The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith both of whom were alcoholics, aiming to encourage others to quit and remain 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. Many former alcoholics believe the group was instrumental in helping them remain sober and the group still uses the original 12 steps in its meetings.
Today, Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2,000,000 active members all over the world and more than 50 thousand of support groups countrywide.
What The Aa Meeting Entails
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. This is to be expected because the meetings involve telling people whom you've probably never met that you're an addict and that you need assistance. 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. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
New members are made to feel comfortable New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. As time passes by most attendees become comfortable with the great healing and therapy, they receive through the open and honest discussions which are provided by these meetings.
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, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. Going to either an open or a closed meeting depends only on what one you are comfortable with. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
The Twelve Steps For Aa
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
Reasons For Not Going To Aa Meetings
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
They are not convinced the meetings can help them
They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
They do not accept they have a problem
These arguments may seem meaningful to somebody who is already in doubt about attending a meeting; however, you should keep in mind why you were considering going there in the first place.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. You will definitely overcome your addiction to alcohol when you commit yourself to attending these AA meetings without missing.
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. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. Please contact 0800 772 3971 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.