AA History & Alcoholics Help Directory
Browse through the alcohol recovery resources below, or contact us if you need some guidance in understanding which type of meeting or path to recovery is right for you or a loved one. We offer alcohol intervention support for those in need of alcohol rehabilitation.
- Alcoholics Anonymous - Contact one of these A.A. resources for a meeting list in that location and the surrounding area.
- The International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous - Monthly Magazine with stories about how members stay sober.
- Online Intergroup : Alcoholics Anonymous - The Online Intergroup, Alcoholics Anonymous, serves all online AA groups that wish to participate. Services include an online meeting directory, help by email for a drinking problem, and a calendar of worldwide AA events.
- The National Association for Christian Recovery - The NACR's primary purpose is to help the Christian community become a safer and more helpful place for people struggling with the most difficult of life's problems.
- Friends of Dr Bob - Dr. Bob and the early A.A.’s grounded recovery in the Four Absolutes and found daily guidance through Two Way Prayer.
- Confident Kids - Confident Kids is an international organization that has been promoting Christian support group programs for children ages 4-12 (and their parents) since 1990.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization - Never before in the history of Twelve Step programs has a fellowship brought together such a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts.
- Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc. - Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
- SMART Recovery - Self Management for Addiction Recovery - SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
- AA agnostica - A space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide
- Secular AA - Our purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety, to widen the gateway to recovery, and to help make AA ever more inclusive.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Drunk Driving
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Powered by hundreds of thousands of passionate advocates and supporters, MADD’s remains focused on one number – zero. Zero deaths. Zero injuries. Zero families impacted by impaired driving.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Impaired driving
- Ways to Prevent Drinking and Driving - People continue to drive imparied by alocohol and drugs, but good eforcement can deter them.
- What's Driving You - This interactive, thought-provoking experience is for young adults (and their parents, friends and teachers) who are concerned about drinking and driving.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration & Calculator - Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels represent the percent of your blood that is concentrated with alcohol. A BAC of .10 means that .1% of your bloodstream is composed of alcohol.
- Blood alcohol content explained - Blood alcohol content (BAC), also called blood alcohol concentration, blood ethanol concentration, or blood alcohol level, is most commonly used as a metric of alcohol intoxication for legal or medical purposes.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration Video
- Al-Anon - Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.
- NACoA - National Association for Children of Alcoholics
- Alateen - Teenagers between 13 to 18 years old can also register to attend the Alateen Chat meetings.
- Alateen - A place just for teens affected by someone else’s alcoholism.
- SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign - SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
- Families Anonymous - FAMILIES ANONYMOUS is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.
- Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics - .This site has been created to provide a resource for people interested in the works of Dr. Janet Woititz, for ACOA’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and others who can relate or grew up in dysfunctional family environments.
- Recovering Couples Anonymous - Ours is a fellowship of recovering couples. We suffer from many addictions and dysfunctions, and we share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problems and help other recovering couples restore their relationships.
- International Child Advocacy Network - The International Child Advocacy Network, Inc. (YesICAN) is a leading global provider of online information for those who have issues around child abuse.
- Substance Abuse and Intimate Relationships - It has long been known that marriage (or other long-term, committed relationships) and substance abuse don't mix.
- D.A.R.E. America - Launched in 1983, D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 education program taught in thousands of schools in America and 52 other countries.
- Friday Night Live - "Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities"
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) represents over 8,700 child and adolescent psychiatrists who are physicians with at least five years of additional training beyond medical school in general (adult) and child and adolescent psychiatry.
- College Drinking - Changing the Culture - This is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
- NOFAS - Play it Safe. Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix!
- The Institute of Alcohol Studies: Health impacts - National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- The World Health Organization: Alcohol Fact Sheet - Alcohol is a psychoactive substance with dependence-producing properties that has been widely used in many cultures for centuries. The harmful use of alcohol causes a large disease, social and economic burden in societies.
- The Medical Council on Alcohol (MCA) - Our vision is to have a workforce of health professionals educated and supported to reduce health harm from alcohol.
- Alcoholic Liver Disease - Alcohol abuse is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world.
- American Liver Foundation - The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
- Is There a Dry Drunk in Your Life - Post-Acute Withdrawal (Dry Drunk) Syndrome
- Dry Drunk Syndrome - Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Overcoming Paws, Also Known As Dry Drunk Syndrome
- Mayo Clinic: Alcoholic hepatitis - Alcoholic hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by drinking alcohol.
- Mayo Clinic: Alcohol use disorder - Alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that's sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.
- Rethinking Drinking - Alcohol and your health
- World History of Alcohol Video Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze - Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.
- Myths About Drinking
- National Center for Health Statistics - Alcohol Use - Alcohol Use Statistics
- Alcohol Justice - Help us hold Big Alcohol accountable for the harm its products cause.
- FTC - Alcohol Laws by State - All states prohibit providing alcohol to persons under 21, although states may have limited exceptions relating to lawful employment, religious activities, or consent by a parent, guardian, or spouse.
- Center for Alcohol Policy - The purpose of the Center is to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and its regulation.
- Legal Information Institute - Alcohol State Laws
- TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) - the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol.
- The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) - founded in 1976, is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to improve health and well-being through interdisciplinary leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care and policy.
- The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) - For over 70 years, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been a valuable resource for millions of people struggling with alcoholism and addiction
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Locator - Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
- The Institute of Alcohol Studies - The Institute of Alcohol Studies is an independent institute bringing together evidence, policy and practice from home and abroad to promote an informed debate on alcohol’s impact on society.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) - NIAAA: Understanding the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being
- American Society of Addiction Medicine - ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 5000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine.
- Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists - (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists) is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.
- National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse - We connect science with policy and practice to better the lives of all people impacted by substance use and addiction.
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) - The objective of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population to a level that is at or below the general U.S. population.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) traces its history back to the mid-1930s, when Bill Wilson and Dr. Smith began helping other alcoholics while formulating a structured program to help guide them toward complete sobriety. Wilson and Smith allegedly helped roughly 100 alcoholics achieve sobriety between 1935 and 1939.
The Introduction of ‘The Big Book’
Wilson and Smith’s program went mainstream after they published “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism” in 1939. The publication is now commonly referred to as “The Big Book,” and it continues to be the guiding text behind not only Alcoholics Anonymous, but many other programs that help people cease addictive substances and behaviors.
By 2013, Alcoholics Anonymous had reportedly spread to roughly 170 nations – in the form of 115,000 different chapters and 2.1 million members in total.
What Are the 12 Steps of AA?
Within “The Big Book” is a 164-page section that introduces the 12 steps of recovery, which have taken on a life of their own. In short, the 12 steps of AA involve:
- Admitting your powerlessness over your addiction
- Committing to turning your life around and putting your trust in a higher power
- Asking the higher power to help remove your faults and shortcomings
- Making amends with people you’ve harmed or offended
- Asking the higher power to guide your life going forward
- Embracing sobriety and beginning to help others walk the same path
The 12-step of AA model has been adapted to form the foundation for a number of different programs that help people recover from various types of addiction – from drug use to gambling. Twelve-step-based programs have allegedly helped hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide recover from addictive behaviors.
What to Expect in Modern AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous began with a very heavy Christian component, and while this is still applicable, AA chapters have embraced and accommodating people of various faiths and even no religious affiliations. The “higher power” to which the 12 steps refer doesn’t necessarily have to pertain to the Christian interpretation of God.
AA meetings provide a nonjudgmental setting for sharing one’s struggles with alcohol and receiving support from a like-minded group. There are various types of AA meetings, including closed and opensessions. Some meetings will strictly be dedicated to sharing stories, while others will focus on readings from The Big Book or on a specific step in the 12-step process. There are also women- and men-only meetings occasionally offered.
New members can begin their journey in an open meeting, and many bring volunteers or sponsors to accompany them for their first few times in AA. Some meetings even allow participants to bring family members and loved ones. You’re encouraged to speak when you attend a meeting, but it’s not required.
Many meetings start and end with a reading from The Big Book and/or the recitation of the Serenity or Lord’s Prayer. Refreshments and snacks are usually provided.
Although each AA meeting is a little different, here are some general rules to follow:
- Keep it 3 minutes or less when sharing
- Share your personal experiences, struggles and feelings – rather than your opinions
- Only share when the group leader opens the floor to do so
- Avoid “crosstalk” (interrupting others or giving direct advice after they’ve shared)
- Show support and empathy toward other members