Is AA for Life?
AA is a support program for addicts that you can attend for as long as it is helpful to you. Call 800-839-1686Who Answers? to find rehab centers that can help you recover from substance abuse and addiction and that utilize different treatment options, including regular AA meetings.
AA is a Flexible Program
AA’s inherent flexibility for members is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why it has been so popular for so many years. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “People can attend MHGs [or mutual-help groups like AA] as frequently and for as long as they want without insurance and without divulging personal information.”
In this way, it is possible to attend AA for the rest of your life if you believe the program will be helpful to you, but this option also isn’t necessary for everyone who chooses to become a member.
Many people begin AA while in rehab for substance abuse. For many, the program is comforting, adds a sense of routine to one’s daily life, and allows members to meet others who can become part of their social support network, an extremely beneficial part of AA and other support groups. Therefore, people who begin the program in residential or outpatient treatment often continue it into their recovery once their treatment has ended.
Do I Need AA for Life?
It is always important to ask yourself as you continue to attend AA if you feel the program is still helpful to you and why you feel that way. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “These groups offer an added layer of community-level social support to help people in recovery with abstinence and other healthy lifestyle goals,” and as long as you feel that AA is still providing you with these benefits, it could behoove you to continue your membership.
However, sometimes people move on from their need for AA, and this is okay too. The most important thing to remember is that professional rehab for substance abuse and addiction is necessary in order for you to fully recover; without this option, you will likely struggle much more with the possibility of relapse, which can be very dangerous.
AA can be a part of this treatment for as long as you feel it is necessary or helpful to you. Then, one day, if you feel you no longer need AA or that you have gained everything you can from the program, you may decide to leave it.
Seek Professional Addiction Treatment Now
It is absolutely necessary that you find the right treatment program for your needs and that you choose professional rehab, especially in the beginning of your recovery. Most rehab centers, inpatient and outpatient, offer AA meetings as a treatment option as well as 12-step-based treatment to patients who can benefit from it.