Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. Alcoholics Anonymous was started in 1935 by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson who were both recovering addicts as a fellowship with the aim of encouraging other alcoholics on the path to recovery 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. The original steps developed by the pair are still intact while many former alcoholics have credited the group for the help they received during their 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.
It can be extremely intimidating and uncomfortable to come to a conclusion to attend an AA meeting, especially for individuals who have no idea about what to expect. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. Sharing a common experience of being alcoholics is what makes AA successful in its objective and mission.
New members are made to feel comfortable The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
Only the people that are struggling with alcohol addiction are the ones allowed to attend the closed meetings in AA.
Open meetings, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. 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.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the first group that came up with the 12 stages of achieving addiction recovery which is currently being used by other communities. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. A patient may repeat a particular step until they are certified with the results.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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.
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:
These arguments may seem meaningful to somebody who is already in doubt about attending a meeting; however, you should keep in mind why you were considering going there in the first place.
The bottom line out here is that if you feel there is a problem you are probably right. You will definitely overcome your addiction to alcohol when you commit yourself to attending these AA meetings without missing.
There is always an AA group close to where you live. Most groups have regular meetings, and you can definitely visit one sooner rather than later. 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. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 today and we'll help you find an AA group that will suit you best.