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Jul 27, 2016

Being in recovery at any age elicits both challenges and rewards

But being young, at a pivotal, sometimes confusing point in life
even without worrying about sobriety,
makes said challenges and rewards even more prominent.

This is from an official AA pamplet Young People and AA

Coming into A.A. as young people, we found
that there were common challenges to face. In
the beginning, we often feel we are too young
to be alcoholics. Some of us didn’t drink for a
long time; others didn’t drink hard liquor, stumble
around, or forget what we did or said when
drunk. Being young in the everyday world we
face peer pressure, stressful relationships with
our parents, and parties being a way of life. In
A.A., we often feel different because we may be
the youngest person in our group, and some have
even had an uninformed older member discourage
us by saying things like “I spilled more booze
than you drank.”

You guys have probably heard that one

To get the community thinking about this topic this week, I sent out a survey on this topic.

I asked our listeners how old were you when you attended your first recovery meeting?

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Lets begin our discussion by talking about
What are some of the challenges for the young person in recovery?
What stigma does the young person have to overcome?
How does stigma affect the young person?

How about pressure to use?
Can campus life be a hostile environment for recovery?
How does does stress affect your recovery?

Have you suffered enough?
Wish I came in when you did?
Dos and don’ts

What are barriers to success?
What supports are available?
Where do students go for support?
Where do young parents go for support?

Have you suffered enough?
Wish I came in when you did?
Dos and don’ts

What kind of meeting should a young person look for?
What if these types of meetings are not available?
What about child care, do any of the meeting you attend provide this?
What about dating, what are your suggestions?

What about drama
How about sponsorship? Any guidelines?
What is the experience with parents when they find out their child is in recovery?
In 2007, 10% of AA is less than 30 years old, do you think this has changed? Why or why not?
For the young person, what are some red flags which indicate possible addiction?

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