Well, we have finally finished the Joe and Charlie series on the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It seemed to be well received as it was downloaded many times and, although I got a lot of nice e-mail about it, I have to tell you I was beginning to tire of seeing the same tag about it on Itunes. Something about the way the feed was formated for Itunes caused extra characters to appear in the description. I guess this goes in the “Live and Learn” category.
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We are moving on from Joe and Charlie this week and will start with some Al-Anon speakers. We have a two episode Mary Pearl talk that is, as usual, hilarious. I think everyone can relate to Mary Pearl regardless of what program might be their primary focus. Give it a try and let us hear your feedback either by leaving a comment on the site, or by dropping us an e-mail.
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Starting the first week in April we will begin the Joe & Charlie Big Book Study. This effort is segmented into 35 audio files roughly following the chapters as set out in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. We will upload a file a day for you until finished, and of course, the entire set will remain in the archives once uploaded. I use the word “roughly” simply because Joe and Charlie add some discussion elements to the books content in an effort to help the newcomer understand the basic principles of recovery as set out in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is the Grandfather of all step-based recovery programs, and the principles set out in this book are universal and apply to them all. Joe and Charlie were the Grandfathers of Big Book Studies, traveling around North America for decades, giving weekend workshops on this text. Whether you are trying to recover from alcoholism, substance-abuse, co-dependency or some other form of obsessive-compulsive disorder,what the clinicians might call sedativism, a better understanding of this text can only help.
If you are looking for additional resources for recovery related information, I recommend visiting the “Faces and Voices of Recovery” website. It is one of America’s best run charities keeping in touch with lawmakers in Washington, and on the State level, as an advocate for people in recovery. Go see what they are up to on your behalf these days!
Speaking of connections to Recovery Resources, you might check out our own collection of links. We have listings for recovery clubhouses, speakers, treatment facilities and many other things as well. They can all be found by clicking the link above. This will take you to the “Links” page on our original site. While you are there, you might look around and find some treasures on our collection of speakers and workshops as well! We have over a Gigabyte of files online ready to stream Recovery to you with just the click of a button!
The recovery Radio Network has long been a member of various recovery based Webrings. We highly recommend them as a great way to find like-minded people and resources. Try it and see if you don’t agree. Just click the “next” link on the Webring search box above to be taken to the Webring where you can browse for other recovery oriented sites.
On a related issue, there are a couple of Social Networking sites that I belong to that are recovery based as well. They have the usual “Facebook” or “Myspace” feel and functionality to them, and serve the same purpose for people in recovery looking for other people to connect with. The diseases of Addiction and Alcoholism, do their best to keep the victims isolated from humanity, and these social networking sites, serve as a valuable way for us to create new connections to help in overcoming our isolation. Even though these sites are relatively new and still suffering the pains associated with growth here are links to the two I have found to be helpful. The first one is InTheRooms and the other is Sanewire. Try them out and see if social networking is for you. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover new friends and activities online that will help your feelings of isolation dissipate. Wouldn’t THAT be GOOD! I am a member of both these sites with the moniker of “Stationmanager” so, look me up once you get online, I’m always looking for new friends!
The Recovery Radio Network Podcast has been well received within the recovery community and, is proving to be very popular with people. The amount of web traffic to this site has been amazing. In our first week of operation we have already had to double our committment for bandwidth and storage because of the demand!
We have been busy loading up some new titles on the Recovery Radio Podcasting site for your enjoyment. New speakers from AA and Al-Anon bring us personal stories of recovery, a doctor talks about the disease concept of alcoholism and, there is even a little bit of AA history. In the near future we will be bringing you stories from young people in recovery, as well as ,the Joe and Charlie 12 step workshop, and a Mary Pearl Retreat for women. RRN is currently working on getting these projects in podcast format and expects to begin broadcasting them shortly.
We have been gratified by the response from our listeners who have either left us comments, or e-mailed us with suggestions. Please keep those “cards and letters” coming! We love to hear from recovering folks and are always open to new ideas.
Finally, we have started podcasting here at Recovery Radio Network. Look under our Blogroll listings on the right side of this page and you will see a couple different links for RRN. The streaming media link takes you to our traditional website, where you will find all sorts of speakers and workshops available for “on demand” listening, using the mp3 player of your choice, or our built in Flash player.
The RRN Podcast link, will take you to our new site where, in addition to listening to audio using the built-in flash player, you may also download the various episodes and play them on your portable audio player. Since this site is new, the selection of audio files is currently limited but, we will be adding new files to the site regularly so, check back often.
In addition to downloading Podcast episodes, you may create written comments about the speakers, share the episodes with friends, or link directly to the audio files, all from within our Podcast page. You may also become a subscriber to the RRN podcast so that when we release new episodes you will automatically get them. Give it a try and let us know what you think.