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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Roll Away the Stone – Episode 147

DSC_9877“Who will roll away the stone?”

The story of Easter is one of resurrection and recovery. But, we need help to roll away the stone from the tomb of our despair and denial.

In Al-Anon, we find that help. It might come from recognition that we are not alone, that others have been where we are, and have found serenity and happiness despite the unmanageability brought by alcoholism and addiction. It might come from working the 12 steps, and from the tools of our program of recovery. It might come from the love and support of a Higher Power that some of us name God. But however it might come, it does come when we seek it and work for it.

Happy Easter, and may you find the recovery you are seeking. May you find the help you need to roll away your stone.

The opening reading is from the blog Nancy's Chutney, titled Resurrection from deadness.

Upcoming topics include meditation and another of the “Gifts of Al-Anon.” We will discover that we are both, worthy of love and loving. We will love others without losing ourselves, and will learn to accept love in return. How do you see this coming true in your life? 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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Sponsorship: a prompt – Episode 140

siblingsDo you have a sponsor? Do you sponsor others in the program? How has your sponsor supported your recovery? How has being a sponsor supported and enriched your recovery? Tell us about it!

Two of us share our experience as a sponsor, and of being sponsored, and then challenge you to share your experience, strength, and hope with us.

Upcoming topics include the first gift of Al-Anon: “1. We will become mature, responsible individuals with a great capacity for joy, fulfillment, and wonder. Though we may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our enormous potential.” How do you see this gift appearing in your life? 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. See our contact page for detailed information about how to join our conversation.
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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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Al-Anon Dreams – Episode 123

TapestryDo you dream of relapse? Of recovery? Of loss of control? What are your Al-Anon dreams? Join us as Spencer, Jane, Akilah, Pat, and Brooke share some dreams.

Dreams: what are they? From the shared experience in this episode, I think that our “Al-Anon” dreams might fall into these broad and overlapping categories:

  • Reliving scenes from the past that still have a hold on us.
  • Working through fears of the future.
  • Living a “wished for” experience.
  • Making desires and fears concrete.

As you listen to these dream experiences, how do you connect to what we share? Have you had dreams like these? How has your dreaming changed in recovery?

Upcoming topics include intervention, parenting, and Concepts. 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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