Reasons Why You Could Think 12-Step Programs Are Not for You

Sobriety takes some effort to achieve. Getting sober requires dedication and intention to get to a point where drugs and alcohol no longer rule your life. One of the most common ways that people attain their sobriety is by attending 12-Step programs such as Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Before you have even seen what happens in a 12-Step meeting, you may have already made up your mind that this type of recovery is just not for you.

You do not fit the stereotype.

One of the major misconceptions of a 12-Step program is that you must be a homeless person or somebody that is old. When you go to a meeting, you will find a melting pot of people that are trying to find a solution for their addiction. Meetings consist of people of all ages, gender, and race as well as all different professions and economic status. The main thing that everyone has in common is that they are all trying to stay sober one day at a time.

You are not religious.

The good news about 12-Step programs is that they do not promote religion. They really only advocate spirituality. Religion dictates that there is a set of rules that you must follow while spirituality, especially in a 12-Step program, gives you a chance to make your own conception of what your spirituality consists of. You may hear the words Higher Power or God, but with any kind of advice, you can take what you need and leave the rest behind.

You will want to drink or use.

Meetings allow people to share what it was like when they were in their addiction. These shares can contain stories specific to what members consumed and how much. You may think that if you hear about alcohol or drugs that it could make you start craving them again. If you are around like-minded people that are staying sober, you will want to stay sober too. There may be talk of drug and alcohol use, but there will also be talk of how recovery pays off.

You are quitter.

If you are quitting an addiction, this is a good thing. Although you may have been taught to never quit, you really should if you have gotten to a point of no return with drugs and alcohol. Your using friends may call you weak, however, your recovery friends will admire your strength.

You may think that 12-Step programs may not be for you and that may be true in some cases. Do not knock 12-Step programs until you try them. There have been many lives that have been saved by working a 12-Step program the way that it is intended.

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