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The Family Afterward - Recovered 596

Recovered Podcast

Release Date: 04/29/2015

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We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.

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The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.

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Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.

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While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.

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When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of 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 conscience and a Higher Power.

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This is the beginning of the end, in a way. You will end your old life and begin your fresh one, committed to faith – faith in whatever you choose.

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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:

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If people feel that their life has no meaning and purpose they will find it impossible to build a successful life in recovery. During their years of addiction the focus would have been on obtaining and using their drug of choice. It is therefore vital that they replace this hole in their life with something new. The more meaning that people find in recovery the less likely it will be that they will relapse.

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Relapse is not uncommon. Some people find it difficult to overcome their addictive behaviors for the long term. Once clean, the addict can easily fall back into old practices and habits. Recovery requires commitment, discipline and a network of support. The old adage “it takes a village” is clearly demonstrated in recovery. But those of us who have relapsed, coming back into the village of recovery can be difficult.

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Humans are obviously not perfect; everyone will have their flaws and weaknesses. It is only when these imperfections lead to suffering that there is a real cause for concern. Most people will have many minor character defects, and a few major ones. It will be these major flaws that will cause them the most problems in life.

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When I came into recovery, I was not on a winning streak.

And neither was my family on a winning streak.

As a matter of fact, my family was on the rocks.

I thought my loved ones would be thrilled when I came into the program, but as far as I could tell, they were just as pissed as ever.

Chrissy, Tell us a little about your family life before coming into the program.

What about your parents, your siblings, your loved ones.

Tell us a little about what family life was like for you before program.

What family members were affected by your drinking?

How were they affected?

Did they try to help?

Did they know anything about recovery?

Sue and Marty, welcome to the studio

For the benefit of our listeners, tell us a little about yourself

what is your sobriety date, who’s your sponsor, where is your home group?

Tell us a little about what family life was like for you before program.

What were the conditions when you came into recovery?

What family members were affected by your drinking?

How were they affected?

Did they try to help?

Did they know anything about recovery?

How did recovery initially affect your relationship?

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This painful past may be of infinite value to other families still struggling with their problem. We think each family which has been relieved owes something to those who have not,

What has been your experience with taking the painful past family life and making something positive with it?

What did your family know about recovery when you came in and how did they react?

How did family relationships change after recovery?

Did your recovery upset the family after recovery?

What were their expectations?

What were your expectations?

Was the family jealous of recovery?

How is it changing today?


Let’s listen





From Cathy




Have you ever tried to talk about your addiction and recovery to your family?

How about your children, what discussions have you had with them about your alcoholism and recovery?

How have these discussions changed as they got older?

Do you have any family members in recovery?

Have your loved ones ever describe what it was like for them when you were using?

How did you react?

What about the amends process, have you done this with your family?

The Recovered Podcast is really for the new person in recovery.


What would you say to the new guy who is struggling with family relationships and is early in recovery?