Millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with or battling an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Completing treatment at an alcohol addiction center is a huge achievement, but recovery does not end there. Attending an Alcoholics Anonymous program is just another step in your sobriety journey.
Despite the many benefits, the thought of going to AA meetings can be nerve-wracking. In fact, it is normal for those about to start the program to feel anxious or have concerns. Keeping a positive mindset and understanding what to expect in AA can help tame your nerves.
What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a time-tested international program designed to assist individuals who have the desire to receive group support as they work on remaining sober. The program is founded on the 12-step philosophy and 12 Tradition principles for overcoming alcohol abuse. The Twelve Steps principles are based on daily spiritual practice and are largely effective in helping people heal from alcoholism.
AA is a free aftercare program open to men and women passionate about abstinence. However, many Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are open to the public. This can make some individuals apprehensive about sharing their personal experiences with addiction. Fortunately, AA members remain anonymous. This helps protect you and your peers from the stigma of alcoholism, enhances participation, and promotes an overall positive experience.
Ways You Can Benefit from AA Meetings
If you’re someone who experiences social anxiety, you may not like the idea of sober group meetings. It’s normal for people to be shy, especially during their first visit. But the more you attend, the more relaxed and supported you should feel. Viewing Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as another way to improve your chance of long-term abstinence, can reduce jitters and boost your confidence. Additional benefits include:
- Compassionate environment: Members are not there to judge but to support you. Together, you form a support system for each other. The compassion received help set the stage for renewing hope and regaining a sense of life purpose.
- Shared experience: You’ll realize your peers have similar addiction struggles. It can be relieving to know you’re not alone and may inspire you to open up and share your personal experiences. Acknowledging addictive behaviors openly can also bring about a deep sense of healing.
- Promote accountability: You’ll be surrounded by people who will hold you accountable and help you reinforce your commitment to sobriety.
Attending an Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Program at a San Antonio Rehab
San Antonio Recovery Center is an addiction treatment center in San Antonio, Texas. We understand the fears individuals have about going to AA after leaving our residential or outpatient alcohol addiction rehab. To make things easier, our therapists will integrate the 12-step principles into your personalized treatment, so you can participate in our on-site meetings.
These meetings are part of our approach to heal the “whole person.” Participation can help prevent relapse, particularly when combined with other treatment programs and therapies such as:
- Intensive outpatient program
- 90-day treatment program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Individual counseling
- Experiential therapy
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Your therapist may recommend that you attend Alcoholics Anonymous sober meetings once or a few times a week depending on your needs. You will be in a safe, private, and non-judgmental setting with your peers. There will be opportunities to listen, learn, share, and discuss various topics related to addiction and plans for long-term recovery. Be prepared for a continuous flow of encouragement as you strive to end addiction for good.
Join Our AA Meetings at San Antonio Recovery Center
Feel confident attending AA meetings. You already survived detox, withdrawal, and addiction treatment and will get through sober group meetings too. All you need is a desire to stop drinking. Call 866.957.7885, or contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor to learn more.