If You Can’t Make It to A Meeting, Here’s What You Can Do

Sometimes, life just happens. Life happens and no matter how we try or despite our best efforts to get there, we just can’t seem to get in the door for a meeting. If you’re used to going to meetings every day or even multiple times a day, it can seem like impending doom when you aren’t able to get to where you need and want to be. We get it, it’s scary and overwhelming but you don’t lose it yet!

If you just can’t get to a meeting, there are plenty of things you can do in the meantime, until you make it to the next one. Here’s a few ideas to try.

Call Your Sponsor

Although you’ve probably already thought of this one, it serves us just as well to say and reiterate. If you’re struggling at any time, call your sponsor. If you don’t think you can make it to a meeting that you really feel you need, call your sponsor. They may have some words or wisdom or some advice to get you through.

Speaker Phone or Face Time

If someone in the usual meeting is willing or able to get you on speaker phone so you can listen in, go for it. With so many people having a smart phone now, you might even get away with a Face Time call, so you can see what’s going on and who’s talking in the meeting. Never hurts to ask!

Have an Impromptu Meeting of Your Own

In recovery, you’ve probably built yourself a strong and diverse support system. If you’re feeling like you’re in hot water, there’s never a bad time to call up a few friends and fellow sober journey mates and ask if you can meet up and have a little impromptu meeting or pow-wow. Whatever keeps your head in the game is worth a shot.

Listen to a Pod Cast, YouTube or Find Some Relevant Reading

If you’ve exhausted all the other ideas and you just don’t know what else to do. Find a podcast! Listen to something that will help you stay focused and keep sober, it’s not impossible even if in the moment it feels impossible. Watch a YouTube video or find a nice long article to read about motivation, recovery, or sharing the principles of AA/NA or whatever your support group believes in.

Remember, you are strong and capable. You’ll make it through this moment and this day just like you’ve done so many times before and just like you’ll do countless times in the future.

You got this!

N.D. "When You Can't Get To A Meeting". E-AA. (website). September 2012
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