The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. The group was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith who are both recovering alcoholics in 1935, it began as a community-based fellowship in order to encourage sobriety in many recovering alcoholics. 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.
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 Attending An AA Meeting
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. 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 original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
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. 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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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, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
The 12 Stages
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. 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.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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. Learn more about the twelve steps here.
Why Some People Do Not Go To AA
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. The resistance people have towards attending AA include
- They doubt that attending the meeting will help
- They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
- They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.
If you suspect that the problem exists, you're probably right. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
How To Find An Alcoholic Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 246 1509.