(noun) The sense of belonging and camaraderie that arises from attending one’s first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, often accompanied by feelings of fear, suspicion, and uncertainty; from Greek “koinonia” (fellowship, communion) and German “gefühl” (feeling).

Koinfuhl describes a state where individuals who have struggled with addiction can find a supportive community of peers who share similar experiences and can offer encouragement and guidance. It is a metaphor for the transformative power of fellowship and community in the journey towards recovery. It reminds us that addiction is not a solitary struggle, but rather a shared experience that can be overcome through the support and encouragement of others. By fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie, Koinfuhl offers a beacon of hope to those who have been caught in the grip of addiction, illuminating a path towards healing and renewal.

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