Alcoholics Anonymous Presentation by Barry W Westcliff on Sea June 2010 Agenda Introduction Cost of Alcohol abuse Alcoholics Anonymous The 12 Step recovery programme Questions? What is an alcoholic? - an alcoholic is a person who finds that alcohol is interfering with their social or business life - lost the ability to control drinking,no real alcoholic recovers control - first drink creates a craving for more What is an alcoholic? World Health Organisation recognises alcoholism as a mental disorder like any other addiction There is no cure for alcoholism, only remission Cost in money £ 20 billion pa Percentages Alcohol Related 7% UK adults alcohol dependent 73% domestic violence 70% weekend casualty admissions 70% murders 65% suicide attempts Percentages Alcohol related 60% workplace fatalities 50% road accidents 33% divorces 40% - loss of virginity in 13-14 year olds Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other alcoholics recover from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking . There are no dues or fees for A.A.membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. Alcoholics Anonymous A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination,politics,organizati on or institution: does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses or opposes any causes. Alcoholics Anonymous Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics recover from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous The history of Alcoholics Anonymous Founded 10th June 1935 in USA by two alcoholics - Bill W & Dr. Bob Roots in an evangelical Christian organisation – the Oxford group Name Alcoholics Anonymous came from the “Big Book” published in 1939 Statistics- 106,000 A.A. Groups in 180 Countries 4,000 Groups in Great Britain 900 Groups in Scotland All Groups meet weekly Alcoholics Anonymous is- Free Self supporting Declines outside contributions AA has volunteer members who work as service officers to provide co-operation with Health Service Providers Prisons Probation,Courts & Social Services The Armed Services Employment Public Information Telephone Helpline Electronic Communications Archives AA Service news & magazines Literature AA Recovery programme not picking up the first drink, one day at a time attending AA meetings and sharing getting a sponsor (mentor) working AA’s 12 step programme doing service in AA Alcoholics Anonymous Dr Carl JUNG to Rowland H.1931 “You have the mind of a chronic alcoholic and a hopeless condition. I have never seen one single case recover. Only exceptions are alcoholics who have a vital spiritual experience”. Alcoholics Anonymous Dr William Silkworth (the little doctor who loved drunks , treated 50,000 alcoholics ) 1937. “Unless the alcoholic can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of their recovery”. AA’s 12 Step programme is designed to – take away the compulsion to drink - create a spiritual experience - this leads to a new way of thinking and a better way of life Alcoholics Anonymous AA is not a religious organisation AA is not allied to any sect or denomination AA suggests the alcoholic chooses their own concept of a Higher Power. Possibly the AA group itself:- GOD = Group Of Drunks Questions?