When I first walked through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous the feelings of loneliness, confusion, anxiousness and uncertainty engulfed my every thought process. This was a new experience for me, having never sought help from my dependency of the drink. But as I kept coming back, for reasons I can’t fully describe in such a short amount of space, I began to feel a sense of place and purpose on my journey to sobriety.
Support Groups Help Sobriety
I can certainly attribute finding a home and support group essential in the beginning days of sobriety. It was among these people that I felt a part of something larger than just myself. I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t the only one suffering from this disease. And I wasn’t the only one looking for a better way of life.
Through this group I began to experience happiness through friendship. This was accomplished without sitting at a bar or at home drinking the time away. There’s no doubt that I continued, and still continue, to suffer from a roller coaster of emotions at certain points through my sobriety, but having people around that understand where I’m coming from, what I’m suffering from and how to help manage my problems by sharing my feelings with these people is truly a gift not to be taken for granted.
These people were there to share the fun and happiness I had known during a time of innocence, as a child of course. Activities like bowling, going to the beach or just hanging late night at the diner for some cake and coffee were things couldn’t even recollect doing for as long as I could remember. But more than the fun that these opportunities granted me was a bonding experience. It was at these times that I began to construct a special connection with these new friends that continue to this day.
Sure, time goes on and we all must live our own lives. The times of going out and having a grand ‘ol time come and go, but the relationships and bonds are still there. The phones still ring and the people from this support group still pickup to listen or to talk. And that is an invaluable and irreplaceable feeling to have. To be able to talk my problems out, to receive advice and suggestions and to just have a friend that cares and understands cannot be measured by any instrument or tool.
My suggestion to you is if you are just getting help for addiction and dependency look for or welcome people that may be offering their friendship. Sure, not everyone is made for each other in terms of communicating and sharing personal details but believe me, there are people out there that care. By forging these relationships you will find a support group that can assist in the healing process from addiction. I can tell you I did and I’m a better person because of it. While it may not be the sole answer to my everyday problems and tribulations, it sure makes getting through the day and week just a tad bit easier than doing it alone. Let First Step to Freedom help you begin your recovery journey. Just give us a call at (888) 415-8810 today.