In 1934, Bill W. began a legacy. The Alcoholics Anonymous framework was created when he initiated a 12 Step program that would change the hearts, souls, and minds of millions around the world for decades to come. Despite this long history, many are not aware of what the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous entails, and/or what to expect after completing the Steps. We do know that the program has proven to be very effective in helping an addict fight their addiction. Millions of people, all around the world, have begun their recovery journey because of a 12 Step program.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are usually facilitated by men or women who were once submerged in addiction but were able to recover and see a new life. People share their own experiences, struggles, and hardships. They share stories without being judged. They attend meetings on a regular basis. These meetings consist of people who are on their journey to recovery and experiencing the glories of sobriety. Meetings consist of an audience of others who want to put a stop to their addiction problems. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking.
12 Step A.A. meetings are effective because the discussion is based on real life experiences. People are encouraged when they hear real stories of recovery and struggle. This format helps people, whether they are a newcomer or have been in the program for many years, hear relevant discussions that resonate with what they are currently experiencing in their lives.
Attendees are also given the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. They are invited to share these with other participants who may have similar experiences. Everybody’s path to recovery is unique. These meetings however, help addicts to remember that they are not alone.
Alcoholics Anonymous groups are not affiliated with political groups or other organizations that could lead to controversy. They are, however, spiritually-based. These meetings encourage members to find, ascribe to, and connect with a Higher Power of their own understanding. Those in an A.A. group remain anonymous. This helps group meetings to remain safe and helps the process of achieving sustained recovery to be more effectively attained.
Sobriety can be achieved and that is a proven fact. Women who are reluctant to seek help, assuming that things aren’t going to work out or simply due to fear, can find assurance in the stories and history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The first step of the 12 Step program is admitting you are powerless over your addiction. You can find a sponsor in a 12 Step meeting that can help you work through all the Steps. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings do not have an admission fee. Anyone, regardless of their status, race, or class, can attend the meetings. Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. To find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting near you go to www.aa.org. If you or a loved one are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment center that is grounded in the 12 Steps of A.A., please contact our loving Admissions Counselors at 800-93-WOMEN or find us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. We can help.