Alcoholics Anonymous And The Beginning
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to 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 journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.
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
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. 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. The great thing is those in the room understand you completely and feel what you are feeling. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even 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. While a discussion among new attendees is certainly encouraged it is not essential. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at these meetings.
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Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings
Closed AA meeting is open only for people who are recovering alcohol addicts or the people who are interested in knowing more about how to overcome their addiction.
Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
The 12 Steps Of AA
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. 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. 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.
Objections To 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. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because
- They are not convinced the meetings can help them
- The guilt of meeting familiar faces
- 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.
If you suspect that the problem exists, you're probably right. Attending a meeting can possibly save you from years of heartache caused by your alcoholism it can in no way be harmful.
AA Groups Near You
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. 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. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 772 3971.