For many addicts and alcoholics, recovery begins at the door to a 12 Step meeting.
But no matter how or when you came into the rooms, meetings likely became a home base – an important cornerstone of your work to get and stay clean and sober.
Indeed, many sponsors suggest that newcomers do “90 in 90,” or 90 meetings in the first 90 days of sobriety. There really is no better way to get plugged in to a life of recovery.
But what happens after day 90? It’s very common for addicts and alcoholics to let their meeting attendance slide as they rack up clean time. When it feels like less of a life-or-death situation, the temptation to ease up on attendance may arise.
The reality is, however, that it’s ALWAYS a life-or-death situation. There’s no telling what the future holds, and remaining spiritually fit through regular meeting attendance is the best way to stay prepared to face it.
If you only drop in when you are in crisis mode, it’s likely you won’t find the same level of understanding and support from the group as if they have grown to know you, week in and week out, for months.
Still need more convincing? Remind yourself that it’s only one hour out of your day, give or take some time depending on the meeting. In return, you get to live the other 23 hours happy, joyous, and free. It’s a pretty good bargain!