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Alcoholics Anonymous AA

How Alcoholics Anonymous Started


Continuously providing help and support to alcoholic addicted persons for 80 years is what Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) does best. 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. 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. Many people that have recovered from alcoholism always have something positive to say about the group and the help they were accorded.


Presently, Alcoholics Anonymous can boast of more than 2 million active members throughout the world and more than 50,000 groups nationwide.


What To Expect From Aa

It is always quite challenging the first time you go for the meeting if you are not aware of what goes on there. This is to be expected because the meetings involve telling people whom you've probably never met that you're an addict and that you need assistance. It is fortunate that every AA attendee understands your feelings exactly. The original model is still in use today and it helps that the organisation was started by recovering alcoholics who understood the challenge. 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.


At each AA meeting, the attendees are welcomed to join the group. The best way to recover is through opening up about your journey but it is not mandatory to speak in the meetings. The meeting participants know from experience that a new member may not find talking about themselves readily at first. As time passes by most attendees become comfortable with the great healing and therapy, they receive through the open and honest discussions which are provided by these meetings.


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The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings

Attendance to a closed AA meeting is just available to recovering alcoholics or to individuals who are looking forward to learning more about how they can overcome their alcoholism.

Partners, family and pals are allowed to attend open meetings. Going to either an open or a closed meeting depends only on what one you are comfortable with. Some people have shown a marked preference to keep their recovery segregated from the rest of their lives. There those who need family and friends to be there when they attend the meetings.


The 12 Stages

The 12 steps which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous are presently the standards which are applied by all addiction recovery groups. These steps are written one after another, but group members realise that in fact they go in a circle. Steps may be revisited several times until the member comes to grips with 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. You can read more about the 12 steps here.


Why Some People Do Not Go To Aa

Most people are not comfortable with attending a meeting with AA and therefore, come up with reasons not to attend. The resistance people have towards attending AA include:

  • They are not convinced it will work for them
  • The guilt of meeting familiar faces
  • They haven't seen their alcoholism as a problem yet

These excuses may seem insurmountable, but the most important thing is to keep your eyes on what you want to achieve.

Accepting your condition and seeking help is the main objective. 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

The AA groups are widespread everywhere and you will definitely find one near you. There is usually a schedule of meetings for each group; it is best to join as soon as you can. Choose the kind of a meeting you want to attend - a closed or open one - and in what area, and you will be able to find a group online using our meeting finder. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 246 1509.