The longer I’m sober the more I realize that not a lot of people get sober via AA nor do they stay “in” the program after getting sober, and so I sometimes take on the AA spokes model persona and comment to someone, “Why not check out an AA meeting”. Of course I’m quite biased as this is the way I got sober and I continue to live a life of recovery through AA and the 12 steps. But I’m not a hardcore pusher of AA for others as I truly believe that whatever works for you – do it – as long as you feel most comfortable with your recovery.
Some folks take what they want and leave the rest and regularly attend AA, and some even become very entrenched in the Fellowship, get a sponsor, work the steps, start reciting from the Big Book and become a big AA advocate. On the other hand, there are other people that go to a couple meetings a week, don’t work the steps and use the Fellowship as their recovery model. I think it comes down to personal preference and what works best for your own recovery. I was nudged by my Attorney after receiving my 2nd DUI and as much as I didn’t want to go to my first meeting, I went to get the heat off and what I found was so much more. It was life changing for me and I’m so grateful I went. And I kept coming back!
Recently, I’ve received some emails from women that have read my Memoir and have asked me, “Maybe I should check out an AA meeting?” My initial response to them is, “Where do you live?” as I’d be happy to meet them at a meeting, but, normally they don’t live close by – so my follow up is “Yes, definitely check out an AA meeting, you’ve got nothing to lose”. That was my whole thought process when I went to my first AA meeting – why not, I’ve got nothing else going on, my life is in shambles and plus I needed that court card signed.
5 reasons as to why you should check out that AA meeting:
So, whether or not you are thinking about getting sober, or you already are sober and not sure what to do or where to go – I encourage you to check out your local AA meeting and if you live near me, I’d be happy to take you along. It can’t hurt, and you’ve got nothing to lose.
This post was originally on the Recovery Connection website blog. They are a great resource! Check them out at https://www.recoveryconnection.com/