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“Who are you? Who-who, who-who?” So far this month visitors come from 388 cities/towns. Our top visitors so far in September are: British Columbia, New York City, Dublin, Los Angeles CA, Manchester England, Montreal Quebec, Sand Diego CA, Toronto Ontario, Calgary AB, London. England - Thanks everyone for visiting.
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PODCAST PIT-STOPS with JOE C. With the back2school spirit of September - #RecoveryMonth in the USA - we stop by three fellow recovery podcasters. How many podcasts do you listen to? Is it like a meeting-on-demand, you can tune into for free anytime, any place? Maybe every home group should have a podcast, sharing member's unique stories or your group's meeting-after-the-meeting coffee talk.
Here's where we visited:
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Many Paths to Sobriety: Joe and Raymond, just talking, about early AA, about why we resisted recovery at first and how we look at it now. We talk about, with all the peer2peer groups, Life Ring, Dharma/Refuge Recovery, She Recovers, NA, SMART, AA, MA, everyone is reading and doing something different from the rest; what is the "secret sauce" that helps people find sobriety that's true across all of these communities?
Recovery Survey Podcast: super legit, this was episode 129 for producer/host Brett. We talk about today's Zoom (and other virtual) meeting places, people who have never been to face2face meeting and others who can't wait back to be back to handshakes, hugs, and ten-gallon urn coffee. We talk about recovery culture shifts, history and Brett teases a little of my own early days of being one foot in-one foot out of AA before I felt hope and I felt at home with my recovery running mates. |
| ||Back again: Emotional Sobriety with Patrick, Thom and Allen. The time goes fast with these guys. We talk about the first secular gathering of AA in Santa Monica in 2014 and about the upcoming October 29-30 International Conference of Secular AA where this podcast will be recorded live in our Zoom room with audience participation. |
So what's everyone looking at?
What is the latest in 12-Step culture? The 2020 Membership Survey of Great Britain just out and asks members who has a higher power and for those who do, is it a religious or an irreligious power greater than yourself? Check this out; results are in. And how is AA doing so far in the 21st Century? Have we made progress in the last two decades? Well let's talk about that too, on Rebellion Dogs Radio Episode 69 Our musical guest (pictured below) are ON, a cross-boarder trio from Toronto/New York City. CLICK the pic to read and hear all about it...
A messaging crisis in AA? what crisis? We know that culture and innovation both foist a new way of talking about things; our language changes... AND at times, AA (who we are collectively) resists change. That said, if there was a long era of fundamentalism and craving closure and certainty, we see millennial stewardship gently taking chances, embracing vulnerability and bringing innovation back to ye olde peer2peer, Alcoholics Anonymous. Listen up and/or join the conversation; CLICK the PIC to get started.
NOW Available on YOUTUBE on Herb K's site from our co-hosting 1/2 day workshop Saturday April 23, 2022. Our topic is Step Two and Three. An atheist and a Big Book-literalist discuss the secular, practical path to AA sobriety's legitimate equivalency to the spiritual/religious version.
INFO HERE Watch or Listen here on YOUTUBE
The Urge: Our History of Addiction - new Rebellion Dogs Radio Episode
Join in on a discussion with Columbia University's Carl Erik Fisher, podcast host, teacher, psychiatrist and someone who's been on both sides of the person with addiction meets with psychiatrist dynamic. Yeah, it's quite a story. And his search for answers were not satisfied by science and medicine alone. Come along on Carl's trip that visits history, art and philosophy of Episode 68 CLICK HERE
Goldilocks syndrome? Let's add this to our AA inventory taking.
January 24th, 1971, 51 years ago Bill W died. How would he have weighed in on this: Another AA central thinks it can kick out an AA meeting for being to "out there." I know, according to AA creed, central offices never rescind the rights of members and groups. The service structure serves--never governs--groups. But drunk-on-power rogue General Service Offices "servants" do drunk thinks: they act with impulsivity instead of thoughtfulness, they react to emotion and regret it later. As Bill W wrote about trusted servants acting in haste, and realizing our wrongs later, "...that we who condemn them are the Pharisees whose false righteousness does AA the deeper spiritual damage." So GSO (UK) booted out some Jesus freak AA's, removing them from the list for being too religious. That's right, just last decade, it was the secular AA groups being excommunicated for not being religious enough. That's Goldilocks Syndrome. Overreaching stewards want AA to be just right... not too hot, not too cold.
This GSO has AA in the news again with journalists having their way with our foolish ways. So we're looking at what happened, and what our play book (our AA Service Manual) says about inalienable rights are and how we can better deal with unpopular and peculiar groups of AA. Read/Listen or both to Episode 67
Rev. Ward B Ewing has been engaged with AA since 1975. As a class A trustee (non-alcoholic), he was voted to the AA General Service Board chair from 2009 - 2013. He has been a champion of inclusivity in AA. Ward's efforts to make AA a more welcoming place for atheists and agnostics got him invited to be one of our speakers at the International gathering of secular AA members in Santa Monica in 2014. He has a new book. Based on lessons learned in AA and the changing demographic of creed in America, Ward has written Twelve Steps to Religionless Spirituality: The Power of Spirituality with or without God
(2021). Ward is our guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Rebellion Dogs Radio
I suppose turn around is fair play, Allen Berger was a guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio and now Joe C visits Thom, Patrick and Allen as a fourth musketeer on Emotional Sobriety Podcast #22. iTunes - Spotify - Amazon Podcast or click the pic for Stitcher Pod page
The Beatles said, "All You Need is Love." Alcoholics Anonymous says, "Love and tolerance of others is our code." Check out [Revised 10/10/2021] our blog that takes a spot inventory of offering the same love and the same tolerance we want and expect. CLICK the PIC
Do you want a 40% change at sustained, engaging recovery? Or would you prefer an 80% chance? Some of that will be informed by decision you make in the first days, months and year of sobriety.
Joe Nowinski is back on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Recovery After Rehab: A Guide for the Newly Sober and their Loved Ones is like the owners manual to your new sober life. "So, I'm finished my stint in rehab; what do I do now? What do I do first?" For all the $$$ you spent and/or your health provider spent on your in (or out) patient care to treat alcohol use (or other drug) disorder, the $28 for this book will help improve outcome rates. Listen now or download from your favorite podcast sites
SECULAR AA Meetings on Demand: Listen to International Conference of Secular AA speakers and panels any time, anywhere CLICK HERE
We kicked off 2021 with... would y,ou call it "a bang"? This was January 1st to kick off the year with an explosive topic on Here's Tom With the Weather click to hear the January 1 show
Click the pic for audio of Our June 19th, EURO ICSAA meetings + more or follow this link for audio + commentary from the first virtual event of its kind International Conference of Secular AA December 5, 2020
For the one-on-one interview CLICK HERE for Rebellion Dogs Radio
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Joe C as a guest on other podcasts:
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to STREAM or DOWNLOAD episode 325 of Humanize Me - Bart Campolo of Humanize Me Podcast and Joe yackin' it up.
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