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Thriving in Recovery: AA Meetings in Austin

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What is AA?

One of the dangers of addiction is the fact that it is a disease that can make you feel completely alone. Addiction tricks you into thinking that there is no one around you the feels the same way as you, therefore, you turn to alcohol as a way to calm your anxiety or help you to feel better if you’re feeling depressed. What starts off as one drink suddenly turns into two. Then drinking every once in a while quickly turns into drinking every day because if you don’t you begin to shake and feel uncomfortable. Sooner rather than later, your life is revolving around your addiction and the next time you can take your drink of choice. While the time that you spend in alcohol rehab is important, it’s equally as important to set yourself up with a system of support that will help to keep you focused on the goals that you have for maintaining your sobriety and your overall well-being. Making time to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can help you to do that. Alcoholics Anonymous was a program that was developed by a doctor and a man that had been classified as a chronic alcoholic. This man had been given up on by seemingly every person in his life. However, once he was in a position where he could interact and communicate with others that were struggling with their own alcohol addiction, the support, and reassurance that was needed to maintain their sobriety. 

Today, Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization that has reached people that are suffering from alcoholism around the world. Whether you decide to attend one meeting a week or several meetings a week, by taking the time to go to an AA meeting, you are taking a definitive step toward being able to live a life that is void of addiction. 

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What are the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous?

The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the cornerstone and basis of the AA program. The premise behind these steps is when you follow them, you will learn what it is like to live a healthy and sober life. Not only that, but you will be able to maintain your sobriety for the rest of your life. Here are the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: 

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Once you get into the habit of going to AA meetings, it’s strongly recommended that you find a sponsor that you can work through the steps. A sponsor is a person that is well versed in the ins and outs of AA and can help you to tackle each step. While the work behind the steps is something that you will need to do, having the guidance and support of a sponsor can help you to truly understand the ethos of each step so that you can truly make the most out of putting in the work for that step. 

It’s also important to remember that the steps are something that you may have to work through more than once. The steps are there to hold you accountable in every aspect of your life. If you have harmed another person after working through the steps the first time, you may want to consider working through them again to continue to help yourself become a better person as you grow in your sobriety and live your life in general. 

Benefits of Attending AA Meetings During and After Addiction Treatment 

The advantages of making time to attend AA meetings on a regular basis are seemingly endless. Some examples of the benefits of attending AA meetings during and after treatment include: 

Routine 

During the time that you’re in active addiction, it may be difficult if not impossible for you to maintain any type of routine. Having a sense of structure in your life can help you tremendously when it comes to your recovery process. One of the beautiful things about an AA meeting is that you can attend one at nearly any point during your day. Not only that but there are several meetings that are now offered on a virtual platform which makes it even easier to attend one. 

Support 

The premise of Alcoholics Anonymous is the fact that it provides you with the support that you need from other people that may be working on their own program and grappling with their own struggles. By getting to know the people in your group, you will feel more comfortable reaching out to them when you feel like you’re having an issue. Also, these same people will feel at ease reaching out to you when they need their own support. 

A learning experience 

Different meetings will focus on different topics. There may be some meetings that you attend which are speaker groups that allow one person to share their experiences with addiction and recovery. There are other meetings that allow any person to share about the topic at hand. There are more meetings that will celebrate the successes of members and allow these members to share their recovery successes. Overall, you will come to learn a tremendous amount about yourself and this disease during every meeting. 

AA Meetings in Austin 

Are you ready to attend one of the AA meetings local to the Austin area? Here are some recommendations: 

Keep First Things First Meeting

There are many people who feel better about their day when they attend an AA meeting first thing in the morning. The Keep First Things First meeting takes place at 6 AM so that you can start your day off on the right foot. This meeting is a closed meeting which means that it’s restricted only to people that are personally suffering from alcoholism so you have the peace of mind of knowing that every person that is in that room has a personal understanding of what you’re thinking and feeling. 

617 Clifford Dr, Austin, TX 78745

Turn Around Taylor Meeting

The weekend can be a particularly difficult time for any person that has struggled with alcoholism. After all, the weekend for many people is the start of a party after a long work week. If you find yourself struggling with temptation or you simply want to reinforce the important tools and lessons that you learned during your time in treatment, the Turn Around Taylor group can help you through these difficult times. This meeting takes place on Fridays at 8 PM.

111 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Taylor, TX 76574

The Hope Group

Are you having a difficult day at work? Perhaps you’re struggling with a personal issue and it’s leading you toward possible temptation? If so, you may want to consider attending the Hope Group. This meeting takes place at 12pm every Wednesday. This is an open meeting which means that those that are in recovery as well as friends and family members who are interested in learning more about the disease of addiction can attend.

120 Commercial Pkwy, Cedar Park, TX 78613

The addiction experts at Resurgence Behavioral Health understand the importance of providing our clients with the information that they need to make the critical choices regarding an alcohol rehab or a drug rehab program. Our addiction treatment is second to none and it’s personalized so that you can make the most out of your time at our facility. We offer detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment programs that can help you to conquer your addiction once and for all. In turn, you will be able to go on to live a healthier and more successful life. To learn more about what you can expect during treatment or for more information about the benefits of AA, please reach out to us at(855) 458-0050. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you. 

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