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Keep Coming Back - Speaker Meetings
Enjoy great Speaker Meetings right here on Keep Coming Back. Instead of bringing the mic to the meeting and recording "Speaker Tapes," we're bringing the Speaker to the mic. Read more at KeepComingBack.net
Jun 18, 2020
vol 26. Sobriety Date 11/3/2000 (Holly)
Holly shares her Experience, Strength and Hope with complete honesty and vulnerability. Not only is she a straight shooter, she is a down-right interesting human. A tattooed priest working on her masters in Addiction Studies, she's also a Drug and Addiction counselor who was also once an actress, Al-Anon member, and even had an affair with a woman. Holly describes the great dysfunctional family she came from and how that grew her into the woman she is today, with almost 20 years of sobriety serving every single day of her life to a Higher Power. Holly brings the principles of AA into her congregation where everyone can feel the light of a beautiful Higher Power that loves, accepts and provides grace unconditionally. Holly may be the best antidote for those broken by organized religion. Quotes "I worked really, really hard; my goal was to feel good about myself regardless of my circumstance . . . I wanted to walk into a room knowing I was worthy and valuable." "The way we [alcoholics and addicts] deal with life is so completely different." *recorded via phone, sound varies
May 9, 2020
vol 25. Sobriety Date 9/11/1994 (Lydia)
Lydia shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; shortly after becoming a mother her family had an intervention, though it didn't immediately provide closure to her drinking, it did shift something in Lydia. It provided her with enough perspective to seek and ask for help from the rooms of AA. After wondering into her first AA meeting, Lydia was immediately struck with a power greater than herself. Quotes "I remember waking up thinking, I'm gonna get sober, I have to get sober; I don't know what that means, I don't know what AA is, but I heard about it. I had no idea it would mean the beginning of my entire life." "I never knew a moment of peace until I entered AA." *recorded via phone, sound varies
Apr 1, 2020
vol 24. Sobriety Date 8/24/2012 (Todd)
Todd shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; it took more than 20 years of attending Alcoholics Anonymous before he became willing to do whatever it took to get and remain sober. Todd woke one morning with an almost sudden realization that he had to live the rest of his life sober, and so he began to do the work and work the program; he's been sober since. Quotes "I went to AA selfishly to manage my consequences and get what I wanted. The minute the meeting was over I went back to doing things the way I've always done them -- what's in it for me, I'll do it if I feel like it." "I'm incredibly grateful for Alcoholics Anonymous . . . if ever anyone earned the right to be barred from an AA meeting, it was me, but every time I'd come back, they'd smile and say Keep Coming Back." *recorded via phone, sound varies
Mar 27, 2020
vol 23. Sobriety Date 10/13/2011 (Kaleo)
Kaleo shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; once completely hopeless and homeless, he's now sober in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Kaleo tells of his life today with a God of his understanding, how he stays in service and continues to keep his ego at bay. Quotes "I've come to learn that the void in my soul, this hole, is a god-shaped hole. And no matter how many other things [people/places/things] I put in there, it's never enough." "The program has offered me so much more than the freedom from the obsession to drink and use . . . I just wanted to stop drinking, and look at what has been given to me, so much more, I had no idea the blessings I would receive."
Mar 24, 2020
vol 22. Sobriety Date 6/8/1986 (Andy)
Andy shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; without realizing what he was doing, he walks into his boss's office and announces he's dying and needs help, her response: "How can we help?" Weeks later, Andy finds sobriety in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. He's been sober since, and that was Spring 1986. Quotes "I'd wake up in the morning after a round of drinking, swearing it off - I'm never gonna do this again - only to find myself hammered later that night." "You gotta have a god you can trust, in order for this thing to work."
1 hr 5 min
Mar 22, 2020
vol 21. Sobriety Date 2/3/1980 (Gary)
Gary shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; after 40 years of sobriety he has experienced and learned quite a lot about Alcoholics and Alcoholics Anonymous. What Gary does works, and he's not afraid to tell you what it takes to maintain a life of sobriety. Quotes "I was willing to do whatever it took, at that point . . . I was willing." "If you're not going to change in this program, you're not going to stay sober."
1 hr 21 min
Mar 8, 2020
vol 20. Sobriety Date 5/1/2002 (Chris G.)*
Chris shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; from a lonely and emotionally abusive childhood to homelessness to the rooms of recovery. This addict and alcoholic went from believing life was something he had to survive to something he cherishes - every single day. Quotes "I judged myself by my intentions and who I meant to be, and other people judged me by my actions and what I did . . . it's one of the reasons I was always so defensive and sensitive." "Serenity is being ok in spite of myself and in spite of the world around me." *recorded via phone, sound varies
1 hr 47 min
Feb 25, 2020
vol 19. Sobriety Date 1/11/1986 (Gigi)*
Gigi shares her Experience, Strength and Hope as she walks us through what the 12 steps mean to her and how they brought her to a life of peace and serenity. Quotes "Through the steps, I discovered I'm not a piece of shit, even though my behavior was embarrassing and made me feel awful . . . that behavior didn't come from my best self, it was based on old patterns and old conditioning." "This Higher Power thing is a stumbling block for some people, but for me, I think about it as: a power greater than my fears." *recorded via phone, sound varies
Jan 29, 2020
vol 18. Sobriety Date 1/1/1986 (Kevin)*
Kevin shares his Experience, Strength and Hope. It was the words "might" and "maybe" that got this young man of 23 years off the streets and into a life of sobriety, joy and love. An episode worth listening all the way through~ Quotes "Alcoholics Anonymous didn't restrict my life, it expanded it." "It's not my fault my mother abandoned me, but it's my responsibility to grow and heal as an adult; it's not my fault that my drinking turned into alcoholism, but it's my responsibility to clean up all these past mistakes." *recorded via phone, sound varies
1 hr 9 min
Jan 1, 2020
vol 17. Sobriety Date 11/10/1985 (Fred)
Fred shares his Experience, Strength and Hope. After many years of trying and failing to get sober, he finds himself at a conference for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA), with his mother. And has been sober since. We never know how or when we'll get sober; Fred's story is a beautiful example of not giving up before the miracle happens. Quotes "When I picked up a drink I didn't know when I would put it down, or how many I would drink, or what the consequences would be." "God pops up in strange ways that I never expected, and he shows up almost everywhere I look . . . and that produces a great, deep relaxation in me that no drug ever did, that I was always looking for in the drugs I used."
Dec 31, 2019
vol 16. Sobriety Date 1/1/2001 (Will)
Will shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; he gets real on his battle of relapse, job loss and brain cancer. Will demonstrates the beauty and peace of living life in sobriety by using the tools of Alcoholics Anonymous to maintain serenity. Quotes: "Alcohol was a daily thing, and it had totally taken over; it was constant thoughts of getting through the day so I could drink again." "The only thing I did right [while relapsing], was I kept going back to meetings; I kept around long enough for the miracle to happen."
Dec 29, 2019
vol 15. Sobriety Date 1/7/2004 (Andrew)
Andrew shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; from growing up in Silicon Valley and working at Apple to homelessness, with grand mal seizures sprinkled throughout, Andrew finds himself having a spiritual experience that's one of a kind -- and has been sober since. Quotes "I remember the feeling of shame, but also the desperation that I had to have a drink; there was nothing else more important." "I was the most stubborn guy, and that's no way to live, 'cause it will make you drink."
Dec 28, 2019
vol 14. Sobriety Date 5/29/1986 (Stuart)
Stuart shares his Experience, Strength and Hope as he explores the complexities of life after decades of sobriety. Quotes "Life is a little bit uncomfortable when you're always trying to fit in." "Being an alcoholic didn't excuse my behavior, but it certainly explained it."
Dec 16, 2019
vol 13. Sobriety Date 12/26/1997 (Tammie)
With almost 22 years of sobriety, Tammie shares her Experience, Strength and Hope. Life in sobriety isn't always smooth sailing; Tammie shows us how it's done using the simple and wise tools of Alcoholics Anonymous. Quotes "I've learned how to respond, not react, because now I'm pausing." "It's more important for us to feel than to think, 'cause where did our thinking get us?"
Dec 8, 2019
vol 12. Sobriety Date 10/18/2019 (Kate)
Kate bravely shares her Experience, Strength and Hope. After 8 years of sobriety she talked herself into drinking again, and she quickly found the obsession was back, and even more than ever—but Kate knows the solution is in the steps, the support in the rooms, and serenity in the service when we give back. Quotes "At that point I wanted to stop, I was praying to stop, but I couldn't stop." "It's the giving of the self, getting out of self, helping somebody else—that is what saves you."
Nov 3, 2019
vol 11. Sobriety Date 1/28/2008 (Phillip Andrew)*
Phillip shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; losing his mother at 15, alcohol became his solution to hide, constantly feeling alone, and going downhill quickly, at 22 Phil learns to love himself and others in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Quote: "That's the power of recovery, complete strangers gave me my life back." *recorded via phone, sound varies
1 hr 8 min
Nov 2, 2019
vol 10. Sobriety Date 7/21/2005 (Brian)
Brian shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; finding his love and life in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, we hear how Brian survived his wife’s death and carried on for their boys, sober. Quote: “We’re sick people trying to get better, not bad people trying to get good.”
Nov 2, 2019
vol 9. Sobriety Date 9/9/2018 (Christine)
Christine shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; never belonging and almost walking away from Alcoholics Anonymous, Christine finds a home and a joy she didn’t think existed for her. Quote: “I just killed time before I died, drinking; it was all I could do.”
Oct 25, 2019
vol 8. Sobriety Date 7/23/2007 (Margie)
Margie shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; never feeling like she belonged and always feeling less than, she found her way to friends and comfort in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Quote: “There was always this knowledge of Alcoholics Anonymous; this place where I could go."
Oct 11, 2019
vol 7. Sobriety Date 7/20/2018 (Maureen)
Maureen shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; from drinking for fun to drinking alone, with anxiety-filled and regretful mornings, Maureen quickly found her way to Alcoholics Anonymous. Quote: “I felt the depression set in, and the anxiety, and it was back. I hated the way I felt the next day, emotionally and mentally it was tearing me apart . . . I knew deep down I had to get sober.”
Oct 11, 2019
vol 6. Sobriety Date 6/14/2019 (Chad)
Chad shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; living in a state of existence, one escape from reality after another, knowing no other way to live he finds the solution once again in the rooms of recovery. Quote: "Once I put something into my body that makes me feel different, I don’t know when I’m going to stop."
1 hr 4 min
Oct 4, 2019
vol 5. Sobriety Date 9/27/2010 (Autumn)
Autumn shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; raised in a home where drinking was a sin, to drinking to get drunk every time she drank -- we hear her new way of living. Quote: "Every child deserves to have a sober parent."
Oct 4, 2019
vol 4. Sobriety Date 6/6/2010 (Joey)
Joey shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; from getting high at 9 years old to over 9 years of sobriety in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Quote: "I just looked in the mirror one day and thought to myself, I can't do this anymore."
Sep 30, 2019
vol 3. Sobriety Date 10/27/2015 (Dina)
Dina shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; we hear her progressive journey from a drinking college girl, to a mom hiding alcohol, to a sober and happy member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Quote: "We think we 'got this' until we don't."
Sep 29, 2019
vol 2. Sobriety Date 11/9/2001 (David)
David shares his Experience, Strength and Hope; struggling through both drugs and alcohol, he finally found his way out of the darkness with the helping hand of another alcoholic. Quote: "It works, you can get to the other side."
Sep 19, 2019
vol 1. Pilot Sobriety Date 9/4/1986 (Lisa)
Lisa shares her Experience, Strength and Hope; beginning 33 years ago, when she called a helpline and began to see she drank like no one else she knew. Quote: "I have a good life today."
1 hr 4 min