Alcoholics Anonymous And How It Begun
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. 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 steps developed by the pair are still intact while many former alcoholics have credited the group for the help they received during their recovery.
Today, Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 2,000,000 active members all over the world and more than 50 thousand of support groups countrywide.
What You Will Find At An AA Meeting
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. The idea of going to a room full of people you don't know you are going through a problem and are seeking help can be intimidating. Fortunately, every participant within AA is fully aware about how the other feels. AA was founded by recovering alcohol addicts and its model has remained till today. 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 While a discussion among new attendees is certainly encouraged it is not essential. AA realises that there are people who feel uncomfortable when sharing info about private matters during their first visit. During the meetings, the people present will openly discuss various issues about their lives and this helps many of them to find peace.
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What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Only the people that are struggling with alcohol addiction are the ones allowed to attend the closed meetings in AA.
Open meetings welcome also spouses, friends, and family members of the addicts. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. A certain share of the people attending these meetings prefer to keep their therapy separated from the rest of their lives. For others, the love and support of friends and family members during meetings is important.
The Twelve Steps For AA
These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. Though steps are taught to one leading to the next (linear), the members experience them as a circle of events. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
Accepting the fact that you are suffering from alcoholism is usually the first stage you go through. 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. Learn more about the twelve steps here.
Objections To AA
Since attending AA meetings may bring discomfort, so many people will find reasons not to attend such meetings. Most excuses people give include
- They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
- They fear running into a person who knows them
- They haven't yet accepted they are addicts and need help
These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.
If you suspect that the problem exists, you're 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.
Identifying An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
No matter where you live, there certainly is an AA group nearby. 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. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 today and we'll help you find an AA group that will suit you best.