The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. 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 two founders compiled the twelve steps to direct AA meetings; later they introduced the 12 traditions to help better define the aims of the group. 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 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 however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. For recovering alcoholics, AA provides a special environment where they can open up and not feel judged because every person involved was an alcoholic at some point.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. In the course of time, most of the attendees realise great healing power of the open honest debating at these meetings.
A closed AA meeting is attended only by recovering alcoholic addicts or those seeking to know how to go about kicking the habit.
Open meetings, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. 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.
Aa 12 Steps
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. Steps may be revisited several times until the member comes to grips with that stage of their recovery process.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. Making yourself a promise that you'll recovery from the addiction, accepting your mistakes and the wrongs you have done to others are some of the stages that you must go through in the process. More on the 12 steps can be found here
Common Reasons For Not Attending Aa
Most people are not comfortable with attending a meeting with AA and therefore, come up with reasons not to attend. The resistance people have towards attending AA 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
It is important at this stage to focus on the fact that you have genuine reasons for having considered going to the meetings in the first place even if the other reasons are weighing heavily on you.
If you think you need help, most likely you do. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
How To Find An Alcoholic Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. 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. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 today and we'll help you find an AA group that will suit you best.