While going to college I have seen first hand how a 12 step campus can benefit a person. While not an alcoholic myself, I have addicts in my family, and my group of friends. One of my closest friends decided to try a 12 step programon campus three months ago and the results have been extraordinary. She has taken that brave first step of admission, and surrendered her decisions to a higher power and a group of supporters. By doing so, she is able to stay in control one day at a time. The 12 step campus she is a member of allows her to stand tall in difficult situations where her addiction could normally get the better of her. Within 90 days she has rebuilt her metabolism, her energy level, her exercise pattern, and most of all, her happiness. She writes in her book every night after doing her homework and before going to bed, about the journey she accomplished that day. She calls her sponsor at 6:45 every morning before class to commit her plan for the day. The amount of resolve she has to this 12 step school of thought is admirable and makes me question what I’m missing out on. I claim no dangerous habits of my own, but is that the truth?
Her newfound pattern of life has brought me to question my own habits while living on campus. I started to think that there may be an area or two in my life that could use some attention. I decided to do some research. What I found quite shocked me. There is literally a twelve step program on my campus for nearly 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’m still not sure which aspect of myself I’d like to attend to the most 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 three times a week in the same place, would their cycles align? I can see it now. One week everyone in the room is ready to give up on everything, 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 stop doing 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 be inspired from watching my best friend change her life one day at a time.
But as well as making me question my own issues, her new ways have influenced me in the same positive manner as they have her. Because we are so close her lifestyle has a profound effect on my own and we tend to mirror each other’s habits. In this case, because her lifestyle has changed for the positive and I am entirely supportive, I no longer drink as much. All said and done, I have an enormous respect for my school for providing a twelve step campus to help people gain control over the things they do not have the strength to overcome alone. I have seen first hand the positive changes that are possible as a result.