The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for 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. The two founders compiled the twelve steps to direct AA meetings; later they introduced the 12 traditions to help better define the aims of 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 over 50,000 recovering alcoholics that are part of Alcoholics Anonymous group in the country and over 2 million around the globe.
What The Aa Meeting Entails
Arriving at the decision to go to an AA meeting can be scary and very uncomfortable, especially for people who don't realise what to expect from it. 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. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. Everybody in the AA programs even those running them has gone through the program at some point, so they empathize with members.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. 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. 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.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. Depending on your comfort level, you can choose to either attend the open or closed meetings. Some individuals want to keep these meetings as a separate part from the other activities. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. 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. 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.
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:
They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
They are afraid of confronting someone they know
They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
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.
Looking For An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Please contact 0800 772 3971 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.