It is very important to give back and at the same time take care of yourself. I have seen many times when people spend so much time helping others they forget about themselves. I learn something new about myself everyday on my recovery journey.
I still attend 3/4 meetings a week and have been 6 years clean of everything (alcohol included). I speak once a month at a womans detox unit in my area and have numerous women I work with to help them with their journey. It was told to me very early on that the best way to get out of yourself is to help others....and I believe it. Where I live, we in recovery are like a family and we help each other. I hope to be doing this for the rest of my life.
So many people are under the assumption that once you put down the drugs everything will be good. I was one of those people. I learned real early on that getting off the drugs was the easy part. I would be lost without my recovery family~