Alcohol Abuse Rehabilitation and Treatment Center
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Alcohol Abuse
- Written by Stop Admin
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
There is no age limit for who can attend these meetings. Alcoholism attacks both young and old and all are welcome. Some meetings are only for those battling alcoholism while other meetings are open to friends and family members to attend to help support their loved one. Usually posted by the entrance is a schedule of the daily meetings and are noted which are open meetings and which are closed meetings.
The meetings use the “Big Book” for topics to talk about during the meetings which normally last for one hour. The topics covered are acceptance, anger, compassion, disease, easy does it, fear, freedom, honesty, humility, inventory, insanity, jealousy, meditation, patience, prayer, resentment, recovery, self-will, self knowledge, serenity, sex, slips, spiritual experience, steps and willingness.
The meetings focus on the solutions to problems instead of staying in the problem. At the meeting, where what is said within the room stays within the room (hence the anonymous of Alcoholics Anonymous) a person will share something good that has happened due to their being sober or if they have a problem they will share that with the group. Once they have put the problem out there others will recount similar situations and how they handled it without alcohol. This is the part of the sharing experience, strength and hope.
The program is based on spiritual principles which use twelve steps. These steps are:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.