Father Tom W.: Alcohol & Drug Recovery CDs

Father Tom W. SJ has been involved with people in Twelve Step Programs since 1976. A former Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and a teacher, he has degrees in counseling, education and theology. He lectures, counsels, and conducts workshops and seminars internationally.

Recovery Is An Inside Job

Father Tom W.

Father Tom poses some very important questions: Why do I choose? What am I feeling? What are my motives? What is the role of resentments in my life? Do I know what my fears are? He shares with us why these are key to our growth and how we are influenced by them. He discusses guilt, powerlessness, grief and healing. We need tools to help us change how we think. These talks help us to have a better awareness of ourselves and to continue growing in recovery. Liturgy and the 11th Step: Sharing Scripture and the Eucharist, Lent 2017 Is disc 5 in this album. (04/17)

#D0170 5 CDs $35.75

Gratitude – A Surprising Gift of Recovery

Father Tom W.

There are many surprises in recovery. A big one is that we discover that we become grateful. Father Tom takes us on a journey of looking at all we have been given. He speaks with us about love, open hearted expressions of a Higher Power, the gifts of our disease, and the gratitude for recovery and freedom. He discusses how to live life – not merely survive it. Father Tom talks with us about what to do when things get really difficult – and it will. In recovery, we all end up back at Step 1 at one point or another, and he shows us what to do; how to turn it over, discusses self-centered fear, and developing the muscle to identity with others. And Father Tom leads us in a truly wonderful Gratitude meditation that will expand our gratitude for all we have been given. 1/7/17

#D0169 5 CDs $35.75


Father Tom and Father Jim

In this very special retreat, Tom Weston SJ and Jim Harbaugh SJ share their thoughts on a variety of topics such as humility, compassion, the qualities of mature people, resistance to change, perfectionism and relationships. Tom and Jim use the language of AA and Al-Anon focusing on the transformation from self-will to God’s will. (1/16)

#D0167 6 CDs $42.75


Father Tom and Father Terry

In this very special retreat Tom, and his sponsor Terry, share their thoughts on a variety of topics such as sanity, self-centered fear, our capacity to receive God’s love, judgements, defects of character, and the role of sponsorship. Tom and Terry focus on the transformation that occurs with recovering people. (09/15)

#D0166 5 CDs $35.75


Fr. Tom W.

Tom talks about how trying harder can kill us. We have spent too long throwing energy into the things we cannot change. He talks about self deception, before and after recovery. Being alive, we get to experience lots of ups and downs. And when we go back to step one, we start over again. It doesn’t mean we are doing something wrong….it means we are rebuilding. He shares with us how being hurt shows up as disappointment, anger, fear and sorrow. Going into those empty places brings up different feelings for each of us. Tom reminds us that grief is part of recovery and sorrow is useful. He speaks of love and how loving others doesn’t change them...but rather how it changes us. Tom shares with us how to pray with a more generous heart. And he shows us some ways to tell when you are growing spiritually. (05/15)

#D0165 6 CDs $42.75

Becoming Useful Members Of The Community Through The Steps and Traditions

Fr. Tom W.

When we come into the rooms we are very immature. Nothing is our fault and we have secrets. We have trouble with personal relationships and have no idea what to do with our emotions. Father Tom discusses the practical and spiritual aspects of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions that help us grow up. Wait!…..you think you might not want to learn more about the traditions – think again. Our steps and our traditions help us with our recovery, our relationships, and our connection with a Higher Power. And Tom shares new and humorous stories illustrating the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions working in our lives. There is a long period of rebuilding after we enter these rooms. We need new skills to notice what is at work in our lives. These wonderful talks show us, with a little recovery and maturity, how to be in dialogue with others in recovery, with our families and our community. (01/15)

#D0164 6 CDs $42.75


Fr. Tom W.

What do we do when we can’t do much about something, and we want to anyway? Or we want something to happen right now! Tom talks about surrender...about throwing our burdens down. He reminds us to resist less. It is not a matter of trying harder. And we don’t have to fight so hard. In recovery we experience a shifting of inner equilibrium. This does not come about from doing, but by relaxing and letting go. Tom talks to us about resisting less—in our own recovery, in trusting our feelings, in experiencing a Higher Power, and even during times of grief. We talk about this being a spiritual program, but what does spiritual mean? Is it vague and theoretical….does it have anything to do with me? How do we know when something real is going on? Tom discusses these topics and guides us on an excellent meditation. There is much we cannot change, but there is much we can. And we get to do it in a very new way. (09/14)

#D0163 6 CDs $42.75

Keeping It Practical & Simple: Living In The World of Recovery

Fr. Tom W.

Fr. Tom has just returned from the Middle East and brings with him many stories and insights from his travel to Abu Dhabi. Tom takes a deeper look at the Serenity Prayer and provides new meaning as to what we can and cannot change. Powerless and unmanageability, we learn to talk about this in recovery. The second step offers us a way out…Step 2 offers hope. Tom discusses the fantasy of recovery that every day we get better. We all understand God differently. Tom suggests looking for God in all things, and ways to “notice God”. How to meditate? What works, what does not work. Try some of Tom’s approaches to meditation. The retreat concludes with a review of the tenth step using the Examen developed by Ignatius of Loyola as a way to find God in all things. (06/14)

#D0162 6 CDs $42.75

Remember to Remember

Fr. Tom W.

Whether we are a newcomer or a cranky old timer, we need to remember. Father Tom reminds us that almost all we need to know to stay sober was told to us in the first 90 days of recovery. We come in to the rooms with very bad attitudes and the Steps meet us right where we are. And we get well. Remember to remember this. Our stories are important for us to remember, and important for others to hear. We need to remember that God works directly with each one of us and that we do not need to define a higher power to tap in to the source. Remember to ask for help throughout the day. Father Tom reminds us to get out of our head and our comfort zone. Ours is a program of action. Be aware of what we are remembering – is it gratitude or past hurts? Remember to embrace change and be willing to be uncomfortable. Remember that the comfort will return. Remember that we are not alone. And remember to pass it on. (01/13)

#D0159 6 CDs $42.75

Desperate Enough? Thank God!

Fr. Tom W.

Fr. Tom says that you have to have the gift of desperation to want to come to AA and you have to double that for Al-Anon. This program is our last option available which is good because we need to be desperate enough to ask for help and willing enough to receive it. Fr. Tom talks about needing to learn new skills, like detachment, letting go of old ideas and the importance of listening. He discusses how to be awake and reflect on our own behavior, how to act in loving ways, and how to show love. We are given tools to stop blaming others, and we discover what a huge relief it is to admit when we are wrong—which is one of the great signs of adulthood. Tom reminds us that we have been let out of slavery into freedom, and that we didn’t do it alone. A power greater than ourselves has been at work in our lives. (01/12)

#D0157 6 CDs $42.75

Observations About Our Journey

Fr. Tom W.

Fr. Tom brings us stories, and insights, sprinkled with humor about our spiritual journey in recovery. New to many, and a refresher course for old timers, Tom explores how we recover what we once thought was lost. He asks how well do we pay attention to the gifts we have been given? Do we take for granted the riches we have found in recovery? How can we open our hearts to the fullness of life? He explores the “...satisfactions of right living…” from the “12 & 12”. He talks about recognizing feelings, and reminds us that being uncomfortable is not necessarily bad. Tom shares practical techniques for prayer and meditation using our own daily reader as another way to improve our conscious contact with God. (01/11)

#D0155 6 CD Album $42.75

You Start With Hello

Fr. Tom W.

When we get here, we are completely out of our comfort zone. And we say hello and an entire new way of life opens up to us. Fr. Tom shares many stories about our new relationships with friends, companions, allies, and sponsors. He talks about the things we can change, and those we cannot. He talks about guilt and shame, self loathing and self acceptance. He discusses defects of character and the daily reprieve we receive through the steps. He talks about the “Rules of the World” and how we need to break them when we come in to recovery.

In recovery we learn skills on how to develop loving relationships. We learn how to identify safe people, and we learn how to be a safe person. We make the connections with others through the things we share. Go to meetings and say hello to people and develop wonderful friendships. Say hello to a Higher Power and receive grace. We learn these new behaviors and go from existing to living. (09/10)

#D0154 6 CD Album $42.75

The Principles Of The Program

Fr. Tom W.

“….and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Understanding the principles of the 12 Steps can be very difficult, abstract or very simple. Father Tom talks about incorporating these principles into our daily lives. He makes abstract ideas very simple and practical. Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Love, Justice, Perseverance, Spirituality and Service. These twelve principles are the spiritual basis behind each of the Twelve Steps. Fr. Tom shows how employing these behaviors in our daily lives can be an enriching experience.

#D0152 4 CD Album $31.75

Living in the World of Recovery

Fr. Tom W.

In these warm and delightful talks, Fr. Tom Weston shares with us that ours is not a self help program. If it were, we would have fixed ourselves long ago. Instead, living in the world of recovery, we learn to ask for help in the Program. And Fr. Tom shares with us that it is a great spiritual accomplishment to ask for help when we need it. And when something spiritual happens, change occurs for us. Fr. Tom talks with us about learning how to trust again. And about the many aspects of willingness in living in the world of recovery. And he shows us how to keep sane when those around us are going crazy. And Fr. Tom gives a wonderful guided meditation using The AA Promises. (09/09)

#D0150 6 CD $42.75

One Day at a Time - but are the days too long?

Fr. Tom W.

These new talks focus on the transformative power of the 12 steps. Fr. Tom emphasizes practical, day to day applications of the spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps. Simple formulas are explored for “turning it over”, “let go and let God” plus spiritual activities for prayer and meditation. We are often told recovery is a “program of action”, but where do we start or in some cases restart? These new talks are Tom Weston at his best. A humorous and enriching experience. (06/08)

#D0148 6 CD $42.75

Are We Willing To Be Willing?

Fr. Tom W.

In these series of talks Fr.Tom shares how to live through difficult times using the tools of the program. Do we sometimes feel disconnected from our Higher Power? How to make that conscious contact with your Higher Power easier with the “switch”. He talks of connecting with people rather than “using” people….sharing our experience, strength and hope. Are we willing to let change happen? Are we willing to be willing? What can we expect if we willingly surrender ourselves to the spiritual discipline of the 12 Steps? These and many other questions about recovery are explored in this series of talks. 01/08

#D0147 6 CD $42.75

Let Go of the Old and Welcome the New.

Fr. Tom W.

In recovery we learn many new tools, such as letting go of what no longer works and embracing a new way of life. Tom shares how God is present in our daily lives and how we can now recognize God acting in our lives and the lives of others. When we have a relationship with a Higher Power we are more alive, human, peaceful and useful. We make a connection with God through other people. Tom talks about spiritual experiences. He talks about God's will for us, which is simpler than we sometimes think. Fr. Tom explains that prayer and meditation can be a confusing or simple process and offers suggestions to make that connection with God easier. (01/07)

#D0145 6 CD $42.75

Freedom through Self Acceptance

Fr. Tom Weston

Just what is a spiritual awakening? If someone has been touched by the Spirit what changes can be expected? How do we progress from Step One to Step Two? Fr. Tom talks about God as you understand God and the many different points of view and experiences. He talks about the original Six Steps initially used in Akron, Ohio which later became the Twelve Steps. Fr. Tom explores Steps Six and Seven and the underlying concept of self acceptance. Character defects might always be there. But the program gives us new tools to accept them and experience freedom. (01/06)

#D0144 6 CD Album $42.75

"…Gratitude and Service."

Fr. Tom Weston

Father Tom takes us on a journey through Steps 10, 11 and 12. Using AA's "12 and 12" as a guide, he explores Step 10. He shares his ongoing personal experiences with Step 10 and the role of character defects. The Big Book tells us with Step 10 our sanity has returned. The process of looking at our character defects and our wrongs, that we began examining with the 4th Step, continues with Step 10. Just how do we maintain the new state of serenity and freedom we have achieved? As recovering people God's will for us includes the removal of character defects. The 12th Step speaks to a "spiritual awakening"...what happens when we "wake up"? How do you spot the real stuff when it comes to spiritual experiences along the spiritual path? The results can be dramatic, but can take place over a long period of time. (12/04) (5/04)

#D0142 6 CD $42.75

"…Willing to Grow along Spiritual Lines."

Fr. Tom Weston

Throughout all situations God is at work. "AA is not a personal success story. It is a story of our colossal human failures now transformed into the happiest usefulness by the living grace of God." A day at a time we ask for God’s help. Fr. Tom explores questions such as what is God’s will for us. Tom explores the important self knowledge we gain from the 4th Step. Every person has the opportunity to develop a spiritual life. Through time and experience, trial and error, we get better at the 11th Step. Fr. Tom explores, in detail, the different method of prayer. He goes on to suggest various ways of meditation as a way of putting ourselves in God’s presence. And he explores ways we can invite our Higher Power into our meditation. (5/04)

#D0141 5 CD $35.75

Taking Time for ReflectionTaking Time for Reflection
Father Tom W.

"...Progress not perfection..." Fr. Tom explores with us the spiritual journey those of us in recovery have embarked on. Part of recovery and having a healthy spiritual practice is learning how to slow down and take time for reflection. These talks offer an opportunity to explore how we work the Steps in our lives. Fr. Tom shares with us some of his reflections on love and ways of knowing God's will for us. He explores with us how to look at our own behavior, feelings and defects of character as a way to see how God works with each one of us. Excellent for newcomers...inspirational for old-timers...Tom Weston at his best. (1/03)

#D0139 CD $42.75

We Don’t Have to Do This AloneWe Don’t Have to Do This Alone
Father Tom W.

In these wonderful talks recorded August 16, 2002, Father Tom Weston reminds us that we aren’t alone. With a power greater than ourselves, Step 2, and reaching out to others in the program, Step 12, we continue to get better. And we get to do things differently, with altered attitudes.

Through his many stories, insights, and a lot of humor, Fr. Tom reminds us that we don’t have to live alone with our conflicts. And we can even look forward to a daily reprieve from our craziness when we remember to ask for God’s help.

Fr. Tom talks with us about learning how to tell our stories and also learning how to listen to the stories of others. And Fr. Tom shares new stories with us. As Fr. Tom reminds us, when someone who has been there talks to someone who is there - grace flows. We really do need God’s help and each other. In recovery everything changes, if we let it. (10/02)

#D0138 CD $42.75

Our Footwork, God's GraceOur Footwork, God's Grace
Father Tom W..

In recovery, we continue to grow emotionally and spiritually. Gather Tom helps us to look at our own behavior and at the ways we may be more available to our Higher power working in our lives. Are we cooperating with God? He offers many suggestions of practical footwork on recovery, from praying and meditition, self acceptance, and what to do when we are stuck, angry or discouraged with our own progress. Father Tom discusses what about our behavior may get us in to trouble and lead us to despair. And he helps us to understand what may ge going on when we are running low on faith and hope, discusses what it means to be in consolation and desolation, and suggests ways of dealing with this. Father Tom enlightens us with how introverts and extroverts communicate and shows us how this worked between Bill W. and Dr. Bob in the beginning days of AA. And Father Tom shares his personal experience in dealing with the events of September 11th. These wonderful talks offer insight, inspiration and hope for all of us. (11/01)

#D0135 CD $42.75

A Fresh Look at RecoveryA Fresh Look at Recovery
by Father Tom W..

Father Tom takes a fresh look at recovery for people whose lives are on the line. In this inspiring retreat held near the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonybous, Father Tom describes how Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson built the practical and spiritual tools that continue to save our lives every day. He demystifies the steps by describing how they were developed and offering a number of practical techniques to do them. How do we move from despair to hope, from lonliness and isolation to a rich, new live with service to others? Father Tom talks about depression and other things that can get in our way, and he discusses the roles of therapy and medication. There are many rich stories of the early days, but mostly these talks are about how we can work our program today and live our lives with richness, with hope, and in community with others. (6/99)

#D0133 CD $42.75

Rebuilding Our LivesRebuilding Our Lives One Day at a Time
Father Tom

Father Tom leads us on an inspired odyssey from the depths of our despair while drinking and using, to the heights of the spiritual awakenings available for all of us in recovery. How can the tools of the Program help us open our hearts to embrace the fullness of life? How can we learn to love and accept ourselves and others? He offers practical suggestions for doing an inventory, making amends, and becoming aware of the choices and power we have in our lives. And he shows how we can develop a spiritual practice which will nurture us, guide us and help us find serenity and peace. (1/97)

#D0130 CD $42.75

Journeys and Encounters
According to Father Tom W., recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous is a journey. We move from a world of illusion to a world of real life. These talks focus on the transformation that happens to recovering people when they let the program work. He explores the changes that happen in our hearts, in our families, in our relationships, in our lives. He relates some wonderful stories and poems from writers and singers who have made a difference to him. And he talks about the importance of having allies, companions and friends, so that we don't have to be isolated, alone and desperate any more. In these talks Father Tom offers a gift of recovery in real life. (11/95)

#D0127 CD $42.75

Living Life Fully Using The Traditions
Father Tom electrifies the Traditions of AA by demonstrating the profound insight and vitality they can bring to all our relationships. He shows through the history of the Program and the Traditions how these principles can guide our interactions, not just with the group, but with everyone we encounter in our daily lives. His stories, poetry, scripture and Program literature are filled with wisdom, humor and inspiration. One of the best retreats we have recorded. (5/94)

#D0124 CD $42.75

Creating Balance in Our Lives
As we learn to walk the path of the sober life in AA, we find that we make choices with every step. In these talks, Father Tom shares his experiences with these choices, and talks about how we can find balance between hope and despair, sanity and craziness, feeling our feelings and compulsive behavior. He shows how we can learn to identify and value our unique natures, and then to build upon them. And he shares a simple and effective formula for doing the Tenth Step every day. (6/93)

#D0121 CD $42.75

A Weekend of Sobriety for Women and Men
Father Tom W's. insightful approach to living in sobriety focuses on moving from the problem to the solution. He emphasizes the practical day-to-day applications of the spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps of AA. And he reinforces the urgency of our commitment to this way of life. (12/86)

#D0102 CD $42.75

What Program? God Who?
These questions set the tone for a wide ranging discussion of recovery at this women's retreat. The focus is on the concrete steps to recovery from alcoholism as a process of learning how to share feelings and participate in the community. "What program? God who?" might be a cry of despair from a person alone. But within a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, it's a hilarious comment on life. (10/88)

#D0111 CD $42.75

Principles of Recovery from Addiction
Father Tom applies the Twelve Steps to recovery from cocaine and other drugs. He talks about how to nurture spirituality, break the addictive cycle, and let go of old patterns. How to show up, pay attention and tell the truth, and how to know God's will. (3/87)

#D0104 CD $42.75

Is There Life After Bourbon?
This is the original, brilliant, fast-paced, funny, moving, Father Tom from the early days. He tells fascinating stories about getting sober, staying sober, and finding a rich and meaningful life by working the steps. Recorded at an AA men's retreat in 1986, his delivery and insights have continued to delight and inspire both men and women (11/86)

#D0103 CD $42.75

A Commentary on The Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions
Father Tom's stories and commentary bring the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous right into your life and your heart. In four talks he describes the Steps and Traditions not as rigid dogma, but as the actual, living experience of "how it works" for recovering people from the earliest days of the program to the present. There's a practical section on how to do the Fourth Step. A great introduction to the program for newcomers, and a deepening of insight and commitment for everyone else. (2/88)

#D0109 CD $31.75

The Power of Principles In All Our Affairs
Father Tom W. explores the principles underlying the miracle of recovery from addictive behaviors. He examines the tools common to all Twelve Step programs. How can we use them to make fundamental changes in the way we lead our lives? How can we be restored to our full humanity? Topics include: Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Love, Discipline, Patience, Awareness and Service. (3/89)

Kids, Drugs and Alcohol
Join Father Tom W. as he explores this essential topic for today's teenagers. He visits a junior and senior high school for a fascinating series of separate dialogues with 7th and 8th graders; freshmen and sophomores; juniors and seniors; teachers; parents. The way he listens and responds to questions provides a model of honesty and openness in dealing with this difficult subject. (12/89)

#D0114 CD $42.75

Keeping It Simple
When we're drinking and using, our lives are incredibly complex as we protect our habits, try to keep our stories straight, and struggle to hold our world together. But our first act of recovery is profoundly simple: total surrender. Maintaining that simplicity is our real challenge if we are to grow spiritually in sobriety, according to Father Tom. He offers dozens of stories and practical techniques to help us open our hearts, rejoin the human race, and share our freedom, joy and light with the world around us. (12/92)

#D0120 CD $42.75

Getting Back to Basics
It's easy to forget the most important things. Father Tom shows how the basic tools of the AA program can help us to stay sober and insure our continued growth and happiness. He talks about going to meetings, using the telephone, and using the tool of writing. He really gets into sponsorship: how to choose one, how to use one, and how to be one. And he describes the profound nature of the slogans, including "Turn It Over," "Easy Does It," and "Live and Let Live." An inspiration for newcomers and old-timers alike. (9/91)

#D0115 CD $42.75


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