Is Alcoholics Anonymous For You?

Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try —
whether you think it can help you...

We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism.
We decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking. See how you do. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.

Third Step Prayer

"God, I offer myself to Thee   to build with me, and do with me as Thou wilt.

Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.

Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Live.

May I do Thy Will always."

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Once the alcoholic feels comfortable with the AA program, they have the option to obtain a sponsor. A sponsor will help a recovering alcoholic throughout their healing. Sponsors are also alcoholics that have also completed the 12 steps of AA. The sponsor will get to know and understand the person they are sponsoring and this will help them to be able to assist with any problems or cravings to drink.

One of the most important foundations of AA is the 12 step program. The 12 step program is a set of goals and milestones that allows the recovering alcoholic to feel a sense of accomplishment when each step is completed. The 12 steps provide the foundation on what future sobriety will be based upon.

The 12 step method that Bill and Bob put together was largely influenced by the Oxford Group which involves self-reflection, surrender to God, admission of character defects, and compensation for harm done to other people in order to recover from behavioral illnesses including addictions.

There are many 12 step programs for all kinds of addiction which usually encourage religion or at least spirituality. For this reason, atheists, agnostics, and non-Christians are often turned off from 12 step programs due to their strong Christian roots. However, a sense of spirituality greatly aids the recovery process.

Although there is treatment for alcoholism, there is no cure, which makes recovery is a life long process. The alcoholic could relapse and drink again at any time and this is why the support of groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous is so vital. They help the alcoholic realize that there is a life to live without alcohol.

 

AA Misty Blue

 

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