Health – Getting Started & Next Steps

Preparing to Transition from Heroin Treatment Program

As you recover from heroin alcohol dependency, you may feel that the 12-step meetings are no longer as suitable as they were before. For example, you may feel that the meetings no longer address your needs at the particular point in time. Sometimes, the meetings may be awkward to attend, or you may prefer to be doing something else. These are some of the things you will feel when you have outgrown the meetings.

According to addiction recovery psychologists, the 12-step meetings play an important role in helping you kick off the heroin or alcohol addiction habit during the first year. It can be quite difficult to kick off your heroin addiction if you do not attend the meetings during the first year of your program. However, you can start outgrowing the meetings over time as you learn how to manage the addiction habit.

Like many people recovering from heroin addiction, you may gradually stop attending the daily meetings and opt for the weekly ones. Your recovery plan is bound to become unpredictable over time. The program that worked well for you during year one may no longer be effective in year four.

So, can someone outgrow the need to attend 12-step meetings?

There is no easy way of answering this question. Generally, you can stop attending the meetings but not entirely.

While the meetings may no longer seem beneficial, remember that you will always be at risk of relapsing to the addiction habit. To avoid relapse, it’s advisable to stick to the meetings for as long as possible.

Before stopping to attend the meetings, there are a number of things you should consider. For example, do you feel that the meetings are no longer helpful or is it the group members that are no longer helpful in your journey to soberness?

The first 12-Step Meeting group you attended at the beginning may no longer be useful. As you progress in your recovery, this is likely to happen. For example, there may be new challenges at the recovery stage that you are in which may not be addressed in the meetings. Moreover, you may no longer feel a part of the group like you did during the first year.

One of the ways in which you can know whether or not attending the 12-Step meetings is still important is to find out how they have been impacting your life over the past few months. What do you feel is missing from the meeting? If your current group is no longer helpful, look for a different group meeting.

Follow the guide above before stopping to attend 12-Step recovery meetings.

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