AA recovery meetings​

The nearest town to Horizon Rehab is called Hua Hin and we are lucky enough to be involved with the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship there. It has a big community of recovering alcoholics who are always willing to talk to our clients about the fellowship and the 12 steps of recovery. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to be able to go to meetings outside of the rehab and experience a 12 step meeting.

The AA meetings in Bangkok are on every day and we too have an AA meeting every day. Many people travel to Hua Hin from Bangkok at weekends and they too attend the local meetings.

The programme at Horizon Rehab involves attending those meetings and we also include step work groups and assignment work on site. Some fellowship members are allowed on site to talk to you about sponsorship and how it works.

The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that will be thoroughly explained to you at Horizon Rehab:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

It is difficult to figure out how many people worldwide follow the 12 step program of recovery but thousands of people have recovered through AA.

It’s important to note that there is a BIG difference between “the fellowship” and “the Program.” Both are important. The fellowship (meetings and interaction with other AA’s) is “a group of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other”, and the Program (the Steps) is “a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.” Understanding this then, it is very incorrect to be at a meeting and say “I’ve been in the program for six months but it doesn’t seem to be working for me.” If you haven’t gotten into working all of the Steps (no matter how long you’ve been dry), you are ONLY in the FELLOWSHIP, not the PROGRAM. I know that we hear the expression “in the program” all the time but I must say that it is often misused.

SMART recovery meetings

Another support meeting resource is SMART recovery, unfortunately we do not have any of those meetings in Hua Hin but we do have lots of information on how it works and you can start to Google meetings in your home town whilst you are here.

SMART Recovery is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictions. SMART is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The SMART approach is secular and scientifically-based, using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and non-confrontational motivational methods.

SMART Recovery presents itself as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other twelve-step programs. SMART differs from AA by not encouraging individuals to admit powerlessness over addictions, not using the concept of a “Higher Power”, and not using the disease theory of alcoholism. Addiction is viewed by the organization as a dysfunctional habit, rather than a disease, while allowing that it is possible that certain people have a predisposition toward addictive behaviour.

Refuge recovery meetings

Refuge recovery is another support meeting system and they also have the 12 step programme but adapted from Buddhism. It is gaining popularity worldwide and we have all the information here that you will need to gain a very good understanding of the way it works.

This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.

Refuge Recovery is a systematic approach to training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming. You are entering a way of life that may be familiar to some and foreign to others. In the beginning some of it may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and some of it is. But you will find that with time, familiarity and experience, it will all make perfect sense and will gradually become a more and more natural way of being.

Please feel free to call us about any questions you may have about the support meetings part of our programme, we like to offer you the advice and you can try them all to see what one suits you.

Everybody will complete a recovery plan before they leave us at Horizon Rehab so you can have a support system set up for when you arrive home.

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