Spirit of Recovery

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Spirit of Recovery

Program Overview

Spirit of Recovery is the place where spirituality and recovery meet—where we support YOUR spiritual growth in recovery. This program provides inspiration and information for people in recovery from addiction of any kind, for family members, and for everyone who wants to learn more about the process of recovery. 

Every week we talk about topics that are important to the recovery community with guests who are in recovery themselves or who work with recovering people. We bring you practical information you can use and lively discussions to get you thinking. And of course we’ve got recovery humor. Put a little peace in your day with The Serenity Minute—a moment of uplifting thought and reflection. 

Spirit of Recovery is a great place to be part of the discussion about spirituality and recovery. We are committed to lifelong recovery, authentic spiritual growth, and joyful service. And it’s open to all.

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The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Living in peace with others and self-confidence in ourselves takes courage—and focus. With practice we can learn not to give in to anger and fear. In their place we see new options and develop enduring strength to act with self-control and self-respect. And that’s the key to productive living. Special guest Fred Wright, after a successful career in advertising, became a Unity minister and has served churches in Kansas City, Puerto Rico, Idaho, and Ohio. Rev. Fred is a student of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Abraham Low’s work. Developed in the 1930s, it is known as the first Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) system. Recovery International carries on this work today through a peer-to-peer self-help approach. Learn more at www.lowselfhelpsystems.org.
  • Episode: Linking to Life
    Original air date: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Acceptance of the power of addiction—to substances or to behaviors—is where freedom begins. From that point, our sacred task is self-awareness, discovering embedded emotions and stances that link us to addiction. And then, we move forward with our innate spiritual power to strengthen and create links to life and permanent recovery. Special guest George DuWors, MSW, LICSW, BCD, specializes in relapse prevention. His books White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, and Getting It: Building Motivation From Relapse, provide a practical, experiential approach connected to 12-Step recovery principles. George is a psychosomatic therapist, author, and trainer focusing on supporting long-term sobriety and relapse prevention. Learn more about his work at www.motivationformaintenance.com and www.gettingitworkbook.com
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It is not what happens to us, but what happens through us, that makes us whole. No matter how harsh our experiences have been, our Higher Power can guide us into joy. Special guest Joann M. is a remarkable woman. Her deep commitment to her spiritual calling kept her on the demanding path to self-worth and wholeness. Joann shares how her own recovery led her to create Journey to Wholeness—New Wings, Chasing the Joy, a nonprofit ministry for women rising out of tough circumstances.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Want your life to change? Deep commitment to spiritual development is required. Far from chaining us to unwanted loads, committing to our spiritual life frees us in ways we never thought possible. Special guest Mark Hicks, spiritual leader and founder and developer of Truth Unity, shares his passion for active engagement in inner transformation. Truth Unity is a ministry grounded in the great classic metaphysical teachings. It encourages the study and practice of Unity principles, and actively fosters discipleship formation in Unity. Learn more at www.truthunity.net
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What is spirituality? Is it believing certain ideas? Engaging in specific practices? Belonging to a particular group? Feeling positive emotions? Having extraordinary experiences? Special guest Rudy England defines spirituality as none of the above. He sees spirituality as an inside job—engaging our true self so that we live a full-spectrum life. An attorney and ordained minister, Rudy participates in law, politics, teaching, writing, and speaking about spirituality, religion, ethics, and legislation. His award-winning, monthly eblog on spirituality is found at www.rudyengland.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What do you do when the bottom drops out of your life—and you have years of good, deep recovery? You let go into the enormity of God’s love and grace. Through the prayers and uplift of an inspired faith community, with countless friends cheering him forward, and his own boundless trust in God, guest Bob A. is celebrating a birthday this week that his medical doctors told him he would not live to see. Bob is a former colleague and a current friend who amongst other things is in recovery, has a heart for helping others, and is always open to a new adventure. Bob tells me he has never been so happy in his life and is grateful God woke him up this morning, woke him up sober, and woke him up next to his amazing wife JoAnn.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Is obesity the result of laziness and lack of willpower? NO! Obesity is combination of poor habits; biochemical, nutritional, and hormonal dysfunction; and misinformation and denial. Recovering from an eating disorder is much like recovery from any addiction—except that the person with an eating disorder faces their substance countless times every day. Guest Stephanie Bernstein, M.S.W., shares how focusing on inner wellness frees her for successful living. Stephanie is a health and wellness consultant and a person in recovery from food addiction. She is committed to dispelling the stigma associated with eating disorders.  Learn more about Stephanie’s work at www.alwayspeaceofmind.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual growth should mean that we never have to deal with emotions again, right? WRONG! Emotions are a powerful gift from our Higher Power. Authentic spirituality invites us to embrace and learn from them—even (and especially) when they make us uncomfortable. Guest Guy Lynch shares how facing the facts of our lives, including our emotional reactions, is essential to spiritual growth. Guy is a Unity minister dedicated to sharing the inclusive message of God's love for all people and the spiritual principles that turned his own life from defeat to success and happiness. He is currently the minister of Unity of Beaverton, president and founder of THE ASSOCIATION OF PRACTICAL CHRISTIANS, and host of The Practical Christian radio program broadcast nationally online. Learn more about Guy’s work: www.practicalchristians.org and on Facebook and www.unityofbeaverton.org.   
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What brings us into the present moment more than acceptance and surrender? These values that lie at the heart of 12-Step programs are also central to spiritual practices of mindfulness. Actions like staying out of results, using the slogans, conscious contact with constructive spiritual power, and sponsorship—mainstays of a program of recovery—naturally develop a mindful approach to living. Special guest George DuWors, MSW, LICSW, BCD, shares how the 12 Steps, developed in the 1930s, cultivate mindfulness in many direct and practical ways. George is a psychosomatic therapist, author, and trainer focusing on supporting long-term sobriety and relapse prevention. Learn more about his work at www.motivationformaintenance.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Forgive? Forget it! If we think forgiveness means giving a free pass to someone who has hurt us, who needs it? Fortunately, that’s NOT what forgiveness is all about. Guest Mahala, Unity spiritual leader and person in long-term recovery, shares the real meaning of forgiveness and how it sets us free to enjoy life and fulfill the deepest callings of our heart. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Can we ever know ourselves completely? Probably not. Yet living recovery means we are continually willing to discover the goodness that lies within us. And that we are willing to acknowledge, thank, and release old ways that once protected us, but now block us. Prayer and meditation are the foundations of self-discovery. Special guest Richard C., a person in long-term recovery since 1974, shares how he uses these and other recovery practices to continually expand self-awareness and his ability to make a contribution to life. Richard is a Unity student and teacher of tai chi and chi qong, blogger, and spiritual retreat leader. Read his blog at http://istheremorethanthesteps.blogspot.com/.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Recovery calls us to find our Source of spiritual food. Strengthening our relationship with that Source brings immense love, comfort, and wisdom into our lives. As we feel the reassurance of our Higher Power’s deep and very practical presence, we have the courage to grow. Special guest, author Allen Liles, shares the profound, loving bond he developed when life circumstances brought him to a renewed commitment to spending daily time in the Silence with God. Allen’s book about this experience is Sitting With God—Meditating for God’s Divine Guidance, www.westbowpress.com
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Too often recovering people shy away from meditation suggested in the 11th Step. But meditation is for everyone—no need to be a “spiritual expert.” Guest Tom Catton, in long-term recovery since 1971 and a meditator since 1966, is the author of The Mindful Addict and the soon-to-be-published May I Sit With You: A Simple Approach to Meditation. Tom’s daily practice encourages him to stay awake and be present for his life, “which is enough, which is everything.” Tom shares simple down-to-earth approaches to meditation for people in recovery. Read more about Tom’s work.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Getting on track with life when addiction has derailed it is possible—if those affected are open to support. No one walks out of addiction alone—not the addicted person, not the person’s family and friends. The power of compassionate, experienced help opens the spiritual door of recovery. Guest Tommy Blass, recovery coach and intervention specialist, shares how addicted individuals and their families can get back into constructive living. Tommy explains what intervention is and isn’t and how recovery coaching helps build constructive living. Learn more about Tommy’s work at www.northernbridgescoaching.com
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is so much more than stopping destructive behaviors. It’s about living from a spiritual basis—recognizing that we are part of the human community—called to integrity, constructive participation, and ongoing progress. What keeps us green and growing throughout the years? Special guest Maureen, with 28 years in recovery, is a true soul adventurer. She has navigated some tricky passages with grace by staying close to her spiritual programs and her friends, by continuing professional development, and engaging in meaningful service. Her humor and wisdom always lights up the room. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What if you could spend four years interviewing long-timers in recovery? Special guest Arthur Messenger did just that. The result is Tales From the Center of the Herd, a collection of 18 stories that are honest, funny, wise, and tell it like it is. They reveal the power of human connection through spiritual community to make right lives that had been going so wrong. Arthur shares what he learned from these incredible people and gems from their stories. Tales From the Center of the Herd was named December 2013 Book of the Month by “In The Rooms—A Global Recovery Community.” Arthur is also the author of Living the 12 Steps of Recovery - One Day at a Time and essays, interviews, poetry, and an award-winning play. Learn more about his work at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-the-12-Steps-of-Recovery-One-Day-at-a-Time/114891618573347.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We are innately whole—naturally equipped with the inner resources to live with meaning and joy. Physical or emotional trauma, however, thwarts access to our well-being. Recovery frees us to clear neurological links to old hurts and connect to our wholeness. My special guest, Teresa Guajardo, M.A., mind-body connection therapist specializing in trauma recovery and LGBT issues, shares how people in addiction recovery can build strong inner pathways to healing. Learn more about Teresa’s work at www.connections-mindbody.com.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    Episode Description:
    How do you talk with a beloved older family member when it is becoming obvious that addiction is an issue? This dilemma is becoming more and more common. Aging body metabolism, availability of prescription medications, and use of illegal drugs all add up to a huge increase in addiction in adults over 50. Guest Brenda Iliff, executive director of Hazelden Naples, shares what makes older adults vulnerable to addiction, what types of recovery approaches are most helpful, and how families can support recovery. With a background in gerontology, chemical dependency, and counseling, Brenda has more than 20 years as an active treatment professional and presents nationally on the impact of addiction on older adults. Learn more about Brenda’s work at www.Hazelden.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is about learning to feed our soul rather than an addiction. Living spiritually brings us into an ever more nurturing relationship with our Higher Power and ever more fulfilling expression of our authentic self.  Guest Wendy B., in long-term recovery from substance addiction, found that her quest for wholeness in recovery led her to address disordered eating and the lure of the “rat race.” Wendy shares the gifts she has gained from a commitment to full recovery and how she lives spiritual principles.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Music is medicine—a profound way of finding our natural healing rhythms. Music is an emotional, physical, and spiritual path that takes us within for deep self-discovery of our ability to affect our own well-being. Special guest Janalea Hoffman is a pioneer in the field of Music Therapy. A musician, author, and speaker, she helps real people with real issues—including recovery from addiction—through her progressive company called Rhythmic Medicine. Janalea shares how we can add music as a key part of recovery wellness. Learn about Janalea’s work at www.rhythmicmedicine.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    At the winter solstice, the longest night of the year gives way to the return of the light. What a parallel with recovery—discovering the light within us and learning to let it shine. And it’s no accident that the several religious holidays celebrated at this time of year feature light. Special guest Guy Lynch shares the deep spirituality of this precious time of year and how we can take simple actions that create real joy. Guy is a Unity minister dedicated to sharing the inclusive message of God's love for all people and the spiritual principles that turned his own life from defeat to success and happiness. He is the minister of Unity of Beaverton, Oregon, and host of The Practical Christian, an Internet radio program. Learn more about Guy’s work at practicalchristians.org and unityofbeaverton.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Recovery doesn’t mean the damage never happened—it means it no longer rules our lives. Indigenous communities across the continent and world are creating powerful paths to healing as they expand the understanding of addiction and recovery to include acknowledging wounds from the intergenerational trauma of oppression and genocide. Key to recovery is remembering the wisdom within indigenous teachings and traditions—and, that spirituality is woven into their every aspect. Special guest Anna Hansen, M.A., is a psychotherapist and owner of Future Focus Counseling and Consulting, lead facilitator, former executive director of the National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics, and member of the Sechelt Nation. She shares how addressing trauma as a collective culture and as individuals within a culture of healing is key to deep recovery. Learn more at www.historicaltrauma.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 03, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Creativity is the essence of every person—our spiritual birthright. But negative messages, lack of acknowledgment, and fears can block the flow of our gifts. Guests Faith and Dennis, members of Artists Recovering Through the Twelve Steps, share how people reach their creative potential through supportive fellowship and belief in each other’s gifts and dreams. They will explain 5 Alive as bottom-line sobriety that begins with a humble daily action to pick up one’s creativity, “one day at a time.” Learn more at www.artsanonymous.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Recovery happens in the context of supportive community. But what if you are on the streets? What are your chances for long-term recovery? Recovery Café and its School for Recovery, utilizing an alternative therapeutic community model, is a refuge of healing, learning, spiritual growth, and transformation. It supports people seeking a life free from drugs, alcohol, and other destructive behaviors. Recovery Cafe is committed to the principle that every person is precious, worthy of love, and deserving of opportunities to fulfill their potential.  Two guests, Killian Noe, founding director and pastoral counselor, and a Recovery Café member share the power of the Recovery Café experience. Learn more at www.recoverycafe.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Gratitude is the spiritual practice of noticing the good that is in our lives. Making even a small shift in our focus fills us with power to go forward. Guest Sandy McKinney, Unity minister with many years of recovery and a passion for social justice and interfaith community, shares practical spiritual principles and practices that foster a grateful heart.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Seeing ourselves in other peoples’ stories is the connection that fosters awareness of the disease of addiction and the hope for recovery—in family members and those with substance or behavioral addictions. Special guest Lynn Bratley, M.Ed., is the founder and artistic director of Improbable Players, a company of actors in long-term recovery that educates the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops. Lynn shares the positive impact this work has in high schools, on adult audiences, and on the actors themselves. Learn more about Lynn’s work at www.improbableplayers.org
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    More than 23 million Americans are living in long-term recovery from the disease of addiction. The powerful, positive, spiritual, social, and economic impact on families, communities, and the workplace is impressive. Documentary filmmaker Greg Williams shares how he decided to bring this reality into view through his new film The Anonymous People that opened in New York City on September 17. Learn more about Greg and the movie at www.theanonymouspeople.com 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    Episode Description:
    One of the greatest gifts—and greatest struggles—of recovery is consciously connecting with life-giving power. Old ideas about spirituality and painful disappointments must be faced. Special guest John James, MBA, MA, ICADC, has many years as a recovery counselor and is the Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor at Hazelden Naples. John shares how he helps clients find new ways of looking at the concept of a higher power, making it real, and putting that power to use for their personal recovery. Visit www.hazelden.org to learn more about John’s work. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Women in recovery reclaim the dreams that were lost to addiction. Focus on self-care, emotional balance, healthy boundaries, and empowering spirituality support a life of fulfillment and connection. My special guest, Brenda Iliff, M.A., shares what keeps women growing in recovery. An active treatment professional for more than 20 years, Brenda serves as executive director of Hazelden Naples, and was the first clinical director of the Hazelden Women's Recovery Center. Brenda, author of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery, presents nationally on the topic of the impact of addiction on women and older adults. Learn more about Brenda’s work at www.Hazelden.org.   
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The Alcoholics Anonymous founders got it right. Although neuroscience was nowhere sophisticated enough in the 1930s to verify it, Dr. Silkworth, Bill Wilson’s physician, described alcoholism quite accurately as “an allergy of the body coupled with an obsession of the mind.” Special guest Steve Castleman found that becoming a neuroscience geek helped him grasp that he really did have a biological brain disease. That knowledge relieved him of the shame and stigma that he hadn’t previously been able to shake. And, skeptical though he was, he found that science also validated the spirituality of the 12-Step solution. Learn more about Steve’s integration of neuroscience and spirituality at www.addictscience.com.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Where’s God? In the very midst of our lives. Recovery invites us to get real. And spirituality is about learning to love ourselves even in the most messy, painful, and confusing experiences—not by pretending to “be perfect,” or “too spiritual to hurt.” Special guest Greg Barrette shares how accepting the facts of our psychological makeup, balanced with larger spiritual understanding, opens us to the delightfully surprising Presence of God. Greg was raised in Unity and is a Unity minister and author. He is known for his deep commitment to transformative spirituality through the integration of emotional and spiritual healing. Among other titles, Greg authored the CD Breaking Free Fom Unhealthy Relationship Patterns.

  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    Episode Description:
    More than 23 million Americans in the U.S. are in recovery. Every person—both those with the disease of substance/behavioral addictions and family members—is testament to the reality that recovery works. It is documented that quality of life goes up dramatically for individuals, families, and society. Special guest Pat Taylor, executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery—www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org—shares why it is so important that society sees the powerful, constructive impact of recovery. And she discusses the many September events held in celebration of Recovery Month—www.recoverymonth.gov.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    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. My special guest, playwright and psychologist Janet Surrey, shares why she and her husband Samuel Shem wrote the powerful play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and how it touches audiences around the globe with its message that people can indeed change their destiny. Learn about this nonprofit off-Broadway play presented by Hazelden Foundation—with all proceeds donated to fund youth recovery and education efforts—at www.billwanddrbob.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    How do we express our wholeness with power and authenticity? By finding our own true voice. Addiction affects everyone with it and around it by silencing that voice and stifling self-expression. Special guest Scott Farrell shares how voice and energy work is spiritual work, and can open up our vitality and creativity to engage us fully in our lives. Scott, founder of Harmonic Oasis—www.harmonicoasis.com—explores empowerment through creative expression, both professionally and personally. His career has spanned being music director and featured singer for the largest producer of staged revue shows in the world to New Thought music ministry to master voice coach to energy, voice, and sound healing practitioner.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Would you like to feel with ever greater deep certainty that your Higher Power is a real, loving, and active Presence in your life? That experience is absolutely available to everyone—“The Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.” The 11th Step of the 12-Step program invites us to seek awareness of God’s power in our lives through prayer and meditation. Guest and author Allen Liles shares the personal bond he developed and the loving guidance he received when life circumstances brought him to a renewed commitment to spending time in the silence. His book about this experience is Sitting With God: Meditating for God’s Divine Guidance, www.westbowpress.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Why do recovery programs make such a big deal about being of service? When we share what works for us with others, it of course extends the hand of fellowship. But even more foundational than that, we build our realization that we have worth and value—we are a part of living—the feelings of uselessness and self-pity slip away. Guest Lennis Baugh, Unity minister and recovery counselor, is all about service. He shares what he learns from it, how it supports the recovery community, and how it expands his own understanding of the spirituality of recovery. 
  • Episode: Spirit Moves!
    Original air date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Moving into recovery means moving into conscious relationship with our innate spirituality. And that means we are going to change! We see ourselves with new eyes and realize we have the ability to create good. Guest Renee Leboa is copastor of the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte and a dynamic, humorous, and down-to-earth speaker and New Thought teacher, leader, and musician. Her openness about her past inspires all who hear her. Rev. Renee specializes in working with those with addictions using the Twelve Steps and the Science of Mind Philosophy. She is very passionate about her most spoken statement, “If I can transform my life by using the principle of the Universe, so can you.”
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
    Episode Description:
    When desperation met up with nondogmatic spirituality, the 12-Step program was born. The founders of what became Alcoholics Anonymous drew from many religious resources, searching for wisdom that would help those suffering from the deadly disease of addiction make conscious contact with healing, regenerative spiritual power. One of those resources was the New Thought movement, of which Unity is a part. Special guest Jon Miller is the writer and producer of the new documentary What Is New Thought? runner-up in the River City Film Festival 2013 Independent Feature. Learn more about Jon’s work at www.NewThoughtMovie.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jawZwKIvSpg.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Taking time away to gather with others walking a spiritual growth path deepens recovery. A few days of putting the focus on reflection, prayer, and sharing in a nurturing environment can “love us forward” in new ways. Guest Richard C., recovering person, Unity student, and teacher of tai chi and chi qong, shares how his full circle journey from retreat attender to retreat leader empowers his life.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    We recover so we can live life instead of sleepwalking through it. Developing our talents and interests is an important part of finding what we can pack into the stream of living. It’s how we participate in life. Guest Alan Smith, with many years of recovery, discusses how songwriting and music-making bring joy to his life and engage him in creative participation. He shares his deeply moving recovery song, “Still Need Love,” and “No Use Waitin’ for Jesus,” a lighthearted look at personal responsibility. Hear Alan’s music at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-dJ1cGMIos and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10dwG9yfleQ.
  • Episode: Recovery Top 10
    Original air date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    What happens when we live in recovery? We get stronger, wiser, and in deeper contact with our Higher Power, who loves us. When we become aware of how we are changing and growing, those qualities soar. Special guest Allen Liles, Unity minister, shares the 10 best gifts he’s received in recovery and invites us to make our own list. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Is prayer just an “extra frill” that takes time out of our busy day and prevents us from getting the important things done? Or is prayer a way of determining what really is important and opening us to the power to accomplish that in creative living? Special guest Terry Lund is a Unity minister and former Chair of the Prayer Department in the Unity ministerial school. Raised in a New Thought household, Terry has lived the power of prayer and the metaphysical understanding of the creative process all her life. She shares how prayer is the foundation for creative living and gives practical approaches to a rich prayer life. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Bill Wilson almost died of his alcoholism, but a series of opportune events led instead to his sobriety and the creation of the worldwide fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill was a reluctant hero quite aware of his failings. Because of his powerful thirst for wholeness, he found a door to an authentic spirituality that fully embraces the human condition. Guests Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino wrote, directed, and produced the new documentary Bill W., which includes never before seen archival footage. They share how making this film impacted their lives and what they learned from Bill’s life. Visit www.page124.com to learn more about Kevin and Dan’s work.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    One of the biggest tasks of recovery—and possibly the hardest—is learning to accept the good stuff! Guest Debbie Strand, host of the online radio show Sober in the City has experienced the amazing power of God at work in her life. Debbie shares her story and how she reaches out with honesty and courage to help others create a life of sobriety and dignified living. Learn more about Debbie’s work at www.soberinthecity.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Two halves don’t make a whole—at least as far as relationships are concerned. A strong sense of self, emotionally and spiritually, is the foundation of strong relationships. Special guest Greg Barrette shares how focusing on self-love and practicing daily contact with your loving Higher Power is the key to life-giving relationships in your personal life and your work life. Greg was born and raised in Unity and is a Unity minister and author. Greg is known for his deep commitment to transformative spirituality through the integration of emotional and spiritual healing. He is our all-time best-selling media author, and among other titles, he authored the CD Breaking Free From Unhealthy Relationship Patterns. 
  • Episode: No Shame on You
    Original air date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Everybody has experienced that persistent feeling that who they are is defective, flawed, not enough. What everybody may not know is that this feeling has a name—toxic shame—and that it doesn’t have to rule our lives. We can move beyond it. Special guest Brent Uzell, licensed Unity teacher and spiritual leader active in creating bridges across faith and cultural differences, shares how to recognize shame, begin the healing process, and develop skills to create a nourishing relationship with ourselves and other people. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Creating harmony in relationships is no easy task. It takes self-awareness, skill, and maturity. Yikes! There is hope—help can be found by applying the 12 Traditions of recovery programs as a way to heal and enrich all relationships. Special guests Ken S. and Sherry G-S. apply the Traditions to their own relationship and host a monthly recovery meeting focused on relationships as a spiritual practice.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    A hero is a remarkably brave person—one who has shown great courage or strength of character. How does recovery rouse defeated, helpless people—those with the disease of addiction as well as the family and friends who love them—to mature into heroes? Special guest Rev. Jack Abel, M.Div., MBA, director of Spiritual Care at Caron Foundation, shares how traditional stories of the hero’s journey can serve as a guide to the recovery process. These stories alert us to obstacles, inspire us to notice the help available along the way, and remind us of the power that comes with staying on the path. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Childhood in a family affected by the disease of addiction (and all that goes with it) is intense and painful. When adults who have had this experience undertake the challenge of exploring and healing how they were impacted, they create a deeply rich opportunity for spiritual development. And they are often surprised to discover their immense, innate strength. Special guest Carol Browne shares what it takes to grow up all over again. Carol has been a substance abuse counselor for more than 30 years, working to help people advance and enhance their recoveries. Her focus is on helping clients take the healthiest and best possible care of themselves, freeing them to live more fulfilling and joyful lives. Learn more about Carol’s work at www.carolbrowneabetterway.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Addiction and enabling addiction saps life of its power. Recovery happens as we connect with constructive, creative power that is greater than the addiction. Does it matter what we name that power or how we find it? Special guest Dale Worley is a Unity Minister, recovering person, singer-songwriter, and co-host of the powerful Unity Online Radio program Music Speaks Louder Than Words. Dale shares thought-provoking ideas on the concept of a Higher Power as well as his original music on this theme.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Addiction can show up in many guises. As we discover that we are one with constructive, creative spiritual power, addictions fall away and we begin to heal at the level of soul. More and more, we experience ourselves as people of worth and value with the ability to fulfill our deepest aspirations. Special guest Ester Nicholson, author, Agape International-licensed spiritual therapist, motivational speaker, inspirational recording artist, and recovering person with 25 years of sobriety, shares how she discovers the power of her true self. Ester is the author of Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction and 12 Steps for the Rest of UsA Path to Wholeness, Serenity, and Success. Read more about Ester’s work at www.esternicholson.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    We all want the best for kids. What can help them navigate this complex world and grow up to lead lives that express health, love, and caring? Good things happen when parents, churches, schools, and communities ensure that young people have good information and self-care skills in the areas of substance abuse, dating violence, bullying, and suicide prevention. Marty Harding and Sue Thomas, directors at Hazelden Publishing, discuss what effective prevention is, how it works, and how adults in recovery play an essential role in young people’s lives.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
    Episode Description:
    In 1991 Bob L. used the short breaks on his job in an automotive plant to start writing down the images of addiction and recovery running in his head. He had no way of knowing that by 2013, Visions, a 90-minute play with a volunteer cast and staff on a shoestring budget, would have reached 30,000 people with a message of hope and won numerous awards. Special guests Bob L. and Visions cast members discuss the play and what it is like to use the dramatic arts to share the message of recovery.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Active addiction, whether we are the "afflicted" or the "affected," brings us face-to-face with the rawest places within us. Recovery means accepting that this is a grace-full, mercy-full universe and that cooperation with a loving Higher Power can heal us at depth. Special guest Bob A. shares from a wealth of experience on the power of Steps 6 and 7 of the 12 Steps of Recovery.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Choosing recovery means that in each moment we turn ourselves toward life, not death. We take action to come alive to our feelings, our experiences, and our creative capacities. We take time to nurture our relationship with the Divine Power of the universe and learn to express it. We choose to resurrect our life on a daily basis! Sandi McKinney, Unity minister with many years of recovery, shares how a spiritual understanding of resurrection empowers our lives.


  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    In recovery, many people realize the old idea they held of a Higher Power just doesn’t work. Oftentimes, that thinking must be turned on its head. Pelagius, a fourth-century monk who didn’t believe in original sin, and Rumi, an ecstatic 13th-century Sufi poet, offer amazingly fresh ideas that can lead to a more intimate, powerful, and happy relationship with Spirit. Special guest Rev. Leo Booth, Unity minister and internationally acclaimed author and lecturer, shares seven spiritual insights for healing religious codependency. Learn more about his new book The Happy Heretic at www.fatherleo.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Coming into recovery means that spirituality must be lived—a Higher Power is no longer just a theoretical proposition. That spiritual relationship comes through listening to others’ experiences, following suggestions, reading—and most of all, through personal effort to communicate with a great Goodness that is beyond understanding. My special guest, Mary, who has more than three decades of quality recovery, shares how she continues to explore and develop her unique relationship with a Power Greater than herself. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The disease of addiction can be a fast road to despair and ruin—or an astounding gift of grace. Tom Catton, child of the '60s, and author of The Mindful Addict: A Memoir of the Awakening of a Spirit, shares how more than 40 years in recovery has opened him to an adventurous life grounded in saying “yes” to Spirit’s leading. Tom journeys within through a committed meditation practice, and journeys without, meeting spiritual teachers and being of service across the world. Read more at http://www.centralrecoverypress.com/tom-catton.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Young people in recovery are making waves—of energy, optimism, and commitment to long-term sobriety. They are leading the way in building support for sustained high quality of life and constructive participation in society—and they express authentic spirituality. Guest Sarah Nerad, a young person in long-term recovery since 2007, a founding member of Young People in Recovery, and cofounder of PTR Associates shares the great gifts young people are bringing to the recovery community. Learn more at www.youngpeopleinrecovery.org and www.ptrassociates.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Creativity is a powerful spiritual connection. Tapping into our innate creative Source smoothes the changes faced in recovery, speaks of Higher Power’s Presence, and connects to life. Singer/songwriter Doe Marasa tells how she reclaimed her childhood love of music and uses it to build bridges into full living. She will share several of her songs, sure to touch the heart! 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
    Episode Description:
    A sound track makes the recovery journey a little easier and a lot more joyful. Music by and for recovering people is a celebration and a road map. Guest Kathy Moser shares her passion for music and recovery and the gifts that come from creating your own songs. Kathy is a nationally touring songwriter, performer, teacher, and social artist, bringing positive change to the world through music. Her songwriting workshops for recovering people are not only fun—they develop practical recovery skills. Learn more about Kathy’s work at www.kathymoser.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Episode Description:
    The Wellbriety Movement grounds recovery in the Native American values of family, community, unity across generations, spirituality, and ceremony. Bringing these values to bear in intergenerational healing creates powerful well-being in Native American communities. Don Coyhis, founder and president of White Bison, and member of the Mohican Nation, tells how a vision led him into a new depth of living and his commitment to bring healing to Native American communities. Don is a recipient of the 2009 Purpose Prize given to Social Innovators over 60 who use their passion and experience to take on society’s biggest challenges. Visit www.whitebison.org to learn more about the Wellbriety Movement.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Animals can’t be fooled—they tune in at the nonverbal level. That makes animal-assisted therapy a powerful tool to help all kinds of people get out of their heads and into their hearts. Guest Carol Browne and her Golden Retriever Elbie are members of The Hairy Angel Foundation, Inc,™ a charitable foundation in Sedona, Arizona, that raises Golden Retrievers to be service dogs for autistic children. Elbie participates in Carol’s counseling practice providing affection, empathy, and a very special energy. Carol has been a substance abuse counselor for more than 30 years, working to help people advance and enhance their recoveries. Her focus is on helping clients take the healthiest and best possible care of themselves, freeing them to live more fulfilling and joyful lives. Learn more about Carol’s work at www.carolbrowneabetterway.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The Christmas story, a celebration of spiritual birth, speaks in a special way to people in recovery. It is the story of the journey from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from bondage to freedom, and the joy of a whole new way of living. Special guest Allen Liles, Unity minister, shares the metaphysical spiritual interpretation of the Christmas story and the unique way it informs recovery.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Holidays are an emotionally charged time—old family tapes blare. Whether we’re celebrating the holidays alone, with friends, or with family, our expectations that we must have the “perfect” holiday can ambush us. But we have powerful recovery tools. Special guest Sherry Gaugler-Stewart, Family and Spiritual Development Coordinator at The Retreat Family Program, Wayzata, Minnesota, shares how planning ahead emotionally and spiritually can set us up for serenity! Learn more about Sherry’s work at http://www.theretreat.org/family-program.php.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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    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.
     

  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Peer to peer support, in addition to what is found in 12 Step fellowships, promotes high-level wellness, reduces relapse, and heals the soul. Getting connected with others living a recovery lifestyle creates a whole new world. Joe Powell, the executive director and a founding member of the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, and a board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, is a pioneer in championing peer-driven, peer-led recovery support. He shares how peer to peer programs work and how they create a network of strength for people in recovery. Learn more about Joe’s work at www.apaarecovery.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Gratitude gets us focused on what is working well in our lives and in the world. Gratitude gets us out of fear and into love, out of the “if only’s” and into the “I can’s.” Gratitude energizes us—getting us off the sidelines and into life. With his characteristic wit and keen observations, Rev. Leo Booth shares his insights into the power of gratitude. Rev. Booth is a Unity minister and internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and trainer on all aspects of spirituality and recovery. Learn more about his work at www.fatherleo.com.


  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Eating disorders have devastating consequences for health, relationships and even finances. Recovery opens the way to deep nourishment—to receiving spiritual food that brings life, health and a loving life. Guest Heidi Voet Smith shares how as a young woman she contended with a long-time eating disorder and overcame it through devotion to a 12-step program. She has an abundance of inspiration, hope and practical steps to discuss. Heidi, a licensed professional counselor, is the clinical director at Burning Tree Recovery Ranch (www.burningtree.com), where she also co-created and co-facilitates the Family Program Workshop. She has been featured on A&E’s Intervention as well as the upcoming National Geographic series How Drugs Work, and blogs for Addiction Professional magazine.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Spirituality is about waking up to yourself at ever deeper levels—and discovering that you are connected to a loving, nurturing Power. Awakening means willingness to face and resolve the hurts and defenses that keep you asleep, so you can encourage your precious, creative self. Special guest Carol Browne shares what it takes to find and nurture your authentic self. Carol has been a substance abuse counselor for more than 30 years, working to help people advance and enhance their recoveries. Her focus is on helping clients take the healthiest and best possible care of themselves, freeing them to live more fulfilling and joyful lives. Carol also uses service dogs in her work with clients. These dogs are trained to work with autistic children. Learn more about Carol’s work at www.carolbrowneabetterway.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    Episode Description:

    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.
     

  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The word recover means to regain, reclaim, retrieve or revive something of value that has been lost. In active addiction or obsession, what is lost is our sense of self—of our own goodness and connection to our spiritual nature. Guest Doug Bottorff, author of Native Soul: Unlocking Your Life’s Potential shares how no matter what we have done, we cannot diminish our spiritual identity—it is whole and complete. And he explains what brings us to deep awareness of our spiritual essence. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
    Episode Description:

    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.

     

     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 02, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Recovery requires venturing deep inside ourselves to find and touch our soul. Only then can our sense of self shift from fear-based survival to life-giving relationship with a loving Higher Power. Mystics from all spiritual paths have described this journey as an intense descent into death as the false self breaks apart. The journey is completed as the true self—the spiritual soul, is revealed and life in profound fullness is born. Guest Fr. Bill W., celebrates 40 years of recovery and is Chair of Recovery Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.  He places emphasis on prayer, meditation, and Quiet Time. Fr. Bill is a recovery and family therapist and recently retired as the President and CEO of Austin Recovery. He writes a monthly column for Recovery Today, a publication of the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Pathological gambling has devastating effects on finances, families, communities and lives. It can be even more thoroughly destructive than substance addictions. Problem gambling often goes unrecognized and hides as “just recreation.” Guest Denise Quirk, LMFT, clinical director and CEO of the nonprofit Reno Problem Gambling Center, will share the difference between responsible and pathological gambling, the signs of pathological gambling, early intervention strategies, and treatment processes for problem gamblers and their families. Visit www.renopgc.org to learn more.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
    Episode Description:
    We humans tend to go to extremes where sex is concerned—our culture has swung from Victorian prohibitions to overexposure and exploitation. Understanding sexuality as a God-given power that is good, not to be used lightly or selfishly, nor to be hidden from in shame or fear, is an essential aspect of full recovery. Special guest Dr. Robert Hemfelt, psychotherapist specializing in relationships, addictive disorders and spiritual recovery, author, and professor, joins us to discuss what sacred sexuality is. He will explain how we can re-embrace and cherish our sexuality as a means of healing addictive dynamics and toxic shame. Read about Dr. Hemfelt’s work at www.lifeworkscc.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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    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.

  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Teens with the disease of addiction need support and plenty of it. However, teens are not little adults. Twelve-Step programs, originally developed for adults, can be immensely helpful to teens—if they are adapted to the particular needs of adolescents. Supporting teens to see how recovery can empower them and connecting them with safe adult mentors open life-giving doors. Our guest is Dr. Steven Jaffe, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry at Emory University, and clinical professor of psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. Dr. Jaffe has spent the past 25 years working to modify Twelve-Step programs to make them developmentally meaningful for teens. He is the author of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Intervention Workbook: Taking a First Step (5 Pack) and The Step Workbook for Adolescent Chemical Dependency.
     
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual transformation is the gateway out of addiction and into constructive living. Authentic spirituality requires that we experience the Divine mystery while also “chopping wood and carrying water.” Special guest Dr. Robert Hemfelt, psychotherapist specializing in relationships and addictive disorders, author and professor, joins us again this week. He shares additional insights about the difference between religious addiction and healthy spirituality, and how recovering people can develop a grounded spiritual life. Read about Dr. Hemfelt’s work at www.lifeworkscc.com.
     
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Episode Description:
    How do you know if your spiritual path is opening you to an authentic experience of God’s presence or entwining you in an addictive cycle of dependence? Healthy spirituality leads us into greater love for ourselves and respectful connection with others. Religious addiction, however, traps us in absolutist thinking and ever-growing dependence on a person or institution. Special guest Dr. Robert Hemfelt, psychotherapist specializing in relationships and addictive disorders, author and professor, discusses how to tell the difference, how to disengage from an addictive religious situation, and how to develop life-giving spirituality. Read about Dr. Hemfelt’s work at www.lifeworkscc.com.
     
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Music is naturally healing, living in us as the everyday rhythms of heartbeat and breath and the tones in our voice. Music-making, enjoyed playfully without the pressure to perform or entertain, is a profound way to facilitate well-being and connect with the joy of life. And that‘s what recovery is all about. Guest Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC, author of Music Medicine: The Science and Spirit of Healing Yourself With Sound, founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, and music therapist, is committed to drumming and music-making as a way of achieving change in individuals, teams and communities. Her programs are aimed at creating a musically accessible culture, where musical expression is seen as a tool for personal transformation and development. Christine has facilitated drumming circles across the United States and the world, most notably bringing this healing modality to people who have been traumatized by wars and weather disasters.
     
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Human beings are deeply connected to each other. We long for the best for those we love—but we can’t give it to them. We want their well-being—but we can’t force them to do the right things. Paradoxically, the wisest way to love others is to keep the focus on ourselves. Specializing in working with those who chronically relapse and their families, guest Heidi Voet Smith shares how essential it is that families look to their own recovery and shares practical ways they can do that. Heidi, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is the clinical director at Burning Tree Recovery Ranch (www.burningtree.com), where she also co-created and co-facilitates the Family Program Workshop. She has been featured in A&E’s Intervention as well as the upcoming National Geographic series “How Drugs Work,” and blogs for Addiction Professional magazine.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What is that feeling of profound emptiness lurking underneath active addiction and over focus on others? It’s the sense of self gone missing. Our sense of self is that authentic voice within that draws us into fulfilled living based on self-awareness and self-respect. Even if we missed developing that as children, in recovery, we have a second chance. Guest Sandra Felt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with many years of experience with clients in recovery from addiction and childhood trauma, shares profound and practical insights on how adults can go back through missed opportunities to find and develop a solid sense of self.
     
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is the same for men and women—or is it? Addiction affects women differently in some ways. And while the foundation of recovery is the same, when treatment and recovery address women's unique needs, their well-being blossoms. Guest Beverly B. shares about her own long-term recovery and her work as a board member of a women's treatment facility that has a great track record of supporting women and their families. Visit www.nexusrecovery.org to learn about a unique program for women.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Young adults are naturally resilient and have the ability to get their lives on track. But in a culture that glorifies addictive behavior as a rite of passage, it is difficult to create the supportive, sober peer community essential for long-term recovery. Exciting cutting-edge treatment programs, coupled with aftercare in an innovative Collegiate Recovery Community, give new hope for young adults. Daniel Krasner, Clinical Solutions Provider of The Ranch at Dove Tree, shares how a unique partnership with the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University is opening new doors. Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/ and www.ranchatdovetree.com to learn more about recovery support for young adults.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Are people pushed into recovery by overwhelmingly negative life circumstances—or are they drawn by their spiritual hunger? Are these the same thing? Guest Deanna Lowell, treatment center chaplain, discusses the spirituality of recovery, what draws us in and what it takes to keep growing. Rev. Lowell has years of rich experience in companioning recovering people as they deepen their spiritual walk. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Maintaining long-term recovery is so much more than just not using. It requires a spiritually awakened life based in accountability, responsibility and consistency. Treatment that blends 12 Step spiritual principles with evidence-based medical and psychological approaches can help break the relapse cycle. Guest Michael Smith, director of multimedia marketing at Burning Tree, a long-term residential treatment program, shares what it takes to create a fulfilling, sober life.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual health is a vital component of mental and physical health. When we find ourselves stuck with chronic problems, we may need to dig deep to find what’s blocking our connection with a loving spiritual power. Past trauma, negative messages or spiritual neglect may be blocking the sunlight of the Spirit. My guest this week, Dr. Leslie Ahlers, a physician who has experience in addiction medicine, chronic illness and hospice care, shares how the body-mind-spirit connection is the key to full well-being. Learn more about Dr. Ahlers at www.truepeacenow.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Advances in neurobiology, psychology, medicine and even electronics—through the creation of social media—offer new approaches to recovery. Do these spell the end of 12-Step programs? My guest this week, Dr. Dan Frigo, dean of Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, discusses how new methods integrated with the 12-Step model create the possibility of higher quality long-term sobriety, and how counselors are trained for the 21st century. Visit www.hazelden.org/web/public/education.page to learn more about Dr. Frigo.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Full mental health means spiritual health. Healthy spirituality is being in touch with a love that cares about you and is bigger than whatever has harmed you. Becoming conscious of the fullness of Spirit is the key to constructive participation in life.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
    Episode Description:
    The beauty of recovery is that we find we are not terminally unique. There are others like us today, and those who have gone before us, who light our way. We alone can do it, but we cannot do it alone. Guest Ray Nelson, Unity minister with  17 years living a recovery program, shares how seeking ways to serve others is the surest way to find solutions when he is struggling. His favorite saying is, "When in doubt, focus out."
  • Episode: Second Chances
    Original air date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is all about second chances. The brittle outer shell cracks open to reveal real life inside. It’s a lot like resurrection. Rev. Mark Fuss shares what happens when what breaks apart becomes the joy of what’s breaking through. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual growth calls us to participate fully in life. Recovery gives us the energy and clarity to connect productively. Guest Nell Hurley, executive director of the Minnesota Recovery Connection, shares how a united commitment to peer-to-peer support, public education and advocacy offers recovering people a way to give back, strengthen their own recovery, and support others who are seeking recovery—and make a powerful impact in their local communities. Learn more about Nell’s work at www.minnesotarecovery.org.
  • Episode: Living In-Depth
    Original air date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What happens when you pursue the spiritual path with all you've got? A life that works! Join me and my guest as we discuss what it means to want spiritual growth so much that you're willing to go to any lengths. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 06, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What’s so powerful about the Twelve Steps, and how do they mesh with other forms of spiritual practice? First published in 1939 in the book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, the Steps offer practical actions that lead to spiritual awakening. They work, not only for people recovering from the disease of alcoholism, but for anyone with “the human condition.” When incorporated as a way of life, the Steps bring continual spiritual growth. Family member Beth A. tells how she keeps her long-term recovery vitalized by making the Steps a priority.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
    Episode Description:
    When outer circumstances fall apart, it’s often a sign that our inner life is coming together. Change is unsettling, but our own spiritual self has called it forth because we are ready for a larger life. Chris Castaldi, a longtime member of the recovery community, started her college program with a burning interest in the change process. In the midst of creating her capstone project, she found herself not just writing about change—but living it! Chris shares what she’s learning about change—and why she now calls it transformation.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Who wants to interact with a God who is negative, judgmental, cold and uncaring? Probably nobody! Guest Ron Scott shares how he came to understand his Higher Power in a completely new way. Through an amazingly simple and effective process that his minister shared with him years ago, Ron has come to know God as a loving Divine Friend. This close relationship has led to a fulfilling, abundant, love-filled life. Ron is a Unity minister, recovering person, and author. In his book, Making Life Work for You: A Jesus Approach, he tells in practical ways how trusting God helps us reclaim our lives. Learn more about Ron at http://slctroy.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Many thousands of children have received the help they need to recover from the pain and loss of growing up in a family impacted by the disease of addiction. When children get help, they can grow up with a sense of self-respect, a connection to positive spirituality, and the ability to participate constructively in life. Guest Jerry Moe is vice president and national director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center and an internationally active trainer, author and lecturer. Jerry is known for his insightful, joyful and clear advocacy for children. Learn more about Jerry’s innovative programs at www.bettyfordcenter.org.   
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 07, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What helps women fully recover—finding freedom from addiction and meaningful spirituality? Recovery services that respond to the realities of womens' lives—that understand the need to address trauma, empowerment, and self-worth issues. Guest Carol Ackley, executive director of River Ridge Treatment Center in Minnesota, and a pioneer in implementing womens' recovery services, shares the transformation that happens with gender-responsive services. Carol blogs about womens' treatment issues on the Addiction Professional website, www.addictionpro.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    The most fundamental addiction is the addiction to our own defensesour 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.

  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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    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.

  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Active addiction or obsession with another robs us of the ability to live in reality. Spiritual growth in recovery allows us to see life clearly, powers our thinking with wisdom, and motivates our actions from love. Guest Jerry J., who has more than 30 years experience working a program of recovery, shares how spirituality gets us into reality.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What Was, What Is—the Foundation for What Will Be—Taking a look at how we responded to life in 2011 is a great way to appreciate our growth. It also gives us guidance from our Higher Power for what new directions we can choose to take in 2012. My 12-Step guest shares practical ways to use our past to springboard into our future. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 03, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Compassion for ourselves and others paves the way for authentic fulfillment. Compassion invites us to reach into our depths and call into action powerful values. It leads us to actions we might never have considered. Multi award-winning independent singer-songwriters, wisdom teachers and compassionate spiritual guides Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin share with us through their music and in conversation what it takes to live from our souls. Learn more about them at www.garrett-martin.com
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Christmas story is a powerful one for recovering people. It’s a story of possibility, of hope and of promise. It’s filled with spiritual awakenings, surrender and faith. It shows how trusting God, even when the path seems nonsensical and out of the mainstream, leads to an amazingly good outcome. Pat Williamson, a Unity minister deeply committed to living and teaching spiritual principles, and with 25 years of personal recovery, shares the powerful recovery message of the Christmas story. Read more about Pat at www.unitychristchurch.org.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Is it possible to actually enjoy the holidays!? To have peaceful celebrations with family and friends? Yes, it is—if we choose serenity first. Counselor Nancy Little, Ph.D., gives practical spiritual techniques to release behavior patterns that block holiday joy. She shows how to create new ways of seeing and being so we feel calm and connected to God, ourselves and our loved ones.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Seeing ourselves through the lens of humor helps us put life in perspective. Our goofy quirks are what make us human—and okay, they are also what get us into trouble. When we have a laugh—at ourselves—we see that we are indeed simply a human among humans. And that means there is definitely hope. Singer-songwriter and humorist Greg Tamblyn shares his music and original perspectives on the ego-in-denial, beer commercials, terminal seriousness, love-sickness and recovery karma. Read more about Greg at www.gregtamblyn.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Talk, talk, talk—will get you nowhere. Our lives get better when we actually live our spirituality. Guest and author Arthur Messenger helps us put the power of Spirit into action each day. His book Living the 12 Steps of Recovery wakes up a new sense of what is possible in recovery.  Find out more about Arthur at www.livingtwelvestepsrecovery.com
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Twelve Steps are a wisdom path that holds principles in common with numerous spiritual philosophies, including New Thought. They appeal to a wide variety of people, many of whom would never practice a religion. Fully embraced, the Twelve Steps lead to a life well-lived. Guest Fred Holmquist, director of The Lodge Program at the Hazelden Renewal Center, has worked in addiction services for 32 years and has a gift for translating recovery principles into practical everyday living. He is a student of New Thought history and philosophy.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Living with energy and creativity demands that we see with clear eyes. It isn’t always easy to face what we find inside us and around us. Singer-songwriter David Roth has a gift for grasping the plain truth and showing it to us with courage, love and grace. David shares why he writes about gratitude, transformation, societal justice, diversity, relationships and peace and what it all has to do with claiming your authentic life. Hear David's music at www.davidrothmusic.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Daily contact with our Higher Power is necessary for high-quality living. It opens us to deeper understanding of ourselves and the strength to grow from challenges. Guest Paul Tyman is a seasoned leader of silent meditation retreats for recovering people. He discusses how 60 years of conscious contact continues to expand his life and shares practical tips on developing a daily prayer practice.
  • Episode: Getting Unstuck
    Original air date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Recovery means finding the authentic self that has been buried for far too long. Psychodrama and other experiential approaches offer creative ways to get unstuck. These powerful methods help recovering people release blocks and go forward to develop healthy lifestyles and productive relationships. Guest Julie Patrick, a psychotherapist experienced in addictions recovery and a nationally certified psychodrama practitioner, shares how facing the past can make a constructive present and future. Read more about Julie at www.twodramaqueens.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Trust, boundaries and respect are key aspects of recovery. With a little help from a horse, people can learn these important life lessons. Guest Lynn Moore, addiction counselor, certified equine therapist, and founder of Acres for Life, shares how the wisdom of the horse helps people heal. Read more about Lynn at www.acresforlife.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Addiction wreaks havoc with family relationships. Trust, security and hope fly out the window. However, families can find a way out of the chaos by working their own program of spiritual recovery. Guest Ellie Hyatt, director of Family and Spiritual Recovery at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minnesota, shares what it takes for families to heal.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Spirituality is the foundation of solid recovery—but it can seem so abstract. What does spirituality really mean? How do you know if you’ve got it? Are there specific things you can do to live more spiritually? Guest Val Roney, veteran addictions counselor and facilitator of the Spirituality Group in a women’s residential treatment center, gives practical tips on growing your spiritual life in recovery. Read more about Val at www.valroneycounseling.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The depths of the heart can only be found through healing the soul. Special guest Rev. Allen Liles shares how spiritual honesty opens the door to profound love.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Current research shows that our brain has a lot to do with how we experience our spirituality. No wonder active addiction, a disease of brain chemistry, makes it nearly impossible to feel connected to Spirit and spiritual values. Ongoing brain healing is a big part of recovery. Unity minister Steve Maynard, author of the weekly Transformative Living Center e-series, "Your Evolving Brain," offers a surprisingly positive perspective.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Recovery brings us face-to-face with what matters most—the gift of life and our connections to other people. Musician, songwriter, author and speaker Dennis Warner touches the lives of adults and young people with messages of self-acceptance and unity. His Beads on One String Project, an anti-bullying program, has reached more than 100,000 children. Dennis shares his music and tells us what motivates him to help people focus on what matters most.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Guest Nic K., recovering person and addictions counselor, talked with us from Assisi, Italy, on October 5, 2010, about his pilgrimage to the sacred sites of Europe and the Middle East. He went on a profound inner journey as he met himself through people, places and new situations. Nic is back in the United States and will talk about how his pilgrimage has touched him and transformed his recovery.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
    Episode Description:
    When posttraumatic stress and addiction both impact a person, full recovery means addressing both. Dennis S., recovering person and Unity minister, shares how he engages the healing power of Spirit to create deep recovery and an engaged, joyful life.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 02, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Guest Bob Dicken shares how he builds trust and connections between treatment professionals, recovering people and the world of religion and spirituality. When these three communities come together in their common spiritual bond, recovering people receive powerful support.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual growth takes focus, perseverance and willingness to keep opening the heart. Listening to one’s Higher Power and taking action on guidance is essential. Being of service is a given. Standing still is not an option. Recovering person Paul A. shares how he combines recovery and Unity principles to keep growing.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Were the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous metaphysicians, evangelical Christians, both, or neither? Desperate for freedom from a terrible disease, they forged a spirituality that defies description—but who cares? It works. Mark S., licensed chemical dependency counselor, dual diagnosis treatment specialist, and student of New Thought, shares the healing power of living the 12 Steps from a metaphysical perspective.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Feeling as if he were trapped in a dark tunnel in which both ends were sealed off, with a sign on the door that read "No Exit," is how guest Douglas Bloch describes his experience with debilitating depression. Determined to find a way through, he combined spirituality, the love of friends, nutrition and therapy. Douglas, author of 10 books, including Listening to Your Inner Voice, shares the gifts he’s gotten from the dark and his program of recovery from depression.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Dance puts the pieces of ourselves into motion, so those pieces can reform and we can heal. It stirs up the energy that connects us to life. Dance is a powerful recovery practice that moves us to fully embody who we are. Guest Liz T., student and teacher of dance as a spiritual and physical practice, shares how she dances with Spirit.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    There is no such thing as a wasted life—even when that life ends tragically. Kathleen Wilson, author of Child of Mine: Spiritual Healing From My Child’s Drug Addiction, shares how she walked through profound pain to find love and meaning.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    When family members of those with the disease of addiction seek spiritual growth, their lives improve whether or not their loved one is in recovery. Serenity replaces worry, compassion replaces condemnation, and joy returns. Guest Magdalena E. tells how living spiritually has graced her life with peace and amazing opportunities.
  • Episode: Triple Winners
    Original air date: Tuesday, June 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual growth really takes off when deep healing is the focus. Working two recovery programs and living Unity principles opens doors to a rich and full life. Guest Jeffrey D. shares why he chooses to be a triple winner and how he walks that path.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    How wonderful it is to spend a few days free from the daily routine to concentrate on life-sustaining spiritual resources. The Renewal Center of the South (RCS) is a nonprofit retreat center for members of any 12-Step Fellowship that provides just such an opportunity. RCS director Jesse Sell tells how following spiritual principles built this wonderful place and how it enriches lives.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    For years scientists have been studying what makes programs like AA work. Currently they are focusing on how spirituality fosters recovery. Researcher Dr. Val Slaymaker shares why scientists are so interested in spirituality, how they study it, and the surprising things they are finding out.
  • Episode: Loving It All
    Original air date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Being in recovery doesn’t mean we live happily ever after—it means we have the resources to meet life as it comes. Wisdom is embracing the hard times as well as the good. And we find that love is accepting people exactly as they are. Guest Jenny L., longtime recovering family member, shares how she learns to love it all.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Addiction is a disease of separation. Yoga is an ancient practice that unites what has been pulled apart— mentally, physically, relationally and spiritually. Yoga teacher Julie Wright integrates yoga and the 12 Steps of Recovery, creating a powerful tool that brings balance and an added dimension of well-being to people recovering from all types of addiction.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is a wisdom path that leads us deep into our spiritual selves. Desperation unexpectedly opens the door to natural mysticism. Doe A. has plumbed the depths of self, both psychologically and spiritually. In this episode, she shares the rich truths she has discovered in her own mystic heart.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Recovery Church is a unique community that draws from two powerful spiritual traditions—the 12-step program and Christianity—seeking to embody the spirit of God without creating boundaries for its expression. Rev. Dr. Jo Campe shares how this ministry provides nurturing spiritual community for people in search of growth, healing and recovery.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The circumstances of our lives hold us down until we find the spiritual power within us. Guest Paul Wedding, author of If You Only Knew What You Already Know was homeless, jobless, and powerless over the disease of addiction. Eight years ago on April 19, 2003, he had a profound spiritual experience that set him on a path of recovery, service and fulfillment of his soul purpose.
  • Episode: Legacy of Love
    Original air date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Families affected by addiction can break the chain of pain and choose to create a legacy of love. Janet L. tells how life can be different when multiple family members enter recovery.
  • Episode: Reset to Love
    Original air date: Tuesday, April 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Recovery means learning to love again—or maybe for the first time. Healing the past, learning to respect self and others, having the courage to give and receive—these are the tools that build good relationships. Guest Richard C., recovering person and blogger, shares his quest to reset to love.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Spirituality is a powerful change agent. Treatment program director Tony Krall believes it is the key component in recovery. Only spirituality creates a lasting positive shift in relationships—all the way from family dynamics to productive political involvement.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Does being in recovery mean that you have to forever define yourself as "sick?" What does well-being look like? Guest Kevin F. explores the paradoxes of being a recovering person.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Special guest Billye, author, speaker and spiritual teacher, shares the wisdom of 40 years of family recovery. By putting her serenity first, she was able to detach with love during the active alcoholism in her family. Now with many years of living with family sobriety, she generously speaks about how the tools of recovery keep transforming her life.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, March 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Improving conscious contact with spiritual power as we understand it is the foundation of recovery. But how do we do it? There are as many ways as there are people. Guest Charles G. shares his deep commitment to and enthusiasm for his relationship to God. He tells us why that connection is so important, what it means to his recovery, how he gets through the dark nights of the soul, and how he keeps that spiritual relationship growing in the midst of a very busy life.
  • Episode: A Woman's Heart
    Original air date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Women in recovery have a unique kind of courage. In this episode, guest Sandra M. talks about those special challenges and the rich rewards that come from facing them.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The disease of addiction shuts the door to full living, while the genuine welcoming love found in recovery opens the door to all the good we can hold. For Unity minister and recovering person Joe S., life is rich today. Join us as Joe shares how love brought him into recovery and keeps guiding him with the wisdom of the heart.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    To recover means to get back something previously lost, to reclaim what is useful, to find the essence of who we are, and connect that with life around us. Bishop John Shelby Spong is a visionary thinker who articulates a spirituality of wholeness—one that engages life in ways that express integrity, love and equality. He opens doors to powerful new ways of understanding and relating with Spirit’s presence—ways that deepen and broaden recovery. Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. He is a visiting lecturer at universities and churches and has made extensive media appearances. Bishop Spong also writes the weekly e-column “A New Christianity for a New World.“
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is all about finding and expressing your talents, love, and creativity—being of service by being you. Guest Gracie Vandiver shares how she does just that. In addition to conversation, we’ll hear music from Gracie’s Trail of Light CD. Gracie is a songwriter, singer, founder of Sunlight of the Spirit Music, host of SoberCafe Podcast, and winner of a New Thought Music Posi Award and two Entertainment Industries Council PRISM awards for supporting recovery through media.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Addiction creates the dead end of fear and “no choice.” Recovery creates the opening to love and constructive options. What’s the catalyst for this transformation? Putting spiritual principles into practical action—every day. Guest Chad W., professional addictions counselor and a person in long-term recovery, knows what it takes and tells it like it is.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, January 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    How we view God matters! My guest Lee L., a recovering family member, is a gutsy lady who has never been content with a secondhand God. A forward thinker who dares to let her spirituality keep evolving, Lee has lots to say about looking for and finding a Higher Power.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is a launching pad to life—not a place to hide out. The disease of addiction isolates us. Recovery gives us the courage to connect. My guest Richard Curtis believes the true purpose of the 12 Steps is the fulfillment of our spiritual potential—which includes paying it forward in love and service.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, December 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Families—you gotta love ‘em! Or do you? Better yet—how do you, especially at the holidays! Spirit of Recovery guest Dr. Fran Williams, clinician and educator, knows a thing or two about love—what it is and what it isn’t. She helps recovering people create healthier, more authentic and caring family relationships. Fran’s wisdom, delivered with warmth and humor, opens the doors of the heart.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Recovery changes everything—or does it? Jeff K. is a busy guy. He was that way before recovery, and he’s still that way today. Some of his many roles are consultant to nonprofits, vocal artist, actor, artistic director of a musical theater company, music director, auctioneer extraordinaire, businessman and politician. And in the midst of all that, he puts recovery first—including being of service. Tune in this week to find out how he does it—and discover what does and doesn’t change with recovery.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Good happens when we put Spirit into action—or when Spirit puts us into action! Guest Mark Burchell’s focus was getting his business back on track, but God had other plans. In 2003, Mark opened his first transitional home, where people could live and share recovery in a sober environment. This was the beginning of “The Doorway to Recovery,” a program that supports recovering people rebuilding their lives. Join us as we discuss how Spirit moves us to do the things that make a real difference.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The philosophy of recovery for today’s guest, Jody K., is “If you work it, it’s work. If you live it, it’s life.” Living recovery means a dynamic family life based in communication, accountability, respect and love. Living recovery means knowing that “pain healed becomes the power and grace to help others.” Join me for a lively conversation with Jody K.—a joyful spirit with 27 years of living recovery.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    What if human self-centeredness is not “bad” but rather an earlier stage of development? What if humans are now evolving into our next stage—oneness, the ability to live Divine Love? Can the12 Steps, traditionally associated with addiction recovery, be used by anyone as an evolutionary path to love? Join me and my guest Barry Vennard, Unity minister and author of Stepping Through the Narrow Gate: Personal Transformation Through Evolutionary Spirituality as we discuss the possibilities.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Does recovery from addiction include taking good care of your brain? Today’s scientific research validates what founders of the modern recovery movement knew through observation—the disease of addiction has a strong physical component. My guest Dr. Suka Chapel, director of ARISE Treatment Center, combines nutritional therapy, energy work, and lifestyle changes with traditional 12-step and psychological counseling for a holistic treatment approach. Join us for a stimulating discussion of how supporting brain health facilitates spiritual growth and behavioral change.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Everyone who cares about a person with the disease of addiction is affected by it. Addiction impacts the person’s family, friends, workplace and yes—even their spiritual community. It is a disease of relationships where chaos reigns and conscious contact with Spirit is squeezed out. Join me and special guest Unity minister Peggy K., who for the past 34 years has worked her own powerful program of recovery as a family member. She’ll tell us her story of choosing serenity over turmoil and share her wisdom about what makes a positive difference for our loved ones who have addiction—whether they are in recovery or not.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Recovery is so much more than sobriety alone or coping with a loved one’s addictive disease. That’s where it begins—but ultimately recovery is about learning to live! My guest today is Mel B., a recovering alcoholic with over 60 years of sobriety and a lifelong student of metaphysics and spirituality. Mel wrote the meditation book Walk in Dry Places to help recovering people learn to live life on life’s terms—in other words to actually become happy, joyous and free. The recovery life is a life worth living—well! Join me and Mel B. as we explore how to make it through life’s challenges into positive, high-quality living. You can learn more about Mel’s book at www.walkindryplaces.com.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    A spiritual awakening that leads to continuing spiritual growth is the purpose of the 12 Steps. Integrating 12-Step principles with a personal spiritual path can increase our ability “to practice these principles in all our affairs.” My guest Albert W., longtime recovering person and Unity minister, will discuss how metaphysical spiritual principles deepen his recovery and his ministry. He’ll also share with us the challenges and triumphs he has met along the way.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 05, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Most people enter recovery out of sheer desperation—ready to try something, anything, to stop their downhill slide. Few realize in the beginning that they are opening their lives to so much more than putting the brakes on destruction. Coming into recovery is setting feet, heart, mind and soul on the path of pilgrimage—a journey to a holy place within one’s own life. Anna’s guest Nic K., addictions counselor, recovering person, and lover of life, will be talking with us from Assisi, Italy. He is on a very special inner and outer pilgrimage, traveling to sacred places in Europe and the Middle East. Nic will be sharing with us the fascinating people he has met, the heart-deepening service he has been able to give, and the new depths of spiritual growth he is discovering.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    What’s so important about prayer and meditation? Do they really make a difference in quality of life in recovery? What happens to the mind, body and soul through the use of these spiritual practices? Join Anna and her guest Rev. Paul Tyman as they discuss these questions. Paul brings the richness of having walked a committed spiritual path for more than 60 years. He has led numerous silent meditation retreats for recovering people, believing that in the Silence, we truly encounter God and self.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We take for granted that recovery and spiritual growth are one and the same. But that wasn’t always the case. How did spirituality and recovery get intertwined? And how did Unity and other New Thought ideas become part of the mix? Anna and her guest “Dennis the Minister” explore how this strong spiritual foundation benefits recovering people today.

Host Bio

Rev. Anna Shouse
Rev. Anna J. Shouse, Ph.D., serves through Soul Matters Ministry—www.soulmatters-spiritworks.org. She is a stimulating speaker, teacher, and facilitator known for her humor, intelligence, warmth, and passion for Unity metaphysics. Anna walks a path of personal growth and spiritual development with deep commitment.

Her consulting ministry, Soul Matters-Spirit Works, is a positive professional resource for spiritual communities and leaders and helping professionals. She facilitates the application of Truth principles to addiction recovery, human relations, and leadership and is currently writing a book on spirituality and trauma recovery.

Anna supports spiritual communities in becoming recovery affirmative—welcoming helpful places for people with the disease of addiction and their families. Her ministry focuses on the development of healthy relationship with Spirit, self, and others as the key to abundant soul-full living. Anna’s fresh, practical approaches leave participants in her workshops and classes feeling they have had an experience of God’s presence within them. This transformative awareness leads to life-changing action.

A Unity minister joyfully engaged in leadership and service, Anna has taught in university, community, and spiritual education settings for more than 30 years and effectively uses and trains others in the systems approach to leadership and community. She has extensive experience facilitating spiritual growth for recovering people and their families and holds a doctorate in communication and human relations, a master’s in addiction counseling, and a bachelor’s in special education.

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