The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 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. 12 steps were developed by the pair to go on the meetings of AA. They later also introduced the 12 traditions further to help define the purpose within the group. 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.
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. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. Sharing a common experience of being alcoholics is what makes AA successful in its objective and mission.
The reception to the AA meeting is always amazing. While a discussion among new attendees is certainly encouraged it is not essential. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. During the meetings, the people present will openly discuss various issues about their lives and this helps many of them to find peace.
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. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. Some individuals want to keep these meetings as a separate part from the other activities. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these meetings.
The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. It involves following one stage t the next throughout the whole recovery process. 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. Further steps include the following: making a firm decision to quit; admitting all your wrongs to yourself and others; making amends for all wrongdoings; and commitment to permanent improvement. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
It is normal for a person to try and find reasons not to attend the meetings especially if they don't feel comfortable yet. Most excuses people give include:
Rather than concentrate on the excuses despite having a feeling that they are enormous people who are nervous about attending a meeting should focus on the reasons why they are considering this organisation 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.
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. 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. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.