Podcast: Are AA meetings Enough to Recover from the Alcoholic Illness?

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February 27, 2021

By Andy F

Categories: Podcasts

90 meetings in 90 days

This is the second podcast in the current series about Alcoholics Anonymous and how newcomers may benefit the most when they come to the fellowship. The general suggestion to the newly sober member is to try and do 90 meetings in 90 days. Is this a worthwhile suggestion? There are conflicting opinions in AA about this.

Replacing a bad habit with a good one

A psychological study revealed that it takes 90 days to get rid of a bad habit. 90 days seems to be the time it takes. The study then goes on to suggest that to get rid of a bad habit; it has to be replaced with a good one. Let’s face it: drinking alcohol is a pervasive and self-destructive habit.

Therefore, the 90 meetings in 90 days is a very good idea and is based on psychological research. Rather than sit at home thinking about not picking up the first drink, you immediately tap into a power greater than yourself by going to a daily meeting. I believe, as do most other AA members that 90 meetings in 90 days are a sound investment into ongoing sobriety

Are AA meetings enough?

Initially, as a newly sober member, that has to be a resounding YES! The important thing is to break the addictive cycle of alcohol dependence. After a while, most recovering alcoholics begin to experience the unresolved issues that they drank to avoid dealing with. Attendance at meetings is great, but it’s not enough. Meetings kept me dry for long periods, but they weren’t enough to help me get truly sober.

The three-fold illness of Alcoholism

In AA, we are taught that the illness of alcoholism is threefold: Physical, mental, and spiritual. My experience has been that just attending AA meetings helped me to deal with the physical aspect of my alcoholism. Only the suggested program, as offered in the twelve steps, helped me to heal from the mental and spiritual aspects of the illness.

I hope you enjoy the podcast.

In fellowship

Andy F

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