Welcome Recovery Friends and New Friends!
I am so excited to announce as part of my advocacy and in honor of March being Problem Gambling Awareness Month, I will be the guest speaker this Saturday, March 16th, at 3 PM CT on-air and Live on FB from KOCK Radio 95.3 FM and 1520 AM and will be a Live FB Event so come follow on https://www.facebook.com/RiseAboveKOKC/
And Mac is part of the SoberWorx Radio Family as well! So I hope you will tune in or come to Mac’s FB Live to take a listen! Here is why MAC began Rise Above Radio and what they are about.
WELCOME TO RISE ABOVE RADIO
WHO IS MAC MULLINGS – THE SURVIVAL DRINKER?
“Addiction is the only disease that will try to convince you that you don’t have one.”
My drinking career didn’t start out the way it ended. It never does. The social drinker turns into the survival drinker.
Life isn’t happening according to our plan so we pour something on the rocks to escape reality.
FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN
We are priming the machine for a slow suicide mission. The more challenges I faced the stiffer the drinks.
My relationship with alcohol was a sign of spiritual bankruptcy.
“God loves you” was followed by an asterisk in my mind.
“God loves all his children except for you, Mac” the enemy would whisper to me. Leading me to believe that the greatest moments I would experience had passed.
Life began to feel empty. Empty like that last bottle I swore I wouldn’t drink.
The enemy thought I was breaking down but God knew I was breaking through.
RISE & RECOVERY
The idea for ‘Rise Above Radio Show’ came to me about this time last year. I was just over 90 days sober and God was planting the seed.
I’m pretty good at rushing things so with this I prayed for patience and direction.
Sometimes we have to shut up and listen. Be still. “God never talks to me!!”.
Do you ask him to? Are you ready enough to receive it?
RISE ABOVE IS GOD’s SHOW
Rise Above is God’s show, not mine. I believe in it and the need for it.
We must make a ministry out of what was misery. I don’t honor recovery by keeping it to myself and not encouraging others.
God is doing some amazing things with it and I like to say that we are just getting started.
The birthmark of a believer is a bulls-eye on it’s back and the enemy has his sights on it for sure.
Some don’t see the message of ‘Rise Above’ and it’s fair to say that given the opportunity they would rather replace it with a paid program to collect a paycheck.
One of the beautiful things about recovery is that I don’t have to worry about that. I don’t have to occupy my time with negativity.
One foot in front of the other and let God handle it. I’m not truly sober if I go about it any other way.
I have received many encouraging comments and it is very much appreciated.
I will stay true to the mission, I promise.
If you haven’t had the chance to listen, check out all our previous shows on the Rise Above Facebook page (give it a follow) and join us Saturdays from 2pm-4pm CT on KOKC Radio.
Mac Mullings – Creator-Host/Rise Above Radio
Program Director/95.3 FM & 1520am KOKC
Co-host/The Ride w- Mac & Chad
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“This show is changing lives, mine included. You don’t have to be an addict to be touched. I grew up with an addict, and didn’t truly understand addiction or how to forgive until I listened to Mac.”
“Addiction was never an issue I had to deal with. I thought addicts were weak and lacking in character. Then God brought Mac, along with several other people across my path and into my life, and I learned just how wrong my original assumptions were.
Rise Above is truly doing the Lord’s Work, raising awareness about addiction and its treatment, and opening the eyes of people like me, who would arrogantly look down upon those who are struggling.”
“Thank God for ‘Rise Above Radio and Mac!’ What they’re doing for the community is truly amazing! Addiction is such an epidemic in our country today.
We need more pioneers like this in the world of recovery. We are seeing life’s saved and families changed because of ‘Rise Above and Mac’ getting the word out that Recovery is possible and there is hope!”
So I hope you will join me and listen in as I shine a spotlight on a Silent and Dangerous Addiction! I will be sharing my Testimony and Shatter Stigma about this underground addiction that “Requires No Substance!”
WHY did I say yes to being on Mac’s show? Well, I want to share my story and to share current facts, stats, and some misconceptions about gambling addiction. To share with him that we just had a “tick up” in our worldwide population that now, 2.6% around the world are problem gamblers from only 1% prior. And this tells me with the expansions of gambling venues like legal online Sports Betting in several states, Indian casinos, and States Lottery offerings, this number is going to continue to grow.
I think we all know that using gambling like I did to ‘escape or numb out from life’ and for all the wrong reasons is happening more and more and it IS having a negative impact in our communities and on families. It is reaching our high school and college-age kids too with again, now legal online Sports betting in some States and out of the 17+million problem gamblers in the USA?
Parents? HALF this number is your high schoolers and young college adults!. It is also having a significant negative impact on our Retired Senior folks too. Look, I think we are all smart enough to know that gambling profits are not being made from those who are a “once in a while” Bingo players or gamblers. The profits from all venues and options of gambling are being from the people who are frequent, addicted and problem gamblers.
So, anytime I get an invite on a platform like “Rise Above Radio” and like my monthly column called “QUIT To WIN” in ‘Keys To Recovery Newspaper’ a free recovery publication, it helps me feel empowered to be able to share my experiences of how gambling addiction devastated my life and my husbands, share my strengths maintaining recovery and what works for me, and have platforms to share HOPE to those looking or reach out to RECOVER OUT LOUD . . .