Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What Is Al-Anon? - Recovered 529


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Let’s begin with the crucial question.

How the hell do you spell A-Anon?

Before you came into the program, what did you understand Al-Anon to be?

What did you think an Al-Anon meeting would be like?

Why did you attend your first meeting?

Describe your first meeting.

What was the first thing that you learned in Al-Anon?

What was the first thing you read in al-anon?

Why did you go back?

What is an Al-Anon meeting like, how is it structured?

Who should go?

What are the requirements for membership?

What if the person is not sure if their loved one is actually an alcoholic, should they go even if their loved one just drinks to much once in a while?

What about people that are in AA, are they welcome  or do they just fuck it up?

For the experienced AA who goes to their first meeting, do you have any advice?  Should the AA talk about their AA experience in their Al-Anon meeting?  What about the pamphlet, This is Al-Anon?

WE HAVE PHONE CALLS

CRISTIE, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE PHONE CALLS?

Is Al-Anon a support group?

Can you ask questions at your first Al-Anon meeting?

Are there different types of meetings?

What is your favorite type, why?

What is your least favorite, why?

What about the higher power thing, how does this work in Al-Anon?

How long should someone stay in Al-Anon?

What if your loved one is a drug addict, is that a problem?

What was the major obstacle that prevented you from Al-Anon?

Do you use the steps?

Do you use the traditions?

What about sponsors, are they encouraged?

How has Al-Anon changed your life?

Our primary audience are alcoholics in recovery.   I think they all qualify, do you?

Talk to the person who has been affected by someone else's drinking,

Talk to the person who is struggling to keep the secretes.

Talk to the person who has had it with making excuses.

Talk to the person who can’t stand to be with their alcoholic but can’t stand to be apart from their alcoholic, 

What would you say to this person?  Is there hope?

 


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Surrender - Recovered 528


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Before program, what did you think of the concept of surrender?

What did it mean in your work life?

What did it mean in school?

What did it mean in personal life/relationships?

Was the concept of surrender a positive or negative?

 

When you first came into the program, what did you hear about surrender?

How was it explained relative to step 1.

What were your initial thoughts/feelings about surrender?

 

Did you experience any anxiety when surrender was discussed as a recovery tool? Why?

Did you experience relief when surrender was discussed as a recovery tool? Why?

 

How is acceptance and surrender related?

How are they different?

 

How is being powerless related to surrender?

Is turning your life over related to surrender?

 

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WHAT TO TAKE SOME CALLS?

ALEX

 

What is stinking thinking?

How can surrender be a tool against stinking thinking?

 

The persistent illusion is commonly read before meetings

The Persistent Illusion or the beginning of Chapter 3 More About Alcoholism

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

 

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.

 

How does this statement relate to surrender?

 

To the new person listening, what would you say to this person listening right now about the importance of surrender in your program when you were new and now.

 


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Traverse City Fall Roundup 2014

Anna and I are really looking forward to sharing our experience strength and hope in our life of recovery with you at the Traverse City Fall Roundup 2014.  The conference will be held at the beautiful Park Place Hotel in fabulous Traverse City, Michigan from Friday October 31 through Sunday November 2.

We hope you can join us and support the recovering community in Traverse City, Michigan.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Special App Owner Open Talk From Larry Van D - Recovered 527


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Step 2 - Recovered 526


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Step 2 - Came to believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity

Let's try to avoid referencing the religions because that can really adversely influence how our listeners hear our story.

Many of us have our understanding of a higher power formed by the spiritual tradition we grew up with. 

Did you grow up in a family with a spiritual tradition?

Tell me some of the positive aspects of the religion you grew up with.

Tell me of the negative aspects of the religion you grew up with.

Describe what God or higher power meant to you just before you entered program.

Describe your higher power today.

Tell me about the difference or similarity.

Have you made a break with your family's religion or have you stayed with it? 

Talk about why you have taken your particular course of action. 

Some people like nature, work, AA, police, parents, clergy can be a power greater than ourselves.  

Have you ever used this example to convince yourself that there must be a power greater than yourself?

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Usually, we are attracted to a higher power because they possess attributes we desire.  Attributes such as love, mercy, forgiveness, acceptance, etc., we want these things to be part of our recovering life.

Tell me about some of your best friends from childhood or adolescence. 

Tell me what you liked best about them and what they liked best about you? 

Do you think that these qualities have any relationship to a Higher Power? Explain. 

Have you ever encountered situations or people who have helped you to understand what a "Higher Power" or God is all about?

What does sanity to mean to you?

Before program, what did sanity mean to you?

How does a higher power and sanity relate in your life?

How does step 2 work in your life today?

Some say step 1 is the problem, step 2 is the solution.

How is Step 2 the solution to alcoholism?

Many of our listeners are new.  Many haven’t even gone to their first meeting.  many probably feel alienated from God, people, everyone.  Talk to this person.  What would you like to say to this person about Step 2, about a higher power, about sanity.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Open Talk From Emily Y. - Recovered 525


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Premium Open Talk From Patrick B. - Recovered 524


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