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What Does ‘Keep Coming Back’ Mean?

If you’ve been to a 12 Step meeting, you may have heard the phrase, “Keep coming back.” Some people take offense to the phrase, assuming it’s suggesting their recovery needs a lot of work, and they should “keep coming back.” While the suggestion might be somewhat true, the idea behind it is a loving reminder to keep coming to meetings, no matter what happens.

In relation to “keep coming back,” is the phrase, “we don’t shoot our wounded.” No matter how hard or how long a person has been struggling to get and stay sober, she will always be welcomed back and encouraged to keep coming back…in hopes that she will decide to stay, once and for all. No matter how many times a person has relapsed, a seat will always be available to her, if she wants it.

If everyone came and went but never returned, the primary purpose of carrying the message to the newcomer would be lost. We never fully recover to the point of ridding ourselves of the disease of addiction, but we can put the disease into remission. All we have is a daily reprieve, and in order to keep our sobriety and our sanity, we have to keep coming back.

Addicts and alcoholics are some of the quickest “forgetters” of humankind. Even though we have experienced the worst of the worst, we easily forget just how bad it really was. Our disease glosses over the details and tells us, “it wasn’t THAT bad, it’ll be different this time.” The best way to keep the days leading up to us getting sober fresh in our memories, is to keep coming back to meetings. There is nothing quite like listening to the pain of a newcomer, to remind us that we were once in those same shoes.

If you don’t keep coming back for yourself, do it for others. Recovery is a “we” effort, and it’s important to give back what was so freely given to you. If you are struggling with addiction, we want to help you. You’re not alone, and by giving us a call you are laying the groundwork to live a healthier, happier, and longer life. Recovery is possible, and yours can begin today.

Detox is a beginning and an end. As the beginning of a new life in recovery and the end of an era of pain caused by addiction, making the choice to attend clinical detox needn’t be a complicated one. The Serenity Detox Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers safe and comfortable residential detox with modern amenities and an environment that feels like home. Start the process today. Call us at: 866.294.9401