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. 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 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.
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. For recovering alcoholics, AA provides a special environment where they can open up and not feel judged because every person involved was an alcoholic at some point.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
Closed AA meeting is open only for people who are recovering alcohol addicts or the people who are interested in knowing more about how to overcome their addiction.
Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. You have the option of deciding whether you want to attend a closed meeting or an open meeting depending on your comfort level within the organisation. 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.
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. 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.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. 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. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
It is important at this stage to focus on the fact that you have genuine reasons for having considered going to the meetings in the first place even if the other reasons are weighing heavily on you.
Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
The AA groups are widespread everywhere and you will definitely find one near you. The meetings held many times so you can catch the next one soon. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Please contact 0800 246 1509 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.