What you found here – 300

The Recovery Show has reached the grand age of 300 … episodes. Or, if you prefer, over 6 1/2 years. I asked you to tell me what you found here, what brought you here, what keeps you coming back. And about 30 of you answered, with only about 2 weeks notice!

So, what did you find here? What are you saying in this episode 300?

You found voices speaking your experience. Voices expressing feelings you didn't know you had. Voices that opened corners of your mind you had forgotten were there. Voices of other people who have been where you are, and got through.

You found a moment of calm in the midst of a chaotic day. You found an escape from the unmanageability of your life, if only for an hour. You found ideas, concepts, slogans, quotes, and other tools that you could use today, that you could bring to bear on the problems you have right now. You found friends that accompany you on your long commute, during your workout, or when you need some calm.

You found a deeper exploration of the Al-Anon principles, steps, traditions, and concepts. You heard examples of others using these in “all their affairs” to deal with every day problems, and also to live with / through / after the effects of alcoholism and addiction on your life.

Some of you found a way into the rooms and meetings of Al-Anon and other recovery programs. You came to believe that you could be helped, and you got over your reluctance and fear of walking into a meeting. You had some idea what might happen there and why you wanted it. Others have difficulty making it to meetings because of distance or obligations to family or work. You found here a “meeting between meetings”, a “meeting in your pocket.”

It is amazing to me that this show has reached so many of you, that it has touched you in so many ways, and for some, so deeply. I have found friends here — those who have participated as guest hosts and those who have called or written to share their experience, strength, and hope. I honestly could not keep on doing this without you, whether you know it or not.

In short, we have all found some measure of recovery here. I have, and so have you. Happy 300.
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Spencer and Amy — a couple in recovery — 294

Recently, my wife, Amy, and I were guests on the podcast Sober Speak. This is our sharing — what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. We spoke both of our own experience and of our shared experience.

I hope that something we said connects with you.


What do we do here? – Episode 278

What is this podcast about? We’re not Al-Anon, exactly. What are we?

I got a letter from a listener who asked some questions. It made me think that maybe it's time (again?) to talk about what The Recovery Show is, and what it isn't.

  • Why did we create The Recovery Show?
    • We had been sharing Al-Anon ESH on Recovered podcast.
    • We wanted to bring Al-Anon message “full time”.
  • What is our intent?
    • Share our and others’ experiences in recovery.
    • Illustrate how Al-Anon recovery works in *our* lives.
    • Explore recovery concepts.
    • Explain the Al-Anon program.
  • Some questions and observations from the email:
    • “do you ever worry that your seemingly more “relaxed” discussions might lead to confusion among the listeners and to inadvertent undermining of normal operations of meetings?”
    • “Service and “The Rules” is not a ratings winner, but maybe there is some way to explore it that gives it the proper context and proportion.”
    • “when I encountered The Recovery Show I was struck by the ways it more closely tracked the familiar 12-Step meeting format, but also the ways in which it appeared to depart from that model.”
    • “my program-monitor-radar-alarm went off, particularly about what I perceived as cross-talk.”
    • “The Recovery Show is decidedly NOT holding itself out as an Al-Anon Family Group”
  • What we do here is very much like the conversations we might have when we go out for coffee after a meeting, or when meeting with a sponsor, or (in my case) in at least one of the AWOL groups I have been a part of.
  • I have attended a few “cross talk” meetings in my time in the program, and what we do here is similar to the best of those.

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.
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Conferences and conventions – Episode 125

LIberty Bell - We Shall OvercomeHave you attended an Al-Anon or AA conference? Maybe you went to the AA International Convention this year. Or do you wonder what’s the big deal? What might you bring home from a gathering of people in recovery?

Spencer talks with Annie and Alvin about their experience attending recovery conferences. Our discussion is guided by these questions.

What prompted you to go to a conference the first time?

What did you expect? The first time? The second time?

Talk about your first convention experience.
– What did you like?
– What didn't you expect, but moved you?
– What didn't you like?

What did you come home with? How did your understanding and feeling about your experience change with time?

You went to the AA international convention in Atlanta this year.
What was that like?
High points and low points?
If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?

How did attending these conventions benefit your recovery?

What would you say to someone who has never been to a convention?

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.
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Randy K Open Talk – Episode 124

This week we have an Al-Anon open talk by Randy K. I (Spencer) identified with a lot of his experience. I was particularly struck by his description of his “addiction”, and related closely to it.

Upcoming topics include Concepts 8 and 9, your shared experience with intervention, and the non-drinking parent. 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.