Relapse — What is your experience?

vultureAs we prepare for our episode about relapse, I am writing to ask you to share your experience, strength, and hope. 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?

Please call 734-707-8795, use the voicemail button to the right, or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your experience, thoughts, and questions. Thank you.

Recording Episode 56 Live

We will be recording Episode 56 – Communication, live on Sunday, January 12 starting at 1PM EDT (which is 1800 GMT). Please join us using this “listen live” link (also in the right sidebar). If you are on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, you will need to install the Mixlr app, then search in it for “The Recovery Show.” Once you have found us, you can click or tap on “Follow” so you don’t have to search again (you will need to create a Mixlr account to follow us).  If you want, you can have Mixlr send you notifications when we go online, after you follow us.

 

Recording Episode 55 Live

We will be recording Episode 55 – Tradition 1, “Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity,” live on Sunday, January 5 starting at 2PM EST (which is 1900 GMT). Please join us using this “listen live” link (also in the right sidebar). If you are on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, you will need to install the Mixlr app, then search in it for “The Recovery Show.” Once you have found us, you can click or tap on “Follow” so you don’t have to search again (you will need to create a Mixlr account to follow us).  If you want, you can have Mixlr send you notifications when we go online, after you follow us.

 

Recording Episode 54 Live

We will be recording Episode 54 – Family of our Dreams, live on Sunday, December 29 starting at 2PM EDT (which is 1900 GMT). Please join us using this “listen live” link (also in the right sidebar). If you are on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, you will need to install the Mixlr app, then search in it for “The Recovery Show.” Once you have found us, you can click or tap on “Follow” so you don’t have to search again (you will need to create a Mixlr account to follow us).  If you want, you can have Mixlr send you notifications when we go online, after you follow us.

“We may never have the family of our dreams…” (How Al-Anon Works, p. 47) What is the “family of [your] dreams”? How does your family fall short of your dreams? What have you tried to do about it? How has recovery helped you to relate to your family, whether the family of origin, family of choice, or “recovery family”? Spencer, Maria, and Nic will share our experience, strength, and hope in this episode. Add your voice to the conversation by email (feedback@therecoveryshow.com) or voice (leave voice mail at 734-707-8795, or use the voicemail button to the right).

Outage!

I’ve heard from some of you about our recent outage. Here’s what happened, as best I can tell.

A group of machines, all of which appear to be located in China, were downloading pages from our site at a high rate. I think they were looking for places to post spam comments. It got bad enough that our internet service provider (ISP) basically turned off the web site, along with some other sites that are hosted on the same server.

We are back on, and I am instituting some new measures to try to reduce the severity of the problem in the future. One of these is that I have banned a number of networks from being able to access the site at all. These are all networks in which the worst offenders were located. I realize that this may prevent some legitimate users from reaching the site, but the choice appears to be between that and another full outage.

I have also added a math question to the comment form. It will ask you to fill in the blank in an arithmetic problem before you can post your comment. I apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. Again, the alternative is that the web server has to process thousands of spam comments each day, which makes it slower for everyone else.

Thank you for understanding.

— Spencer