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Alcoholics Anonymous Overview

The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous

The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous provides moral support to people that are trying to stop alcoholism and it started its operation in 1935. The journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. Many former alcoholics believe the group was instrumental in helping them remain sober and the group still uses the original 12 steps in its meetings.

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

For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. This is to be expected because the meetings involve telling people whom you've probably never met that you're an addict and that you need assistance. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.

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. As time passes by most attendees become comfortable with the great healing and therapy, they receive through the open and honest discussions which are provided by 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.

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. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.

12 Stages Of Recovery

The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. A patient may repeat a particular step until they are certified with the results.

Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. Following steps are consciously deciding you want to stop the habit; accepting your wrongs and those others did to you; correcting your mistakes; committing to keep on the road to recovery. Learn more about the twelve steps 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. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:

  • They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
  • They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
  • They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help

These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.

If you suspect that the problem exists, you're probably right. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.

Aa Groups Near You

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