Twelve Step recovery is about more than just sobriety. It is also about building friendships within a community of other men and women attempting to recover from addiction and alcoholism. Many of us felt alone and ashamed of our addiction, but were surprised to find that there are communities composed entirely of people who have felt the exact same way as we once did, and have successfully recovered. Fellowship in recovery communities can easily become the bright spot in a person’s life. Men and women attempting to recover from addiction and alcoholism face unique challenges that their friends and family not be able to fully understand. Recovery fellowships, however, are composed entirely of people who understand the feelings associated with addiction and alcoholism because they have experienced those feelings themselves. It is extremely important for a newcomer to build a support network around themselves to have the best chances of successful recovery. There is no better choice for a support network than the community of men and women who have bonded over their mutual goal of recovering from addiction and alcoholism. In fact, being supportive and helping a newcomer in their recovery is often the best part of their lives, and there is no shortage of willingness in fellowship members to be of service to others. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than attending gatherings and visiting hospitals. Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family differences, explaining the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending money and securing jobs for each other, when justified—these are everyday occurrences. No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomes cordially—if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies—these are laughed out of countenance.” Truly, everyone is welcomed into the fellowship as long as he or she has a desire to stop drinking or using. Most newcomers are amazed by how willing fellowship members are to be of service and support to others, asking nothing in return. Involvement in fellowship can easily become one of most joyous parts of a person’s life.
Your story can be one of joy in sobriety. You can begin the journey of recovery and build a brighter future by making the decision to seek help now. Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment facility in beautiful Laguna Beach, offers cutting-edge treatment techniques and methodologies, including inside and outside 12 Step meetings, to give you all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For more information about treatment options, please call today: (877) 279-1777