Relapse – Episode 59

DSC_5506Has your loved one relapsed? Did you expect it? How did you react? Today, Spencer and Jessyca talk about Relapse.

We structured our discussion around these points and questions:

  • The disease of alcoholism and addiction is chronic, progressive, and eventually fatal.
  • Relapse does not have to be part of the disease, but it is frequently part of the process.
  • As friends and family members, many of us have experienced the relapse of a loved one from a period of sobriety, sometimes short, sometimes long and full of recovery.
  • How did and how do we respond and react when a loved one relapses?
  • What is our understanding of relapse? It is often a process in which picking up the drink or drug is the last stage.
  • How can we support ourselves and our loved ones in relapse?
  • And, sometimes, we relapse back to our old behavior. What is an “Al-Anon relapse”?
  • Have you had one? What was it like, and how did you get out of it?

Our topic for next week is Tradition 2, which states “For our group purpose, there is but one authority – a loving god as He may express Himself in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants – they do not govern.” Which, when you think about it, is a pretty radical statement. Have you been in any other groups that functioned without “leaders”?  What does it mean that our leaders are “trusted servants?”. Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the show

Seether — Fine Again

Alanis Morissette — Out is Through

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — Starting Over (Live)

Other Stuff

Julie sent us these resources about trauma bonding.

Probably the best most thorough explanation of trauma bonds.

http://theabilitytolove.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/the-addictive-trauma-bond-learning-what-it-is-and-how-to-help-yourself-heal/

Here is  a podcast that was amazingly insightful…

Subject: Narcissistic Central: Trauma Bonding 05/01 by Empowered Love Radio | Women Podcasts

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/empowered-love/2012/05/01/narcissistic-central-trauma-bonding

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