If you, or someone you know, has an alcohol addiction, you may want to consider joining AA. AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous and is a group of men and women that get together for the sole purpose of getting and staying sober.
With its over 2 million members, AA works to get people to stop drinking by focusing on one day at a time. Alcoholics Anonymous has a 12 steps to recovery program and is also successful due to their group setting. Many people believe that by talking and sharing your experiences with a group, it helps to heal you faster because you realize that there are other people out there going through the same thing as you.
AA was started in 1935 by a stockbroker and a doctor, both of whom were alcoholics at the time. They founded AA in order to help themselves stay sober together, and ended up reaching out to help others that also suffered from alcoholism.
Anyone attending a meeting in AA can expect it to usually start out with a talk from the leader or other speakers for the day. Afterwords, you are then able to listen to others share their stories and invited to speak about your own. Everything about AA is voluntary. They will not try to get information from you and will not try to force you in to anything.
You are free to leave a meeting anytime you want and you are also free to bring a family member to any of the informative meetings that they hold.
This program has been successful for many people and may be the answer many more are looking for. By helping yourself or someone you love, you are taking the big leap in getting the treatment needed.
Try out a meeting if you aren’t sure. Make sure it’s something you can handle before you take the plunge to make yourself healthy again.