People who have alcohol related problems can now find support from organization called AA or Alcoholics Anonymous. The idea of Alcoholics Anonymous is embedded on the disease model of alcoholism. This disease model of alcoholism looks alcohol addiction as a disease that causes an alcohol addict to lose all control when he begins drinking any variety of alcohol. This will mean that abstaining from alcohol is the only way to control alcohol addiction. There are twelve steps that Alcoholics Anonymous must go through in order for them to recover. The admitting that they are alcoholic and they are helpless in controlling alcohol effects is the first step of these twelve steps. Getting help from a higher being, admitting to their weakness, and to ask for forgiveness are what Alcoholics Anonymous encourage 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 disaster. 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 possibility to get back into getting dependent with alcohol even in just one drink. “Recovering alcoholics” is the term they give to people who has gotten into alcohol addiction. The meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous members usually comes with 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 appeal to everyone. Of having no control, of needing of a higher power, and a complete 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 maintain especially the part of complete abstinence from alcohol. However, Alcoholics Anonymous still remain to be one of the most regular sources of treatment for people who are alcohol dependent. Alcoholics Anonymous still has the credit in owning the effective and successful techniques.
There are about 23, 000 chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous all over the world. It has been estimated that there are about 800,000 people that do attend 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.
In the sector of self-help groups, Alcoholics Anonymous has been the pioneering association. Positively, 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.
Alcoholics Anonymous is quite focus on religion. It is a fact that there are many alcohol dependents and alcohol abusers who do not consider the reality of God. With the reason of clashing of some beliefs, other self help organizations have been created. These self help organizations do not have any religious focus. Instead, they use cognitive and behavioral principles in helping an individual recover. Example of these groups are Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), Moderation Management (MM),and Secular organizations for Sobriety/Save Ourselves (SOS).
Alcoholics Anonymous is a big help to anyone who experiences alcohol problems.