Join Mark, Russ, Spencer, and Joe as they discuss the Recovery Topic "Letting Go".
Materials Referenced During This Show
The Goldern Key
Russ opened the show by sharing that letting go is is a process, something you do. A process much like the grieving process. Emotions such as anger, denial, bargaining are all part of both processes. Grief and Letting Go both get better when acceptance is achieved. Positive steps such as putting the banner "Let Go and Let God" right on his refrigerator.
Spencer shared that AA's have to let go of alcohol, but Al-Anons. such as Spencer, have to learn how to let go of the alcoholic. "Let Go" was one of the first things he could do in the program. He put the words" Let Go" right on his phone screen. He started to let go of trying to control some one else's drinking. After a period of time in the program, Spencer learned how to separate the disease from the person and to let go of the disease. Step one was the beginning of letting go. Spencer experienced that his loved one moved toward recovery after he let go.
Joe shared that when he first came into the program, he had a fair share of anger toward God which made letting go and letting God near impossible, so Joe set it aside until he was able to develop a relationship with his higher power. Joe shared that he let go of drinking, but picking up again remained an option until he could trust his higher power.
Labels: 12 steps, addiction, alanon, alcoholic, fellowship, letting go, recovery, Step 1