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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Addiction Recovery: Connecting with Newcomers

Do you attend meetings of recovery on a regular basis? If so, The Haven at Pismo encourages you to make a point of extending your hand to people with less sobriety than you. Reaching out to newcomers helps strengthen your recovery, and it also shows men and women they are not alone.

The British journalist and author Johann Hari says that the opposite of addiction is connection. Anyone who is working a program can agree that without the help of others, their recovery would be impossible.

Nobody finds lasting, long-term addiction recovery on their own. The goal of healing from the disease of addiction requires people to work together with others. Those who attempt to abstain from drugs and alcohol without assistance face significant obstacles that often become the impetus for relapse.

Attending meetings on a daily basis allows men and women the opportunity to connect with people who care about their well-being. Together, you help your peers, and, in turn, they help you when challenges arise. This process begins the instant you check into treatment or start going to meetings.

Newcomers are quickly approached by men or women with more recovery time than them; such people let the fragile newly sober know that everything will be alright. However, there is a caveat: they must commit themselves to give recovery their all for healing to occur. Half measures avail you nothing in sobriety.

Talking to Newcomers in Recovery

Whether you have a month sober or ten years, there is no good excuse for failing to show kindness to the newly sober. You can probably remember how scared and fragile you felt when you first embarked upon a journey of recovery. Then you heard someone share something that resonated with your own story. Maybe they came up to you after the meeting and or vice versa; perhaps that person is now your sponsor.

With a little bit of clean and sober time, you find yourself in a position to pay acts of kindness forward. Keep your eye out for men and women who identify as newcomers when you attend meetings. Do not hesitate to approach those individuals when the meeting concludes. For all you know, that person is on the fence about the business of recovery; they may be thinking of leaving the meeting and not returning.

Extending your hand out to newcomers is a way of showing that life gets better and that you care. Go one step further by inviting them to grab a cup of coffee and let them share what brought them to the rooms in the first place. Sometimes, newcomers need to get things off their chest and may be intimidated about sharing in front of a large group of strangers.

When you listen to what newcomers have to say, they are likely to feel a connection—that a bond is being formed. Who knows, they may ask you to be their sponsor, and you will have an opportunity to take them through the steps. Together, you keep each other clean and sober on the quest toward lasting recovery.

Fellowship is a pillar of addiction recovery. By working together, you keep the disease of addiction at bay. Active addiction is isolation; active recovery is connection!

SLO County Addiction Treatment Center

The Haven at Pismo invites adult men and women who are struggling with alcohol or substance use disorders to reach out. Our premier central coast addiction treatment center is the perfect place to renew to your best today. Our highly-trained staff offers a full continuum of care, utilizing evidence-based therapies to bring about long-term recovery. Please call our confidential hotline today: 1-805-202-3440