The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith both of whom were alcoholics, aiming to encourage others to quit and remain sober. The journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. The 12 Steps are still followed, and many recovered alcoholics say belonging to an AA group saw them through the recovery journey.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
What To Expect From AA
Arriving at the decision to go to an AA meeting can be scary and very uncomfortable, especially for people who don't realise what to expect from it. 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. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. 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.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. AA realises that there are people who feel uncomfortable when sharing info about private matters during their first visit. 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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What Are 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.
Open meetings, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. 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. However, some people recover faster when their families and friends are near them.
The 12 Stages
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. It involves following one stage t the next throughout the whole recovery process. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. 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. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
Why Some People Do Not Go To AA
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Most excuses people give include
- They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
- The guilt of meeting familiar faces
- They are not certain whether they have a problem
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. 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
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. The meetings held many times so you can catch the next one soon. 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. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.