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First Meeting - Recovered 610

Recovered Podcast

Release Date: 06/16/2015

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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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The first meeting I ever attended is clear in my memory.  For some people, it may not be so memorable, those early days can be really fuzzy.  

But tonight, we are going to talk about our experience, strength, and hope regarding our first meeting.  

We know from the feedback that we receive,

many of our listeners have not yet mustered up the courage to go to their first meeting.

The intent of this episode is to demonstrate that going to your first meeting doesn’t have to be scary, but rather,

your first meeting can be an opportunity to let go of the shitty life you are living.

But let’s go back, back before program and talk about what our understanding of AA was before we came into the rooms of alcoholics anonymous.

Before you came into the fellowship, what was your understanding of recovery?

What did you image meetings to be like?

How did TV and Movies shape your understanding?

What movies or TV programs?

How were they similar to reality?

How were they different?

How did you learn about this first meeting you went to?

Where was it?

Did you go alone?

Where was the first meeting you went to alone?

Was it a different experience going alone?

What did the meeting look like, describe your first meeting?

  • time

  • place

  • number of people there

  • describe the people there

  • describe your feelings

  • what were your expectations

  • what was reality

  • topic

  • leader

  • phone numbers

  • new members package

  • did you say your were new

  • did you say you were an alcoholic

  • what prayers

  • did it seem religious

  • was it glum or did it seem they were having fun

  • money basket, did it bother you

  • do you remember anything about any of the readings

  • did you know the 12 steps before

  • any step strike you

  • describe the feelings throughout the evening (scared, embarrassed, safe, loved, odd)

  • coffee, smoking, language, laughter

What would you say to the new person who has not yet gone to a meeting?


Justin from LA


Lynn From Wisconsin


Moira from Maine


Teresa From San Francisco


Matt From Connecticut


Shanni from Long Island


Alex from Austin


Final Thoughts?