Is AA for Me?


What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a non-profit, stand alone worldwide organization whose sole requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. It is was co-founded in 1937 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, who developed the 12-steps as a spiritual foundation in arresting alcoholism. The 12-steps have since become the basis for nearly every other recovery-based program, such as Narcotic's Anonymous and Overeater's Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous works based on a fellowship of men and women sharing their experience, strength and hope with one another. Senior members with sobriety who have been through the 12 steps assist newcomers in working the steps toward the spiritual fulfillment believed necessary to arrest alcoholism and maintain sobriety. The focus is on the solution rather than the problem. According to the co-founders, the program can be summed up as follows: “Trust God, clean house, help others.”

Basic principles of the program encourage meeting participation with other men and women in recovery on a regular basis “one day at a time.” This encourages support as well as accountability to members in the group in maintaining sobriety.

SouthCoast Recovery offers a social model recovery program where our clients attend workshops and educational modules at our Wellness Center and participate in 12-step meetings in the south Orange County area. Orange County is fast becoming a mecca for recovery, offering over 1,000 12-step meetings a week. This exposure in the community offers the opportunity to fellowship and build invaluable relationships with men and women in recovery outside of the alcohol rehab center.

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Who is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Members of Alcoholics Anonymous are comprised from every socioeconomic sector from the park bench to Park Avenue in every country in the world. The disease of alcoholism is no respecter of persons, crossing all boundaries of age, race, gender, culture, education and background. This is why the only requirement for membership in Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking.

Members of Alcoholics Anonymous come together to share what it was like when they were drinking and how their lives have changed since they started working the steps of AA. Fellowship, unity and service to one is encouraged by regular attendance at meetings and reaching out to those who need help to overcome their alcoholism. Length of sobriety is marked with chips or tokens on a monthly basis until the first year of sobriety is achieved; thereafter sobriety is marked on a yearly basis.

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone?

While the 12-step program is the most widely known and proven method for recovery from alcoholism, it does not work for everyone. The basis of the 12-step foundation is belief and reliance on a Higher Power. This translates into a “God concept” for many that can pose a barrier to acceptance of the program principles.

Another concept that creates a great deal of resistance is the idea of attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the rest of one's life. Critics of Alcoholics Anonymous wonder why it's necessary to continue attending support groups long after the disease has been arrested, sometimes 20 years. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous liken alcoholism to a disease that continues to progress even in abstinence and the only method of defense against the first drink by maintaining a healthy spiritual connection. Fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous helps foster this connection.

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective?

The unfortunate statistic is that only 3% of those with the disease of alcoholism recover. Like any other method, Alcoholics Anonymous is only as successful as the individual is willing to make it be. It's a program that requires interpersonal growth in order to change behaviors that lead back to drinking. In the 12-step model, alcohol is only mentioned once. The basis is on effecting a spiritual transformation that severs the obsession to drink. For those who attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly and are committed to maintaining sobriety, AA works quite well.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers Alcoholics Anonymous

SouthCoast Recovery offers specialized drug and alcohol rehab programs based on the 12-step recovery model of Alcoholics Anonymous. We provide transportation to area Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Orange County community in order to give our clients the opportunity to fellowship with men and women who have long-term success in sobriety. The Orange County area has a strong recovery base and many of our graduates return in order to strengthen their own recovery. In addition, we offer clinical and holistic therapy to further strengthen the mind, body and spirit connection. We offer a comprehensive social model program in Dana Point, California.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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