Courage in Recovery - Recovered 1006
Release Date: 06/12/2019
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We alcoholics suffer. Before program, our obsession with drugs and alcohol led to the destruction of everything important to us. Even after program, new obsessions can also cause us to suffer, even without the alcohol. Sure, it’s obvious that our addictive behavior is the source of our own misery, but we may still seem unwilling to change. We are unwilling to change because of many things, but usually, it’s fear. We people with addictions must learn how to find courage.
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Some view entering a 12 step recovery program as a step that only follows hitting “rock bottom” with a drug or alcohol addiction. Some even view entering program as a sign of weakness because that person does not have proper self control. And while recovery can come at the point when an addiction becomes life inhibiting, it remains a courageous choice nonetheless.
Tonight, we talk about courage. Tonight, the topic we discuss is “Courage in Recovery.”
Your first thoughts on courage and our recovery program?
Did you have courage at first?
What did early recovery courage look like?
Did you become more or less fearful when you first came into program?
What is courage in program to you?
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear
Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one.
Why is courage important to your program?
Talk to the new person…
Why were you fearful when you were new?
Did you think others in program were courageous? Why?
How did you lose fear and become courageous?
What was the first thing (other than steps 4/9 and other thank coming to your first meeting) you did in recovery that was brave and you knew it would take fortitude?
We asked our listeners about this topic.
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We asked our listeners,
"What part of early program took the most courage?”
Did you take the survey?
What would be your answer?
What is the bravest thing one of your sponsees has done?
What was the bravest thing you have done in recovery? (Other than coming into the program and other than steps 4 and 9)
When has fear held you back?
Do you have regrets and how do you deal with that?
What steps takes courage for you?
What steps has given you fortitude?
What parts of the program (steps, service, higher power, fellowship, traditions, etc.) help develop courage?
What are you faced with today that requires courage?
What steps are you working?
Talk to the person who is struggling with Courage in Recovery.
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