How Alcoholics Anonymous Started
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith both of whom were alcoholics, aiming to encourage others to quit and remain sober. There are 12 traditions that were put in place to help define the reason for the group's existence but first, the famous 12 steps were introduced to help give the meetings some direction. The original 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
There are more than 50,000 AA groups in America alone and over 2 million members in the world.
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. 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 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.
New members are made to feel comfortable Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. 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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Difference Between 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.
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. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
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. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. Steps may be revisited several times until the member comes to grips with that stage of their recovery process.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. Subsequently, the steps include making decisions to quit, accepting yourselves and others the wrongs which may have been committed, making amends for the wrongdoings along with making a commitment to improve continually. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.
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. Most excuses people give include
- They are not convinced the meetings can help them
- The guilt of meeting familiar faces
- They are not certain whether they have a problem
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. Attending a meeting can possibly save you from years of heartache caused by your alcoholism it can in no way be harmful.
Identifying An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group close to where you live. Most groups have regular meetings, and you can definitely visit one sooner rather than later. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 246 1509.