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Roughly, 8 percent of American adults aged 18 years and above were classified with alcohol abuse syndrome in the year 2014 and this data was published by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a chronic disorder that affects the neural pathways in the human brain that is directly associated with pleasure, fun, reward and motivation.

It needs to be understood that alcohol abuse related disorders and addiction problems are now easily treated in some of the best rehab centers in the US. A recent study published in the journal ‘Addiction’ states that those individuals who went for formal alcohol abuse treatment were more likely to recover and avoid episodes of relapse, compared to those individuals who did not receive any specialized medical or therapeutic care.

Detoxification, medical counseling and cognitive therapy sessions are the basic components of any alcohol treatment program. Each one of these components are an integral part of an addiction treatment plan, as it teaches you new coping skills and mechanisms for modifying self-destructive thoughts and negative behavioral patterns.

Alcoholics Anonymous or ‘AA’ ensures a positive peer support which eventually promotes a happy life which is the real essence of sober living.

Alcoholics Anonymous Model

AA is an overt, non-medical and non-professional approach to addiction related problems with issues like dependency and alcohol abuse being ‘self supportive’ which means that the members are all recovering individuals who function together to maintain sobriety. It is basically a self help group that is based upon the ‘12 Steps approach’ and which is also referred to as an international fellowship or study focusing on new ways of life that is without alcohol and that is deeply rooted in spirituality.

Alcoholics Anonymous Model

Serious substance abuse can force you to withdraw from your social circles and ruin your interpersonal relationships and that creates a feeling of hollowness and loneliness. AA can definitely provide you with peer support network of those individuals who are aware of the specific circumstances as it offers the best place to open up or share your feelings, emotions, experiences and sentiments.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is open to all with the only rule being is to abstain from drinking. These get-togethers and seminars are easily accessible which are usually held all over the world and essentially in public places such as in a school or church at convenient times. A majority of the meetings are ‘open for all’, meaning anyone can attend, especially family members and friends and only for those who possess a desire to stop drinking. The standard duration of a typical AA meeting lasts for about an hour and half and it follows a prescribed format:

  • A call to order presides followed by a group prayer and a moment of silence.
  • All newcomers are welcomed and in quite a few occasions, a coin or chip is presented to the newcomer.
  • Participants are required to share a story or individual experience regarding alcohol consumption and subsequent recovery.
  • The floor is open to anyone who wants to share but still haven’t.
  • Since AA groups are self-sustaining, donations are often collected.
  • At the end of the meeting, usually a circle is formed with everyone joining hands and reciting the prayer for the Lord Almighty.

All Alcoholics Anonymous members are encouraged to attend meetings for sharing their own experiences which help them open up by being honest. In most of the cases, members are paired with a sponsor who has been in the recovery process for quite some time now and available for 24 hours a day, seven days a week or months. AA can help you remain sober by providing you the company of like minded people who are all striving for the same goal. This goes on to enhance your connections with your community and improve your spirituality.

Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone

AA was founded on principles that motivate you to enjoy personal growth by the way of extensive internal reflection, accepting faults, amending and turning yourself to an authoritative power. There are a myriad of AA groups, including groups for professionals, gay groups, lesbian groups and various other sub-groups, so you’re sure to find one that best suits you. Individuals recovering from long term drug abuse or dependency can immensely benefit from AA groups by attending Narcotics Anonymous (NA) which is somewhat a branch of AA.

Alcoholic Anonymous can provide you with a group of peers who are highly knowledgeable about the recovery process and the complete range of emotions associated with it that one may experience during aftercare treatment. Maintaining a 100% attendance in the program can also increase the confidence levels and self-esteem levels within you.

It is noteworthy that people who attend meeting regularly and walks through the ‘12 Steps Approach’ is more likely to secure themselves than those who have not enrolled for one such program.

Any person can walk into a meeting at any point of time as they accommodate the diverse needs and stages of recovery as well, which includes:

  • Beginner – Those individuals who are first-time into recovery are not restricted to these meetings as one such meeting is a
    great place to meet other peers who are into the process of alcohol recovery or rehabilitation.
  • Traditional – The general format listed above is usually followed in a meeting.
  • Big Book – The Big Book is often referred to as the Alcoholics Anonymous that is usually provided for these meetings and the special focus is on the
    text mentioned therein.
  • Discussion – A specific topic to talk about may be defined by the chairperson, post which the group discussion is opened up.
  • Speaker – A particular speaker may be brought to initiate the group’s discussions.
  • Step – These meetings solely focus on the 12 Steps approach and every passing week, new steps are read and discussed.

Alcoholics Anonymous can help conquer your goals and it is in your best interest to participate in all that the program has to offer during the process of aftercare and thus further into recovery.  Going by the study published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases, it was found that those individuals who attended AA meetings were two time more likely to abstain from alcoholism that those who didn’t. To know more about AA, you can definitely visit us at SLO Recovery Centers.