90 Meetings in 90 Days?!!
July 9, 2008 by Drug Addiction
Many people in recovery recommend the newcomer attend 90 12-step meetings in their first 90 days of sobriety. The reaction to this prescription (pun intended) is usually complete disbelief: How can I possibly make time for a meeting EVERY day for the next 90 days?! Are you kidding me?!
This recommendation is not made lightly – it is based on the experience of other people in recovery. During those first few months of recovery you are very vulnerable and prone to relapse. Building this critical foundation of support is essential for a successful recovery from addiction.
Many people who have gone before you have taken the 90 meetings seriously because they know it gives them their best shot of staying free of alcohol and drugs.
Now, how does one fit in that one-hour meeting every day? What will you need to cut out of your day to make this possible?
1. Use the time you previous used to drink or use drugs. Figure out how much time you spent each day either drinking, using, procuring your substance of choice, or recovering from the day before. Chances are this took more than an hour of your day.
2. Sit down and calculate just how much time you will lose in the future if you continue down the path you have been on. Will you lose your job eventually? Will you lose your family? How many friends have you lost? Calculate the value of these losses and compare that to the 1-2 hours a day a meeting will take.
3. Calculate the value of your health. How many hours will it take to recover from your next binge? How many hours will you lose if you are caught driving under the influence?
Most addicts and alcoholics, if honest with themselves, will soon recognize that the 1-2 hours spent getting to and attending meetings is a mere grain of sand compared to the time wasted under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you are willing and able to make the commitment to build this foundation for your recovery, you have already overcome one of the greatest hurdles most addicts face: you have accepted the seriousness of your problem and are willing to do what you must to break free from the chains of this disease.