Kurt Swensen

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 351

This week on ORS 351……. The progression and stages of chemical dependency. Blackouts Family support in our recovery Admitting we have a problem and asking for help What’s is my work, whats not….. Codependency and our desire to help others Enabling behaviors My relationship with my “Self” Loss and “death” Our willingness to hear our…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 350

Episode 350 starts with a talk about feelings… Happy Birthday and thank you to Amanda. Amanda has graciously shared some of her stories, history, and wisdom with me lately and has left me feeling kinder, gentler and more understanding of the world around me. We can ruminate on the troubles in our human life or,…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 349

This week’s show may be “a bit dark” – not for bedtime listening. Blackouts, depression and suicidal ideation. Getting loaded “to forget.” The progressive nature of addiction and a few words about blackouts. Wanting the best for ourselves in the first year of recovery, and the fear of becoming overwhelmed. Approaching Step Four with caution…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 348

On this weeks sow I devote almost an entire episode to “feelings”. Usually people feel discomfort when asked to drop deeply into their feelings. Living a life in recovery requires us to feel, accurately identify, and sometimes express our deepest inner “Self”. The egos’ investment in “winning”. What are my feelings telling me to do?…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 347

Welcome to ORS 347 A valued listener and correspondent writes in, reminding us of “The Lost Episodes” and living in a healthy state of expression. Breaking life down into chunks asking, “Where did the need to escape occur, and what emotional event preceded it?” Kurt shares about a geographic move, motorcycles and go-carts on the…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 346

Welcome to ORS 346 Happy 2016 to all of our listeners. The sense of urgency to get sober that accompanies the Holidays. When is an intervention appropriate? Family and social dynamics that impact getting treatment. Family and friends can support an urge to get help/go to treatment, or talk us out of it. In the…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 345

On our final show of 2015…. Family Donation update: Many thanks to all who contributed toward real food, dog food, baby food and an apartment! Revisiting levels of forgiveness, and what ”forgiveness” really means. Freudian psychoanalysis and our free flowing stream of consciousness. Some thoughts about trauma(s) that have been repressed for decades and an…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 344

This week on ORS 344… Our last show before Christmas, that should post on the 23rd. The fundamentals of recovery. Medical issues resolved!! A family story…… The link between family disorders and our own condition. The “Anxiety Connection” A literal manifestation of “thoughts become things.” “Let go” or “Drop it” – Is it the same…

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 343

On this week’s show we begin with an update on “family in a car.” Difficulty sustaining recovery while experiencing physical symptoms that were not present while drinking, or, how many of us worsen if we were really better off when we were drinking/using? Alcohol/ substances as an insulative barrier between our Self and our feelings….

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