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 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 founders compiled the twelve steps to direct AA meetings; later they introduced the 12 traditions to help better define the aims of 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 over 50,000 recovering alcoholics that are part of Alcoholics Anonymous group in the country and over 2 million around the globe.
What To Expect From Attending An AA Meeting
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. 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. 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. They are encouraged to join the conversations though no one will force them. Not everyone will be open to exposing their private experiences at first and everyone will understand this. After some time, they start feeling at home and find tremendous relief and healing through openly sharing their experiences.
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The Differences Of Open And Closed AA Meetings
Only the people that are struggling with alcohol addiction are the ones allowed to attend the closed meetings in AA.
The family and people close to the recovering alcoholic are allowed to attend the open meetings. You may choose the type of meeting you feel comfortable attending. This is mainly because some people do not want to involve their families and friends in their struggle with alcoholism and the recovery process. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these meetings.
The Twelve Steps For AA
The 12 steps originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, have become the standard for almost all addiction recovery groups. It involves following one stage t the next throughout the whole recovery process. 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. 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. Learn more about the twelve 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. Most excuses people give include
- They do not believe these meetings will be helpful
- They are afraid of confronting someone they know
- 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.
Looking For An Alcoholics Anonymous Group
Regardless of where you are living you will not have any difficulties in finding an AA group within the locality. Most of such groups meet on an ongoing basis, so you needn't wait long for the nearest meeting. You should make a decision about whether you want to attend an open or closed meeting and also choose the location you have in mind, and you will definitely find one online through our meeting finder. Call us no 0800 772 3971 we are happy to help you locate an AA group today.