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Mental Health conversation centered around 12 step recovery and related topics. We talk about spiritual living, living with addiction and growing in the 12 steps. Find us on our home at https://recoverysortof.com/. If you want to join the conversation, email us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RecoverySortOf, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recovery_sort_of/, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Recovery-Sort-Of-112376247161866/?view_public_for=112376247161866. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/recoverysortof/support

Mental Health conversation centered around 12 step recovery and related topics. We talk about spiritual living, living with addiction and growing in the 12 steps. Find us on our home at https://recoverysortof.com/. If you want to join the conversation, email us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RecoverySortOf, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recovery_sort_of/, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Recovery-Sort-Of-112376247161866/?view_public_for=112376247161866. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/recoverysortof/support

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Mental Health conversation centered around 12 step recovery and related topics. We talk about spiritual living, living with addiction and growing in the 12 steps. Find us on our home at https://recoverysortof.com/. If you want to join the conversation, email us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RecoverySortOf, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recovery_sort_of/, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Recovery-Sort-Of-112376247161866/?view_public_for=112376247161866. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/recoverysortof/support

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Episodes

134: Spiritual Principle - Trust (Sort Of)

5/15/2022
The spiritual principle of trust. We continue to examine a spiritual principle each month. We delve into what trust is, how to practice trust, ways that might be useful to create more trust in our lives, and if there is an unhealthy level of trust. Just like some other spiritual principles, it seems there is a balance of trust that feels like the appropriate and healthy amount. Too little trust is harmful to our lives, and yet too much trust could also be harmful. How do you practice trust...

Duration:01:04:04

133: Billy's Story Part 2 (Sort Of)

5/8/2022
Continuing in with Billy's story, this is part 2, the recovery years. Billy shares about what it was like to get into recovery, the challenges of early recovery, some of the many events that have happened along the way, and the different pieces he has picked up along the way to help transform him into the person he is today. Join the conversation by leaving a message, emailing us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or find us on our website at...

Duration:01:04:22

132: Billy's Story Part 1 (Sort Of)

5/1/2022
Billy steps up to tell his story. This isn't a story told in the sense of a 12 step share, more of just a personal history. Billy recounts the events from his childhood and into his time of use of mind and mood altering substances. Listen in to learn more. Join the conversation by leaving a message, emailing us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or find us on our website at www.recoverysortof.com. Courage episode --- Send in a voice message:...

Duration:01:02:06

131: Spiritual Principle - Courage (Sort Of)

4/24/2022
We are talking about courage today. What is courage? How would we develop and strengthen courage? Is it a process of being braver? Or is courage what happens when we practice other spiritual principles? We define what courage is not, which is not having fear, courage is walking through fear. Is courage a good thing to have fully, or is there a balance of courage and fear that is more useful? Listen in and share your ideas about courage to help us understand the concept. Join the conversation...

Duration:01:04:51

130: Can You Safely Isolate? (Sort Of)

4/17/2022
We are talking about isolation. You might have heard the saying that "An addict alone is in bad company." Or maybe "You're never really alone because your higher power is always there with you?" Or how about "A person with no sponsor has a fool for a sponsor." It's often said that isolation leads to relapse. If the understanding that the disease of addiction, or substance use, tends to stem from a lack of connection, this could very well be true. We dig into isolation and examine if there...

Duration:01:07:49

129: Is the Abstinence Voice Lacking? (Sort Of)

4/10/2022
In the world of scientific data, new understandings of the internal mechanisms that create substance abuse, and harm reduction, have we lost the voice of abstinence? We have on Alexis and Giuseppe from the New West area of Vancouver to talk about how they feel that the abstinence option of drug treatment and recovery is being lost. Treatment for addiction is often funded based on evidenced based practices, which anonymous programs do not meet the criteria for. We explore why all the funding...

Duration:01:19:03

128: Harm Reduction in Action (Sort Of)

4/3/2022
What is harm reduction? Why would we want to offer harm reduction to people? Does harm reduction already exist in other areas of life? Does harm reduction limit people's desire to find recovery? Is harm reduction killing people? We talk with Jerah about harm reduction and how it looks in action in a small, rural community. Listen in and tell us why you agree or disagree with harm reduction methods. Join the conversation by leaving a message, emailing us at RecoverySortOf@gmail.com, or find...

Duration:01:02:52

127: Spiritual Principle - Willingness (Sort Of)

3/27/2022
What is willingness? The ability to be willing? Being willing? The readiness to do something? How do we actually practice willingness? Is there a tactic to be more willing? Can we possible make ourselves more willing that we are? Is the answer to just keep doing the wrong thing until we are ready to do the right one? Is willingness gained from taking a beating? Is willingness openmindedness in action? We talk all about whether we even believe in willingness and our ideas around this...

Duration:01:07:10

126: Judging is All About the Execution (Sort Of)

3/20/2022
We explore the world of judging. We hear early on not to judge others, or take other's inventory, but then we are told to stick with the winners? Well, how do we judge the winners? Judging is a slippery slope. On one hand, every thing we do is a judgment. We judge if we want to get out of bed in the morning. On the other hand, judging can leave us feeling pretty bad about ourselves and others. Do we judge ourselves by the same measuring stick we judge others? Is it even possible to not...

Duration:01:06:52

125: Al-Anon - Everything You Wanted to Know (Sort Of)

3/13/2022
We welcome Idalia, the public outreach coordinator for Al-Anon in the Maryland and DC area, to help us explore the world of Al-Anon. We talk about what Al-Anon is, who might find it useful, what types of struggles Al-Anon helps people address, what you might find when you go to an Al-Anon meeting, and who might not find benefit from Al-Anon. Idalia shares parts of her story, what Al-Anon has helped her with, and some of the specifics of how the Al-Anon program works. Listen in to learn more...

Duration:01:03:38

124: The Intersection of Recovery and Bipolar Disorder (Sort Of)

3/6/2022
We explore the world of being in recovery from substance abuse and also having bipolar disorder. Erin joins us to help describe the world of bipolar. What's the overlap like? Are parts of recovery from one struggle also relevant to helping recover from the other? Are there any practices that we generally suggest to people in recovery that might not be the best for individuals that deal with bipolar? We start out explaining the diagnostic criteria of bipolar disorder, move into what it might...

Duration:01:06:38

123: Safe Use Sites - What are We Thinking? (Sort Of)

2/27/2022
We talk about the safe use sites, also known as safe consumption sites, also known as harm reduction sites, also known as legal injection sites. We explore the 2 locations that have recently opened up in New York City, what they do, how they work, and if it seems to be helping. There has been much criticism of the idea of having safe use sites, even within the recovery community. The idea of safe consumption sites is to meet people where they are. If they aren't ready to get in recovery,...

Duration:01:02:26

122: Gam-Anon - Everything You Wanted to Know (Sort Of)

2/20/2022
On this episode, we explore the world of family members who are affected by problem gambling. We are joined by Christine, who shares her story of how problem gambling in her family led to her introduction to Gam-Anon. We talk about what the program of Gam-Anon has to offer, how it addresses the struggles of the "Anon" member of the family system, and how to start the journey of getting help. Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling...

Duration:01:04:07

121: Spiritual Principle - Openmindedness (Sort Of)

2/13/2022
Continuing our dive into spiritual principles, we focus this month on openmindedness. We explore the world of having an open mind. Are you openminded? How many people think they are closeminded? I bet very few people think they have a closed mind, and yet, we encounter so many people that are not open to new ideas outside of what they already think. Science has shown that the brain seeks out information that verifies what it already believes, and discredits information that is contrary to...

Duration:01:10:19

120: Wise Speech (Sort Of)

2/6/2022
We have Jenny on to teach us about wise speech. Wise speech, or right speech, is one of the 5 precepts of ethical conduct in Buddhism. Jenny, with her exposure to the Recovery Dharma and Refuge Recovery programs, explains what wise speech is, and we try to learn how it applies in our daily life. We explore the universe of 12 step world to see if any of the principles taught in 12 step programs are equivalent to this idea of wise speech. We look at false speech, malicious speech, harsh...

Duration:01:06:39

119: All Rise - Taking You to Drug Court (Sort Of)

1/30/2022
What is drug court? We have on Ray, a drug court case manager to talk all about drug court. How does drug court work? Who qualifies for drug court? Is drug court mandatory? What is the point of drug court? What types of requirements are there once you get into drug court? How long is the program of drug court? Is drug court effective? While Ray can only speak for what he knows about the local drug court in a specific county, the information should be useful and comparable to drug courts...

Duration:01:04:48

118: Spiritual Principle - Honesty (Sort Of)

1/23/2022
Just get honest! Or is that always the best way to go about life? Is honesty a principle that we are meant to practice in all our endeavors? Or is honesty a virtue, where the goal isn't honesty 100% of the time, but to find a balance? We explore the concept of honesty, some of the theories about levels of honesty, what we believe the goal of honesty is, and if it's okay to be dishonest if the intention is a positive one. We talk about how deceit is usually a negative when the lie is told...

Duration:00:58:51

117: Is There Recovery in Recovery Houses? (Sort Of)

1/16/2022
We talk with John about recovery houses. How effective is recovery housing? Are there certain practices that take place in some recovery houses that are useful to assisting recovery to take place? Are there things recovery houses are doing that aren't beneficial at all? What makes a "good" recovery house? What can house owners and managers do differently that might inspire recovery? Should recovery housing in some way become part of the medical recovery process, so that there's more...

Duration:01:18:03

116: When Addiction Isn't the Only Chronic Pain in Your Life (Sort Of)

1/9/2022
We welcome back Pete to talk about his struggles and successes in dealing with chronic pain in his life. Pete talks about herniated discs in his back, which led to being prescribed pain killers by doctors. The more pain killers he used, the more pain he ultimately felt. The consequences that occurred in his life as a result of being on a ton of pain killers for an extended period of time. And eventually him finding a pain management recovery program that has led him on a path of living...

Duration:01:01:46

115: David Poses - The Weight of Air (Sort Of)

1/2/2022
We sit down with David Poses, author of The Weight of Air, to talk about his book and the world of science as it applies to opioid addiction. David's, through the story of David's life and trying to find recovery from heroin and pill abuse, tackles many of the tough topics around medication assisted treatment and the many misperceptions our society has. We talk about harm reduction and how our practices have not caught up with the science. David tells us how alcohol is not legal because it's...

Duration:00:57:49