Why 90 Meetings In 90 Days?
If you’ve ever been to a 12 step meeting or through an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction program, you’ve probably been told to do 90 in 90. Ninety meetings in 90 days is a recommendation for anyone who’s leaving drug and alcohol treatment, anyone who’s relapsed, or anyone who feels like they’re slipping (remember that slip actually means Sobriety Losing Its Priority).
But why 90 in 90? What is it about 90 meetings in 90 days that’s so important?
Building a Habit
It takes about 90 days for something to become a habit, which is exactly what you want 12 step meetings to be, and committing for 90 days means that you’re more likely to pull through the initial ups and downs of early recovery. After all, it’s only 90 days. Your addiction has cost you years. You can give up three months. It’s your ready to beat addiction, call 800-653-7143 for help.
Create Healthy Habits
When you do 90 in 90, it’s not just meetings that become a habit. Staying clean becomes a habit. Reaching out to your friends and sponsor becomes a habit. Finding new ways to communicate and interact with people becomes a habit. Sobriety becomes the habit. The commitment to the meetings gives you the opportunity to turn bad habits into healthy ones, and gives you a step up in your recovery.
It’s a SMART Goal
Anytime you want to set a goal, you should strive to set a SMART goal. This type of goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and set within a Timeframe. This means it’s not a “someday” goal or one that’s completely beyond your means. Making a resolution to meet your goals is essential in recovery, and you increase your chance of success if you stick with SMART goals.
Avoid Social Isolation
One of the most common reasons for relapse is social isolation, and it’s one of the things that makes recovery so difficult. When you’re in early recovery, it seems like everyone you know drinks or uses drugs. The people in your life who don’t are often the people you have the most strained relationships with.
So what do you do? You stay home alone. You avoid phone calls. Soon, you’re mind starts walking down a path is shouldn’t. Instead of letting isolation draw you back into the clutches of addiction, 90 in 90 forces you to meet new people and avoid isolating yourself.
A Safe Place
Ninety meetings in 90 days gives you a place that’s always safe, no matter how vulnerable your recovery is. It doesn’t matter what kind of meeting you’re at, there will be someone there who’s willing to grab a cup of coffee, give you a ride tomorrow, or offer a phone number just in case. Embracing the rooms gets you to build a solid support network from people you met in the meetings, and learn to utilize it, even when relying on people is a new concept.
Are You Ready for Recovery?
If you’re tired of being sick and tired and looking for a recovery plan that works, we’re here to help. Call us at 800-653-7143 today to find help.