Newcomer – In the Twelve Step Programs of the world it stands for that person who walks through the door of a support meeting for the first time (or in the first months of their sobriety) and really has no idea what to expect. I was a newcomer once. We’ve all been a newcomer in one way or another in one situation or another.
The newcomer is so important. Of course, they don’t realize this. Their naivety and fear helps us that have been in the program a while just as much as the program will help them.
Some slogans to remember as newcomer:
- It works if you work it.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep coming back.
- One day at a time.
- Easy does it.
I will celebrate six years of sobriety on May 26th of this year. I got to tell you… I was scared that first year. I was scared of a sober life. How would I have fun? What would I drink when I went out to restaurant?
And the biggest question of all: How would I deal with life?
Fortunately, I met good, sober people and realized (for me) that my newcomer status was a good thing and that even though I was getting help, I was helping others.
I am no longer a newcomer, but the newcomer now helps me just by letting me help them.
Question of the day: Can you recall an experience as a newcomer in any aspect of your life? How did you react?
- AA Step 1 (alcoholic.org)