We've talked sex, we've talked politics (somewhat), and so we're taking a deeper dive into the last of the big three taboo topics- religion. Jon and Jackie look at how recovery impacts religious beliefs and practices and spirituality. There is not a one-size-fits-all description of here- it is such a unique unfolding for everyone- but there are some common themes we see. Don't be afraid of these potential changes- when you are working on the core of you, you often see the core of you in new ways.
In this episode, Jackie talks with Susan and Bill about SMART Recovery. They talk about how SMART meetings work and the concepts and psychological tools taught in SMART. If the typical 12 step meetings aren’t your cup of tea, or if you’re looking to add another resource to your recovery this episode will be worth your time.
Ken Adams is back (you also heard him on episode 57) with Wendy Conquest to talk about their work with women who are enmeshed with either or both of their parents. We explore themes of reclaiming what it means to love and be loved, burdens of guilt, and how to un-enmesh while still being able to love.
If you are part of any group- professionally, 12 steps, family, a relationship - you won't want to miss this one. We are talking to Leonard Bade about his experience that ranges from helping large corporations change culture for the better to getting sober in 12-step rooms. Leonard brings decades of experience that can help you to break through some of the barriers that keep the groups you are part of from being as effective as they can be.
Jackie and Jon begin a series on the needed, but often unsettling changes that are byproducts of good recovery. It would be nice if life just got more peaceful and we got more settled as we get more sober, but the truth is that initially a lot of institutions, relationships, and beliefs get upended and have to resettle as we fundamentally change the way we live.
We sit down today with Craig Cashwell, PhD. to talk about his research and practical application into the nature of spiritual bypass. Dr. Cashwell looks at how we either move toward or away from emotionally or psychologically difficult spaces- the use of spirituality or religion being one of the ways we can either move toward or away.