While going to college I have seen first hand how a 12 step campus can benefit a person. I myself am not an addict to drugs or alcohol, but I do have family and friends who fall into those categories. One best friends joined a anonymous groupon campus ninety days ago and the results have been extraordinary. She has taken that brave first step of admission, and surrendered her pride to a higher power and a group of supporters. By doing so, she is able to curb her addiction one day at a time. The 12 step campus she is a member of makes her feel able to stand tall in difficult situations where her addiction could normally get the better of her. Within three months she has increased her positive energy, her healthy habits and most of all, her enjoyment of life. She writes in her book every evening after doing her homework and before going to sleep, about the ways in which she grew that day. Every morning before class she calls her sponsor to discuss her plan for the day. The amount of commitment she has to this twelve step program is admirable and makes me think about what I’m missing out on. I claim no dangerous habits of my own, but is that entirely accurate?
Her newfound pattern of life has brought me to question my own habits while living on campus. I wonder if I could be happier, healthier, more mentally and physically fit if I figured out what my vices were and found a 12 step program of my own. I decided to do some research. What I found quite shocked me. There is literally a 12 step program at my school for just about everything! From online gaming to workaholics! And if there isn’t one, then surely it could be brought up with the student counsel and arranged. I have yet to figure out which program would be right for me. I think sometimes anger management may do me some good, or procrastinators anonymous. If there is a twelve step program for manic depressiveness, that would certainly be my program. But I’m curious to know if a bunch of us manic depressives gather twelve times a month in the same place, would their cycles align? I can see it now. One month everyone in the room is ready to just frown and pass out, and then next week we decide to throw a party with a banner that says, “WooHoo!!!” I don’t know. There are certainly things that I can change, and maybe I need some sort of intervention to find out what they are. I suppose that if it’s a big enough problem, it will find me. But until then I continue to learn from from watching this close and dear friend of mine change her life one day at a time.
But as well as making me question my own issues, her new ways have been rubbing off on me Because we are so close her lifestyle has a profound effect on my own and we tend to feed off each other’s habits. In this case, because her lifestyle has changed for the positive and I am entirely supportive, I no longer do anything that contradicts her program’s creed. All said and done, I have an enormous respect for my school for providing anonymous groups for students to help people gain control over the things they do not have the strength to overcome alone. I have seen first hand the light that can shine as a result.