The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
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. The journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. Many former alcoholics believe the group was instrumental in helping them remain sober and the group still uses the original 12 steps in its meetings.
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 To Expect From AA
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. 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 is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. The founders of the AA were themselves alcoholics and the groups follow the original model to this day. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
You can always expect a warm welcome when you attend the sessions. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. 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.
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What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Attendance to a closed AA meeting is just available to recovering alcoholics or to individuals who are looking forward to learning more about how they can overcome their alcoholism.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. Going to either an open or a closed meeting depends only on what one you are comfortable with. A certain share of the people attending these meetings prefer to keep their therapy separated from the rest of their lives. However, some people recover faster when their families and friends are near them.
AA 12 Steps
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost 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.
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 are not convinced the meetings can help them
- They fear running into a person who knows them
- They are not certain whether they have a problem
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.
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.
How To Find An Alcoholic Anonymous Group
The AA groups are widespread everywhere and you will definitely find one near you. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. You should make a decision about whether you want to attend an open or closed meeting and also choose the location you have in mind, and you will definitely find one online through our meeting finder. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.