Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) is one of the oldest support groups dedicated to people who have an alcohol addiction. This support group is an international fellowship for both men and women and for everyone facing alcohol problems. Alcoholics Anonymous is nonprofessional, multiracial, and self-supporting, apolitical, and also it is available almost all over the world without age or education requirements. This membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.
The Organization of Alcoholic Anonymous
Read this section if you want to know more about the AA organization. First, let us inform you that this organization is not run by a leadership team. AA is created by members who are former alcoholics with a will to help others with the same problems as they do. The organizations’ structure has been tremendously successful for Alcoholics Anonymous and for the two million members of it. Alcoholics Anonymous annually continues to grow its number of chapters around the world and currently has 100,000 and more groups.
Each of these groups is self-run and relies on donations to cover a number of different expenses. Some AA groups have committees in which members take on service positions for a brief period of time – typically several months to two years. At the end of a position’s term, members will vote on a new person to serve. The rotation of positions allows its “clients” to be as active as they want to be within their chapter.
The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA
Each of the people with alcohol problems, who take part in an AA group is advised to read the Big Book, which is known as the bible of their organization. The Big Book provides stories of inspiration and recovery resources that will help you on your journey to achieving long-term sobriety. The book explains both the 12 steps and 12 traditions of AA. As switching into the second half of the book, a number of personal stories will be found, which are written by those who have overcome an AUD. Other additional stories are added once a new edition of the Big Book is released every time. These are relatable for many people in recovery and serve as hope and motivation to maintaining sobriety.
The 12 Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. You can find all the steps listed below.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
12 Traditions of Alcoholic Anonymous
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
- For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
- The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- An A.A. group ought never to endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- A.A., as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. The name ought never to be drawn into public controversy.
- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need to always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.