Identity Changes Throughout the Process of AA: Everything You Need to Know

Identity Changes Throughout the Process of AA: Everything You Need to Know

Identity Changes Throughout the Process of AA: Everything You Need to Know

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similar twelve step programs have long provided those in recovery with additional education, tools, and resources for further healing. AA claims to have an estimated 2.1 million members worldwide, with 1.3 million of them residing in the U.S. Previous research has shown us that the more a person is engaged in their treatment program and support groups, the more likely they are to succeed; along with this engagement comes changes, as a person uncovers more about themselves and gets back to that foundation of who they are. This sense of identity change is common in addiction recovery, especially as many people consider themselves moved from “active addiction” to now “recovered”.

A 2015 thesis conducted at Royal Roads University sought to explore what factors influenced the process of identity change for those in recovery. A few of the factors listed were developing a religious practice, behaving in culturally appropriate ways, abstaining from drugs or alcohol, and encouraging others to live a life of sobriety.

Of course, there are many other factors that contribute to pathways into and out of addiction; a 2015 study published in the journal Frontier in Psychology discovered that for those seeking their path out of addiction, new identities were built in the realms of school, work, or family roles. Many participants from the study also emphasized just how strong social support was for them as they discovered these “new” forms of identity. One participant stated, “It’s like building the foundation of a house, and all the community and staff have had input into building that foundation for me.”

No matter what stage you’re at in your recovery right now, you’re likely going to experience some changes. It’s going to be uncomfortable at times, and at others, you’re going to feel like you’ve got it all figured out. That’s the point of recovery – to guide you along as you discover what kind of life is going to contribute most to your health and happiness.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.