Going to meetings is a huge part of recovery and can be vital to staying sober. Meetings help us relate with other alcoholics or addicts around us who are going or have gone through similar situations as us. It’s just one hour of your time where you put the rest of the world aside and can focus on you and your recovery. There could be a million signs that you need a meeting but I thought of 15 signs you need a meeting.
15 Signs You Need a Meeting…
1. You are on your menstrual cycle (I mention this one every time but it is sooo true.)
2. You are very easily irritated (by everything.)
3. You’ve been around people who drink or use drugs too much (and may even be offering you some.)
4. You have went through multiple seasons of your favorite show via Netflix and not been to a meeting in a while (watching about addiction on Netflix isn’t a meeting.)
5. You’ve seriously thought about and maybe even threatened violence on someone (but they took MY parking spot.)
6. A majority of your sober supports think you’ve relapsed and have been contacting you making sure you’re okay (they’re just worried about you.)
7. You are going through a break-up (this is a time where you really need support.)
8. You don’t have a sponsor (go to a meeting, and get one!)
9. Someone close to you has relapsed (it can be really rough to deal with.)
10. Your family is driving you crazy and you’re trying to just keep it all together (they are seriously insane people.)
11. All you have been doing is working and/or going to the gym (I don’t think people realize that those can be addictions, too.)
12. If you’re moving; because packing and dealing with moving trucks and a lot of people can be stressful and overwhelming (trust me, I’ve done it a few times, not fun!)
13. You’re in an argument or a fight with someone (whether they are a close friend or someone you hardly know that you’re resenting, get to a meeting.)
14. You don’t have any sponsees or haven’t been helping people (this is a huge part of staying sober.)
15. You’ve relapsed and have been drinking or using drugs (please, go to a meeting and reach out!)
There are many more signs that you may need a meeting and some of these signs might not apply to everyone. Most of the time (for me) I can tell when I need a meeting by the way I’m feeling. If I’m starting to get angry a lot or feeling discontented, then I know I need to hit a meeting and connect with my women in the rooms. The good thing about meetings is that most of the people in them are happy to see you regardless of whenever your last meeting was or how long you’ve been sober.
I’m so grateful to have great women in my life and have meetings to attend that I absolutely love and I wouldn’t have it any other way! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.