How AA and Other Self-Help Meetings Can Change Your Life
Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease. Most people who suffer from addiction need something more than abstinence. A means of staying sober is required to combat addiction because it is a chronic, relapsing disease. Addiction is a dark secret within every community. Many do not know how to respond or approach someone who suffers from addiction, which can enhance isolation.
If you’ve struggled with addiction, you know the loneliness it can bring. You may feel out of place in society and have a hard time maintaining meaningful relationships. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and other similar self-help groups can give you the resources to learn to love yourself again. The concepts that are taught in self-help groups are good theories for anyone to follow, whether they are an addict/alcoholic or not. Learning to live by the principles will change your life.
There are several general concepts self-help groups teach that can better your life. The first is to admit you’re powerless over people, places, and things. As much as you may want to, you can’t control other people or the circumstances life brings, so you should stop trying. Take responsibility for your actions and mind your own business. When we still try to control things but fail, we develop resentment towards other. You must understand resentment is a form of poison that is slow, yet fatal. Don’t worry about other people and their actions.
When you suffer from addiction, the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You may always feel like you can’t catch a break, therefore you have a very negative attitude towards life. Living a life of sobriety requires you to be grateful for the cards life has dealt. An attitude of gratitude will take you far and be contagious to those around you. Life can be overwhelming, so taking it one day at a time is the way to go. Telling yourself you will stay clean and sober just for today and seeking progress, not perfection will help you achieve long-term sobriety.
Self-help groups provide a purpose for life, which is to help others achieve sobriety. Meetings supply hope for newcomers and make you feel like you belong for the first time in your life. Sobriety isn’t about getting clean and sober, it’s about learning to live a happy, joyous, and free life, which is what self-help groups can offer.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.
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