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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share the same desire which is 'to stop drinking'. By sharing their experiences with other members they not only help themselves but they help others stay sober and achieve sobriety. Men and women from all walks of life come together and they help each other stay sober one day at a time. Members are able to maintain their sobriety through their group meetings and through the Twelve Steps of AA as they recover from alcoholism.
There are no dues or membership fees for members of Alcoholics Anonymous, they are self-supporting and they rely on contributions from members if they're able to contribute. This is not a requirement though; members contribute what they can and when they can. The only requirement that Alcoholics Anonymous has is that their members have the desire to stop drinking. Another wonderful aspect of AA is the fact that it's anonymous, this means AA memberships are never disclosed through the media.
Members of AA understand that alcoholism is a progressive illness that doesn't go away and can never be cured. They do however understand that their sobriety can be maintained and they work hard helping each other achieve and maintain sobriety. Achieving abstinence is one thing but maintaining it is another. Maintaining sobriety is done one day at a time through the 12 Steps of AA and the example, experience and friendship of members who have recovered.
The 12 Steps help recovering alcoholics change the way they view their drinking behaviors and guides them toward useful and happy lives. Going to group meetings, listening, and sharing experiences with each other helps AA members stay sober one day at a time.
They understand that alcoholism is a progressive illness that never goes away, there is no cure for this illness but they understand that sobriety can be maintained. Alcoholics Anonymous program can work for you too if you want it to. It doesn't matter how long a person has drank or what their story is, if they sincerely want AA to work for them it will by putting into practice what they've learned.
Alcoholics talk about what their life was like when they were actively drinking, how drinking affected every aspect of their life, what they did to help themselves, and what their lives are like now. Sharing these experiences with others not only helps the individual maintain their own personal sobriety but helps other members at the same time with hope and strength.
Attending an AA meeting doesn't make you a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, this is your choice. You choose whether or not to attend another meeting and whether or not you open up and share with others. Some people are apprehensive at first but they soon find out that they're not being judged, there's no commitment and that they're not alone.
Alcoholics Anonymous isn't a religious organization, most AA members believe the solution they found to their drinking problem was through a power greater than them self and their Higher Power is defined in their own personal way.
It doesn't matter what your beliefs are, A.A. has room for everyone no matter who they are or what they believe.
Listening to other recovering alcoholics who have maintained their sobriety one day at a time is very uplifting and encouraging for new members. They're able to see that recovery is possible because they are surrounded by people who have done it. Find out if Alcoholics Anonymous is right for you, here are Twelve AA Questions that only you can answer.
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