The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous was started in 1935 by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson who were both recovering addicts as a fellowship with the aim of encouraging other alcoholics on the path to recovery to stay 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 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
In the country, there are currently 50000 people enrolled in the AA and the number stands at 2 million across the world.
What To Expect From Aa
It can be extremely intimidating and uncomfortable to come to a conclusion to attend an AA meeting, especially for individuals who have no idea about what to expect. 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 is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. 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 Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. 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. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. 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.
Aa 12 Steps
The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. Steps may be revisited several times until the member comes to grips with that stage of their recovery process.
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. Learn more about the twelve steps here.
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
It is normal for a person to try and find reasons not to attend the meetings especially if they don't feel comfortable yet. Some of their common objections are the following:
They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
They are not certain whether they have a problem
It is important at this stage to focus on the fact that you have genuine reasons for having considered going to the meetings in the first place even if the other reasons are weighing heavily on you.
Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. 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.
Finding An Alcoholics Anonymous Group Near You
There is always an AA group close to where you live. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. Make up your mind what kind of group you want to join, closed or open, then go through our online meeting finder to locate one near you. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 772 3971.