How Alcoholics Anonymous Started
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. 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. 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. Many former alcoholics believe the group was instrumental in helping them remain sober and the group still uses the original 12 steps in its meetings.
In the country, there are currently 50000 people enrolled in the AA and the number stands at 2 million across the world.
What To Expect From AA
It is always quite challenging the first time you go for the meeting if you are not aware of what goes on there. 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 however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. Sharing a common experience of being alcoholics is what makes AA successful in its objective and mission.
New members are made to feel comfortable Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. AA has the understanding that a number of people cannot be comfortable with sharing their intimate details during the initial visits to the organisation. During the meetings, the people present will openly discuss various issues about their lives and this helps many of them to find peace.
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What Are Closed And Open Meetings
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.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. 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. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
The Twelve Steps For AA
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. It involves following one stage t the next throughout the whole recovery process. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. 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. Learn more about the twelve steps here.
Common Reasons For Not Attending AA
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Most excuses people give include
- They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
- They are afraid to see someone they know at the meeting
- They aren't sure they really have a problem
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.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. 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
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 772 3971.