How Alcoholics Anonymous Started
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing necessary support and healing to recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 years. Alcoholics Anonymous provides moral support to people that are trying to stop alcoholism and it started its operation in 1935. 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 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 To Expect From Attending An AA Meeting
For first timers, getting the courage to go to an AA meeting may pose a challenge. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, visiting a room full of people you don't know who have a similar problem and just like you need help to get better. It however gets easy becomes all the members share a common experience like yours. The fact that the group was started by people that were former alcoholics shows that it can really help you. Everybody who is involved in AA activity has been its attendee before, which creates a unique feeling of solidarity and mutual understanding among the addicts.
At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. 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. After the members has started sharing their experience with others, they'll start seeing some positive changes in their lives.
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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.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. You have the option of deciding whether you want to attend a closed meeting or an open meeting depending on your comfort level within the organisation. 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.
The Twelve Steps For AA
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. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
The initial step requires an alcoholic to admit that he or she has a problem and needs help to overcome the same. 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. Here is ore information about the 12 stages of recovery.
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 don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
- They are afraid to see someone they know at the meeting
- They are not certain whether they have a problem
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. 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
There is always an AA group not too far from where you are. The meetings held many times so you can catch the next one soon. Our meeting finder can help you to locate a group near you depending on whether you're looking for an open or closed meeting. Call us no 0800 246 1509 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.