When I decided to stop drinking, I knew there were certain steps I had to take to ensure my sobriety. The first step for me was to enter a drug and alcohol rehab where I learned many life-saving tools.
When I completed my stay, I was told to get a sponsor and work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I was afraid to get a sponsor when I got out, so I never asked anyone for help. Three months later, I relapsed.
After my dangerous and terrible relapse, I finally called someone I looked up to at an AA meeting to be my sponsor.
I started working the 12 Steps immediately, and it brought a sense of peace into my life. I was able to talk to someone who already walked the path I’m walking right now.
I take great comfort in knowing my sponsor has dealt with many issues, feelings, and events that I’m currently dealing with.
When I work the steps with my sponsor, I feel a deeper connection to myself and to the world. I don’t feel alone, scared, and guilty.
Working the steps is cathartic to me. I write my thoughts and feelings on paper, share what’s going on in my life, and talk about my issues.
Sometimes when I feel like my life is spiraling out of control, I call my sponsor to bring me back to reality.
I understand why the steps are written the way they are, because each step builds on each other. I can’t skip around because it won’t make sense.
I know that if I put hard work into the program I’m working, I will see rewards, and I have. My life is a million times better than it was when I drank.
I know how to deal with issues in life with grace, dignity, and a backbone. I don’t have to crawl into a dark corner and drink myself into oblivion.
I’m grateful I found a sponsor I can trust who leads me through the 12 Steps with care. I know that I can face any problems in my life without the crutch of alcohol.
If you have a problem with substance abuse, our Florida based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center can help. We offer specialized treatment programs to every client who stays with us.
Synergy Group Services Florida rehab for young adults encourages Alanon and Alateen participation. Many of our young adult clients come from social circles and families who have members in active addiction. This can impact their personal recovery – making Alanon and Alateen participation an essential tool for lasting sobriety.
Alateen is a part of Al-Anon created for young people. They hold meetings to share experiences of how a problem drinker has affected their lives. It’s incredibly difficult when a family member or loved one in a person’s life is an alcoholic. It affects how young people see the world and how they are treated. Teens can find support and empathy from people their own age who are facing similar challenges.
Al-Anon was formed in 1951 by Anne B. and Lois W., wife of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) co-founder, Bill W. They started this organization when they realized families members of alcoholics needed help too. Alateen formed in 1957. Alcoholism is a family disease, and the alcoholic as well as his or her family needs support too. The family or loved ones need a place to feel safe, free from judgement, and learn from others’ experiences.
Alateen meetings are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help keep the group focused. Alateens share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other. They learn practical ways to deal with problems, and discuss challenges. They learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Traditions. Members encourage each other and are offered a safe place to share their lives.
In Alateen meetings, everyone has been affected by someone’s drinking. They learn that they are not the cause of anyone’s drinking or behavior. They are allowed to emotionally detach themselves from a drinker’s turmoil, but still love the person. They learn they cannot control or change anyone but themselves. They can still have a rewarding life whether the alcoholic in their lives continues to drink, or not. They learn that no matter what happens at home, they have spiritual and intellectual resources they can develop individually.
Alateens attend weekly meetings usually held in a church, school room, or any other place that can hold meetings. It’s not a religious program, it’s a spiritual one. Each individual chooses a higher power of their understanding. Alateen is a life-changing organization that helps young people successfully deal with difficult challenges.
Alateen is a place for young people to go to deal with other people’s addictions affecting their lives, but unfortunately, sometimes young adults may turn to drugs or alcohol themselves as a way to cope with hardships. Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we have a specialized addiction program for young adults that can help begin the recovery process.