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i have gone to 12 step meetings in the past that made me feel worse than b4 i went... Then i have been to some that lifted me up and i felt better than b4 i went.. Hate to say it, thoug, but it seems the former is usually the case, not the latter.
since i have gotten more into my Catholic faith, i don't feel the "need" to go there very often anymore, if at all..
Have you gone to a lot of 12 step meetings?
i wish i could find a Christian one, preferably a Catholic one, but there dont seem to be any within 100 miles... :rolleyes: (if there are any Catholic ones at all).
anyway, i feel selfish not going to them anymore because i feel i am supposedto share what the Lord has done in my life iwth others... :( but i can't stand the bad feeling i sometimes get... i know part of it is that many there do NOT want to hear about catholicism... or any kind of christianity..
anyway... just wondering if you can relate to any of this & wht you have done about it..
I have attended many 12-step meetings in my life, not AA, but Al-Anon. I have also attended a umber of AA meetings as a visitor. There is no doubt in my mind that God used the 12 Steps to bring me into a relationship with Him, and to start living in a rational, sane manner. When I began to work those steps seriously, God reached out to me, and I had a powerful conversion experience. But that is my story. There is not one thing in those 12 steps that cannot be embraced by a Catholic or any other Christian. They are basic, solid spiritual principles that lead to a change in one's life.
I have never felt any conflict in going to 12 Step meetings and sharing how God has worked in my life, personally, and how following the Steps greatly changed my life. I can mention that I am a Catholic, and others accept that, but I would not use these meetings to evangelize others to Christianity, nor share specifically my religious beliefs and practices. That is not their purpose, and it would drive away people who need help and would benefit greatly by living by a set of sound spiritual principles and overcoming their addictions and other problems rather than continue in their chaotic and insane way of living. I personally know priests who go to 12-step meetings, they've shared that with me. And they are extremely grateful to God for them. They see no conflict whatsoever, and they've been able to get the help they need in an anonymous and confidential environment.
I also think it is important to remember that the primary purpose of such groups is to help yourself stay sober, or whatever, not to help others. When you share your experiences or reach out to others, that is what keeps you on the road to recovery. if you can't take care of yourself first, you can't help others. Go to the meetings for yourself, not others, or you'll lose focus on why you are there in the first place, which is your recovery.