Addiction is a complicated disease with many ways to treat it. Fortunately, the treatments range on a large spectrum. This means there is a treatment option available for everyone. Within this article, RAD Living Recovery Residences explains what Alcoholics Anonymous is, and what it’s benefits are. We also provided a resource to help you determine whether or not your drinking has turned into an addiction. 

Alcoholics Anonymous Defined

Below we have provided some answers to commonly asked questions about Alcoholics Anonymous: 

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have or have had a drinking problem. It is an international, non-professional, multiracial, self-supporting program. Alcoholics Anonymous is available almost everywhere and there is no age or education limits/requirements. Alcoholics Anonymous is also not allied with any political organization, religious denomination, institution, or sect.  AA’s goal is to stay sober and I’ll help other alcoholics also achieve sobriety. 

How does Alcoholics Anonymous help with addiction?

Alcoholics Anonymous helps with addiction by following the 12 steps and/or 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are a group of principles that are spiritual in nature  and our practice as a way of life. These 12 steps have a goal of expelling the obsession of drinking, and enabling an individual to overcome that addiction, while becoming happier and whole. Whereas, AA’s 12 traditions are an important aspect of the fellowship in itself.  These traditions outline  the means in which AA maintains it’s unity and how it relates itself to the world.

Who Should Go to AA?

Sometimes we may not fully understand whether or not we should receive help or if Alcoholics Anonymous is for us. We have attached the link to a quiz that AA’s website offers. Here are also some examples of individuals who may need to try out AA. 

  • You have decided to stop drinking for a week or maybe a month, but when you tried it only lasted a couple of days. 
  • Others have noticed an issue with your drinking problem, but it’s not their life so you tell them to mind their own business.
  • You realized that you need to drink just to maintain normal life (for example, instead of drinking for social reasons, you now drink to stop from shaking). 
  • You envy those who can drink without consequences.
  • You have had problems/issues because of drinking, whether this be at home, at work, with friends, etc.
  • You get extra drinks, because you don’t think you get enough.
  • You tell yourself you could quit at any time, but you still get drunk or decide you just don’t want to quit.
  • You experience blackouts due to drinking.
  • Drinking has started to affect your education, work life, or home life.
  • You feel like life would be better if you stopped drinking.

If any of these sound like you (four or more of these examples), you will most likely benefit from getting treatment or joining a support/recovery group. Please note alcoholism is a self diagnosed disease. AA doesn’t get rid of all of your life’s problems, but they help you to learn to live without drinking.  They want to show you how much more manageable life is when alcohol is not present.

How RAD Living Can Help Keep You sober 

Here at RAD Living Recovery Residences, we provide safe housing for men looking to continue on their journey of sobriety. Recovery and sobriety are something people have to work towards for the rest of their lives. While staying at our residences, all tenants are to attend some type of recovery meeting regularly, whether it be AA or something else. Our main goal is to help anyone who reaches out to us maintain long lasting sobriety. Please call us today to learn more about our sober living community! 

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