A friend of mine was surprised to hear that a majority of alcoholics will attend an AA meeting every week for the rest of their lives.
I realise that the reason I wasn’t is because recently I have been toying with the idea of going back to therapy after having almost 7-8 months since my last session.
“Why do AAs keep on going to meetings after they are cured?
We in the fellowship of AA believe there is no such thing as a cure for alcoholism. We can never return to normal drinking, and our ability to stay away from alcohol depends on maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health. This we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting into practice what we learn there. In addition, we find it helps us to stay sober if we help other alcoholics.”
If alcoholics need support for their whole life, could individuals who have suffered from a mental health issue & have seemingly recovered from a bad period benefit from on-going support too?
It made me start thinking about the possible similarities between alcoholism and mental health especially as I believe that mental illness has no real cure either and it is ‘our ability to stay away from‘ negative thoughts (perhaps alcohol too!) that keeps us healthy.
The thing is that I know all the theory and the activities I should be doing to help myself however sometimes it’s not that simple. And I guess that’s the difficulty. You know what is right and wrong but you get lost, distracted, stumble so without support and guidance to make you step back and encourage you to put into practice helpful techniques and remind you where you don’t want to end up then you might struggle and inevitably fall.
I admire AA and I think it is such a good concept -obviously it works too.
Basically with this in mind, I have decided to start looking for my equivalent of an AA meeting with the hope that I will be able to re-balance and continue to live my life with better mental health. Wish me luck!