How Alcoholics Anonymous Started
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (who both were recovering alcoholics), Alcoholics Anonymous were started as a community fellowship for recovering alcoholics to encourage them 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 12 Steps are still followed, and many recovered alcoholics say belonging to an AA group saw them through the recovery journey.
There are more than 50,000 AA groups in America alone and over 2 million members in the world.
What To Expect From Attending An AA Meeting
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. 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. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
The reception to the AA meeting is always amazing. New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. AA has the understanding that a number of people cannot be comfortable with sharing their intimate details during the initial visits to the organisation. During the meetings, the people present will openly discuss various issues about their lives and this helps many of them to find peace.
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Closed And Open Meetings
Only the people that are struggling with alcohol addiction are the ones allowed to attend the closed meetings in AA.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. Some individuals want to keep these meetings as a separate part from the other activities. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
The 12 Stages
The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. Despite the steps being presented in linear fashion participants are known to view them as an ongoing circle. Steps may be revisited several times until the member comes to grips with that stage of their recovery process.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. 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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are
- They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
- They are afraid to see someone they know at the meeting
- They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
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.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
Looking For An Alcoholics 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. Choose the kind of a meeting you want to attend - a closed or open one - and in what area, and you will be able to find a group online using our meeting finder. Call us no 0800 246 1509 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.