3 Ways You Can Get the Most Out of AA This Year

12-Step, AA groupOne person shared their story of success with AA through the Massachusetts Medical Society. Here is an excerpt from their story:

“My life is full of surprises all the time. I am grateful to have a program I can use to help me grow through life’s challenges. I no longer regret being an alcoholic since it is through my alcoholism that I have been able to grow and integrate a wonderful set of principles into my life.”

12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have led so many people to live happy, successful lives – but it’s only those who become truly dedicated to creating this lifestyle who reap the most benefits.  Such as with the story above, individuals find the most success when they apply the principles; as with anything that takes time, recovery isn’t a “quick fix”; Ultimately, there are so many aspects to treatment that help people restore their mind, body and spirit – and we have to use them.

If you want to make the most of your 12-Step program this year, consider the following tips:

  1. Attend the meetings – even when you don’t want to. Addiction Professional, an online magazine that provides information on various topics related to recovery, denotes that the only way you’re going to get the growth that you need in recovery is simply by showing up.
  2. Let people get to know you. One of the main key points of 12-Step programs is to meet others whom you can build support with in recovery. The only way to do this is to let other people know you – over time and, when you’re ready, of course.
  3. Sit near the front. Just like in a classroom, those that sit up front are most likely to have the least distractions and get the most out of the information provided. Arrive early and get that seat.

While these tips may seem simple, all too often they get looked over – which makes it harder for those in recovery to reach their goals.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.