3 Facts About Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous has been around since 1935, two years after Prohibition ended. Drinking alcohol at the time still maintained a stigma of strong immorality, and treatments for alcoholics were severe. The solution was a program that was much more gentle than the purge and puke method one of the co-founders found himself subjected to: simply abstaining and doing so with the fellowship of others. The following are three facts about this long-lived and largely successful program of treating addiction with others enduring the same trials of kicking the problem.

Modern Day AA Isn’t Just About Alcohol

While some groups are strictly for alcohol problems, many others welcome those suffering from other drug addictions. This is particularly true with the current opioid epidemic. In the end, the steps for abstaining from alcohol mesh well with the steps for abstaining from any other addictive substance. While Narcotics Anonymous exists, it isn’t as prevalent as Alcoholics Anonymous, and so many drug addicts seek the more readily available resource.

Religious Aspects Are Exaggerated

Hollywood likes to depict Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with scenes that emphasize the God-related aspects of AA, but the important thing to understand is that the groups are thoroughly steeped in tradition. For generations, the prayers have been recited, and there is an air of don’t fix it if isn’t broken. Consistency makes Alcoholics Anonymous a dependable, reliable haven for both veteran members and newcomers. And the truth is, atheists are welcome and can find success in recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Are Everywhere

From cruise ships to the Las Vegas strip, from Istanbul to Costa Rica, from the Florida beaches to the Grand Canyon, AA meetings can show up in the most unusual places. This is a testament to the overall effectiveness and societal impact of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are also meetings online, where anonymity can help the shy or unsure to open up their true problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are close-knit groups, by and large. Many drinkers dealt with their problems by means of mass consumption of alcohol until it became its own issue, problems including anger management, social anxiety, and crippling fear. With AA meetings, people not only address the problem of their alcoholism, but also the underlying causes. They have a chance to address those causes and help each other with personality readjustments. The steps help tamp down the traits which are so negative and offer healing.

Henry Alexander