Changed Attitudes – Episode 62

We say “changed attitudes can aid recovery”. But how do we change our attitudes? How does it help? Spencer and Rachel talk about changed attitudes.


  1. a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
  2. the orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft, relative to the direction of travel.

We used these questions to guide our discussion:

  • What is “attitude” anyway?
  • Do I generally have a negative attitude or a positive attitude?
  • Can you make deliberate changes in attitude?
  • One definition: “Angle of approach”
    • If you use this definition, how does this change your answer?
    • Can you change your attitude by looking at your situation / events / other people from a different point of view?
  • Have you changed your attitudes since coming to the program?
  • How does a change in attitude help me to accept powerlessness?
    • To help me see what I *can* change?
    • To stop “taking it personally”?
  • What tools have helped you change attitude?
    • Steps?
    • Slogans?
    • Other people’s experience, strength and hope?
    • From meetings
    • Literature
    • “open” talks
    • Higher power, prayer, meditation
  • How have changes in attitude helped you
    • In relationships?
    • At work?
    • Dealing with the addict/alcoholic(s) in your live?
    • Living?

Our topic for next week is Tradition 3, which states “The relatives of alcoholics, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an Al-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.” Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the show

Patti LaBelle: New Attitude


Sara Evans: Rockin' Horse

Jimmy Buffett: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Other Stuff

Hazelden will be sponsoring a 24 hour marathon showing of the movie The Anonymous People. Here is the announcement:


On March 1st, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a founding partner of the ManyFaces1Voice call-to-action campaign, will host a free online stream of The Anonymous People via the Hazelden Social Community: starting at 12 midnight.

On that day, The Anonymous People will be available for people all over the world to watch for 24-hours only. The film’s director, Greg Williams, and other key subjects from the film, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s William Cope Moyers, will be available for a live chat at 5 p.m. EST.

The Anonymous People tells the story of the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It has ignited new energy in a grassroots public recovery movement by bringing the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities in recovery to the forefront.

Already, more than 55,000 people have gathered to watch the film and discuss how they can “join the movement” at community events worldwide.

“I’m grateful the film is inspiring so many more people to get involved. They are taking a stand on behalf of others impacted by addiction and we are telling our recovery stories to a whole new audience. Collectively, we can change public perception and ultimately the public response to the addiction crisis,” said the film’s director, Greg Williams, who partnered with Faces & Voices of Recovery to create the brand new advocacy engagement campaign, ManyFaces1Voice.

“So many people have asked us what they can do and told us that they are anxious to see the film again.  And even more are trying to see it for the first time. This online screening event in partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a unique opportunity to bring the message of recovery to everyone, no matter where they live,” Williams said.

Membership in Hazelden’s Social Community is free and available worldwide.

“I recommend signing into the social community ahead of time so that on March 1st, you’re ready to just log in and watch the film and participate in the special Q&A event,” said Hazelden Betty Ford’s Jeremiah Gardner, who is helping coordinate the event. “The Hazelden social community is home to daily recovery meetings, a lively discussion board, expert blogs, the exclusive Hazelden Book Club and, most importantly, a collection of wonderful, productive people sharing their recovery journeys together and demonstrating the personal and societal value of recovery.”

Spread the word and we’ll see you online on March 1st!


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