Can I Be a Casual Member of AA?

Because AA provides members with an accommodating schedule and is much more flexible than most treatment programs, many people believe they can easily be a causal member of the program and still receive all its benefits. However, this may not actually be the case.

AA Can be Flexible to Some Extent

While you may want to just try AA “sometimes” it’s important to realize how much commitment can change the outcome of your recovery. AA can be flexible, nobody will yell at you for missing a meeting, but it’s important to remember that attendance to the program plays a major role in your ability to stay clean and sober.

It’s usually better to choose long term commitment, and to attend meetings regularly, than to blow them off. Blowing them off means you aren’t focused enough on what’s most important.

Can I Be a Casual Member of AA?

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Regular AA meeting attendance can make a significant difference in your recovery.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the 12-step facilitation therapy program is a treatment counselors use to help steer patients toward becoming affiliated with programs like AA. The third of the three key ideas this treatment works to teach is “active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities.” This is because someone who only becomes semi-involved in the program usually doesn’t see the same results as someone who is very involved.

However, you may be able to become a casual member of AA if you find a way to define casual so that it does not harm your recovery and your attendance in the program. If you are not comfortable being heavily involved in outside activities associated with AA, you may be able to still gain something from the program if you regularly attend meetings. If you want to attend but find yourself going to meetings very sporadically, you may want to choose to go every week on a certain day and then to reward yourself for going by going out to lunch or doing something nice for yourself.

Depending on how you define casual, you can still attend AA in a way that is beneficial if you make sure to avoid being too flexible with your attendance or too indifferent to the program. Usually, though, the more you become involved, the more beneficial the program will likely be to you if it is the right option for your needs.

Call 800-839-1686 today to find AA meetings in your area, or to find out more about the program in general.

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