I have noticed in my time that there is at times a skeptical attitude about 12-Step Support Groups for a variety of factors; some don't immediately see their true benefits, others don't feel comfortable talking about their intimate episodes in a group of unknown people, and some are just afraid that by meeting people with the same problem they have, or had, will entice them to commit the same mistakes. Thus, I decided to create this thread so we can have a focused discussion about the perks of 12-Step Support Groups by having several people pitch in with their perspectives, why they could be a great option for you, and to dismiss some fears and wrong ideas about Support Groups and their purpose. I'll start by saying that you shouldn't feel uncomfortable or ashamed to join a 12-Step Support Group! The fact is, the people participating in these groups are there because they share the exact same reasons with you to be there in the first place. Do not feel intimidated if you had/have problems with a specific drug, because nobody will judge you, you're all equals there. Besides, you are not expected to speak out to everybody in your first few sessions, it's completely normal to just show up and listen to the more seasoned members speak of their achievements and time gone by without using a specific drug. You will feel inspired yourself, and as the days go by spending time with these people, you soon realize yourself that there is no shame in speaking out, rather the contrary, you're praised and respected for being strong and disciplined, as well as encouraged and supported in enduring the pain you might go through with the withdrawal. You may always get a great sponsor as well who will help you out a lot in remaining true to your goals and objectives by keeping you focused and feeling positive.