For the past year, every Tuesday night at 7pm Pacific, I have been hosting an internet show called The Recovery 2.0 Power Hour on an ingenious website called InTheRooms.com. The site, which has nearly 300,000 members provides a virtual forum for people in recovery from addictions of all kinds to connect with each other every day. The show I’m hosting is one part 12-Step Meeting, one part Q&A and one-part interview where I often bring in guests such as Dr. Gabor Maté, Nikki Myers, Guruprem Khalsa, Beverly Berg, Chris Grosso and many others. The technology allows for live video sharing and it is just mind-blowing to connect with people from all over the world through this medium. We usually have 150-200 people each week from places such as Guam, Israel, The UK, Germany, South America, Canada and all over the United States. When I was in India recently, I had someone cover the show for me. Yet, I was still able to sign on, request to share and say “hi” to everyone. I have become friends with many of these people whose stories have moved me deeply and whose commitment to the show up has moved me as well. These folks keep showing up week after week. Some have shared with me that our meeting is a highpoint for them in their week or that they consider the Recovery 2.0 Power Hour to be their “home group,” which is a huge compliment.
There are people who come to meetings at InTheRooms.com who are dealing with physical or medical challenges. They literally cannot get out to a meeting and so they have this option. They never miss our show and it absolutely cracks my heart open to see their thumbnail appear in the “request to share” window. They light up my week in a way that is hard to explain. Other people might have colds or flus or be dealing with something that keeps them at home temporarily. Then you have the folks who are tired and cozy at home who want to touch that great energy that can happen at a meeting, but are not going to go out that night to get it. And of course, there are people who have fear of connecting face to face with others. They know they need a meeting and a solution to their addictions, but they are not yet in a place emotionally where they can meet others in person. Whoever the people are that come to our Recovery 2.0 Power Hour or any of the other 97 meetings that take place at InTheRooms.com each week, I love and appreciate them all.
My hat goes off to RT and Kenny P., the co-founders of InTheRooms.com. They have over 60 years of recovery between them and are some of the funniest, most pleasant guys you could hope to meet. There are some extraordinary stories about them both, but they told me to leave the story about RT and the goat for a later edition of this newsletter and so be it.
Please join us tonight 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern for The Recovery 2.0 Power Hour on InTheRooms.com. You will need to sign up for a free profile there and then you will find our meeting listed on the homepage of InTheRooms.
Please sign up today for the FREE and upcoming Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Conference.
This is basically like Ted Talks for people in Recovery. Share this link with anyone you know whose life has been touched by addiction. http://recovery2point0.com
Sending Love and Gratitude to you on your Recovery Path.