The origins of Alcoholics Anonymous dates back to the mid-1930s when two highly successful professional men with severe alcohol addictions learned to overcome their dependencies after witnessing a friend and colleague with a similar problem beat his addiction by tackling the problem head on and committing to making significant lifestyle changes.
The Basic Principles Of Alcoholics Anonymous
The founding fathers of the organization, today widely known as AA, opined that addiction can be conquered by adhering to 12 basic principles of steps designed to heighten a participant’s spiritual and mental clarity. These steps include:
*Faith. An undying belief in oneself and spiritual powers that said individual can overcome their demons.
*Honesty. Accepting what is and moving forward.
*Hope. Never losing the desire or belief that life changes can be made.
*Humility. Not allowing negative emotions or false beliefs to preclude one from beating their addiction.
*Courage. Realizing the battle is struggle but maintaining the fortitude to progress through those difficult times.
*Willingness. The desire to do whatever is necessary to overcome the problem.
*Integrity. Staying committed and true to the mission and its aims.
*Discipline. Not allowing weakness or temptation to disrupt one’s commitment.
*Love. Caring for yourself and those who support you.
*Patience. The willingness to remain committed for the long-haul.
*Awareness. Being alert to one’s surroundings.
*Service. The commitment to helping others without receiving some type of personal benefit.
The Reasons AA Has Been So Successful
Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people since its inception. many credit the organization’s success on its personal and direct approach to helping addicts overcome their dependencies.
Those who attend AA meetings are encouraged to master the 12-steps and incorporate such tenets into their lives as a means of identifying ways to not only beat their addiction but to live better, more rewarding lives.
Another unique aspect of AA is that it is not run or overseen by medical professionals like doctors or psychological experts like psychiatrists and counselors. The meetings are administered by individuals who have or have had an alcohol addiction.
Some studies have shown that AA has been effective in helping as many as 75 percent of all alcohol addicts who seek help from the organization. However, these numbers might be higher as the group preaches anonymity amongst its membership and some members might be reluctant to participate in research and sociological studies.