12-Step Meetings Will Save Your Life in Recovery
A 12-step meeting is a place where you will find others just like you- people who are working on their recovery and doing their best to stay clean and sober each day. When attending a 12-step meeting you will soon realize there are individuals of all race, religion and age, there is no discrimination. Not only will there be diversity, there will be individuals living in honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. It will soon become difficult to find a place with more courage, morality and support than a 12-step meeting.
Meetings aren’t what the media portrays them to be. They are a vital resource for individuals trying to recover. 12-step meetings are effective and millions of people have saved their life because of them. They are also free and available in almost every city and country. If they are available in so many places, they must work, they worked for Ron. But how?
Why 12-Step Meetings Work
They work if you apply the principles in your life. There won’t be people telling you that you suffer from alcoholism and addiction either. It is your choice to decide whether you have a problem and want to stop. Attending these meetings will help you make your decision because you will hear others share their stories and you start to hear similarities in the stories being shared and your life.
It will help you open your eyes to your addiction or alcoholism, also, you will start to see that addiction doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anybody. No one likes to admit there is a problem, but as soon as you do, you have the chance to find recovery and will be surrounded with people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
The individuals you will meet in a 12-step fellowship will have gone or are going through the same feelings as you. Being surrounded by such people will help you grow in your recovery and show that you are not alone. You will become stronger daily because you are surrounded by a group of individuals who are trying to better their life- just like you. It is a common reaction to try and take on your addiction alone. However, alcoholism and addiction is a disease where isolation is common in all trying to recover. To prevent isolation 12-step meetings will give you an outlet to ask for help. You will start to believe recovery is possible.
Recovery is possible, Ron did it. You can to! You will start to believe this overtime because you will see other people who have recovered from the disease of alcoholism and addiction. It will eventually give you the assurance that you can change your life. When you need to know, the individuals who have recovered in 12-step meetings didn’t do anything other than follow a few steps and traditions to change their life. If you follow the steps and traditions, you too will recover. A meeting is all around a safe place to go.
12-step fellowships are a safe place when you want to get out of harm’s way. If you had a bad day, get to a meeting and spend the hour reflecting on the good times and listen to others share their experience, strength and hope. At the end of the meeting you will walk out feeling 100 percent better and more motivated toward your recovery. If you are looking for a place of hope, safety and guidance, get to a 12-step meeting.
You can Recover
The 12-step program is not only about stopping using and abusing drugs and alcohol. The first step is the only step that even says, “alcohol” or “drugs” in the steps. The remaining eleven steps are about how to create a meaningful life where it is easier to live without drugs and alcohol. They are about how to be happy, joyous and free.
The steps are guidelines of life. Of you work them, they will help you identify behaviors and characteristics that make you want to drink and use. When you learn what those traits are, you can them move on and learn a new way to live without those characteristics. The 12-steps encourage self-change.
Ron had been struggling with addiction for most his life. Nothing seemed to work when he tried to stop. It was not until he was in jail and was introduced to the 12-step fellowship he grasped ahold of his addiction and could move on and better his life. He encourages the program and believes it can save your life too.
Recovery is something that you can attain. It just takes a bit of hard work and dedication. Get up and get to a 12-step meeting today and watch your life change before your eyes. Ron did it. You can too.
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