In AL K Hall‘s i’ve never been to a bad meeting, but… he talks about how he went to a 12 Step Fellowship meeting he’d never been to before to find what he needed that day, in that moment, and through it he was thinking that meeting was a mistake but in the end he discovered it really was just what he needed.
But mostly i would not have been better off at home because my presence helped others. ~AL K HALL
This reminds me of a woman and a meeting I went to while in the hospital. The woman was a heroin addict and was quickly named ‘Princess’ because everyone felt she thought she deserved so much more than everyone else. Of course it didn’t help that she thought since she was a heroin addict that her addiction was far more worst than everyone else including mine to alcohol. She made it known on more than one occasion that her addiction trumped mine in so many ways. I was fine with that. She’s sick just like the rest of us but one day I’d just had enough and said “You know what? I’m going to prove to you an addiction, is an addiction, is an addiction. Get a doctor’s order and come to the AA meeting with me tonight.” I walked away hoping that she would do as I suggested. You needed a doctor’s order for everything when you are at a psych hospital, EVERYTHING!
She did get her doctor’s order and came with me, at first I thought it was a nightmare. She wouldn’t be quiet and it was hard for the speakers to even get a word in edgewise, they were just trying to start the meeting…damn it. You could tell everyone was frustrated but the speakers stayed polite, soft, and understanding and wouldn’t you know it? We got through the meeting. By the end of the meeting, I realized she needed the meeting and I needed her to be the way she was at the meeting. In the course of that meeting, she taught me just a tad bit of patience, compassion, and understanding about others addictions and behaviors because of those addictions.
I got what I needed out of that meeting, I hope she did too.