Addiction Forum Question

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HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

Do meetings really work?

My daughter came home from a 30 day stay in rehab, and her therapist told me that now that she’s back she should find a 12-step support group to attend. I’m skeptical though. She went to one before rehab, but it did nothing. She continued to do drugs up until she overdosed. Should she try again?
Mary K Meetings work! I have been attending Nar-Anon family group meetings regularly for four years. In these meetings, I have experienced the incredible support of many who walk this journey with us. It is in these meetings that I find and continue to find the strength I need to love my son and separate him from his addiction. I have learned that he is going to do what he is going to do about his recovery. I cannot control that. I can love him and cheer him on but I cannot do it for him. I have also learned the difference between helping and enabling. I am getting comfortable with taking time to say, "let me think about that and get back to you". This journey is hard, family support groups have been a rock to me.
Julie S After rehab, my husband went to 90 meetings in 90 days, and it really helped him. He even made friends and a group of them go out to lunch after the meeting. He was uncomfortable going at first because he was embarrassed and didn't know anyone, but now he looks forward to going. I'm grateful that he has that support.
Olivia K Attending meetings and working with a sponsor will improve her chances of recovery, as recovery is about peer support and community. If you are skeptical about whether or not meetings work, I would encourage you to attend an open meeting so you can witness a support group in action.