Every year, millions of people struggle to overcome an addiction to alcohol. Unfortunately, nearly 90% of those people won’t seek treatment, opening the door to more than 200 different injuries, conditions, and diseases. In fact, three million people die every year as a result of alcohol use.
As harmful as alcohol can be, a wide range of treatments are available for those who wish to live a happier, healthier, and more rewarding life – free of harmful substances. Of course, one of the most popular and readily available treatment options today is Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, is a 12-step program between a group of like-minded individuals, each with a common goal – overcoming their addiction to alcohol. With no dues or fees, AA membership is open to anyone serious about finding a solution to their problem.
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, in 1935 when Bill Wilson and Robert Smith – two ‘helpless’ alcoholics – met for the first time. Through their shared experiences with alcohol, they were able to inspire each other to put down the bottle and change their ways.
Their bond quickly grew, and they eventually found themselves helping other alcoholics find solace in living life without alcohol. By 1939, the group’s first ‘textbook’ was published, and membership started to grow by the thousands. Today, there are over two million members.
While the offerings of Alcoholics Anonymous have evolved through the years, the 12 steps have remained the same:
Members use the steps listed above to help guide them through the recovery process. With the support of the rest of the group, the meetings provide a safe space to speak of their obsessions and habits, in hopes of finding a solution and overcoming the problem for good.
When taken seriously, Alcoholics Anonymous can provide the foundation that helps addicted individuals prevent relapse and attain sobriety. The recovery process is often long and difficult, but the support received through AA groups in South Florida instill a greater sense of purpose.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of joining a Florida Alcoholics Anonymous group:
If you or someone you love can benefit from attending a South Florida AA meeting, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local chapter immediately. It’s free to join, and the benefits you’ll receive are priceless – especially if you’re serious about living an alcohol-free lifestyle.
While Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most well-known 12-step programs for alcoholics, it’s not the only treatment option and is often used in conjunction with other treatments – including therapy, counseling, medication, and more. Think of AA as a complement to everything else.
If you’re not intrigued by what Florida Alcoholics Anonymous has to offer, you can consider an alternative 12-step program or support group – such as SMART Recovery, LifeRing, Women For Sobriety, SOS, Moderation Management (MM), holistic therapies, and other group therapies.
While AA groups are highly beneficial, more intensive forms of treatment may be needed for those with moderate to severe alcohol use disorders. Prevail Recovery Center is a Florida outpatient rehab center ready to help you today. At Prevail Recovery Center, we take pride in being a 12-step affiliated treatment facility in Florida, offering best-in-class recovery services to patients in the community. We also offer a wide range of detoxification, outpatient treatment, therapy, counseling, medical treatments, and more.
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