Recovery Goals - Recovered 1053
Release Date: 01/15/2020
Step Five of AA’s Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Program is essential to the fundamental change of personality required to overcome an alcohol or drug addiction. In its simplest form, the fifth step is basically a confession of personal wrongdoings and the beginnings of your spiritual housecleaning. Although in step four we admitted the exact nature of our wrongs, the process of clearing away the wreckage of the past would not be completed until we have shared those wrongs with another person in step five. A well-chosen person to be part of this healing process helps us to become aware of...info_outline Joe and Charlie Part 1 - Recovered 1256
Joe and Charlie giving their "Big Book Comes Alive" presentation - July 25th 2013info_outline Step 4 - Recovered 1254
Step Four of AA’s Twelve-Step Program of recovery is infamously the “scary” one, probably because it’s a crucial step towards effective and lasting recovery. Since the overall philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous is that alcoholism is just a symptom of a spiritual disease, the real problem is in character flaws that need to be faced and overcome. This requires an inventory that will become the blueprint for your success. The exact wording of step 4 is: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.. Tonight, we talk about Step 4 3:25 To skip the intro Penny, Jennifer,...info_outline Step 3 - Recovered 1255
Recovery is a spiritual process and step three is when the doors of hope, faith, and trust are opened. The essence of step three is turning over your will, getting out of the way, and being restored to reality, honesty, and peace of mind. When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving without any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our Higher Power. The exact...info_outline Step 2 - Recovered 1253
Many of us also struggle with the words “power greater than ourselves,” interpreting that language to mean “God” or “organized religion.” However, this is not what that phrase means. Instead, these words typically refer to a mix of things like 12-step recovery groups, supportive friends and family, therapists, therapy groups, etc. For some of us, God and religion enter the mix; for others, not so much. Ultimately, the definition of “power greater than ourselves” depends as much on our personal belief system as anything else. So this step is less about God/religion and...info_outline Step 1 - Recovered 1252
The first step in 12 step recovery programs involves more than just admitting that there is a problem. It means breaking through the denial that has kept the person locked in their misery. The individual has to accept that they have been beaten by their addiction. The exact wording of this step is: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Tonight, we talk about Step 1. 3:25 To skip the intro This week, Nikki, Penny, Jennifer, Rebekah, Bryan, Tonja, Kim, Kendra, Karen, Chris, Tony, Sam, Chris, Falisha, Nicole, Laura, Audrey, Joel, Betsy,...info_outline Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1250
Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting. A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share. Here in our virtual studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen. Tonight, we do popsicle sticks 3:25 To skip the intro This week, Todd, Betsy,...info_outline Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1248
Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting. A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share. Here in our virtual studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen. Tonight, we do popsicle sticks 3:25 To skip the intro This week, Todd, Betsy,...info_outline Fear - Recovered 1246
When people give up abusing alcohol and drugs it does not mean that their trials in life are over. They are still going to have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like everyone else. The only difference will be that they won’t be hiding from reality through substance abuse. One of the things that people in recovery are almost certain to face is fear. It is unavoidable. Those in recovery are no longer interested in hiding from fear. Their focus is on learning to manage it effectively. Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain or danger. The trigger for...info_outline Artubus O Part 5 - Recovered 1251
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In our program, it’s our responsibility to make plans. Making plans help us to achieve goals. Goals to improve our well being. Goals to help us be happy, joyous, and free. We are told, it is okay to plan, just that we should be careful not to plan the outcomes. We can make a plan, we should just be careful that our plan doesn't turn into an expectation. An expectation that is unreasonably high can turn into a premeditated resentment. And resentments are dangerous for us alcoholics.
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So, we alcoholics need to be careful in this business of resolution making we need to be careful as we plan our recovery life for the next year. We need to be flexible as we plan. Our higher power may have a different idea of what the outcome will be. My experience, I need to be flexible or else I will be miserable.
What would make your recovery happier?
more time for friends
more service work
work all steps
work a specific step
What specific actions will you take to keep you on track?
How do we move from an idea of change to actual change?
calling sponsor on progress
talk about it at meetings
What were some of your past recovery plans that you tried?
Do you have any Recovery Plans for 2020?
What are they?
How did you decide on those specific needs?
What tools, steps, prayers, what recovery methods
do you plan to use to achieve those goals?
How do you deal with plans not achieve, how do you deal with failure?
How do you make plans and manage expectations?
For the new guy, what tips would you suggest when making plans?
Some Goal Setting Tips
Be specific about personal recovery goals
Take small steps and ask for help along the way
Establishing a Routine
Eat healthy food
What advice would you give the new person who is making recovery plans for the first time?
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