After several months or years of consistent and solid recovery, you may find that you are becoming somewhat tired of the same old routine, regardless of how well it has served you. Attending the same meetings every week may increase the monotony of a steady job and balanced routine. As addicts and alcoholics, maintaining a steady routine for any extended period of time is likely far from the norm, and it is not uncommon for those used to the chaos of substance dependency to become somewhat restless when adhering strictly to a daily practice. Unfortunately, many who grow agitated or ‘squirrely’ in reference to their program eventually end up neglecting the fellowship altogether, or replacing beneficial daily practices with risky behaviors in order to keep themselves entertained. Rather than stick with the same 5 meetings every week and uphold the same service commitment for 2 years, below are several recommendations geared towards keeping your recovery energized and warding off the “same old, same old” blues.
Keeping Your Recovery Energized
Depending on where in the country you are living, you may or may not have access to a wide array of meetings from a variety of fellowships – some of the most common being Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous. There are also fellowships for various behavioral addictions, including Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, and Codependents Anonymous. It just so happens to be the case that most alcoholics suffer from some degree of co-occurring disorder. Many addicts and alcoholics are also afflicted with codependency in some realm of their lives – arguably, all alcoholics are codependent upon alcohol and all addicts are codependent upon their drug of choice. Even if you do not completely identify as a codependent, finding an open meeting of Codependents Anonymous to attend may open your eyes to potentials you have never previously even considered. If you are having difficulties in romantic relationships or find yourself engaging in old behaviors relating to promiscuity, you may want to find a Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meeting near you. Even if you are simply curious, an open meeting will not turn you away, and the likelihood that you will take valuable lessons away regardless is exceptionally high.
Switching Up Your Meetings and Getting Involved
Switching up your daily meetings is a great way to reenergize your recovery, but there are many other effective and easy ways as well. It is extremely important to have friends in recovery, seeing as a solid sober support network will come in handy not only when you need help personally, but when you are feeling bored and looking for some safe and fun friends to spend time with. While it is relatively simple to find a great group of people (usually your homegroup members) to go eat with after meetings, it can be somewhat difficult to make fun and enthusiastic friends that like to do more than sit around, drink coffee, and chain smoke. The best way to meet new people that like to have fun is by getting involved! Fellowships are constantly having picnics and bonfires and a slew of other events – sign up to volunteer for as many as you can. You are sure to meet other people who are both involved and fun-loving. No matter how bored you feel, remember that there is always a simple solution. So mix things up, have fun, and reenergize your recovery!