5 Ways To Open Up To Life In 12 Step Recovery

When we are practicing our addicition(s) our life tends to close up. Our focus turns inward in a selfish, grasping sort of way. At its worst, our addiction causes us to only focus on getting our next fix, whatever that might be.

Recovery, on the other hand, allows us to open up to life in all it’s wide and amazing variety.

Of course, in the beginning of recovery we’re apt to wonder “what do I do now?” or “how can I possible have fun sober?” or any number of fears about life. Although it can be tempting to stay small and keep to a narrow focus, there’s no reason you can’t gently begin to explore. Here are five ways you can get started:

Do some service. One of the finest ways to get solid recovery is to do some service in your local 12 Step group. Offer to set up or clean up the room; make some coffee; offer to greet newcomers; accept a service position when you qualify. I’m not sure exactly what happens, but I’ve noticed over time that people who do service tend to be successful. It’s one of the quickest ways to get the promises to come true.

Volunteer in your community. After you’ve got your feet under you, try some service in your community. There are always organizations that need help. Find one that suits you and do a bit of volunteering. Start small – you probably don’t want to make a career of volunteering and willing volunteers are always asked to do more.

Take a class. A local community college has all sorts of classes, both for credit and just for the heck of it. Follow your interests or something that catches your attention when you look at a catalog. Online classes are another possibility, although face-to-face classes are probably better for building networks and friendships. Chances are you can find art classes or learn to speak at Toastmasters or something similar no matter where you are.

Read a community newspaper. Community newspapers are still great sources of finding out what’s going on in a community. Anything from free classes, through church groups, to a parade are going to be listed. Try a few activities to find out what you like best. For example, I had a wonderful time kayaking with a group.

Meetup groups. Meetup.com offers more ideas for things to do than you can imagine. Many of the offerings are free. Some are great, some are not. Poke around and try a few and see how it goes.

How do you open up to life in recovery?

Love, blessings and abundance,

Anne W. Powerfully Recovered


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