While going to college I have seen first hand how a anonymous group for students can affect an individual. I myself am not an addict to food, booze or drugs but I do have family and friends who fall into those groups. One of my closest friends joined a anonymous groupon campus ninety days ago and the results have been extraordinary. She has made a commitment to herself, and surrendered her decisions to a higher power and a group of supporters. By doing so, she is able to stay in control one day at a time. The twelve step campus she is a member of makes her feel able to stand tall in tough situations where her addiction could normally get the better of her. Within 90 days she has increased her metabolism, her energy level, her exercise pattern, and most of all, her happiness. She writes in her diary every night after doing her homework and before going to bed, about the journey she accomplished that day. Every morning before class she calls her sponsor to commit her plan for the day. The amount of commitment 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 entirely accurate?
Her newfound way of life brings me to question my own decisions 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 surprised There is literally a twelve step program on my campus for almost everything! From cluttering to overeating! And if there isn’t one, then surely it could be brought up with the campus administration and arranged. I have yet to figure out which program would be right for me. 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 place to be. It makes me wonder though, if a bunch of us manic depressives gather every week in the same place, would their cycles align? I can see it now. One day everyone in the room is ready to lay down and die, 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 change, and maybe I need some sort of intervention to find out what they are. I suppose that if it’s a big enough problem, it will find me. But until then I continue to be inspired from watching this close and dear friend of mine change her life one day at a time.
But as well as making me question my own issues, her new ways have been rubbing off on me Because she is not only my friend, but my soon to be fiancé, and we happen to live together, 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 campus for providing a twelve step campus to help people overcome the things they do not have the strength to overcome alone. I have seen first hand the light that can shine as a result.