Guest Host Experiences – Episode 100

What is it like to be a guest host on The Recovery Show? Join us as Mark, Ruth, Mara, Harriet, and Akilah talk about their experience co-hosting the podcast.

I asked my guests today to reflect on these questions as we reach our 100th episode.

  • Why did you decide to participate as a guest on The Recovery Show?
  • How did you feel beforehand? How did you feel afterward? How do you feel now about your participation?
  • Did you listen to “your” episode? If you did, what was that experience like? If not, why not?
  • How has participating in the show strengthened (or not) your Al-Anon program?
  • What would you like to say to our listeners about your experience?

Mark, who hosts the Recovered podcast, remembers being a guest on the show, and the ease of not having to “run” the show.

Ruth reflects on co-hosting the 12 Tradition episodes, why she committed to them, and what it has meant to her.

Mara talks about the importance of service in her recovery, particularly when she is not at home. She also sings Happy Birthday to us (in tune!)

Harriet was terrified at the idea, but still committed to co-host an episode about isolation, which she had identified as a problem in her life. Hear how she feels now about her participation.

Akilah admittedly likes to talk. She enjoyed co-hosting an episode and encourages you to do the same.

Upcoming topics include include growth in the program, discovering ourselves, and healthy support vs caretaking. As we approach the end of the year, and the start of the new year, what “resolutions” are we thinking about for 2015? I’m also talking with a co-host about doing a series over the next year on the 12 Concepts of Service. As with the traditions, we will be talking a little about how these work for the Al-Anon groups, but also taking time to share how we can use the Concepts in our personal lives, families, and workplaces. 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

Madonna – Frozen (selected by Ruth)


The Mountain Goats – This Year (selected by Spencer for Mara)

Counting Crows – A Long December (selected by Harriet)


Bill Medley – I've Had the Time of my Life (selected by Akilah)

Joe Cocker – With a Little Help from my Friends (selected by Spencer)


In her email, Linda mentioned a talk about domestic violence and addiction from the Dawn Farm education series podcast, and also provided a link to an academic study.

Rick asked about a meditation app from

Spencer recently discovered that the book How Al-Anon Works is available on Kindle.

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