Preparing to Transition from Heroin Treatment Program
As you slowly make your recovery from heroin addiction, you may start feeling that the recovery meetings are not as helpful as they were when you started attending them. For example, you may feel something is missing from the group or its dynamics have changed. In some case, you may feel that the meetings are cutting into hours that you could use to do other things. These are some of the things you will feel when you have outgrown the meetings.
During the first year of recovery, it is critical to attend the 12-step meetings. It can be quite difficult to kick off your heroin addiction if you do not attend the meetings during the first year of your program. However, you can start outgrowing the meetings over time as you learn how to manage the addiction habit.
Like many people undergoing heroin treatment, after some time, you may stop attending the daily meetings and turn to the weekly ones. As time goes on, you may not find yourself attending the meetings as frequently as you did during the first year. The program that worked well for you during year one may no longer be effective in year four.
So, should you stop attending the heroin addiction recovery meetings?
The answer to this question is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, you can stop attending the meetings but not entirely if you are to stay sober.
While the meetings may no longer seem beneficial, remember that you will always be at risk of relapsing to the addiction habit. To avoid relapse, it’s advisable to stick to the meetings for as long as possible.
You should consider a number of things before opting to completely stop attending the recovery meetings. For example, do you feel that the meetings are no longer helpful or is it the group members that are no longer helpful in your journey to soberness?
It will reach a point in time when you will realize that the group that you started the recovery journey with may be lagging behind and hence no longer helpful. As you progress in your recovery, this is likely to happen. For example, there may be a particular aspect of your addiction or life that is not addressed in the current meeting. Moreover, you may no longer feel a part of the group like you did during the first year.
To know whether a particular group you are in is helpful or whether you have outgrown it, think of what used to make you want to attend it before. Are the meetings helping you to grow in your journey to soberness or do you feel you have stagnated in progress? If your current group is no longer helpful, look for a different group meeting.
Before stopping to attend heroin recovery meetings, find out why you feel that the meetings are no longer helpful.