Meetings (whether in real life or on-line) are where we share our experience, strength and hope with each other to better understand our common problems, working together towards solutions. Even if you feel you’ll die if you don’t act out or your mind doesn’t want you to get better, you need to “bring the body” to a meeting. Even when things seem “more important” or more exciting or more fun, get to a meeting. Subtly your value system will get healed. We have failed to do it alone, but we can do it together. You can listen to others tell of what it was like, what happened to them and what it is like now. Take what you like. Leave the rest. At meetings you can get current, find a sponsor, hear the stories of others who recovered. It is a window to the future. You learn about your disease and how the 12-step program works.
You are never alone.
Members give and receive support, work the steps, and share experience, strength and hope in a safe anonymous environment. At first, attend as many meetings as you can. If possible, attend meetings daily for the first 90 days and practice abstinence from your addictive cycle to the best of your ability. The slogan “90 meetings in 90 days” is a sure-fire way to learn the true meaning of “First Things First.” Making a meeting every day no matter what is a foolproof way to discipline deep habits of “giving in” and self-indulgence — habits so deep the y seem our true selves rather than the voice of our illness.
Meeting makers make it.
Many of us have found that doing ninety in ninety (ninety meetings in ninety days) has proved to be invaluable at the beginning of our recovery and also when the going gets rough in our program. It is a great way to start off your recovery and get a firm footing in the Group.-