Can’t Stop Drinking?
Have you ever considered that you might
have a problem with drinking too much?
Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that helps people who struggle with alcohol addiction. It is a community of people who share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other in order to achieve and maintain sobriety.
The program is based on 12 steps that help individuals address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction. These steps involve admitting powerlessness over alcohol, seeking help from a higher power, making amends for past wrongs, and practicing self-reflection and spiritual principles.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are available in many communities, and they are open to anyone who wants to attend. Members are encouraged to support one another in their journey towards sobriety and to share their experiences honestly and openly.
The AA program is not affiliated with any particular religion or belief system, and members come from all walks of life. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, attending an AA meeting may be a helpful step towards recovery.
Is Alcoholics Anonymous
Do you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, get into trouble, or experience memory lapses when you drink?
Ever wondered if AA could help you? Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try and whether you think it can help you.
Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism.
We decided to try to face up to what alcohol had done to us.
Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking.
See how you do.
Answer yes or no to the following questions….
- Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
Most of us in A.A. made all kinds of promises to ourselves and to our families. We could not keep them. But when we came to A.A., we were told: “Just try not to drink today.” (If you do not drink today, you cannot get drunk today.)
- Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking — stop telling you what to do?
In A.A. we do not tell anyone to do anything. We just talk about our own drinking, the trouble we got into, and how we stopped. We will be glad to help you, if you want us to.
- Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
We tried all kinds of ways. We made our drinks weak. Or just drank beer. Or we did not drink cocktails. Or only drank on weekends. You name it, we tried it. But if we drank anything with alcohol in it, we usually got drunk eventually.
- Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? Do you need a drink to get started, or to stop shaking?
This is a pretty sure sign that you are not drinking “socially.”
- Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
At one time or another, most of us have wondered why we were not like most people, who really can take it or leave it.
- Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
Be honest! Doctors say that if you have a problem with alcohol and keep on drinking, it will get worse — never better. Eventually, you will die, or end up in an institution for the rest of your life. The only hope is to stop drinking.
- Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
Before we came into A.A., most of us said that it was the people or problems at home that made us drink. We could not see that our drinking just made everything worse. It never solved problems anywhere or anytime.
- Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
Most of us used to have a “few” before we started out if we thought it was going to be that kind of party. And if drinks were not served fast enough, we would go some place else to get more.
- Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to?
Many of us kidded ourselves into thinking that we drank because we wanted to. After we came into A.A., we found out that once we started to drink, we couldn’t stop.
- Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
Many of us admit now that we “called in sick” lots of times when the truth was that we were hung-over or on a drunk.
- Do you have “blackouts”?
A “blackout” is when we have been drinking hours or days which we cannot remember. When we came to A.A., we found out that this is a pretty sure sign of alcoholic drinking.
- Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
Many of us started to drink because drinking made life seem better, at least for a while. By the time we got into A.A., we felt trapped. We were drinking to live and living to drink. We were sick and tired of being sick and tired.
What is AA?
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.
There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
What AA Does
The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or sponsorship to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
What AA Does Not Do
- Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
- Solicit members.
- Keep attendance records or case histories.
- Engage in or sponsor research.
- Join councils of social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices frequently cooperate with them).
- Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses.
- Follow up or try to control its members.
- Provide detox or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment.
- Offer religious services or host/sponsor retreats.
- Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services.
- Provide domestic or vocational counseling.
- Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources.
- Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.
Our Primary Purpose
Here is an FAQ for people new to AA that will help shed light on the program.
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Learn About AA
Here is some AA Literature you can download and read for free.