Now 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.
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.