AA or Alcoholics Anonymous is a kind of organization created by the people for the people who have problems that are alcohol related. The inspiration of Alcoholics Anonymous is embedded on the disease model of alcoholism. This disease model of alcoholism sees alcohol addiction as a disease that causes an alcohol addict to lose all power when he starts drinking any kinds of alcohol. This will entail that refraining from taking alcohol is the only technique to control alcohol addiction. There are twelve steps that Alcoholics Anonymous must undergo in order for them to get better. The admitting that they are alcoholic and they are powerless in controlling alcohol effects is the first step of these twelve steps. Getting aid from a higher being, admitting to their fault, and to ask for pardon are what Alcoholics Anonymous promote their members to go after. Complete abstinence will always be the goal for Alcoholics Anonymous members.
There is a constant offering of support be it moral or social in every members of Alcoholics Anonymous. This makes them available for each other in times of crisis. There is an anticipation of devotions to Alcoholics Anonymous’ fellow group members. Alcoholics Anonymous members believes that people can by no means be fully cured from the risks of alcoholism. People always have the potential to get back into getting dependent with alcohol even in just one drink. People are always “recovering alcoholics”. The meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous members normally includes testimonial about the road of being an alcohol dependent. To be able to stay away from alcohol is the primary motivation for these testimonials.
Like anything else, the appeal of the values of Alcoholics Anonymous is not always present. Alcoholics Anonymous’ philosophies and practices do not really suits everyone. Of having no power, of needing of a higher power, and a absolute abstinence makes people to stay away from Alcoholics Anonymous. All throughout their lives, the subscription of people to the rules and laws of Alcoholics Anonymous is very difficult to uphold especially the part of complete abstinence from alcohol. However, Alcoholics Anonymous still continues to be one of the most regular sources of treatment for people who are alcohol dependent. This is because despite believing that complete abstinence is impossible, Alcoholics Anonymous remains to be most common source of effective treatment from the problems of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse.
All over the world, there are about twenty three thousand chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous in ninety countries. It has been estimated that there are approximately 800,000 people that do go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It has been found out from the evaluation of the twelve steps program of Alcoholics Anonymous that it is effectively the same as using behavioral treatments and cognitive treatments in treating alcohol addiction.
Alcoholics Anonymous has been one of the pioneering self help groups. Confidently, it has show the way to the creating of Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and Potsmokers Anonymous. These are self-help groups that caters to the dependence on other substances.
There is a focus on religion in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a fact that there are many alcohol dependents and alcohol abusers who do not believe in a higher being. With the cause of incompatibility of some beliefs, other self help organizations have been developed. These self help organizations do not have any spiritual focus. Instead, they utilize cognitive and behavioral principles in helping an individual recover. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), Moderation Management (MM),and Secular organizations for Sobriety/Save Ourselves (SOS are some examples of these types of self help groups.
Alcoholics Anonymous can help you in many different ways once you submit yourself to be free from alcohol addiction.