I don’t think this sounds over the top, at ALL.

12-step programs are basically step-by-step blueprints teaching addicts to stay sober, right? Something you hear in the rooms a lot, though, is what a shame it is that they don’t teach this stuff in schools. Everybody should have a 12-step program. The REASON is that addiction is a disease steeped in isolation. Even surrounded by people, the addict is alone. That isolation is what prevents addicts from getting better.

For addicts, isolation is a symptom of pathological selfishness and self-centeredness. And the solution is to reconnect with people. As we go through the steps, we are introduced into progressively interactive situations. We start as students, but we soon transition into the role of sponsor, helping newer members relearn how to be productive members of society again. Inevitably, those who relapse back into active addiction are those who drift back towards isolation. The drift doesn’t take any effort. Rather, NOT drifting back out requires continual work with other alcoholics. We can’t get lazy.

I’m not saying autism is like addiction. Just taking a really long time to say I think it makes total sense that being engaged and interacting with other people keeps you centered.

Does that make sense?

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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