Addiction treatment in Virginia
You’ve completed your 28-day rehab program – now what? Let’s say you’ve just spent four weeks in a treatment program where you have attended group therapy, had a bunch of one-on-one sessions with a therapist and been educated about the disease of addiction. Now, you’re on your own. How do you stay sober?
It may have been suggested that you attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). For the past eighty-two years, this 12-step recovery program has been in existence. AA has helped millions live without drinking and become successful members of society. Some people believe that the program is outdated and others think it is working just fine. So, which one is it? Well, it really is up to the individual to decide.
One thing a person should know about AA is that it is not a religious organization. In fact, you can be an atheist or agnostic and still be an AA member. The program does, however, stress a belief in a higher power. It does not have to be God. It can be a belief in a group of people, Mother Nature or whatever you choose to believe in, as long as you find something that is greater than yourself. If you can get past that then you are on your way to a new way of living. Warning to all…there are prayers said at AA meetings and God is mentioned frequently. But there is no obligation to say these prayers and you do not have to conform to this concept of God.
The camaraderie that a person will find at these meetings is special. It does not matter where you come from, how much money you make or what you look like. All are welcome. One thing for sure is that by attending AA you will be able to build a sober network of friends who will support you. A recent article discusses one woman’s experience with AA.
But can a person stay sober on their own? Of course they can, if the conditions are right. They must have support in their lives whether it is family, friends, church etc. They will need people who will motivate them to change and who are encouraging to them to stay sober. Exercise, service work and new hobbies are also often suggested. Finally, no one can force you to do something you do not want to do. So, whether you use a 12-step program like AA or some other method, keep in mind that it is you who will have to take the action steps to maintain sobriety.