It is never too late to be who you might have been. -George Eliot
Today I celebrate a monumental occasion… I have graduated from my outpatient therapy program as of 3 pm today! The above picture is the coin I received in the “ceremony.” I have occasionally written about this program, which consists of a group therapy session and an individual therapy session each week for the past 5 months. Most weeks I dragged my feet going to these appointments. It’s not that I have anything at all against rehabilitative therapy, but for me personally, I am invested enough in my 12-step program that most of what is covered in these sessions seemed redundant, and a redundancy for which I had to put out money each week.
Having said that, if I’m in something, I’m in, and so I made the most of every session I attended. I shared, I listened, and I provided encouragement and support to my fellow group members. I am not patting myself on the back here, in my mind it’s a given that if you are part of a group, you participate in the group.
So when my “graduation” came, and each person wished me well, I was overwhelmed by their kinds words. Several of them vowed to attend the AA meeting I run on Mondays, one person had tears in his eyes telling me how much he will miss me, and another called me an inspiration for her recovery. All this from a group to which I dragged myself. Honestly, I was flabbergasted, as these are not people who seem totally convinced that 12-step recovery programs have much merit. If I had to guess their opinion of me, I would have guessed that they thought I was the Jim Jones of AA… so much for my powers of perception!
In any event, I gave my phone number to a woman in the group who is really struggling with her current life circumstances, but does not yet feel ready to commit to a 12-step program. She has already texted me, and I am hopeful that I can help her find her way to an AA meeting very soon. This is the program in action!
Knowing that 4 hours a week have opened up in my schedule!
Posted on March 6, 2013, in Recovery and tagged Addiction, Alcoholic Anonymous, George Eliot, Jim Jones, Miracle, Recovery, Sobriety, Substance Abuse, Support group, Twelve-Step Program. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.