People with substance abuse problems often do well when they join Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings offer a lot of support. SMART Recovery is another option, and those meetings are not based on the 12-Step program.
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What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA as it is often called, is an international fellowship of men and women who have had drinking problems. Countless people all over the world who want to stop abusing alcohol are helped by AA services.
These are some facts about AA:
- AA meetings peer-led and supported. Members share their experiences with each other.
- Meetings are free to attend. Members are not charged a membership fee or expected to pay dues.
- The only requirement for membership is someone who recognizes their need to stop drinking and has a desire to stop.
- There are no age requirements for AA meetings.
- AA follows the 12 Steps of Recovery.
- AA members sponsor each other. This is when one individual who is a little further along in their recovery shares their experience with another alcoholic on an individual basis. This is closer support from someone an individual feels comfortable with and talk freely and confidentially with.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can help someone who wants to stop using alcohol. It can make the difference between recovery and relapse. Many times, especially at the beginning, people attend multiple meetings a week in the beginning. They find that the support they receive is what they need at that point in their life.
Eloy has several AA meetings taking place every week.
What is Al-Anon?
Al-Anon is an organization that offers support to families with friends or loved ones with drinking problems. Dealing with the alcohol abuse of a family member or friend can be extremely hard. It can also make a person feel lonely. Al-Anon can help people cope. It is a non-profit organization and there are no fees or dues when a person attends.
Here is additional information about Al-Anon:
- Al-Anon members share from their own experiences. They offer strength and hope to the group.
- All Al-Anon meetings are anonymous and confidential.
- While there are no fees or dues, a basket for voluntary contributions may sometimes be passed around. These donations help pay rent, provide literature and offer support both locally and worldwide. Members are not expected to give and when they do, they should only give what they can.
- No advance notification or referral necessary to attend a meeting. If more information is needed, most groups have a contact person.
- Al-Anon is not for the person with an alcohol abuse problem.
Weekly Al-Anon meetings are held for families with alcohol-addicted loved ones. They are all in a si liar situation and can learn from each other’s experiences. They can be a support to each other through this time.
The Need for Alcohol Addiction Recovery Treatment and Support in Eloy, AZ – Statistics
According to the Pinal County Community Health Needs Assessment from 2020:
- Of the top 5 significant health problems the local community faces, 57% of the survey respondents listed mental issues as the top one.
- The number two significant health problem was drugs and alcohol abuse, listed by 53% of the respondents.
- Alcohol abuse/misuse is one of the top five most significant risky behaviors according to 70% of the people.
- When polling students in 2018, 39.1% of 8th graders reported using alcohol at least once.
- The number of 12th grade students who reported using alcohol at least once was 54%, which is a decline of 5.4% between 2014-2018.
- 20.2% of young people reported using alcohol in a one month period.
- Alcohol use is the substance young people reported the most.
- More than half (56%) of young people do not view substance abuse as risky behavior.
- In Pinal County, binge drinking among young people saw a significant decrease between 2014 and 2018.
- More than half (56%) of the survey respondents said that they or someone close to them has experienced alcohol abuse or addiction.
- Of the respondents, 81% reported that either themselves or someone close to them struggles with at least one mental health condition. Many times, mental health conditions and substance abuse go hand in hand. The reporting was as follows:
- Suicidal thoughts-33%
- Post-traumatic stress disorder-28%
- Suicide attempt-24%
Support Groups Vs. Professional Treatment – Which is Better?
Many times people picture addiction recovery to only be drug and alcohol rehab. While this is a helpful resource, it certainly is not the only way to obtain the goal of recovery. A rehab program is not necessary for all addictions. Every person needs to make the decision to go to rehab or to support groups for themselves based on their addiction and their circumstances.
These are the people who might do well in outpatient support groups:
- Those who may currently be in or have already completed a rehab program.
- Those who have a strong support system.
- Those whose addiction is milder.
- Those who have not been addicted for a long period of time.
- Those who have no history of relapse.
Get More Information About Recovery Meetings in or Near Eloy, AZ
At SpringBoard Recovery, we want to help reach their goal or recovery by providing them with help and resources. Not everyone needs drug and alcohol rehab. Outpatient support groups may be the right fit for a person who is struggling with addiction. In addition to getting information about Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings, you can also find information on:
There are many addiction recovery options available in the Eloy, Arizona area to people who are looking for ways to recover from addiction. Programs to help loved ones navigate these difficult times are also available.
Are you interested in finding out more about the recovery meetings in and around the Eloy area? Please contact us today.