Kurt Swensen

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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 and respect for the pain we hold inside.
  • Sometimes what’s given us to do is “nothing”.
  • A family story of alcoholism, suicide and denial.
  • We all still have work to do.
  • The difficulty staying in recovery due to unresolved emotional pain and trauma.
  • Auto-pilot negative thinking and being surprised when personal history does not repeat itself.
  • Step 11, when recovery takes on a profoundly spiritual aspect, what used to be the norm is often transformed.

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Kurt Swensen • January 27, 2016

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