The Recovering Gamblers Podcast: LIVE

Episode 5

March 15, 2021

Show Notes

First Segment - Acceptance

I’ve been reading A Gentle Path Through the 12 Principles by Patrick Carnes and since we are a new podcast, talking about recovery, I thought it would be good to start at the start. In this book, and I agree with it, acceptance is one of the key principles in Step One. 

We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable. 

A quote I like about acceptance comes from Kathleen Casey Theisen - “Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it.”

The key question of Acceptance in the book is: What are my limits? 

It begins when we admit powerlessness over our addiction and the unmanageability of our life.

Over time, we learn to accept that we are flawed and limited, simply because we are human.

We learn to be clear and honest about our limitations, discovering what they are and living within them.

Second Segment - Why do we romanticize our addictions? 

Third Segment - Today will I "step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act"? 

Is my identity tied to "living on the edge"? 

Do others see me as a chaotic character or do I give others the impression I am balanced and level headed? 

Did I have a "street" persona that I fear will be lost in recovery? 

Do I feel whole, or like the hole in the donut now that I am in recovery?


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