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Why 90 Meetings in 90 Days?

02-04-2023Recovery Tools

Breaking free of addiction and substance abuse is very tough business, and one of the most common pieces of advice to many newcomers is to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. This is a seemingly tall order, but what's the point? Turns out, there are very good reasons to consider your 90 in 90:

Attending 90 meetings in 90 days is a common recommendation for newly sober individuals. This intensive schedule of support can provide numerous benefits to help sustain early recovery. First, it helps establish a strong support network of lasting connections among peers in recovery. Second, it provides a structured routine to replace old habits. Third, it offers the opportunity to learn from the experiences and wisdom of others in the program, as well as the opportunity to share one's own journey.

Furthermore, attending meetings on a daily basis helps to build momentum and develop a strong foundation to stay sober for your first 90 days of sobriety. Ultimately, participating in 90 meetings in 90 days can help set a positive tone for the rest of one's sobriety journey.

Why you should commit to 90 meetings in 90 days

You will gain an understanding of the 12 Steps

Many people feel that the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous sound like mumbo-jumbo the first time they read them. That's OK!
The 12 Steps are a set of guiding principles for those in recovery from addiction, and attending meetings provides a structured environment for individuals to delve into each step.

Meetings often include discussions, personal reflections, and group support, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the steps and how they relate to their own sobriety.

Additionally, hearing the stories and perspectives of others can provide new insights into how to stay sober and help clarify any misunderstandings about the steps. By participating in 90 meetings in 90 days, individuals can strengthen their grasp of the 12 Steps and work towards a successful and sustained recovery.

It allows you to get to know others in your support groups

Participating in 90 meetings in 90 days is a great way to get to know others in your 12 step support groups. The regular attendance allows for the development of strong relationships and a sense of community with others who are on a similar journey.

This can provide a valuable source of emotional support and encouragement, as well as accountability, as you work towards your recovery goals. In meetings, you have the opportunity to hear the experiences and insights of others, and share your own struggles and successes.

Through this consistent interaction, you can develop meaningful connections with others in the group, who will become a valuable way to receive support and encouragement throughout your sobriety journey.

Your commitment to recovery will match your commitment to getting high

Most of us who got sober remember the grind of drinking and doing drugs: wake up, acquire money, sneak trips to the dealer or store into our daily schedule, rinse, repeat.

It's often been said in sobriety that if we attempted to stay sober with half the vigor that we had towards drinking and using, we'd all be sober in no time!

Doing a 90 in 90 is a fantastic way to build this level of commitment and keep your recovery from losing its priority. Remember, when you were doing drugs and alcohol, you made it happen. Most people can make a ninety meetings happen, even if it seems like an overwhelming commitment in the beginning.

You'll receive guidance from other members who know your struggles

Remember, everyone in the 12 step meetings you attend, from the newcomers to the old timers, understand your struggles and have been where you are.

The recovery community is made up of individuals who have faced similar challenges and have found fellowship, sponsorship, and hope through the 12 step program.

By participating in daily meetings, you have the opportunity to practice being honest in recovery and connect with others who have experienced the same struggles and can offer guidance, encouragement, and hope.

This support can be especially valuable during difficult times, when it can be easy to feel alone or like giving up.

The members of your 12 step group will provide a network of individuals who truly understand your journey and can offer the guidance you need to continue on the path to sobriety.

You'll end up having fun

As the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, "we are not a glum lot!"

Though your first 30 days may prove uncomfortable, pushing through the discomfort will be worth it. Nobody hangs around 12 step programs long before some of the fun we're having starts to rub off on them!

Members of AA, NA, CA, and alternative peer groups are regularly having get-togethers, playing sports, doing open mike nights, you name it!

If you're wondering how you'll ever enjoy yourself in recovery, look no further than the connections you'll make during your 90 in 90.

If you cannot commit to 90 in 90

For some, the commitment of getting to a meeting every day for three months is simply not possible, due to life circumstances.

Note, most of the time, we find that it is possible, with a little bit of scheduling savvy. Remember, you don't have to do this forever - it's just an introduction to the 12 step way of life.

However, if your work, school, or family schedules just make it impossible, here are a couple things to try:

Use double meeting days

If someone's work schedule makes daily meeting attendance impossible (for instance, those who work 24hr+ shifts at their jobs), they can simply attend two meetings per day on other days to hit seven total meetings per week for 90 days.

Seek virtual meetings

Though a virtual or online meeting can't truly replace the experience of an in-person meeting, it is still an invaluable tool for someone who can't make in-person meetings work all of the time.

If you're recovering from alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous's resource for online meetings in order to find one that fits your schedule. If drugs were your flavor, check Narcotics Anonymous's online meeting resource or Cocaine Anonymous's online meeting resource.

Utilize extra phone calls to sponsors and friends in the program

Additionally, connecting with a sponsor or accountability partner can provide valuable one-on-one support.

Whatever approach is taken, it's important to maintain the momentum you've built. Every step towards recovery is a positive one and the most important thing is to keep moving forward.

Aren't therapy and addiction treatment supposed to get me sober?

Therapy and drug addiction treatment are great tools. Many people who need to get sober also suffered some trauma, or perhaps they need to temporarily remove themselves from their environment in order to begin their journey.

While treatment options and professional help are certainly invaluable, it's often what we do after treatment that really makes or breaks us in the long run. The importance of aftercare and long-term follow up are where the rubber hits the road in recovery.

The lasting connections you'll develop from attending AA, NA, or an alternative peer group will span the test of time. It's often noted in recovery that getting sober is a fairly simple affair, it's staying sober that's tough!

90 Meetings in 90 Days: A Powerful Tool for Recovery

Attending 90 meetings in 90 days can provide valuable support and guidance for newly sober individuals in their recovery journey, as well as set you up for a smooth journey to 6 months sober and beyond! The structured routine and sense of community can help replace old habits with good habits, while the daily interactions and discussions can deepen understanding of the 12 steps and provide the support needed to sustain long-term sobriety.

With time and effort, recovery is achievable, and attending 90 meetings in 90 days can be a valuable step towards that goal.