Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. The group was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith who are both recovering alcoholics in 1935, it began as a community-based fellowship in order to encourage sobriety in many recovering alcoholics. The two founders compiled the twelve steps to direct AA meetings; later they introduced the 12 traditions to help better define the aims of the group. The original 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
Today, Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2,000,000 active members all over the world and more than 50 thousand of support groups countrywide.
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. Everybody in the AA programs even those running them has gone through the program at some point, so they empathize with members.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
Attendance to a closed AA meeting is just available to recovering alcoholics or to individuals who are looking forward to learning more about how they can overcome their alcoholism.
On the other hand, friends, spouses and family members are welcome to attend open meetings. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. A certain share of the people attending these meetings prefer to keep their therapy separated from the rest of their lives. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. Making yourself a promise that you'll recovery from the addiction, accepting your mistakes and the wrongs you have done to others are some of the stages that you must go through in the process. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms and other uncomfortable things one goes through as they try to quit alcohol abuse discourage many from attending the AA meetings. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because:
These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are right. There will be no harm for you if you go to a meeting; besides, it can potentially save you from years of suffering caused by your addiction.
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. You should make a decision about whether you want to attend an open or closed meeting and also choose the location you have in mind, and you will definitely find one online through our meeting finder. Call us no 0800 246 1509 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.