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.
Think about it. Alcoholism does exist. It is the compulsive and excessive consumption of alcohol. It is also considered a dependence to alcohol. The hazardous 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 exist to give medication and therapy to aid the patient battle alcoholism and start life anew. Moreover, if the person finds it very costly, there are other options for recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who share a desire to stop drinking alcohol, and subsequently maintain their sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous formed the twelve-step program which served as their tool 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 entails the admission of powerlessness over alcohol, acceptance of a benevolent higher power, moral inventory, complete and direct compensation to those harmed, and asking for direction, assistance, and power from God. Vital to this process 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 encourages the transformation of the alcoholic’s character, creating a “personality change sufficient to recover from alcoholism” while refraining from alcohol, one day at a time. The personality alteration is believed to be brought about by means of a spiritual awakening gotten from doing the Twelve Steps, helping with duties and service work for Alcoholics Anonymous, and regular meeting contact with members. Members are encouraged to find an experienced fellow alcoholic called a sponsor to help them understand 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 AA. 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. Overnight recovery is never anticipated. 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 decide 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 accept 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 great support system for anyone who wants to recover from alcoholism.