The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous provides moral support to people that are trying to stop alcoholism and it started its operation in 1935. 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 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. 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. The great thing is those in the room understand you completely and feel what you are feeling. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. Everybody who is involved in AA activity has been its attendee before, which creates a unique feeling of solidarity and mutual understanding among the addicts.
The reception to the AA meeting is always amazing. While a discussion among new attendees is certainly encouraged it is not essential. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
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. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. A certain share of the people attending these meetings prefer to keep their therapy separated from the rest of their lives. 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. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. A patient may repeat a particular step until they are certified with the results.
The first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. Following steps are consciously deciding you want to stop the habit; accepting your wrongs and those others did to you; correcting your mistakes; committing to keep on the road to recovery. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are right. There will be no harm for you if you go to a meeting; besides, it can potentially save you from years of suffering caused by your addiction.
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. Most of such groups meet on an ongoing basis, so you needn't wait long for the nearest meeting. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.