The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. 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 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 You Will Find At 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. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, visiting a room full of people you don't know who have a similar problem and just like you need help to get better. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. 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.
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.
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. 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. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
The Twelve Steps For Aa
Alcoholics Anonymous is the first group that came up with the 12 stages of achieving addiction recovery which is currently being used by other communities. 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.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
They are not certain whether they 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.
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
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. 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 772 3971 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.