Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith both of whom were alcoholics, aiming to encourage others to quit and remain sober. 12 steps were developed by the pair to go on the meetings of AA. They later also introduced the 12 traditions further to help define the purpose within 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.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
What Happens At An Aa Meeting
It is always quite challenging the first time you go for the meeting if you are not aware of what goes on there. The idea of going to a room full of people you don't know you are going through a problem and are seeking help can be intimidating. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. 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.
You can always expect a warm welcome when you attend the sessions. Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. AA realises that there are people who feel uncomfortable when sharing info about private matters during their first visit. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at these meetings.
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.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. A patient may repeat a particular step until they are certified with the results.
The first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. Subsequently, the steps include making decisions to quit, accepting yourselves and others the wrongs which may have been committed, making amends for the wrongdoings along with making a commitment to improve continually. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
Withdrawal symptoms and other uncomfortable things one goes through as they try to quit alcohol abuse discourage many from attending the AA meetings. Most excuses people give include:
They doubt that attending the meeting will help
They are afraid to see someone they know at the meeting
They haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet
These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.
The bottom line out here is that if you feel there is a problem you are probably 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.
Identifying An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. Most of such groups meet on an ongoing basis, so you needn't wait long for the nearest meeting. Make up your mind what kind of group you want to join, closed or open, then go through our online meeting finder to locate one near you. Call us no 0800 772 3971 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.