12 Steps of Sobriety - Room

Alone and High

12 Step Radio - 16 February, 2019 - 17:18

Mike’s first experience with drinking as a teenager left him wanting more of those warm feelings, despite being made the target if public humiliation after passing out.  The booze let to drugs, including cocaine and drug-fueled road trips with friends.  But after turning 18, Mike learned he could get the cocaine on his own and not needing anyone’s help.  This began a dark period of being alone and high.

Her Lover And Best Friend

12 Step Radio - 16 February, 2019 - 05:51

Always referred to as “large”, Carol knew she had an eating disorder at a very young age.  When she lived on her own, she would go shopping on Friday night and buy huge gallons of ice cream, cookies, sandwiches, soda, and chips.  She would “gorge” on all of the food, and then take laxatives all weekend long.  On Monday, she would go back to eating lettuce and tuna.  She knew she had to stop, but how could she?  Food was her lover and best friend, and it meant everything to her.

Fix Dad

12 Step Radio - 15 February, 2019 - 05:46

Katya’s father is a drug addict. He has years of sobriety under his belt, but the damage done with the relationship with daughter is through. In fact, it was Katya’s father who first brought her to Al-Anon to begin her healing. Katya remembers a beautiful childhood, at first. She was born in Switzerland and raised in Israel. Even as a young child, however, she knew her father was a drug user. But she never saw him in such an altered state in which he couldn’t function and so she believed he had no problem. But as she grew older, her father’s drug use made her feel distant from her family to the point she sought the approval of other people; wanting praise and love from friends and strangers.

Private Pyle

12 Step Radio - 12 February, 2019 - 22:34

Paul was the “fat boy” in the military. He had hoped that by joining the service he would be battling America’s foes, but as he had been doing his whole life, he was battling the extra pounds; the extraneous weight he gained out of his insecurity. He was the soldier who stuffed lunch meat in his pockets. The shame would lead him to try wiring his jaw shut to hopefully stop eating.

Labor Unions – Don

12 Step Radio - 11 February, 2019 - 23:28

Don sits down to tell his story on his 37th anniversary of sobriety, and he remembers vividly that decision to stop drinking.  But he also remembers when he began, at age 18, having finished high school.  Immediately after graduating, Don took a job as a union miner, and found himself with money to spend on booze.  It took a year for him to start missing shifts by the month.  It was at that point both his employer and union tried to start helping Don get on the straight and narrow.