Meetings are the foundation of recovery in step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Even though meetings can be remarkably helpful, the experience is a new one for people who have been steeped in substance abuse. We asked a few people to share their experiences about going to a meeting for the very first time, in the hopes that their words might inspire those new to recovery, and we paired their responses with those provided by Ryan Miller, Futures Alumni Coordinator. In fact, that apprehension is common when people are asked to deal with all sorts of novel experiences, Miller says, likening it to the first day at a new job or the first day of school. I was willing to latch onto anything.
Major Dublin rally of young recovering alcoholics
Teens - SMART Recovery
The Baby Boomers are now into their 60s. As the first generation of Americans to experiment widely with illegal drugs, elderly Baby Boomers are thought to experience substance use problems more commonly than previous generations of senior citizens. The most prevalent substance of abuse among the elderly of all generations is alcohol, due to the ease of obtaining it and its relative social acceptance. With more Baby Boomers reaching their golden years, a growing number of seniors are needing recovery programs, and many are entering Alcoholics Anonymous AA to address their substance abuse issues. AA groups do not usually modify their approaches based on participant age, but seniors with alcohol abuse problems may experience AA differently from younger participants and may need to emphasize certain aspects of AA over others. Since little research has focused on elderly persons in recovery, we conducted a study comparing the perceptions and needs of 26 young adults ages 20 to 40 to those of 25 older adults ages 65 and up, all from outpatient AA groups in the Southeastern U.
On Campus Meeting Schedule
SMART Recovery is a self-help program that offers a place where teens can get together to try to look into and change behaviors that hurts themselves and others like smoking, drinking, fighting and using drugs, to name a few. Urges happen! People can learn to control their response to their urges or even forget about them completely. This is where you find NEW ways of dealing with sadness, anger, and other upsets, instead of using.
In , a meeting of young AA's from across the U. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. Since its inception, a growing group of people, who at first would not consider themselves as "young people," has become regular attendees. This meeting provides an opportunity for young AA's from all over the world to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope as members of Alcoholics Anonymous.