Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Feeling Sad in Recovery - Recovered 604


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This episode is more about feeling sad rather than something more serious like clinical bi-polar depression.  For someone suffering from mental illness such as a manic state of bipolar, simply going to a meeting is not enough.  

We are not therapists and we have no expertise in this area.  If you are in therapy, and you hear us crossing that line, please accept our apology, that is not our intent.  If you think you are clinically depressed, see a professional and follow their direction.  Take what you like and leave the rest.

But let’s turn to you first,

Before you came into program, before addiction, as a child, would you consider yourself as a generally happy kid?

How about during middle school?

How about during high school?

How about after your tried drugs and alcohol?

Was there any trauma in your life that changed your general disposition of happiness?

As your drinking career developed, did you suffer from periods of depression?

Have you ever had therapy?

Have you been diagnosed with depression?

In your understanding in therapy, How are depression and sadness different?

Again this program is about sadness, clinical depression can be dangerous and we urge you to get professional help along with your participation in a recovery support group.

Near the end, was there any joy left?

Tells us about sadness in early recovery.

How did you cope?

How do the:

  • steps,

  • slogans,

  • prayers

  • meetings

Help?

How does your:

  • sponsor

  • higher power

  • big book and 12 and 12

  • other literature

Help?

What is it like today?

What is emotional sobriety?

we have an email

email - Ruth T

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14d7ce4e122eac36

Call from Chris from Vancouver

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_Cfz8-s9UcAkPpsI9dTtxF4--X5hOsgogQvDFQPTcHTFDSkTi8OMqkrp5uV8LFR25OEjzSHAXAPlbMqj3XTcliQxg2E8Ia02xKtaHak3yvoRf-6M4xIKrjvSwkMZwUKoSpe6ZMLHr22q78KkdR1_BJDzTdCag

email - Mary F

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=b1511a8242&view=pt&search=inbox&type=14d7ce4e122eac36&th=14d85f44f832cd58&siml=14d85f44f832cd58&siml=14d8689b873818ef&siml=14d869ef3860902b

We have Calls

Call - Matt from Connecticut

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_BhjXUozVsc8TIgfP3rucjYAhtYXMwqFVV3RcDwpmyikqFDsVz5ckcbH2Tfh98VNL1XzAW5eo3LgZLmw_EhIGz2zTgYt5UuBjCsswCfMgfRIMdJRFQvBTZ6HPchPLGye0lvTIjN1Dzemxwk_PdRF_JPL0ttig

Call - Alex from Austin

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_CkN_b8iVY-QBZtLZut6J7-ZKYz-lg4RaXF-n-OeelMrmVaySQVZTcg3vTO-GQxPXV9UnHJLKm10Ztz0VMZ6MuetT5NtdzY_963HWzJVLOcbbBRQvSUyIGB4h8OL6X-5rzJg77p1KhzQymjJ-mLcq-DGlGo5w

Call - Amy

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_AzZYBgoO-z2O1TrgPvxJatsms1ZtgGrRvPScbGuyQhwChlF6r11iv45eZrquq46C2t7IXdDdv10I2qQoUteHvdh8YOi7_FEwI8B7chrpYJXdFh7BCyMYXiMtOXJv32JN3nwcyQyXzqAnAKw0MC3ahEO1BoOA

What would you say to the new person who is sad all the time?  What would you say to the person who is grieving, but probably doesn’t even know it?


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Friends:

Our next Recovery Topic is :  
Feeling Sad in Recovery

Call in and be part of the show.  Call:

Call in and answer the following question:
What recovery tool do you use when you are feeling sad?

Feeling the feelings is part of being sober.  Now that we are clean, we can no longer use drugs and alcohol to medicate these negative feelings like we used to.  But now, we have tools to help us cope and lean about ourselves in a healthy way.  How do you do this?

We have a chat room available to you to listen to the show live and interact with us and other listeners as we record the show.  You will also hear bloopers and other conversations that don't make it to the edited episode that is posted later that night.

Our next show is:
Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm EDT (-4 GMT)

Just click below to join us in the chat room

God bless and see you next time.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Big Book Study - Recovered 603






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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Women in Recovery - Recovered 600


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Tonight, we are going to talk about women in recovery.  

We have women in the studio who are familiar with AA, NA, and Al-Anon as well.  

For those who are new, AA and NA are for people who have a desire to quit, and Al-Anon are for people who have been affected by someone else’s using.

But tonight, we want to explore the unique challenges for women in recovery,

whether you are an alcoholic or if you love one.  

We hope to discuss the barriers to recovery.  

We also plan to discuss the difference between the programs,

and we will probably discuss some similarities.

Hopefully, there will be surprises.

Ok Chrissy, let’s start with you.  Let’s start with you just before you came into the fellowship

Did you have any fears as a woman entering recovery?

Just before program, what were your relationships like with other women?

What about after program, has your attitude changed?  How?

What was it like as a women in early recovery?

and is it different for you now?

What is it like to be at a meeting with all women?

What are some discussion topics that are easier to talk about with all women?

What are some discussion topics that are difficult with all women?

What is it like to be at a meeting where you are the only women?

What are some discussion topics that are easier to talk about with men?

What are some discussion topics that are difficult with all men?

What are your opinions of single gender meetings?

Why is Al Anon predominantly women?

Why is AA predominantly men?

What are the barriers to women coming into program?

What steps, prayers, slogans are challenging to women?

What kind of expectations do women feel (from society, from family, etc) and how do we use the 12 steps and the program to navigate those expectations?

How is recovery from alcoholism and addiction different for women?

How do women in Al-Anon and women in AA relate to each other? (There's a juicy topic!)

Are you mindful of how you dress to meetings (HOT TOPIC)?

What about giving out phone numbers?

What about sponsorship? Do you have a women sponsor and what about a women having a man sponsor or vice versa?

Bronte from Paris

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/14d48c04b58b14ac?projector=1

Nicole

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_Cwxj76Fy8KCcbCJ0an0hUkN3lt1SXy4Axd91oIBQ2LUK2E-avfA_sxd6xWAIIZhcr8k3JXIx-BVQznUWGung9yWvHWc9UoOVxPqt4JID3JieB7YrU30xKEsUMMHOQXS9niZATrJTfeMHyw6zTwOExN5Grw6w

Kathy

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_D35dU_K9mBzBE5yJf28eveTPrXEmTf55xMnpnXecRZSAfPWZ3RRco81f5PI59GdjN3a_pJyJB1v_0IQkGSgceR1QWFmlAxm56g10yLc8B8nTq1ehV7VlV-ZcU5YN66d-fBrQnlkTfX3N1mOwusRxuDdBdHcQ

Jackie

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_CMGt-IoqMfeESGpZ07N9F8lDnJWQqhA-ei8yCnIharnMCaAoBV8ct8iKq3FEEtQGuSuHmT3EFVODuC6VKhnwsQ2dfdXoLUWdCGsTwEsSX8uyWbAn5OA_hbvdwiOK3qmzKViMha8ezIuxTwEbWG_TRijjNNkw

Shanni

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_Bd7BvVb3Sw1Ewcf9nHiPdKNGqpTTfuW4xnSKKjktyQdsQbhjclPmiHZSipsABcQW5qHiGeTTrYIlzL4TiNBeZEKaBt0tS_wL8xRJ9DJXHuQKHxWBJ0Qr48o-HQOjE5g0CZTKbsT3eUy_C81ZUOxMlJ0lZuIQ

Laura C

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_AuEwCHNh2X90-xYQg23FecQK5U86fx5a6q_icfgBB1aelVvAV17wAeZsY0YMs-ewCYNrx2nwW17q0KBj4QL1vqLlw_bQw3CKcF5LTmAN1jDTJQKuPYcozH6tsCIy8ogqLS6GQbM5RFw8e-3VJigeQpOFEXQg

Talk to the woman who is new to the program, what words of encouragement would you give?

What would you tell a woman who has never been to a meeting or is early in recovery.


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Special App Owner Open Talk Joan S. - Recovered 599


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Call In and Contribute to the Show

If you call in and then email me and give me your mailing address, then I'll send you some free gift!


If you are a woman in recovery, we need your voice for Wednesday's show.  Call in and tell us how being a woman effects your recovery. What is it like being the only woman at a meeting?  Do you like women only meetings?  Did you have a hard time relating to women when you were new?  Call and add to the conversation.

Be sure to tell us :
your sobriety date
your home group and city
your sponsor

Monday, May 4, 2015

Creativity and Recovery - Recovered 598


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Creativity can be defined as the ability to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities.

Is it possible to be creative in recovery without having to stimulate your mind with alcohol or drugs?

My Opinion?

Of course it is!

The problem is that you may have to convince your brain of this at first. And that can be a bit of a challenge.

But I want to know what you think.

Let’s go to you matt

what types of creative things are you involved in?

Where you afraid that your art would suffer?

Did you know any creative types in recovery before you came in?

What was it like when you first came into recovery and you were new?

Did your creativity suffer?

Did recovery take time away from your art?

What about fuzzy thinking in early recovery, how did that affect you?

What about PAWS? Did you suffer from Post Acute Withdrawl Symptom?

What were some of your experiences?

What were your fears?

How did others in the field react to your sobriety?

Did you have support from fellow sober artists?

Did you have to give up some relationships?

WE HAVE CALLS!

Liz Lemmon - Creative

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_DVJUKRN_1QnGC4RgffXmVCs5y8Yde9LMjWZDa6Y6WwAHM1llZGUrvsZEbOUg-AWFRNGXdlInk_R5Sgw4m_xoNlcNmL9Q_BI9lfkSW3i_0_ZgaUJfx7mpecjo0oROGXie4uuQ5KOUQE_g1d_W69RZ7ntH49Rw

Josh k - Creativity

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_DCALZ_aRdGqpAbhcHr9p2ogGF_nOmyU5B5IFoKeVQc5GsiWncykPVhKIqfnVO7a5e7i5UOTjzGkUPmxBIEndY97kMN0dnBEZBorKt_1CpNQsuYO1nWwXADnjr82mEBqW7DzzNHk2g8TOnyRawvkMx8gJNFMg

Alex from Austin

https://www.google.com/voice/fm/00557165274674955804/AHwOX_BUFJ_usxD0x_WHhrfze0IilSLouCiOBmdqsLpfm8SqhMnlSGJgOmLBCF8asv9w8WwMQD4f8G5kjv-xePVrY5bZU9kX8n0h9WqSbMC-HNU_Ue-jW4xwgTwRP-tU-5ugRZZTnkmPNAzin1Noy9iZrdfMNg-avQ

What about now, what has happened to your creativity now that you are sober?

What about relationships now?

How do you work a program about your artistic endeavours?

What do you do now to increase your creativity?

What kinds of creative things are you involved in?

What was it like before recovery?

How did your disease affect your art as it progressed?

Did you consider recovery before you came in?

What were some of the fears you had regarding recovery?

Talk to the new guy who is afraid of what sobriety may mean to his art.  What words of encouragement do you have?

http://alcoholrehab.com/addiction-recovery/increased-creativity-in-recovery/

http://www.spiritualriver.com/stimulate-creativity-recovery-without-using-drugs-alcohol/

http://www.spiritualriver.com/10-ways-to-embrace-creative-recovery-and-take-your-sobriety-to-the-next-level/

http://creativepeopleinrecovery.com/


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