A member recently shared one of her initial experiences in the program. She had walked into a meeting in very early sobriety and someone had turned to her and said, “we’ve been waiting for you”. She looked at the speaker in puzzlement. She had never seen or spoken to the gentlemen in her life. She thought that quite frankly it was a strange thing to say, or maybe it was just a case of mistaken identity. Years later, whenever she sees a newcomer, she also says, “we’ve been waiting for you”. Now she understands the deeper meaning beyond that simple phrase. We in the program, truly understand what the newcomer has gone thru with their drug of choice. We understand, because we had to walk through those doors once too. We know how difficult it was to admit utter and total defeat. We want you to know that we are here for you. We will pick up that phone when you call us in the middle of the night. If you don’t have a car, we will make sure that you get a ride to a meeting. It will be with great joy that we share in sobriety celebrations and anniversaries. We were waiting for you because someone was waiting for us.
Personal Reflection: Do I make the newcomer feel welcome?