The Founding Of Alcoholics Anonymous
The community of Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing great support and healing for recovering alcoholics for nearly 80 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 journey to recovery is aided by the 12 stages that guide the operations of AA. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.
In the country, there are currently 50000 people enrolled in the AA and the number stands at 2 million across the world.
What The AA Meeting Entails
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. 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 founders of the AA were themselves alcoholics and the groups follow the original model 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. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. 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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The Differences Of Open And Closed AA Meetings
Only recovering alcoholics or those trying to get on the path to recovery are allowed to attend closed AA meetings.
On the other hand, friends, spouses and family members are welcome to attend open meetings. 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. 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. The steps are meant to be followed as a cycle although they are listed linearly. Some of the steps mentioned could be revisited until the recovering alcoholic is comfortable during that stage of their recovery process.
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. More on the 12 steps can be found here
Common Reasons For Not Attending 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 are not convinced the meetings can help them
- They fear running into a person who knows them
- They aren't sure they really have a problem
It is important at this stage to focus on the fact that you have genuine reasons for having considered going to the meetings in the first place even if the other reasons are weighing heavily on you.
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.
AA Groups Near You
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. 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. Call us no 0800 772 3971 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.