Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. The group was founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith who are both recovering alcoholics in 1935, it began as a community-based fellowship in order to encourage sobriety in many recovering alcoholics. 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 12 Steps are still followed, and many recovered alcoholics say belonging to an AA group saw them through the recovery journey.
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 Attending An Aa Meeting
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. The idea of going to a room full of people you don't know you are going through a problem and are seeking help can be intimidating. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. For recovering alcoholics, AA provides a special environment where they can open up and not feel judged because every person involved was an alcoholic at some point.
New members are made to feel comfortable New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
Only recovering alcoholics or those trying to get on the path to recovery are allowed to attend closed AA meetings.
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. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
The Twelve Steps For Aa
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. Making yourself a promise that you'll recovery from the addiction, accepting your mistakes and the wrongs you have done to others are some of the stages that you must go through in the process. More on the 12 steps can be found here
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
Most people are not comfortable with attending a meeting with AA and therefore, come up with reasons not to attend. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:
They doubt that attending the meeting will help
The guilt of meeting familiar faces
They aren't sure they really have a problem
These arguments may seem meaningful to somebody who is already in doubt about attending a meeting; however, you should keep in mind why you were considering going there in the first place.
Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. 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
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 772 3971.