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What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization that was founded in 1935. AA offers peer support for people who have a problem with drinking alcohol and would like to stop.
AA has meetings scheduled all over the world, and there are several that take place each week in the Maricopa Wells, AZ area.
Meetings are open to anyone and the only requirement to attend is the desire to stop drinking.
The meetings are run by others who are also recovering alcoholic, and they receive no professional oversight.
AA meetings are non-denominational and may take place in churches or other religious settings. They are private and expectations of privacy are assumed.
There are several types of AA meetings, including:
- Open meetings – These are meetings that anyone can attend, including friends and family who want to provide support. These meetings often have speakers and member’s who tell their specific stories.
- Closed meetings – These meetings are open to alcoholics in recovery or who desire to stop drinking. The public is not invited to a closed meeting.
- Beginner’s meetings – These are for people who are new to AA and most likely also new to the recovery process. These focus on the fundamental needs of early recovery to avoid relapse.
- 12-Step meetings – These meetings walk participants through the 12 Steps of AA. One step is focused on per session.
- Big Book Study meetings – During these meetings, participants work together going through the Big Book of AA. The Big Book contains the principles behind AA.
- Demographic-Specific meetings – There are AA meetings for young people, the LGBTQ community, women and other specific groups. These meetings accommodate specific needs of a group in a safe space.
- Online meetings – Many meetings are available online.
What to Expect During AA Meetings
Every AA meeting type has a different format that participants follow.
New members are often nervous about what to expect when attending an AA meeting for the first time. They may be scared that they will be put on the spot or embarrassed in some way.
There is no need to be worried. New people are always welcome to sit and listen and then participate when they are ready to do so; although they will be warmly welcomed and asked to introduce themselves.
All members at these meetings were new at one time and remember what those feelings felt like and do their best to make everyone feel comfortable.
During AA meetings, any of the following may happen:
- Certain participants or members may be asked to share on specific topics.
- There may be an open discussion, during which time, anyone can share with the group.
- There may be a special speaker and participants are invited to listen.
- There may be a potluck dinner and/or a time for socialization.
- Members may be assigned sponsors, and it is their job to provide one-on-one support outside of group meeting times.
Attending AA can be very encouraging, and millions of people around the world have gotten the support they need. Many have been able to stop drinking for good and use AA meetings as a tool in their sobriety.
What is Al-Anon?
Al-Anon is a program that is designed to offer support to families with an addicted or alcoholic loved one.
Similar to AA, Al-Anon also has weekly support group meetings and families are welcome to attend, regardless of their age.
Attending an Al-Anon can help to stop enabling behavior and, instead, help families learn healthier coping skills. Going to meetings also provides an outlet where families and loved ones can share their concerns with people who understand what they are going through.
There are several types of Al-Anon meetings:
- Open meetings: Visitors and members can attend.
- Closed meetings – Members and prospective members are welcome to attend.
- Alateen meetings – These meetings are for young people; typically teenagers, but young adults and older children are often welcome to attend as well.
- Al-Anon Adult Children meetings – Topics generally center around family issues.
- Beginners meetings – Topics focus on newcomers.
What to Expect During Al-Anon Meetings
During Al-Anon meetings, participants are invited to listen and may share when they are ready. As with AA, Al-Anon is based on an environment of support, anonymity and respect.
Al-Anon meetings are not intended for addicts and are intended to provide support for the families of those who are struggling with addiction.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?
Attending recovery meetings when working to maintain sobriety has been found to be an important tool in remaining addiction-free. The most important factor in sobriety seems to be peer support. It is a crucial factor for people to not feel alone in the recovery and healing process which occurs when working on overcoming addictions.
Peer-to-peer support is what AA meetings are based on. Fellowship with those who have been in the same position can be beneficial to new members. Peer support is an important part of the recovery process.
Attending meetings can also help improve coping skills, build social support and allow participants to put what they have learned to use. Meetings allow participants to offer support to others based on skills that have been learned and other people’s experiences can be very valuable.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often choose to travel from Maricopa Wells, AZ to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab.
- Needing to find an addiction treatment program that accepts their health insurance.
- Being away from home allows for more focus on recovering from addiction.
- A fresh start in a new environment creates new habits and can aid in the recovery process.
- Recovering in an area that is free from day-to-day triggers and people that might derail their attempts at recovery.
- Some people require anonymity, and going through a program in their home area may not be private.
- A comfortable climate and environment for treatment can lead to a healthier lifestyle and healthier habits.
- Studies have shown being away from home enables one to more likely stay the course through the first days of withdrawal symptoms during alcohol detox.