Recovery, simply put, is a lifelong process. While detoxes and inpatient treatment centers provide a crucial start to the recovery process, it is essential to continuous sobriety to follow treatment with the program.
Over the years, a simple course of action has developed that provides the blueprint to success in early recovery. This can be broken down into three steps, which will be discussed in detail- attending a 90-in-90, finding a homegroup, and getting a sponsor.
Attending a 90-in-9: 90 meetings in 90 days
A 90-in-90 is a popular abbreviation for attending 90 meetings in 90 days. Often around the rooms of recovery, one will hear the saying “meeting makers make it” frequently repeated- and for good reason! Committing to a 90-in-90 provides a crucial start to a life of recovery for several reasons.
First, it gives the newcomer a chance to experience a large variety of different meetings, from which they then can select their favorite meetings to consistently attend. A 90-in-90 also provides the start to a healthy recovery routine that only requires an hour of time per day.
A 90-in-90 also provides the opportunity to develop a support group, which is an essential feature of the program. Finally, a 90-in-90 will provide the basis for finding a homegroup, and getting a sponsor, which will be discussed further below.
Finding a Homegroup
Every meeting is run by a group of members known as homegroup members. Joining a homegroup is another crucial step to achieving continuous sobriety. To join a homegroup, one first decides which meeting is their personal favorite (usually upon completing a 90-in-90). Then simply ask one of the homegroup members (who are identified during the meeting) about joining the homegroup.
A homegroup provides two crucial aspects of recovery. First, since it is generally expected you attend weekly, having a homegroup provides accountability to the program. Second, homegroup members rotate responsibilities (such as chairing, cleaning, coffee making, etc), thus having a homegroup provides opportunities for service work.
Getting a sponsor The basic text of Alcoholic’s Anonymous describes a sponsor as “close-mouthed, understand friend… who will understand, yet be unaffected.” Over time, the role of a sponsor has generally become accepted to be someone who has been through the twelve steps and has at least one year of continuous sobriety. Having a mentor during early sobriety (and beyond) is essential to success.
A sponsor is required to guide the newcomer through the Twelve Steps, and will often do so by reading through the basic text.A sponsor also provides guidance through early sobriety, which is quite likely to be the most difficult time period for a newcomer. A sponsor will often be the last line of defense to a relapse and can be trusted to talk the newcomer through any ordeal.
Finding a sponsor is easily done while doing a 90-in-90 by listening to people share during meetings. Once someone stands out, the newcomer simply has to approach the person and ask if they would be willing to sponsor him or her.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.