift of recovery for me? In March, 2021, I gave a talk at an online conference. I tried to follow this outline. What is acceptance? What is it not? Not “giving up” Not saying “this is ok” Recognizing reality How do I use acceptance? Not “crying against the night” Opening possibilities... The post Acceptance is a Gift of Recovery – 381 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
53 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Awareness and Acceptance – 380
How do you practice awareness and acceptance? How have they helped you to take actions that change the things you can? Eric and Spencer were invited to share at an online AA conference as the Al-Anon speakers. Eric chose to talk about awareness, and Spencer about acceptance. Naturally we both included the “3 A's”, Awareness,... The post Awareness and Acceptance – 380 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
91 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Letting Go – 379
What do you want to let go of? What is preventing you from completely letting go? Eric was inspired by a meditation he heard on the Insight Timer app, titled She Let Go. A very rough outline of our conversation follows: What does it mean to let go? Stop doing things that I don’t have... The post Letting Go – 379 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
77 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
Fireflies – Recovery of a Marriage – 378
Al Anon Courage to Change: “We all have dark times in our lives, but the journey to better times is often what makes us happier, stronger people. When we stop expecting instant relief, we may come to believe that where we are today is exactly where our higher power would have us be.” Lea's world... The post Fireflies – Recovery of a Marriage – 378 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
73 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Whether the Alcoholic is Still Drinking or Not – 377
Our suggested opening tells us that “we can find contentment, and even happiness whether the alcoholic is drinking or not.” How does this happen? How can we deal with the “isms” of the disease in a way that is healthy for ourselves? Nancy joins Spencer to share how this has been true in her life.... The post Whether the Alcoholic is Still Drinking or Not – 377 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
26 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
My Husband – 376
A listener sent me a deeply moving and personal share about her life with her husband. She recorded the share shortly before attending his memorial service, after his death from the disease of alcoholism. She tells us of how he hid his drinking from her, and how it was not until he was nearly dead... The post My Husband – 376 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
28 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Feeling new in recovery – 375
I recently received an email from a person who is in early recovery. He is struggling with getting really into the program, and listed these issues he has. Almost everybody member of my home group has years of recovery on me. It seems that everybody has taken the steps at least one time, and I... The post Feeling new in recovery – 375 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
103 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
My Recovery is not Conditional on Yours – 374
Is your recovery dependent on someone else’s? How does this hurt? Ester's partner decided to stop attending AA. How did she react? How did she use this to strengthen her own recovery? She paused (and let her HP in). She let him speak and did not say anything that would harm. The next challenge: he... The post My Recovery is not Conditional on Yours – 374 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
17 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Gratitude 2021 – 373
In November, I asked the members of the email list, “what are you grateful for today?” These are your responses. I had hoped to get them out shortly after the US Thanksgiving holiday, but as life happened, that didn’t happen. Maybe this is a reminder that we can practice gratitude every day. I said this... The post Gratitude 2021 – 373 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
89 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Embracing Risk – 372
How do you embrace risk in your life today? How has this changed in recovery? Why can risk-taking be healthy? Spencer and SA explore these questions and others. “A ship in the harbor is safe—but that’s not what ships are for.” John A. Shedd Social psychology research tells us that at the end of their... The post Embracing Risk – 372 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
9 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Reflection on a loss, December 19, 2021
My mother breathed her last on this day. I reflect on her life, what she meant to me, and what seeds she planted in me. The post Reflection on a loss, December 19, 2021 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
81 minutes | Dec 11, 2021
A Teacher in Recovery – 371
Are you a teacher? How has recovery changed the way you teach? What recovery tools do you use in the classroom? Rajni joins Spencer to share her experience as a teacher, both before and after entering recovery. Our conversation started with a bit of Rajni's story. Characteristics that she identified in herself, pre-recovery, included these:... The post A Teacher in Recovery – 371 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
92 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Gentleness with Myself – 370
BHow have you treated yourself meanly or roughly? How have you learned to be gentle with yourself? Anna joins Spencer to talk about why being gentle with herself is so important in her recovery, and how an experience at Christmas revealed this to her and produced a spiritual awakening. Our conversation is guided by these... The post Gentleness with Myself – 370 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
99 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Healing through Writing – 369
Lisa grew up in alcoholism, addiction and abuse. She is finding healing through writing a novel. Content warning: Lisa talks about some of the abuse she survived as a child. Here are some of the questions that guided our conversation. Please tell us your story. What inspired you to write? How are your experiences reflected... The post Healing through Writing – 369 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
102 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
A Disease of Relationships – 368
We say that alcoholism is a disease of relationships. What do we mean by this? How are our relationships damaged and how can we recover from that damage? Spencer and Megan used these questions to guide our conversation. How has alcoholism affected your self-esteem? What were the results? Share your experience of forming and sustaining... The post A Disease of Relationships – 368 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
86 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The Gift of Pain – 367
How is it possible for our pain to become our gain? Andrea’s story illuminates this transformation. Andrea from Adult Child Podcast joins us to talk about how her greatest pain became her greatest gain. When Andrea was several years sober, she realized that recovery had not magically fixed all her problems. She tells us about... The post The Gift of Pain – 367 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
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