FAQ’s About Recovery Meeting

by baladmin | December 8, 2015

Q: How do addiction recovery meetings help?

A: Meetings help in a many ways. For one, it helps people to see they are not alone. Often the disease of addiction is filled with shame so the person struggling and their family feel isolated in their struggle. Meetings are a place to anonymously connect with people with similar frustrations and struggles. As well, hearing other people share about how they are coping with the addiction helps give the listener insight into navigating their own waters. 

Q: What do I have to say?

A: The majority of recovery groups have space for a study from a book or an opportunity to listen to a speaker and then the meeting is opened up for people to share. If you don’t feel like sharing you don’t have to. If you do, you’ll simply share whatever is on your mind related to the topic and/or what you’re currently struggling with. 

Q: Who will be there?

A: A variety of people of different lengths of recovery. Some people could not be sober yet, others could have 50 years, some could be family members there to support. The population of each meeting vary’s with its own culture and ethos.

Q: Who facilitates the meeting?

A: Usually a recovery meeting is facilitated by the group. They decide the format of the meeting, the books they read, whether or not to have speakers, the meeting length, etc…

Q: What if I am paranoid about other people seeing me there and hearing me share about my struggles? 

A: Meetings and attendee’s are anonymous. There is a saying in all meetings, “Who is seen here, what is said here, let it stay here when you leave here.”

Q: How long does a meeting last?

A: Some meetings last an hour, while others can go up to two hours.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The majority of recovery meetings are free to new comers. Once someone becomes a member, it is suggested that they help support the cost of the meetings rent, literature and coffee supplies by making a donation each time they attend a meeting. *The Balboa Horizons recovery meeting are free of charge. We offer our meeting as a means to be of service to the Orange County community.


The weekly Balboa Horizons recovery meeting is coming up this Thursday night. If you would like to know more about attending the meeting please call, Burr Cook at (949) 903-3008.