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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.

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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.

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A Great Recovery Companion

By Larkin from California - May 25 2020
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Whether you are a newcomer or a “seasoned” Al-Alon”er” having companions in any and all forms to help along the recovery journey is comforting and necessary. Many thanks to the Recovery Show for serving as a constant source of experience, strength and hope.

I keep coming back!

By music4lif - May 23 2020
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This is my favorite Al-Anon related podcast. I’ve been listening for a few years now and really appreciate the topics, experience strength and hope shared, and the effort that goes in to each episode. It is clearly very well thought out and Spencer is a great host! Love this podcast and I keep coming back for more.

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797 Ratings
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683
56
26
11
21

A Great Recovery Companion

By Larkin from California - May 25 2020
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Whether you are a newcomer or a “seasoned” Al-Alon”er” having companions in any and all forms to help along the recovery journey is comforting and necessary. Many thanks to the Recovery Show for serving as a constant source of experience, strength and hope.

I keep coming back!

By music4lif - May 23 2020
Read more
This is my favorite Al-Anon related podcast. I’ve been listening for a few years now and really appreciate the topics, experience strength and hope shared, and the effort that goes in to each episode. It is clearly very well thought out and Spencer is a great host! Love this podcast and I keep coming back for more.
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12-step recovery for those of us who love alcoholics or addicts. We share our experience, strength, and hope as we use the principles of the Al-Anon program in our lives. We talk openly and honestly about the problems and challenges as we face alcoholism and addiction in our friends and relatives. We share the tools and solutions we have found that let us live a life that is serene, happy, and free, even when the alcoholic or addict is still drinking or using.

Rank #1: Stepping Stones to Serenity – 1 – Episode 158

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  This is part 1 of a 4-part seminar titled “Stepping Stones to Serenity”, presented by Ellen C in 2008. This part covers steps 1 through 3.  

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Jun 21 2016

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Rank #2: Detachment with love – Episode 188

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Do you get caught up in other people’s problems or emotions? Does the phrase “loving detachment” just baffle you? We start with a reading from an Al-Anon flyer titled Detachment. What thoughts about detachment does the reading bring up for you? When you first heard the word “detachment” in a meeting, what did you think...

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Jan 31 2017

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Rank #3: Adult Children of Alcoholics – Episode 203

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Did you grow up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional family? How has this affected your life today? How can you recover from your childhood experiences? The ACA or ACOA program was created in the 1970s by a group of Alateen members who needed a program that focused on recovery from their experiences growing up in...

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May 24 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #4: Michele B – My Solutions were my Problems – 303

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Michele B has an inspiring story of adversity and recovery. Note: The original posting of this talk had audio “glitches” that made it unlistenable for some. I believe I have corrected them here. Readings and Links Ashley told us about online Alateen “chat” meetings, and sent a link to the Al-Anon/Alateen web site, where you...

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Sep 24 2019

1hr 43mins

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Rank #5: Stay or Go? – Episode 78

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Are you in a relationship with an alcoholic or addict? Have you ever thought, “My life would be so much easier without this person?” Have you wondered how you could ever leave them? Today, we have 4 personal stories from individuals who faced that hard question, Stay or Go? Spencer starts with his experience. He...

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Jun 24 2014

1hr 13mins

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Rank #6: Setting Boundaries without Controlling – Episode 44

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Do you struggle with setting boundaries? Does it feel like you are trying to control someone else when you set a boundary? Does your loved one accuse you of trying to control them? Do you have trouble following through with appropriate consequences when your boundaries are violated? Then today’s show is for you. We’re going...

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Oct 07 2013

1hr 47mins

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Rank #7: Codependency – Episode 66

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If you put your loved one’s needs ahead of your own… If you feel that others’ happiness is your responsibility… If your response to “what do you want for dinner” is “what do you want?”  … Then you’ve come to the right place, because today, we’re going to talk about codependency. Spencer took this one...

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Mar 25 2014

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: Living with Lies – Episode 132

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Do you obsess over the thought that your loved one might be lying? Do you have to prove the lies? How do you find the ability to trust in recovery? Julia joins Spencer to talk about lies, guided by these questions. How have you been lied to (in relationships with an alcoholic or addict)? How...

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Dec 08 2015

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: Mary Pearl T, Step 1 – Episode 259

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Mary Pearl T shares on Step 1, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” 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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Sep 05 2018

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Rank #10: Worry – Episode 119

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Do you worry a lot? Is it hard to get your mind off the terrible things that might happen? Or maybe it’s just obsessing on the stuff that is wrong in your life today? Think about a time before program when you were worrying. What were you worrying about? How did worrying affect your life...

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Jul 14 2015

1hr 22mins

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Rank #11: Boundaries – Episode 103

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Have you ever set an ultimatum? What did you do when it wasn’t honored? How do you deal with unacceptable behavior from your loved ones? Spencer and Maria talk about boundaries. Last week, we read an email from a listener who asked these questions: Do any of you out there have any personal experiences setting...

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Jan 21 2015

1hr 37mins

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Rank #12: Making a Decision – Episode 233

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Step 3 asks us to “make a decision” to turn our will to the care of a higher power. Why is this so hard for many of us? I looked back over 15 years at the 3 times I have worked step 3, and found the answers I wrote in 2002, 2011, and 2017 for...

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Jan 16 2018

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Rank #13: Obsessive Thinking – Episode 197

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Do you obsess over your loved one's drinking? Do you keep chewing over past actions or wrongs done to you? How can we stop? What is obsessive thinking? What are some other words? Wallowing (in negativity/fear/anger) Resentment (as we discussed last week) Ruminating / chewing over (past wrongs / future problems) Looping What sorts of...

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Apr 04 2017

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Rank #14: Living with alcoholism or addiction – Episode 70

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Do you wonder how you’re going to make it through another day with the drinking and chaos? Have you had thoughts of leaving or worse? Today we have 4 stories of living with active alcoholism or addiction. We hear personal stories from Julie, Jen, Maria, and Spencer. Each of us was given the following questions...

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Apr 22 2014

1hr 41mins

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Rank #15: Aaron J — It’s not about me — 307

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Today, I am pleased to share with you a talk by Aaron J, speaking in 2012. I identified with his certainty that it was his “job” in life to take care of everyone around him. I share his frustration when those same people didn’t do what he knew was best for them.

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Nov 12 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #16: Detachment – a “best of” episode – Episode 64

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Early on, I was told to practice “loving detachment.” I already knew how to do “middle finger detachment,” but detaching with love was a foreign concept. In this “best of” episode from February 2013, Kelli, Swetha, and Spencer share their experience, strength, and hope about this complex topic. Our topic for next week is hope. Please...

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Mar 11 2014

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Rank #17: Triggers – Episode 92

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Do words and events throw you into your past? Do you get angry when it's inappropriate? What are triggers and how do they affect us? Spencer and Akilah talk about our experience of triggers and how the 12 steps have lessened their impact on our lives. We had a few basic questions to guide our...

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Oct 21 2014

1hr 30mins

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Rank #18: Isolation – Episode 96

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Do you revert to isolating in times of increased stress and difficulty? Do you find it harder to work your program at these times? Today we will talk about what isolation has meant to us. Spencer and guest host Harriet discuss this topic, suggested by Harriet, following this outline and questions. What is isolation? Closing...

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Nov 25 2014

1hr 25mins

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Rank #19: Intimacy – Episode 141

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Intimacy requires dialog, transparency, vulnerability and reciprocity; it is sustained through well-developed emotional and interpersonal awareness; it comes from a center of self-knowledge and self differentiation; and it evolves through reciprocal self disclosure and candor. Spencer recently was a speaker at an open panel meeting titled “The Effects of Alcoholism and Addiction on Intimacy and...

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Feb 09 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #20: Fear – 327

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What do you fear? What tools do you use to let go of, move through, and live with fear? Barb joins me to talk about fear. We had scheduled this conversation before the Corona Virus pandemic was declared, but it seems so appropriate now. We roughly followed this outline. What fears did you have before...

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Apr 10 2020

1hr 47mins

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Irritable and Unreasonable – 336

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Do you find yourself becoming irritable and unreasonable. Maybe without knowing it? How does your program of recovery help you out of that? Eric, Spencer, and several of you share our experience, strength, and hope around these questions and many others. The suggested Al-Anon/Alateen opening says Our thinking becomes distorted by trying to force solutions,...

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Jul 14 2020

1hr 22mins

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The Impact of Isolation — 335

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Humans are “obligatorily gregarious”. We need other people. When we don't have the connections we need, we suffer. We suffer emotionally with depression, anxiety, and hyper-vigilance. But we can also suffer physically with symptoms like high blood pressure and heart disease. In these days, we are all isolated. Some more, some less. Our usual ways...

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Jul 03 2020

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Many Voices – 334

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Once again, we hear your voices. Topics range through Meetings as Medicine, Step 7, patience and tolerance, loss, and the length of shares. Readings and Links A listener wrote about using Discord for recovery meetings. Eric sent us a link to an Insight Timer meditation about patience. I talked about the reading from Hope For...

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Jun 18 2020

1hr 27mins

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Patience and Tolerance – 333

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Are you finding it difficult to be patient? How are you tolerant of a world that isn’t going the way you want it to go? Definitions Tolerance is a personality trait. It reflects an attitude of open-mindedness, an acceptance of the behavior, beliefs and values of other. It is a term that is associated with...

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Jun 06 2020

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Steps 1, 2 and 3 – 332

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Spencer was a guest on the Sober Speak podcast, with a conversation about Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Al-Anon. Sober Speak has mostly an AA focus, but the host, John M does sometimes invite members of Al-Anon to share their experience, strength, and hope. We talked about how I suddenly felt my powerlessness one...

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May 28 2020

1hr 15mins

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Choosing Love Over Fear One Day at a Time – Julie L – 331

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Julie joins us to tell her story. She grew up with an alcoholic father and an “untreated Al-Anon” mother. As a child, from the age of 10, she thought it was her job to mediate between her parents, and especially to try to help “settle” the arguments they had. Now, she recognizes that it never...

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May 15 2020

1hr 39mins

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Boundaries Today – 330

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Why are boundaries important to me right now? How am I setting and keeping healthy boundaries, today? A couple of listeners shared their experience of boundaries. Spencer's discussion is guided by this outline. How Al-Anon Works, Chapter 11 Detachment, Love, and Forgiveness has a section titled Personal Boundaries. “… many of us find it difficult...

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May 08 2020

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The God Word – 329

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Did the God language in the 12 steps put you off? How have you worked this program of recovery in that case? Spencer and 3 listeners contribute their experience of working the twelve steps of recovery, even though the God language was not “working” for us. We share the ways in which we were able...

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Apr 30 2020

1hr 7mins

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Hope means possibility – 328

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How do we find hope when it all seems hopeless? Eric and Spencer have a conversation about hope, inspired by these discussion points and questions. Hope definition a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. want something to happen or be the case. Often when we say “hope” we really mean...

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Apr 24 2020

1hr 18mins

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Fear – 327

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What do you fear? What tools do you use to let go of, move through, and live with fear? Barb joins me to talk about fear. We had scheduled this conversation before the Corona Virus pandemic was declared, but it seems so appropriate now. We roughly followed this outline. What fears did you have before...

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Apr 10 2020

1hr 47mins

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Dual Program Members – 326

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Are you a member of more than one recovery program? How do you balance them? How do they support each other? Listeners and members of more than one recovery program share their experience. We hear from members of Al-Anon Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) Adult Children of Alcoholics...

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Apr 01 2020

1hr 28mins

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Recovery in a time of Isolation – 325

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Are you “sheltering in place”? How are you able to participate in recovery when you can’t meet face to face with other members? Spencer and Marylou discuss how they are experiencing recovery during this time of isolation and “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our conversation was sparked by an email that Marylou sent...

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Mar 26 2020

1hr 33mins

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Fear and Anxiety – 324

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In a recent online meeting, the almost unanimous choice of topic was fear and anxiety. We were all feeling it in one way or another. We started with a reading from Courage to Change, January 10. It talks about “mental static” of worry, and then says “I'm learning to focus all my attention on this...

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Mar 20 2020

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Josh R – Recovery Dharma – 323

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Do you struggle with the God language in the 12 steps? Josh did. His inability to fully engage with the steps was probably a factor in his relapses. Josh talks with us about a couple of recovery programs based on Buddhist principles, centered on meditative practices. These programs are Recovery Dharma and Refuge Recovery. Our...

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Mar 17 2020

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Online meetings

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As we are moving into a time of social distancing, where many of our meeting places are closing down, but also when we may be feeling anxious, confused, and scared, we still need meetings. My Saturday morning meeting met this morning online and by phone using the BlueJeans service. This service has both video and...

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Mar 15 2020

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Deborah C – Hands Off Pays Off – 322

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Although Deborah came from an alcoholic family, and married an alcoholic, she only came to Al-Anon when her son was having problems with alcohol and drugs. And only because a colleague told her of his experience with his son's problems. He didn't tell her what Al-Anon was about, he just said “go”. So she did....

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Mar 12 2020

1hr 22mins

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Diana H – Born Into Crazy – 321

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Trigger warning: Diana's story includes some violent and abusive episodes from her childhood. You can skip forward to about 21:00 to avoid those descriptions. Diana H had a turbulent childhood. Her mother suffered from mental illness. Her house was full of alcohol, drugs, and violence. We talk about how her work in recovery has helped...

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Mar 06 2020

56mins

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Surrender to Win – 320

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What does it mean to “Surrender to Win”? Have you had this experience? Barb and Spencer dig into these questions. How does this topic of “surrender to win” speak to you? A definition of surrender is “to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another” What have you given up completely? ...

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Feb 25 2020

1hr 24mins

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More voices – your sharing – 319

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Sharing experience, strength, and hope in your voices. Thoughts on apologies and amends. A mother wants to help her adult son who drinks too much. A survivor muses on the possible benefits of trauma. What is this detachment thing, anyway? Learning to talk, trust, and feel when the family “training” was “don't talk, don't trust,...

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Feb 20 2020

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A Walk in the Woods on a Snowy Day — 318

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Saturday morning, I awoke to fresh snow. I had a fairly hectic and noisy time going to the gym, getting ready for the day, etc. Then I stepped out into a lovely, hushed silence. I decided I needed more of that, and later went to a nature area for a walk in the woods. I...

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Feb 10 2020

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797 Ratings
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A Great Recovery Companion

By Larkin from California - May 25 2020
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Whether you are a newcomer or a “seasoned” Al-Alon”er” having companions in any and all forms to help along the recovery journey is comforting and necessary. Many thanks to the Recovery Show for serving as a constant source of experience, strength and hope.

I keep coming back!

By music4lif - May 23 2020
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This is my favorite Al-Anon related podcast. I’ve been listening for a few years now and really appreciate the topics, experience strength and hope shared, and the effort that goes in to each episode. It is clearly very well thought out and Spencer is a great host! Love this podcast and I keep coming back for more.