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Real Recovery: The AA Big Book Solution

Real Recovery: The AA Big Book Solution

By Real Recovery Podcast
Real Recovery is a podcast where recovered alcoholics Natalie Speakman and Michaelis Jacoby share their experience, strength, and hope - but it's not what you think. For them, like many others, they floundered in the watered-down solution shared in meeting rooms - until finding the solution using a specific Big Book study process. In each episode, Michaelis and Natalie are joined by a guest who has had the same spiritual experience as a result of this work. You can find Michaelis at and Natalie at
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Podcast Finale! Episode 10 - Sarha, Shining Star
We have saved this special episode with Sarha as our season finale - please don't miss this one! Sarha and Natalie met early on in Sarha's recovery journey and the Big Book study process instantly became an intrinsic part of her recovery. Sarha is truly an example of willingness in action and you will be inspired to hear her story and how she works with many people in the book - even people with years more sobriety that she has. Thank you to everyone for the support as we have created this special podcast to share that meetings-based recovery is quite different than the recovery that is in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Our podcast has showcased the miracles that can occur as the result of this process and the lives that have changed. Please listen and share this podcast far and wide to show others that recovery is possible no matter if you have one day or one decade clean and sober. If you have experienced the miracle yourself, please reach out - you may be invited to be a future guest! For now, reach out to us via the links provided to connect further. In love and service, Natalie and Michaelis
January 03, 2022
Episode 9 - Norma - The Power of the 12th Step in Action
If you're looking for inspiration in working with others, you won't want to miss today's episode of Real Recovery! Norma is a living example of the power and magic of 12th Step work. Tune in to follow her story of ups and downs in her recovery until she stumbled upon the Big Book study. What is especially impactful in this episode is how Norma shares her commitment and willingness to work with others, no matter what, as well as the creative ways she has found people to take through the Big Book study process.
November 16, 2021
Episode 8 - Marnie and Miracles
Today Natalie and Michaelis are joined by guest Marnie from Scotland for a very special episode. We uncover synchronicities, unearth old awkward moments, as well as dive into Marnie's past and present as she has evolved through her almost 9 years of sobriety that span across fellowships and continents. She also shares the dirt on the ways she has found to work with others. Lots to dive into in this brilliant and poignant episode- you won't want to miss it!
November 09, 2021
Episode 7 - Marcy, the Legend
You will NOT want to miss this week's episode as we dive deep with the  man who originally offered the Big Book study to co-host Natalie  Speakman. Not for the faint of heart, this episode covers such diverse topics as C.U.N.T.S and sunning the family jewels. Don't worry, there's still a hefty dose of HP and service work  sprinkled in as well.
September 30, 2021
Episode 6 - Ellen from NYC - Rocketed into the 4th Dimension
Tune in today to hear Ellen share the miracle of this big book study and 12 step process in her own life. Hear how Ellen's recovery has been truly transformed as a result of this work. Ellen drops lots of knowledge and know-how that will lift your spirit and give you hope. If you need a boost of inspiration in your own sobriety, you won't want to miss this episode!
August 28, 2021
Episode 5 - Recovery in Paradise with Uschi
Today's guest is Uschi, a long-time resident of Thailand, which is where  she landed as a newcomer in recovery many years ago. Tune in to hear  how she has lived and worked her program both before and after the Big  Book study process as well as how she changed her recovery date as a  result of doing this work.
August 17, 2021
Episode 4 - What Happened with Harry
In this week's episode, Natalie and Michaelis interview their very first  guest on the show! Harry, from the UK, shares about his decade-long  experience with going in and out of recovery, until he finally found the solution when the Big Book study found him in a serendipitous meeting in Thailand over a year ago. Don't miss out on hearing the miracle of Harry's transformation through this process!
July 26, 2021
Episode 3 - From Shame to Shine - Natalie's story
In this week's episode, podcast co-host Natalie Speakman shares how she went from drug and alcohol addiction into sobriety in 1999 at age 22. But her addictions didn't stop there. Listen as Natalie details her struggle with behavioral addictions within AA for over 2 decades, until she finally found real recovery in the Big Book.
July 15, 2021
Episode 2 - Michaelis Jacoby, A Simple Man
Get to know the man who started it all in this exclusive interview with podcast co-host Michaelis Jacoby. Self-described Simple Man, Michaelis details the harrowing yet fascinating journey from jail cell to Bali paradise.
July 07, 2021
Episode 1 - Come, What's This All About?
In this inaugural episode, co-hosts Natalie and Michaelis introduce themselves and share about why they are doing this podcast thang.
June 23, 2021