Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. 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. There are 12 traditions that were put in place to help define the reason for the group's existence but first, the famous 12 steps were introduced to help give the meetings some direction. The original 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
There are over 50,000 recovering alcoholics that are part of Alcoholics Anonymous group in the country and over 2 million around the globe.
What To Expect From Attending An Aa Meeting
Arriving at the decision to go to an AA meeting can be scary and very uncomfortable, especially for people who don't realise what to expect from it. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, visiting a room full of people you don't know who have a similar problem and just like you need help to get better. It is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. Everybody in the AA programs even those running them has gone through the program at some point, so they empathize with members.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at these meetings.
A closed AA meeting is attended only by recovering alcoholic addicts or those seeking to know how to go about kicking the habit.
On the other hand, friends, spouses and family members are welcome to attend open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
The Twelve Steps For Aa
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. Despite the steps being presented in linear fashion participants are known to view them as an ongoing circle. 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. 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.
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
It is normal for a person to try and find reasons not to attend the meetings especially if they don't feel comfortable yet. Some of their common objections are the following:
They are not convinced it will work for them
The guilt of meeting familiar faces
They haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet
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. Attending a meeting can possibly save you from years of heartache caused by your alcoholism it can in no way be harmful.
How To Find An Alcoholic Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. 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. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 772 3971.