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How to Find an AA Meeting Near You

What to Expect at an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Alcoholism impacts the lives of millions of Americans each day. In fact, alcohol consumption has become highly normalized within modern day culture with alcohol being present at many social gatherings, in modern media, and in liquor stores in every neighborhood. With the high presence of alcohol. It can leave many wondering if their alcohol consumption has become problematic or not. The truth is that alcohol abuse among Americans is a growing concern and that many individuals that are engaging in regular, heavy consumption of alcohol are looking for a way to overcome your alcohol abuse in a way that speaks to you and your emotional needs. While some will be able to participate in an alcohol rehab program, there are others that are looking for support and guidance within their local community. Alcoholics Anonymous was created in 1939 by doctors that were looking for methods to support alcoholics to overcome their addiction within a structured program that helps to break down any shame or stigma associated with alcohol addiction by connecting with other individuals who are experiencing similar struggles with alcohol abuse. An AA Meeting creates a fellowship of men and women who have experienced the impacts of alcohol addiction and turn to one another as support as you proceed through your healing process of overcoming alcohol addiction. 

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When you decide to begin attending alcoholics anonymous meetings, you may have questions about what you can expect when you arrive. Once you find a meeting that works for you and your location and arrive at your meeting location, you will sit in a designated room with others in the meeting. Meetings will be facilitated by another individual that is in the 12-step program who will first read and identify the 12 steps and traditions of alcoholics anonymous to help inform and remind participants of the principles of the program. From there, the group will create topics of discussion that are centered around alcohol addiction and recovery. Individuals will be called upon or can volunteer to share their experiences within addiction and addiction recovery including your stories of strength, hope, and resilience. There are some meeting formats that will include speakers where participants can hear the story of another individual’s experience with addiction and recovery with the support of alcoholics anonymous. No matter which form of alcoholics anonymous meeting that you participate in, you will have the opportunity to converse with others who have had similar experiences with addiction and begin to support and learn from one another to help strengthen your ability to remain abstinent from alcohol abuse. Participants will be able to move through the designated 12 steps that will help you heal from the root causes of your addiction and find solace and hope within a higher power. At each meeting, the chair of the meeting will provide space for individuals to express a willingness to sponsor others that are new to the alcoholics anonymous program. Sponsorship is a key component of the alcoholics anonymous program as it pairs individuals with another person that is in addiction recovery and has completed their 12 steps. Individuals are able to turn to their sponsor when faced with challenges or triggers and also as a support and guide that will help work you through your 12 steps. The hope for an alcoholics anonymous meeting is to support individuals working through their 12 steps and be able to pass on the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained to others that are just beginning their addiction recovery process. 

Who Should Consider Attending an AA Meeting?

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are intended to support any person that is ready for and has the desire to quit drinking. There are no other set guidelines for individuals to attend and is open to the public to attend. With that said, how does one know that they should attend an alcoholics anonymous meeting? If you have been engaging in alcohol abuse for a prolonged period of time or even just recently began to notice that your alcohol consumption has increased but you know that your alcohol abuse has begun to negatively impact your life including your physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual health, then it is time to consider attending an alcoholics anonymous meeting. There are others who may be aware that it is time to take steps towards overcoming your alcohol addiction and have considered attending an addiction treatment program but are unable to due to financial constraints or previous responsibilities or commitments. An alcoholics anonymous meeting invites individuals to begin your healing process of overcoming alcohol addiction with a free, easily accessible option. Individuals can attend meetings from anywhere in the world and be welcomed by a group of individuals who are empathic and understanding of the challenges that come with addiction and inspire each other to find the hope and happiness that comes with addiction recovery. 

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Find an AA Meeting Near You

An alcoholics anonymous meeting is a supportive environment that any individual that identifies as an alcoholic or expresses a desire to quit drinking can attend. These meetings are typically held in community buildings such as churches or recreational centers, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic alcoholics anonymous meetings were transitioned into a virtual format to abide by public health orders while still making meetings and access to support readily available. Meetings are now held in both capacities and, in some cases, there are hybrid meetings that will allow individuals to attend in whatever format feels appropriate and safe for you. Finding an alcoholics anonymous meeting has been made simple and accessible to anyone who needs it. No matter where you are in the world, there are alcoholics anonymous meetings held in each city, country, and in various languages. Alcoholics anonymous meetings are listed on Meetings are available each day at various times throughout the day making it easy for individuals to find a meeting and the support you need when you need it. 

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At The Detox Center of LA, we provide patients with an addiction recovery program that is centered around your individual needs and goals for addiction recovery. Our individualized treatment programs utilize the latest in evidence based therapy methods that will support you in gaining perspective on what has been fuelling your addiction all along and provide opportunities to heal from those underlying emotions and traumas through individual and group therapy counseling sessions. A key component of our addiction treatment programs is to incorporate 12-step programs such as alcoholics anonymous. These programs help to foster your healing journey but also prepare you for when you complete your treatment program and transition home to be able to continue attending meetings and follow on your road to recovery. Our compassionate team will be with you every step of the way as you heal from your past in order to develop a new future that encompasses sobriety, health, and well-being. While you heal within our recovery center, you will gain the coping skills and tools for relapse prevention to ensure you have long lasting success living in addiction recovery. Choosing to heal with us means that you will be provided with a whole person integrated approach to addiction recovery that will heal your body, mind, and spirit from the depths of addiction and invite you to find your new path toward a life of sober living. 


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