Many people that were alcoholics were able to get over the condition through the help of the groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. The original 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
What The Aa Meeting Entails
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. 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. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. 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.
New members are made to feel comfortable The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. 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.
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. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these meetings.
Aa 12 Steps
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 first step includes admitting that you have a problem, and really need help to solve it. Admitting and accepting your mistakes, making an effort to correct these errors and deciding to always try and improve are some of the steps that follow. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Why Some People Do Not Go 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. Some of their common objections are the following:
They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
They are afraid of confronting someone they know
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.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are right. Alcoholism can cause you many years of misery and in the long run you'll realise just how much attending these meetings may save you from.
Aa Groups Near You
There is always an AA group close to where you live. 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. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 772 3971.