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Should I go to the AA?

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Last Updated: 07/20/2020 at 6:19am
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Mental Health is a journey of learning to understand yourself, thoughts, and emotions. I feel that this is a journey that is best taken with support.

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Scottlad
November 6th, 2015 2:42pm
I found AA to be a good initial solution, simply being in a room with other people with similar problems reminded me that I am not alone. After a while, I decided to give up going, as the word GOD was being used far too much for my liking and taking a load of philosophical advice from a room full of drunks can get a little frustrating. Another thing I noticed with AA is that most people swap their addiction to Alcohol to an addiction to going to AA meetings. Which I do not think is healthy either, everything in moderation. Luckily I have my own coping mechanisms and am proud to say I am a successful recovering alcoholic as it stands. This is quite an old post. I would be interested to know how you got on?
Spiderman93
November 17th, 2014 4:02pm
Only you can decide if you should go or not. If you believe AA will benefit you, you should definitely go! If not, maybe see if there is a different route for you.
Fitrandi
November 9th, 2015 7:01am
Hi there, There's no one who can tell you what you should or shouldn't do, however, I can explain to you what might happen if you do decide to join an AA meeting. First off here is the site to learn of the various locations and time they meet: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa You should also look for open speaker meeting which are opened to the public and will be featuring a member who will share their story. When you enter the room you might possibly be greeted by someone who's job is to make you feel welcomed. The group I visited (for a school project) was very supportive and open, They aren't there to judge you or make you feel bad about your alcoholism. They will start by receiting their rules and such then discuss other matters about the group. They will also greet the new members and might invite you to the front but you don't need to go. They will also provide you with documentation and a coin to help you in your sobriety. I would like to let you know however that Alcoholic anonymous can seem very religious and people will talk about god. It is also a part of their oat to relinquish their faults to god to become sober. I am simply letting you know in case you do not have a faith in god. An other point is that they do say hi my name is ______ I am an alcoholic. There again it could be a turn off for certain. Finally, depending on the community you join the age range can be old (40 +). If you are younger it can seem pretty intimidating or you might feel like an outsider... but don't dispair you can always visit a few before joining one of their communities to find the one who seems the most inviting. I hope this helps you decide if AA meetings are the right choice for you and I wish you good luck on your path to sobriety.
Anonymous
December 19th, 2014 8:10pm
AA has helped many people manage their alcoholism. Just know that it does have a spiritual bent. If this is a turn-off to you then maybe another avenue of recovery would be warranted. One way is not necessarily the right way - it is simply that - one way of several.
Tobius
October 8th, 2014 6:27am
You aren't the only one facing such problems. Hence in times like this it would be better for you to go to communities such as AA where you can connect to people and solve your problem.
24hoursaday
November 3rd, 2014 6:15pm
Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, so I would encourage anyone with drinking or other substance abuse issues to give it a try. The only thing you need to bring to it is a willingness to take suggestions.
NoNeedToFearHayleyIsHere
November 6th, 2014 2:10am
If you feel that you cannot stop drinking on your own and you really want to stop drinking. Yes-you should go to AA. There, you will get the support from people who are going through the same thing you are.
SoulHealer85
November 17th, 2015 7:59pm
Going to any support center is a step towards acknowledging the need for help. I think many different avenues should be tried in order to find out what works for you. If you feel that you have issues functioning normally then guidance is a good start.
Anonymous
December 4th, 2016 5:36am
If you only think you may be an alcoholic, by all means go to AA. You will find out after one or two meetings whether you are an alcoholic or maybe not. When I first went to AA I thought everyone there was full on baloney. But, I did want to stop drinking. With my twisted thinking I thought, "Well, I will do every single little thing these people ask, work the Steps, get a Sponsor, go to meetings and so on. Then in six months I'll come back and tell them all how the program does not work." Lo and behold! That was 30 years ago and I'm a recovering alcoholic. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose?
PeaceTrain
November 10th, 2014 6:36am
Yes, AA is definitely one of the best starting steps to take for solving the problem of alcoholism. Going to AA, will let you interact with others who have suffered or are suffering from alcoholism and, in turn, put you in the right track towards solving your life's problems created by your alcoholic habits.
Elidz
November 13th, 2014 11:49pm
If you believe you have a problem then you should definitely go for the AA meeting. It could do no harm.
Anonymous
December 23rd, 2014 6:50am
If you feel that you are not in control of your drinking and that you believe you need alcohol in your every day life, then you should.
fffJavy
January 2nd, 2015 3:04am
I'd say if you're asking yourself that question, you've already recognised you have an issue with alcohol :) I'd encourage you to try at least a few times - from my personal experience, the people in attendance will be accepting and experienced enough to give you enough attention or the space for you to decide yourself whether to keep coming back. All the best to you!
gentleBraid63
January 7th, 2015 5:00am
Alcoholics Anonymous is a really valuable resource for a lot of people, and it's certainly worth checking out. It could be useful to a few meetings and see what it's like. Make sure to check different kinds of meetings and talk to the people there about their experiences. AA helps a lot of people, is open to everyone, and is free.
OrganticMoment72
December 8th, 2015 4:39am
AA is an extremely helpful program. It is filled with people who feels similar if not the same way that you feel about life and narcotics. I've gone to AA and will go back in the future. I get so much from it.
Aceisit
March 5th, 2016 12:16am
If you think going might help you then you should really attend a few meetings. It might be the best decision of your life.
Swifting
March 29th, 2016 8:24am
Ask yourself the question: other than an hour or so of my time - what do I have to lose by going to AA? It might be the right program for you - it might not. You won't know until you go... so, other than some time what can you lose by going?
avamadueno22
April 3rd, 2017 9:12pm
Unless you have an alcohol problem, probably nothing to go for. But if you do have an alcohol problem it would be safe and smart to do so. But you should go because you want to, don't do it because everyone is forcing you and everything. It won't help you if you're not doing it for yourself.
calmSummer52
January 9th, 2018 10:07am
If you are facing an alcohol or addiction problem and want to take your first steps toward recovery, AA is an excellent first step. Most rehab centers have in house AA meetings or other 12 step groups that are guided by the same principals, and they require attendance as part of the program. If you are a previous member of AA or other 12 step group, you know that these groups can get you grounded. You just have to go.
Anonymous
January 23rd, 2018 2:47pm
It's your own personal choice whether or not you decide to go to AA. For me I tried several other ways of controlling my addiction; counsellors, religion, psychiatrists and none worked, but AA did and still continues to work for me. Give it a try, and if it's not for you, then there's no pressure to continue
Anonymous
June 25th, 2018 11:30pm
If you feel like you need or want to then yes go! It wouldn't be bad for you, it may actually help you :)
ColeL
July 20th, 2020 6:19am
Of course! Anyone asking this question should automatically assume that I will tell you YES! GO! And focus! And enjoy it! And learn! Many people struggle making that first step. And in many pieces I've read they speak about how taking the first action is ALWAYS the hardest. Once you start, you gain momentum and want to keep going. You want to keep pushing and striving to finish the task you took all that energy to start with. And these groups have helps SO many people all around the world. Why not take the opportunity and GO for it!