The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for 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 came up with what is known as the 12 Steps to guide the meetings which later gave birth to the "12 traditions" that set out the reason for the AA's existence. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.
There are over 50,000 recovering alcoholics that are part of Alcoholics Anonymous group in the country and over 2 million around the globe.
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. It requires the individual to venture out of his or her comfort zone and admit before a room full of strangers that they have a problem and need some assistance to get better. The great thing is those in the room understand you completely and feel what you are feeling. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. 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.
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. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
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.
On the other hand, friends, spouses and family members are welcome to attend open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these meetings.
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.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. 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.
It is normal for a person to try and find reasons not to attend the meetings especially if they don't feel comfortable yet. Some of their common objections are the following:
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
The bottom line out here is that if you feel there is a problem you are probably right. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
There is always an AA group close to where you live. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 246 1509.