Step 7 is: “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
Jon R struggled with addiction throughout his teenage years and went into residential treatment at the age of 19 for alcohol and drug use. After treatment, he earned a degree in Psychology and an MBA.
Upon graduation, he got married, started a family, and within months of finishing his MBA program, Jon was diagnosed with advanced-stage thyroid cancer in early 2003. As a result of complications from his first surgery, Jon was prescribed oxycontin. This quickly progressed to include alcohol and other mind-altering substances.
Jon’s story involves a 14-year struggle with drugs and alcohol, losing his career, and nearly losing his family. He tried using the knowledge from his education to fight this disease and felt too much shame to ask for help. In desperation, he said a prayer and asked for help. His prayer was answered in a remarkable way and continues to be answered every day since.
On Aug 24, 2017, he went into a treatment program and now has an opportunity to work in recovery where he uses his experience to help others. He is actively involved in AA with his personal recovery and serves on the board for the non-profit recovery club in his community. He is excited to share his experience, strength and hope about Step 7 with us.
Reco12 is an organization with the mission of learning and sharing the similarities of addiction of all kinds and gaining and sharing tools and hope from others who are walking a similar path. Speakers from our past meetings have represented many fellowships and identify with addictions with such variety of alcoholism, drugs, food, sex, gambling, theft, just to name a few.
Each Friday at noon central time, we hold a live, lunch-hour speaker meeting with a recovering addict from anywhere on Earth, pertaining to any or no faith tradition, and with any background, who shares their experience, strength, and hope on a specified recovery topic of their choice.
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Resources from Today's meeting:
12 Steps and 12 Traditions
Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
Outro music is “Standing Still” by Cory Ellsworth and Randy Kartchner, performed by Mike Eldred and Elizabeth Wolfe. This song, and/or the entire soundtrack for the future Broadway musical, “Crosses: A Musical of Hope”, can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3RIjKXs This song is used with the permission of Cory Ellsworth.