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. 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.
It is always quite challenging the first time you go for the meeting if you are not aware of what goes on there. This is to be expected because the meetings involve telling people whom you've probably never met that you're an addict and that you need assistance. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. Everybody who is involved in AA activity has been its attendee before, which creates a unique feeling of solidarity and mutual understanding among the addicts.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
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.
Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. Going to either an open or a closed meeting depends only on what one you are comfortable with. Some individuals want to keep these meetings as a separate part from the other activities. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. It involves following one stage t the next throughout the whole recovery process. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
The first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. Admitting and accepting your mistakes, making an effort to correct these errors and deciding to always try and improve are some of the steps that follow. Learn more about the twelve steps here.
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because:
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are 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 not too far from where you are. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. 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. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.