When we are able to be comfortable in our own skin regardless of other people's actions, we have learned the art of Emotional Sobriety. On the other hand, when we are dependent upon other people filling our expectations, that is when we are Emotionally Dependent and unable to stand on our own two feet. An effective recovery can only take place when we learn to be Emotionally Sober. Closing Song "Say Yes to a Better Life" by Kelly Z.
Those of us who are allergic to alcohol (alcoholic) simply can not drink without serious consequences to our health, relationships and our spiritual condition, but what about those who can have a beer now and then or who drink with no consequences? Are these people doing anything wrong? Are these folks in any kind of danger? Who are these men and women who sometimes stir jealousy in our hearts because they can drink and we can't?
Many people feel that an addict or alcoholic in the thrust of his or her illness is not necessarily responsible for their actions while under the influence of mind altering substances. Some folks would disagree and would like to see people prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when caught under the influence of illegal substances and still others wish to decriminalize addiction calling it a health crisis not a crime. All this and more on this week's show.
Closing song: "Some 1 Like U" by Kathy Moser www.kathymoser.com
Loss is a normal experience that God designed to develop our identity and purpose over a lifetime. But some losses are not considered legitimate if no one died. The truth is we can be impacted by a broken heart as much by as the death of a loved one. When losses such as a business failure, pet death, abortion, miscarriage, adoption or chronic pain are dismissed by others, we are tempted to believe God doesn’t care either. That we don’t matter. Robbed of our right to grieve these ‘little deaths,’ we learn to hide our pain under false identities and self-defeating behaviors – never realizing we also delay our healing process.
In her memoir, The Road Back to Love, author Yolanda Gorick shares her adventure to escape religious tradition to find God at 18 in the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. When her life is derailed by abortion, miscarriage, divorce and occult religions, she feels lost and abandoned by God. On the brink of divorce, she has a profound encounter with God at a church her husband finds in the Yellow Pages. The Road Back to Love is a powerful story of redemption after loss by the Lover of our soul.
Ever wonder why people in Twelve Step support meetings introduce themselves in so many different ways? "Hi I'm John and I'm an alcoholic"; or "My name is Lisa and I'm a drug addict", or "My name is Fred and I'm an alcoholic/addict." On this week's show we will be talking about some of our thoughts on the matter of, WHEN IN ROME. What does that mean and are these introductions important or no big deal. Closing song: In The Rooms by Richie Supa.
Many of us lived life in the fast lane when it came to our drinking and drugging but the question is, did we have a choice? Were we powerless over our active drug and alcohol use or could we make a moral decision to not pick up? Is it possible to have the power of choice and then lose it? Can we ever regain the ability to make the right choice and if so, how? Join the Monty'man, Toni J., Bruce H., and Marv R. as they discus this weeks topic. Closing song: "I Want to Live Like That" by Beth Champion Mason.
Have you ever met someone who just didn't like you and you didn't know why? Perhaps you can think of people you don't like and you may or may not be able to put your finger on the reason. Are there people in recovery, church or work that just drive you crazy and you hate running into them? Join Toni, Bruce and the Monty'man as they ask the question, "Is it alright to not like someone, does there have to be a reason and what is the solution? Who is the real enemy? Closing song: "My Jesus" by Todd Agnew
What does it mean to be a true friend? Are friendships the same as acquaintances or does it go deeper than that? Can you be a close friend with a member of the opposite sex without sex? Are friends sometimes toxic? Is there a time to say good-bye to a true friend? What are some of the characteristics of a true friend? Join the Monty'man, Bruce and Toni as they discuss this week's topic. Also we get a great surprise as one of our former Co-Host visits the radio station. Closing song: "The Heel of the Bread" by Jerry Vandiver
From the Archive Zone comes another show from the best of Take 12 Recovery Radio. Some of these shows go back as far as 2004 when we first began broadcasting. Because so many of you have requested shows from our past broadcast we will be bringing many of them back to you here each Wednesday for your enjoyment. Shows include the Coffee with the Coffey’s Open Forum Wednesdays, Interviews with recording artist, clinicians, authors, treatment professionals and personal stories of experience, strength and hope. If you love trivia, Ed D. is the trivia king. If you love recovery music, Monty brings you some of the world’s best and if you love good healthy recovery talk radio, you will find it right here. So enjoy and please “Like” the show and follow us on PodOMatic.
It is not uncommon to hear allot of profanity in our Twelve Step recovery meetings, but is it healthy? Is it normal and simply should be expected or are there better ways to express oneself? Does profanity spoken cause stress or does it release stress? Does profanity help or hinder those in recovery? How do we deal with being offend when profanity is spoken? Is profanity a sign that something is going on at a deeper level of our lives? Are these just words or do they carry power? These questions will be addressed on this broadcast of the Take 12 Recovery Radio Show with Toni J., Bruce H. and the Monty'man. We close out today’s show with the song “The Shrink and the Drunk” by Michael Purington.