A Brief History of Alcoholics Anonymous
This is a fellowship of people who try to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety, as well. Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, was founded in 1935. Two alcoholics who were committed to stop drinking and felt like helping others with the same problem established this fellowship of men and women. Soon after 1935, there were many Alcoholics Anonymous established in different countries. According to the AA website which is there are more than 100,000 groups and 2 million members worldwide. These AA groups do not require membership fees as they are self funded by voluntary contributions. One thing which unites these people is the strong desire to overcome alcohol dependency and stay sober. Many people who are alcohol dependent look for treatment on their own, others rely on their families while some seek help because it is required by the court or their employer. There are many victims of alcohol whose lives have been disrupted. In many inpatient treatment facilities even if the participant doesn't want to take part in Alcoholics Anonymous he is obliged to. However, most frequently treatment will not work unless the alcoholic is committed to staying sober. Many people addicted to alcohol have tried to stop more than once before they decided to seek help. Alcoholics Anonymous is for all those people who want to stop drinking and live a sober life. The AA program includes twelve steps through which the alcoholics get over their addiction and confront the problems coming along their drinking. AA meetings are held all around the world at places such as churches or private meetings facilities. What is really great about the program is that all members are encouraged to be open and share their experience with others, but they don't have to do that unless they want to. Of course, it is much harder for the new members. They should begin the program by finding a sponsor, someone who would be always ready to help them when experiencing a weak moment or just need some encouragement. The main idea of the Alcoholics Anonymous program is that all members can only take it one day at a time and one drink at a time. Every recovering alcoholic knows that the motto "one drink is too many and a hundred aren't enough" is completely true. That's why these fellowships actually work, because members work together to reach their goal - sobriety. It makes no difference what your profession is, how much money you have, how old you are or where you live. That's anonymous. Everything shared on these AA meetings is kept a secret between the members. Recovery is hard but precious. If you are an alcoholic but get the proper support and have motivation, you do stand a good chance of remaining sober for the rest of your life. But you will have to change your lifestyle; you will have to learn to take one day at a time, one hour at a time, and one minute at a time. This is the only way you could fight it, the only way you can achieve your goal - sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous has helped thousands of people willing to fights against alcoholism. For further information and more details about the program you can or give us a call at the local office of Alcoholics Anonymous.