The term “Newcomer” refers to someone who is new to rehab or addiction treatment or recovery. It is a term used to describe individuals who are just beginning their recovery. The idea of a “Newcomer” has been a part of the addiction recovery community for many years. The term signifies the importance of recognising and welcoming individuals who are seeking help for their addiction.

Being a Newcomer can be both challenging and overwhelming. It is a time when you are taking the first step towards a better life. You may have just realised the impact that addiction has had on your life and decided to seek treatment. During your time as a Newcomer, you will encounter various support systems and resources that can help you with recovery. These may include support groups, counselling, therapy and different treatment programs tailored to meet your specific needs.

Newcomers to the Fellowship

Who We Are

We are a fellowship of individuals who have faced the challenges of addiction, finding unity and strength in our shared experiences. Recognising our inability to control our use of substances, we’ve learned the importance of living without them to prevent harm to ourselves and our loved ones. With groups in numerous communities worldwide, we are committed to a singular purpose: maintaining our own sobriety and assisting others who seek our help in achieving their own.

Our fellowship is diverse, comprising men and women from various age groups, social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Some of us battled addiction for years before realising we couldn’t manage on our own, while others recognised early on that substance use was taking a toll on their lives. Regardless of how far down the scale we have gone, we’ve found hope and a new way of living through our fellowship.

We are not affiliated with any external organizations or causes and do not wish to impose our beliefs on others. Our unity is based on the common goal of overcoming addiction. Through meetings and mutual support, we find the strength to stay sober, shedding the compulsion that once dominated our lives. Our approach has proven effective for countless individuals who sincerely wished to break free from the cycle of addiction.

About Addiction Addiction is an age-old dilemma, only recently approached with new understanding and strategies for management. Our collective experience suggests that addiction involves both a physical compulsion and a mental obsession with substances making it impossible for us to control our use through willpower alone. We’ve learned that addiction is a progressive illness but like other diseases, it can be halted.

We’ve come to accept that once we cross into compulsive use, returning to “normal” use is not an option. The reality that “once an addict, always an addict” governs our approach to recovery. The alternatives are stark: continue down a destructive path or choose sobriety. Embracing the latter opens up the possibility of a renewed life.

Our fellowship offers hope for anyone struggling with addiction.

Through shared experiences and working the Twelve Steps, we find recovery and a chance at a new life. There are no dues or fees; membership is open to anyone with a desire to stop using. By supporting one another, we achieve together what we could not accomplish alone. If you’re seeking a way out of addiction, we are here to share our journey and help you find your path to recovery.

Recovery, although a straightforward process, requires active participation and effort. It’s not enough to be around recovery; you must engage actively in the process to maintain sobriety. Two important aspects in the early stages are willingness and honesty. Being open to change and honest about your feelings and experiences is essential for staying sober. Without these, the likelihood of success in recovery diminishes.

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Another important aspect is listening to and taking advice from those who have more experience in recovery. They offer valuable insights and suggestions, helping you avoid common pitfalls. However, it’s important to be cautious, as not everyone in recovery circles may have your best interests at heart. Stay aware of those who might lead you astray or who are not genuinely committed to the program.

Despite the challenges, especially in early recovery, where feelings of defeat and emotional turmoil are common, it’s important to remember that things improve over time. The well-known saying in recovery circles, “it works if you work it,” holds true. By continually working on your recovery and making an effort to stay sober, you’ll find that life gradually gets better, bringing positive changes the longer you maintain sobriety.

The recovery community recognises the unique struggles that Newcomers face. It is a time of vulnerability and uncertainty. However, it is also an opportunity for growth and positive change. Many individuals who have been through similar experiences are there to offer guidance, support and understanding as you navigate this new path.

It is essential to be open-minded, honest and willing to put in the effort to embrace the opportunity to learn. Being a newcomer in recovery is a unique and vital phase that everyone in sobriety has experienced. As a newcomer, you are considered the most important person in the room, providing invaluable insights to those who have been sober for longer. Your recent experiences with addiction are essential in reminding others why they choose to stay sober, serving as a powerful tool to reinforce their own recovery process. Furthermore, starting recovery offers you a clean slate, an opportunity to leave behind the struggles of the past and embark on a fresh start. This period allows you to engage with the 12-Steps, therapy and spiritual principles, setting the foundation for a new life free from drugs and alcohol.

Additionally, being a newcomer means taking on a new solution for living, distinct from the coping mechanisms used during addiction. This involves actively working on your recovery program, utilising spiritual tools and finding purpose beyond substance use, thereby opening up new possibilities for a sober life. While the transition to sobriety can be daunting, filled with fear of the unknown and significant changes, it also brings excitement and the prospect of achieving more than you ever imagined in your sober life.

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