In 2011, researchers from Case Western Reserve University published an article in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly indicating that volunteer work and service to others are integral to the recovery process. This finding is consistent with the stated purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous, to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety as well.
At Two Dreams, clients embrace the power of service to themselves and others through regular group therapy sessions. Clients help each other process their emotions and provide feedback on their progress in their recovery. We encourage clients to keep in touch after leaving the facility and we stress the importance of open communication in the milieu. We find that clients are able to build deep relationships with each other based upon their common experiences, and they are therefore able to help each other through difficult challenges and emotions that come along with addiction. Helping others at different stages of treatment also reminds clients of where they have been or where they aim to go in terms of recovery. This enforces a commitment to combatting the addiction and increases the determination needed to succeed.
During this holiday season, it is especially important for us to remember that giving should not be followed by the expectation of receiving. Give of yourself freely because you can make the world a better place.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,