The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
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.
Today, Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2,000,000 active members all over the world and more than 50 thousand of support groups countrywide.
What To Expect From Attending An AA Meeting
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. The idea of going to a room full of people you don't know you are going through a problem and are seeking help can be intimidating. 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. 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.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. 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. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
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What Are Closed And Open Meetings
A closed AA meeting is attended only by recovering alcoholic addicts or those seeking to know how to go about kicking the habit.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. A certain share of the people attending these meetings prefer to keep their therapy separated from the rest of their lives. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The 12 steps were first started in Alcoholics Anonymous but is used in addiction recovery groups for many other drugs nowadays. Despite the steps being presented in linear fashion participants are known to view them as an ongoing circle. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. 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. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
Reasons For Not Going To AA Meetings
Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. 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 haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet
Rather than concentrate on the excuses despite having a feeling that they are enormous people who are nervous about attending a meeting should focus on the reasons why they are considering this organisation in the first place.
At the end of the day, if you believe there's a problem with your drinking, you are right. There will be no harm for you if you go to a meeting; besides, it can potentially save you from years of suffering caused by your addiction.
Finding An Alcoholics Anonymous Group Near You
There is always an AA group close to where you live. Most of such groups meet on an ongoing basis, so you needn't wait long for the nearest meeting. 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 772 3971 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.