These days, there seems to be a lot of controversy about 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. People don’t think the program works, they feel like it is too religious, or they feel it’s outdated. But the truth is that Alcoholics Anonymous is the oldest recovery group in the country. It has been helping alcoholics for decades. So should you go to an AA meeting? Absolutely. Here are four reasons to give it a try.
1. AA has the biggest success rate.
Of all of the recovery programs, AA has the best rate of people getting and staying sober. Go to any meeting, and you are guaranteed to meet men and women who have been sober for years, even decades. AA works if you put something into it. As they say, “it works if you work it.2.
2. The twelve steps are good guidelines for life.
Even if you’re not an alcoholic, the twelve steps are just good guidelines to live by. There are a ton of people who appreciate the twelve steps on their own merit. Not to mention how much more likely you are to achieve long-term sobriety if you work the steps with a sponsor.
3. AA meetings are a great place to meet like-minded folks.
Everyone in an AA meeting understands you. They understand where you’ve been, they understand where you are, and they understand where you are trying to go. There can sometimes be no better place to make new sober friends than an AA meeting,
4. AA is the largest recovery program.
There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings all over the world. There are usually an abundance of meetings to choose from. You can find meetings in the morning, at lunchtime, in the evening. You can even find candlelit meetings late at night. There are so many options for you to choose from when it comes to finding the right meetings for you.
AA is one of the most tested recovery programs. It has the best track record, and it works. There’s no reason not to try it. So the next time you are thinking about making a meeting, I encourage you to do whatever it takes to get there. You will not regret it.