Do I Need to Follow a Specific Recovery Program like AA or NA to Maintain my Sobriety?
Everyone preaches 12 steps, AA/NA etc. I don’t buy it. Went to a 12 step treatment center where they promote everything 12 steps, but the whole set-up just isn’t for me.
I’ve been out for a couple of months now (still sober) – but after the first few meetings couldn’t bring myself to go back. There’s just something about the environment I don’t like.
I know some people even refer to it as a cult, which is a bit extreme, but I do think it’s a bit over the top. It often feels cliquey and people seem more concerned about saying all the right things than about being truthful and real.
The short answer is no. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe 12 step programs
are very beneficial and extremely helpful for people trying to recover from addictions, but we also realise it just isn’t for everyone.
As I mentioned in my answer to the previous question, there are many people who successfully recover from their addictions without any formal treatment or recovery programs. But the benefit of existing recovery programs like AA or NA is that they give you a blueprint or path to follow.
Whether or not you choose to follow an organised program, your success depends on the effort and work you put into it. Those that succeed with AA or NA do so because they work at it. Those that succeed outside of those kind of environments do so for the same reason – the commitment and effort they put into their recovery.
So as long as you realise that – and understand that your recovery isn’t just going to happen by itself, then my answer to you is that you don’t need to follow a formal recovery program.
The bottom line, is that successfully overcoming alcoholism or drug addiction (or any addiction for that matter) is an inside job, that requires transformation on the spiritual, mental/emotional and physical levels. If you think you can do that more effectively outside of AA or NA, then go for it.