In many of us, the term alcoholism seems not to have existed. Most often, people don’t think that there is such a thing. Drinking is considered a part of socialization in our society. One may say that everyone drinks, why call some alcoholics and others not? Just like drug use, alcohol may be abused. True, drinking alcohol is sort of a way of socializing, however, do you call the act of someone drinking five bottles of beer alone sitting on a couch and watching a lame t.v. show socializing? I don’t think so.
Alcoholism exists. That is a fact. The compulsion and the intense consumption of alcohol. It is also considered an addiction to alcohol. The dangerous part is that alcohol creates a negative persona. It is like a demon that takes over you. Alcoholism could result in aggressive behavior such as unreasonable violence and hurting specifically directed at the loved ones.
Individuals in this kind of problem really need help. Rehabilitation centers are there to give medication and therapy to aid the alcoholic fight alcoholism and start life anew. Moreover, if the person finds it very costly, there are other choices for recovery.
Retaining sobriety and discontinuing the intake of alcohol are the common ground of individuals in Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous made the twelve-step program which served as their instrument in helping the people who have the great desire to run away from their depressing lives with alcohol and live a sober life. The twelve-step program involves the admission of powerlessness over alcohol, recognition of a benevolent higher power, moral inventory, complete and direct compensation to those harmed, and asking for direction, assistance, and power from God. Crucial to this procedure was the idea that the higher power be “of one’s own understanding”.
The scope of the Alcoholics Anonymous program is much broader than just changing one’s drinking behavior. The organization’s process persuades the transformation of the alcoholic’s character, producing a “personality change sufficient to recover from alcoholism” while refraining from alcohol, one day at a time. The personality change is assumed to be brought about by means of a spiritual awakening achieved from doing the Twelve Steps, aiding with duties and service work for Alcoholics Anonymous, and constant meeting attendance. Members are encouraged to find an experienced fellow alcoholic called a sponsor to help them comprehend and pursue the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
In attending AA meetings, there’s no signing in, no money to pay, no appointment to make. There are no interfering questions, no obligations. Your privacy and anonymity will always be respected. You’ll never be met with a demand to come back to any meeting. You can go to different meetings as often as you wish. Many people had no idea what to expect of their first meeting. For some the idea was quite scary, yet they were greatly relieved to find that their fears were groundless. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are relaxed, friendly and open.
The requirement for one to be a member may be quite trivial but to established members of Alcoholics Anonymous entering the organization is never easy. You don’t expect to recover overnight. It is a slow but sure process of reflecting and realizing that there is a problem with their lives and that they should face it. The good thing with Alcoholics Anonymous is that they don’t have to face their alcohol problems alone. Once they come to a decision to devote themselves to the organization and fight the problem, they will be privileged to have all the support they needed in fighting the battle of their life. In Alcoholics Anonymous, members help each other stay sober and avoid triggering factors that could lead them back to the problem. The organization also allows the person to grow and change bad habits and start living a life that is worth living. Having the guts to recognize being an alcoholic is one thing. Having the strength to seek help form others in fighting its battle is yet another great thing.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a helping hand for individuals who are addicted to alcohol.