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The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 17: The Road Most Trudged

THE TOPIC: It’s not about being on the right or wrong path, what matters is how you travel the road in front of you.

 

THE BIG QUESTION: Who among us addicts and alcoholics has not brought pain into the world?

 

THE STORY: I was able to go back on my road and clean up a $300 “wreck” I had caused 15 years ago. Listen to find out how you can, too.

 

THE LESSON: Sober & clean or drinking & drugging–each of us will change the world for better or for worse.

 

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  • Lori

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    I believe you remembered that debt at the exact moment you were supposed to because Gods timing is perfect! I dreaded that 4th step, and you had me do it over 3 times until I did it right! I thank you for that.

    • Bill

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      Do you know what you dreaded most about doing that 4th step? The roadblock that was trying to keep you from doing it?

  • shane miller

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    Thank you Bill. We get when we give.

    • Bill

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      Have you had some real life experiences where you have seen that principle work?

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