What Happens at Recovery International Meetings
A Four-Part Example and Spotting at a Recovery International Meeting
Recovery International self-help group meetings consist of five parts:
- Reading - The group reads from one of Abraham Low’s books or listens to one of the recorded lectures. At some meetings participants highlight parts of the reading that were especially meaningful to them.
- Examples - Meeting participants take turns describing an event from everyday life that caused distress. They explain how they used Recovery International tools to address their discomfort and control their responses. After each example, other members offer comments (referred to as "spotting") that highlight the example-giver’s successful use of Recovery International tools and suggest other "spottings" that also could have been used.
- Further Spotting and Questions - Members offer additional comments on and ask questions about the examples previously given.
- Mutual Aid - This is a time for informal discussion about how participants are using the Recovery International tools. It is a good time to ask the group leader or a veteran member to help develop an example to share at a later meeting, or to ask questions about specific Recovery International "spottings" that were discussed. Some groups have refreshments at this point and meeting attendees enjoy socializing.
- Voluntary Contributions - Participants are asked at each meeting to help support the organization via voluntary contributions, with the suggested donation being $4 per meeting. If an attendee isn’t able to contribute, that should not deter him or her from attending Recovery International meetings.