There is a big stigma surrounding addiction in that people are afraid to talk about it. At Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, everyone at the meeting has had bad experiences while they were under the influence or have had it worse than you. Being able to share at a meeting can lift a huge weight off of your chest and show you that you are not alone.
What are the Benefits of Sharing at a Fellowship Meeting?
It is never healthy to let the stress and tension that you experienced from your addiction to stay inside of you or let it grow worse. Meetings can be great places to talk about things in your life that people in the room will understand more than your family and friends. You may learn something from others in recovery as they can provide advice on what has worked for them on their journey to sobriety. There also may be a lot about your addiction that you are confused about. Listening to others talking about their experiences and sharing your own can make things very clear about why you did the things you did or have these urges that are hard to shake off.
What are the Dangers of Not Sharing at a Fellowship Meeting?
Never sharing at a meeting will make you feel like an outsider towards people you share a common bond with. You will also not get help with your addiction if you never share anything. Not sharing will leave you alone in your negative thoughts which can lead to relapsing. If you do not speak to anyone at these fellowships, it will be impossible for you to make friends. Having a support group of people who have been through what you have been through can help make your recovery much easier.
What are the Best Ways to Share at a Fellowship Meeting?
It is important to be completely honest with yourself. It is all about getting everything out in the open so that you can receive advice from others in the meeting as well as inspire someone else on the same journey. When it is your time to share, speak only about yourself. Do not use this as an opportunity to criticize other members or judge them. Discuss the positives and negatives about your life. Sharing is the first step to admitting your faults and becoming an improved person.
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