Anyone who has been a part of a 12-step fellowship knows, there is far more to the typical hour-long meeting. There is the customary hour-long meeting of course, where you might hear a speaker or perhaps share on a topic as a group. However, the real fellowship comes alive during the meeting after the meeting, as they say. When members of AA, NA, or any 12-step group get together after a meeting, it creates an opportunity for closer, more intimate bonds to be formed. The standard hour-long meeting is great, and even essential, but it’s during this second round of fellowshipping that true friends are made. Often times these small circles of friends extend well beyond the rooms. It’s not uncommon for groups to go out after a meeting and have fun together, or even just sit around and talk over coffee. There are countless ways to fellowship with one another after a meeting.
Here are 10 different ways to fellowship after a meeting:
- Get coffee together-
This is a classic right here. This is probably the number one suggested idea for hanging out after a meeting, and for good reason. It’s cheap, easily accessible, and it can be a great way to really get to know someone.
- Go get food-
This ranks high on the list again due to the sheer number of times you’re likely to hear this suggestion. Everyone loves food and needs to eat, so this idea is an easy sell. However, this may scare some away due to the cost involved, so be considerate!
- Go to the movies
Although you’re unlikely to seriously bond with each other during a movie, it’s still a great way to get out and have some fun together.
- Game night-
Board games are more fun than you think when you’re playing with the right crowd. 12-step members are never a glum lot. It’s almost a guarantee that a night of Cards Against Humanity will leave your stomach sore from all the laughter.
- People watching-
A great American pastime. Grab a snack and a drink with your pals and kick back in a high foot traffic area. Surely some interesting passer-byers will drum up a good time.
- Ultimate frisbee-
This game has become increasingly popular in recovery circles. All you need is large enough area and a frisbee, and you’re in business.
- Go to a comedy show-
Laughter is an amazing medicine. Coming together as a group to share that laughter can increase it tenfold.
- Sober bowling-
Head out for the night with your buddies and hit the lanes. Some healthy competition never hurt!
- Hit the gym-
Recovery gets your mental health on the right track, so getting the physical aspect in check too makes sense. Check your local area for group classes.
- Watch your favorite shows together-
Whether it’s the nightly UFC fight or Real Housewives, getting together and watching your favorites can be a bonding experience.
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