AA speaker Dr. Mike presents a Big Book study podcast and thoughts on recovery




Dr. Mike, in these essays, discusses different aspects of recovery including discussion of the steps and principles outlined in the big book. He also looks at topics commonly discussed in the fellowship and how he sees them applied to his own recovery.

In the posts below, Dr. Mike gives his thoughts on different topics related to recovery.  Comments and discussion are welcome.

Thoughts on Recovery – No. 25 – The whole deal – Page 164

Oct 27, 2017

I have had a saying with sponsees just do the deal. The last page of the big book instructions and experience is on p164. I will be covering this tomorrow and completing the 9th time covering the first 164 pages. What is the deal? What do they tell me on this last page? They first tell me my real reliance is always upon God! If I do this he will…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 24 – The 2 books of AA – Which one are you reading?

Oct 10, 2017

Dedicated to Russell S He has an excellent talk and describes the 2 books I agree with Russell. He talks about the two books in AA. One is the not drinking book. People come to AA and read this book and they stay sober. They go to meetings and are active in the fellowship of AA. Some of them don’t want to hear about God and some don’t like big…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 23 – The Spiritual Axiom – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions P. 90 -Step 10 – Also listen to podcast Saturday year 3 episode 28

Oct 1, 2017

It is a spiritual axiom that every time I am disturbed there is something wrong with Me. Notice it says every time. Do you think this is true for you?  If you are brand new to AA you may think there are exceptions but if you start working the steps, especially when you have worked step 4 to 9 , you will see the spiritual truth of this statement. This…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 22 – Nine yrs. of EBB Sept 27 2008-2017 – Page 100

Sep 28, 2017

Last night marked the 9th anniversary of the EBB meetings. I am so grateful to God. My favorite paragraph is on p 100. Both I and the people at the meetings have walked together on the path of  spiritual progress. For me remarkable things have come to pass. The things that have come to me when I put myself in God’s hands were far better than anything I could have…

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Change in episode titles and new search function coming soon

Sep 26, 2017

You will notice I am. working on changing titles by day and episode sequence. I will put the chapter and step and pages covered in the description. The episodes follow the book in sequence but by changing the title it will help to focus on the key areas covered.in each episode Their will be search buttons added by both day or step and also tags at bottom to search by…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 21 – Step 10 – How to stay in the World of the Spirit – WADAT – Watch Ask Discuss Amend Turn

Sep 22, 2017

My last thought was a discussion of what the authors meant by the world of the spirit. Also I looked at the significance of entering and being in this world.  The whole deal of AA is getting you into the world of the spirit thru the actions of steps 4-9 and then staying there with steps 10-11. In one paragraph on p84 are specific instructions on staying in the world…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 20 – We have entered the World of the Spirit – Page 84 -Step 10

Sep 20, 2017

Tonight at the wed night meeting we are starting study of step 10.  When I started to record episodes in feb 2017 on wed night we were on step 4 p64. If you go to episode page and choose wed night tag at bottom of page the episodes will appear in order. I am going to focus tonight on p84 the first couple of paragraphs.  When you have worked steps…

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Thoughts on Recovery – No. 19 – Step Zero

Sep 18, 2017

Joe Hawk was a powerful carrier of the message. He passed away several yrs ago. He used the term step zero. He said this is when  you have received the grace of God to stop drinking but have not worked the steps. How long can one stay sober without working the steps? I wrote that the disease occurs when you are sober. So sober without program is very scary. Without…

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Thoughts of Recovery – No. 18 – Selfishness and alcohol

Sep 14, 2017

In the last 2 thoughts I talked about the disease of alcoholism. I believe the disease is evident when one is sober without a conscious contact with God. If one is selfish and self centered and managing their life than the result is not good,. Life becomes one of  conflict with people, resentment, fear, and harmful actions that produce shame and guilt. For the alcoholic this manner of living produces…

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