Keep up the Good Fight: How to Keep Going to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

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Alcohol is one of the most widely abused drugs in the world. Believe it or not, over 85% of US adults over 18 use alcohol in varying degrees, many of whom underestimate its addictive qualities.

Fortunately, there is support available to those in need. Let’s talk about how to find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and how to keep coming back!

Determine Your Why

The best time to prepare for the rain is when it’s sunny. If you are currently motivated to stay sober, then now is the best time to set yourself up for success for future (inevitable) bumps in the road.

Remember that nobody ever feels 100% all of the time, no matter what they project. Determine why you want to continue going to your meetings and write those reasons down. Did you know that you are 42% more likely to accomplish the goals that you write down?

It’s okay to want to do things for loved ones or people in your life, but that shouldn’t be your only reason.

For example, if your first “why” is to make your significant other happy, you need some others as well. You can’t rely on external motivations for everything. Otherwise, if you’re ever angry with your partner or if you break up, that motivation may no longer apply.

In that case, you will also need an intrinsic reason to keep you motivated.

What specific ways do you feel better when you’re sober? How, specifically, has AA helped you with your alcohol abuse and/or life skills, or what do you want it to do for you? These are the questions you need to answer.

Ask Yourself: Why Not?

Beyond finding your “why,” ask yourself why you shouldn’t go. If you have an answer, ask yourself how valid that answer is and if it’s worth risking your sobriety and the “whys” that matter to you. If it helps, ask a loved one or your sponsor to help hold you accountable and ask for a reason for missing a meeting.

Plan Your Schedule Around Your Meetings

Never give yourself a reason to skip a meeting by avoiding scheduling conflicts. If you have a varying schedule, give yourself a backup meeting in your area.

For example, if your regular meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm, and you get tickets to your favorite sports game on a Thursday evening, having a backup scheduled on Wednesday or Friday can be helpful. This way, you won’t miss a meeting, and you can still make accommodations.

However, that should only be a backup option for unexpected events. You should prioritize going to the same meetings every week and planning your schedule around them.

Follow the Steps

The 12-step process is a time-tested way to help rebuild your new sober life. If you aren’t following the steps, then you’re missing out on the full extent of these meetings. If you aren’t getting the full benefit of them, it’s unlikely you will see the full value, which will lead to low engagement.

Try the steps and take them one at a time. Ask questions to others at the meetings (or your sponsor) if you have them, and try to take them seriously. The steps have helped countless people in your situation, so there’s no reason to think they can’t help you!

Build Relationships

You keep going to work because you make money, so why do people volunteer? Almost always, it’s so they can connect with and help their communities. Finding a new community of people with similar struggles is the best reason to keep coming back to your AA meetings or NA meetings, but you have to make the effort.

If you’ve never been to an AA meeting before, you’ll be amazed by how welcoming and accepting everybody is. Take the time to integrate yourself into the community and build relationships. This way, you’ll be more motivated than ever to keep coming back.

Get a Sponsor

An AA sponsor is a one-on-one mentor who can help you through the steps of AA. Al Anon support can also act as a lifeline when you need it. When facing a lifetime of sobriety, you’re bound to need it at some point.

Having this point of contact will help keep you engaged and in check during your journey through sobriety. It’s especially beneficial in the early days when you’re trying to rebuild a sober life for yourself.

Later on, once you’re comfortable in your sobriety, sponsor someone else! Maintaining abstinence may be the “easiest” part of recovery, but it’s also the longest by far. Sponsoring someone else is a great way to keep yourself engaged and stop yourself from slipping down the road.

Take the First Step

If you haven’t already attended a meeting for alcohol or drug abuse, find an AA meeting near you and take the first step. There are chapters everywhere, along with plenty of AA literature online to become familiar with.

Unfortunately, there are also plenty of AA meeting misconceptions that float around. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, learn about AA meeting etiquette, find a meeting near you, and enter with confidence. It could be the best decision you’ve ever made!

Keep Up With Your Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Rebuilding and living a sober life can often feel like learning a new language. Fortunately, there’s support out there for those in need; you just have to actively make the choice to keep taking that support. Al Anon meetings are a great way to do that!

Stay up to date with our latest recovery tips, and find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting near you today! Just remember to follow these tips and stick with it!

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