Recovery Radio Podcast - KMP3 - Long-Term Sobriety in A.A.

Recovery Radio Podcast - KMP3 - Long-Term Sobriety in A.A.

I share my experience, strength and hope with you regarding my own recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Steps in Alcoholics Anonymous. By the grace of God I've remained sober since I was 18 years old (1989). I started drinking and using drugs very young. I got sober during a time when there were not a lot of young people in AA. Moreover, I was homeless. I got sober in the very same location I drank. I'm passionate about recovery, and about sharing my incredible experience with others in every way I can. I am sincerely happy, joyous, and free.

Episodes

July 26, 2019 38 min

This episode goes through the personal experience of what it was like to first show up in Alcoholics Anonymous, at the age of 18. 

Homeless, penniless, and out of ideas, the 12 Steps were the only option left. 

The host has remained sober since 1989. 

Share
Mark as Played

This episode continues with the personal experience of what it was like to first show up in Alcoholics Anonymous, at the age of 18. 

Homeless, penniless, and out of ideas, the 12 Steps were the only option left. 

The host has remained sober since 1989. 

Share
Mark as Played
August 7, 2019 35 min

At one year of sobriety, the obsession to drink returned, and remained for the next year and a half. Some people in A.A. told me to go drink again, that I was not "done drinking" and/or I had not really done the First Step.

By the grace of God, I did not drink again, and was eventually led to a man who carried the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to me in a way that changed my life. 


Share
Mark as Played

Today, my guest is a close friend of mine in Alcoholics Anonymous named Dave.
He talks about prayer, the "Big Book", A.A. meetings, the Third Step, and that time he was tazed by police officers right in front of his horrified neighbors. 

After trying to get sober for twenty years, Dave received the same message I received, and it completely changed his life. 

Share
Mark as Played
August 23, 2019 42 min

In this episode I discuss my understanding of what alcoholism is, and is not, according to the first 164 pages of the "Big Book"; a clear understanding of the "problem" made the application of the "solution" much, much easier. 

Share
Mark as Played
August 29, 2019 35 min

In this episode I discuss how my relationship with AA meetings has evolved. I talk about practicing listening, getting out of self, the 12 Traditions, giving verses taking, the loving and tolerant nature of Alcoholics Anonymous, how easy it is to play God in a meeting, and finally, about how whatever I'm looking for, I will find it in a meeting.

Share
Mark as Played
August 30, 2019 30 min

The Big Book suggests that I do very specific things when someone pisses me off. 
So I do not simply pray for that person. Rather, I ask God how I can be helpful to them, and then I take action if possible (it usually is). 
In this episode, I share about how the practice of these very suggestions has had a tremendous impact on my entire life, on my relationships, and on how I respond to this world. 

Share
Mark as Played
September 6, 2019 27 min

The "Big Book" tells us that God will show us how to create the fellowship we crave.
In this episode, I discuss my journey through the process which eventually put me right in the middle of a group of people with whom I feel comfortable, elated, and inspired.

Do you have the fellowship you crave? 

Share
Mark as Played
September 6, 2019 30 min

In this episode, I talk about gratitude, about why it is important. 
I discuss some events, aside from the incredible gift of my sobriety, that, I believe, continue to keep me in a state of gratitude (my own flat-lining; the suicide of my best friend; September 11th, 2001).  

"I've never met anyone who relapsed because they were grateful." 

Share
Mark as Played
September 12, 2019 44 min

A very close friend of mine shares her experience, strength, and hope.
She started sponsoring other women when she had 33 days, and has remained sober for over two and a half years. 

She talks about, among other things, how she picked her sponsor, the 12 Steps, the amends process, keeping spiritually fit, being a stay-at-home-mom, flatulence, Taylor Swift, and Del Taco, and prayer. Not in that order. 

Share
Mark as Played
September 14, 2019 29 min

In this episode I talk about my understanding of the point of making amends.
I discuss the difference between an apology and an amends. 
I share stories about both giving and receiving them. 

Share
Mark as Played
September 22, 2019 29 min

In this episode I discuss my general experience with sponsoring people in Alcoholics Anonymous. How many people who ask me for help actually accept my help? 
Do we need to be called out on our B.S.?  Is there still B.S.? 

Share
Mark as Played
September 22, 2019 29 min

In this episode I describe the powerful spiritual experience I had in 1989.
Up until that moment I had been an atheist. 
Yet the event gave me strength I have never completely lost. 


Share
Mark as Played
September 30, 2019 36 min

My friend LaDawn returns for part two. In this episode, I ask her about contrary action, prayer, spiritual growth, and vulnerability. 

(Other topics included: "The Whole Thirty", Star Wars, and tortilla strips verses tortilla rounds.)  

Share
Mark as Played
October 6, 2019 53 min

In this episode, I read Step Three from the "Big Book." I discuss, as I go, my own understanding of it. 
When this particular understanding was first passed onto me, it greatly improved the quality of my sobriety and the experience I was having with the 12 Steps, and everything else.  

Share
Mark as Played

Two weeks before I recorded this episode, I suffered from a stroke. 
Gratefully, it was minor, and I am expected to make a full recovery. 
In this episode, I check in with all of you, and talk a little bit about the last two weeks of my life. 

Share
Mark as Played

On this episode, I describe the events of my first sober holiday (Halloween, 1989). 
These events were profound for me, as I began to learn that my experience in sobriety was going to be. ultimately, up to me. 
I discuss the idea of assigning new meaning to things. 

Share
Mark as Played
November 5, 2019 23 min

In this episode, I discuss resentments, what the "Big Book" says about them ("they destroy more alcoholics than anything else"; "these resentments must be mastered", e.g.). 

Share
Mark as Played
November 6, 2019 27 min

In this episode I talk more about resentments, my understanding as to the difference between resentment and getting angry. 
I further discuss my own understanding of the Step Four process, concerning resentments. 

Share
Mark as Played
November 12, 2019 32 min

I hope this offers hope to anyone struggling with the obsession. 
In this episode, I read from pages 84-85 in the Big Book, where it describes being restored to sanity (this relates to the first drink).  It is my favorite thing in the book, as it is all I ever wanted, and is my experience on this day. 

Share
Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

  • Join Paris Hilton each week as she speaks candidly with her friends and family, the hottest in movies, music, and television, innovators, creators, newsmakers, and icons. Paris will sit down for edgy, in depth conversations with a multitude of unexpected guests. She will interview people in a way that only Paris can. Questions and topics that are surprising and unanticipated. Honest, fun, open, inspiring and unpredictable. Loves it. Paris Hilton is an influencer, DJ, designer, recording artist, philanthropist, host, actress, model and author. Now, you can get closer and more personal than ever with Paris each week. This is Paris.

  • Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

  • The Daily

    This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

  • All The Smoke

    ALL THE SMOKE pairs two of the most outspoken and controversial players of their time. Known as fiery, intense competitors during their on-court careers, Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson are now two of the most widely respected voices by today’s crop of NBA stars. Serving as mentors to numerous players throughout the league and with their hands firmly on the pulse of the game, they have first-hand insight into the minds, lives and pressing issues facing today’s players. Barnes and Jackson, who have played alongside two generations of All-Stars, will dish on the latest news and drama from on and off the court without boundaries.

  • Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

Facebook comments will no longer be available on iHeart

We're taking steps to simplify your experience. If you want to reach out to our hosts or stations, please do so via their website or social media. If you need any assistance please check out our help site.

Chat About Recovery Radio Podcast - KMP3 - Long-Term Sobriety in A.A.

Advertise With Us
Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.

Connect

© 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.