The Start Of Alcoholics Anonymous
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. 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. 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.
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 The AA Meeting Entails
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. 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 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. Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
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Closed And Open 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. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. However, some people recover faster when their families and friends are near them.
AA 12 Steps
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. A patient may repeat a particular step until they are certified with the results.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. 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. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Objections To AA
Withdrawal symptoms and other uncomfortable things one goes through as they try to quit alcohol abuse discourage many from attending the AA meetings. The resistance people have towards attending AA include
- They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
- They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
- They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
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.
AA Groups Near You
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. Most of such groups meet on an ongoing basis, so you needn't wait long for the nearest meeting. You should make a decision about whether you want to attend an open or closed meeting and also choose the location you have in mind, and you will definitely find one online through our meeting finder. Please contact 0800 246 1509 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.