Alcohol Anonymous

This organisation aims to help people suffering with alcoholism beat their addiction. Originally founded by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith in 1935, they aim to assist other alcoholics by helping them stay sober. This philosophy was founded when Wilson came to the realisation that he needed to speak to another alcoholic to stay sober and coincidentally, he spoke to Smith, who too was an alcoholic. In 1939 they then went on to publish their findings now known as “The Big Book”. Although many do not complete the meetings as more than half who attend the meetings drop out, AA can boast high abstinence rates, as according to their statistics the average time frame of sobriety for those who remain in the meetings is approximately 6 years.

Alcohol Anonymous, commonly known as AA, is a significant part of addiction treatment and recovery. It is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who strive to overcome alcohol addiction. AA offers a support system that aims to help individuals achieve and maintain sobriety.

The unique aspect of AA is the importance it places on peer support. In meetings, individuals come together to share their experiences, strength, and hope with one another. These gatherings are open to anyone who desires to stop drinking. There are no membership fees or requirements, except for the desire to stop drinking.

Anonymity is another critical principle of AA. Each member is encouraged to maintain confidentiality, which creates a safe and non-judgmental environment for sharing personal struggles and triumphs. By providing a space where individuals can relate to each other’s challenges, AA fosters a sense of belonging and hope.

The language used in AA meetings is straightforward and relatable. Members might use terms like “higher power” to refer to a spiritual belief, “sponsors” to describe individuals who provide guidance and support, or “Big Book” to mention the foundational text of AA, titled “Alcoholics Anonymous.”

It is key to remember that AA is one of many approaches to alcohol addiction recovery. While some individuals find lifelong sobriety through AA, others may explore alternative paths that suit their needs better. The decision to attend AA meetings or engage with their program is entirely voluntary.

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    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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