Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. 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 came up with what is known as the 12 Steps to guide the meetings which later gave birth to the "12 traditions" that set out the reason for the AA's existence. 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.
What The Aa Meeting Entails
It is always quite challenging the first time you go for the meeting if you are not aware of what goes on there. 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. 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 who is involved in AA activity has been its attendee before, which creates a unique feeling of solidarity and mutual understanding among the addicts.
New members are made to feel comfortable New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at 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.
Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. You have the option of deciding whether you want to attend a closed meeting or an open meeting depending on your comfort level within the organisation. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
Aa 12 Steps
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.
One starts with acknowledging they are having a problem and they cannot solve it on their own. 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. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:
They doubt that attending the meeting will help
They are afraid of confronting someone they know
They haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. Alcoholism can cause you many years of misery and in the long run you'll realise just how much attending these meetings may save you from.
How To Find An Alcoholic Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. 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. Please contact 0800 772 3971 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.