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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.
90 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Honesty – 366
What does a lack of honesty with ourselves and others look like? What does the program teach us about the importance of honesty to our recovery? Ester and Spencer share their experience, strength, and hope on the topic of honesty, roughly following this outline. Honesty before recovery – or was there? How were we dishonest... The post Honesty – 366 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
84 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
In All Our Affairs – 365
Step 12 suggests that we “practice these principles in all our affairs”. What does this mean to you? How do you do it? Definition: principle a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. The AA 12 principles from the book... The post In All Our Affairs – 365 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
114 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
Fear of Abandonment – 364
Do you fear being abandoned? How has it driven your life? How can recovery free you from this fear? Shannon says, I wanted to speak about the topic of Fear of Abandonment because (due to my childhood trauma) it’s a fear that I have struggled against my entire life and recently in 2020 was forced... The post Fear of Abandonment – 364 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
48 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Finding Compassion for the Alcoholic – 363
How did I find compassion for the actively drinking alcoholic in my life? At first, I had no compassion. I had anger, frustration, and frustration, instead. Why would I want to find compassion? The two big reasons were, for me and for her. For me—I could start to release my anger, resentment, and frustration, or... The post Finding Compassion for the Alcoholic – 363 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
106 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Avoidance (running away from scary feelings) – 362
Do you find yourself avoiding scary feelings? Are you running away from things you don’t want to face? How are you facing your fears instead? Definitions We start our conversation with Kathy and Sabah with a couple of definitions, recognizing that pausing is healthy, while avoiding is usually not. Pause: interrupt action or speech briefly. –... The post Avoidance (running away from scary feelings) – 362 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
77 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion – 361
Tradition 5 tells us that part of our recovery is in finding compassion for our alcoholic friends and relatives. What is compassion, and how is it different from sympathy or empathy? Definitions (from Chopra.com) To feel sympathy, it means you are able to understand what the person is feeling. Empathy is viscerally feeling what another... The post Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion – 361 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
102 minutes | May 30, 2021
Music in Recovery – 360
How has music supported you in recovery? What inspiration do you find there? Are there certain songs that have become the soundtrack of your life? Sonia Lee is a singer and song writer in recovery. We talked about her recovery journey and her recovery songs. Sonia's recovery started when she realized she was alcoholic. But,... The post Music in Recovery – 360 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
68 minutes | May 18, 2021
The Effects of Recovery – 359
How have you experienced the effects of alcoholism or addiction transforming into the effects of recovery? Colleen suggested this topic, writing “we often hear about the effects of this disease, but I've never heard the phrase, the effects of recovery. It has really made me reflect, as I have found over the past couple of... The post The Effects of Recovery – 359 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
81 minutes | May 12, 2021
Al-Anon after Divorce – 358
What is it like to keep working your recovery program after divorcing? Pat joined Spencer to talk about her experience. She fully recognizes that both she and her ex-husband contributed to the factors leading to their divorce. She says that she “did not want my relationship to be the example to my children of what... The post Al-Anon after Divorce – 358 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
86 minutes | May 1, 2021
CODA saved her life – Geraldine – 357
Can CODA help when you grow up in dysfunction, and then love a controlling, gaslighting partner as an adult? As a child, Geraldine lived in fear of her mother's anger, which often resulted in beatings. She became her siblings' protector, and felt that it was her job to soothe her mother's moods, and to take... The post CODA saved her life – Geraldine – 357 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
96 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Domestic Violence and Other Unacceptable Behavior – 356
If Acceptance is the key to serenity, what do you do about unacceptable behavior and domestic violence? Kathy H joined the Recovery Show to talk about her experience with domestic violence, and the strength and hope she has found in recovery. We started with some definitions for unacceptable behavior and domestic violence. Definitions Definition of... The post Domestic Violence and Other Unacceptable Behavior – 356 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
70 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
A Son’s Addiction – 355
How can recognizing powerlessness over a child’s addiction make it easier to detach and not enable them? Jacob joins us to tell his story and how he stopped trying fruitlessly to fix his son's addiction. He picked a couple of readings from ODAT — Jan 29 and Feb 11, saying that they have been and... The post A Son’s Addiction – 355 appeared first on The Recovery Show.
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