I could image becoming sober without the AA program even though it is proven to be a very powerful in its ability to help addicts of alcoholism. Except, I for one would believe in my strength to do whatever it takes to become sober. However this does not mean that I believe that A.A. is an ineffective program by any means.
Staying sober in Alcoholics Anonymous or A.A. is challenging to think of at first as it is a huge commitment for someone. So why not just focus on achieving your goal of living freely without the dependence of alcohol first? I mean AA is anonymous so there are no records kept, but I believe it is safe to say that AA has helped millions of people.
“Well despite the fact that AA has be around since 1935 it does not mean that it has helped every person as not all people may believe in their methods.”
Their traditions recommend that members unselfishly help other alcoholics, including all who want to stop drinking. That sounds nice and all but as soon as you put that Twelve Steps program in the mix one could start to wonder if this is all worth it. I mean I was raised Roman Catholic with a nun beating the bible into my brain, so I can relate to becoming exhausted with religion. However Alcoholics Anonymous provides a very stable and accepting area to convey your struggles.
“Believe in yourself as you hold the key to your own success.”
I also believe that everything makes you stronger in life and being tolerable as well keeping an open mind will may make it easier for you to overlook Alcoholics Anonymous methods of implementing religion. After all if there is even a small chance that something may assist you to recovery, then do you not owe it to yourself to give it all you got by taking every advantage? If you have never heard the steps to The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous then allow me to help.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I heard that in 2007, about 74% of alcoholics dropped out of AA in the first year. That is crazy but what is more nuts is that aside of the amount of failures 36% is still a lot of people becoming sober as a result of the program. Think about it there really is value to the program, though some may believe that alcoholics were recovering without the program long before it ever came about and that a spiritual journey may be irrelevant when doing so. I understand the frustration of this but the program can help you in more ways than you think.