Alcoholics Anonymous And How It Begun
Many people that were alcoholics were able to get over the condition through the help of the groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 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.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
What Happens At An AA Meeting
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. 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 is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. 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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Closed And Open Meetings
Attendance to a closed AA meeting is just available to recovering alcoholics or to individuals who are looking forward to learning more about how they can overcome their alcoholism.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. You have the option of deciding whether you want to attend a closed meeting or an open meeting depending on your comfort level within the organisation. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these 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. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.
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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
Reasons For Not Going To AA Meetings
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Some of their common objections are the following
- They are not convinced it will work for them
- The guilt of meeting familiar faces
- They haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. 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.
Identifying An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Please contact 0800 246 1509 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.