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Alcoholics Anonymous

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, was founded in 1935. Over the years, the organization has adapted time and time again, staying current with the times to ensure its ability to help as many people as possible.

Over the years, the primary goal of Alcoholics Anonymous has remained the same and is as follows:

“To stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.”

In 1946, Alcoholics Anonymous took a big step forward by creating its 12-step program. Even though it has been more than 50 years since this program was introduced, it remains one of the best way for an alcoholic to get his or her life back on track.

Growing to New Heights

If you have never been associated with Alcoholics Anonymous in the past, it is easy to believe that this organization is small and localized. However, nothing could be further from the truth, as it has grown into the largest organization of its kind in the entire world.

As of 2006, there were more than 106,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups throughout the world. Furthermore, there were nearly 1.9 million people in these groups.

Anybody who is interested in joining a local Alcoholics Anonymous chapter can search the organization’s website to get started. From there, they can attend a meeting, during which time therapeutic sessions and discussions take place. This allows the person to better understand what the organization offers, and to make a determination as to whether it is right for him or her.

There is a lot of information online pertaining to Alcoholics Anonymous, but you will never know if this is right for you until you attend a local meeting. No matter if you need help or you are assisting a loved one with an addiction, this is a great place to start.

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