Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith both of whom were alcoholics, aiming to encourage others to quit and remain 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 12 Steps are still followed, and many recovered alcoholics say belonging to an AA group saw them through the recovery journey.
In the country, there are currently 50000 people enrolled in the AA and the number stands at 2 million across 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. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. The founders of the AA were themselves alcoholics and the groups follow the original model to this day. Sharing a common experience of being alcoholics is what makes AA successful in its objective and mission.
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. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. During the meetings, the people present will openly discuss various issues about their lives and this helps many of them to find peace.
Only recovering alcoholics or those trying to get on the path to recovery are allowed to attend closed AA meetings.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. Despite the steps being presented in linear fashion participants are known to view them as an ongoing circle. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.
The first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. Subsequently, the steps include making decisions to quit, accepting yourselves and others the wrongs which may have been committed, making amends for the wrongdoings along with making a commitment to improve continually. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because:
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.
Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. Alcoholism can cause you many years of misery and in the long run you'll realise just how much attending these meetings may save you from.
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. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 today and we'll help you find an AA group that will suit you best.