Early sobriety for me was extremely crucial to figure out I could have fun without drugs or alcohol. I had been through a drug treatment program that was pretty hardcore. It was like a “boot camp for druggies” as one person put, but it was exactly what I needed at 21 years old having shunned any sense of responsibility for most of my life. I attended ACYPAA events like going to Magic Mountain, going to dances on New Years Eve and even CA conventions in Palm Springs for a time. I had a group of sober friends that would go out at night in Hollywood after meetings on the weekends too. I was willing to just go out and be stupid and it seemed to work. I was young and had that sense that if I wasn’t out doing something I was missing out on something good. Sometimes that complacency can be dangerous but I directed it into sober activities and it really seemed to work. Sober picnics and cookouts were a great opportunity for me to just not be alone and have people start to recognize me when I was attending lots of social sober functions. I committed to lots of meetings fresh out of rehab. I had been told that if I didn’t immerse myself in 12-step meetings and activities that I wouldn’t last very long. I see this to be extremely true in my case but it took me a long time to recognize that I wasn’t as “terminally unique” as I thought I was for a good portion of my life.
When I separated myself from the groups of people I was surrounded by I seemed to not be able to relate to them very well.
This was potentially dangerous behavior and I didn’t figure it out until a few years into my life free from drugs and alcohol. Nevertheless Sober activities were what truly helped me succeed in, not only getting to know other sober people but becoming a part of a new lifestyle. It’s a daunting task sometimes, like being the new kid at a school. You feel like you want to stand in the back of the room and make sure you have a quick get-away sitting next to the doors. If you are a young person in Alcoholics Anonymous you will probably hear things like icypaa and acypaa depending on where you are located in the states.
These are conventions of Young People of Alcoholics Anonymous and genuinely make it easy to meet people your age who are sober and doing fun things. A few of these resources to find young sober people in your area are listed below:
ICYPAA was founded for the purpose of providing a setting for an annual celebration of sobriety among young people, now having turned into events often to celebrate holidays, 3 day weekends, summer and other times of the year.
ACYPAA All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
NYCPAA New York City Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
NYCCPAA North Carolina Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
WICYPAA Wisconsin Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Just to name a few. The easiest way to find a place in your area is to do a search online for the city you are in.