The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (who both were recovering alcoholics), Alcoholics Anonymous were started as a community fellowship for recovering alcoholics to encourage them to stay sober. The two came up with what is known as the 12 Steps to guide the meetings which later gave birth to the "12 traditions" that set out the reason for the AA's existence. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.
There are more than 50,000 AA groups in America alone and over 2 million members in the world.
What You Will Find At An Aa Meeting
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. It requires the individual to venture out of his or her comfort zone and admit before a room full of strangers that they have a problem and need some assistance to get better. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
You can always expect a warm welcome when you attend the sessions. New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. 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.
Only recovering alcoholics or those trying to get on the path to recovery are allowed to attend closed AA meetings.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. 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. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
Aa 12 Steps
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. Following steps are consciously deciding you want to stop the habit; accepting your wrongs and those others did to you; correcting your mistakes; committing to keep on the road to recovery. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Objections To Aa
Most people are not comfortable with attending a meeting with AA and therefore, come up with reasons not to attend. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
They doubt that attending the meeting will help
They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
Rather than concentrate on the excuses despite having a feeling that they are enormous people who are nervous about attending a meeting should focus on the reasons why they are considering this organisation in the first place.
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.
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. Please contact 0800 772 3971 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.