Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Celebrates 80th Anniversary

AANow in its 80th year, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has come a long way since the programs humble beginnings in Akron, Ohio in 1935. Through the AA community, millions of people have found a new way of life through recovery – a life free from alcohol and drugs.

Active members of AA and those who have yet to experience recovery, can find support at any one of the 115,326 groups in 180 countries around the globe. It is hard to believe that it all began with just two men with a desire to stay sober. Today, there are millions of people actively working a program of recovery in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, striving to practice the principles of the program in all their affairs.

Come Together

While the Middle East is not known for heavy alcohol consumption, it may please you to learn that people are experiencing the miracle of recovery in the rooms of AA there as well. In Fact, 100 AA delegates from 15 Asian nations met in Dubai last week for the Alcoholics Anonymous’ regional biannual meeting, Gulf News reports. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss public communications strategies for the next two years.

“The purpose of the regional meetings is to see how we can, at a country-to-country level, carry the message,” said John L_, Asia Oceania AA regional chairman. He adds that one reason AA has been so successful is “one alcoholic carries the message to another alcoholic.”

Spreading The Message

Active members of AA often say ‘you cannot keep it [recovery], if you do not give it away.’ Spreading a message of hope to people who are facing seemingly insurmountable odds is what keeps the program moving forward. People struggling with addiction are guided by people in recovery who have come before them, and in turn they too will hopefully pay what they have learned forward.

One thing is certain, recovery is a shared experience.

We would like to thank everyone who has made an effort to work a program of recovery and spread the message that “we can, and do recover.”


Please contact Next Step Intervention if you are struggling with alcohol. We can assist you in finding the right treatment which will help you start your journey of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous Celebrates 78 Years Of Fellowship

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Founders’ Day 2013

This weekend many will gather at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, to celebrate the 79th Anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yes, Akron, Ohio, is the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. Historians will say the 12 Step fellowship was actually founded on August 11, 1938; however, June 10, 1935, is the date that Dr. Bob had his last drink.

Of course, not everyone can travel to Akron for the celebration, but there will be special events throughout the country to recognize 78 years of recovery.

Bill W. may be in a theater near you on June 10, 2013

In 2012 the film Bill W. was released in the United States. Perhaps you saw it. This year a number of theaters across the United States will show Bill W. on June 10th. To see if it will be playing in a theater near you, you can visit Page 124 Productions website. Of course, you can also buy the DVD or watch it online; however, there is something magical about joining others in a movie theater to enjoy this production.

Here is a trailer for Bill W.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

An intervention may be the first step

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has millions of members around the world. If you are looking for a meeting, you can visit their website or call information in whatever town or city you find yourself. There are times when the person suffering from addiction to alcohol and/or drugs will not consider going to an AA meeting. This is when you may want to consider talking with an interventionist who can serve as a mediator and necessary component to getting the loved one into a suitable drug and alcohol treatment program. Often, this is too great of a feat for the family and loved ones to do on their own because they are too emotionally involved with and impacted by the addict’s behaviors and despair. Interventionists provide knowledge where there is confusion, clarity where there is fog, solution where there is dismay and hope where there is despair.

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