Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332

Spencer was a guest on the Sober Speak podcast, with a conversation about Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Al-Anon. Sober Speak has mostly an AA focus, but the host, John M does sometimes invite members of Al-Anon to share their experience, strength, and hope.

We talked about how I suddenly felt my powerlessness one day, and how that brought me to this program of recovery. And then, the long journey to actually accepting that I am powerless over my loved one's alcoholism.

I resisted the notion of God as I understood God from my childhood, but was able to accept that there was some power greater than myself that was working in my life, because I was starting to feel better as I worked the Al-Anon program.

My sponsor encouraged me to “act as if” I had made a decision to turn my life over to the care of this (unknown) higher power. This got easier as I started to listen to the wisdom I was surrounded with. Eventually, I came to understand that I did not need to have a “picture” of my higher power in order to accept its guidance and support.

We will continue this conversation through the steps in the future, and I will share those here when they happen.

Readings and Links

A listener asked about the detachment reading I shared in episode 188, Detachment with Love. It is from a small flyer called Detachment, published by Al-Anon. It is available as a PDF from the Al-Anon web site.

Talk to us

Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

1 comment on “Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332

  1. Tobi says:

    Hi Spencer,
    I’m responing to the question of whether to limit audio shares on the recovery show. Personally I really like these shares, and would be sad to have them reduced. Hearing multiple voices is one of the things I value most about meetings, and about this podcast. Also, as I understand it, the purpose of limiting shares is to allow everyone (or as many people as possible) to share within the limited time of a meeting. Luckily podcasts don’t have a time limit. Also, podcasts allow listeners to have a
    significant audio control, including skipping ahead to later point in the episode. Just some thoughts to add to the conversation.

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