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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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By Kim-6 - Nov 19 2019
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Thank you, Spencer and hosts, for this amazing gift. I am new to Al-anon and this podcast was recommended. What a blessing. It is my companion during my morning and evening commutes. It helps keep me centered, and reminds me to stay in my lane, literally and figuratively.

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His voice alone helps me calm the running thoughts so I can better listen and grow Thank you Spensor

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686 Ratings
Average Ratings
585
48
24
10
19

Thanks

By Kim-6 - Nov 19 2019
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Thank you, Spencer and hosts, for this amazing gift. I am new to Al-anon and this podcast was recommended. What a blessing. It is my companion during my morning and evening commutes. It helps keep me centered, and reminds me to stay in my lane, literally and figuratively.

Constant comfort

By RN nurse Cindy - Nov 11 2019
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His voice alone helps me calm the running thoughts so I can better listen and grow Thank you Spensor

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

52mins

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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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Don’t React – Episode 242

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Do you find yourself reacting without thinking? Does anxiety impel you to action? How can you pause and not react? A listener wrote in with these questions. How do I not act (or react) on the first impulsive thought or feeling? How do others sit with uncomfortable feelings? How do I act on God's will...

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Apr 02 2018

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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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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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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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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

53mins

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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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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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Contentment and even Happiness – 285

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The Suggested Al-Anon Welcome says, in part “… it is possible to find contentment, and even happiness, whether the alcoholic is drinking or not.” How can this happen? I was recently talking with an Al-Anon friend whose loved one had relapsed. My friend wondered if it was possible to have a life that wasn’t full...

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Apr 02 2019

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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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178 – Boundaries “Best of” episode

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This “retro” episode was originally published as Episode 103. 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...

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Nov 08 2016

1hr 37mins

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Criticism and Self-Compassion – Episode 108

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Do you have a voice inside you that criticizes everything you do? Can you find compassion for yourself when your internal critic is harsher than what others say about you? Spencer and Brooke talk about criticism and self-compassion. Some of the questions we considered were these. How might you answer these questions? Do I have...

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Mar 08 2015

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Gratitude 2019 – 309

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Every year around Thanksgiving, I give special attention to the things that I am grateful for. This is my list for 2019. This year I created an "A to Z" gratitude list. Most of these are gifts I got from this program of recovery.

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Dec 03 2019

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Our Program Tools – 308

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The Al-Anon program provides so many tools. There are slogans and steps, and new ways of approaching life’s troubles. Which ones do you use comfortably? Are there any you wish you had used, but didn’t remember to pick them up? Marylou, Pat, and Kelly join me to talk about their favorite tools of the program.

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Nov 22 2019

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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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Karen B – Living the Traditions – 306

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Karen shared her story in episode 262, Third Time is the Charm. Things have changed since then, and we start by catching up on recent events. Then we move into a discussion about how she (and I) use Traditions 1 and 2 in our lives.

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Oct 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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A Respite – 305

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What does recovery have to do with a weekend "up north"?

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Oct 22 2019

33mins

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Take it or Leave it – 304

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We often say “take what you like and leave the rest.” How can I apply this concept of “take it or leave it” in my life?

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Oct 11 2019

1hr 55mins

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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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Jennifer – Free from Obsession – 302

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Jennifer's adult son has been drinking alcoholically for his entire adult life, some 30 years. She wrote and offered to tell her story, where she is now living a wonderful life, free of the obsession to do something. She loves him, she is concerned about his well-being and health, but that doesn't consume her life...

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Sep 07 2019

1hr 8mins

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Geneviève – Together we can make it – 301

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Geneviève started recovery at the age of 14 as a member of Alateen. There, she found a family she had never had. She didn't think she needed Alateen, but there was something there that called to her. Maybe at first it was just the community – the people who welcomed her and hugged her (although...

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Aug 29 2019

1hr 40mins

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What you found here – 300

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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...

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Aug 20 2019

1hr 10mins

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How to Sabotage a Relationship – 299

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In this recording from an IDAA (International Doctors in AA) conference in 2004, Tom and Gail H share their experience, strength and hope about how they sabotaged their relationship and how they repaired it in recovery. Upcoming: our 300th episode Our 300th episode is just around the corner! I’d love you to share how The...

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Aug 07 2019

1hr 23mins

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Saying No — No is a complete sentence – 298

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Is it hard for you to say “no”? Do you avoid responding instead of saying “no”? Or, maybe you say “yes” when you want to say “no”. “No” is a boundary. Typically in response to a request or requirement to do something we do not want to agree to do and is not ours to...

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Jul 31 2019

1hr 5mins

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Mary Pearl T on Step 12 – Episode 297

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Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Join us for the conclusion of Mary Pearl T's workshop on the 12 steps. She clearly illustrates, with warmth and wit, how she understands and lives...

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Jul 24 2019

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Spiritual Awakenings and Experiences – 296

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What was your spiritual awakening? What spiritual experiences have you had? Step 12 starts with “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps…”. The AA “Big Book” speaks of “a spiritual experience” as a key to recovery. What's going on here? Do we have to have some sudden “white light” experience to...

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Jul 09 2019

42mins

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Kerri K – Speaker talk – 295

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A listener and erstwhile guest, Carrie, suggested this talk. She writes, Such an incredible story! Chock full of life experiences, wisdom, humor and hope.  I’ve listened to it several times over the years.   Makes me want to go hike in Phoenix and get a teddy bear to pass around.  😊 Upcoming An upcoming topic is...

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Jul 03 2019

1hr 9mins

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Spencer and Amy — a couple in recovery — 294

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Recently, my wife, Amy, and I were guests on the podcast Sober Speak. This is our sharing — what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. We spoke both of our own experience and of our shared experience. I hope that something we said connects with you.  

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Jun 25 2019

1hr 10mins

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Lynne – Grief can be a wonderful thing – 293

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Lynne tells her story – what it was like, what happened, and what it's like now. She touches on grief both before and after entering recovery, on parenting, and on co-parenting with an alcoholic. Lynne tells of the alcohol fueled death of a close friend, and of the later crisis that brought her into Al-Anon....

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Jun 19 2019

1hr 44mins

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Sayings, Quotes, Proverbs, and Parables – 292

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Do you have a few sayings or quotes that support your recovery? How do you use them? Spencer and Eric explore a long list of sayings, quotes, proverbs, and parables. We talked about all of these, some at length, and some quite briefly. Some of these have dates in the form month/day, which refer to...

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Jun 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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Step 11 with Mary Pearl T – 291

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How have you deepened your conscious contact with your higher power? What is your practice of prayer and meditation? Mary Pearl T leads us on an exploration of Step 11, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us...

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May 30 2019

42mins

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But One Purpose – 290

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Our 5th tradition says, Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. How do we do this? How has this supported and worked in your recovery? In full, it reads, Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps...

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May 21 2019

56mins

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