Do I Have to Go to 12-Step Substance Abuse Meetings for the Rest of My Life?
If you are struggling with addiction daily, and find it hard to stay sober, you would benefit from going to meetings regularly. Even if you are fresh out of drug rehab, and are still uncertain of your sobriety, daily meetings will help you. The more support and responsibility you take for being sober, the better chance you have at long-term recovery. Most people relapse because they stop being accountable for his or her actions. This is often the time when you start to romance after the drugs and think about using. Maintaining sobriety takes work, and more important staying connected to other sober people. Peer support is what the 12-step approach is all about. It is a fellowship with other addicts who are all working towards the same long-term goals.
Even if you have been sober for many months, or years you may still face problems where support is needed. Attending meetings do not have to happen for the rest of your life, yet it is resources that can always be used. Some people believe there is no cure for addiction, and choose to manage it on a day to day basis. Other people believe addiction is not a disease and is a choice you make. Whichever belief you have, there is nothing wrong with asking for help, or reaching out for support. Former addicts who have been drug-free for ten years could still go to a meeting for support or to support others.