Going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be lifechanging for someone who has an addiction. Millions of people have successfully recovered as a result of the support they received in AA and NA. SMART Recovery is another option that is not 12-Step based.
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Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Meetings in Flagstaff, Arizona
Alcohol use disorders affect many people. Family life can be disrupted by one person’s drinking problem. There are support groups available to help people quit drinking. There are also support groups for the families of a person with an alcohol problem. These support groups are available in Flagstaff, Arizona.
What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who had alcohol addiction problems. There are local groups that meet in many locations across the United States. Many cities may have AA groups available every day of the week.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the original 12-step process support group. The 12-step process has a spiritual basis. Members follow the 12 steps to change their lives and stop drinking alcohol. The only requirement to join an AA group is the desire to quit drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous has no connection to medical or government groups. There is not any professional therapist or doctors giving out information. Each AA group is led by members. Members share their personal experiences with each other. This encourages each person to stay sober.
What is Al-Anon?
Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. Living with an alcoholic can have a negative effect on the emotions and health of the family. Al-Anon can make a big difference for people living with a family member that drinks too much.
Al-Anon members also learn and use the 12 step process. Group members share their experiences and coping strategies with each other. People can join Al-Anon even if the alcoholic in their life will not get help for themselves.
Is There an Alcohol Addiction Problem in Flagstaff, Arizona?
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2019 shows some serious statistics about alcohol use in the United States.
- 85.6% of people aged 18 and older have drunk alcohol at some point in their life
- 69.5% said they drank in the last year
- 54.9% said they drank in the past month
- 14.5 million people aged 12 and older had Alcohol Use Disorder in 2019
- 414,000 adolescents aged 12-17 had Alcohol Use Disorder
Flagstaff is part of Coconino county. The Arizona Department of Health Services lists the following statistics for Coconino county in 2018:
- 1,060 emergency room visits because of alcohol
- 290 hospitalizations because of alcohol
The Community Health Assessment for Coconino County released in December 2020 reported that alcohol was involved in 84% of liver disease deaths. There is a need for alcohol addiction recovery groups in Coconino county. Fortunately, there are AA and Al-Anon groups available every day of the week in Flagstaff, Arizona.