FOR THE BEGINNER:
need help with a drinking problem?
12 suggestions to get you started.
These suggestions come from the collective experience of AA members who have found them to be helpful in maintaining sobriety. we hope you will find them helpful too.
1. We don’t drink these 24 hours, or just don’t drink for the next hour or the next minute. Whatever works in that moment. if you feel like drinking, postpone the first drink!
2. If a desire to drink should occur – and it’s very likely – we make a commitment to ourselves to call and tell another alcoholic. Telling another that we want to drink will take the power out of the obsession & compulsion.
3. Go to lots of AA meetings. Plan to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Plan your day around a meeting.
4. Change routines – especially at drinking hours – to break up old habit patterns.
5. Find a “home group”, which is a meeting you attend weekly.
6. Get a service commitment at a meeting. For example, there is a lot to be done before and after the meeting, ensuring that it takes place. We can always give a hand and ask where our help is needed.
7. It is said that the opposite of addiction is connection, get lots of numbers of other members, and make daily recovery phone calls.
8.Always remember the AA HALT. Avoid getting too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.
9. Always remember the HOW of the program – Aim for Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness.
10. Get lots of AA literature, including the Big Book, and the Living Sober Book – which are packed with great practical suggestions to help you stay sober.
11. Start working the Twelve Steps with a Sponsor, to fight such threats to sobriety as resentments, self-pity, and the tendency to dwell on the past or the future.
12. Prayer – in whatever form you prefer it. Ask your Higher Power for a sober day in the morning, and give thanks for a sober day in the evening.
If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism.
Consider your drinking carefully in the light of what you learn from this website.
FOR THE FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND & EMPLOYER:
Is there an alcoholic in your life?
If someone you care about has a drinking problem, A.A. might have a solution for them. A.A. has helped more than two million alcoholics stop drinking. Recovery works through one alcoholic sharing their experience with another.
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.
A NEWCOMER ASKS
Straightforward answers to 15 questions that those new to AA frequently ask about getting sober.
A MESSAGE TO TEENAGERS...
A simple 12-question quiz to help the teenager decide.
A BRIEF GUIDE TO AA
General information on Alcoholics Anonymous.