Honest question. I’ve seen an overwhelming positive response or recommendations for AA. I want to go now but what makes it so compelling to the group?

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It’s a support system and a program. It’s strongly encouraged to do “90 in 90” which means 90 meetings in 90 days. I hit 70 in 90. I did more than one per day sometimes and found online/phone meetings as well. I was really hesitant about going as I thought myself far superior than everyone else. Turns out that alcoholism doesn’t care about status - it affects everyone. I go to multiple meetings as they all have different personalities. Find one that suites you and don’t quit after one meeting. Trust me.

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It has numerous benefits for me but one of the biggest at the beginning, if you can put comparing aside and embrace identifying (ie yes I have had a blackout and drove drunk - instead of I haven't lost my wife so I can't be alcoholic), is that I realized that these folks and I are the same and they figured away out my hell I am going to hang with them and steal whatever I can so I dont have to through this again.

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Agree that the meetings all have their own flavor and personality. The common thread is that everyone there has a desire to not drink anymore.

My favorite meeting is an open one (available not just to alcoholics) that draws a fairly high mix of Al-Anons (and a quite a few self-dubbed “double winners” who are members of both programs) and through listening to thoughts from both sides, I’ve come to appreciate the broader struggle with needing a new way of living. AA (and Al-Anon) goes far beyond just drinking... it’s about recognizing that our lives are inherently unmanageable and that as a result many of us instinctively or impulsively do things that are destructive to ourselves and others thinking we are somehow managing the chaos.

I’ve gained so much wisdom and inner peace through listening and working the 12 steps (which are the same for both programs). It’s just a pathway to a more peaceful life.

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