When attending an addiction rehab program, there are many things patients will learn. Most rehab centers incorporate some type of 12-step program, like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous. Patients will learn to follow the 12 steps as part of their personal recovery process, and it is important to stick to that plan in order to achieve long-term sobriety.
Yes, Going to Meetings is Important (here’s why)
Understanding what the purpose of these programs are will help addicts understand why they’re important to follow. Alcoholics Anonymous is a free treatment program for people suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction. Becoming a member is free—the only requirement to join is a desire to stop drinking. Participants follow a set of recovery steps to achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol. Anyone can attend AA meetings, however one must be an alcoholic to become a member. AA meetings are typically held in churches, schools, or other public spaces. The program uses a spiritual approach that includes a belief in a higher power, but that higher power doesn’t have to be God. Whatever the addict is comfortable with will be their personal higher power.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a great program for many reasons. For one, it allows its members to remain anonymous by establishing a circle of trust with all members. Anything and everything is safe to share during meetings, because everyone is in agreement to support one another. Another reason is because AA employs the use of sponsors—who are generally recovering addicts who have been sober for at least one year—as a support system for newcomers. The advantage of having a sponsor is they are someone who have experienced the same challenges in the effort to become sober, and they are a stranger who will not pass judgement on anyone.
The “Big Book” is the central text of Alcoholics Anonymous, which outlines the program. The 12 steps are referred to as a “set of principles, spiritual in nature, when practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.”
Newcomers to 12 step programs who are excited about their recovery often stay motivated for a while, but remaining serious about attending meetings can prove difficult over time. It’s important to keep putting effort into attending meetings whether that be on a daily, weekly, monthly, or anywhere in between basis. Without meetings, recovering addicts may bottle up emotions and feelings until they burst. Spending an hour listening to others and sharing personal struggles can help put problems into perspective, and reassure the attendee they are not alone in the endeavor for lifetime sobriety.
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