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Recovered Podcast

Release Date: 08/19/2015

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Making the list is one thing. Become willing to actually make amends to those harmed is another. It can be a very humbling, but growing experience, to actually admit wrong-doing, especially to the person harmed. But the process can relieve those trying to recover from so much guilt!

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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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Tonight, let's focus on using the telephone as a tool of recovery with your sponsor.  These days, I could not get along without my iPhone, but I hardly make any phone calls.m  There are so many other ways to communicate.  But especially early on, we are encouraged to make calls, and that is what we will discuss tonight.  Making phone calls and making calls to our sponsor.

where do you want to start?

Kick this topic off

How long have you had your current sponsor?

How often do you communicate (meet, talk, text, tweet, etc.)

How often do you use the telephone?

Do you call on the telephone more often or less often now compared to last year?  Why?

Do you have a set time that you call or do you call as needed?

What situations prompt a sponsor call?

Possible Reasons for Calling

  • If you are reading the big book or the literature and don’t understand what you’re reading (why not call your sponsor so they can explain it?)

  • When you are doing step work with a sponsee (or anything to do with sponsees, really).

  • When you need help with how to react or handle certain situations (when all you really want to do is whatever you want to do).

  • When you decide to date someone new, depending on your past with relationships (sometimes our pickers are broken).

  • If you have to start any statement with the question “Is it still lying when…” (call your sponsor, please).

  • When your friends or family are stressing you out (they can just be so annoying sometimes).

  • When you feel like getting high or drinking (this one is usually the top reason to call your sponsor).

  • When you feel that you are feeling too much (so sad and everything hurts).

  • When you’re trying to make a big decision (your sponsor is usually the best person to help).

  • After you do your 4th step (you don’t want to sit on all that work) and before you make amends (your sponsor can help keep you grounded).

We Have Calls!

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Jesse From Worster


What was a memorable call you made?

What was the best call you made?

What was the worst call you made?

Do you like using the telephone?

What is good about phone communication?

What is bad about phone communication?