The Start 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. 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. 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 AA
It can be extremely intimidating and uncomfortable to come to a conclusion to attend an AA meeting, especially for individuals who have no idea about what to expect. 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. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
New members are made to feel comfortable New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. 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.
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Difference Between Closed And Open 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. The beauty with AA is that they allow you to choose any meeting you wish to attend. For some people, it is preferable to separate their normal lives from their recovery. These meetings can provide alcoholics the support needed by their loved ones and many are known to gain from this benefit.
The Twelve Steps For AA
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. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. Admitting and accepting your mistakes, making an effort to correct these errors and deciding to always try and improve are some of the steps that follow. 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. Some of the common oppositions which people have in mind are
- They doubt that attending the meeting will help
- They are afraid of confronting someone they know
- 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.
The bottom line out here is that if you feel there is a problem you are probably right. Alcoholism can cause you many years of misery and in the long run you'll realise just how much attending these meetings may save you from.
Looking For An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. The meetings held many times so you can catch the next one soon. Make up your mind what kind of group you want to join, closed or open, then go through our online meeting finder to locate one near you. If you're looking for an AA group, we can assist you to find one just contact 0800 246 1509.