Alcoholics Anonymous support-groups

How Alcoholics Anonymous Started

Many people that were alcoholics were able to get over the condition through the help of the groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 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. 12 steps were developed by the pair to go on the meetings of AA. They later also introduced the 12 traditions further to help define the purpose within the group. Many former alcoholics believe the group was instrumental in helping them remain sober and the group still uses the original 12 steps in its meetings.

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 Happens At 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. This feeling is felt by most of the people you'll encounter in the meetings. 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.

You can always expect a warm welcome when you attend the sessions. Although there is no requirement to contribute, this is always encouraged. This is because it takes time for one to build trust so they can open up to strangers. 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

Closed AA meeting is open only for people who are recovering alcohol addicts or the people who are interested in knowing more about how to overcome their addiction.

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. Other people appreciate the support provided by their loved ones during these meetings.

AA 12 Steps

These 12 Steps have been the backbone of the AA meetings. Despite the steps being presented in linear fashion participants are known to view them as an ongoing circle. The member needs to be comfortable with every step before they can move to the next stage.

Admitting that you have a problem and accepting that you need assistance is the first step. 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. To find out more about the 12 steps, go here.

Why Some People Do Not Go To AA

Some people do not want to attend the gatherings because of excuses. Most of the times, people avoid these meetings because

  • They don't see if they'll get the assistance they need
  • 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.

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.

Looking For An Alcoholics Anonymous Group

The AA groups are widespread everywhere and you will definitely find one near you. It's easy to attend these meetings because the groups tend to meet up regularly. 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. Let us provide you the help to find an AA group today please contact 0800 772 3971.