Feeling Sad in Recovery - Recovered 604
Release Date: 05/27/2015
Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997info_outline Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps Part 2 - Recovered 1190
Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997info_outline Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1188
I first experienced “Popsicle Sticks” at the Thursday Midnight night meeting at the Northwest Alano Club in Wayne Michigan. At first I hated it, then I got used to it, then it became my favorite meeting.info_outline Self Care - Recovered 1187
Self-care looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.info_outline Loneliness - Recovered 1186
It is no more cowardly to use help in recovering from a drinking problem, than it is, to use a crutch if you have a broken leg. A crutch is a beautiful thing, to those who need it.info_outline First Things First - Recovered 1185
The rhythm of our own special routine has a soothing effect, and an apt principle around which to organize some orderliness is—yes, “First Things First.”info_outline Getting Rest - Recovered 1183
For at least three reasons, people who drink heavily often cannotinfo_outline Serenity Prayer - Recovered 1181
Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us. And that is a state of mind worth aiming for.info_outline Smartphone Therapy - Recovered 1179
When we stopped drinking, we were told repeatedly to get A.A. people’s telephone numbers, and instead of drinking, to phone or text these people.info_outline Changing Routines - Recovered 1177
Some of us insist that it was never the availability of the beverage that led us to drink, any more than the immediate unavailability kept us from that drink we really wanted. We live in a drinking society and we cannot avoid the presence of alcoholic beverages forever.info_outline
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This episode is more about feeling sad rather than something more serious like clinical bi-polar depression. For someone suffering from mental illness such as a manic state of bipolar, simply going to a meeting is not enough.
We are not therapists and we have no expertise in this area. If you are in therapy, and you hear us crossing that line, please accept our apology, that is not our intent. If you think you are clinically depressed, see a professional and follow their direction. Take what you like and leave the rest.
But let’s turn to you first,
Before you came into program, before addiction, as a child, would you consider yourself as a generally happy kid?
How about during middle school?
How about during high school?
How about after your tried drugs and alcohol?
Was there any trauma in your life that changed your general disposition of happiness?
As your drinking career developed, did you suffer from periods of depression?
Have you ever had therapy?
Have you been diagnosed with depression?
In your understanding in therapy, How are depression and sadness different?
Again this program is about sadness, clinical depression can be dangerous and we urge you to get professional help along with your participation in a recovery support group.
Near the end, was there any joy left?
Tells us about sadness in early recovery.
How did you cope?
How do the:
How does your:
big book and 12 and 12
What is it like today?
What is emotional sobriety?
we have an email
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Call from Chris from Vancouver
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Call - Amy
What would you say to the new person who is sad all the time? What would you say to the person who is grieving, but probably doesn’t even know it?