In recovery, there definitely has been an overwhelming amount of young people coming into the rooms and staying sober; especially in Delray Beach, Florida. Young people in the rooms definitely have a very inspirational and strong message to deliver to people of all ages. There are certain things that we understand that the old timers might not, so I’ve made a list of 10 things only young people in recovery understand.
10 Things Only Young People in Recovery Understand…
1. Turning 21 and not going out to the bar
Going out and getting drunk on your 21st birthday is like a ritual; but not for those people in recovery. I have a ton of friends who spent their 21st birthday sober and had just as good of a time as anyone who goes out and gets wasted. Actually, probably a better time since they didn’t have to deal with that horrific hangover the next day!
2. Being the youngest person in the room
This one seems to happen frequently. Usually being young in recovery makes you the youngest in the room and among your friends. The good news is that now there are so many young people in the rooms; so it’s not just you anymore!
3. Older people in recovery congratulating you for ‘getting it so young’
We’ve all heard this one, but in all reality it is such a big deal to get sober really young. Getting sober young means we have our whole lives ahead of us and so much to look forward to!
4. Sponsoring people that are older than you
I can honestly say that to this day I’ve never sponsored someone younger than me; only women who are at least a few years older than me. It doesn’t matter the age, all that matters is that we are all here for the same reason: to get sober and better our lives through recovery.
5. Your normie friend’s lives still revolve around drugs and alcohol
I have a couple of normie friends still who party and drink and on occasion will do drugs. At this point, I’m used to it and just know when to come around and when to stay away. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with partying and all that, I just have no desire to be around it anymore. But, I ALWAYS make sure to attend all of my normie friend’s birthday parties (and am always the first to leave.)
6. Surpassing your peers in accomplishments (you may have started behind, but you catch up quickly because you don’t spend all your time at bars and clubs-2 jobs and school-no problem!)
It’s crazy how smart and productive young people in recovery are once they get sober. Sure, most of us look back and have absolutely no idea how we got through all the rough times and school and work and etc. but we are sure accomplishing a lot!
7. 13th Step Meme’s and other recovery jokes and slang
The 13th step meme’s are hilarious and so are all the other jokes and slang that we see online and talk about in the rooms. Being young in recovery we still like to laugh and be able to make fun of ourselves.
8. Being able to joke around and be serious in meetings
This one goes right along with the meme’s and slang; we are people who certainly enjoy having a good time and just because we are sober doesn’t mean the good times end!
9. You can actually have more fun being sober than you did when you were drinking/using
I have so much more fun now that I’m sober than I ever did drinking or getting high. When I was under the influence, I was miserable and so unhappy with myself and my life. Today, that isn’t the case. I genuinely enjoy my life today and wouldn’t change it for anything.
10. Hitting a bottom very quickly
Most of us hit our bottoms a lot quicker than the older people in recovery. Ending up in the rooms at a young age usually means you went down quick and hard. I see it as a blessing that I didn’t have to spend as much time out there destroying my life, I just as they say ‘dived in the rabbit hole’ without a second thought about it and luckily made it out alive.
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