Life was not meant to be lived alone even though while you were drinking and using, you felt like you had no one. Coming into a recovery program sets you up to ask for help from others and build a camaraderie that can help to portray sobriety a life preserver one needs to stay afloat in your recovery. You cannot stay sober without the help of others who have walked through recovery before you. Yes, there could be those who you think you could not relate to, but everyone who attends meetings are all there for one common purpose – unity.
Within that unity means that you will help each other out if there is a possibility that anyone is in danger to drink or use. Being able to call one another in this scenario by putting personal feelings aside is the spirit of unity in which 12-Step programs were founded on. You do not necessarily have to be friends with anyone. You just need to be there for one another in a pinch in relation to their addiction.
To find the people who are supposed to appropriately influence your sobriety, you will need to open up at meetings, so people know who you are and why you are there. This also means getting there early to greet others in the meeting and staying after to be able to relate to them about what was shared during the meeting. By being there in this capacity, you will have the opportunity to meet people who will have the potential to be the friends you will grow old with in sobriety which will become your sober tribe.
These sober allies will be by your side during the seemingly good and the bad times while edifying you along the way. They will make you laugh, cry with you during painful times, become a part of your sobriety foundation, and more importantly, teach you about your recovery by being a good example in their own program. Your spiritual connection is what will bond you together and make it abundantly clear that you were meant to be there for one another.
To find those people who will help you, search for the similarities instead of the differences and for those who are working hard at their program. Your tribe should consist of those persons who will enhance your recovery in strength, dignity, and grace.
Here at The Kimberly Center offers a variety of recovery programs to cover your every need during our extensive treatment for drugs and alcohol. We offer a unique recovery experience while providing a safe place to practice the principles of recovery that you will need in the real world.
Call us today to get started: 855-4-KCENTER (855-452-3683)