Eliminating Limiting Beliefs in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step groups


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Getting Back to Life!  

It's probably a recreational Universe!

The goal of every 12 Step Program, whether it's Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or one of the newer groups dealing with emotions and behaviors, is first to stop practicing the addiction. Implicit in the Program, however, is also a return to living a full life - a life where you can pursue your dreams and make a contribution.

Taking steps to get back into life can seem tricky and confusing in the beginning. It should go without saying that you don't want to go back to the type of activities that supported your addiction. If you're like many, this means you don't yet know what you like to do or what you're good at. Exploration is the key. 

Life is everywhere

Every newspaper lists local clubs and associations; so do the Yellow pages. Take a look and see what sparks an interest. Volunteer opportunities, both within the 12 Step context and elsewhere abound in every community. Local colleges and educational institutions offer an amazing variety of classes and many of them cost little. Entertainment listings often include lectures.

Look at as many of these listings as you can find. If you feel a spark of interest, try it. Going once to a club meeting doesn't commit you to joining; doing a volunteer stint isn't a life-time commitment. Often you can visit a class once or twice before you actually sign up.

Don't be surprised if you don't like some of the things you try - that's progress! You're learning about yourself. Keep experimenting and widening your interests. Maybe it will be a reading group or a dance class.

Don't go overboard

It's also a good idea to limit your exploration to once a week in the beginning. Keep going to meetings - your experiences in the larger world will give you stories to share. 

Before long you'll find out what you like and you'll be getting back in the world, just as the Program intends.

Love, peace and abundance,

 

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