Recovering alcoholics have benefitted from the support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous for many 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. The journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. 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 more than 50,000 AA groups in America alone and over 2 million members in 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. 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. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. For recovering alcoholics, AA provides a special environment where they can open up and not feel judged because every person involved was an alcoholic at some point.
The reception to the AA meeting is always amazing. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. AA has the understanding that a number of people cannot be comfortable with sharing their intimate details during the initial visits to the organisation. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
A closed AA meeting is attended only by recovering alcoholic addicts or those seeking to know how to go about kicking the habit.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. Depending on your comfort level, you can choose to either attend the open or closed meetings. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.
The first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. 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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms and other uncomfortable things one goes through as they try to quit alcohol abuse discourage many from attending the AA meetings. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
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.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are right. You will definitely overcome your addiction to alcohol when you commit yourself to attending these AA meetings without missing.
There is always an AA group close to where you live. 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.