The founding of Alcoholics Anonymous touches everyone—whether familiar with the disease of addiction or not. The experience of the cofounders and their wives speaks to the universal experience of human suffering and the spiritual growth that comes from finding a way through. The play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, cowritten by Steve Bergman and Janet Surrey, touches audiences with its message that people can indeed change their destiny. Special guest Steve Bergman shares what has happened since Bill W. and Dr. Bob debuted off Broadway in 2007. It is currently on an international bilingual—English and Spanish—tour. Steve Bergman is a novelist, essayist, playwright, and activist. A graduate of Harvard College and Medical School, and Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, he was on the Harvard faculty for 35 years. A world-renowned speaker, Steve Bergman is known for his humor and gift for inspiring audiences. Learn more about the play and about Steve Bergman at billwanddrbob.com and samuelshem.com.
Recovery opens the door to living the life we have always aspired to—the one we cherish as an expression of our deepest, truest self. Making this our reality means facing passivity—the attitude that holds us hostage to old ways of doing things—and finding solutions leading to creativity and real fulfillment. Special guest John Lee is a pioneer in the fields of self-help, anger, codependency, creativity, recovery, relationships, and men's issues. He is a prolific best-selling author, personal life coach, consultant, poet, teacher, and humorist. John shares ideas from his latest book, The Half-Lived Life: Overcoming Passivity and Rediscovering Your Authentic Self—explaining how passivity affects people in and out of recovery, and how moving out of passivity improves and deepens all our relationships. Learn about John’s work at www.johnleebooks.com.
Moral injury results from having to make difficult moral choices under extreme conditions, witnessing immoral acts, or behaving in ways that deeply challenge moral conscience and values. It calls for deep recovery of one’s sense of goodness and value. It calls for repairing the soul. Special guests Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., and Col. Herman Keizer, retired army chaplain, codirectors of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, discuss the profound importance of soul repair for war veterans and the essential role spiritual communities play. Dr. Brock is coauthor of Soul Repair: Recovering From Moral Injury After War. Visit www.brite.tcu.edu.
The New Recovery Advocacy Movement works to remove the cultural stigma attached to addiction and recovery. It opens doors for recovering people—those with the disease of addiction and family members—to share the gifts of wisdom, resilience and awareness with the larger community. Not only does this benefit the community, it brings those affected by addiction truly back home. Guest Bill White is a senior research consultant at Chestnut Health Systems/Lighthouse Institute and has served as a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery since its inception. He holds an M.A. in Addiction Studies, has worked in the addictions field since 1969, counseling, training, and writing. Bill has authored or co-authored numerous articles and books, including Let's Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addition Recovery Advocacy Movement. Learn more at www.williamwhitepapers.com.
The 12-Step Program grew out of desperation—men and women were dying from their thirst for alcohol. Their “gift of despair” made them willing to search for a life-giving drink—a relationship with a Power Greater than themselves. Early AA’s were remarkable for their dedication to their direct relationship with Spirit. It was that which brought them sobriety and healing. Guest Dick B. is a recovering person, speaker, counselor and the author of more than 46 published titles on the history and spiritual roots—including New Thought teachings—of Alcoholics Anonymous. He hosts The A.A. History Show on www.take12radio.com and weekly interviews on www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com. Visit www.dickb.com to learn more.
Everyone caught up in the tornado of addiction is living in dishonesty. Insides don’t match outsides; actions don’t match words. Even our interpretations of facts are unreliable. The spiritual life of recovery invites us into radical honesty. Guest Arthur Messenger, author of Living the 12 Steps of Recovery, shares about the importance of honesty and what he’s learned about it from the history of the 12 Step program and from in-depth conversations with longtimers. Read more about Arthur’s work at www.livingtwelvestepsrecovery.com.
The most fundamental addiction is the addiction to our own defenses—our patterns of thinking and living. "Stinking Thinking" keeps us running on the hamster wheel of fear. And it keeps us at odds with just about everybody. Guest Richard Rohr, prolific author, speaker and founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shares his thoughts on detaching from this universal addiction and living a meaningful life in the midst of an addicted world. Learn more about Richard at www.cacradicalgrace.org.
Where do we find the power to live constructively? We strive to find it by achieving and doing. But that has its limits. My guest, Rev. Dennis, shares how the powerlessness of Step 1 of the 12 Steps leads to connecting with our inner spiritual Twelve Powers—and how, when grounded in spiritual power, we can create meaningful lives.