Alcoholics Anonymous was the first 12-Step program created. It has helped a significant amount of people combat alcoholism and create successful lives across the country and the around the globe. Al-Anon supports people who care about someone with an alcohol problem.
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What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international group of people who have had alcohol addiction problems. Membership is open to anyone who wants to end their alcohol addiction. AA is the original 12 step program, the book Alcoholics Anonymous was first published in 1939. Since that time millions of people have used those principals to recover from alcoholism.
There are no age or educational requirements to become a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. The only requirement is the desire to stop drinking alcohol. AA members follow the 12-Step process, which has a spiritual base, to create a successful life without alcohol. They will share their experiences with anyone else who is interested in also ending their drinking problem.
Different Kinds of AA Meetings
There are different styles of AA meetings, some are open to the public and some are only for members.
- Open Speaker Meetings– These meetings are the best way to learn about AA, what they do and what they do not do. These meetings are open to alcoholics and nonalcoholics. At these meetings AA members tell their stories, and how their lives have changed because they joined AA.
- Open Discussion Meetings– One AA member gives a short talk about their drinking experiences then leads a discussion about recovery or any alcohol related problems someone brings up.
- Closed Discussion Meetings– these meetings are for AA members or those who have drinking problems and might join the group only. The format is the same as an open discussion meeting.
- Step Meetings– these meetings discuss one of the 12 steps, these are usually only for members
There are some things that AA does not do. AA does not keep attendance records or information about someone’s case history. The organization does not conduct or sponsor research on alcoholism. They do not follow up with or try to control their members. They do not make medical or psychological diagnoses, there are no professionals involved, they are a peer led group.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can completely change a person’s life for the better. Most meetings are held once a week, but people can go to more meetings if they feel they need more help. They can also keep close contact with their sponsor in AA who mentors them through the 12-step process. Having a mentor can make a huge impact on an alcoholic’s recovery.
There are multiple AA meetings available each week in Borree Corner.
What is Al-Anon?
Al-Anon is a weekly support group for friends and family members of alcoholics. It can be exceedingly difficult to cope with living with someone who is an alcoholic. Members attend meetings and share their experiences with others who need hope. Members help strengthen and support each other. This can be extremely important if a member’s loved one refuses to seek treatment for alcoholism.
Al-Anon is completely anonymous, and confidential. There is not a membership fee, but they accept donations from those who can afford to do so to cover the cost of the meeting space and materials.
There are multiple Al-Anon Family Meetings to choose from each week.
Is There a Need for Alcohol Addiction Recovery in Borree Corner, Arizona?
Statistics from the Pinal County Community Health Needs Assessment that was published in October 2020 does show a need for alcohol related services in the area.
- 70% of those who were part of the assessment believe that alcohol abuse is one of the leading risky behaviors in the community.
- 57% of those who were part of the assessment believe that mental health issues are one of the most significant health problems in the community
- 53% of those surveyed believe that drug and alcohol addiction and overdoses is one of the top health problems in the community
- 39.1% of 8th grade students had used alcohol in the 2018 survey
- 54% of 12th grade students reported having used alcohol in the 2018 survey
- In the 2018 survey 20.2% of students reported using alcohol within the past 30 days
- Reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) in the past 30 days:
- 8th grade students 7%
- 10th grade students 5.6%
- 12th grade students 10.4%
- 56% of people who were survey said they, a friend, or a family member has experienced alcohol abuse or addiction
Signs That Someone Has an Alcohol Addiction
- Someone wants to cut back on the amount of alcohol they consume but cannot seem to accomplish it
- They have experienced a craving for alcohol
- They continue to drink alcohol even if it causes health issues
- They have suffered negative consequences at their job because of drinking or hangover related sickness
- They have to drink more to achieve the same buzz
- They have withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking
Is an Alcohol Abuse Support Group Enough Help to Get Sober?
The answer to this question is different for each person. For some, the best option is professional help, but for others, a support group may be just what they need. This can be a good option for someone who has a problem on the lower end of the spectrum. It can also be helpful for someone who already has a solid support group at home.
More Information About Recovery Meetings in Borree Corner, Arizona is Available.
The goal at SpringBoard Recovery is to provide the help that people need to break free from alcohol addiction. People can also find meeting information for other recovery support groups: