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Anonymous (AA) is best known for its groundbreaking work in helping alcoholics
overcome the clutches of a dreadful and potentially fatal disease. Founded, organized and perpetuated by
alcoholics, the group developed the 12 Step processes, which is used by over
250 self-help groups worldwide. The
wisdom and methodology of the group is not at all limited, as it applies to the
human condition, not just alcoholism.

By searching “drug addiction AA” you are asking an important
question—“I am not an alcoholic, so can AA help me?” The answer is yes. AA understands that addicts will come to
their meetings, not just alcoholics.

Whatever your drug of choice, addiction has many
commonalities and AA recognizes this. They have created groups for addicts,
separate from the regular meetings for alcoholics, and not all AA locations
will offer separate groups, so looking for an AA group that suits your needs is
important. Don’t be discouraged, it may
take some time.

It works and it’s

AA, of course, is offered free of charge, in virtually every
town and on every day of the week. You will experience a kind of unconditional
love and support there that you will not find in other groups, but understand
that AA does have its obvious limitations.
You will not, for example, receive medical treatment, unless the AA
meeting is offered in the context of a medical program.

While some people have turned to AA to help them stop
“using” they may need to go through medical detoxification first, just to be in
a position for the wisdom and effectiveness of the AA approach to make sense
and be received.

Years ago, I did a spirituality group for a local drug
treatment center. I figured the medical experts there would handle any physical
needs, so there was no reason to address that.
My approach for the patients was introducing them to the spirituality of
12 Step recovery.

I did not teach them the Bible, I did not give them
religion, but I did try to help them discover that there are three distinctive
components to the human condition—body, mind and spirit. That’s the beauty of
AA, it addresses the spirit.

In need of a
spiritual solution

Having worked in
medical facilities for many years, I can assure you our community does a good
job with body and mind. But spirit,
that’s a different story. The AA Big
Book tells us that we may need a spiritual solution for our addiction problem
(Page 44) and whether the drug of choice is alcohol or cocaine, the root
problems of addiction are similar and so the AA approach is effective.

However, I say AA is effective, but if and only if the
person allows the 12 Step process to unfold, is willing and honest, and open to
change. People don’t waltz through 12
Step. You can’t learn by osmosis and
expect the process to work. As AA people
will tell you, it works if you work it.

12 steps are grueling
but absolutely worth it!

Going through
the 12 Step process is a grueling experience and requires perseverance and
brutal honesty. Drug treatment centers
offer exceptional programs to help addicts overcome the grips of addiction and
lead healthy and happy lives. AA offers
the follow-up that helps addicts keep on the right path.

But in many cases, AA is the primary source of support and
treatment, mainly because patients may not be able to afford treatment. Given
that a person does not have a medical need, or is not in jeopardy of falling
into serious health circumstances, the support of AA members can be highly
effective in helping them through the rough stages of withdrawal. Having treatment is always preferable, but
it’s hard to argue with AA’s track record.

Finding HOPE is the

Addicts can find hope in AA, i.e. drug addiction AA means HOPE for the hopeless.
Their individual circumstances are different, their needs are different,
but the philosophy, methodology and spiritual support of AA are unquestionably

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