Ep 162 – The Progressive Nature of My Illness

One of the things that we’re told about recovery is that the disease is progressive; meaning, if left untreated, the disease gets worse and worse and worse. My experience is that this progressive nature is also true about codependency. I recently started thinking about how my life would be different if I was never in recovery, given how progressive things got with both my addiction and my codependence at the end there. This week’s episode 162 of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast is about the progressive nature of our illnesses! 

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In this episode of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast, I’m sharing the importance of reflecting on where you’d be if you didn’t get into recovery and actionable steps you can take right now to recognize the pressive nature when it rears it’s ugly head. 

Some of the talking points I go over in this episode include:

  • What it felt like when I was codependent; feeling trapped and constantly needing more in order to feel loved, even when I wasn’t.
  • Inviting a homeless man to stay in my home, and how I put others on the backburner for codependent relationships such as that one
  • Why I hid an empty box of donuts, in my own home when I lived alone, and how that day was a great example of the progressive nature of the disease.
  • What my life would be like now, if I didn’t go down the road to recovery, and what I am so thankful that came from recovery.

Even if I wasn’t just generally grateful for recovery, which I am, I look for that gratitude every day. This is an emotional episode of my own journey through recovery and how I was before recovery. This shit is fucking real. Be sure to tune in to all the episodes to receive tons of practical tips on living a more whole life and to hear even more about the points outlined above.

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This is the podcast “Fragmented to Whole: Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery.” It will help people who want to heal to move from fragmented to whole.

Hi, I’m Barb! I share my experience, strength and hope from 12 step recovery in each episode. They’re all 20 minutes or less. Unlike most recovery podcasts where you hear a person’s whole story, in this one each episode is about a specific topic.

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