Twelve Step Programs In Portland Oregon A Partial List
Twelve Step Group Tips:
Many of my clients find Twelve Step
(Self-Help) Groups an important part of their recovery.While I cannot endorse any Twelve Step groups, I recognize these
Groups can be an important resource for my clients.Self-Help groups offer experience, strength, hope, the support of
a group and community education.
These self-help Groups are peer run and self-selected.Therefore, the quality of a group can vary from organization to
organization or even meeting to meeting.Here are 5 tips that will help you get started.
meetings before you make a decision to continue or stop.
2)If possible, go to as many different meetings at different
times and locations as you can.This
might not be possible for smaller organizations.But, for larger organizations like AA or OA, you will find a wide
choice of meetings that attract like-minded people. Find a group
you can enjoy.
3)Find a sponsor who has been successful at their program
for at least 3-5 years.
4)Ask your sponsor to invite you to a home group.Home groups are not public groups.Home groups are private smaller invitation-only groups where the
conversation can discuss topics more intimately than in public meetings.
5)Get involved. Volunteer to help out at the meetings to get
to know people there.
6) Consider the source. Not
everything you hear in a 12-Step Group is gospel. Ask yourself, is
this person providing me with information based on their success in the
program? Or, is this information coming from someone who is still
struggling with their own problems? Remember, people you meet will be in
various stages of recovery or even denial about their problems.
Stick with the winners, especially in the beginning of your own
7) Avoid dual relationships,
especially early in recovery. It's fine to get emotional support
from sponsors and your 12-Step friends. But avoid romantic
entanglements or business relationships with your 12-Step colleagues,
especially in the first 2 or 3 years of your recovery.
For more information about the
Twelve Step Groups listed on this page, contact the National Group or
the local chapter using the URL provided. You will generally find
these groups most welcoming and willing to answer your questions about