AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

AA, which stands for Alcoholics Anonymous, is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who have had drinking problems. It was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both of whom were struggling with alcohol addiction themselves. Their aim was to create a support system for individuals who wanted to stop drinking and recover from alcoholism.

One of the key aspects of AA is its focus on anonymity. Members are encouraged to introduce themselves by their first names only, emphasising that the identification of any member outside the meetings is strictly confidential. Maintaining anonymity provides a safe environment where individuals can openly discuss their struggles without fear of judgment or negative consequences.

AA follows a 12-step program that outlines a set of principles to help individuals achieve sobriety and maintain long-term recovery. These steps include admitting powerlessness over alcohol, seeking a higher power for guidance making amends to those harmed by the addiction and supporting others in their recovery process.

In AA, meetings play a important role in providing support and encouragement. These meetings are held in various locations, including community centers, churches and online platforms. There are different types of meetings, such as open meetings that allow anyone to attend and closed meetings that are exclusive to individuals who have a desire to stop drinking.

Although AA is focused on alcohol addiction, the program can be beneficial for individuals struggling with other forms of addiction as well. Many people find solace and inspiration in sharing their experiences and learning from others who have faced similar challenges.

It’s important to note that AA is a voluntary program and participation is entirely up to the individual. There are no fees or membership requirements but it is customary for attendees to contribute a small donation to cover meeting expenses.

AA has been instrumental in helping countless individuals overcome alcohol addiction and rebuild their lives. It has created a worldwide network of support that continues to grow and evolve. If you or someone you know is in need of help with alcohol addiction, exploring AA – Alcoholics Anonymous might be a step in the right direction.

Remember, you are not alone in your struggle and seeking support is a courageous and positive step towards recovery.

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