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Release Date: 10/05/2017

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Joe and Charlie giving their "Big Book Comes Alive" presentation - July 25th 2013

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Step Four of AA’s Twelve-Step Program of recovery is infamously the “scary” one, probably because it’s a crucial step towards effective and lasting recovery. Since the overall philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous is that alcoholism is just a symptom of a spiritual disease, the real problem is in character flaws that need to be faced and overcome. This requires an inventory that will become the blueprint for your success. The exact wording of step 4 is: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.. Tonight, we talk about Step 4 3:25 To skip the intro Penny, Jennifer,...

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Recovery is a spiritual process and step three is when the doors of hope, faith, and trust are opened.  The essence of step three is turning over your will, getting out of the way, and being restored to reality, honesty, and peace of mind. When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving without 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 Higher Power. The exact...

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Many of us also struggle with the words “power greater than ourselves,” interpreting that language to mean “God” or “organized religion.” However, this is not what that phrase means. Instead, these words typically refer to a mix of things like 12-step recovery groups, supportive friends and family, therapists, therapy groups, etc. For some of us, God and religion enter the mix; for others, not so much.   Ultimately, the definition of “power greater than ourselves” depends as much on our personal belief system as anything else. So this step is less about God/religion and...

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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: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Tonight, we talk about Step 1. 3:25 To skip the intro This week,  Nikki, Penny, Jennifer, Rebekah, Bryan, Tonja, Kim, Kendra, Karen, Chris, Tony, Sam, Chris, Falisha, Nicole, Laura, Audrey, Joel, Betsy,...

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Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan.  Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting.   A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share.  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. Tonight, we do popsicle sticks 3:25 To skip the intro This week,  Todd, Betsy,...

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Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan.  Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting.   A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share.  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. Tonight, we do popsicle sticks 3:25 To skip the intro This week,  Todd, Betsy,...

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When people give up abusing alcohol and drugs it does not mean that their trials in life are over. They are still going to have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like everyone else. The only difference will be that they won’t be hiding from reality through substance abuse. One of the things that people in recovery are almost certain to face is fear. It is unavoidable. Those in recovery are no longer interested in hiding from fear. Their focus is on learning to manage it effectively. Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain or danger. The trigger for...

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Arbutus O'N. from Brownwood, TX speaking at Cedar River Roundup in Cedar Rapids, IA - May 5th 2002 For information on the Book "Powerless Not Helpless"

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Arbutus O'N. from Brownwood, TX speaking at Cedar River Roundup in Cedar Rapids, IA - May 5th 2002 For information on the Book "Powerless Not Helpless"

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This morning, we are going to talk about Women in AA. We have people representing AA as well as Al-Anon. AA is for people who have a desire to quit, and Al-Anon are for people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

But this morning, we want to explore the unique challenges for Women in AA, whether you are an alcoholic or if you love one. What are the barriers, what are the difference, and probably we will discuss some similarities.

Hopefully, there will be surprises.

Just before program, what were your relationships like with other women?
What about after program, has your attitude changed? How?

What was it like as a women in early recovery and is it different for you now?
What is it like to be at a meeting with all women?
What are some discussion topics that are easier to talk about with all women?
What are some discussion topics that are difficult with all women?

Did you have any fears as a woman entering recovery?

What is it like to be at a meeting where you are the only women?
What are some discussion topics that are easier to talk about with men?
What are some discussion topics that are difficult with all men?

Do you attend women only meetings or sit at women only tables?
Do you think this is helpful and why?
What are your opinions of single gender meetings?

Why is Al Anon predominantly women?
Why is AA predominantly men?

What are the barriers to women coming into program?
What steps, prayers, slogans are challenging to women?

What kind of expectations do women feel (from society, from family, etc) and how do we use the 12 steps and the program to navigate those expectations?
How is recovery from alcoholism and addiction different for men and women?
How do women in Al-Anon and women in AA relate to each other? (There's a juicy topic!)

Are you mindful of how you dress to meetings (HOT TOPIC)?

What about sponsorship? Do you have a women sponsor and what about a women having a man sponsor or vice versa?

Are you a mother, or a partner? How do you balance, work, sobriety?

Talk to the woman who is new to the program, what words of encouragement would you give?
What would you tell a woman who has never been to a meeting or is early in recovery.

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