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127 - Interview with Jesse B. - Part 2

2009-05-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20m 33s

Part 2 of 3 of Dan's conversation with Jesse B. of Chicago, IL. Jesse goes through the transition from alcoholism to begin his journey on the road to recovery.…

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125 - Interview with Aaron S.

2008-12-04 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36m 6s

Dan talks with Aaron S. from Minnesota. He is 27 years old and has been sober for 3 months. Aaron took many small steps to taking that big first step. He is on his way to a happier life.…

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124 - Interview with Joe F.

2008-10-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 34m 31s

Dan talks with Joe F., he is 48 from New York City and he is over 16 years sober. By spending enough time in the halls we can begin to dissect what motivated us to drink the way we do. Joe talks about positive change, one day at a time. A Farewell to Ange…

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122 - Interview with Brad B.

2008-08-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36s

Dan talks with Brad B. He is 36, from San Diego, CA. Brad talks about where he's been and how his barstool dreams became sober realities. …

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121 - Interview with Marie M.

2008-04-25 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 31s

Dan talks with Marie M. from Maryland, she is 33 and a mother of three. She has been sober 103 days. She now sees her DWI as a blessing in disguise. …

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120 - Interview with Dave R.

2008-04-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 25s

Dan revisits with Dave R. from show #86, he is 29 from CA. He is approaching one year sober and wanted to update us on his progress. …

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119 - Interview with Maureen R.

2008-04-02 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 31s

Dan Talks with Maureen R., 42, from Upstate New York, she is nine months sober. She talks about family history and how the habits of our family members can set us up for alcoholism. What we grow up with seems normal because it's what we know. We have a chance to break those cycles. …

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118 - Interview with Dr. Jerry Rand

2008-03-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 40s

Dan talks with Dr. Jerry Rand, Medical Director at Bay Recovery Centers. He is an expert in the areas of Chronic Pain and Addiction. There are new methods that allow you to manage chronic pain while minimizing the risk of relapses in our sobriety. You can learn more about Dr. Rand and his research at bayrecovery.com. …

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117 - Interview with Josh L.

2008-03-25 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 30s

Dan talks with Josh, 20 years old, from South Dakota. He is three years sober and wanted to talk to us about the importance of taking a personal inventory each day. A life unexamined is not worth living. We all have things inside we don't like. It levels the playing field in a sense. …

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116 - Interview with Jonathan A.

2008-03-20 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 49s

Dan talks with Jonathan A. from Vermont. He is 44 years old and has nine years of sobriety. He shows us that it is possibe to have the things we want in life through sobriety, and to always take advantage of an opportunity to make things right. It's never too late as long as we are alive. …

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114 - Interview with Darren K.

2008-03-14 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 30s

Dan talks with Darren K. of southern California, he is 41 and sober over 7 years now. Darren talks about his past and the need to fit in, and how he thought that drugs and alcohol would give him all the things he wanted. Only to get a lot more than he bargained for. …

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113 - Prayer and Meditation and Sobriety

2008-03-03 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

Dan talks about the importance of prayer and meditation in sobriety. Take time with your higher power. Go to the source of strength and understanding. Take time away from everything. Give yourself the gift of peace by letting go of it all, even if it's for a short time. …

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112 - Interview with Brad H.

2008-02-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 29s

Dan talks with Brad H., 41 of Northern CA, who just celebrated 1 year of sobriety. Brad also talks about the importance of spirituality in sobriety. Don't let your lack of understanding of God keep you from the path and steps to serenity. …

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111 - The Dignity Show

2008-02-24 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

Dan talks about having more confidence in your program. Our shame was in our drinking which is behind us. Our dignity comes back when we are in our program mindset. Feel good about your decision to do something about your drinking. …

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110 - Interview with John Shegerian from Addicted.com

2008-02-14 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 25s

Dan Talks with John Shegerian, creator of Addicted.com, a great website dealing with addictions of all types. Dan and John share the sorrows and trials of addiction. John's site helps us find help and others with common afflictions that we might share our stories in the hope of helping someone know freedom from addiction. …

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109 - Guard Your Sobriety

2008-02-06 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

Dan talks about complacency. We can tell ourselves we've got alcoholism beat - especially we old-timers - but unmanageability is only one drink away. Guard your sobriety at all costs. …

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108 - Real World AA Meetings

2008-01-25 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

Dan talks about the type of AA meetings that are available to you when sobriety becomes a mission in your life. This show idea was a suggestion by one of our listeners Krista Z., who is finding out the true importance of attending real world AA meetings. Thanks for the show idea Krista. Keep them coming. …

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107 - Interview with Leslie M. - Part 2

2008-01-23 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 39s

Part Two of Dan's interview with wife and mother Leslie M. from California. …

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106 - Interview with Leslie M. - Part 1

2008-01-17 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 41s

Part 1 of Dan's talk with Leslie M. of California, she is a wealth of knowledge and experience in sobriety. She is a proud mom and wife, she has lived the value of a sober life and has reaped the benefits. I am sure we will be hearing more from Leslie. …

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105 - Interview with Bud

2008-01-15 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 24s

Dan's second interview with Bud from the Cincinatti. Bud talks about judging other people and how that can in turn hurt us. We need to look at and judge only ourselves and not take inventory on others. …

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104 - The Revitalization Show

2008-01-10 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36s

Dan Talks about keeping your mind off your problems. Going to a real world AA meeting can be the best way to get us back on track. You are refreshed by sharing and spending time with fellow alcoholics. When in a foreign land, it's nice to find those that speak the same language. …

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103 - Interview with Chris Prentiss of Passages

2008-01-04 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 23s

Dan interviews Chris Prentiss, co-founder and co-director of Passages Addiction Care Center, of Mailbu, CA. Chris offers his perspective on sobriety and reminds us that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Another piece to the puzzle of sobriety. …

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102 - Interview with Kevin S.

2007-12-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36s

Dan talks with Kevin S. from Pennsylvania. Kevin is sober almost seven years and wanted to share his thoughts on complacency and the importance of working your program. …

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101 - Christmas Show

2007-12-18 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

Dan talks about the pitfalls that the holidays can hold for alcoholics, and how past holidays can bring about present anxiety. How we should begin to develop new holiday memories in sobriety. Have a Happy and safe Holiday Season and Merry Christmas. …

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100 - Interview with George M.

2007-12-13 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 30s

In our 100th episode, Dan talks with George M. who is 40 years old from California. George is working on 7 years sober and has a mix of alcohol and drug addiction. As we all know these can go hand in hand. George has a great story and has handled the difficulties of life very well. …

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099 - Interview with Tom Q.

2007-12-07 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 42s

Dan talks with Tom Q., who is 45 and three and a half years sober. Tom talks about growing up around alcohol and how that can set us up for trouble. He is also speaks about how the truth can set us free. Thanks for sharing Tom. …

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098 - Kelly Madigan Erlandson Interview - Part 2

2007-11-29 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 26s

Part 2 of Dan's talk with author, Kelly Madigan Erlandson (http://www.kellymadiganerlandson.com/), who has written a book for alcoholics called Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (http://www.kellymadiganerlandson.com/about_the_book.php) (McGraw-Hill, 2007). Learn some simple methods for achieving and maintaining sobriety and happiness. …

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097 - The Positive Attitude Show

2007-11-29 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 23s

Dan talks about the importance when recovering from alcoholism of developing a positive outlook and attitude and the dangers of projecting and reflecting without one. Keep a positive attitude and maintain your sobriety. …

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096 - Kelly Madigan Erlandson Interview - Part 1

2007-11-22 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 27s

Dan talk with author, Kelly Madigan Erlandson (http://www.kellymadiganerlandson.com/) , who has written a book for alcoholics called Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (http://www.kellymadiganerlandson.com/about_the_book.php) (McGraw-Hill, 2007). How you start can make all the difference in your new life of sobriety. …

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095 - Interview with Dale S.

2007-11-14 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36s

Dan talk with Dale S., he is 41 and lives in Santa Barbara, CA. He has been sober almost 4 years now and shares his experience, strength and hope. He has experienced loss in alcoholism and gain in sobriety. He is an example of what can be accomplished when you refuse to give in. …

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094 - Interview with Jeanne K.

2007-11-07 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 31s

Today Dan talks with Jeanne K. of Northern California. She is a mother and wife who has been sober 4 years now. She remimds us that alcoholism is like a lion in the woods waiting to pounce and devour us. …

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093 - Interview with John W.

2007-11-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 33s

Dan talks with John W. of Washington, DC. He has been sober 48 days and talks of his family history of addiction seeing the program from the view of al-anon and as an alcoholic himself. He also shares his experience of ACOA. …

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092 - When Things Aren't Right

2007-11-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 10s

Dan talks about change. Pleasant and unpleasant. Trying not to allow emotional strife drive you back in the bar. Times they are a changin'. We can expect it. …

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091 - Interview with Amy Z.

2007-10-19 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 29s

Dan talks with Amy Z., a mother of two from Houston, TX. She has been sober 4 months now. She has such excitement about her sobriety. Her energy is infectious, and greatly needed in the halls. …

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090 - Doing It Right

2007-10-12 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 12s

Dan talks about how we can try to do everything right and things can still go wrong. Turbulence and trial will happen in life and in sobriety. Just because we are working the 12 steps, the program, and living a day at a time that doesn't mean that life won't throw us some unexpected curveballs. …

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089 - Internview with Rob C.

2007-10-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 36s

An interview with Rob C., a 30-year-old professional from San Jose, CA. Rob has just celebrated 2 years of sobriety. He talks about how alcoholism uses our own talents and smarts against us. Because of what we do, or how smart we think we are, we couldn't possibly be an alcoholic. …

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088 - Interview with Jeff S.

2007-10-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 47s

Dan talks with Jeff S., a sober comedien and magician. Jeff has been sober for 15 years. He has just returned from entertaining our courageous troops in Iraq. He lives in CA and has been humbled by his experiences in the Middle East. Thanks, as usual, to our troops and those that support them. …

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087 - Humility 101

2007-10-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

Dan discusses the need for humility in sobriety. Our Arrogance leads us into alcoholism and keeps us from admitting we have a problem with alcohol. Humility has a large part in leading you out of alcoholism by admitting that our way probably isn't the best way. …

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086 - Interview with Dave R.

2007-09-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

Dave R. talks with Dan about his experience and the strength and hope that Alcoholics Anonymous has given him. …

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085 - Interview with T.J.

2007-09-24 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 26s

Dan talks with TJ, a father of four from Louisiana. He is 37 and has been sober for over 90 days. He shares his experience, strength and hope that we might stay sober a day at a time. Thanks TJ. …

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084 - Brad H. on Anonymity in AA

2007-09-18 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 38s

Dan talks with Brad H. of California. He is seven months sober and wanted to talk about the importance of anonymity in the halls in the program and how a giving up of self is a key part of sobriety. …

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083 - James V. on Sponsorship

2007-09-07 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 29s

Dan interviews James V. a past interviewee. James talks about his experience as both having a sponsor and being a sponsor, how important it is to have an experienced guide when travelling the new paths sobriety has in store for us, how our thinking leads us into suffering and how another way of life can lead us to sanity. …

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082 - Interview with Bill C.

2007-08-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 27s

Dan talks with Bill C. of Massachusetts he is 38 and has 22 months of sobriety. Bill talks about his illness and where it has brought him. He reminds us about the problems and situations alcohol can bring into our lives and that chances are we wouldn't have done the things sober that we did drunk. …

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081 - Mourning the Old You

2007-08-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

This show talks about how our old alcoholic life really needs to be laid to rest, and how we need to mourn the party life and move forward in sobriety. Burying the old you helps to establish the new sober you. This takes time. …

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080 - Patrick S. Interview - Part 2

2007-08-21 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 26s

Dan talks with Patrick S. from London. Patrick has been sober for 3 years. Patrick discusses how low his alcoholism brought him and how it almost destroyed all the relationships he valued most. He is grateful in sobriety and his story reminds us of how good we really have it in sobriety. …

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079 - Patrick S. Interview - Part 1

2007-08-21 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

Dan talks with Patrick S. from London. Patrick has been sober for 3 years. Patrick discusses how low his alcoholism brought him and how it almost destroyed all the relationships he valued most. He is grateful in sobriety and his story reminds us of how good we really have it in sobriety. …

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078 - Get To a Meeting

2007-08-15 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

Dan talks about the importance of keeping it fresh, being present, getting yourself to a meeting, and by just being there on any given night, helping someone whom you never intended to help. Meetings show you the many layers of sobriety and to teach you how to grow as a person a day at a time. …

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077 - The Wreckage of Our Past

2007-08-13 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 14s

Dan talks about being able in sobriety to begin to repair the wreckage alcohol abuse caused in our lives. That the past can be dealt with and put behind us by learning to live in the now and letting go of past pain and difficulty. …

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076 - Expectations

2007-07-31 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

This show talks about where expectations, unreasonable or otherwise, can lead us. Don't set yourself up for disappointment. Sobriety isn't the solution in and of itself. The ups and downs in life still exist in Sobriety, they are just a lot less magnified. …

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075 - Show Your Support

2007-07-23 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 2s

If Just For Today is helping you stay sober, then please take a moment to show your support and to help keep it going. Visit out website at aajustfortoday.org or email us at donations[at]aajustfortoday.org to learn how you can contribute. Thanks for your support. …

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074 - How To Tell

2007-07-19 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

Dan talks about how to tell people that you are close to about your decision to do something about your alcoholism, and how doing it for yourself is key in sobriety. They probably already know you have an alcohol problem, they have seen us in action. The best way to tell them you're a recovering alcoholic is to show them. …

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073 - Interview with Krys B.

2007-07-13 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

Dan talks with Krys B from California. Krys talks about her drinking that started at age 5 and how it escalated to the point where she ended up in jail and lost all the things that were important to her. She has been sober for over 14 months and is trying to rebuild her life a day at a time. If you are looking to help her out, she could really use a job. She is determined and ready to be a great employee. Email me us details and we will put you in touch with her. …

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072 - Interview with Matt K.

2007-07-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

Dan interviews Matt K. from the midwest. He is 21 years old and has found great joy and freedom in his sobriety. Matt knows he is doing this for himself and has developed a great sense of himself and his higher power. Matt shows that you don't even have to be of legal drinking age to be an alcoholic. …

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071 - 4th of July Show

2007-07-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

Happy 4th of July!!! This show is about keeping things simple and that it is possible to enjoy any holiday without a drink. And some words of wisdom from someone who lived a life in self-reflection. …

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070 - The Hula Hoop Show

2007-07-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Dan talks about keeping the focus on you. Not taking someone else's inventory. We have enough issues of our own without trying to take on the problem's of others. This show was a suggestion from Bud from Ohio, one of our interviewees. Thanks for the subject Bud. …

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069 - Interview with James V.

2007-07-03 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 44s

Dan talks with James V. from New York. James is approaching 24 years of sobriety. James is very grateful for all the program has done for him. He has found the joy and love he tried to avoid in his disease and keeps the focus on living a day at a time. Thank you James for your story. …

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068 - Interview with Eileen W.

2007-06-29 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 39s

Dan talks with Eileen W. of southern California. Eileen talks about here experiences with family alcoholism and her rocky road to recovery. She also talks about those that paved the way to her recovery and how she wants to do the same for others. …

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067 - Revisiting Cindy G.

2007-06-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

Dan talks with Cindy G. one of his first interviews. Cindy talks about how she came to take a drink after having 90 days in recovery. She was the inspiration for the Slippin' and Slidin' show. She has accepted her slip and has started over a day at a time. Cindy cautions all of us of the dangers of becoming complacent and putting ourselves in situations that can tempt us to take a drink. …

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066 - Temptations

2007-06-20 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

Dan Talks about the things that can arise that tempt us to want to revert to old behavior. The appearance that things might be okay to take a drink or stop going to meetings. Don't get lured onto the rocks, you just fixed your sobriety boat. …

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065 - Interview with Bobby B.

2007-06-13 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

Dan talks with Bobby B. or B-Squared from Florida. Bobby discusses his struggles with alcohol, family, low self-esteem and how he began to become sober. He has 6 months of sobriety. By the way, Bobby is totally blind. So much for the poor me's, eh? …

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064 - Lulls and Voids

2007-05-31 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Dan talks about when things are not high, low, new, or exciting. What do you do when life is just blah? …

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063 - Memorial Day Message

2007-05-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 11s

Dan talks about remembering and being able to remember in sobriety. Missing those we have loved and lost and learning to be grateful for the time we had with them. And a big THANK YOU to those who serve and have served! …

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062 - Slippin' and Slidin'

2007-05-24 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

Dan talks about what alcoholics call slips and backsliding. Be careful with your sobriety, it can leave in an instant. Be on guard. If you do slip and take a drink, look at it it for what it is, don't feel sorry for yourself, get back to the business of sobriety one day at a time. …

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061 - Internview with comedian, Steve Smith

2007-05-23 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

Dan talks with Steve Smith a sober comedian, actor and writer from California. He is a very funny man with 18 years sobriety and a great story. We hope to have him back again at a later date to share some of his comedy. He shares his story of suffering and recovery today. …

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060 - The Bud Interview: Part Two

2007-05-21 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

Part Two of Dan's interview with Bud. …

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059 - The Bud Interview: Part One

2007-05-18 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

Dan interviews Bud from the Midwest. Bud gives his unique perspective of alcoholism and sobriety. Bud celebrated two years of sobriety on May 15th of this year. Two years a day at a time. Congratulations to you Bud!! Thanks for passing it on. …

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058 - Picking Up the Pieces

2007-05-15 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 18s

Dan talks about being able to pick of the pieces of our broken lives and putting them back together over time through sobriety. Going to AA meetings and living out the 12 Steps gives you the framework of sobriety, we fill in the many pieces that are our lives. Sobriety and time can put things back in place, if you allow sobriety to rule in our lives. …

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057 - The David H. Show

2007-05-09 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

Dan talks about the recent release of a TV Star's private battle with alcohol into mainstream America. Alcohol doesn't care who you are, it destroys on many levels those who use it and those that love them. Even when they don't love themselves. This is a mess says it all. We would like to interview alcoholics or friends and family of alcoholics. Details are on our home page. …

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056 - Working It

2007-05-07 :: Hipfire Productions

Dan talks about working the program of AA, using the 12 Steps to get to the root of the reasons why we feel the need to numb ourselves out, isolate, and destroy our lives. Removing the alcohol is simply not enough. Learn to work and re-work your life sober. …

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055 - Interview with Theresa M. Part 2

2007-05-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Part two of Dan's interview with Theresa M., a recovering alcoholic in her first year of sobriety.  …

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054 - Interview with Theresa M. Part 1

2007-05-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Dan interviews Theresa M. from the San Francisco area and Theresa shares her suffering and the struggles that can come along with being sober during the first year. She states that trough it all, it has been best gift she has ever given herself. …

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053 - Beginning Step One

2007-05-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

Dan talks about what leads us towards wanting help and reaching out for that help, and how the pain and suffering has lead us to a place where we desire sobriety more than we want that drink. It highlights where alcoholism has driven our lives and how a loving, understanding Higher Power can begin to make us whole again. …

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052 - Simon P. Interview Part 2

2007-04-30 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

Part 2 of Dan's interview with Simon P. …

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051 - Interview with Simon P. Part 1

2007-04-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 22s

Today Dan talks to Simon P. from New Jersey. Topics include early exposure to alcohol, feeling different, lack of ambition and responsibility, relationships, and more. …

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050 - Milestones in Sobriety

2007-04-26 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 18s

On the occasion of our 50th show, Dan talks about the importance of milestones in sobriety and how Alcoholics Anonymous uses them to motivate members to stay sober for another day. …

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049 - A Visit To the Maynard Nooner

2007-04-23 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 11s

Today Dan talks about his visit to the Maynard Nooner a midday meeting in Maynard, Massachusetts. …

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048 - An open letter from Dick B.

2007-04-12 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

Dan reads and discusses a letter from AA historian Dick B., which talks about the fact that there are numerous methods and philosophies for treating alcoholism many of which have mixed results at best, but none are as effective as simply entrusting your life to God and asking Him to show you the way to health and wholeness - a philosophy which Dick believes is the foundation of AA and 12 Step methods. Dick aslo talks about how Christians mistakenly view AA as not being a God-centered program and might discourage or be discouraged from joiing the fellowship. DICK B. BOOKS (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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047 - Get Sober and Live Again

2007-04-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 16s

In honor of Easter, Dan talks about letting the alcoholic die so that you may live. A raging alcholic is a lot like a zombie - dead to the ways of life and the ways of properly dealing with its ups and downs. When things are good, an alcoholic celebrates by getting drunk. When things are bad, and alcoholic hides from the emotions by getting drunk. They become a zombie. Let that zombie die so that the clean and sober human being which you were born can come back to life and live it to the fullest. …

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046 - Is that all you've got?

2007-04-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

In the early stages of sobriety, and throughout life, there are bound to be challenges to your sobriety. As time goes on and you learn how to properly deal with the challenges that life throws at you, those temptations become weaker and have less and less power to threaten your mental health, happiness and sober living. Eventually you should be able to get to the point where no matter what life throws at you, you can say, Is that all you've got? …

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045 - Living Step 11

2007-04-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

This episode is about living Step 11 from the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps which is about about continuing to improve our conscious contact with a higher power. It's not about asking for what we want, but about being willing to want what's right for us. AA is a fellowship of people who work together towards sobriety while accepting that our lives is better off in God's control than our own. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it …

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044 - Living Step 12

2007-04-04 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

This episode is a talk about living Step 12 from the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps which is about paying forward the help givin by other members of AA while a member is in the early stages of recover and beyond. AA Is a fellowship of people who work together towards sobriety. …

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043 - Interview with Bob J.: Part 2 of 2

2007-03-29 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 26s

Bob and Dan continue to discuss a wide range of topics. They talk about helping other alcoholics who have recently reached their rock bottom and how the first few AA meetings tend to be uncomfortable to people and are met with some denial. Also, they discuss how the fellowship of AA works to get people sober and help them stay that way. The movie Groundhog Day comes up as fable of which the moral is each day is a chance to change. …

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042 - Interview with Bob J.: Part 1 of 2

2007-03-26 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

An excellent interview for this episode of Just For Today. Today Dan talks to Bob J., a Southerner who has been transplanted to Boston. In his upbringing Bob was exposed to a drinking, pot smoking culture which enticed him to join in the fun. Into adulthood Bob realized alcoholism was not fun at all. Bob has been sober for seven years and began his recovery midlife. Bob and Dan discuss a wide range of topics such as pride and asking for help, getting to meetings, losing and keeping jobs, gratitude, bouncing back, and enjoying life again. …

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041 - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired? Halt!

2007-03-22 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 24s

Not paying attention to the physical and emotional messages that your body is sending you can put you into a general feeling of neediness. Next time you feel that way ask yourself if you're hungry, angry, lonely, or tired and deal with the issue appropriately and take care of it. Don't let a little hunger, anger, loneliness or tiredness take away your sobriety. …

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040 - Monica R. Interview: Part 2 of 2

2007-03-21 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

In Part Two of Dan's interview with Monica R., the other side of the coin comes up - trust, letting go, and letting a higher power manage life. These are the things that enable you to remain sober day to day - by trusting that life is good and can work without alcohol, and letting go of the fears that keep us in the bottle. …

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039 - Monica R. Interview: Part 1 of 2

2007-03-19 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 13s

The first part of Dan's interview with Monica covers guilt, forgiveness, pride, self-righteousness and other personality shortcomings that can keep you locked into cycles of addiction and how following the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous can break these cycles. Monica has been sober for 15 months as of this interview. …

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038 - Alcoholism and Denial

2007-03-14 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 14s

The truth shall set you free, as they say. Today Dan talks about denial and how it can keep an alcoholic from recovering and healing. Drawing once again from his own life experiences, Dan shows how being in a state of denial about some problem in your life will slowly lead to nothing but trouble and take away your sobriety. …

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037 - The First Month of Sobriety

2007-03-13 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

The subject of Episode 37 is the first month of sobriety. Dan talks about what recovering alcoholics can expect in the early days of sobriety in terms of health, lifestyle, state of mind, etc. as well as what to expect from AA meetings at the beginning. The show finishes up with a list of listener milestones. We'd like to mention your milestone online and maybe interview you for the show. Please visit us online at aajustfortoday.org for more information on how you can be on the show. …

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036 - Interview with Suzanne R.

2007-03-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

Today Dan talks to eight-year AA veteral Suzzane R. Originally a child of an alcoholic Suzzane had early exposure to AA with ten years of Alanon experience. She talks about her early drinking days in school including playing in a rock band and going to keg parties from the age of 16 to 20 even getting to the point of taking a quick drink before school each day. Later in life she went through the usual issues such as losing jobs and a broken engagement. Suzzane stopped drinking eight years ago at the age of 31. …

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035 - AA History with Dick B.: Part 7

2007-03-07 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 34s

This is the last in series of interviews with AA historian Dick B. Having suffered from depression well into the fifties, Dick says that Bill Wilson began to venture into the worlds of spiritualism and psychedelic drug use including LSD. As Dick's story winds up, Doctor Bob agrees to the incorporation of the 12 Traditions into the fabric of Alcoholics Anonymous for among other reasons to assure the ongoing work of AA after Bill and Bob were gone. Dick talks more about the original tenets of the Oxford Group and the Akron group and how they have evolved though various revisions to become what AA is today and he talks about his feeling that the Biblical roots of AA have been watered down to appeal to a larger audience. DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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034 - Interview with Anita S.: Surrendering To a Higher Power

2007-03-06 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 24s

Anita S. is interviewed in this segment of AA Just For Today. She discusses with Dan her drinking problems as a young adult in college, suicide attempts, and a marriage, and then her sixteen years of sobriety. She and Dan talk at length about how surrender to a higher power is necessary not only at the beginning of the road to sobriety, but along the way as well. Anita also talks about how when you are ready for a teacher, the teacher appears, meaning that until you are ready to surrender to solutions outside of yourself, you cannot see those solutions even though they may be right in front of your face. …

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033 - AA History with Dick B.: Part 6

2007-03-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

A disappointing first release of the Big Book and religious differences are shaping the future of AA and other programs at the turn of the decade in 1939. At that time a man named Clarence Snyder comes into the picture, solidifies the various camps somewhat and achieves a period of strong growth for Alcoholics Anonymous. Even still, Dick says, Bill W. spends the next decade in depression. Dick also mentions The Four Absolutes, early developed principles of AA. (Please note that Dick has broken his lecture into 5 Parts. These parts do not correspond to our show titles.) DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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032 - AA History with Dick B.: Part 5

2007-03-02 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

Dick B. gets into the turbulent times that surrounded the formation of AA in the late thirties with tales of Nazis, communism, the Bible, the draft, Rockefeller, and the Salvation Army. He also lays out a fascinating seven point synopsis of the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous penned at that time by Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson, et al. Dick also draws connections between Bill's incorporation of AA, the evolution of the Big Book, and the omitting of the religious rituals used by other groups. (Please note that Dick has broken his lecture into 5 Parts. These parts do not correspond to our show titles.) DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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031 - Accepting the Unchangeable

2007-03-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 11s

Dan gets personal today and shares some of his own challenges. Having gone through a a period of being in a sub-standard mood, he can share first hand how things can build up and send you down the wrong path a little at a time until you suddenly realize you've lost your way and you sobriety - that is if you don't realize what's happening before it's too late like Dan did. The message is this: When life seems to be giving you grief that's the time to take a hard look at yourself and see that you are probably not accepting and trying to change things you cannot change. The resistance life gives you should tell you something. You're swimming against the tide. Turn around. …

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030 - Late Celebrities and Childhood Friends

2007-02-28 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 23s

Today Dan talks about celebrities who have succumbed to alcoholism or drug addiction or both. He points out that not only are these so-called successful people unhappy due to not dealing with life on sober terms, but that many have had their lives cut tragically short as a result of their addictions. Dan also talks about how alcoholism can take the lives of innocent people as well your own. Dan also gives instructions for anyone who would like to call in and be interviewed on the show. (Interviews are not broadcast live.) …

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029 - Interview with AA Historian, Dick B: Part 4

2007-02-27 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

Dan begins this section of his interview with AA historian Dick B. by telling Dick how putting his fate in the hands of a higher power transformed his life. Dick then continues his lecture on the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous and explains how Doctor Bob and Bill W. came together and how the spark of a sobriety program was ignited based on the experiences which he talked about in the previous episodes. DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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028 - Interview with AA Historian, Dick B: Part 3

2007-02-22 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

Part Three of our interview with AA historian Dick B. continues to follow the unfolding of Alcoholics Anonymous, and of its founding fathers, and its connections to their religious experiences and beliefs, particularly Bill Wilson's. Dick shows how AA's methods are the result of Bill's drive to spread the message that his alcoholism had been cured as the result of his spiritual awakening. DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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027 - Interview with AA Historian, Dick B: Part 2

2007-02-21 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 14s

Dick B. interview Part Two continues with the story of how in the 1930s Bill Wilson, Doctor Bob, Russell Firestone, Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and other's lives intertwined with the Oxford Group and its founder Dr. Frank Buchman, his Christian teachings, and teachings of intellectuals such as the famed Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung to form the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous. DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content task=view id=49 Itemid=) …

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026 - Interview with AA Historian, Dick B: Part 1

2007-02-20 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Author and radio talk-show host Dick B. talks to Dan at length about how Alcoholics Anonymous got started and how it grew into the organization that it is today. Dick starts by talking about how he came to take on researching the history of AA and his feeling that no one was accurately presenting the roots and history of AA. His historical account starts with Dr. Bob and Bill W. and the writing of the Big Book and the Twelve Steps and points out the connections between the bible and the basic tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous. DICK B. BOOKS. (index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=) …

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025 - Interview with Sandy B.

2007-02-18 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 25s

Dan talks to Sandy B., a woman who didn't begin drinking until she was 30 years old after a drama-filled breakup with an adulterous husband. Along the way she has lost much including a job and a lover. After hitting bottom and feeling as if her spirit had died, she put her faith in her higher power and began attending local AA meetings. She has been sober for 19 months as of this interview. Do you have a sobriety milestone coming up? We would like to mention it on the air as congratulations and encouragement for those just starting out in AA. Visit the website at aajustfortoday.org and email Dan. …

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024 - Anna Nichole Smith plus Holiday Temptations

2007-02-16 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 23s

Today Dan talks about the untimely death of Anna Nichole Smith presumably due to drug and/or alcohol use and admonishes listeners not to succumb to the same fate. Also in this episode, Dan talks about how holidays can be a tempting time to drink and about the mindset required to not let that temptation overcome your resolve and sobriety. Is there a subject that you would like Dan to cover? Visit the website at aajustfortoday.org and email Dan with your thoughts and questions? Also, let him know if you would like to be interviewed on the show. …

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020 - An interview is Cindy G. in her first thirty days of sobriety

2007-02-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 19s

This is the first of many telephone interviews to come on AA Just For Today. In this interview, Dan discusses alcoholism and new-found sobriety with Cindy G., a wife and mother of two teenage children. A self-proclaimed party girl in her younger years, Cindy didn't begin drinking regularly until her middle years. She's had suspected she might have a problem a couple years ago. It wasn't until a recent blackout which her son had to point out, Cindy realized she had too much to lose to continue to let alcoholism endanger her health and her home life. …

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019 - The Treatment of Alcoholism: Early Treatment - Rehab, Detox, Counseling

2007-02-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 22s

In the earliest stages of recovery, many alcoholics require medical treatment and emotional support as they detoxify their bodies and change their minds. Early treatment options include rehabilitation centers, hospitalization, medication, counseling, and of course, Alcoholics Anonymous. Dan also talks about how the support of your friends and family can be crucial if you do not enter a detox/rehab program. …

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018 - The Symptoms of Alcoholism: Are you an alcoholic?

2007-02-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 22s

Is someone you know an alcoholic? Are you? How do you know if you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol? If someone's drinking has caused you concern made you think that that they might have a problem with alcohol, the chances are good that they do. Today Dan goes over the various physical and mental symptoms of alcoholism and talks about the various tactics and antics that are typical of alcoholics. …

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017 - How alcoholism effects the body, mind and spirit

2007-02-07 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 18s

The detrimental effects of alcoholism on our minds, bodies, and spirits is the subject of today's talk. Alcoholism's effect on your health should be taken very seriously. Alcohol consumed in mass quantities is toxic to the body. It also alters the digestion and metabolism of nutrients the body needs to stay healthy. Dan also discusses the effects that it has on our socials lives, careers, friends and family. …

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016 - How AA Works: Part 4 - Paying it Forward

2007-02-05 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

This episode speaks about how the success of those who are now getting involved in Alcoholics Anonymous really results from the generosity of those who have been in recovery for some time. He also talks about how being sober will save you a lot of money that you can put to much better use. …

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015 - How AA Works: Part 3 - The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

2007-02-02 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Dan continues to discuss how Alcoholics Anonymous works, what it stands for, how it's funded, and how you can benefit from becoming involved. …

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014 - How AA Works: Part 2 - The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

2007-02-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Today, Dan continues his talk on how AA works and gets into further depth on the organization by shedding some light on the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. …

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013 - How AA Works: A discussion about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

2007-01-31 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

Have you been considering attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting? Today Dan talks about how AA functions and what happens at both open AA meetings and closed AA meetings. …

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012 - Appreciation and Thankfulness AA-style

2007-01-29 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 25s

Today Dan's talks are about appreciating the good and bad things in your life as well as a discussion about the AA slogan, There but for the grace of God I go. …

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011 - The Barbershop Parable/The Serenity Prayer

2007-01-25 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 24s

Two topics today: If you hang around a barber shop long enough, sooner or later you're going to get your hair cut. Dan talks about that analogy for staying out of bars. He also discusses the Serenity Prayer, another method for keeping life simple and staying out of trouble. …

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010 - Easy Does It, Live and Let Live

2007-01-22 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 20s

Dan gives his take on two of Alcoholics Anonymous' most familiar mantras, "easy does it" and "live and let live." He talks about tolerance for your own imperfections and weaknesses as well as those of others and urges us to go easy on ourselves.…

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009 - Don't Let Life Get To You

2007-01-19 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 15s

Dan's talk today is about the daily tribulations that trigger our urge to drink and break our sobriety and ways to deal with those temptations when they happen.…

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008 - Dan's Recovery Story

2007-01-18 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 28s

In today's episode Dan shares the history of his struggle with alcoholism from an early age until his first day of sobriety at the age of 27. Dan has been sober for 16 years now.…

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007 - AA Twelve Steps: Step Twelve

2007-01-17 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 17s

This is the 6th and final episode in a series of talks about the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this episode Dan discusses Step 12 which encourages us to practice the principles of the 12 Steps in our daily lives and to encourage others who are struggling with alcoholism to practice self-rehabilitation though involvement in AA. …

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006 - AA Twelve Steps: Steps Nine through Eleven

2007-01-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

This is the 5th in a series of talks about the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this episode Dan discusses Steps 9-11 which deal with admitting your mistakes, making amends to those whom you have harmed or wronged in your life, and finding your true place in life with the help of a higher power. …

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005 - AA Twelve Steps: Step Eight

2007-01-11 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

This is the 4th in a series of talks about the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this episode Dan discusses Step 8 which deals with making amends to those whom you have harmed or wronged in your life.…

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004 - AA Twelve Steps: Steps Four through Seven

2007-01-09 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 41s

Third in a series of talks about the 12 Steps of AA. Steps Four through Seven deal with taking a personal moral inventory, admitting out shortcomings, and being willing to begin to have them removed from us.…

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003 - AA Twelve Steps: Steps Two and Three

2007-01-09 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 24s

Second in a series of talks about the 12 Steps of AA. Steps Two and Three deal with the subject of God and coming to believe in a power greater than yourself to which you can entrust your life. …

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002 - AA Twelve Steps: Step One

2007-01-08 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 23s

First in a series of talks about the 12 Steps of AA - admitting powerlessness over alchohol and its ability to makes your life become unmanageable. Hosted by Dan Sullivan. …

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001 - Pilot

2007-01-01 :: Hipfire Productions
Length: 21s

The unofficial podcast of AA. Join host Dan Sullivan for this twenty-minute online AA meeting. In this pilot episode, Dan introduces himself and his podcast and kicks off the series with a short talk about staying sober just for one day. Visit AAJTF online at aajustfortoday.org. 'AA Just For Today' is a pulic service of Hipfire Productions. …

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Just For Today

A talk show about alcoholism, drug addiction, and sobriety. Like an online NA or AA meeting.

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