Recovery on the Road interview with Mara – Episode 71

SunriseHow do you take recovery with you when you travel? I talked with Mara about her recent experience traveling for several months, and how she kept her recovery program alive.

Our conversation was very loosely guided by these questions:

  • Did you think about how you were going to take your recovery program with you before you left home?
  • What did you take with you? (Literature, phone numbers, meeting locations / list?)
  • What were your expectations about what you would find at your destination (that could support your recovery)?
  • How did you use what you brought?
  • Did you make program calls? Text? Email?
  • How did what happened match (or not) your expectations (of practicing recovery)?
  • Did you attend in-person meetings?
  • Did you attend online meetings?
  • What did you find challenging about practicing your recovery program while traveling?
  • How did your program help you enjoy your travel?
  • What else would you like to share about your experience?

Upcoming topics include Tradition 5, Progress, and Humility. Tradition 5 says “Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics.” Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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Face to face meetings, why are they important? – Episode 57

Have you ever wondered, “Why do I need to go to meetings? Can’t I just read the literature?” Today, Spencer and Wendy talk about Face to Face meetings and why they are important.

Our discussion was guided by these questions:

What resources have you used / do you use in your program?

  • Meetings
  • Reading Al-Anon literature
  • Daily reader
  • Sponsor
  • Phone list
  • Individual meetings with program members
  • Small group (“AWOL”)
  • Email
  • Online meetings
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs
  • Social media
  • Journaling
  • etc.

How have these helped you? How is each different from the others?
Could you do your program without going to meetings?
What do you get from meetings that you don’t get from other resources?
How does going to a meeting help others? How does it help to build a community of recovery?
Has there been a time when you were unable to or just didn’t go to meetings? What did you do then?

Our topic for next week is Relapse. A listener wrote, suggesting this topic, “I think relapse would be a good topic.  So many of us, parents especially, naively believe that our loved ones will emerge from rehab as if from a car wash–scrubbed clean and ready to go.  As we've all learned through hard experience, it's not that easy, since addiction, alcoholism and codependency are spiritual illnesses that only long-term spiritual recovery work can address.” Have you experienced relapse of your loved one? Did you see it coming? Or were you “on the pink cloud”? How did you react or respond to the relapse? Please call us at 734-707-8795 , use the voice mail button to the right, or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.
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