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Grief, Loss, and Recovery - Recovered 445

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Release Date: 10/01/2013

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Self-discipline is the willingness to put some limitations on behavior in order to gain something or make life better.

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Ultimately, when we are humble we are willing to seek and receive help, support, guidance and direction with our lives. The result is that we are not alone anymore.

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Your life belongs to you, right? Sure it does, but look at where your actions got you. Your life became unmanageable because of your addiction. You need to be willing for a lot of things, especially accepting help.

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Sobriety helps us reconnect with our true selves and become reacquainted with our inner light, our life’s mission, and our purpose.

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Any challenges life throws your way, you now know how it feels to look fear in the face and remember how capable you are of walking through it.

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In order to keep going and develop sobriety the individual needs to have faith that things are going to keep improving.

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Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see a path to a better future

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It is normal to struggle with owning up to dishonesty, but the key is to acknowledge when it occurs as soon as possible. If not, you could struggle with feelings of guilt and put your sobriety in jeopardy.

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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.

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If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, reaching out for help can be hard. You’ve probably tried several times to handle this by yourself, but the problem is just too big to tackle without help.

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For the benefit of our  listeners who may be new to the show,

On July 2, 2013 our oldest son died suddenly and our lives have been forever changed. Andrew struggled with addictions and mental illness for at least 12 years before he took his own life.

This podcast is one of hope.

Loss and grief will come to everyone.

But we want to encourage you that 12 step groups can equip you with tools that can help you  to cope these disasters. You don't have to believe that these tools will work for you but you do have to believe that they are working for us most of the time, some of the time?

Anna, welcome back to the studio

Anna, tell us a little about yourself, when did you first come into a 12 step program?

Our listeners took part in a survey to help us prepare for this show.

The question we asked was “How Do You Cope With Grief”.  


Anna, you thoughts on the survey?

Well, Anna, let’s jump into this segment of Grief, Loss, and Recovery.

First of all, Anna, what would you like our listeners to know about your son Andrew?

What has been the some of the most difficult things you have faced since Andrew's death?

How has your 12 step program helped here?

What else was helpful?

Tell me about denial.  Have you experienced denial this past year?

How? How did you face denial?

As for me

Thought it was a Set up at first, Now, I find myself expecting  to hear from him.

Anger is something that i have really struggled with.  Have you been angry about Andrew's death?

At who and why?

What did you learn about anger? need to forgive

As for me, I was angry with al anon and AA, angry with self as a way of mothering andrew

Did you go through the bargaining phase after Andrew's death?


What did you learn?

What about isolation?

What did you learn?

What steps or what part of the program helped?

How about depression?

Did you experience guilt?

What steps, slogan, part of the program helped?

Where are you with acceptance?