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Alcoholics Anonymous Overview

Alcoholics Anonymous And The Beginning


Recovering alcoholics have benefitted from the support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous for many 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. The two came up with what is known as the 12 Steps to guide the meetings which later gave birth to the "12 traditions" that set out the reason for the AA's existence. 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 Aa

For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. It requires the individual to venture out of his or her comfort zone and admit before a room full of strangers that they have a problem and need some assistance to get better. It is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. The founders of the AA were themselves alcoholics and the groups follow the original model to this day. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.


At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. While a discussion among new attendees is certainly encouraged it is not essential. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. 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 Vs Open Gatherings

Only the people that are struggling with alcohol addiction are the ones allowed to attend the closed meetings in AA.

Open meetings, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. 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 12 Stages

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. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.

The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. Further steps include the following: making a firm decision to quit; admitting all your wrongs to yourself and others; making amends for all wrongdoings; and commitment to permanent improvement. More on the 12 steps can be found here


Aa Resistance

Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Some of their common objections are the following:

  • They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
  • They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
  • They do not accept they have a problem

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.


Finding An Alcoholics Anonymous Group 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. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 246 1509.