Every fall and winter, almost without fail, I get together with other recovering people–away from my home, away from life’s troubles and away from the noise. It’s a great opportunity to tune out to tune in–tune into how AA has helped me over the 17 years. I make new friends in AA, and hear testimonials about how AA has helped so many people from high quality speakers who make me laugh and cry at the same time. I come away inspired, happy, grateful and with renewed commitment to stay fully engaged in my recovery and carry the message.
If you haven’t done a retreat, I would strongly suggest it. It’s like a deep breath of fresh air in the otherwise daily routine. Take the time for yourself and for your recovery to get together, have fun and celebrate what it means to be free of the obsession and self-loathing of our drinking days. Many retreats have scholarship opportunities so if cost, is an issue, don’t let it be. You owe it to yourself to keep having an experience with AA that keeps you coming back, and retreats do just that. Ask around, there are plenty of retreats here in Michigan.
Here are a couple of places to find them: