The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
Recovering alcoholics have benefitted from the support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous for many 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. 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. The original 12 steps are still intact; besides, many former alcohol addicts contribute to the group by helping the members make steps to recovery.
Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.
What The AA Meeting Entails
If you've never been to one before, it may be daunting to attend an AA meeting. Opening up about your condition to people that you have just met is always the hard part for the new members. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. It must be understood that the organisation was founded by recovering alcoholics, and the model has served the community well even to this day. Every individual within AA has been through a problem before and has cultivated a unique feeling of community and understanding among recovering alcoholics.
All attendees of the group will be welcomed with open arms during an AA meeting. New attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, but it is not required. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. 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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What Are 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.
Open meetings, on the other hand, admit family and friends of the alcoholic members. 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. However, some people recover faster when their families and friends are near them.
AA 12 Steps
These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. If a recovering user hasn't successfully passed through a given step, they can revisit it until they are okay with their efforts.
Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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. You can read more about the 12 steps 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 their common objections are the following
- They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
- They do not want to risk meeting someone they know
- 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.
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.
Looking For An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
There is always an AA group close to where you live. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. We can help you identify the AA meetings near your location and you can choose the type of meeting you want to attend. Please contact 0800 246 1509 today so we can help you find a reliable AA group to help you today.