Going to an AA meeting for the first time can be an important step toward the treatment of addiction, but all too many people are intimidated by stereotypes and the fear of interacting with a group of people you don’t know. The truth is that AA is a very open and caring atmosphere that you or your loved one should not be afraid of. The hardest part can be admitting that you have a problem, but AA can allow you to get past this hurdle.
Be Open Minded
All types of people with all levels of alcohol addiction attend AA for the support they need to get on the path to a healthier and sober lifestyle. Attending AA requires trying to understand and be supportive of others from all walks of life.
Prepare To Share
As a new group member, you will be expected to introduce yourself and say a little about yourself. Keep in mind that one of the rules of AA is that what is said there stays there. The only exception would be if another member believed that someone intended to harm themselves or others. You don’t have to say much your first meeting but do be prepared to at least share something.
Listen And Learn
Since some people have been attending AA longer than others, there are many different experiences that can be shared. Members that have maintained sobriety longer will tell others how they have been able to do this. It is understood that not every method works well for everyone, so the key is finding what works for you.
Finding Your Local Chapter
It is easy to find a chapter of AA with a simple web search. In most areas there are many different groups to choose from. Meetings are often held in churches and community centers. Religion can play more of a role in some AA groups than others. Meetings often close with a prayer.
Go With A Friend If That Helps
A close friend can be a major source of support when it comes to finding the courage to attend your first AA meeting. Regardless of how a friend stands with alcohol, asking them to come along, so you don’t feel awkward can help you take the needed step in the right direction. AA groups should never mind an observer coming along as support.
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