Feel Less Alone Throughout the Road to Recovery
One of the biggest advantages of al-anon and nar-anon meetings is the ability to feel less alone while you are giving up any type of drug or alcohol in your life. When you have others who genuinely understand what you are going through, feel less overwhelmed and more comforted that you are no the only one facing a struggle while remaining clean.
Share Obstacles and Challenges in a Judgment-Free Atmosphere
While you are attending group meetings at alcoholics anonymous or narcotics anonymous, share obstacles and challenges you find yourself facing each day with those who typically attend. Opening up about your daily life and how you feel when thinking about the substance you previously used is cathartic and helps to eliminate bottling up feelings which may result in a relapse.
When opening up about an addiction there is often a fear of being judged. BEcause some individuals react poorly when discussing addictions, there is a fear of being shamed, guilted, and viewed differently by others, especially family members and friends. Attending a group meeting for those who are looking to overcome their addictions is one of the best ways to create a safe atmosphere for yourself when you need to share your thoughts and feelings while you are getting clean and sober.
Learn to Express Your Emotions on Your Journey to Sobriety
Expressing yourself and your emotions is also imperative while you are recovering from using drugs or alcohol of any kind. When you are able to talk freely about what a substance has done to your life in a negative light, it is much easier to keep the control you have over your sobriety.
Sponsors and Individual Support
Many al-anon and nar-anon meetings offer sponsors for individual support of those who attend. If you have a family member who requires mental and emotional support, sponsors from meetings are often ideal solutions. Having a sponsor is a great way to vent and to discuss challenges when it is difficult to abstain from a drug or alcohol. The more you lean on your sponsor, the less likely you are to cave into temptation and to experience a relapse.
Attending alcoholics and narcotics anonymous meetings can drastically improve your chances of staying sober and clean for years to come, especially with added sponsors and honestly expressing yourself and the struggles you feel throughout the process. The more open and honest you are able to get with others in your meetings, the easier it becomes to overcome the challenges and obstacles that are in your way.