Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Please Vote For Us In The Podcast Awards

Thank you for your support, we are a finalist in the Health and Fitness category for Best Podcast 2015!   We need your support! If you could take a minute and vote for us every day until March 24 when the voting time comes to a close, that would be fantastic.

 Our friend, and Award Winning Podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis at The Network has kindly endorsed our podcast. Please take a moment and watch Daniel's video on how to vote. Please vote for all of Daniel's shows as well.


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To vote:
1.  Go to Podcast Awards
2.  Select The Recovered Podcast along with Daniel's recommended picks.
3.  Enter you name, email address, select whether you are a listener, podcaster, or both.
4.  Click Submit
5.  Check your email, you may have to verify your vote.

That is it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Making Decisions - Recovered 580

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The inability to make decisions when problems come along can be devastating.

This tension can be present even if we are not aware of it,

except that we know we are stressed.

Have you ever had difficulty making a decision?

Has the inability to solve the problem affected you?


What about procrastination, do you struggle with this?

It is said that procrastination is the result of habitual inability to make decisions.

What about making the decision to address the drink problem?

Did you have a difficult time making the decision to get help?

When did you first think that you had a drinking problem?

When did you actually come into the program?

Did the stress level increase between the time you thought you had a problem and when you actually came into the fellowship?

Did you drink to alleviate the stress level?

What about making a decision to do the steps?

Did you procrastinate?

If so, how did that work?

After you made the decision to do the steps, how did that feel?

What causes indecision?

  1. Fear of failure - your thoughts?

  2. Refusal to accept reality - your thoughts?

  3. Lack of faith - your thoughts?

  4. Pride and stubbornness - your thoughts?

We are all about the solution.

what steps?

what prayers?

what slogans?

How has a sponsor helped?

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Use the slogan:  Do the next right thing.

You don’t have to do everything at once, just a decision to do the next right thing.

Making decisions lead to happiness, the key to happiness.

Happiness is not pleasure.

Pleasure only occurs during the moment.

Taking a nap brings happiness during the moment, not so much afterward.

Happiness lasts beyond the moment.

I rarely look forward to working out.

But after I make the next right thing and decide to go to the gym.

I feel great after and for the rest of the day.

Happiness lasts beyond the moment of the workout.

It is the result of making right decisions.

Big Book References

p. 86

In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.

Doctor’s Opinion

the psychopaths who are emotionally unstable. We are all familiar with this type. They are always "going on the wagon for keeps." They are over-remorseful and make many resolutions, but never a decision.

p. 64


Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

We Have Been Nominated Best Podcast!

Thanks to your support, we have been nominated for:
Best Podcast in the Health and Fitness Category
Only 220 podcasts out of thousands cleared this nomination process.  

Now we move to elections!
The winner will be determined by popular vote.  You can vote for us every day starting March 3.  Just go to:
and vote for the Recovered Podcast in the Health and Fitness category.

The winner will be announced at The 10th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony.
The 10th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony will be Held at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Tuesday April 14, 2015!

This nomination will bring us great exposure so that the new guy will more easily find us.  Please consider voting to be 12th step work and be assured that all of our efforts are reaching the new guy who still suffers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spirituality - Recovered 578

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What was your understanding of spirituality before program?

What were you told about spirituality in early recovery?

Why were you told spirituality is important?

What is your experience today?

Here is what the book says,

P. 68

We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear.

your comments?

Inner Life

  • What function does spirituality serve in my recovery life?

  • Am I a whole person without my spirituality? Why or why not?

  • Is spirituality tied to any emotions?

  • Am I becoming more spiritual throughout my life?

  • Do I have a quiet center to my life?

  • Is my life improving as a cause of my spirituality?

  • Can you separate spirituality from personality?

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  • What are the components of spirituality? What is it made of?

  • How is my spirituality different from my religion or lack thereof?

  • Is spirituality the same as inspiration?

  • What does it mean to be a spiritual person?

  • How do I define success and happiness? Where did I learn these concepts?

  • What are the requirements of being a spiritual leader?


  • Can spirituality be nurtured and taught?

  • What songs, musical groups, poetry or movies inspire my spirituality? Why did I pick those?

  • What things do I do that help me feel spiritual?

  • Do I balance my spiritual needs with my daily schedule? Why or why not?

  • What things help me feel spiritually healthy?

  • How am I spiritual? (not just what religion I may or may not belong to)

  • When do I feel the most spiritual? Is it a certain time or place?

  • Is my "spiritual food" the right diet for me?

  • Am I maintaining balance in life, controlling what I can & surrendering when I cannot?

  • What experiences have I had in my life that I would define as spiritual?


  • How do I know that I am feeling spiritual?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

4th Step Checklist Now Available

Thanks to Chrissy, this 4th Step Checklist is now available to all our Recovered listeners.  This can be a useful tool for both Sponsor and Sponsee alike!

4th Step Checklist

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Resentments - Recovered 576

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When I first came into the program, I was told that looking at my resentments could be a journey of self discovery.  It could be a key to lasting sobriety.  

I had no idea what this meant.  

I just new I was pissed, jealous, and a victim. How was talking about resentments helpful?

What about you?

When you first came in, what were some of your resentments?

Resentment means to re-live a past injury,

To cultivate this memory, to protect it.

What are your thoughts about this definition?

How can let go and let God help?

What are your thoughts about resentments leading to self-pity?

Has this happened to you?

What was the effect?

Where does self pity lead you?

What are your thoughts about the relationship between resentment and humility?

How is humility the cure for resentments?

How does this relate to Step 7?

When you where new, who did you think was to blame for these resentments?

What were your thoughts that you are the one who may be the cause of your resentment.

That maybe you got the ball rolling?

When dealing with resentments now, what tools do you use?

What steps help? 

How do meetings help?

How is a sponsor helpful?

We have calls!  Want to take them?

Kurt from Canton

From Bronte

From Cristie

Tony from Connecticut

Suzane from alberta

Lets examine what the big book entitled Alcoholics Anonymous has to say about resentments


Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships

Your thoughts, experience, hope


Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?

Selfishness - self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.

Your thoughts, experience, hope

p. 66

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. 

Your thoughts, experience, hope


We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. We have listed the people we have hurt by our conduct, and are willing to straighten out the past if we can.

Your thoughts, experience, hope


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Enter the iTunes Soberlife Raffle!

We are starting a new raffle and you can be the winner!

This one is called the iTunes Soberlife Raffle.
Just go to the iTunes music store.

Then, subscribe to the Recovered Podcast and then
Leave a review.
After you do this, just email me and I will enter your name into the iTunes Raffle!
On March 17, my sobriety date,
we will draw the winner.
The winner will receive
a bottle of sober life mouthwash delivered to your door!

Thanks for your continued support.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Living Life on Life's Terms - Recovered 574

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Living Life on Life’s Terms

We are told that if we live life on life’s terms, we have a chance at being happy.

So let’s talk about being happy


Happy before program and 

happy in early recovery

When you were a child, how did you find happiness and comfort in life?


When you were in your addiction, how did you find satisfaction in life?

When life was unfair, how did you react before program?

Early in your program:


where did you find comfort?

how did you cope with life of early sobriety?

One promise is to know a new freedom and new happiness..


What does this mean to you?

The trick to taking Life on it’s own terms is to practice being satisfied.  


That is to accept the reality of what is before you. And do it often.

I would like to hear your thoughts how to practice being satisfied?


Tell us your experience regarding accepting reality.

Is working the steps a way of practicing being satisfied?, How?  Which one?

How does your spiritual life help you to live life on life’s terms?


What slogan helps you live life on life’s terms?

How does your sponsor help you to live life on life’s terms?

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Rebecca from UK


The skill in seeing reality clearly requires us to be free from ego 


Your thoughts about ego and seeing reality?

What has been your experience with ego and how has this affected your happiness?

What about when life isn’t fair, how do you handle this now that you are in program?


How do you handle unjust situations?

How do you differentiate between acceptance and being a doormat?


How does the serenity prayer work with living life on life’s terms?

How does the Acceptance statement (Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today…) relate to living life on life’s terms?


What would you say to the new guy about Living Life on Life’s terms?

Check out this episode!