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Alcoholics Anonymous

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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.

A.A. Meetings

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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    Tracey J 13 years ago

    Before I became an alcoholic, I never took alcoholics anonymous seriously. Why should I? It seemed really silly to me. But a few years after I was taking it seriously after all because I found myself in a predicament. I was addicted to alcohol, and my alcoholism was completely destroying my life and everything in my life. Suddenly nobody wanted to be my friend, my family wanted nothing to do with me. They thought tough love was the answer, and I certainly did not. So I came to a crossroads. I needed to get help and I needed to get my friends and family back.

    So I went to rehab. All by myself, I mustered up the courage to get past the mental blocks and the fear and anxiety, and I went to a rehab center in my town and I asked for help. I signed a lot of papers and went through a rough period of assessment where I had to confess everything that was affecting me, and so I could move forward in my recovery. And then the real healing began and everything was well.

    I have been sober for three years now. My relationships with my friends and family are beautiful and I have never been happier. Sometimes tough love is the answer and I am thankful for the fact that someone saw my need for help and helped me to get there once and for all. Recovery can be hard, but so, so beneficial in the end and I am truly thankful for it.

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    Terry K 13 years ago

    Sliding into alcoholism was something that came up on me completely out of the blue. I never would have thought it could become a problem for me. Sure I had a few drinks in social settings, but I didn't have a problem. Until one day my ten year old son told me he wanted me to stop drinking at night so he could not be afraid to play with me. He said he missed me coming to his school plays and fundraisers and wondered if he had done something wrong that made me want to drink all the time. It was at that moment that I realized how different my life had become over the past few years. I was not spending time with my family and when I was I was drunk. I was angry when I wasn't drinking and even when I would tell myself I am not going to drink today I still found myself with a glass in my hand at night trying to justify it by saying it was just so I could fall asleep.

    I tried to stop on my own and went an entire three days without a drink. Then one day I had an argument with my wife and headed straight for the bottle. I needed help and called alcoholics anonymous at the urging of my wife. I went to a meeting and even though it was very uncomfortable sitting with all of them in the room I listened. Before long I was talking. My sponsor is great at being there when I need him and honest with me to a fault. I can always count on an honest conversation with him.

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