There are a ton of reasons why anyone who has struggled with drug abuse should actively attend a local recovery meeting. 90 meetings in 90 days is not just bluster. Attendings meetings whether you are the family member of someone who suffers from drug abuse or a former addict will only stand to benefit you and those around you.

Here are 4 reasons you should attend a local recovery meeting:

1. Unconditional support

If there’s one thing meetings are good for is their unconditional support. Whether you are fresh out of treatment or sober 3o years, to every member in a meeting you are a friend. While many view meetings as a place for those who are struggling it is in fact for anyone in any stage of recovery. During the lowest or even the highest parts of your life attending meetings allows you to build strong and positive relationships.

What many who have suffered from substance abuse need the most is support. For some that can be hard to come by considering all they may have done during their abuse. Attending meetings provides you with a group of people with a wide range of experience who are able to support you no matter what.

2. A safe haven

Recovery meetings are also a place its members can retreat to for safety. Being in recovery can be overwhelming and everyone should have somewhere they can turn to. Recovery organizations are just the place if you are in need of guidance, support, or an ear to listen to. Most organizations offer more than meetings to its members. From sobriety assistance to job placement many organization. To many they are not only resourceful but a safe haven.

3. Acceptance & Tolerance

Addiction has a very dark stigma attached that can cause many to feel isolated. No one wants to be labeled the odd one out for being sober. Nor do they want to be bombarded with questions about their drug abuse history. Meetings offer those in recovery a place of acceptance and tolerance. This is a community of people who do not judge and allow you to be yourself.

4. Gives you time to grow

We all know recovery is never smooth and everyone experiences their fair share of ups and downs. At a recovery meeting, you get to meet people who have lived through something similar to you and can offer you help. With the support of your fellow local recovery community, you will be surprised how much you can learn and grow. The best part of growing through your recovery meetings is that it is an ongoing process that constantly pushes you to grow.

Recovery meetings are a staple for anyone in recovery and offer much more than what meets the eye. Before you dismiss or right off the experience the Cove encourages you to attend a local meeting for yourself and form your own opinion on its benefits.

Check out Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for local recovery meetings in your area.

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