Meetings are the foundation of recovery in 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
It’s here that people learn more about how others cope with the challenges of addiction, and it’s here that they find out more about the skills they’ll need to develop in order to stay sober.
But even though meetings can be remarkably helpful, the experience is a new one for people who have been steeped in substance abuse. We asked a few people to share their experiences about going to a meeting for the very first time, in the hopes that their words might inspire those new to recovery, and we paired their responses with those provided by Ryan Miller, NCRC II, the Futures Alumni Coordinator. Here’s what they had to say.