The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. 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. 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 original steps developed by the pair are still intact while many former alcoholics have credited the group for the help they received during their 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
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. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. 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.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. AA has the understanding that a number of people cannot be comfortable with sharing their intimate details during the initial visits to the organisation. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at these meetings.
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The Differences Of Open And Closed AA 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. 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. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Common Reasons For Not Attending AA
Most people are not comfortable with attending a meeting with AA and therefore, come up with reasons not to attend. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because
- They are not convinced the meetings can help them
- They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
- They are not certain whether 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.
The bottom line out here is that if you feel there is a problem you are probably right. 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. The meetings held many times so you can catch the next one soon. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Call us no 0800 772 3971 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.