New to AA?

The following information should be helpful

Alcoholism is the continued use of alcohol even when that use causes harm. An alcoholic is often in the grip of a powerful craving, a need for a drink that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. It is a disease of the mind, body and spirit. No one chooses to suffer from a disease and alcoholism is no exception.

But you can get better. If you have tried to control your drinking but cannot, or your drinking habits are adversely affecting your quality of life, we are here to help you. We can show you that taking some simple steps can help loosen the grip that alcohol has on your life. The first step is to reach out and ask for help. This can be done by attending an AA meeting.

If you are unsure or have questions, call the Lansing Central Office at 517-377-1444.  Making that call will put you in touch with an AA member that can answer your questions and point you in the right direction.  People often say that AA is a simple program if you just follow some basic suggestions – attend AA meetings, get informed, find a sponsor, and work the 12 steps with your sponsor. Through AA you will find a caring and supportive community of people who want to calm your fears and help you on your journey to a new, sober, better way of life.

Your first step is reaching out for help, you can do this by calling:

517-377-1444 or finding a meeting and attending

You will find when you go to AA meetings that they are both diverse and welcoming. Some meetings are led by a sober member of AA who recounts their personal experiences about what life was like as an active alcoholic, what brought them to AA, and what life is like in sobriety.  We call this sharing our “Experience, Strength and Hope.” Other meetings focus on reading portions of Alcoholics Anonymous (the basic text of AA), discussing the 12 steps, or other sobriety topics.

The people who attend AA meetings are also very diverse. Alcoholism affects people of many different ages, races, and walks of life – and they all attend AA meetings. Sometimes people are put off that meetings are held in churches – don’t let that deter you. AA is not a religious organization. Meetings occur in many different places – churches, community centers, Alano Clubs, and hospitals to name a few.  You don’t need to be a member of a particular faith to attend an AA meeting or be welcomed into the AA community. And remember that with almost 300 meetings occurring every week in the Lansing area, there are plenty to choose from. Try several and find ones that work for you.

When you attend an AA meeting you will find friendly, helpful people in a safe environment. The people there sincerely want to help you get well. You won’t have to give your name or speak if you don’t want to. The only requirement to attend an AA meeting is a desire to not drink for today. Meetings are a fellowship of loving and helpful people that are available to support you in your recovery. Don’t be afraid – take that first step. We will be there to help you along the way.

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