31: We Are What We Put Into Us and The Shopping Cart Problem (Sort Of)

5/17/20 So some people put the shopping cart back into it’s return location, and some people leave it wherever they are when they are done with it. What makes these two people different? If we are what we put into us, why are so many of us only putting one side of information into us? How do we use the knowledge of us being what we put into us to our advantage? We also loosely address claiming greatness for things that come naturally, parenting, governmental responsibility, people’s rights, and goldilocks thinking.

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30: How to Reopen Meetings and What’s the Responsibility of the Experienced Member? (Sort Of)

5/10/20 Quarantine ends for the recovery community. We discuss the push to start reopening the United States and what that means for the recovery community. How to start to open meetings back up, what that looks like, and how to make sure the website schedules stay up to date. Also some recap from Step 5.

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29: Step Five – Admitted to God, to Ourselves, and to Another Human Being the Exact Nature of Our Wrongs (Sort Of)

5/3/20 If you want to skip to Step 5 go to around the 45 minute mark. We discuss what exactly is the “exact nature of our wrongs.” From there, we talk about character defects, the reasons we did the things we did in addiction, and what’s behind the patterns of our acting out. We discuss the importance of admitting our wrongs to 3 distinct entities. We further explore if all actions come from either love or fear. Also some recap from last week and some conversation about breaking quarantine.

28: How Would You Like Your Corona, Rare or Well-done? (Sort Of)

4/26/20 In this episode we talk about how the current quarantine is affecting our recoveries, and by proxy, our lives. Are we finding more time to put into our recovery efforts, disconnection from humanity, or something in between? We also answer some questions a non-12 step member has about 12 step programs and recap last week’s episode.

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27: Clarifying the Clarity Statement: Are You an Addict and Alcoholic? (Sort Of)

4/19/20 Narcotics Anonymous has a clarity statement that asks people not to identify as “addicts and alcoholics” and believes to mention being “clean and sober” could cause confusion and blur the message of the NA program. Does language matter? Is one way of referring to yourself truly harmful? We explore how much this matters, if people from one program can share in another program, and debate if the clarity statement should be read in the beginning of meetings.

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26: Attraction, Promotion or Advertisement: What’s Acceptable when Promoting an Online Meeting? (Sort Of)

4/12/20 People have taken to using people’s full names, tagging them in posts, and much more in the new online meeting world. We discuss what might be acceptable and what might violate traditions, specifically the 11th tradition. The online meeting world is a lawless land where the rules are etched in beach sand, at best. We also go over some of the funniest things people have seen in online meetings so far.

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25: Step Four – Made a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory of Ourselves (Sort Of)

4/6/20 We explore the fourth step in most 12 step programs. What does it mean to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves? Why moral? Whose morals are we following? Whose morals do we need to follow? Are we supposed to be free of fear? How do we deal with the guilt and shame? Who do we share our 4th step with? We talk about some of the mysteries of Step 4 and put to rest some of the confusion and contradiction in our understanding of the 4th step.

24: Special Interest Meetings Versus the Traditions – Should You Go to That Women’s Rap? (Sort Of)

3/29/20 Ever had a feeling that men’s raps violate the 3rd tradition, which states the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using? Ever found a special interest meeting to be extremely valuable to your recovery? Ever considered that by allowing LGBTQ meetings to exist, we might also be paving the way for hate groups to have a meeting of “special interest?” Ever felt unwelcome at a meeting? Did you know that some 12 step programs have an official stance on the topic (Sort Of)? Very good discussion about the pros and cons of special interest meetings

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23: Censorship in Recovery: What is Our Responsibility During the Quarantine? (Sort Of)

3/22/20 We explore how some Facebook recovery groups are not allowing people to post face to face meetings currently. Including a Twitter and Facebook poll on how strictly people are adhering to the quarantine/ social distancing guidelines. How much responsibility do we need to take to help society, and in which direction? Why do we only seem to want half the news that matches what we believe and not want to hear anything contrary? How can we better practice spiritual principles in our social networking?

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22: CoroNAvirus and Recovery – The Ultimate Survival Guide For Continuing Recovery During Strange Times

3/15/20 We talk about the current pandemic that has affected the global community and how it pertains to our daily recovery. Starting with some basic facts and background about Covid-19 for anyone who does not keep up with the information. Then we delve into how this is affecting the recovery community. Finally, we take a look at possible tools to use to help maintain recovery in the face of unprecedented experiences.

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