One of the first rules of recovery is you don't recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. AA describes itself as a “simple program” that has only one requirement for membership, “a desire to stop drinking,” and one primary purpose, “to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers” (Wormer & Davis, 2012 p564). I can speak from personal experience, when I was calling around trying to find an AA and NA meeting to attend both meetings was in the same vicinity which made it convenience for me due to where I worked. I tried to look for one in my neighborhood and they were all private sessions. The NA meeting was so chaotic with a lot of side conversation and the meeting did not start on time. The facilitator had to pause and remind the women there was a meeting going on. With over 50 women is a room, to come and hear some self reassuring words were worthless.
Some of those women lost focus on the 12 step of recovery. Doing service work, getting a good sponsor will enhance the persons comfort level in forming new relationship with others (Wormer & Davis, 2012 p 565). I did not see that the NA meeting however, attending an AA meeting there was a warm self inviting spirit. Given that the two meeting occurred in a predominately African American neighborhood. There was no cause for the women who were disrespected.
I do understand that both the NA/AA meeting was at recovery community centers. According to the text recovery Community centers make a point that they are a new option on the continuum of supports available to anyone suffering an addiction. They are not treatment agency. The primary purpose is to build recovery capital and serve as a physical locations where the local recovery community’s ability to care is organized (Wormer & Davis, 2012 p 582)
I think using the 12 step module in treatment should be used regardless if the patient is paying for treatment...