in your area if possible. There should be people in
those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety and
wisdom. Don't be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the warm
reception that you find. Many people have said that they finally
felt like they were coming home when they went to a meeting.
They no longer felt alone.
Other good resources are
(you can use our
calendar of online meetings
to see if a meeting is available at a given time) or
online social networks for recovery.
The online resources may be a little less
personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if
there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for your
type of addiction. Our favorite online recovery website is at
There is always someone online there for fellowship and they have many great
FIND A SPONSOR
Do your best to find a sponsor or at least
someone with whom you can have accountability. You will
probably have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social
networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might be
available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability partner.
Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you work
your program of recovery.
WORK THE STEPS
Work the steps of the program, beginning with
step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able to
help you with this. There are also resources and tools on this
website and other websites for helping you to work the program.
There are 12 step worksheets
for helping you to write out the steps. There is desktop
journaling software for recovery,
organizing your approach for answering questions about each step. There are
online references for some
standard texts like the
Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book.
And there are numerous links to other web sites
that cover different aspects of recovery, for different types of
addictions and with different perspectives.
THE SOONER THE BETTER
The sooner that you start asking yourself the right questions
and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life will
be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the sooner
that you can
see the 12 Step promises
come about in your life,
like numerous others before you.