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What Is a Newcomer?

If you are new to sobriety or have the desire to stop drinking and using, and to become part of recovery, you are considered a newcomer. Generally, anyone with less than a year of abstinence from drugs and alcohol is considered new. Even those with more than a year but less than five, are considered to be fairly green to the concept. Newcomers are celebrated in recovery circles as they are the ones who remind us of where we came from, and where we will return if we don’t work at staying sober.

In 12 Step programs, newcomers are viewed as the future of sharing the message of recovery with others who are new to the program. When we help others, we are in fact, helping ourselves. Nothing is better for an addict or alcoholic than getting out of their own heads. If you are helping someone else, you can’t be bouncing around the walls of your own mind, as many of us are prone to do.

Those who are already in recovery want to help you. Seriously. It may be a foreign concept, since asking for help feels so difficult, but go ahead and ask. Women should ask women for phone numbers and men should ask men. They will be more than happy to give them to you, and your end of the deal is picking up the phone and calling (not just texting). If you can do this, you are well on your way to getting in the middle of the herd, and eventually, not being a newcomer any longer.

Recovery is not something we can do alone. We need old-timers and newcomers alike to hold each other up on this journey of ours. If you are new, don’t feel embarrassed or shy about introducing yourself as such. Everyone was new at some point and we all have to go through the growing pains of sobriety. As clean and sober addicts and alcoholics, if we can help you out, we will, and we expect you to do the same for others when they need it most. If addiction has a hold on you, our treatment approach can help you transition into sobriety safely and comfortably. Give us a call and begin your journey today.


The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401