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Positive Effects of the Twelve Step Campus

While going to college I have seen first hand how a twelve step campus can help an individual. I myself am not an addict to food, booze or drugs but I do have family and friends who fall into those categories. One of my closest friends began attending a twelve step programon campus ninety days ago and the results have been phenomenal. She has made a commitment to herself, and surrendered her pride to a higher power alongside a group of supporters. This has enabled her to stay in control one day at a time. The anonymous group for students she is a member of gives her the courage to stand tall in tough situations where her addiction could normally get the better of her. Within ninety days she has increased her metabolism, her energy level, her exercise pattern, and most of all, her enjoyment of life. She writes in her book every evening after doing her homework and before going to sleep, about the journey she accomplished that day. She calls her sponsor at seven a.m. every morning before class to discuss her plan for the day. The amount of resolve she has to this 12 step program is admirable and makes me wonder what I’m missing out on. I claim no addiction of my own, but is that the truth?

Her newfound way of life has brought me to question my own habits while living on campus. I wonder if I could be happier, healthier, more mentally and physically fit if I figured out what my vices were and found a 12 step program of my own. I decided to do some research. What I found quite shocked me. There is literally a 12 step program on my campus for nearly everything! From online gaming to workaholics! And if there isn’t one, then surely it could be brought up with the campus administration and arranged. I’m still not sure which of my undesirable qualities of myself I’d like to attend to the most I think sometimes it may be an anger management program, or procrastinators anonymous. If there is a program on campus for manic depressiveness, that would certainly be my program. But I’m curious to know if all of these manic depressives gather twelve times a month in the same place, would their cycles align? I can see it now. One week everyone in the room is ready to just frown and pass out, and then next week we decide to throw a party with a banner that says, “WooHoo!!!” I don’t know. There are certainly things that I can improve on, and maybe I need some sort of intervention to find out what needs the most attention. I suppose that if the problem is big enough, it will find me. But until then I continue to draw inspiration from watching my best friend better her life one day at a time.

But as well as making me question my own habits, her new ways have been rubbing off on me Because we are so close her lifestyle has a profound effect on my own and we tend to mirror each other’s habits. In this case, because her lifestyle has changed for the positive and I am entirely supportive, I no longer do anything that contradicts her program’s creed. All said and done, I have an enormous respect for my college for providing 12 step programs to help people gain control over the things they do not have the strength to overcome alone. I have seen first hand the positive changes that are possible as a result.

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