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Alcoholics Anonymous And The Beginning

Recovering alcoholics have benefitted from the support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous for many years. Alcoholics Anonymous provides moral support to people that are trying to stop alcoholism and it started its operation in 1935. 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.

There are more than 50,000 AA groups in America alone and over 2 million members in the world.

What The AA Meeting Entails

It can be extremely intimidating and uncomfortable to come to a conclusion to attend an AA meeting, especially for individuals who have no idea about what to expect. 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. The founders of the AA were themselves alcoholics and the groups follow the original model to this day. Everybody in the AA programs even those running them has gone through the program at some point, so they empathize with members.

At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. AA realises that there are people who feel uncomfortable when sharing info about private matters during their first visit. 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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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.

Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.

The Twelve Steps For AA

Alcoholics Anonymous is the first group that came up with the 12 stages of achieving addiction recovery which is currently being used by other communities. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. 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. You can read more about the 12 steps here.

Why Some People Do Not Go 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. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because

  • They are not convinced the meetings can help them
  • They are afraid of confronting someone they know
  • They are not certain whether they have a problem

Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.

Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. You will definitely overcome your addiction to alcohol when you commit yourself to attending these AA meetings without missing.

Identifying An Alcoholics Anonymous Group

No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. Most groups have regular meetings, and you can definitely visit one sooner rather than later. Choose the kind of a meeting you want to attend - a closed or open one - and in what area, and you will be able to find a group online using our meeting finder. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.