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Weekly AA Meetings

AA MeetingAlthough AA meetings were initially formed around one specific form of substance abuse (alcohol addiction) they’re adaptable and applicable to many different forms of addiction.

Here at Therapia Healing Center in St. George, Utah, we guide our patients through weekly AA meetings because we’ve seen amazing success with the 12-step approach to addiction recovery. We love AA because it enables connection, support, caretaking, creative problem-solving, goal-setting, and responsibility.

There are a lot of misconceptions about AA. First of all, many people are afraid to enter these support group meetings because they worry that they’ll be forced to share their life story with a bunch of strangers. The truth is that you won’t be pressured to do anything that you don’t want to. Many people simply sit back and listen. It’s up to you to determine how much you’re comfortable sharing with others.

Connection and Fellowship

At its core, AA is a support group. It’s meant to be a place where you can build connections with others who understand your story and can help you in a way no one else can because they’ve been there. Sobriety depends on healthy relationships, and in AA you can find relationships that can powerfully support your recovery.

One of the most insidious side effects of addiction is the way that it isolates us. It’s hard for loved ones who have never experienced addiction to fully understand your recovery journey. However, in AA there’s a culture of complete honesty, and non-judgement. Cross-talk, defensive speaking, and derogatory language is off limits, and only supportive, empathetic communication is allowed.

Caretaking

Another powerful aspect of AA is the way that it empowers participants to take care of each other. Connection is one phase, but as you progress through the program, you’ll find yourself more often assuming the role of adviser, mentor (and even sponsor) to others who are beginning the journey. This responsibility role has a few effects. First of all, it encourages us to step up and be an example because we want to help others. Secondly, it allows us to view our addiction and the various behaviors that were attached to it as things that are in the past. We’re able to put those things behind us and view ourselves as new people.

Creative Problem-Solving

It’s impossible to give one cure-all for addiction, because every person is different. Different techniques will work for different people, and so it’s important to gather a lot of ideas that have worked for others in the past. Hearing others’ stories, their coping techniques, and their triggers, will help us to see our own strengths and weaknesses in a different way. By adding to our arsenal of sobriety resources, we’re ever-increasing our chances of finding the combination of solutions that works for us.