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Showing up is everything when it comes to getting something out of 12-Step meetings and giving them the chance to help you stay sober. The thought behind that theory is that, at least when you are there, you are not drinking or getting high.
But when you do more than just show up – when you actively take part, raise your hand to share your story, and try to connect with others before and after meetings and on breaks – you can help yourself to stay sober in between meetings more easily as well.
If you are shy or just not interested in making human contact, however, this seemingly simple task can feel overwhelming enough to avoid the whole thing entirely. Here’s how you can simplify the process of speaking up, taking part, and making the small talk with strangers that can help you to get the most out of meetings.
When you take the time to share what you are going through with others and connect with and listen to what they are going to as well, you begin to build a solid network system in recovery that can give you the support you need as you build your new life in recovery. The truth is that this doesn’t happen overnight, and you may “kiss a few frogs” as you meet new people and continually go through the process of determining which of your new acquaintances will become friends as you move forward in life.
Are you ready to speak up at your next meeting?