6 Ways to Meet Quality Friends at AA Meetings
Those who decide to overcome alcohol abuse with help from Alcoholics Anonymous often end up severing ties with people who may have contributed to their drinking habit. As a result, many recovering addicts often feel isolated and lonely — which is normal, and a necessary part of moving on and becoming healthier. Many times, AA meetings are an ideal venue in which recovering alcoholics can bond with one another over their struggles, and work toward overcoming addiction together as friends.
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Here are six ways to meet quality people at AA meetings who may end up becoming lifelong friends.
1. Seek Those with Similar Interests
Some of the best friends you’ll meet are those you meet while doing activities you love. When getting to know fellow AA members, try to learn more about their favorite hobbies and interests. As you spend more time together in rehab or at AA meetings, your friendship may reach a point where you both feel comfortable enjoying your shared interests outside of AA.
2. Find Great Listeners
Quality friends are often great listeners, and give you their full, undivided attention when you speak. Great listeners can listen without trying to change the subject, passing judgment, or being pushy about their own thoughts and feelings. When talking to people at AA, spend more time with individuals who are truly listening to you.
3. Befriend Those Who Accept You
Part of going to AA meetings is learning how to accept yourself and others for who they are. The people you meet at AA often share similar struggles associated with overcoming alcohol abuse, and understand how difficult it can be to navigate the world while trying to stay sober. Stand by those who accept you for who you are, and who support your journey toward sobriety and better health.
4. Find Sharers
Making a meaningful connection can be difficult when the other person fails to open up and share about themselves. A quality friendship involves feeling comfortable enough with someone to open up with fearing judgment. When spending time at AA meetings, connect with individuals who adopt a give-and-take approach to sharing.
5. Connect With Those Genuinely Interested
Quality friends show a genuine interest in you and your life, and may ask questions to learn more about you and your well-being. Great friends will also actively listen to your thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Spend more time with people who respect you and show an interest in your life — as these are positive signs of meaningful connections and close friendships.
6. Be Yourself
One of the best ways to meet quality friends is to be yourself, and accept yourself for who you really are. Good friendships develop naturally and organically, and should not be forced or require you to be someone you’re not.
Don’t be discouraged if you experience difficulty at first with meeting quality friends at AA meetings. Understand that many great friendships develop slowly over time, and that you may end up becoming close with those you least expect!
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