Recovering alcoholics have benefitted from the support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous for many 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. 12 steps were developed by the pair to go on the meetings of AA. They later also introduced the 12 traditions further to help define the purpose within the group. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. It is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. Everybody in the AA programs even those running them has gone through the program at some point, so they empathize with members.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. AA realises that there are people who feel uncomfortable when sharing info about private matters during their first visit. As time passes by most attendees become comfortable with the great healing and therapy, they receive through the open and honest discussions which are provided by these meetings.
Closed AA meeting is open only for people who are recovering alcohol addicts or the people who are interested in knowing more about how to overcome their addiction.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. Going to either an open or a closed meeting depends only on what one you are comfortable with. Some individuals want to keep these meetings as a separate part from the other activities. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.
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. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. 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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
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 the common oppositions which people have in mind are:
Knowing the main objective of attending the meeting will help you overcome some of these excuses and recover from your addiction.
If you suspect that the problem exists, you're probably right. Attending a meeting may end up saving you a lifetime of pain and destruction brought about by the addiction to alcohol.
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. You should make a decision about whether you want to attend an open or closed meeting and also choose the location you have in mind, and you will definitely find one online through our meeting finder. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 today and we'll help you find an AA group that will suit you best.